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Safer streets

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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AT THE NOV. 14 city council meeting Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel displays the plaque the Vergennes department earned as the winner of the 2017 State of Vermont Impaired Driving Enforcement Award. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program recognized the department’s efforts with that honor.

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Vergennes discusses bridge replacement

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While the main focus of a Nov. 15 meeting in Middlebury of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) was the Agency of Transportation’s promise to study a truck bypass around downtown Vergennes (see story in this edition), VTrans and local officials also discussed replacing or rebuilding the Vergennes bridge over Otter Creek, possibly within a decade.

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Mount Abe's Ober leads all-star soccer picks

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
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ADDISON COUNTY — The local high school girls’ soccer teams saw mixed results, with two reaching playoff semifinals; sadness, with three key players lost to season-ending injuries; and fine individual performances, the best of which are recognized here in the 2017 Addison Independent Girls’ Soccer All-Star team.

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VTrans, planners revive idea of Vergennes truck bypass

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
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VERGENNES — Once again the possibility is alive of a bypass that would send truck traffic around downtown Vergennes, although local and state officials say one is not likely to be built for at least 30 years.

At a Nov. 15 meeting in Middlebury of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee, or TAC, Vermont Agency of Transportation officials agreed to work with regional planners to study city bypass options, with a recommendation probably to be made by the end of 2018.

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Vergennes eyeing earlier voting hours

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents could at some point have the option of voting in the morning before work, as do voters in most other Vermont towns.

At their Nov. 14 meeting, Vergennes City Council members talked seriously about changing the 9 a.m. start of voting hours to 7 a.m. The statewide closing hour for polls is 7 p.m.

Alderman Jeff Fritz opened the discussion by recommending a charter change, which would require approval by residents and the Vermont Legislatures, to make polling hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Panther field hockey wins NCAA title

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The second-ranked Middlebury College field hockey team rolled to a 4-0 victory over No. 1 Messiah in Sunday’s NCAA Division III final to claim the program’s second national title in three years and third overall.

The 20-2 Panthers scored three times in the first 18 minutes and used strong defense and goaltending and good ball movement to deal the defending champion Falcons (22-1) their first loss in 45 games. The margin of victory was the largest ever in a D-III final.

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New-look women's hockey opens strong

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team this past weekend overcame injuries, inexperience and determined efforts from visiting Trinity to open its season with two wins.  

The defending NESCAC champs saw seven freshmen take shifts, three of them on defense, and had three players (including sophomore Lizzie Sheline, the team’s No. 5 scorer last winter) sidelined with injuries and a fourth traveling with Middlebury’s field hockey team.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Injuries take toll, both physically and mentally

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Talk to an athlete and you are almost certainly talking to an injured athlete. Maybe not at the moment, but somewhere along the line he or she will have twisted an ankle, suffered a concussion, broken a bone, torn some cartilage, or suffered the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in a knee.

My own list includes too many ankle sprains to remember, at least one concussion, two broken bones, and surgeries to remove torn meniscus in a knee and scrape a bone spur out of an ankle joint.

Virtually any athlete can tell a similar story.

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City option tax talk put on hold

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
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VERGENNES — When they met this past Tuesday, members of the city council in Vergennes briefly discussed the issue of local option taxes. Towns can choose to add to state rooms and meals and/or sales taxes and keep a portion to devote to local needs.

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Panther men's basketball opens strong with tourney win

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Senior guard Jack Daly agreed on Saturday after the Middlebury College men’s basketball team won the Panthers’ own season-opening tournament that the Panthers have a different look without graduated all-star guards Matt St. Amour and Jake Brown.

But Daly said things might not be that different, even with the loss of two players he called “two of the best players in the program’s history.”

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