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Eagle girls' basketball romps past Cougars; Mt. Abe eyes playoffs

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball celebrated its Senior Day in style on Saturday, thumping visiting Mount Mansfield by the misleading final of 78-39.

When is a 39-point margin misleading?

When the Eagle starters in the game in the first and third quarters Mount Abe outscore the 7-11 Cougars by 52-12 and force 21 turnovers with relentless defensive pressure, both full-court and half-court. And in each of those quarters all five Eagle starters record points.

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Tiger boys' hoop team fends off Mount Abe

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys basketball team twice rallied to take late one-point leads on Friday, but visiting Middlebury answered with a decisive 5-0 run with a minute to go on the way to a 46-44 victory.

The Eagles twice fought back from behind in the second half. In the third period five straight points from Tiger center Skyeler Devlin, including a three-point play set up by Parker Beatty, gave MUHS a 31-24 lead with 2:37 on the clock.

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Vergennes City Council supports Perry as new mayor

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Senior Alderman and former Vergennes City Manager Renny Perry on Tuesday night told the other members of the city council that after a weekend of thinking it over he would be willing to serve out the remainder of recently resigned Mayor Michael Daniels’ term.

As senior alderman Perry automatically took over as mayor as called for in the Vergennes city charter when Daniels, citing conflicts with his fellow council members, resigned on Feb. 8. But Perry said he would only stay on until March 2019 if council members agreed.

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City to keep voting hours the same – for now

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Board of Civil Authority (BCA) on Jan. 31 decided not to expand the city’s voting hours for primary and general elections, as some residents and city council members have suggested. But an ongoing city council update of the Vergennes city charter could still expand the community’s voting hours.

Unlike the rest of the county’s towns, Vergennes voting hours begin at 9 a.m., not 7 a.m. They then run to the universal closing hour of 7 p.m.

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Otters outlast Commodores in boys' basketball

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A Monday boys’ basketball game at Vergennes Union High School might have looked like a mismatch on paper. The visiting Otter Valley team was fresh off a huge win over the top team in Division II and the host Commodore squad was coming off a 27-point setback to Mount Abraham.

Instead, the 9-6 Otters found themselves in a battle with the 3-10 Commodores, who fought back from 15 points down early in the third period to within five late in the fourth before the Otters held on for a 51-45 victory.

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Mt. Abe's Pitts, VUHS boys earn gold at indoor track and field championship

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BURLINGTON — Mount Abraham Union High School senior Lydia Pitts added three more gold medals to her collection at this past Friday’s Division II indoor track and field championship meet, at which also the Vergennes boys’ four-by-800-meter relay team of Spencer Hurlburt, Xander DeBlois, Gabe Praamsma and Wade Mullin cruised to a 5-second win.

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Fed up with city council, Mayor Daniels says he won't be a 'puppet' and quits

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In an unexpected and unprecedented move, two-time Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels resigned on Thursday, alleging in a statement a poor working relationship with the Vergennes City Council and citing a disagreement with council members on how a recent complaint against city hall employees was handled.

“I was told right at the beginning by several council members that we are all equal; stop running out in front and work with the council. I will no longer be a puppet,” read one sentence in Daniels’ statement.

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Ferrisburgh, farmers eye mediation in tree-cutting

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said last week that the owners of the Vorsteveld Farm have accepted the town’s offer of mediation as a way to resolve the dispute over whether the farm had the right to clear-cut trees and shrubs this past spring in the town right-of-way along Arnold Bay Road’s east side.

The selectboard met behind closed doors on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Lawrence confirmed on Wednesday the board discussed the Vorstevelds’ acceptance of the board’s offer of mediation.

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Panton to vote on town hall upgrades

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
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PANTON — Panton residents will make key decisions about the future of their town hall in March — but they won’t make them in town hall, and one decision will have to wait for another day.

Panton selectboard Chairman Howard Hall said the board recently decided to hold town meeting at a site that is “an officially ADA-qualified location.”

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3rd quarter outburst raises Eagle boys' basketball over Commodores

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
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VERGENNES — All signs pointed to a tight boys’ basketball game at Vergennes Union High School on Thursday.

Mount Abraham came in at 5-8, and the Commodores at 3-7. The Eagles lost at Middlebury, but the Commodores recently won there.

And the Commodores had home-court advantage: Their fans filled most of the packed bleachers in the school’s middle school gym, where the game was played due to repairs in the main gym.

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