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Making his mark, looking for more - Simpson aiming for MMA career

Posted on July 11, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — In late fall 2011, when Travis Simpson was a junior at Vergennes Union High School, he signed up for the Commodore wrestling team.

In the winter of 2013, Simpson, who then went by T.J., reached the 182-pound state final despite weighing about 165.

Early in 2015, Simpson, a Ferrisburgh resident who turns 21 on July 13, decided to put those skills to use in another combat sport — mixed martial arts, or MMA.

His success at the amateur MMA level, fighting around Vermont and upstate New York, has been equally dramatic.

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Bristol fire station comes online

Posted on July 11, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — An effort of more than a decade paid off over the weekend of July 2 and 3, when members of the Bristol Fire Department began moving trucks, equipment and files into their new, roughly 11,000-square-foot West Street fire station.

Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose said the station, budgeted at $3.19 million — including 9 acres of land, most of which will be sold — is fully operational, if not yet fully organized. 

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ANwSD tax rates increase

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Because of a change made late in this past legislative session, residential school tax rates in four of five Addison Northwest Unified Union School District (ANwSD) communities will be between about 2.76 and 3.56 cents higher than ANwSD officials’ good-faith estimates.

The exception is Ferrisburgh, where the estimate is now 1.78 cents lower than anticipated, according to Agency of Education figures released on Monday by ANwSD Superintendent JoAn Canning and business manager Tonia Mears.

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AC battles, but drops four of five contests

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion team won just once in five outings between June 30 and July 5, dropping AC to 3-8 and making a Northern Division playoff berth a long shot.

AC lost two home doubleheaders on June 30 and July 2 to Montpelier and Franklin County, respectively, before bouncing back on Tuesday to win big at Stowe.

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Champs swim to victory in first meet

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs kicked off their 2016 Champlain Valley Swim League season on June 30 by swamping visiting Winooski, 318-104.

Seven Vergennes swimmers won multiple individual races in their opener, led by Anna Rakowski, who swept all four 12-and-under girls’ events.

Will Clark, Nathan Viera and Jacob Viera touched the wall first in three races apiece, while Calder Rakowski, Noah Engvall and Adam Clark won three each.

The Champs also won six of seven contested medley relays and five of the eight freestyle relays.

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Overall Vergennes tax hike seen at 13 cents

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday used some creative accounting and a new, larger projected fund balance to hold the 2016-2017 increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate to 4 cents, while adopting a $2.23 million general fund budget. 

The new municipal tax rate will be 79 cents, up from 75 cents in Vergennes’ 2015-2016 fiscal year that ends on June 30.

The municipal tax rate increase of about 5.3 percent will translate to an additional $80 a year in taxes on a $200,000 home.

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Addison Legion baseball wins once in three outings

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team won one of three recent closely contested games and stood at 2-4 entering a four-game homestand that could offer AC a chance to add to its win column.

AC was set to host Montpelier on this past Tuesday night, and Montpelier will visit the Middlebury College field again this Thursday. Next up is a Tuesday doubleheader at home vs. Franklin County, a team that AC earlier defeated on the road.

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Traffic Alert! Big Route 7 paving project is dead ahead

Posted on June 27, 2016 |
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ADDISON COUNTY — Travelers and residents along Route 7 between Middlebury village and the Ferrisburgh-Charlotte line can expect traffic delays and the smell of asphalt this summer and next, beginning in the middle of this July.

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Tiger junior Payton Buxton tops Independent softball all-stars

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — It was not quite a banner year for local softball teams, as tough one-run losses sent the talented Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school squads home from the Division II final and a D-I semifinal, respectively.

But the Eagles and Tigers, plus athletes from Vergennes and Otter Valley, all enjoyed exceptional springs that are recognized here in the 2016 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team.

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Orwell nixes ARSU school unification for a second time

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday for a second time rejected a plan calling for their town to join their fellow Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union towns in forming a unified union school district.

The vote this time was closer than it was in the first ballot; this time it was 166 in favor of the proposed Slate Valley Unified Union School District and 204 against.

Orwell citizens on April 12 had voted 211 to 121 against joining Castleton, West Haven, Hubbardton, Benson and Fair Haven in the proposed union.

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