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Players, past and present, reflect on LaRose legacy

Posted on February 1, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — As longtime Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball coach Connie LaRose reached her 300th win at Vergennes on Thursday, current and former players praised LaRose as a coach and a person, while peers marveled at the Bristol resident’s long tenure and consistent success.

LaRose, 65, is in her 19th year heading the Mount Abe program. In the 1960s she coached a year each at the high school level in New Haven and Bristol (see related story). LaRose has won more games than any high school coach in Addison County, and her career winning percentage is about .660.

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Senior housing project may open in 2011

Posted on February 1, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The principal developer of the planned Vergennes senior housing project said last week that he is optimistic that the last pieces of the funding puzzle will fall into place this spring, allowing construction to start this summer and — if all goes well — seniors to move in by the summer of 2011.

Matt Moore, Housing Vermont Inc.’s project developer for the proposed 25-unit, $5.8 million facility off Monkton Road, said two grant requests totaling $1.6 million are still outstanding.

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City voters to consider bill-paying grace period

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents in March will have the chance to vote themselves a 15-day period during which they would be allowed to make late payments on tax and sewer bills without an interest penalty.

A provision for such a grace period is on the Town Meeting Day ballot adopted by Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting.

Current city laws call for a 1 percent penalty to be applied automatically if quarterly tax or sewer payments are even one day late, but City Hall workers urged aldermen to consider giving residents the power to make the change.

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Races are few in Vergennes area

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Not counting possible write-ins competition or floor votes, Vergennes-area residents may face only two choices between candidates for office on Town Meeting Day.

In Ferrisburgh, incumbent selectman and former town fire chief Bob Jenkins is facing a challenge from Kurt Plank, an organizer of the Friends of Ferrisburgh for Responsible Growth group that, among other things, opposed the Route 7 Champlain Oil Company Inc. proposal for a combined convenience store, fast-food restaurant and gas station.

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Eagles, Otters win in girls' hoop

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball play earlier this week, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each posted home wins, but Vergennes was defeated on the road.

Middlebury (10-4) was idle. The Tigers begin a tough three-game road stretch on Thursday at undefeated Milton, and then play Division I games at South Burlington on Saturday and Mount Mansfield early next week. Looking toward the playoffs, the Tigers are tied with Lyndon for third place in D-II and are just ahead of Fair Haven, which plays a less-challenging schedule.

EAGLES, 40-29

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Addison School to cut music, librarian

Posted on January 25, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Thursday eliminated the jobs of the school’s music teacher and librarian, among other cuts, to cut spending and avoid paying a higher per-pupil tax penalty in the 2010-2011 school year.

The result is a total proposed decrease in spending of $84,700, or about 6 percent, to roughly $1.8 million. Addison voters will decide the fate of that proposed ACS budget on Town Meeting Day.

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Commodore boys hold off late surge, defeat Bobwhites

Posted on January 25, 2010 |
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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team seized control of Thursday’s home game against Division I BFA-St. Albans midway through the fourth quarter and earned a critical 72-65 victory.

The win moved the Commodores, who have played a challenging schedule, to 6-6 and 2-0 in the Lake Division. The 8-4 Bobwhites, also a contender for the league title, fell to 8-4.

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Ferrisburgh school bond driving up tax rate, budget

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board has adopted a $3.05 million spending proposal for the upcoming school year that includes a major increase, one that is being driven by the first year of payments on last summer’s $1.5 million school upgrade project.

In all, the increase is about $190,400, or 6.66 percent, over current spending.

Of that, $130,000 will go toward making bond payments. That amount alone would boost FCS spending by 4.55 percent, if voters approve the board’s proposal on Town Meeting Day.

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Tiger gymnasts break through with victory

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The hard work put in by the young Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team paid off on Monday with the Tigers’ first win in at least two years and probably longer. The score was 115.40-101.675 over U-32 at the Middlebury Union Middle School gym.

Junior Rosalie Wright-Lapin sparked the Tigers’ victory by winning all four events and the all-around title, while classmate Bronwyn Worrick was second twice, third twice and a close third in the all-around race.

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VUES board adopts level spending plan

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Although the face value of the Vergennes Union Elementary School budget will look bigger, residents of Vergennes, Panton on Waltham will be asked on Town Meeting Day this year to approve a little less elementary school spending than in 2009.

That’s because the 2010-2011 VUES budget will include money previously voted on separately in the three union towns’ ID board (essentially elementary school board) budgets.

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