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City mulls options for police HQ

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen met behind closed doors on Oct. 9 to discuss the final few choices for a police station site, and there also heard from City Manager Mel Hawley that a station that meets all the criteria Police Chief George Merkel gave to aldermen earlier this year would probably cost more than $2 million.

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VUHS raises funds for cancer patient

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
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VERGENNES — The annual Vergennes Union High School senior class fall charity walk-a-thon, which concluded atop Mount Philo on Oct. 9, raised more than $3,000 to help an Athens, Ga., resident with connections to Vermont in her battle with a rare form of bone cancer.

Keri Kinsel, 27, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in January, and has undergone treatments since then. Doctors at the nonprofit Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., say that a bone marrow treatment more common in Europe will help prevent the cancer from returning to Kinsel.

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Tiger field hockey falls to Cougars, 5-1, despite good effort

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team got off to a promising start in Friday’s Senior Day game against visiting Mount Mansfield, but it was the Cougars who made the most of their scoring chances in what ended up as a 5-1 contest.

The Tigers controlled play for most of the first 20 minutes, earned four first-half penalty corners to the Cougars’ one, and forced Cougar coach Paige Manning into calling a timeout at 20:28 to rally her troops.

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City council readies for celebration

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES —Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially renamed a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

In other business, aldermen:

•  Went into an executive session to discuss potential purchases of properties for a new police station. City Manager Mel Hawley said on Wednesday that per the laws governing such sessions “no minutes were taken,” and no decisions were made after the session.

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Ancient cemetery dubbed 'Vergennes Burial Ground'

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
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VERGENNES — After receiving a thorough history lesson from a resident, Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially agreed on Tuesday to name a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

Resident Susan Ferland, whose research has also been instrumental in having Vergennes re-assume maintenance of what is the city’s oldest cemetery, told aldermen at their Oct. 9 meeting that what is the final resting place of most Vergennes founders has undergone several name changes since it was created in 1790.

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Clippings: Voter ID laws don't stem fraud, and aren't intended to

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Before South Africa became a democracy, the band Johnny Clegg and Savuka created controversy not only because its members were both black and white when apartheid was still the law of the land, but also because it agitated for political change.

One of the group’s most famous and popular songs was “One (Hu)Man, One Vote,” which as well as being highly danceable describes the foundation of democracy as well as anything I’ve heard:

“The west is sleeping in a fragile freedom

Forgotten is the price that was paid

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Improving Otter girls' soccer stems Mill River

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — Back on Sept. 27 in North Clarendon, the Mill River Union High School girls’ soccer team ripped off five straight goals in a 6-2 win over Otter Valley.

It was different on Monday on Markowski Field, where the improving Otters outshot the Minutemen, 28-19, in a 1-1 stalemate.

The Otters are still just 2-8-1, comparable to their records over the past few years, but senior leading scorer Lauren Nesshoever said that record does not reflect the quality of their play.

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Local runners stand out in huge field at Thetford

Posted on October 10, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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THETFORD — Middlebury Union High School junior Max Moulton and Vergennes senior Shep Carter posted the top local finishes on Saturday at the 22nd annual Woods Trail Run in Thetford cross-country race, a major regional event that drew hundreds of runners to Vermont from dozens of high schools from all six New England states.

Moulton finished 29th among roughly 600 competitors on the challenging, hilly 5-kilometer course in 18:01.30, and Carter was 78th in 18:44.99.

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OVUHS boys' soccer makes it four wins in five tries

Posted on October 10, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



BRANDON — Visiting Fair Haven on Tuesday gave the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team a tougher challenge than the Otters expected on their Senior Day, but ultimately OV’s relentless pressure gave them a 2-1 win.

The victory was the Otters’ fourth in five games, including a 6-0 victory over the Slaters in Fair Haven on Oct. 1.

Senior striker and co-captain Jeff Corbett said they didn’t play as well this time, despite OV’s advantages of 32-8 in shots at goal and 8-1 in corner kicks.

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Schooner brings piece of history to Vergennes

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — When Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) officials were planning this year’s four-month trip through New York, Canada and Vermont for the museum’s replica canal schooner, the Lois McClure, there was little debate about the final stop.

The journey through canals, rivers and Lake Ontario, which ends this coming Friday, has recognized the region’s pivotal role in the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States, which had recently won its freedom from the crown — and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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