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Fall sports seasons set to start at local high schools

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — The 2016 high school fall sports season kicks off this weekend, and by the end of next week all the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes teams will have had their first taste of action.

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Addison to launch solar siting rules

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Interim regulations governing the siting and screening of solar arrays in Addison will take effect during the first full week of September.

The Addison selectboard adopted the regulations on July 5, with a 60-day lag before they became law.

Planning commission chairman Frank Galgano said last week the selectboard wanted to get something in place to guide potential applicants while planners are working on a new Addison Town Plan.

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High school football title games to stay in Rutland this fall

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MONTPELIER — The championship games for all three high school football divisions will be played at Rutland High School again this year, on Nov. 12, even though Castleton State University offered up Spartan Stadium.

Bob Johnson, associate executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association, announced the schedule on Thursday when speaking to sports journalists at the VPA’s annual Media Day.

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Area cheerleading teams to show off their skills at new fall championship

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MONTPELIER — In late October, Vermont high school cheerleading teams will have the chance to compete for a new state title, Vermont Principals’ Association Associate Executive Director Bob Johnson said on Thursday.

Johnson, speaking on Aug. 23 to journalists on the VPA’s annual Media Day, said the fall event will have different scoring criteria than for the VPA’s winter championships.

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Rainy weather takes toll on 2016 Field Days attendence

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days attendance dropped this year from typical numbers, and even further from 2015, which was a banner year.

About 27,000 people paid their way into the New Haven fairgrounds between Aug. 9 and 13, according to the Field Days business manager, about 10,000 fewer than 2015.

But Field Days board member Ken Button said although that drop-off appears dramatic, it was, while disappointing, not that far off from attendance in an average year.

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Panton, Green Mountain Power partner on major energy effort

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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PANTON — A town-wide effort officially kicked off at Panton Town Hall on Tuesday morning that has the potential to help Panton’s farmers, business owners and roughly 700 residents save money on their power bills — and could make the rural lakeside town a statewide model of energy efficiency.

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Andy Kirkaldy: A selective and subjective sample of Rio memories

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



First, let me say the persistent corruption and hypocrisy of International Olympic Committee members increasingly has dampened my enthusiasm for the Olympics.

It’s time to throw out the IOC bums, establish one or two sites each for the summer and winter games, and call it a day.

But the athletes themselves range from great to transcendent. Once they start competing — as long as it isn’t in synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics or modern pentathlon — the Olympics remain compelling.

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Work on Bixby Library creates potential for more programs

Posted on August 22, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Adding a second porch door, higher porch railings and stairs from that porch down toward a rear parking lot might at first not seem like that big a deal for the Bixby Memorial Free Library.

But those simple changes to the porch at the 104-year-old Vergennes landmark’s west end, along with the planned addition of push bars to the library’s front doors, serve a key purpose: They are key fire-safety upgrades that increase the Bixby’s legal capacity from 50 people to 200.

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Bixby engaging public, eyeing future

Posted on August 22, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While Bixby Memorial Free Library officials and patrons last week celebrated recent work that allows more people to enter the city landmark at the same time (see related story), the library board members are also amid a months-long process that will help them decide how the Bixby will use its new capacity.

By the end of the year, Bixby officials intend to have in place a new strategic plan that should cover at least the next three years.

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Ferrisburgh's new firetruck outfitted to get the job done

Posted on August 22, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department last month took delivery of a new pumper fire truck that is making a tremendous difference in how efficiently and safely department firefighters can deal with fires and other incidents, according to Fire Chief Bill Wager.

“It’s a big step forward,” Wager said. “The truck was designed primarily for safety and enhanced service, and our ability to provide more services from the same vehicle.”

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