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Future of trash, recycling challenges Vergennes area, county

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While the Addison County Solid Waste Management District works toward a long-term replacement for the Vergennes recycling center, selectboards of three of the other towns that it serves have agreed to pay higher costs to keep the center open until the end of the year.

The fourth, Waltham, is set to take up the question this Monday, Aug. 13, and Selectboard Chairman Michael Grace said his recommendation to the board “probably will be to stay with Vergennes at this time,” given the lack of other options.

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Battling beaters draw big crowds at Field Days

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — Thousands of fans flocked on Wednesday and Thursday night to see cars, trucks and minivans collide, auto parts fly, and smoke and steam billow from crushed radiators and bashed engine blocks, all while listening to the deafening din of un-muffled motors and pretzeled metal.

Yes, it was time for two nights of the No. 1 Auto Parts Demo Derby at Addison County Fair & Field Days, which draws more spectators than any single event at the fair, possibly to live out their fantasies of road rage.

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Ferrisburgh seeking Route 7 traffic light

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Residents’ complaints about a dangerous intersection and speeding honey wagons on Tuesday prompted the Ferrisburgh selectboard to act in one case and promise to take action in the other.

The action on the dangerous intersection could potentially have a wider effect. Residents who live on Hollow, Stage and Long Point roads pressed the board to lobby the Agency of Transportation and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) for a traffic light on Route 7.

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Farmers cut more trees in town right of way

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After the Vorsteveld Farm recently paid a contractor to cut more trees in the town right of way along Arnold Bay Road, an issue about which the farm and Ferrisburgh officials are already involved in a legal dispute, the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday promised upset neighbors it would take legal action.

After neighbors — and Selectboard Chairman Rick Ebel — said they were frustrated with the farmers’ actions, the board met with town attorney Jim Carroll behind closed doors for 20 minutes.

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City manager search nearing its conclusion

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials remained optimistic about finding a new city manager after the city council on Tuesday met to conduct online interviews with candidates, but were reluctant to identify those candidates.

“Out of respect for our candidates we are unable to yet release names,” said Deputy Mayor Jeff Fritz, chairman of the committee charged with finding a replacement for retiring City Manager Mel Hawley.

Fritz said the committee hopes to interview a candidate or candidates in person either later this week or early next week.  

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Champs, Marlins come home with hardware

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Both the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins came home with titles from the Vermont Swim Association 2018 Championships, held this past weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.

The Champs won the Division II championship by finishing first in five individual races and one relay, second in four other relays, and third in a fifth relay race.

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Shrine football team wins third straight

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



CASTLETON — The Vermont team of recent high school graduate all-star football players on Saturday picked up the state’s third win in a row over New Hampshire, 24-13, in the 65th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which was played at Castleton University.

Strong defense and running sparked Vermont, which cut New Hampshire’s all-time lead in the series to 47-16-2 in front of 5,229 fans at Spartan Stadium. Proceeds support Shrine hospitals for children.

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Real estate market still strong; prices rising in some areas

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — According to data provided by local real estate experts, this summer’s home sales overall in Addison County have remained on par with the solid performance of 2017, while prices have begun to rise and properties are selling faster.

A major factor in the higher prices and quicker sales is tighter supply, experts said: There are fewer homes on the market in 2018 than in 2017, and competition for desirable properties appears to be having an effect.

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Friday morning fire claims Ferrisburgh barn; no injuries

Posted on August 4, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — An early-morning fire on Friday destroyed a hay barn and its contents at 1535 Monkton Road, a Ferrisburgh farm owned by Allan Brisson.

About 40 firefighters and 14 pieces of equipment from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Addison and Monkton responded to the 2 a.m. fire, according to Vergennes Fire Chief Jim Breur, speaking from the scene at about 9:15 a.m. on Friday.

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Committee chooses city manager finalists

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After a series of video interviews on Tuesday night the committee charged with recommending candidates to be the new Vergennes city manager to the city council has narrowed the field from six semifinalists to three finalists, according to search committee chairman and Deputy Mayor Jeff Fritz.

Fritz said plans call for those three finalists to do another round of video interviews, this time with the entire city council, at a special meeting next week.

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