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City seeks feedback on recreation options

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Nov. 13 meeting urged residents of the city and surrounding towns to fill out a survey that focuses largely on the city’s current and potential recreation offerings.

Mayor Michael Daniels and City Manager Mel Hawley said the survey would not only give city and partnership officials guidance on what to focus upon in improving recreation in Vergennes, but also that the results would support efforts to obtain grant funding to meet that goal.

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Students honor local veterans with program in Vergennes

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VERGENNES — Champlain Valley Christian School students in Vergennes recently honored 26 veterans during the school’s sixth annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9. The morning began with a breakfast served by volunteer parents, and was followed with student presentations that included songs and poems. Each veteran was presented with a certificate and a gift from the students to show the school’s appreciation for their sacrifice and time of service.

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Shumlin changes administrative ranks

MONTPELIER (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday shook up the top ranks of his administration, with the announcement of seven senior staff changes.

Chief of Staff Bill Lofy is leaving to join the Democratic Governors Association, which Shumlin hopes to chair after an election in that group next month.

Lofy will be replaced by Elizabeth Miller, currently commissioner of the Department of Public Service. She’ll be replaced there by Chris Recchia, who’s currently the deputy secretary of natural resources.

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Teen shaves head for Obama ... again

Posted on November 13, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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STARKSBORO — For the second time, 13-year-old Connor Norland has chosen to celebrate President Barack Obama’s election by shaving his head.

In 2008 the Starksboro youth shaved his entire head and donated his hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

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Natural gas pipeline project advances

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas Systems next month will ask the state utility regulator, the Public Service Board, to review plans for its proposed pipeline expansion into Middlebury and Vergennes. In the meantime it will begin contacting the owners of around 200 parcels through which the new conduit would travel.

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Meetings to focus on mosquito-borne illness

WHITING/BRANDON — In the wake of two fatal human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, and experts from the Health Department and the Agency of Agriculture will discuss EEE and mosquito control at three informational meetings beginning later this week.

The meetings will be:

•  Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Whiting Town Hall.

•  Nov. 28, 7-9 p.m., at Otter Valley High School, Brandon.

•  Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m., at the Sudbury Town Hall.

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Two groups to conserve ledge area in Cornwall

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — State and local conservation groups are finalizing a deal to acquire and permanently protect a scenic and strategically important, 98-acre parcel of land off Route 125 in Cornwall.

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VUHS honors long-serving employees

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A happy accident in a Vergennes Union High School hallway led to a gathering in the school library that on Nov. 2 united and honored dozens of current and former long-term VUHS staff members.

All, from food service workers to foreign language teachers, had worked at VUHS for at least 15 years, under the terms set out on the Ray E. Davison Tribute plaque — which school librarian and media specialist Chris Brady recently found by chance.

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A country doctor to tell tales of indomitable Vermonters

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



VERGENNES — Beach Conger, MD — author of “Bag Balm and Duct Tape,” “It’s Not My Fault,” and “It’s Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Country Doctor”(2011) — will speak at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. as part of the library’s Third Thursday series.

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Bristol bookstore expands offerings

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — “Have you ever played an instrument?” said Melissa Hernandez, proprietor of downtown Bristol’s secondhand bookstore, Recycled Reading of Vermont. “I tell everyone, you can play a song in 30 seconds.”

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