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Former N.Y. resident cited for 'luring' a 15-year-old boy

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — A 21-year-old man living in Waltham pleaded not guilty on Monday in Addison County court to two charges of trying to sexually exploit a 15-year-old boy and sending explicit photos to the boy via a cell phone.

Robert Ritchey, a former Potsdam, N.Y., resident who had been renting a room in a Waltham home, faces up to five years and a fine of $10,000 on the first charge of sexual exploitation/luring a child, and another year and a $1,000 fine for sending indecent material to a minor.

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Vergennes defeats new police station in close vote

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Tuesday dealt the $1.85 million proposal for a new North Main Street police station a narrow defeat, 302-292, a result that left city officials up in the air about their next step.

Mayor-elect Bill Benton said aldermen would take up the issue at their next meeting, probably March 26. He does think most residents believe the city’s police force needs to move out of its tiny City Hall headquarters.

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Voters OK Vergennes Union Elementary School budget

Posted on March 6, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Voters in the three towns that send students to the Vergennes Union Elementary School approved a proposed spending plan by a margin of 447-322 on Town Meeting Day. 

The school budgeted $4.08 million in spending for the fiscal year that beginns July 1.

Votes from Vergennes, Waltham and Panton are co-mingled, so results from the individual towns are not available.

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Legislature honors Rep. Greg Clark with resolution

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Gone, but not forgotten.

Vermont lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution honoring the late Rep. Greg Clark, delivering a standing ovation to members of his family while sharing heartfelt reminiscences about the longtime Addison-3 lawmaker and educator who died last Nov. 30 following a traffic accident on Route 7 in Waltham.

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Benton, Jin vying to lead Vergennes

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Vergennes residents will choose in a two-person race for mayor between an incumbent one-term alderman and a former multi-term alderwoman and one-term mayor who has thrown her hat back in the ring after several years away from city politics.

Each, Alderman Bill Benton and former mayor April Jin, has been active in the community and is a long-time resident of Vergennes. Both are married with three grown children who have attended city schools.

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Vergennes city officials make case for new police HQ

Posted on February 25, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on March 5 will decide whether to support the city council’s $1.85 million bond proposal to pay for a new, 5,940-square-foot police station on North Main Street.

The price tag includes $1.15 million for the building, about $200,000 for site development costs, roughly $80,000 in design fees, a $50,000 contingency, $59,000 for a generator and furniture, and a number of other smaller expenses.

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City moves closer to solar array

Posted on February 25, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Feb. 19 approved a new letter of intent between the city and Encore Redevelopment that focuses on putting a solar array on a small city-owned parcel near the Canal Street Vergennes-Panton Water District office.

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Council talks about Bixby, police station

Posted on February 25, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their Feb. 19 meeting, Vergennes aldermen considered a solar array in the city (see story above). In other business, aldermen:

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Arrest made in Alaska killing of Vergennes native

Posted on February 18, 2013 |
By Associated Press



ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities on Friday arrested an Alaska man accused of shooting and killing a Vergennes native and another Coast Guard employee at a communications station on Kodiak Island, Alaska, last spring, the U.S. attorney said.

James Michael Wells, 61, of Kodiak is accused in a federal murder complaint of killing Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, of Vergennes, and retired Chief Boatswain’s Mate Richard Belisle on April 12, 2012.

The arrested man worked with the victims, a Coast Guard spokeswoman confirmed.

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VUHS board to seek feedback before new bond

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After two failed bond votes, the Vergennes Union High School board will seek more feedback from the public before putting up another bond proposal for voter approval, its chairwoman said on Tuesday.

The board met on Monday night for the first time since its two-tiered proposal was defeated on Feb. 5.

A $4.2 million plan for renovations to the auditorium and kitchen/cafeteria, new roofing that officials said is badly needed, new bleachers for the middle school gym, and parking and sidewalk improvements failed, 820-671, or 55-45 percent.

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