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City council hears bar petition

Posted on March 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At last Tuesday’s city council meeting, aldermen dealt with a petition asking that they deny Bar Antidote permission to serve alcohol on its patio, which has five tables with 20 chairs. The business is at the corner of School and Green streets.

Area residents Cindy Paquette and Val Kittredge presented the petition, signed by about 20 residents, asking aldermen to deny the permit.

“It is incredibly noisy every single night the bar is open,” Paquette said, adding that she felt “the light (from the patio) and the noise is beyond intrusive.”

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One-board petition being readied

Posted on March 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Alderman David Austin on Tuesday told his colleagues that a Vergennes resident has started a petition for a citywide revote on the question of whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should change its governance system.

Vergennes residents voted on March 2 by a 232-142 margin, or 62-38 percent, in favor of a switch to one board to govern all four ANwSU schools. The other four ANwSU towns joined the city by similar margins — the overall percentage tally was 63-37.

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Small City Market soon to be bigger

Posted on March 15, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — By September the Small City Market should be a lot bigger.

On March 8, Cory and Hilary Foote, the Weybridge residents who for 12 years have owned the Vergennes store at the intersection of South Water and Main streets, received a Development Review Board permit to put up a new building to house their business — right across the street from their existing shop.

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City Legion honors longtime firefighter

Posted on March 11, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Former Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Jenkins remembers as a teen in his native Vergennes hearing the siren on top of City Hall, racing to the fire station to find out where the action was, and then heading to watch firefighters do their job.

“That got the adrenaline flowing,” said Jenkins, now 66.

At the age of 16 he followed in his father’s footsteps and approached Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ralph Jackman and signed up, beginning a 50-years-and-counting career in the fire service, including 17 years as Ferrisburgh’s chief.

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Customer service key for new shop owner

Posted on March 11, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A new owner recently took over Main Street fixture Vergennes Wine & Beverage, but he hopes that other than new paint, flooring and faces, its customers will notice little change from the way the store has been operated for the past dozen years.

Monkton’s Paul Kerin, a 24-year veteran of the beverage distribution business, bought the Stone Block store from longtime owner Andy McCabe on March 1.

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Big grant fuels senior housing

Posted on March 8, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Seniors in Vergennes got some good news Friday when the Vermont Community Development Program awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to the city for the long-planned and long-awaited senior housing center off Monkton Road.

That grant, officially announced by Gov. Jim Douglas at Vergennes American Legion Post 14 on Friday, provides one of the final two pieces of the financial puzzle for the fully permitted 25-unit, $5.8 million facility.

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ANwSU unification earns big win; Vilaseca praises plan as model

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In a vote watched closely around Vermont, residents of all five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union communities on Tuesday backed strongly the plan to have one 12-member board govern the four-school union.

The final tally was 908-539, or about 63-37 percent, with wide margins in each town.  

As of June 2011, the existing Vergennes Union High and Elementary school boards, Ferrisburgh and Addison Central school boards, and ANwSU board will dissolve and the union will assume ownership of all four schools.

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Bixby's requests backed

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents in four of the communities that Bixby Free Memorial Library serves agreed on Tuesday to make substantial increases in their towns’ yearly contributions to the Vergennes library, the first time towns have upped their annual ante since 2002.

In all, Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham will add about $17,600 to their annual contributions during their upcoming fiscal year, to a total of  about $51,200.

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Lawmakers discuss future of Vermont Yankee

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and the state’s budget crunch continue to dominate the Vermont Legislature’s agenda, local lawmakers announced as they began their weeklong break on Monday for town meetings.

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Vergennes eyes new zoning laws

Posted on March 1, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week released funds that will help the planning commission update the city’s zoning laws to reflect changes called for in the municipal plan adopted last fall. That update would not take effect until after a public process.

Aldermen said they would take $3,000 out of the city’s Tower Fund, which is funded by cell phone companies who lease space for antennas on the water tower behind City Hall.

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