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City council gets creative, holds tax hike to 2.5 cents

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After debate and a strong plea for more office help from City Clerk Joan Devine, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday settled on a new budget and a 2.5-cent increase in the municipal tax rate to 83.5 cents.

That change will translate to $25 in additional taxes per $100,000 of assessed value on city property.

Devine and Assistant Clerk Melissa Wright said on Wednesday they expect to hear from the Agency of Education and the Department of Taxation early next week about the city’s final school tax rates.

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Like too many, Andi Boe tore her ACL — this is how she returned

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series.

MIDDLEBURY — It was just a routine play, according to recent Middlebury Union High School graduate Andi Boe (pictured, left).

It happened in the fifth game of her final soccer season, on Sept. 19, 2017, at Rice Memorial High School. Boe, by her senior year already a multi-sport all-state athlete, had racked up seven goals and four assists in the Tigers’ first four games.

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Legion nine takes two games out of three

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team won two out of three recent league games to improve to 2-3 in the Northern Division in the early going.

AC defeated defending state champion Franklin County on Friday, June 22, 12-10 at home; fell to the visiting OEC Kings, 7-4, on Saturday; and defeated host Montpelier, 7-4, in 11 innings on Monday.

AC will host a non-league game vs. Bases Loaded at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Middlebury College field, and then visit Franklin County for an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

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Lakefront airstrip in Panton ready to be reactivated

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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PANTON — The owner of a private Panton lakefront airstrip that was used informally for decades until he bought the property two years ago is seeking state and federal approval to bring it back to life.

Charles “Chip” Mather, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, is looking for a permit that would allow him and guests to fly in and out of the 1,700-foot-long, grass-covered strip up to 35 times a month.

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Eagle hurler, slugger tops Addison Independent softball all-star squad

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — A year ago the Mount Abraham Union High School softball team won the program’s first-ever state championship.

This year Coach Don McCormick’s talent-laden Eagles came back for more, winning a second-straight Division II title with a program-best 18-2 record.

Many Eagles played major roles in that accomplishment, but none more than a senior pitcher who won 12 of those games and batted better than .500 out of the cleanup spot in the batting order: Audrey Shahan, the 2018 Addison Independent Softball Player of the Year.

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VUHS grads showered with love

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The members of the Vergennes Union High School Class of 2018 this past Friday, June 15, took their final group bow and walked out into their futures.

They did so after being showered in a steamy gymnasium by confetti cannons; advice from several sources, including their peers; and, according to graduation speaker Chris Sheehan, the love of not only their families and friends, but also their teachers.

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Ferrisburgh boards rule against animal rescuer

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Two Ferrisburgh boards have ruled against Sand Road dog rescuer Sheila McGregor, whose harboring of up to 30 dogs in her ranch home and attached garage over the years has generated complaints from neighbors about noise, odors and loose animals.

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Legion nine comes up short

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The season did not begin exactly the way the Addison County American Legion baseball team had hoped, as despite some flashes of promise AC opened with losses on Monday to South Burlington and Tuesday to Essex in games played on the Middlebury College field.

On Monday South Burlington rallied in the fifth and sixth innings to erase a 2-0 deficit and win, 7-2, and on Tuesday Essex pulled away late for an 8-3 victory.

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Pattie Candon steps away from softball

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — After 33 years, Otter Valley Union High School softball coach Pattie Candon has stepped down, a decision she announced last week.

In deciding to leave the post Candon cited the length of her tenure and the fact there are many good young players on a team that finished this past season strong after a slow start.

“I just feel this program is in a good place, and 33 years is a long time,” said Candon, who waited until after the season to tell her athletes about a decision she said she had made earlier.

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Andy Kirkaldy: World Cup looks to be wide open; time for Spain

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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This is a football column. No, not what we in the USA call football. Those who want to discuss whether the Giants should sign Odell Beckham Jr., whatever the heck Ben Roethlisberger was saying about his contract this weekend, or why the Patriots drafted a running back in the first round should look elsewhere, at least for today.

Because it’s time for the Copa Mundial de Futbol, the Coupe du Monde de Football, the World Cup of Football.  

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