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Ferrisburgh ready to set town budget

Posted on January 23, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard will meet on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to pin down a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year to be presented to residents on Town Meeting Day, and board members will be working off a draft that would trigger a 1-cent tax increase.

Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said budgeting for the treasurer position is the only uncertainty remaining in a spending plan that might go up by about 3.6 percent to about $1.73 million.

“We have to fine-tune the budget for that position,” Lawrence said.

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Tigers host Nordic meet

Posted on January 22, 2014 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



RIPTON — Middlebury Union High School Nordic athletes and local independent skiers fared well on Monday, when the Tiger team hosted its only home meet of the winter at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton.

For the Tiger team, senior girls Kate DaPolito and Sophie Ryan posted the best results, taking 14th and 17th among the more than 10 dozen skiers in the 5-kilometer skate race.

For Otter Valley, Brenna Coombs finished 67th to lead a three-skier contingent.

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New grocery store eyed for Vergennes

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Denecker Chevrolet co-owner Tom Denecker said last week his pending $350,000 purchase of land owned by Ferrisburgh at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A is going well, and he also confirmed he has a prospective purchaser or tenant for the 14 North Main St., Vergennes, branch of his existing dealership.

And the Vergennes Development Review Board on Dec. 30 approved an application for a proposed new business in what is now primarily Denecker Chevrolet’s service and parts branch: Neil’s Family Market, a grocery store.

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Commodore girls' hoop beats Missisquoi, 48-21

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Given that the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team features only two seniors on its roster, Coach Billy Waller says a major concern is that the Commodores show progress.

After Friday night’s home game vs. Missisquoi, Waller can probably put a check mark in that box.

After spotting the T-Birds the opening hoop, the Commodores erupted for a 16-0 run that featured crisp ball movement, balanced scoring and tough defense.

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VUHS board OKs 3 percent overall spending hike; voters to weigh in

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After listening to the second overflow crowd in the Vergennes Union High School library in six days, the VUHS board on Monday adopted a roughly $9.73 million spending proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that, including an extra $50,000 to start a capital improvement fund, would boost spending by about 3 percent.

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Ferrisburgh school board seeks 11% hike

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board last week adopted a budget proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that calls for a spending increase of almost 11 percent to $3.62 million and adds a new teacher — one not recommended by administrators — to help handle a large blended 5th- and 6th-grade class.  

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Panther women's basketball unplugs Chargers

Posted on January 15, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College women’s basketball team with a lineup finally looking more like what the Panthers hoped for surged to open Tuesday’s second half on the way to a 65-58 victory over visiting Colby-Sawyer.

The game marked only the second game this season that last season’s leading rebounder, senior forward Katie Pett, and second-leading scorer and rebounder, Scarlett Kirk, had taken the floor together.

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VUHS seeks to close $1 million budget gap

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board is looking at a budget draft that if adopted as it stands could, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials, trigger a 20-percent hike in the VUHS portion of the property tax rates in the five ANwSU towns.

Around 100 students, residents and teachers attended a Wednesday VUHS board meeting at which board members wrestled with a preliminary budget draft that could boost school spending next year by about 5 percent to almost $10 million, not including a separate $100,000 Capital Improvements Fund.

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Eagle boys' basketball slips past Otters in OT

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team rode a third-quarter surge and key plays in overtime to its second win and second over Otter Valley, 61-55 in Brandon on Saturday.

The 2-5 Otters dominated the first half, especially a first quarter in which they forced nine Eagle turnovers, and led by 32-19 at the break.

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Board seeks 4 percent spending hike for Vergennes Union Elementary

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board ended a budget workshop meeting last week eyeing a $4.26 million 2014-2015 budget that would increase spending by 4.34 percent, or $177,000.

However, almost all of that increase is driven by a state-mandated change in the way special education is accounted for within the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union schools and in higher special education costs overall, said ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien and business manager Kathy Cannon.

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