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City OKs Wi-Fi for the basin, bike rack on green

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — During a Tuesday, June 14, meeting the Vergennes City Council authorized Wi-Fi for the Otter Creek Basin, approved a second bicycle rack for the city green, and tapped the Water Tower Fund to pay for work to City Hall that created office space for the Vergennes Partnership.

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Thirty seconds at podium pay off for city man going to Democratic convention

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In baseball terms, Vergennes resident Matt Birong’s performance at the recent Democratic state convention in Barre was like hitting a walk-off homer while trailing in the bottom of the ninth. 

The-38-year-old owner of Vergennes eatery 3 Squares was a relative novice in the political world, faced scores of others seeking the same spot, and didn’t even get to campaign — and yet he was elected to be a delegate to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Hoop dance on exhibit at Bixby Library this Friday

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Bixby Library will kick off its participation in the Vergennes Arts Walk this season on Friday, June 24, with art exhibits on all three floors and a special hoop dance performance by Rebeccah Brinton.

Sean Dye’s rich acrylics featuring both Vermont and Southwestern themes make up the main- and second-floor exhibits. Vergennes Union High School alumni Genevieve Cohn and Dustin Dattilio will exhibit in the Otter Creek Book Sale ground floor space.

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Vergennes City Council mulls budget that could spike tax rate

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council this week will be studying a $1.848 million draft general fund budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 that, if approved as is, could raise the city’s municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.

A 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate would translate to an additional $180 of annual taxes for a $200,000 home.  

That spending does not include the user-supported sewer budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley on Tuesday also recommended a $34 annual increase in the per-unit sewer rate.

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Unified Addison Northwest school board to debut on June 20

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The newly elected Addison Northwest Unified Union School District (ANWSD) board will officially form on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.

Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe will open the meeting and run the agenda, according to now Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANwSU) Superintendent JoAn Canning, whose title will change slightly after Monday.

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Adversity and success are themes at VUHS graduation

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Sam Hartley



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VERGENNES — This past Friday was a beautiful evening for a graduation at Vergennes Union High School. Overhead, the light blue sky was streaked with wispy little white clouds. As the families of the graduates made their way from their parked cars to Commodore Thomas Macdonough Gymnasium, long rays of sunlight greeted them, brilliantly illuminating the green of the trees and grass and the reddish dirt of the baseball field.

Yet, there were precious few moments to admire this picturesque scene. Inside, the ceremonies were about to begin.

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Local literary magazine seeks submissions

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Zig Zag Lit Mag is a recently founded arts and literature magazine supporting Addison County’s creative community. The volunteer editorial board of the magazine, a group of seven Vergennes-area residents, recently received a $1,750 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further Zig Zag’s mission to connect and sustain a community of local writers and readers by enabling them to create a physical and online space for publication of local work.

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Wrestling champ raised $2,400 for Lions charity

Posted on June 13, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School junior Brandon Cousino recently handed a $2,402 check to the Vergennes Lions Club, some of it his own money, most of it community donations, and all of it based on his state championship wrestling season at 182 pounds this past winter.

Cousino, a 17-year-old Ferrisburgh resident, recruited a half-dozen businesses in the Vergennes area and elsewhere in the county plus several family members to donate to the Lions’ charitable initiatives, with the amounts depending on how well Cousino fared on the mat.

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Partnership meeting to honor Vergennes resident with community service award

Posted on June 13, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Partnership will hold its 2016 annual meeting on Monday, June 20, at Kennedy Brothers, and it will include a presentation of what partnership officials call a “much deserved community service award” to a longtime city resident.

Guest speaker Gary Holloway, Vermont’s Downtown Program Coordinator, will discuss the importance of investing in the future of the state’s downtowns.

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Deal to run Northlands Job Corps is up for bid

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reopened the contract to operate Northlands Job Corps for new bidders. On Thursday, June 9, interested parties will inspect the federal job-training center on Macdonough Drive, and could conduct additional research there and in Vergennes in the days to come.

Current operator CHP International, the Illinois company that has operated the center for the past 30 months under contract with the DOL, will seek to stay on board, according to a letter sent last week to community members and the Independent.

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