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School spending increases eyed for two ANwSU elementary schools, decrease at third

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.

The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.

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In boys' basketball, Otters pull away from Eagles

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team started and finished strong on Saturday, and it was enough to turn back visiting Mount Abraham, 52-37, and give the Otters two wins in two nights after an 0-8 start.

The Otters opened by dominating inside during an 18-3 run, but hard work and a switch in defensive tactics allowed the Eagles to claw their way back, and they trailed by just four at 4:50 in the final period.

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MUHS and OV boys' basketball teams win on the road

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play in the latter half of last week, Middlebury continued its winning ways, Otter Valley broke through for its first victory of the season, and Mount Abraham came up short on the road.

The Otters also hosted the Eagles on Saturday night; see story. Vergennes was idle, and returns to action on Wednesday, when the 11-0 Commodores will host Milton.

TIGERS

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MUHS gymnastics team splits two meets

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MILTON — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team split a pair of recent meets, including a road win that was the Tigers’ first of the winter on Tuesday, when they faced a comparable Division II program for the first time.

On Tuesday, the Tigers edged host Milton, 97.55-94.2, while on Saturday visiting St. Johnsbury edged them, 108.3-101.5.

But Tiger coach Terri Phelps said she was just as happy with her team’s performance vs. the Hilltoppers at home as she was vs. the Yellowjackets on the road.

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Dance team's success in hip-hop continues

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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JERICHO — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Saturday at Mount Mansfield continued its dominance of the hip-hop category, but after taking third in jazz were edged for the overall title by Lamoille, which finished a strong second in both the hip-hop and jazz categories.

Host Mount Mansfield won the jazz title and finished third overall, while Burr & Burton won the pom category and finished fourth in hip-hop and took fourth overall.

The Tigers were coming off overall and hip-hop titles in a competition at Mount Anthony the weekend before.

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VUHS, Mount Abe track and field athletes compete at UVM

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



BURLINGTON — Members of the Vergennes Union High School indoor track team won three events on Saturday at the University of Vermont while placing in seven others.

The strong showing allowed the Commodore boys’ team to finish fifth out of 18 teams competing, while the Commodore girls took 10th out of 22 squads.

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Clippings by Andy Kirkaldy: First the guns, then the cars ... or not

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I’m not trying to scare business away from my good friends at Vermont Field Sports, who tell me they always see sales spike when gun control hits the news, but it’s safe to say the state’s law-abiding hunters can breathe easy. No one is coming for their rifles, or is going to pass a law that says they can’t buy newer, better ones.

That’s not really the point of the current discussion on guns — and, make no mistake about it, it’s time to talk.

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VUHS spending driven by higher special education costs

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A major increase in special education costs led the Vergennes Union High School board on Monday to propose a 2013-2014 budget that, if approved by Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March, would boost VUHS spending by 5.98 percent.

The board’s final proposal after a number of meetings is just $162 short of $9.5 million and calls for a spending increase of almost $535,670.

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ANwSU tax rates seen rising by 7 to 9.6 cents

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
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VERGENNES — With Monday’s adoption of a proposed $9.5 million Vergennes Union High School budget, estimates for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school tax rates have also been released and show a range of increase from about 7 to 9.6 cents in the five towns.

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UPDATE: Vergennes police make big heroin bust in Ferrisburgh

Posted on January 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally posted to add information on other drug busts in the county.

FERRISBURGH — Vergennes and Vermont State Police on Monday arrested two Ferrisburgh men and one Cornwall man on a number of drug charges, most notably the sale of heroin.

This was the latest in a string of arrests involving the sale of heroin in Addison County.

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