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Tigers dance their way to Vermont state hip-hop title

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Saturday for the third time in five years won the Vermont hip-hop crown, this time before more than 1,000 fans supporting 10 teams at Vergennes Union High School.

The Tiger team — with half the dancers dressed as men with goatees and eye black — edged the defending hip-hop titlist Burr & Burton squad, 263.5-261.

MUHS had previously claimed the hip-hop title in 2008 and 2010.

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City council candidates to share their views

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 will host a Thursday evening forum for the half-dozen candidates seeking three seats on the city council in what is the most crowded race since 2007.

The forum, to be moderated by local insurance agent Michael Donnelly, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Challengers William Benton, Renny Perry and Nelson Sears are seeking slots on the council now held by multi-term incumbent Aldermen David Austin, Lowell Bertrand and Clara “Ziggy” Comeau.

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City chief questions Northlands' version of story

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel disagreed on Wednesday with a statement released through the U.S. Department of Labor that Northlands Job Corps officials notified his department in a timely manner of a Feb. 7 assault that sent a Northlands student to Porter Hospital.

Meanwhile, Northlands officials this week declined to comment directly on the on-campus assault that left a 17-year-old Northlands student with a broken neck and nose.

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Clerk faces no charges in Vergennes death

Posted on February 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Farms clerk in Vergennes who on Sept. 28 restrained a robber wielding a large knife was not responsible for her death during the incident, according to Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster.

Fenster on Wednesday afternoon released the conclusions of his lengthy review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Yemalla Sprauve, 34, who attempted to rob the Main Street convenience store at 4 a.m. and was found unresponsive by police when they arrived. 

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Longtime VUES head to step down

Posted on February 13, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — After 38 years in public education and 25 years as a school principal — the past 13 at Vergennes Union Elementary School — VUES Principal Sanford “Sandy” Bassett will step down from his post at the end of this academic year.

Bassett, a Greenwich, N.Y., native who will turn 60 in June, insisted that he is not retiring, but that it is time for new challenges after nearly four decades on the job.

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Northlands teen hurt in assault

Posted on February 13, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two Northlands Job Corps students with aggravated assault after an attack that left a 17-year-old fellow student with a suspected broken neck last week.

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel also questioned the 20-hour delay before his department was notified by Northlands of the Feb. 7 assault.

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Sunward readies solar hot water for business

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



VERGENNES — Outdoor power equipment maker Country Home Products this week spun out its solar hot water systems unit as a standalone company.

The new company — Sunward Systems LLC — will continue to offer residential solar hot water systems, and it will soon roll out a new line of products designed for business establishments, according to its new CEO Tom Hughes.

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VUHS principal charged with DUI

Posted on February 7, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Updated 2/7/12, 3pm

BRISTOL — Vermont State Police on Monday evening cited Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after VSP received a call from his wife at their Bristol home and were told Webbley’s car had struck the back of their garage.

According to a VSP press release, Webbley’s wife, Carrie Askren, told VSP at about 6:50 p.m. on Monday that Webbley was “intoxicated and that he was a danger to himself and others.”

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City residents to decide on change in petition rules

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen recently approved a city warning for March 6 balloting that includes articles that, if approved, would change the number of signatures petitioners would need to challenge elections, increase the base amount of money in a fund that supports recreation programs, and no longer require city officials to mail an annual report to all addresses.

Those topics are also warned for discussion at the annual city meeting on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Opera House.

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Police achievements honored at Vergennes council meeting

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Several members of the Vergennes Police Department, including its chief, were honored before the Jan. 31 city council meeting.

Notable among the honorees were:

•  Officer Jason Ouellette, who was promoted to detective after working to solve several high-profile cases.

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