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Despite the noise, government has a role

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It was back in 1981 when the modern right-wing assault on the role of government in our society began. Then, newly elected President Ronald Reagan said this during his inaugural speech:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

The attack continued through the Clinton years with a congressionally inspired government shutdown.

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Tournament games held on Wednesday, on tap for weekend

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Although the high school sports playoff season is in full swing, only one postseason game was scheduled before the Wednesday morning deadline for this edition of the Independent: The Mount Abraham boys’ soccer team, the top seed in Division II, hosted No. 16 Bellows Falls on Tuesday afternoon — see story on Page 1B.

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VUHS board likely to seek $2 million bond for facility repairs

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School officials confirmed this week that the VUHS board next Monday will almost certainly call for a Dec. 3 vote on a bond proposal that would fund fixes for problems in the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria.

VUHS board and building committee member Kurt Haigis and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon said the board is leaning toward warning a bond “in the ballpark” of $2.2 million.

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Boys' soccer: Tigers battle VUHS to 1-1 tie as season ends

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A hundred minutes of high school boys’ soccer ended up in a 1-1 tie on Saturday between host Vergennes and Middlebury as the regular season ended.

The 4-8-2 Commodores unofficially have earned Division II’s No. 10 seed, which the Vermont Principals Association was set to confirm early on Monday.

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Eagle football blows away Poultney, Otter Valley next

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative football team nailed down the No. 4 seed in Division III on Saturday with a 42-0 win over visiting Poultney.

The 6-2 Eagles will host 5-2 Otter Valley this coming Saturday at 1 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup, with the winner almost certain to travel to meet undefeated defending champion Woodstock the following weekend.

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Ferrisburgh considering wood heating for school

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Central School officials in the months to come will consider whether to invest in a new boiler that would burn either wood chips or pellets and could save the school money in its heating bills.

According to an Oct. 8 presentation at an FCS board meeting by a Renewable Energy Resources company representative, a wood chip boiler could pay for itself in as few as four years and a wood pellet unit in as few as nine years, depending upon among other things the price of fuel oil.

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Grant is key to new city playground

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The proposed Vergennes toddler playground has a few hurdles to clear before it can be built near the city pool this spring. The project depends on whether the city receives a $25,000 state grant, aldermen heard at their Oct. 8 meeting.

Alderman and city recreation committee head Joe Klopfenstein and City Manager Mel Hawley updated the council on the proposed toddler park at that meeting.

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Tiger field hockey falls to Rebels on Senior Day

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team took a 4-0 loss to visiting South Burlington on Tuesday on what was the Tigers’ Senior Day.

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OV field hockey gets key win vs. Patriots

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team carried an edge in play for most of the Otters’ Monday home game vs. Mount Anthony, but fell behind, 1-0, with 6:21 to play.

But the Otters, and senior forward Brittany Bushey, had the answer.

Bushey converted a feed from sophomore middie Maia Edmunds to tie the game a minute after an Amber Morse breakaway put MAU on top.

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Eagle, Commodore runners compete at Harwood

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



SOUTH DUXBURY — Cross-country runners from Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools participated in Saturday’s eight-team Harwood Invitational Meet, and four Eagles posted top-20 results.

On the boys’ side, Eagles Chris Carter and Connor Norland were 12th and 20th, respectively, as the Eagles were fifth out of eight scoring teams.

On the girls’ side, Genevieve Chiola and Delaynah Leavitt finished 16th and 19th, respectively, as the Eagles took fifth out of six scoring teams.

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