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Tax credits to boost restoration of city's Shade Roller Building

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The award of $237,500 in historic preservation and tax credits to the proposed $3 million renovation of the prominent — but long vacant — Shade Roller Mill and Annex buildings near the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes should move that long-delayed project forward, the property owner said, but almost certainly not until 2014.

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Storm disrupts VUHS opening

Posted on September 2, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



VERGENNES — Repairs were under way in various sections of Vergennes Union High School as the school year began last Wednesday, and a series of heavy and unexpected rainstorms early last week wreaked havoc on several language classrooms.

“It overwhelmed the design of the temporary structure on the roof,” explained Co-principal Ed Webbley.

Webbley said he was unsure of the cost of the damage because VUHS is not responsible for the damage from the storm, which is covered by the construction company’s insurance.

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Vergennes aldermen considering city sewer extension

Posted on August 26, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In addition to considering resident concerns about speeding on South Maple Street (see story in Aug. 22 edition of the Independent), Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday evening also discussed a rare extension of city sewer service outside of city limits, to the recently moved former Vergennes rail station that now rests in Ferrisburgh next to the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Park and Ride Lot off Route 22A.

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VUHS auditorium closed as school reopens

Posted on August 26, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School auditorium will be closed for what school officials said could be a few weeks following a safety inspection last week, but they also said they have a plan to fix the most pressing problems and bring the room and stage back on line as soon as possible — but probably not for a full fall theatrical production.

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Benefit rocks out Vergennes Opera House

Posted on August 26, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Aug. 20 Royal Southern Brotherhood benefit concert at and for the Vergennes Opera House may not have been a huge financial windfall for the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH), but FVOH head Gerianne Smart said the event raised the city theater’s profile and should give the group a shot in the arm.

More than 200 people enjoyed a group that features Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers and Devon Allman, son of Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, Smart said. The new, bigger FVOH board considers the event a step forward.

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One Vergennes infrastructure project wraps up; two more in the wings

Posted on August 22, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Work on the new $1.55 million Vergennes police station should begin in about two weeks, with another project, a new solar array at and near the city’s sewer treatment plant, soon to follow, according to City Manager Mel Hawley.

Meanwhile, ongoing work to solve a persistent drainage problem on Monkton Road should wrap up this week, Hawley said.

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Petitioners seek action against speeders on city street

Posted on August 22, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed at their Tuesday meeting to research the speed of traffic on South Maple Street, a decision made in response to a petition filed by residents asking the city to act on what they see as too much fast driving on the street.

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City seeking grant for North Main Street sidewalk

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES —Vergennes is seeking a $180,000 VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program grant to extend a city sidewalk along North Main Street from the Vergennes Redemption Center to Champlain Discount Foods, a stretch of road that includes the Kennedy Brothers building, according to draft minutes from the city council’s July 23 meeting.

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City's annual celebration is this weekend

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The Little City kicks off its annual Vergennes Day festivities on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. with a street dance on Main Street and in City Park. Snacks and Mexican food will be available and children can play in the Bouncy House. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

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Bixby Library making progress on building, services, finances

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A combination of building improvements, technology upgrades, strong fundraising and new programming has created optimism among Bixby Memorial Library officials that the Vergennes fixture can survive its current financial crisis and become a more thriving part of the five communities it serves.

“It is true that you’re either growing or shrinking,” said Bixby Executive Director Jane Spencer. “I think the board has made the decision that we’re moving forward.”

In recent months, the Bixby has:

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