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Meet the chef: Justin Patras from Park Squeeze in Vergennes

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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This April, Justin Patras celebrates five years as head chef at Park Squeeze in Vergennes. But he’s been working in kitchens much longer than that — 20 years, to be exact.

“I grew up in food,” he said during an interview last month. “Both of my parents cooked, so I was exposed to it at an early age.”

Patras’ mother used to cook for the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery (where Patras was raised). His father worked as the sous chef at Hotel Jay.

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VUHS sets safety, wellness day for April 20

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School will host workshops and presentations by numerous organizations, students, and staff, creating an all-day campus-wide event focusing on safety and wellness on Friday, April 20.

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Opera house opens stage to locals and legends this Saturday

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Music enthusiasts won’t want to miss the show coming to the Vergennes Opera House this Saturday. Why? Well, first, audiences will get to enjoy music by the local funky jazz quartet “The Good Parts.” Then “Bear Tread” will take the stage, featuring Dave Hebert, formerly of the “Jerry Garcia Band” (until 2016), on guitar and vocals; and Greg Koerner, formerly of the “Dark Star Orchestra,” on bass. If you need one more reason, legendary drummer Kenwood Dennard will join Herbert and Koerner on stage this Saturday.

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Q&A with drummer Kenwood Dennard

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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What do you like about playing the more intimate venues like the Vergennes Opera House?

I love the sound and the fact that you can see people’s faces in the audience in intimate settings such as the Vergennes Opera House. That intimacy and connection is what music is all about.

In your history of playing with the greats, do you have a favorite memory or two?

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Vergennes Police Log: Police issue two citations for drug-related impaired driving

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police this past Saturday cited two motorists for impaired driving, with marijuana involved in both cases.

First city police cited Kayla Zeno, 25, of Bridport for driving under the influence of alcohol after pulling her vehicle over for allegedly failing to honor a stop sign at the intersection of School and South Maple streets.

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Tamara Wight weaves nests from found objects

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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Many artistic endeavors start in a studio, but basket-weaver Tamara Wight begins her creative process outdoors. On walks through the forest and along Sunset Lake in Brookfield, Vt., her home town, Wight gathers rocks, pebbles and interesting pieces of wood.

She takes these ingredients home and holds onto them until she has a moment of creative inspiration, usually during the night. Then, the rocks and branches become the foundation for her baskets, many of which are on display at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes.

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Vergennes readies plan to recruit new city manager

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Alderman Jeff Fritz, whose tenure as deputy mayor was reconfirmed at the beginning of Tuesday’s city council meeting, updated the council March 27 on plans to find a replacement for City Manager and Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley, who will leave in late July.

Ads will run from April 2 to 16 online, in several publications and through the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The search committee is seeking candidates with at least five to 10 years of experience and a degree in business and/or public administration.

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Vergennes zoning regs moving forward; no move to smaller lot sizes yet

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With little comment, proposed new Vergennes zoning and subdivision regulations that would, among other things create Solar Energy Overlay District, took another step forward at the March 27 city council meeting.

The council on Tuesday held the first of at least two required hearings on the proposed amendments, which would also ban street-level and basement apartments in the downtown business district and make another 20-plus changes, many minor but some significant.

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City Manager Mel Hawley speaks out on complaint at meeting

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley at Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting read a 600-word statement addressing the December complaint filed against him by a downtown business owner.

The statement, technically a memorandum addressed to the council, detailed why Hawley believed his specific actions outlined in the complaint — such as copying City Clerk Joan Devine with email correspondence and making sure that a privately organized effort to install holiday lights on the city green was properly insured — were appropriate.

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Vergennes Police Log: City police receive recognition for DUI help

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Department’s Drug Recognition Expert Jill Grant twice recently helped Vermont State Police with driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs cases.

In a March 24 case, according to Police Chief George Merkel, Grant offered guidance to VSP in their Middlesex barracks over the phone. Merkel said the DRE provided questions and procedures to VSP on the phone call that enabled VSP to gather enough evidence to require a DUI-drug suspect to submit to blood testing.

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