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Clippings: Tutus, hot dog races and baseball

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Probably my favorite moment of our family’s enjoyable Saturday night trip to see the Vermont Lake Monsters came when my older daughter gained new perspective on the quality of her internship here at this newspaper.

Not all work at the Independent is as glamorous as it appears when readers see us at school board meetings, zoning hearings and ribbon-cuttings.

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VUHS bond to be discussed on monday

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board hopes to hear from the public on Monday its opinions on a bond that could be floated as soon as November and might approach $5 million if all elements now being discussed are included.

In the past six weeks, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon, school officials have begun leaning toward asking for two elements that were in early May less likely.

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Troopers increasing Panton patrols after flood of reports

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Vermont State Police plan extra patrols on Panton roads near Lake Champlain after a rash of suspicious incidents in June has left area residents on edge.

VSP troopers Andrew Leise and Keri Starr also sat down with homeowners on June 25 to hear their concerns and make recommendations about how they could protect themselves and their properties.

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AC nips Burlington, remains unbeaten

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team got combined one-hit pitching from Sawyer Kamman and Charlie Stapleford on Thursday to defeat visiting Burlington, 2-1, and remain unbeaten at 5-0, 2-0 in Northern Division games, heading into weekend play.

AC was set to play a Sunday doubleheader at league rival Orleans-Essex-Caledonia, with Coach Mike Estey ready to send out some combination of aces Tommy Nelson, Devin Hayes and Stapleford to the mound.

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Commodore junior tops paper team

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County teams have won eight of the past 12 Vermont Division II high school baseball championships. Of course six of those titles belong to Mount Abraham, but in June Vergennes — the 2008 winner — joined the multiple-crown club by defeating Missisquoi in the final, 4-3.

The winning pitcher in that game also scored the winning run — Commodore junior Devin Hayes, the 2012 Addison Independent Baseball Player of the Year and the top pick for the 2012 Addison Independent Baseball All-Star Team.

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Two-cent city tax hike first since 2008

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday approved the first increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate since 2008, a 2-cent hike that will bring it to about 62.3 cents for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials and City Manager Mel Hawley expect the city’s residential school rate to drop by a little bit less than a penny, meaning the overall residential property rate in Vergennes should rise by a little more than a penny.

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VUHS to discuss potential $5M upgrade

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the date of the VUHS board meeting.

VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board hopes to hear from the public on Monday, July 9, its opinions on a bond that could be floated as soon as November and might approach $5 million if all elements now being discussed are included.

In the past six weeks, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon, school officials have begun leaning toward asking for two elements that were in early May less likely.

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Aldermen support partnership, opera house

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday approved the first increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate since 2008, a 2-cent hike that will bring it to about 62.3 cents for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials and City Manager Mel Hawley expect the city’s residential school rate to drop by a little bit less than a penny, meaning the overall residential property rate in Vergennes should rise by a little more than a penny.

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Little City downtown gets wifi

Posted on June 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Free wifi now blankets downtown Vergennes, courtesy of the eVermont grant the city won in 2010. The Bixby Free Memorial Library served as the lead applicant for that grant, with support from the Vergennes partnership.

Wifi service extends on Main Street from just east of Vergennes City Hall westward past the Bixby, and also southward down Green Street to the Vergennes fire department.

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Bixby upgrades tech

Posted on June 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The eVermont grant that helped bring free wifi to downtown Vergennes has also benefited the Bixby Free Memorial Library inside its walls, too.

The eVermont grant paid for several upgrades at the Bixby, including the purchase of laptops, iPads, three e-readers (two Nooks and a Kindle), and several small video recorders known as flip cameras.

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