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Aldermen hike sprinkler payments

Posted on January 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Jan. 10 to increase the city’s financial contribution toward installing sprinklers in City Hall and the Vergennes Opera House to $35,000.

The increased contribution for the delayed project is up from an earlier estimated city share of $20,000 to $22,000.

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Panthers fall to rival cardinals on home ice

Posted on January 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Friday night’s anticipated match-up between the Middlebury College men’s hockey team and longtime rival Plattsburgh in the end turned out to be a mismatch.

Although the shot total at Kenyon Arena favored the visiting Cardinals by only 27-25, the Cardinals generated by far the better chances in dealing the Panthers their worst setback since 1993, a 7-0 loss. The Panthers dropped to 6-5-2, while Plattsburgh, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, improved to 11-2-3.

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VUHS sees 2% hike; first in four years

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday settled on an $8.97 million budget proposal to put before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March. The plan would increase spending at VUHS by a little less than 2 percent — essentially back to the school’s 2007-2008 level.

Monday’s action followed a Jan. 3 meeting at which the VUHS board asked administrators to cut back their recommendation of a 2.47-percent hike to less than 2 percent.

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OV boys outlast Eagles in morale-boosting win

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — Before Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham Union High School, both Eagle coach Bill Leggett and Otter Valley coach Nathan Bellomo said their teams were continuing to hang together and work hard despite disappointing starts.

Both the Eagles and Otters also really wanted to add a W to their résumés: OV was 2-6, including a 44-41 home win over Mount Abe. The 0-6 Eagles were coming off a last-second loss at BFA-Fairfax that their coaches said was their best effort.

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Wind turbine rises above Vergennes

Posted on January 9, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The newest addition to the Vergennes landscape towers over the Northlands Job Corps campus and is capable of powering 20 homes.

On Dec. 30, Vermont contractors Engineers Construction and Encore Redevelopment finished installing a 121-foot-tall wind turbine on a knoll on the north end of the Northlands Job Corps campus.

The windmill, built in Barre by Northern Power Systems, will be owned and operated by Green Mountain Power, but the Vergennes job-training center will receive 10 percent of its power output.

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Crystal ball looks ahead; mileage typically varies

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It’s written in the Official Manual for Sports Writing that predictions must be made. That’s Rule 1.

Rule 2? Once made, said prognostication must be quickly forgotten unless it miraculously proves correct.

Did I mention that I once accurately made the preseason prediction that the Kansas City Royals would win the 1985 World Series? Hey, thanks to Don Denkinger’s historically bad umpiring call (Jorge Orta safe at first in the 9th inning of Game 6 vs. the Cardinals) I was right.

Since then? See Rule 2.

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Local real estate market showing mixed signals

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — The good news, according to local appraisers, is that unlike many areas of the nation the bottom has not fallen out of the Addison County real estate market in the past three or four years.

The bad news? Well, just because the county is not as poorly off as say, overbuilt foreclosure centers like Nevada or Florida does not mean the market is booming.

Ferrisburgh appraiser Charlene Stavenow said sales indicate that prices in most segments are no more than holding their own.

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Three take titles at MUHS tourney

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Three local wrestlers won their weight classes last week at Middlebury Union High School’s 40th annual Hubie Wagner Invitational Wrestling Tournament, a two-day event that concluded on Dec. 29.

Vergennes Union High School senior wrestler Geoffrey Grant not only won for the second straight year, but also after Grant prevailed at 170 pounds with a 7-0 record that included six pins and a 15-3 decision, the coaches of the 16 competing teams chose him as the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.

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Aldermen eye conflict of interest policy

Posted on January 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At the suggestion of two residents who sit on other city boards, Vergennes aldermen on Dec. 20 agreed to consider at a future meeting adopting a formal conflict of interest policy. 

The recommendation came from school board member Cheryl Brinkman and planner Alex McGuire, who asked aldermen to either consider adopting a conflict of interest policy or ordinance, or give residents the option of adopting one on Town Meeting Day.

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Tiger boys’ tourney loss is team’s first

Posted on January 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Thursday suffered its first loss, 2-0, to Lake Placid in the final of the Duke Nelson/Wendy Forbes Memorial Tournament, which the Tigers hosted at Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena.

The 5-1 Tigers earned the berth in the final with a 5-3 victory over Brattleboro on Wednesday.

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