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Eagles sink Commodores

Posted on October 4, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — In a high school boys’ soccer game on Friday in which both teams had opportunities, host Mount Abraham had the slightly better chances and took fuller advantage of them than Vergennes, and the result was a 3-0 Eagle victory in this fall’s third meeting of the two teams.

The Eagles snapped a three-game skid and improved to 3-4-1. On Friday they had players back who missed games due to disciplinary issues but were missing three starters due to injury,

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Clippings: Small steps toward peace add up

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



The planet probably needs the United Nations’ International Day of Peace for the same reasons we need Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

In the latter case, as any parent will tell you, all the other days are children’s days.

In the case of the International Day of Peace — which occurs every year on Sept. 21 — it sure seems like the people of Earth devote the other 364 days to violence and war.

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Vergennes police adding Tasers; officials cite safety, cost benefits

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department has joined a small, but growing, list of state law enforcement agencies to add Taser stun guns to their equipment lists.

Chief George Merkel said the department now owns two $1,000 Tasers, which he believes are a safer tool for subduing suspects than other options at police officers’ disposal — physical restraint, pepper spray or batons.

Merkel said enough people are now familiar with Tasers that even their potential use can defuse situations.

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Ferrisburgh couple sharing a vision on art, housing

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh artists Denis and Judith Rey Versweyveld have shared a home for 48 years, and a passion for art for even longer.

But until two years ago, they had never directly collaborated on their art. Now, their latest show of their joint work — called “Shelter:Dwelling:House:Home,” sculptures of homes by Denis painted on by Judith, plus Judith’s paintings of homes — is on display in the Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier through Oct. 29.

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Eagle field hockey, Essex settle for tie

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team bounced back from a lackluster loss at Mount Mansfield this past weekend to earn a positive result on Tuesday, a 0-0 tie with visiting Essex.

Critically, said Coach Mary Stetson, after allowing five goals to the Cougars last Friday, the Mount Abe defense buckled down on Tuesday in front of sophomore goalie Lizzie Huizenga (seven saves).

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On the Ball: Defense never rests

Posted on September 29, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



Let’s just say I have the background to respect defense in athletics.

I played defense, one season for my high school varsity soccer team and then two years for the Middlebury College B team. My daughter started on defense for a total of five seasons for two varsity teams at Middlebury Union High School, and now she does for her college field hockey team. Championships are rarely won without good defense; I won’t say that no one recognizes that more than I, but believe I understand the value of defense as much as anyone.

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Pool ends season in the black

Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials’ first summer of overseeing the city’s Sam Fishman Pool went well, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their meeting last Tuesday night, and it ended with a surplus of roughly $10,000.

The city accepted ownership of the pool this spring from the Vergennes ID school board, which ceased operations earlier this year per a 2009 vote of city residents. That board owned the land under the pool and the city’s other nearby recreation facilities, as well as an adjacent 8-acre parcel of land accessed from New Haven Road by a right-of-way.

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Tigers control play, CVU escapes with the 3-3 tie

Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Despite having the better of the play and taking three one-goal leads, the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Saturday settled for a 3-3 tie with visiting Champlain Valley.

The Redhawks (4-1-1) got a tying goal with 1:53 to go that came against the run of play, and they were the happier team at the end of overtime than the 3-2-1 Tigers.

Tiger senior captain Sara Higgins, who scored the game’s first goal and was denied by a defensive save in overtime, said the Tigers have improved their offensive teamwork — and look forward to the rematch with the Redhawks.

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Vergennes aldermen vote to increase city zoning fees

Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City aldermen on Sept. 21 approved a proposal by City Manager Mel Hawley, also the city’s zoning administrator, to raise the city’s zoning fees for the first time since January 2001. Hawley said the Vergennes Development Review Board had worked with him on coming up with the new fee schedule.

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VUHS teacher top in state

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Tuesday morning before the Vermont Board of Education honored Vergennes Union High School middle school teacher Jennifer Lawson as the 2011 Vermont Teacher of the Year, last year’s teacher of the year, Craig Divis of Bellows Falls, took to the podium in the VUHS auditorium.

“The single greatest factor in student success is a quality teacher,” Divis told the all-school VUHS assembly. “We’ve all had that great teacher who has inspired us, challenged us to be our very best. And as educators we strive to be that teacher.”

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