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Commodore girls' soccer have off day versus Rice

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Despite injuries, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team has been competitive in all of its games this fall and won three of them.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s home game vs. Rice was an exception. The Division I Green Knights (4-2) got two early scores that might have taken the wind out of the Commodores’ sails, and Rice coasted to a 6-0 victory.

The Commodores fell to 3-4. Two of those losses had been by one goal, and the team had played well in a 2-0 setback against 6-1 Milton on Saturday.

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Act 46 challenges ANwSU to unify, control spending

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have just begun grappling with one key provision of Act 46, unification, but another challenge looms — spending caps.

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VUHS students present inclusive vision of peace

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — An elephant in the room and a moving student speech highlighted Vergennes Union High School’s 11th annual Peace One Day celebration on Monday morning on the school’s soccer field.

The student-organized all-school event honors the United Nations International Day of Peace, which the U.N. in 2001 adopted as Sept. 21 after a grassroots effort organized by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley.

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Eagles host cross-country meet

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — Middlebury boys placed seven runners in the top 10 to highlight Tuesday’s five-team meet at Mount Abraham Union High School on a sunny fall Tuesday.

Henry Ganey won the boys’ race on the hilly Mount Abe course in 18:44 as the Tigers scored 23 points to outpace second-place Colchester (50). Rice (92) took third.

The Eagle boys, led by Jude Bunch in 17th (20:17), took fourth at 101, with Richford (122) in fifth.

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Sports column by Andy Kirkaldy: Fall schedule posing challenge to Independent

Posted on September 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



So, please be patient with photographer Trent Campbell and me.

We are doing our best to show up at your team’s games this fall, really. But it’s been difficult.

To start with, many local high school sports teams have opened on the road. For example, two teams we haven’t seen yet, Mount Abraham and Middlebury field hockey, played four of their first five and five of their first six games, respectively, away from their home turf.

Those other two games? Wednesdays.

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City solicits ideas for pedestrian improvements, basin master plan

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents this weekend can have a say on the future of their hometown, especially its downtown and Otter Creek basin — and a chance to see what Main Street bike lanes and sidewalk bulb-outs might look like.

As part of a larger, grant-supported effort to develop what officials call a “Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan,” residents are invited to a pair of walks on Friday evening from the city green down to Otter Creek, and then on Saturday to demonstrations of how Main Street could be friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Eagle boys claim one-goal win over Tiger boys' soccer

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s game between the Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school boys’ soccer teams began and ended with Eagle goals, and the second came from senior Dylan Weaver in double overtime and gave the visiting Eagles a 2-1 victory and a 4-1 record.

In between, the 0-4-1 Tigers had more shots on goal and, as Eagle Coach Mike Corey told Tiger Coach Reeves Livesay afterward, probably the better chances in the tightly contested game.

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Manure pit sparking notification questions

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — The newly built satellite manure pit on Ferrisburgh’s Middlebrook Road continues to spark debate about not only how it was permitted, but also the larger question of how dairy farmers’ increasing use of satellite pits should be regulated.

The single biggest point of contention is whether neighbors of proposed pits should be notified before ground is broken.

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Aldermen won't seek party status on solar array

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council last week reached a consensus not to seek, at least for now, intervener status before the Public Service Board on a 500-kilowatt solar array that is proposed for a site behind the Comfort Hill Kennel near the Ferrisburgh town line.

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City council to appoint new member

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
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VERGENNES — At their Sept. 8 meeting, Vergennes aldermen discussed a proposal to put a 500-kilowatt array on a Comfort Hill property (see story here) and discussed a number of other issues.

On those issues, city council members:

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