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Little City downtown gets wifi

Posted on June 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Free wifi now blankets downtown Vergennes, courtesy of the eVermont grant the city won in 2010. The Bixby Free Memorial Library served as the lead applicant for that grant, with support from the Vergennes partnership.

Wifi service extends on Main Street from just east of Vergennes City Hall westward past the Bixby, and also southward down Green Street to the Vergennes fire department.

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Bixby upgrades tech

Posted on June 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The eVermont grant that helped bring free wifi to downtown Vergennes has also benefited the Bixby Free Memorial Library inside its walls, too.

The eVermont grant paid for several upgrades at the Bixby, including the purchase of laptops, iPads, three e-readers (two Nooks and a Kindle), and several small video recorders known as flip cameras.

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River land in city eyed for development

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The owner of a Vergennes riverfront parcel just southwest of the Otter Creek bridge now envisions two buildings on it, including a restaurant with a deck overlooking the water.

Hinesburg architect Leonard Duffy also believes there is demand for a bank with a drive-up window on the vacant 1.1 acres he has owned since 1980.

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VUHS valedictorian: 'Take in scenery'

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERGENNES — Last Friday, 111 Vergennes Union High School seniors marched to the podium to accept their diplomas in front of an audience packed full of family and friends.

Over the course of the ceremony, the seniors received plenty of advice and encouragement to guide them along their postgraduate paths.

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Aldermen work on new zoning regulations

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen and planners on Tuesday agreed on a series of tweaks to proposed zoning regulations and said they hope to schedule a public hearing on the new rules by mid-July.

Most of the changes agreed upon at a council meeting attended by six members of the planning commission derived from testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing on the proposed laws:

•  Multi-family homes will be allowed in the Otter Creek Basin District, as suggested by a property owner.

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City officials address policy, municipal budget

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In addition to discussing new zoning at a Tuesday meeting, the Vergennes City Council also took care of a number of other issues. At the June 12 meeting, aldermen:

•  Said they would not take up the issue of a new policy for displays on the city green — notably including the longstanding Christian crèche — until July. Before then, the latest draft of a policy will circulate to council members and then be posted at vergennes.org.

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ANwSU settles contract

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERGENNES — Teachers and the school board within the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have settled on a two-year teacher contract more than a month before the current contract expires on June 30.

Both Kristin Bristow, lead negotiator for the school boards, and Rose Wenzel, co-chief negotiator for the teachers, said the negotiation went smoothly, taking just a few months — from the first meeting in December until the teachers ratified the contract last Tuesday — to work out the full contract details.

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Mock crash shocks VUHS students

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES –– The scene behind Vergennes Union High School was horrifying. Shattered glass littered the ground around two totaled cars. A teenage girl lay unconscious on the hood of one car. Other teens were slumped in their seats, covered in blood.

It seemed real ­­­­­­–– and that was the intended effect.

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VUHS science teacher, 'agent of change,' retires

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Late one recent morning, Vergennes Union High School junior Ashley Stearns burst into Judy Wiger’s science classroom.

“I’m mad at you,” Stearns told Wiger. “I’m mad at you because you’re leaving.”

The two hugged, but Wiger told Stearns she couldn’t talk to her right then: Wiger had scheduled an interview to talk with a newspaper reporter about her retirement this month after three decades at VUHS.

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City 8th-graders see tangible result

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A group of Vergennes Union Middle School students have something a little more substantial than a worksheet to demonstrate all the hard work they’ve put into school this semester. They have a solid wood table, which they designed and built by hand.

The students are thrilled with the attractive piece of furniture.

“The finished product is great. It’s very smooth and it’s good quality,” said eighth-grader Megan Wood, when she discussed the about 6-foot-long oak trestle table during class last Thursday.

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