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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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Commodores just slide by Eagles

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In 2007, the Vergennes Union High School baseball team defeated both Otter Valley and Mount Abraham on the way to the Division II title.

This spring, the Commodores are hoping history will repeat itself.

In a Friday quarterfinal, No. 2 VUHS hung on for a 3-2 win over the No. 10 Eagles that ended when Mount Abe stranded the go-ahead runs in scoring position.

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VUHS science teacher, 'agent of change,' retires

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Late one recent morning, Vergennes Union High School junior Ashley Stearns burst into Judy Wiger’s science classroom.

“I’m mad at you,” Stearns told Wiger. “I’m mad at you because you’re leaving.”

The two hugged, but Wiger told Stearns she couldn’t talk to her right then: Wiger had scheduled an interview to talk with a newspaper reporter about her retirement this month after three decades at VUHS.

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Track athletes vie in major late meet

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ESSEX — Athletes from the Mount Abraham, MUHS and VUHS teams competed in the major Essex Invitational Track and Field Meet on Saturday, an event that draws athletes from all divisions from around the state.

No team scores are kept; the meet serves as the final opportunity for athletes to perform well enough to qualify to compete in the New England championship meet.

Several athletes posted top-10 results while achieving that goal, notably VUHS junior Jon Welch, who was second and sixth in two boys’ hurdling events.

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Council OKs sewer, fire funds in budget

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their May 22 meeting began their work on the 2012-2013 city budget by agreeing with City Manager Mel Hawley’s recommendations for fire and sewer department spending, Mayor Michael Daniels said the next day.

Daniels said aldermen moved quickly on Hawley’s $123,100 Vergennes Fire Department proposal because it will allow city officials to mail out contracts promptly to the other towns that share that cost with the city: Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham.

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Vergennes aldermen set goals for upcoming year

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council held their annual goal-setting discussion at a meeting last Tuesday, May 22. Here is what each alderman said:

•  Ziggy Comeau said she would like to continue to establish better dialogue with surrounding towns. “If something comes up, we have to communicate with each other,” she said.

•  Randy Ouellette said he would like to make sure the annual Youth Fishing Derby continues to run smoothly, and to “come up with a plan” and a site for the new police station.

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Rival Wasps edge MUHS boys

Posted on May 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Despite plenty of effort in Thursday’s home game vs. traditional rival Woodstock, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team came up just short, 7-6.

The 10-4 Wasps scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter to erase an MUHS lead, while the Tigers committed a few too many mistakes and Wasp goalie Ben Orr made three of his seven saves.

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