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Kolts sentenced at emotional hearing

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Rein Kolts, a 70-year-old Orwell resident and former coach and bus driver at Shoreham Elementary School, on Monday was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for repeated nonconsensual sex with a minor.

Kolts was convicted on Jan. 20 for the assaults on a girl who was 11 to 13 years old when the crimes were committed. The victim, a New Hampshire resident and Kolts’ niece, told police the offences occurred more than five times at Kolts’ Orwell home and once in Chester.

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Panton adopts new zoning laws

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — The Panton selectboard on July 11 adopted new zoning regulations that include for the first time extensive provisions on the siting of wind and solar projects, and also create rules on the siting and occupation of farm labor housing.

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Burlington edges Middlebury in swim finale

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



BURLINGTON — The Champlain Valley Swim League regular season wrapped up on Tuesday, when host Burlington Country Club outlasted the Middlebury Swim Team, 252-219.

MST took an early 35-21 lead over BCC by winning five of eight contested medley relays. But BCC’s slightly greater depth allowed it to go on top, 72-70, after racing in the first discipline, the butterfly, and the hosts gradually stretched their lead from there. In all, BCC earned 21 first-place finishes to 19 for MST in a closely contested meet.

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Legion baseball tops Essex to cap season

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion team finished what was an overall disappointing season in style on Friday at the Middlebury College field, knocking visiting Essex out of the playoffs with a 6-2 victory.

Essex needed to win a game that was a makeup of an earlier rainout to finish fourth and earn the final Northern Division playoff berth, but the pitching of AC ace Adam Whitcomb and a five-run AC fifth inning denied the perennial Legion powerhouse the chance to advance.

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Batter up!

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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AC PITCHER BRUCE Wright delivers to the plate against Franklin County. AC won once in three tries that day, and twice in nine tries in a packed schedule between July 15 and 20, a stretch that wore out the team's pitching staff. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy

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Vergennes officials adopt revised city plan

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After a second public hearing, the Vergennes City Council on July 18 adopted amendments to the city plan that would create a Solar Overlay District and related energy policies, fold the Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan into the city plan, and ban ground-floor and basement apartments in the city’s Central Business District.

The Vergennes Planning Commission had written and then adopted the amendments in May after holding its own hearings.

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Panton consolidating two town office jobs into one

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
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PANTON — The Panton selectboard has decided to consolidate its two main town office jobs into one position and is now advertising for one person to serve both as a treasurer and town clerk, posts now held by Diane Merrill and Jean Miller, respectively.

Merrill, a Vergennes business co-owner who according to selectboard Chairman Howard Hall plans to resign before the end of August, now holds a 20-hour-a-week job in town hall, while Miller works 32 hours a week as clerk.

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Addison County Legion baseball team hits rough final stretch

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — After a midseason stretch in which the Addison County American Legion baseball team played .500 baseball for 10 games after an 0-6 start, the local nine hit another tough patch in midweek play, dropping four games to contending teams.

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Sharks put the bite on local swim team

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — Swimmers and their families enjoyed another pleasant evening at the Middlebury Municipal Pool on Thursday, when the visiting St. Albans Sharks emerged with a 246-199 victory over the host Middlebury Swim Team in a Champlain Valley Swim League meet.

MST has one more regular season meet, a Tuesday make-up night at Burlington Country Club, before this Friday and Saturday’s CVSL league meet at St. Albans. The state meet follows the next weekend in White River Junction.

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Vergennes Champs wrap up season with a splash

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs on Thursday night celebrated a sunny evening, the wrap-up of their regular season, and a 284-207 Champlain Valley Swim League victory by tossing their coaches into the pool, according to team sources.

Next up for the Champs is the CVSL league meet at St. Albans this coming Friday and Saturday.

Leading the way for the home team this past Thursday with three wins apiece were Will Clark, Carson Hoffman and Emma Beauchemin.

Hadley Harris, Jarret Muzzy and Jordan Jewell added two victories each.

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