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Legislators tell aldermen ‘big budget issues’ will test state

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The legislators who represent Vergennes in Montpelier — sadly at this point only a trio — sat down with Vergennes aldermen last week to talk about the budgetary and other challenges they will face during the upcoming legislative session.

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In Vergennes, Kennedy Brothers sale is off

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A potential sale of Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes has fallen through, but the principals in the deal still hope for a lease arrangement that would establish a grocery store on the North Main Street landmark’s ground floor.

Vergennes resident Neil Swenor, a former longtime worker at Greg’s Meat Market in Middlebury, had hoped to buy the Kennedy Brothers property, which includes 4 acres and an almost 42,000-square-foot building.

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Vergennes police, VSP make heroin bust in Leicester

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES/LEICESTER — Vergennes police on Tuesday — with a major assist from Vermont State Police — arrested three people in Leicester and charged them with selling heroin after finding more than 350 bags of the drug, $3,670 of cash, marijuana, and a stolen firearm at a Fern Lake Road home.

Police said the street value of each bag ranged from $20 to $30 per bag, meaning the street value of the drug seized by police on Wednesday ranged from $7,000 to $10,500.

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Vergennes elementary eyes 4.7 percent spending increase

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday night moved closer to adopting a 2013-2014 budget that would boost spending by 4.7 percent to a little less than $4.1 million.

Board chairwoman Tara Brooks said on Tuesday the board would hold a special meeting during the second week of January to make final a plan that would increase spending by about $190,000.

She said the board will probably adopt what they looked at on Monday.

“We’re pretty confident of where we are now in terms or our numbers,” Brooks said.

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City entrepreneurs build a better grocery bag

Posted on December 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — It can hold up to 30 pounds of groceries or, say, picnic food and beverages; can be carried as a bag, over-the-shoulder tote or backpack; it’s washable; and, as the slogan that describes it states, it “stands tall and folds small.”

And design and utility patents are pending.

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VUHS sets dual bond votes for upgrade project

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Feb. 5 will face a two-tiered bond vote on plans to upgrade Vergennes Union High School’s building and grounds.

The VUHS board on Monday agreed to put before voters a $4.2 million plan that would fund building repairs and upgrades, most notably including new roofing in some areas and major improvements to the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria.

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Tears and tributes flow at Rep. Greg Clark’s funeral

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL/VERGENNES — Classes might have been cancelled, but school was definitely in session on Tuesday afternoon at Mount Abraham Union High School, where students, teachers and community members packed the auditorium to bid farewell to one of their most beloved teachers, Greg Clark.

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Vergennes receptive to treatment center

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and some neighbors of the former Briarwood Manor nursing home at 1 Alden Place said they could support the proposed reuse of the property as a 19-bed residential treatment facility for young women dealing with substance abuse and self-injury issues — provided organizers can assure the building will be secure and the program is well-run.

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Vergennes shopkeeper ventures into some familiar territory

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In October 1982, Linda Cook, then 20, went to work as a retail clerk for Fishman’s Department Store owner David Coen at the corner of Main and Green streets, right in the center of Vergennes.

Since then, Cook’s career has never left the heart of downtown, although she did switch sides of the road: She worked from 1997 to 2005 at Classic Stitching, on the other side of Green Street, after Coen closed Fishman’s in 1997.

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Now-vacant Vergennes nursing home eyed as treatment center

Posted on December 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — The former Briarwood Manor nursing home at 1 Alden Place in Vergennes could soon be the headquarters of a 19-bed residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and young women who are battling drug addiction and/or “self-injury behaviors.”

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