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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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Three-term city mayor will not seek re-election

Posted on May 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels made official in a Wednesday phone interview what he hinted at during last Tuesday’s city council meeting: He will not run again for his office next March.

“I am stepping down,” Daniels said on May 23. “I am going to stay active in the community in some way, shape or matter ... But unless something changes drastically, I am not running again next year ... I’m still having fun, but it’s time for a fresh set of eyes.”

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FBI continues investigation in death of Waltham native

Posted on May 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



WALTHAM — The FBI continues to investigate the April 12 shooting deaths on Kodiak Island, Alaska, of Coast Guardsmen Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, a 41-year-old native of Waltham, and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle. After six weeks the FBI has made no arrests.

Hopkins and Belisle were found dead at their stations at Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak on the morning of April 12. Kodiak Island, about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, hosts a Coast Guard base with about 4,000 Guardsmen, families and civilian employees.

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Towns ready to remember fallen heroes

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — People looking to honor those who have served our country — and listen to marching bands, watch their neighbors’ kids walk together in uniforms, and look at creative floats — this Sunday and Monday will have a half-dozen options around the county.

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are planned, in chronological order, in Orwell, Middlebury, Brandon, Hancock, Vergennes and Bristol.

Orwell kicks off two days of activities with its 39th annual Sunday afternoon parade, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. and last about 45 minutes.

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VUHS baseball tops Eagles in close game

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School baseball team rallied to tie host Mount Abraham in the seventh and plated the winning run in the eighth on Thursday to defeat the Eagles, 4-3, in a back-and-forth game.

The winning rally started with a leadoff single by Nick Richer off losing pitcher Tommy Nelson, Richer’s second safety of the afternoon. Zach Ouellette sacrificed pinch-runner Austin Burnett to second base, and Burnett slid home safely — barely — on Justus Sturtevant’s second hit of the game, a soft single to right field.

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Vergennes slammed by severe rainstorm

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Heavy rains, lightning and thunder struck most of Addison County last Wednesday afternoon, but no storm slammed any site as hard as the one that targeted Vergennes.

According to city public works head Jim Larrow, starting at around 4 p.m. on May 16 two-and-a-half inches of rain fell in 45 minutes, overwhelming many city storm drains and culverts as well as stormwater drainage systems in many Vergennes subdivisions.

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Got something to say? Say who you are

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Maybe I feel so strongly about this because all the words I write, and all the decisions I make in writing those words on these pages, right or wrong, come with my name attached.

And I don’t pretend I am always right. I’ve misspelled names, misunderstood rules and laws, forgotten to put scores of games in stories (usually my editors catch that error for me, thankfully), and simply phrased things poorly. All those mistakes are highly public, and published corrections often follow.

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OV softball outlasts Mount Anthony

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — On Monday, the Otter Valley Union High School softball team bounced back from its first loss in four games, a 6-0 setback to Division I title contender Brattleboro on Saturday, to edge another D-I foe, Mount Anthony, 6-5.

The Otters improved to 7-3 and held onto fifth place in D-II. The Patriots, a good defensive team with some strong hitters, dropped to 2-10 as two pitchers combined to allow five hits and eight walks.

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Long-serving educators ready for last bell: Karen Florucci

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — Vergennes resident Karen Florucci can’t pin down whether she was in second or third grade when she picked out her career, but the choice stuck.

In early June, Florucci will retire after 25 years teaching at Addison Central School, 21 in kindergarten and four in second grade.

Before arriving at ACS, the 1972 Castleton State College graduate taught two years of elementary school in Castleton and three years at the now-shuttered Brandon Training Center, and then for four years in the 1980s operated her own kindergarten in her Vergennes home.

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Planners: Alter new zoning regs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Planning Commission agreed on Monday to recommend that Vergennes aldermen make changes to proposed new zoning regulations based on testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing.

The recommendations, according to planning chairman Shannon Haggett, will include a relaxed lot-frontage requirement in the new Historic Neighborhood District and a provision to allow multi-family housing in the Basin District.

Each recommendation was made after careful consideration at a two-and-a-half hour meeting, Haggett said.

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