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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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Boys and Girls Club lands $33,000 federal grant

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is receiving $33,600 in federal grants to support its activities and programs as part of a statewide $550,000 bequest to the five Vermont Boys and Girls Clubs.  

That statewide bequest, announced last week by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is nearly 10 percent more than the previous year.

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Bixby Library to host new computer club

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The exceedingly fresh and new Bixby Library Computer Club in Vergennes will present “Exploring the Magic of Digital Radios” at its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The club has invited UTC electrical engineer Scott Fusare to present the history of hardware radios. The presentation will be held in the library’s Community from 3:30-5:30 p.m. A group hacking of Scott’s software-defined radio will follow the presentation.

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City playground set for DRB review

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Development Review Board will on Feb. 2 get its first look at a scaled-down version of a preschool playground proposed for a small, city-owned parcel next to the Vergennes city pool.

Vergennes aldermen voted in December to reduce the playground’s footprint on the 0.3-acre East Street lot by about 40 percent after neighbors and some other city residents complained about its location, impact on the area and $42,000 cost in the face of other priorities.

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Vergennes continues to handle sewer overflows

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At this past Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting, aldermen, City Manager Mel Hawley and a few residents looked at city sewer system issues for about an hour.

A central point of discussion was the city system’s recurring problem of overflowing into Otter Creek, an issue detailed in a Jan. 12 Addison Independent article.

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Vergennes elementary wins healthy school food challenge

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School this month was honored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service with a HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze award, which the school received for its multi-year efforts to support and improve the health of its students.

According to the School Challenge press release, VUES earned its honor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, for featuring healthy items on its menus and emphasizing physical education and activity. A USDA representative will visit VUES to make an official presentation.

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Board hopes VUHS budget to correct course

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday adopted a roughly $10.47 million spending plan that administrators said will begin to dig VUHS out of its deep financial hole and would more accurately reflect the cost of operating the school after years of underfunded spending.

To reach those goals, the budget calls for an 11 percent increase of about $1 million over the VUHS budget Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters approved this past spring.

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New K9 joins Vergennes police force

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Officer Adam O’Neill, a three-and-a-half year veteran of the Vergennes Police Department, and his canine side-kick, K9 Kane, on Nov. 21 graduated from the 16-week Police Canine Patrol School held at the Vermont Police Canine Academy in Pittsford.

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Vergennes house fire leaves six homeless

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes firefighters and members of three other departments spent seven hours starting just after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning fighting a blaze that gutted most of a three-unit apartment building at 17-19 White St.

No one was reported to be hurt, but property damage was extensive. The Red Cross was on scene Thursday, meeting with the six people who lost their homes in the fire and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and lodging.

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VUHS budget draft calls for staff cuts

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — Voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union got their first look at what next year’s budget for Vergennes Union High School may look like when district administrators presented a draft to the school board Monday evening.

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