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Therrien completes Eagle Scout project, benches for Vergennes Residential Care

Posted on April 22, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Christopher Therrien of the Vergennes Boy Scout Troop 539 completed his Eagle Project by making and donating two benches to the Vergennes Residential Care Home on North Street in Vergennes on April 6. The project was the culmination of months of work by Therrien and his volunteers in seeking material donations, developing plans, organizing the work, and arranging the donation time.

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Vergennes Lions selling raffle tickets

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Lions Club is having a very busy spring. In addition to planning for the Annual Vehicle Auction, they are selling raffle tickets to help fund four $1,000 scholarships to graduating VUHS seniors and building accessible ramps for people in need.

The scholarship tickets are $10 each and will result in a 50/50 drawing the middle of May. One person will win half of the value of all tickets sold. Last year, this amounted to about $1,200.

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Bixby book sale weekend opens April 26

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES —There is a fresh look and new additions to the Friends of the Bixby Used Book Sale in Vergennes. The Grand Opening is Friday, April 26, from 3-6 p.m.

“We have so many great books that we would like to get into the hands of readers and interested people,” said Karlene DeVine, president of the Friends. “Our purpose in fundraising is to support the special needs of the Bixby Library. We are advocates of literacy, hence this effort to get more books out into the community.”

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Theme for city's Memorial Day parade: 'Now & Forever'

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — American Legion Post 14 has announced that the 2019 theme of Vermont’s largest Memorial Day Parade is Now & Forever, We Remember. The purpose of the Memorial Day Parade is to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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Vergennes Police Log: Pot in pocket leads to open-container charges

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on April 11 cited a motorist on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh for having an open container for drugs because the driver of the vehicle had four rolled marijuana cigarettes in a pocket and not in a sealed container.

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said the vehicle was stopped for weaving over the highway’s centerline and the driver was checked for driving under the influence of drugs after police smelled the odor of marijuana. Police determined she was not impaired, but found the marijuana on the driver’s person.

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Josh Brooks and VUES students win History Day honors

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes-area students have a long track record of participation and excellence in the annual Vermont History Day competition under the tutelage of two now-retired teachers, Cookie Steponaitis from Vergennes Union High School and Kathy Douglas from Ferrisburgh Central.

But by 2018 only one Addison Northwest School District student, Jarret Muzzy, then a VUHS freshman, placed at the annual competition for middle and high school students.

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Vergennes to get new salt shed thanks to state grant

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes will get a new $331,000 salt and sand shed this summer, thanks largely to a $267,000 grant that Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Update: After publication of this story, Chabot contacted the Independent and said construction remains on "the fast track," but that he had since heard from the Vermont Agency of Transportation that funding will not be forthcoming in time for the work to be completed this summer. 

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Broadway veteran Elisa Van Duyne teaches dance in Vergennes

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — You just never know when you’ll catch the theater bug. For Elisa Van Duyne it happened when she was in third grade.

“My mom took me to see Bob Fosse’s ‘Dancing’ — it was my first Broadway show,” remembered Van Duyne, who’d been dancing since she was four and a half. “After the show, I remember, I turned to my mom and said: ‘Mom, I’m going to be on that stage someday.’”

And sure enough, she was.

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Hannah Sessions 'keeps it simple' for new exhibit

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Hannah Sessions has a new exhibit on view at Northern Daughters Fine Art Gallery on Main Street in Vergennes. “Keep it Simple” a solo exhibit of new work from Sessions, will be on view April 4-May 31, with an opening reception on April 19, from 5-8 p.m. During the opening reception Sessions will speak about her process and this body of work. Greg Bernhard, her husband and co-owner of Blue Ledge Farm, will read excerpts from his new poetry anthology “ Goats & Those Who Live By Them.”

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Vergennes City Council backs truck route plan

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday agreed to make a formal resolution to support an alternate route that would take through truck traffic out of the city’s downtown and send it along a new road through northern Vergennes that could be built in 15 years.

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