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Aldermen could take up issue of ownership of city rec land

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Oct. 27 inched closer to a decision to accept ownership of the land under the city pool and nearby recreation facilities and discussed a way to help finance long-term operation and maintenance of the pool.

City Manager Mel Hawley suggested that the city council should request that the Vergennes ID school board, which now owns the land but is scheduled to dissolve next June, sell an adjacent eight-acre parcel it also owns and turn the proceeds over to the city.

The take from the sale could create a fund to help Vergennes afford pool ownership, he said.

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City could allow backyard chickens

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Planning Commission Chairman Neil Curtis discussed at the Oct. 27 city council meeting two issues planners have dealt with in recent months: backyard chickens and off-site sandwich boards.

Essentially, Curtis said planners believe that all chickens are illegal under current zoning, but that new laws could offer room for compromise.

“That’s something we’d like to consider changing for smaller numbers,” he said, noting planners also believe aldermen should consider a “nuisance ordinance” for backyard fowl violations rather than harder-to-enforce zoning provisions.

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Otters fall to Tigers in OT nailbiter

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School football coach Dennis Smith said he remembered a game like his team’s 20-14 overtime win over visiting Otter Valley Friday — when he was a high school freshman in 1983.

OV coach Dennis Perry said of the wind-swept, rain-soaked battle that, “It was just a couple of big old heavyweights going at it in a slugfest, and they were the last man standing.”

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Eagle boys hold off Wasps for playoff victory

Posted on October 29, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team earned its first playoff win since 2006 on Tuesday, when the No. 6 Eagles held on to defeat No. 12 Woodstock, 1-0.

The 9-5-1 Eagles will almost certainly visit defending champion Milton in a Friday quarterfinal at 3 p.m. The No. 3 Yellowjackets (10-3-1) were set to host No. 14 Stratton (3-6) on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. Milton defeated Mount Abe twice this year by 2-0 counts.

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Commodore girls foil Lamoille

Posted on October 29, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The No. 7 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team dominated visiting No. 10 Lamoille on Tuesday, winning 4-0 in the first round of the Division II playoffs.

The Commodores improved to 7-8 by defeating the 5-10 Lancers. They will almost certainly travel to face No. 2 Milton in a 3 p.m. Saturday quarterfinal. Milton (11-3) was set to host No. 11 Otter Valley (2-11-1) in a first-round game on Wednesday played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.

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MUHS football eyes Otters, D-II playoffs

Posted on October 29, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School football team scored twice in the second half to upset host Division I foe Mount Anthony on Friday night, 14-2, but a more critical game for the D-II Tigers will come this Friday at home vs. league foe Otter Valley.

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Top-seeded Otter Valley falls in quarterfinal match

Posted on October 26, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The finest Otter Valley Union High School field hockey season in a decade came to a stunning conclusion on Friday, when No. 8 Woodstock knocked off the top-seeded Otters, 2-1, in a double-overtime Division II quarterfinal in Brandon.

Blake Wardwell’s second goal of the game and fourth in two playoff contests came with 15 seconds left in the final overtime period and gave the 8-8 Wasps the win. Wardwell also scored twice in Woodstock’s 2-0 first-round win on Wednesday over No. 9 Mount Abraham. The Wasps advanced to a semifinal date with No. 4 Milton.

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Snow geese population at Addison refuge plummets

Posted on October 26, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — The numbers of snow geese making annual stops at Addison’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area have dropped dramatically in the past decade, according to a Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department official who staffs the site.

This fall, the count of snow geese at the Route 17 location peaked at about 2,500, said department wildlife biologist David Sausville. That’s down from roughly 7,500 in 2006 and 2007 and from an estimated 20,000 in the year 2000.

Instead, Sausville said, more snow geese are congregating in corn stands in southern Canada and northern Vermont and New York.

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Joint football effort worth a serious look

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Football can play an important role at a school. Back when Mount Abraham Union High School adopted the sport, I remember co-athletic director Jeff Stetson making the point that football would serve students that Mount Abe’s other fall sports — soccer and cross country, which both favor greyhounds, not Great Danes — did not. Over the years, it’s fair to say he’s been proven right, regardless of the program’s ups and downs.

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Ferrisburgh heading to court over Rt. 7 project

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — As many on both sides of the issue have said they expected, South Burlington firm Champlain Oil Co.’s controversial Ferrisburgh proposal for a Route 7 gas station, convenience store and fast food restaurant is headed to court.

Champlain Oil (COCO) and Friends of Ferrisburgh for Responsible Growth have both appealed to Environmental Court the Ferrisburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Sept. 16 conditional approval of COCO’s planned 9-acre development at the former site of the Ferrisburgh Roadhouse.

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