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ANwSU spending plans face crunch

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school board members sit down this month and look at second or third preliminary drafts for 2010-2011 school budgets, ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien said they should be prepared to make some tough decisions.

O’Brien said in an interview last week a number of factors could work against voter approval of even modest ANwSU budgets this winter, including declining enrollments in three of its four schools, a projected 2.2-cent increase in the statewide school tax, and the continuing economic slump.

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Vergennes picks two new chiefs

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday looked down the road to Middlebury to find a new police chief, but inside its own highly regarded fire department for a new leader to replace retiring longtime chief Ralph Jackman.

The city’s new police chief will be New Haven resident George Merkel, 55, a Middlebury patrolman who is an 11-year member of that department and also a Vermont Army National Guard veteran.

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Vergennes reopens skate park

Posted on November 16, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After being closed for more than two months after summer vandalism incidents, the Vergennes skate park re-opened on Nov. 6 with two key changes: Adult volunteers are overseeing it, and users must wear helmets.

Alderman David Austin, who heads a committee that worked to reopen the facility near Vergennes Union Elementary School and is also working to ensure its long-term health, said tentative hours are from 3 p.m. until dark weekdays and noon until 4 p.m. on weekends.

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City firm gets the LED out

Posted on November 12, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Like virtually every company in the United States, Vergennes high-tech engineering firm Nathaniel Group Inc., which does business as Nathaniel Electronics, has felt the effects of the international economic slump.

Nathaniel has had to downsize. About a third of a workforce that numbered more than 40 in mid-2008 has either been laid off or left through what company founder Joel Melnick called attrition.

Now Melnick says the 25-year-old Panton Road firm sees light at the end of that economic tunnel — and it’s coming from light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

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City club helps teens shun alcohol

Posted on November 9, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After more than a year of research and cooperation with the Vermont Department of Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is ramping up a major community-wide effort to address alcohol abuse among teens and young adults.

That effort began in January 2008, when the Department of Health gave the club a three-year, $360,000 Strategic Prevention Framework grant from a pot of federal funds.

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Forums to kick of ANWSU unity effort

Posted on November 5, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled three public forums as the district begins to consider uniting under one school board with proportional representation from its five towns, much as Vergennes Union High School is now run.

ANwSU officials believe that a one-board union can better serve students and be deliver education in a more cost-effective manner.

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Aldermen could take up issue of ownership of city rec land

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Oct. 27 inched closer to a decision to accept ownership of the land under the city pool and nearby recreation facilities and discussed a way to help finance long-term operation and maintenance of the pool.

City Manager Mel Hawley suggested that the city council should request that the Vergennes ID school board, which now owns the land but is scheduled to dissolve next June, sell an adjacent eight-acre parcel it also owns and turn the proceeds over to the city.

The take from the sale could create a fund to help Vergennes afford pool ownership, he said.

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City could allow backyard chickens

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Planning Commission Chairman Neil Curtis discussed at the Oct. 27 city council meeting two issues planners have dealt with in recent months: backyard chickens and off-site sandwich boards.

Essentially, Curtis said planners believe that all chickens are illegal under current zoning, but that new laws could offer room for compromise.

“That’s something we’d like to consider changing for smaller numbers,” he said, noting planners also believe aldermen should consider a “nuisance ordinance” for backyard fowl violations rather than harder-to-enforce zoning provisions.

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Lowe seeks dismissal of charge in DUI case

Posted on September 24, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The attorney for recently resigned Vergennes police chief Mike Lowe filed a Sept. 16 motion at Addison District Court seeking dismissal of the charges against Lowe for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Those charges stem from the June 7 low-speed accident in Vergennes in which a police cruiser driven by Lowe struck a parked car.

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Education chief to talk with ANwSU schools

Posted on September 21, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When Vermont Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca visits Vergennes this week, he will discuss two issues the Vermont Board of Education has identified as critical — one in which local officials said Vergennes Union High School is already a statewide leader and another in which by March Vergennes-area schools may lead Vermont.

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