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Letter to the editor: Election proves a shock to local woman abroad

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Abby Benton



Editor’s note: The writer is a Vergennes resident living abroad in Malaysia.

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City OKs land deal with mayor

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With a final wrinkle officially ironed out, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday approved spending $20,000 from the city’s Water Tower Fund to buy a 0.4-acre waterfront parcel from Mayor Bill Benton and his sister, Betsey Benton.

The long-awaited deal for a parcel next to the city docks — valued at $30,000 by Ferrisburgh appraiser Charlene Stavenow — had been held up until the title to an adjacent sliver of land could be cleared up.

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New chief takes reins at job-training program

Posted on March 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The latest Northlands Job Corps center director is a high-ranking, 18-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran who crossed the country seven times during his service years before making another trip across the continent from Oregon to take over the Vergennes job training center.

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City may buy waterfront land for park, trail

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Jan. 27 met for the second time in two weeks behind closed doors to discuss a land deal with Mayor Bill Benton and his sister Betsey Benton.

Ownership of that land, along Otter Creek, could help the city create a park on the river’s east side while connecting the city’s MacDonough Drive docks with Main Street. The city has, since 2010, leased the parcel from the Bentons for a nominal annual fee. The land is in the flood plain, limiting its value.

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City council to study recreation options

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen heard at their Jan. 13 meeting from Mayor Bill Benton that he would like them later this year to consider a comprehensive recreation plan for the city.

The first step, said Benton in a Wednesday interview, will be to create a group to assess the city’s recreation inventory and needs and take another look at what residents would like to see offered.

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Divided city council opts for smaller toddler park

Posted on December 19, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A divided Vergennes City Council last week approved a scaled-down preschool playground on East Street. Council members voted, 4-3, against the full $42,000 park that was recommended by the city’s recreation committee but opposed by many East Street residents and some others in Vergennes.

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