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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 |
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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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Life to return to city restaurant: Black Sheep head adds to portfolio

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Local restaurateur Michel Mahé will soon have two operations on Main Street in Vergennes — and five in the Champlain Valley.

In April, Mahé plans to open the Park Squeeze, keeping that name, adding it to a restaurant portfolio that already includes the Black Sheep Bistro further west along Main Street, Bristol’s Bobcat Café and Shelburne’s Bearded Frog.

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Monkton hiker to talk about historic gold rush journey

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Ivor Hughes of Monkton, an ardent hiker and backpacker, will present “The Klondike Gold Rush — A Nostalgic Journey to Retrace the Prospectors’ Footsteps” at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

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Comparison between Hinesburg and Vergennes police stations fills out

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As the city of Vergennes considers building a new police station, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel has shared additional details about a proposed new police station in Hinesburg, which has been used as a point of comparison to Vergennes’ plans.

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Voters defeat $6.2M in VUHS renovation bonds

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday voted down two Vergennes Union High School bonds totaling $6.2 million that the VUHS board had hoped would pay for major improvements inside and outside the school.

A $4.2 million bond proposal lost, 820-671, or 55-45 percent, in commingled balloting in the five ANwSU towns. 

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