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Full day of activities planned for this Saturday's Vergennes Holiday Stroll

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Citizens and visitors to Vergennes can eat breakfast with Santa Claus, take part in the Bixby Library silent auction, shop at city merchants and at an annual holiday craft fair and generally get in the holiday spirit this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, when the Little City hosts its annual Holiday Stroll.

The full day of activities will kick off when Santa pops up at the Vergennes Union High School cafeteria at a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in an event sponsored by VUHS students and Friends of Music.

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Check out the auction items and gift baskets at Bixby auction

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The tenth annual silent auction of gift baskets is being offered by the Friends of the Bixby Library. On display now until the auction closes Saturday, Dec. 3, the Friends have assembled baskets that include toys, cookbooks, pet items and many local handmade crafts.

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Citizens and city council discuss dangers to pedestrians & cyclists

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Many of the dozen residents at last week’s city council meeting recounted near misses they have had as pedestrians on Vergennes streets. They joined with council members to brainstorm possible solutions.

Ideas included adding flashing lights, flags and more signs to city crosswalks; adding crosswalks; tweaking traffic signals; restoring a crossing guard cut from the Vergennes Union Elementary School budget; and following Safe Routes to School guidelines.

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Report tallies up projected cost for city pool repairs

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The long-awaited, $4,000 report from the inspection of the Vergennes city pool arrived in early November and suggested up to $150,000 of “remedial work.” City officials do not believe all that is recommended is necessary — especially the two biggest-ticket items that could cost up to $135,000.

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Veterans awarded pins at Christian school

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — For the past 10 years the Champlain Valley Christian School in Vergennes has held a Veterans Day breakfast and a ceremony thanking our local veterans for their service.

At this year’s breakfast, which took place last Friday, Nov. 11, there was an addition made to the program. Some veterans received a new pen to mark their service.

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Thanksgiving egg hunt is this Wednesday

Posted on November 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — To celebrate the season of sharing, Northlands Job Corps in Vergennes will host a Thanksgiving Egg Hunt Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is at 100A MacDonough Drive in Vergennes.

It’s a fall celebration open to the broader community that blends old traditions with new and welcomes the entire family. Young and young at heart alike will enjoy games, hot chocolate and the turkey egg scavenger hunt (with goodies hidden inside).

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Lanpher and Van Wyck win Vergennes-area race

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Incumbents Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, and Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh, captured the two Addison-3 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives on Tuesday in a four-way race.

Lanpher earned her fifth two-year term and was Tuesday’s top choice among residents of the five Addison-3 communities (Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham), receiving 2104 votes.

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American Legion national commander reaches out to Vt. vets

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Recently elected American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt of Oregon has several missions as he travels around the nation during his year in office.

Schmidt, a retired and decorated 27-and-a-half year Air Force veteran and 33-year American Legion member, stopped at Vergennes Post 14 on a Monday afternoon last month as part of his four-day visit to Vermont.

Schmidt, granting an interview after a Post 14 hot lunch and soda with a hunting story on the side, described one of his basic missions.

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City Lions busy with fundraising, dinner and more

Posted on November 7, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Lions Club has been very busy since starting the new Lions’ year, 2016-2017. Past President Chuck Burkins handed the gavel over to President Jim McClay the first of July, and McClay says they have been running since then.

The Annual Charity Auction was held mid-July raising about $7,000 for the club’s many benefactors. Without the support of the Vergennes-Bristol-Middlebury area businesses and individual donors, this would not have been possible.

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Vergennes' East Street pool is finally inspected

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley told the Vergennes City Council at its meeting last week that the long-awaited — and long-demanded by a number of residents — inspection of the city’s East Street swimming pool was completed earlier in October, with the facility generally getting passing grades.

Steve Biernacki of Aquatic Development Group of Cohoes, N.Y., looked at the pool along with Hawley, pool manager Brad Castillo and others for about two and a half hours.

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