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Ferrisburgh optimistic on land sale

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard has yet to find a buyer for the town-owned 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A, but it recently met in a half-hour executive session with one interested party.

Minutes of the Oct. 2 meeting indicate that the board met behind closed doors with, among others, property listing agent Matt Tedder of Pomerleau Real Estate and Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment.

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Tiger harriers host area runners at Rikert cross country invitational

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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RIPTON — Runners from Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools posted a half-dozen top-20 finishes at the annual Middlebury Invitational Cross-Country Meet, which was held on Saturday at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton.

The event was moved to Rikert from the Middlebury College course to accommodate the visit of the Dalai Lama, according to MUHS officials.

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Sports column: Time ripe for four divisions in Vermont football

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

In the coming weeks, Vermont football officials will gather and decide how to align divisions for the state’s 34 football-playing high schools.

Currently, there are three divisions, with 14 schools in D-I and 10 apiece in D-II and D-III. That alignment has been in place since 2011.

In 2009 and 2010, there were 10 teams in D-I and 12 apiece in D-II and D-III.

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MUHS boys' soccer team's dream season just keeps rolling

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team took another step toward the program’s finest regular season and a top seed in Division I on Tuesday, when the Tigers turned back visiting Rice, 2-1, and improved to 11-1.

The Tigers conclude their season at Lake Division rival Milton (5-6-2) on Friday. MUHS defeated the Yellowjackets, but only by 1-0, at home on Sept. 21.

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City mulls options for police HQ

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen met behind closed doors on Oct. 9 to discuss the final few choices for a police station site, and there also heard from City Manager Mel Hawley that a station that meets all the criteria Police Chief George Merkel gave to aldermen earlier this year would probably cost more than $2 million.

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VUHS raises funds for cancer patient

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The annual Vergennes Union High School senior class fall charity walk-a-thon, which concluded atop Mount Philo on Oct. 9, raised more than $3,000 to help an Athens, Ga., resident with connections to Vermont in her battle with a rare form of bone cancer.

Keri Kinsel, 27, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in January, and has undergone treatments since then. Doctors at the nonprofit Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., say that a bone marrow treatment more common in Europe will help prevent the cancer from returning to Kinsel.

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Tiger field hockey falls to Cougars, 5-1, despite good effort

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team got off to a promising start in Friday’s Senior Day game against visiting Mount Mansfield, but it was the Cougars who made the most of their scoring chances in what ended up as a 5-1 contest.

The Tigers controlled play for most of the first 20 minutes, earned four first-half penalty corners to the Cougars’ one, and forced Cougar coach Paige Manning into calling a timeout at 20:28 to rally her troops.

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City council readies for celebration

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES —Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially renamed a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

In other business, aldermen:

•  Went into an executive session to discuss potential purchases of properties for a new police station. City Manager Mel Hawley said on Wednesday that per the laws governing such sessions “no minutes were taken,” and no decisions were made after the session.

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Ancient cemetery dubbed 'Vergennes Burial Ground'

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After receiving a thorough history lesson from a resident, Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially agreed on Tuesday to name a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

Resident Susan Ferland, whose research has also been instrumental in having Vergennes re-assume maintenance of what is the city’s oldest cemetery, told aldermen at their Oct. 9 meeting that what is the final resting place of most Vergennes founders has undergone several name changes since it was created in 1790.

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Clippings: Voter ID laws don't stem fraud, and aren't intended to

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Before South Africa became a democracy, the band Johnny Clegg and Savuka created controversy not only because its members were both black and white when apartheid was still the law of the land, but also because it agitated for political change.

One of the group’s most famous and popular songs was “One (Hu)Man, One Vote,” which as well as being highly danceable describes the foundation of democracy as well as anything I’ve heard:

“The west is sleeping in a fragile freedom

Forgotten is the price that was paid

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