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Bill Benton and April Jin vie to be next Vergennes mayor

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Bixby seeks more funding from towns as its endowment dwindles

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Facing a fiscal crisis that Bixby Free Memorial Library board members believe could bankrupt the Vergennes fixture in a few short years, those board members this winter approached the five communities the library serves seeking a major boost in the support it receives within town budgets.

Bixby board members said they understood why responses from local selectboards were mixed when the Bixby initially asked for an increase in support from $13.66 per resident to about $24.

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City library is reaching out with more hours and youth programs

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — While the Bixby Free Memorial Library board works with the five communities the Vergennes institution serves to ensure the Bixby’s financial future (see related story), its librarians and director say they are trying to make sure the library will continue to be an important part of residents’ lives.

Director Jane Spencer said steps have already been taken, including hiring new head librarian MacKenzie Ross, moving former head librarian Rachel Plant to the position of children’s librarian, and juggling staff hours.

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VUHS establishing new specific diploma requirements

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School is moving toward a system that will require students to demonstrate mastery of a series of skills, known as “Performance Based Graduation Requirements,” in order to earn a diploma.

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Forum on two-tiered VUHS bond vote set

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Thursday, Jan. 31, will have a chance to ask Vergennes Union High School board members about the upcoming two-tiered vote on whether to fund upgrades the VUHS building and grounds.

The board will hold a 7 p.m. forum at VUHS on that Thursday to present information and allow for questions on the two bonds that residents will decide the fate of on Feb. 5. There will be a walk through of the building areas to be renovated and/or upgraded at 6 p.m.

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GOP taps Castimore, VanWyck for the late Rep. Clark’s House seat

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.

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School spending increases eyed for two ANwSU elementary schools, decrease at third

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.

The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.

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VUHS spending driven by higher special education costs

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A major increase in special education costs led the Vergennes Union High School board on Monday to propose a 2013-2014 budget that, if approved by Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March, would boost VUHS spending by 5.98 percent.

The board’s final proposal after a number of meetings is just $162 short of $9.5 million and calls for a spending increase of almost $535,670.

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ANwSU tax rates seen rising by 7 to 9.6 cents

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With Monday’s adoption of a proposed $9.5 million Vergennes Union High School budget, estimates for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school tax rates have also been released and show a range of increase from about 7 to 9.6 cents in the five towns.

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City jumps on solar deal; Ferrisburgh still investigating

Posted on January 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While Ferrisburgh continues with a cautious approach to a solar array on town property that some estimate could net the town a half-million dollars over the next two decades, the city of Vergennes has jumped in and put making a similar deal on the fast track.

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