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VUHS board addresses safety questions

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board at their meeting on Monday set a date for a school improvement bond and talked about school taxes with Panton residents (see stories on Page 1A).

In other business at the meeting:

•  Co-principals Ed Webbley and Stephanie Taylor fielded a question about the school’s efforts to promote safety given the recent murder of a Massachusetts teacher by a student and the recent suicide of a Mount Abraham student.

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VUHS adds to size of proposed bond, but the tax impact declines

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board agreed on Monday to add this past spring’s roofing loan into a winter bond vote and set balloting for Dec. 10, not Dec. 3 as had previously been discussed.

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City to petition pipeline endorsement

Posted on October 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials said at the city council meeting last week that they and a petitioner against aldermen’s endorsement of the proposed Addison County extension of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline had mutually agreed to postpone his formal presentation of that petition.

Jeff Margolis had been on the Oct. 22 agenda, but instead, aldermen will hold what they expect to be a brief special meeting in city hall at 6 p.m. this Tuesday to accept a petition.

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Council sets price for sale of public land to resident

Posted on October 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their Oct. 22 city council meeting, Vergennes aldermen agreed with South Water Street homeowner Didier Murat on the sale terms for a city-owned strip of land that bisects his property that is technically an extension of Victory Street. City officials said the strip, almost exactly 0.25 acre, is now lawn and has not been publicly used for decades, possibly a century or more.

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VUHS's Kauffman earns national chorus honor, to perform in Tenn.

Posted on October 28, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Alix Kauffman, a senior at Vergennes Union High School, has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). She will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert this Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Council warm to a city hall plaza concept in Vergennes

Posted on October 24, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members on Tuesday reacted favorably to a proposal from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House president Gerianne Smart for a brick plaza in front of Vergennes City Hall. 

That plan includes a crescent-shaped “bulbout” to replace two parking spaces in front of the building. The theater’s renovated standing marquee would be placed on that bulbout, which would, like the plaza, be made of bricks that would match those used in other downtown streetscape projects in the past decade.

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VUHS board likely to seek $2 million bond for facility repairs

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School officials confirmed this week that the VUHS board next Monday will almost certainly call for a Dec. 3 vote on a bond proposal that would fund fixes for problems in the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria.

VUHS board and building committee member Kurt Haigis and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon said the board is leaning toward warning a bond “in the ballpark” of $2.2 million.

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Vergennes school competes in annual youth rowing race

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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BURLINGTON — Twenty-one crews from local high and middle schools, as well as from Maine and Massachusetts, met on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Burlington Community Boathouse for Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s annual youth rowing race. Vergennes Union High School took first place in the novice four-oar division.

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Grant is key to new city playground

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The proposed Vergennes toddler playground has a few hurdles to clear before it can be built near the city pool this spring. The project depends on whether the city receives a $25,000 state grant, aldermen heard at their Oct. 8 meeting.

Alderman and city recreation committee head Joe Klopfenstein and City Manager Mel Hawley updated the council on the proposed toddler park at that meeting.

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Transitional apartments help homeless become independent

Posted on October 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — Robyn Yoder had grown weary of living in a troubled home and decided earlier this year that it was time for a change.

“I moved away from my family of struggling addicts. I needed to cleanse my life from that,” she said on Thursday.

So Yoder, 24, and her boyfriend, Josh Gordon, 26, moved from southern Vermont to the Vergennes area, where Gordon was raised.

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