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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 |
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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 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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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Vergennes zoning laws being updated, feedback sought

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed update to the city’s zoning laws at a Monday, Sept. 28, public hearing to be hosted by the Vergennes Planning Commission.

Planners hope after that hearing to pass their proposal to the city council, which would also have to hold at least one hearing before it adopted the update. An eight-page overview of the changes may be found at vergennes.org under “City News.”

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Middlebury field hockey opens with pair of wins

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The new-look Middlebury College field hockey team got off to a 2-0 start with wins on Sunday and Monday, and Coach Katharine DeLorenzo saw signs the Panthers could answer their biggest question entering the 2015 season.

Middlebury — ranked No. 4 in the early NCAA Division III poll — returns its entire starting defense and seven of its top 10 scorers, but graduated most of its starting midfield, including two all-Americans, from the team that won the NESCAC tournament for the third straight time and reached the NCAA semifinal round.

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As Vt. cities discuss sewer plant overflows, Vergennes pressured to fix problem

Posted on September 14, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With a meeting looming of cities and towns dealing with overflowing municipal sewer systems, last week Vergennes officials once again discussed their city system’s persistent habit of dumping wastewater into Otter Creek — and the expensive state order to fix the problem that is almost certainly on the way.

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Wasps tie Tiger girls' soccer late in the game

Posted on September 14, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Victory slipped away from the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team’s grasp with just seconds to go in regulation Friday afternoon. Although disappointing for the Tigers, the 1-1 tie with visiting Woodstock probably was a fair result.

The 1-2-1 Tigers linked up well at midfield, battled hard for 50-50 balls, and defended strongly, while the 2-0-1 Wasps earned the edge in shots at goal (23-9) and offensive chances.

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