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Bixby library to celebrate first 100 years

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Back in 1907, Vergennes native William Gove Bixby surprised fellow townspeople in his will by leaving much of his estate — the bulk of which he inherited from his sister — for the purpose of building a new public library in his hometown.

Five years later, workers finished building the Bixby Free Memorial Library, and 100 years after that — on Oct. 13, a week from Saturday, to be precise — the Vergennes institution named after Bixby will hold a party to celebrate its 100th birthday.

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Bixby's silent auction to showcase Johnson's art

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes will hold a silent auction of framed prints and watercolors by Addison artist Tom Johnson starting Oct. 6 and running through Oct. 20.

Born Feb. 22, 1922, in Camden, N.Y., Johnson graduated from Middlebury College in 1948. He studied watercolor painting there with Arthur K.D. Healy. He later studied with Xavier Gonzalez on Cape Cod and Dong Kingman at Columbia University and apprenticed in silkscreen printing to Arthur Young at Columbia.

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Vergennes depot moving to commuter lot

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — About a dozen years after the idea was first floated by a Vermont Agency of Transportation official, the historic, roughly 160-year-old former Vergennes train station will apparently soon be on the move from North Main Street to a site about a quarter-mile north, next to the agency’s Ferrisburgh commuter lot.

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VUHS pegs $6.5 million for facilities

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday agreed to ask voters in November to approve a $6.5 million bond to fund major repairs and upgrades to the school’s building and site.

Most notably, work would include fixing leaky roofing on the classroom wing; making major improvements and safety upgrades to the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria; and installing artificial turf on the school’s varsity soccer and lacrosse field and surrounding it with a track.

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VUHS students talk peace and tolerance

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Sept. 21, Vergennes Union High School students, staff members and some area residents for the eighth time celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace, which the U.N. designated in 2001 to be on Sept. 21 every year.

For the past eight years, VUHS students — with the approval and support of the school’s administration — have organized a school-wide assembly on the school’s front lawn to support peace around the world, in their communities, at the school and in their lives.

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City officially cuts ties to local nativity scene

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their regular meeting last Tuesday, aldermen discussed signage at Vergennes’ oldest cemetery, the addition of a Police Explorers program for youths interested in police work, and the need — or lack thereof — for a city conservation commission.

In other business, aldermen:

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Planners balk at need for city conservation panel

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Sept. 18 meeting accepted a recommendation from the city’s planning commission that Vergennes does not need to create a conservation commission.

Specifically, planners suggested that aldermen not place an article on the city meeting ballot asking residents to approve a conservation commission, and aldermen agreed.

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Changes afoot for historic city burial ground

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are asking neighbors and other parties interested in the city’s oldest cemetery to help create a new sign for the historic burial ground, for which the city assumed maintenance responsibilities this year.

An older sign now identifies it as “Vergennes First Cemetery,” and the site, at the end of Mountain View Lane, is commonly known as the First Cemetery or as the Old Cemetery.

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City police set to welcome young assistants to force

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel has chartered a city branch of the national Police Explorers organization, a program that allows youths to learn about police work and even help police do some jobs, such as direct traffic, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their Sept. 18 meeting.

Hawley said Merkel has already held two organizational meetings at Vergennes Union High School, and about 15 students have said they will sign up.

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Vergennes to host War of 1812 activities

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Mayor Michael Daniels last week updated the city council on plans for an Oct. 12 celebration of the city’s role in the War of 1812.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s canal schooner Lois McClure will dock in Vergennes that weekend and be open to the public, and a welcoming event is planned for that Friday afternoon.

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