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Bixby starts new chapter with Masha Harris at helm

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The new Bixby Memorial Library executive director has a Dachshund named Lemon and a Toyota Camry with more than 200,000 miles she insists is not a lemon; she enjoys cribbage and embroidery, plays the oboe, has published a couple pieces of short fiction, is working on a novel, and has visited all 251 Vermont towns.

And, yes, she loves books, especially Victorian literature.

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Vergennes school tax rate level; overall levy up by 1 percent

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After all the dust settled in Montpelier in late June, Vergennes residential taxpayers will not see an increase in the school portion of their property taxes.

The city’s new 2018-2019 homestead property tax rate, according to city hall employees on Tuesday, is $1.6187, a half-cent lower than the 2017-2018 rate of $1.6237.

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VUHS honor roll

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The final honor roll for the Vergennes Union High School 2017-2018 school year has been announced. Below are the VUHS students named to the roll for the fourth quarter.

12th Grade

High Honors: Ally Atkins, Lance Bergmans, Anneke Boelens, Sierra Chamberlain, Lillian Clark, Adelaide Cushman, Nora Hatch, Olivia Hawkins, Kristina Jochum, Brody King, Erin Lawrence, Benjamin Praamsma, Lianna Sargent-Maher, Dakota Spear and Megan Tarte.

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Vergennes Police Log: Police return dog frightened by fireworks

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 4 went off the beaten track to help a dog owner retrieve a pet that had fled from a Comfort Hill home when frightened by holiday fireworks.

Police received a call that a possibly injured dog was behind the Otter Creek falls, and an officer climbed over rocks and behind the falls to help calm the animal and reunite it with its owner.

In other incidents between July 2 and 8, Vergennes police:

On July 3:

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New vodka distillery pitched in Vergennes

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — If all goes as planned, by next year Vergennes could add a distillery to its manufacturers of adult beverages, a growing list that already includes Shacksbury Cider and Hired Hand Brewery, although for now the latter still produces its ales in Bristol.

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Second search to replace Hawley seen as hopeful

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Deputy Mayor Jeff Fritz on June 26 updated the Vergennes City Council on the search for a replacement for City Manager Mel Hawley.

Hawley will retire July 24, and after the city committee led by Fritz came up empty-handed the council agreed to hire the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to handle the search for a new Vergennes manager.

Fritz, head of the city manager search committee, reported that as of June 22 VLCT had received 23 applications that League officials considered to be “qualifiable” to take over from Hawley.

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Vergennes Police Log: Video helps police indict man for theft

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — On behalf of Vergennes police, Rutland police on June 27 cited a Rutland man for the June 18 theft of office supplies, a camera and other items from the Kinney Drug Store in Vergennes. 

Vergennes police said store video played a role in an investigation that resulted in the citation for retail theft issued to Christopher Derusha, 31. They also alleged Derusha was involved in similar cases in Middlebury and Chittenden County.

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Vergennes recreation committee revived

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council has agreed to revive the city’s recreation committee, a step council members on Tuesday said would help city officials stay on top of maintaining existing facilities and provide them ideas and guidance for new offerings.

The new group will operate under the name of the Recreation Facilities and Programs Advisory Committee and should begin operations this summer.

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County boys earn Eagle Scout ranking

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The highest award from the Boy Scouts of America —the rank of Eagle Scout — was awarded to Ethan Sausville of Waltham and Michael Jewett of Vergennes.

These scouts were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor on June 17. Both are members of Troop 539 of Vergennes. To obtain the rank of Eagle each candidate must earn at least 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community service project.

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City council gets creative, holds tax hike to 2.5 cents

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After debate and a strong plea for more office help from City Clerk Joan Devine, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday settled on a new budget and a 2.5-cent increase in the municipal tax rate to 83.5 cents.

That change will translate to $25 in additional taxes per $100,000 of assessed value on city property.

Devine and Assistant Clerk Melissa Wright said on Wednesday they expect to hear from the Agency of Education and the Department of Taxation early next week about the city’s final school tax rates.

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