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Tiger is three-time Player of the Year

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — The spring of 2012 proved to be solid across the board for the local high school softball teams. Vergennes surged to a 14-5 record and a berth in the Division II semifinals, while the other three squads played well enough to earn home playoff games.

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Past year was not just wins and losses

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



The local high school sports year began the same way it always does in August, with students sweating on steamy fields.

On Saturday, it ended the way athletes, parents and fans dream about: Vergennes pitcher Devin Hayes struck out the final Missisquoi batter in the Division II final and raised his arms in triumph. The stands erupted in cheers, and his teammates raced to the mound and buried him in a mound of blue and gray uniforms.

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Aldermen work on new zoning regulations

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen and planners on Tuesday agreed on a series of tweaks to proposed zoning regulations and said they hope to schedule a public hearing on the new rules by mid-July.

Most of the changes agreed upon at a council meeting attended by six members of the planning commission derived from testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing on the proposed laws:

•  Multi-family homes will be allowed in the Otter Creek Basin District, as suggested by a property owner.

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City officials address policy, municipal budget

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In addition to discussing new zoning at a Tuesday meeting, the Vergennes City Council also took care of a number of other issues. At the June 12 meeting, aldermen:

•  Said they would not take up the issue of a new policy for displays on the city green — notably including the longstanding Christian crèche — until July. Before then, the latest draft of a policy will circulate to council members and then be posted at vergennes.org.

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Ferrisburgh votes to become a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — While the Ferrisburgh selectboard on June 5 considered how to put in place a complex residential energy-efficiency program narrowly backed in March by town residents, the town’s energy committee chairman said a few homeowners are already interested in signing on.

At town meeting, residents voted, 50-49, that Ferrisburgh should become a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district.

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Ferrisburgh eyes Old Hollow Rd. traffic issue

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its Tuesday meeting agreed to use equipment borrowed from Shelburne to measure the speed and amount of traffic coming through the North Ferrisburgh village along Old Hollow Road.

The board took that action in response to a petition filed by Old Hollow Road resident Nick Patch and signed by about 90 residents of the area; he said “the vast majority” of the village population wanted something done.

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Slideshow: Commodores rally to win state championship

Posted on June 13, 2012 |
By Trent Campbell, Andy Kirkaldy, and Andrea Suozzo



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The Vergennes Union High School baseball team dropped behind 3-0 in the first inning of Saturday's Division II final against Missisquoi, but came back to beat the Thunderbirds 4-3. Afterward, the Independent caught up with some of the winning team members and coach George Ringer.

Photos: Trent Campbell, Audio: Andy Kirkaldy, Editing: Andrea Suozzo

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State champions! Commodores rally to capture Division II title

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BURLINGTON — After the No. 2 Vergennes Union High School baseball team made it through a rocky first inning in their Division II semifinal win over No. 6 Otter Valley, winning pitcher Charlie Stapleford described the Commodores as resilient.

Fortunately for the Commodores, that description proved to the prophetic.

In Saturday’s D-II final at the University of Vermont’s Centennial Field, VUHS, trailed, 3-0, after one inning against No. 13 Missisquoi — and ace pitcher Matt St. Amour.

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Ferrisburgh 250th celebration to feature history, music, fun

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — In each of the past two years, the town of Ferrisburgh has set aside a day each summer to gather and celebrate as a community, calling the event Ferrisburgh Day.

This year presents Ferrisburgh and its residents with an extra reason to gather, the 250th anniversary of the town charter.  Officials essentially decided to combine Ferrisburgh Day with a birthday celebration on Saturday, June 23.

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Clippings: Darn that government. Or not...

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



A few years back at an Addison forum devoted to whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should unite under one-board governance, a resident asked rhetorically whether bigger government ever made things better.

Never mind school unification: Given more recent history, that question now looks a little ironic.

After all, the town of Addison and local residents and businesses just happily spent money to celebrate the opening of the new $70 million bridge across Lake Champlain.

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