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Orwell fixture returns to the family: Two new Buxtons take over store

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ORWELL — Buxton’s Store, a fixture on Orwell’s Main Street fixture, is set to return to being a Buxtons’ store.

Orwell couple Andy and Mary Buxton are ready on Monday to sit down and buy the store and the home that goes with it from Doug Edwards, who has owned and operated the grocery (and more) store for the past decade. Edwards bought Buxton’s Store in 2006 from Andy Buxton’s grandparents, Dick and Thelma Buxton, who ran the business for about 40 years.

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Benton confirms he'll run for a final term as city mayor

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week said he would run for a third — and what he called a final — two-year term as the city’s top elected official.

Benton said a number of efforts are about to pay off — including Otter Creek basin projects, city pool upgrades, and work to improve downtown pedestrian and bicycle safety — and he wants to see them through.

“We’ve gone through all this planning. Hopefully the fun begins now because the implementation will happen,” he said.

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Defense sparks Eagles over Commodores in girls' basketball

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In front of a big crowd on Friday at Vergennes Union High School, the visiting Mount Abraham girls’ basketball team used tough man-to-man defense and full-court pressure to deal the Commodores their second loss of the winter.

In a high-intensity game that included two buzzer-beating three-pointers, the Eagles forced 16 VUHS first-half turnovers and got 15 of junior forward Emma Carter’s game-high 25 points before the break to take a 27-13 halftime lead.

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Police investigate Waltham home fire

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



WALTHAM — Investigators from the Vermont State Police and the Division of Fire Safety’s Fire Investigation Unit are still probing the causes of two fires at one Waltham home on Dec. 29 and 30, the second of which left the building at least temporarily uninhabitable.

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Vergennes-area unified school budget draft is unveiled

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) administrators on Dec. 28 presented a $21.59 million draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year, the first year that all four district schools will operate under one board and one spending plan.

If approved as is, Superintendent JoAn Canning said that plan would boost spending over the current level — the combined total of this year’s combined Vergennes Union high and elementary schools and Addison and Ferrisburgh Central schools, including central office expenses — by 3.97 percent.

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City works to make pedestrians and bikes safer

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members on Dec. 20 continued to discuss their ongoing effort to make the city’s downtown safer for pedestrians and cyclists, an effort triggered by a November discussion at a council meeting attended by about a dozen residents.

Alderman Matt Chabot reported on the first meeting of the task force the council recently created to focus on the issue and make recommendations to city officials. Chabot said he was encouraged by what was a get-together to assess the task and marshal resources.

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Tri-Town water district gets back to normal after breaks in water main

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — As things returned to normal last week for the Tri-Town Water District and its customers in Addison, Bridport and Shoreham, district officials continued to plan on how better to respond to emergency situations like those that led to the district’s Dec. 18 boil-water order, while state officials prepared to inspect the district plant and evaluate Tri-Town’s response.

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Eagle, Tiger wrestlers excel at MUHS tourney

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school wrestling teams finished second and third, respectively, last week at the Tigers’ 45th annual Hubie Wager Invitational Tournament. Three Eagles — sophomores Roman Mayer and Gary Conant and senior Ben Murray — and one Tiger — junior Dustin Davio — earned individual championships.

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Vergennes gets favorable audit, but sees changes in future procedures

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen last week discussed how future city audits should be conducted, but not because the one on the table in front of them was unfavorable.

“The audit is a good audit,” said Alderman Renny Perry at the De. 20 Vergennes City Council meeting. “We’re in good financial condition, and everything is being handled appropriately.”

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City hopes to map sewer system

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Dec. 20 agreed to apply for a $50,000 grant to help map the city’s aging sewer and stormwater system, a task that City Manager Mel Hawley said is important to help the city fix the system’s overflow problems.

Vergennes has been operating for years under “Combined Sewer Overflow” (or CSO) orders from Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to stop its sewer system from overflowing into Otter Creek.

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