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Vote to change opera house lease seen as plus

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents this past Tuesday, by a 4-1 margin, backed adding a first-floor room to the Vergennes Opera House’s lease in City Hall.

By a 359-89 tally on May 5, voters gave the Vergennes City Council permission to amend the 2003 lease the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House Inc. signed with the city to include “the so-called ticket booth.” That vote was held in conjunction with the second vote on a Vergennes Union High School budget proposal.

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Voters reject both parts of VUHS multiple choice budget proposal

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday sent two VUHS budget articles down to defeat for the second time in 2015, one by a close margin and one by a landslide.

A $10.31 million proposal to fund the high school, and which cut $156,000 from the budget defeated on Town Meeting Day, lost 722-676 or 51.6-48.4 percent.

A second article, one that could have only taken effect if the first article had passed, would have added that $156,000 back into VUHS spending. It failed by 843-556, or 60-40 percent.

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Painter in Vergennes makes art in a meditative state

Posted on May 3, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERGENNES — Pacing the floor in paint-speckled slippers, Peter Fried leads a tour of his small gallery and studio. The narrow space, previously used as a shoe store, had high ceilings with a wide glass window facing Main Street in downtown Vergennes.

The scene in Fried’s space is that of creative activity just paused. Two pieces of crusty bread smeared with peanut butter sit next to partially completed drawings, a pair of easels stand idle at opposing ends of the room and all around him, the white walls are covered with samples of his work.

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Bentons, Vergennes reach verbal deal for creek-side lot

Posted on May 3, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week confirmed that he and his sister have a verbal agreement to sell to Vergennes some riverfront land they own next to the city docks.

The price that Benton said he and City Manager Mel Hawley agreed upon remains undisclosed, but Benton said the figure is less than that pegged in an appraisal arranged by the Vergennes City Council.

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City losing its playground grant

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials on Wednesday learned the city will not receive an extension on its $21,000 state grant to support an East Street preschool playground, news that effectively pulls the plug on a project that generated opposition among neighbors and mixed reviews from other city residents.

The city had already received one extension from the Department of Buildings & General Services that required that work on the $42,000, quarter-acre project, proposed for city land next to the municipal pool, be under way by June.

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City residents to vote on Opera House lease change

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When Vergennes residents go to the polls on Tuesday, they will not only weigh in on a new Vergennes Union High School budget proposal (see story), but also decide whether to approve an amendment to the Vergennes Opera House’s overall lease for the use of Vergennes City Hall.

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VUHS board presents multiple-choice ballot for new budget vote

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday will vote on two Vergennes Union High School budget proposals in what will be the second decision this spring on spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year.

The first article on the May 5 ballot will ask residents to back a plan that cuts about $156,000 from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.

The second article asks voters to approve the board’s original $10.47 million spending plan.

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Vergennes duo teams up for 10th benefit show

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — Visitors entering the Emerson Guest House bed and breakfast on Main Street in Vergennes shouldn’t be surprised if they are greeted with a rousing rendition the “Major-General’s Song” from Pirates of Penzance, or “Prima Donna” from The Phantom of the Opera. And many walk in impressed with the vocal prowess of the singer, Bill Walsh, a professional actor who along with his wife — dancer and choreographer Sue Burk Walsh — are livening up the theater scene in the Little City.

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Proposed city playground now in jeopardy

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The proposed East Street preschool playground appeared to be on life support after Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting.

Project designer David Raphael of Middlebury landscape design firm LandWorks told the aldermen on Tuesday he could no longer continue to devote time to the project, and that because of needed sitework it appeared even the scaled-down version approved by aldermen this winter could not be built for its $42,000 price tag.

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Opera house lease up for a vote

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In addition to dealing with the proposed East Street preschool playground, Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting also:

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