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Eagles, Otters post key baseball victories; MUHS, VUHS lose

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school baseball this past Wednesday and Thursday, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each posted big wins away from home, but Vergennes and Middlebury lost on the road.

Games held on Friday and Saturday were played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent.

The Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings on Monday morning, and first-round games will begin on Tuesday and Wednesday.

EAGLES

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Vergennes finalizes moving farmers' market to N. Main Street

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Farmers’ Market will officially open this week in and around the north end of the Kennedy Brothers building on North Main Street, an action made possible when on May 23 the Vergennes City Council signed off on the proposal.

The market plans to open this Thursday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and operate during those hours every Thursday through Oct. 4. The market operated indoors at Kennedy Brothers this past winter.

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Staging the huge Vergennes Memorial Day parade takes military precision

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Memorial Day Parade, a production of American Legion Post 14, is generally acknowledged as Vermont’s largest.

But according to Post 14 Service Officer and longtime parade organizer Henry Broughton, the parade got off to a humble start: It ran along just a short stretch of Main Street.

“It went from the memorial service down to the bridge,” said Broughton, now 85. “We only had two bands. We had a little band from the high school, and the Weeks School had a pretty good-sized band.”

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VUHS 8th-grader, mom get ready to go far for a cause

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Fourteen-year-old Kobe Kessler said he was getting restless and wanted to break out of his school-and-sports routine, and not in a small way.

Kessler, a Ferrisburgh resident and Vergennes Union Middle School 8th-grader, found the perfect answer. He; his veterinarian mother, Denise Kessler; and family friend Tom Stuwe, a Barre veterinarian, will this summer ride bicycles 4,200 miles across America and raise money for a good cause while doing so.

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VUHS softball breaks through for a big win

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — How tough has the schedule been for the Vergennes Union High School softball team? Seven of their 14 games have come against Division I programs with winning records, and another two against two of the top three teams in D-II.

Just last week alone, the Commodores absorbed setbacks from Colchester, Missisquoi and Essex, as of this Wednesday the first-, second- and fourth-place teams in D-I.

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Commodore and Otter baseball teams nab victories

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes and Otter Valley won home games to highlight local baseball action, all on Tuesday, when also Mount Abraham and Middlebury came up short on the road.

Teams are playing their last regular season games this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.

COMMODORES

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Andy Kirkaldy: At the Independent, all sports are appreciated

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Last week I hung out for a while at the Middlebury College track. Middlebury Union High School was hosting Vergennes and three other teams at the only local high school track and field meet of the spring, and the weather was finally cooperating — mostly sunny and around 80 degrees with a pleasant breeze.

About the first thing that happened was Tiger senior Josh Girard popping a long jump. Turned out it was his personal best, and he broke 19 feet for the first time.

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Ferrisburgh farmers could face fine for illegal tree-cutting

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — The Vorsteveld Farm could technically be fined up to $1,088,000 for cutting down 1,870 trees and shrubs with trunks of less than six inches in diameter and another 306 trees with larger trunks, all along a 0.75-mile stretch of Ferrisburgh’s Arnold Bay Road, according to Ferrisburgh Tree Warden Clifton Mix. 
Mix included those calculations in a May 16 letter to the selectboard that the board reviewed at its meeting that evening. 

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Storm slams Addison lakefront, flips house with woman inside it

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — Scattered thunderstorms and high winds struck the northern half of Addison County on Thursday evening, causing some damage to property and trees.

Nowhere were their effects felt like they were in the Addison lakeside neighborhood of Potash Bay, where winds blew a home off its foundation, lifted a pickup truck over a barn, ripped roofing and siding off another estimated 10 homes, and tore down power and phone lines.

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MUHS, VUHS compete in five-team track & field meet in Middlebury

Posted on May 21, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School athletes won 11 events on this past Wednesday, including a sweep of all six relay races, when they hosted an invitational meet at Middlebury College’s Dragone Track.

Vergennes athletes placed in the top six in seven events at a meet also attended by Champlain Valley, Essex and Missisquoi.

The CVU boys scored 215 points to win the meet, with the Tigers edging Essex for second, 168.5 to 166.5. Missisquoi (33) and VUHS (25) rounded out the field.

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