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Little City's upcoming celebration packed with events

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Thousands of visitors on Saturday — and Friday evening — will join the city of Vergennes’ roughly 2,750 residents in celebrating Vergennes Day, the community’s annual late-August city-wide celebration.

The event, sponsored and organized by the city and the Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, has established itself as a substantial draw since its inception in the late 1970s.

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Making a life in Addison County: Iraq tour gives native a new perspective

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s note — This article is part of our ongoing series about the thousands of young adults who reside in the county, how and why they live here. The series includes print articles and multimedia profiles of young adults, which can all be found on our website www.addisonindependent.com.

A multimedia profile of Seth Kittredge, 30, of Vergennes can be found here. A former member of the Vermont National Guard, Kittredge spent a year in Iraq patrolling for improvised explosive devices.

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Vergennes to pave roads in northwestern section

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Paving in Vergennes this fall will largely focus on the city’s northwestern streets, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their meeting on Tuesday.

Due to be resurfaced are all of Comfort Hill and High Street and two portions of MacDonough Drive: one from Main Street to Battery Hill, which Hawley said was the final topcoat on a stretch rebuilt in recent years, and the other being two-tenths of a mile long and running from the west end of the Northlands Job Corp campus to the city line.

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Voters OK water plant upgrade

Posted on August 9, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Voters turned out in small numbers last Wednesday, but backed by a large margin a proposed $5.1 million upgrade of the Vergennes-Panton Water District plant, which was built in 1973 on Panton’s Adams Ferry Road.

The final tally recorded at the district’s Vergennes office on Canal Street was 104-49, or 67-33 percent. That vote cleared the way for the first major upgrade of the Lake Champlain plant since its construction.  

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Major power upgrade diverts creek in city

Posted on July 26, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The loudest phase of Green Mountain Power Corp’s major project to rebuild parts of its Vergennes dam was set to start Monday morning, when demolition experts will begin what is expected to be about two weeks of a half-dozen blasts a day to clear out bedrock to allow replacement of what company officials call decaying piping.

Traffic on West Main Street will be stopped when blasting occurs, and motorists can expect delays.

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Jones converting Laundromat to bakery

Posted on July 26, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERGENNES — Last week the old Vergennes Laundromat on Main Street was mostly empty, except for a few stacks of boards and the hum of power tools emerging from the open doors.

Inside, 25-year-old Julianne Jones and fiancé Didier Murat were working atop the newly poured concrete floors, cutting and measuring the wood that would become the bathroom walls. Along the wall in the middle of the long room was a platform, sitting at the ready for the brick oven that will form the centerpiece of Jones’s bakery when it opens in September.

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City, youth to discuss land

Posted on July 22, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After hearing a pitch on Tuesday from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes board member Bill  Benton, Vergennes aldermen agreed to talk further with club officials about selling or leasing land near the city’s recreation area on which the club could build a youth center.

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$5.1m vote on Vergennes-Panton water plant nearing; meeting set

Posted on July 22, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Vergennes-Panton Water District officials are hoping for a better turnout at their next pre-vote public meeting on a $5.1 million proposal to upgrade the district’s 37-year-old Adams Ferry Road water treatment plant in Panton, a project that could more than double rates for a typical household.

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VARS seeking fundraising committee help

Posted on July 22, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As Vergennes Area Rescue Squad officials approach the funding phase for the nonprofit’s planned major expansion of its Panton Road headquarters, they are seeking more help from the community in raising the roughly $1 million needed.

VARS President Stephen Fleming said this week an initial meeting of the squad’s building renovations committee drew only four local residents even though VARS leaders sent out 28 letters to key community members they thought could help spearhead fund-raising efforts.

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City senior housing plan nets $1.35M federal grant

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) $1,355,200 in grants to help finance a proposed 25-unit senior housing project off of Monkton Road.

The grant, confirmed by U.S. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was a key funding component to the total $5.8 million project that will be built on a 6.5-acre lot adjacent to the Vergennes American Legion and the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza.

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