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VUHS board ready to request smaller bond

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board met on Monday night and edged closer to adopting a new, more modest bond proposal to take care of what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien called the most critical items that were included in two earlier defeated plans.

The new bond the VUHS board discussed on Monday, which O’Brien said on Tuesday would be “somewhere in the $2 million range,” will focus “on the roof and the cafeteria and kitchen primarily, with some smaller pieces in the auditorium.”

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Vergennes aldermen opt for Donnelly

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In what Mayor Bill Benton said he and all five sitting aldermen felt was a tough decision, the city council on Tuesday chose longtime Vergennes real estate broker Lynn Donnelly over former alderman Peter Garon to fill the one-year vacancy created on the council in March when Benton was elected to his office.

Although the decision was technically unanimous when it was made at the end of the aldermen’s Tuesday meeting, it came only after a fairly long closed-door session at the city’s fire station.

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City to vote May 14 on bond for a new police headquarters

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — As expected, Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday warned a May 14 vote for a $1.45 million bond to fund a new 4,611-square-foot police station on North Main Street, one that will cost taxpayers $400,000 less than the proposal that was narrowly defeated on Town Meeting Day.

The plan calls for savings of about $300,000 in construction costs over the initial proposal, mainly due to a building redesign that cuts out a little more than 1,300 square feet, but also due to savings on site development and land costs. The project cost is now roughly $1.55 million.

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Theme for Vergennes Memorial Day parade is announced

Posted on April 8, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 announces that the theme for this year’s Memorial Day parade, to be held on Monday, May 27, will be “Honor and Remember.”

Legion Post 14 annually sponsors the two-mile parade, the largest in the state, to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this country. This year the parade committee will be chaired by Dennis Steady, who also serves as the commander of Post 14.

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High schools collaborate on substance abuse, bullying programs

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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VERGENNES — It’s rare that scores of Mount Abraham students fill the bleachers of the Vergennes Union High School gym for something other than a basketball game.

But last Friday, hundreds of students from both high schools sat in the same set of bleachers in the VUHS gym to hear a presentation on substance abuse by motivational speaker Kevin Brooks, followed by student-led discussion forums. Meanwhile back in Bristol, students from the Vergennes and Mount Abraham middle schools gathered for workshops on bullying.

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Vergennes City Council to add a new member April 9; candidates emerge

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes city council members at their meeting last week said they will almost certainly fill the vacancy on the council at their April 9 meeting, and two candidates have emerged for the vacancy created when Alderman Bill Benton won a race for mayor on March 5.

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City Council eyes $1.45 million bond for new city police HQ

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen moved close on Tuesday to setting a May vote on a $1.45 million bond to pay for a 4,611-square-foot North Main Street police station.

That plan would remove more than 1,300 square feet — a drive-in evidence processing area, offices for the force’s sergeant and detective, and fitness and intake/dispatch rooms — from the proposed $1.85 million, 5,940-square-foot station that Vergennes voters defeated on Town Meeting Day, 302-292. It would remain on the same site.

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Homeless women work together to serve Vermont troops

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The residents of the John Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes know what it’s like to be without a home.

Maybe that’s why it didn’t take long for the shelter’s newly formed women’s group to zero in on the men and women who are serving in the military far away from their homes as the subject for a community service project.

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Vergennes youth wrestlers are seeing success

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MILTON — Ten Vergennes Area Youth Wrestling Club members won titles this past weekend at a Milton tournament as what club organizers said has been a successful season for the organization continued.

Club membership has grown to 53, and 46 wrestlers competed this past weekend at Milton. There, the team also won the tournament’s sportsmanship award, as voted by the event’s referees and other competing clubs.

As well as the 10 first-place finishes at Milton, Vergennes youth wrestlers earned nine second-place results and 14 third-place showings.

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Sen. Leahy chats online with Vergennes-area kids

Posted on March 25, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES/WASHINGTON, D.C. — This past Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy held his second online chat of the 113th Congress with 75 seventh-grade students from Vergennes Union Middle School.

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