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Heating system failure shuts VUHS for a day

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The problems that caused half of Vergennes Union High School to lose heat late last week and led officials to call off school on Friday, Jan. 27, are symptomatic of a larger issue in the school’s heating system that probably cannot be addressed until a new bond can be proposed in 2020, according to Principal Stephanie Taylor.

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Gov. Phil Scott vows to protect foreign farm workers

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — U.S. immigration policy took the spotlight unexpectedly during a meeting of farmers last Thursday when Gov. Phil Scott made it clear that he would do whatever he could to protect Mexican farm laborers who may be under threat from President Trump.

Scott started his comments at the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition annual meeting at the American Legion hall in Vergennes by addressing the executive orders issued earlier in the week in Washington.

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Local adventurer to talk about dogsledding in the Great White North

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the Bixby Library will host “Dogsledding in Labrador: Mushing in the Menihek Hills” with Ed Blechner. Meet the Addison resident and a few of his dogs, check out one of his dogsleds and enjoy the stories of his endeavors in the frozen North.

Blechner will share beautiful slides of his trip, anecdotes and answer a few questions as well. This presentation continues the Bixby Library showcase of stories, passions and talents of local Vermonters.

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ANWSD planning for vote on $21 million budget

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As expected, the Addison Northwest School District Board on Jan. 18 adopted a $21.1 million unified budget proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year that will cover operations for all four ANWSD schools and their central office.

Officials said the budget maintains existing programs and teaching positions at the four ANWSD schools.

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City council sets priorities for downtown and basin areas

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting reviewed potential next steps outlined by the task force charged with creating the Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan.

Mayor Bill Benton had asked group members individually to respond to him with what they thought should be the city’s highest priorities to improve the city’s downtown and basin areas for residents’ use and to attract and serve visitors. He presented their answers in a memo to the council.

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Efficiency Vermont to zero in on Vergennes

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes has been selected for an intensive six-month visit by Efficiency Vermont that will offer businesses, homeowners and commercial property owners the chance to learn more about how to save money and energy.

City Manager Mel Hawley told the city council at its Jan. 24 meeting about the initiative, which is the result of a successful application filed by the Vergennes Partnership.

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Crosswalk flags installed at five separate locations in Little City

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City council members heard from Alderman Mark Koenig at a Jan. 24 meeting that the council’s Pedestrian Task Force, charged with making recommendations to the council for improved downtown pedestrian and biking safety, would be meeting on Feb. 1. In the meantime, City Manger Mel Hawley said Koenig has installed homemade pedestrian flags at five crosswalks and that they are being used: In some cases he sees all the flags on one side of the road.

“Maybe we need more of them,” Hawley said.

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Former mayor is seeking a repeat: Daniels challenges incumbent Benton

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will have a choice on Town Meeting Day between an incumbent mayor who recently announced he will seek a third — and he says final — term, and a former mayor who served three terms between 2007 and 2013 and became mayor by unseating an incumbent.

Mike Daniels, 69, who has also served five years in two separate stints on the Vergennes City Council, the second of which ended this past March, said late this summer he began to get the itch to return to city politics.

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VUHS picks Devine as ambassador to youth leadership conference

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassador is Cyrus Devine.

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Vergennes-area schoolboard considers 1.7 percent spending hike

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A $21.1 million spending plan for all four Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) schools and the unified district’s central office was presented to the ANWSD board on Wednesday. If approved, this second draft proposal would increase spending over the current district-wide level by 1.68 percent.

It could also lead to lower residential property taxes in three of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh and Waltham, according to district officials. Panton and Vergennes would see tax rate increases.

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