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Fire destroys home off Route 17 in West Addison

Posted on April 8, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Firefighters from Addison, Bridport and Vergennes on Wednesday evening responded to a home fire on Route 17 near Lake Champlain, but were unable to save the structure from what Addison Fire Chief Brad Clark called the fastest-moving blaze he has seen in his 36 years serving the department.

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Ultimate takes flight at MUHS as new varsity sport

Posted on April 8, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — As Middlebury Union High School Ultimate Coach Michelle Steele pointed out, when the Vermont Principals’ Association last fall approved Ultimate (the game played with throwing discs, but no one is supposed to use their trademarked name, Frisbee) as an official varsity sport it was a big deal among the sport’s fans and players across the nation.

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Study, citizens back a truck bypass around Vergennes

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes and its neighbors have seen close votes recently.

The latest Addison Northwest School District budget passed in March by six votes, and it wasn’t too long ago a city mayor’s race ended with a margin of three. Both went through recounts.

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Middlebury College women's lacrosse starts up strong

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — As Middlebury College women’s lacrosse coach Kate Livesay put it, her Panthers faced “a gauntlet” last week — four games against top-20 teams in eight days, the first three on the road, and two of those in Pennsylvania against teams ranked in the top eight in NCAA Division III.

Despite nagging injuries, the Panthers ran the table, thanks in part to a change in defensive philosophy during the first win of the four, a 21-18 decision over host Bowdoin.

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Area wrestlers fare well at youth tournament

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — Elementary school wrestlers from all around northern Vermont competed at Middlebury Union High School at a tournament hosted by the Middlebury Area Wrestling Association.

Young wrestlers from the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes clubs all excelled at the event, which offered nine weight classes to each of three different age levels: Kindergarteners through second-graders, third- and fourth-graders, and fifth- and sixth-graders.

Local youngsters who earned top-six finishes were:

GRADES K-2:

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Weather delays high school opening games

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — As often happens this time of year, Vermont’s at times unpredictable climate has ruined the best-laid plans of those who try to come up with high school sports schedules.

Or, as Addison Northwest School District Activities Director Peter Maneen put it in an email to the Independent, “Vergennes is not going to be playing games this week.”

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Vergennes-area schools to reduce teaching jobs

Posted on April 1, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District Board on Thursday unanimously approved a motion that will allow ANWSD administrators to make unspecified district-wide personnel cuts in order to stay within the $22,139,341 budget district voters approved on Town Meeting Day, 672-666.

Board members on Thursday said the target was a reduction of two full-time equivalencies. After the meeting board members clarified that goal could be achieved by a combination of cutting full-time jobs or reducing hours of full-time teachers to part-time.

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Vergennes native Devin Hayes takes the mound on a national stage

Posted on March 28, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Early during Vergennes native Devin Hayes’s baseball career at Castleton University, he had a conversation that proved to be prophetic.

When the talk occurred Hayes, a 2013 Vergennes Union High School graduate whose four-year career at Castleton came to a close in 2017, had already compiled an enviable baseball résumé.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Gronk leaves on his own terms, as he should

Posted on March 28, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Ah, Gronk, we’ll miss you.

It wasn’t a surprise New England Patriots sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski hung it up.

After all, he’s had four arm surgeries, three back surgeries, and one procedure each on a knee and an ankle.

Enough is enough. Anyone who has followed Gronk knows Gronk wants to have fun.

Gronk loves to play football. But also to dance. And go on party cruises. And forget to wear shirts.

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New Basin Harbor manager eyes local outreach

Posted on March 25, 2019 |
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FERRISBURGH — Basin Harbor has hired a veteran leader of independent hotels and resorts as its first general manager, and he will help oversee marketing changes in the 133-year-old, family-owned vacation, wedding and recreation destination on the Ferrisburgh shore of Lake Champlain.

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