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Swimmers wrap up season of competition and fun

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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HARTLAND — At the Vermont Swim Association 2017 Championship meet, held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Hartland on Sunday, Vergennes swimmer Will Clark climbed up on the block. It was the last heat of the eight-and-under 50-yard freestyle, and Clark’s seed time of 33.87 seconds was faster than the state record.

The starting buzzer beeped, and Clark flew into the water alongside five other boys. With a flurry of kicks and strokes, Clark pulled ahead of his competitors, touching the wall 33.75 seconds later, officially setting a new VSA record.

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Farm equipment catches fire in New Haven

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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NEW HAVEN — Three municipal fire departments — New Haven, Middlebury and Vergennes — responded to a fire that flared up around noon on Thursday on a farm just south of Tourterelle restaurant on Route 7 in New Haven. Passersby observed black smoke ballooning from the property.

According to New Haven Fire Chief Alan Mayer, the fire destroyed a piece of farm equipment — a Claas chopper. Tyler Steady, the chopper’s owner, had been sharpening its knives when the blaze occurred.

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Diving deep: Tenth shipwreck added to recreational dives in Lake Champlain

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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In Lake Champlain, 100 feet down in the dark and chilly waters of Shelburne Bay, the U.S. La Vallee tugboat sits upright and in nearly perfect condition. Aside from the windows, blown out from air pressure upon the boat’s sinking 80-plus years ago, it is completely intact, with its original paint and a readable steel plaque that lists details about its unique steam-powered engine.

Chris Sabick, archaeological director at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, dove on the shipwreck after it was found in 1996.

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$10,000 grant funds effort to plan future of biking & running trails

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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MIDDLEBURY — On any given summer day up on Chipman Hill, pedestrians, mountain bikers, runners and their four-legged companions travel through the trees, grateful for the 132-acre forest’s peace and quiet less than a 10-minute walk from Middlebury town center. The town forests — Chipman Hill, Means Woods and Battell Woods — are available for all to enjoy, but, until now, have not been managed under any overarching plan.

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Meet the chef: Ian Huizenga of Hired Hand and Bar Antidote in Vergennes

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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This spring, Ian Huizenga, owner, head chef and brewer of Vergennes restaurants Hired Hand and Bar Antidote, received an unexpected phone call. On the other line, a member of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce informed him that’d he’d won a big award: Vermont’s 2017 Chef of the Year.

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Music in the air at Brandon outdoor concerts

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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It’s a Wednesday night in Brandon, and 150 people have gathered on the big lawn behind the Brandon Inn. Children dart and cartwheel from one grassy spot to the next, some holding bags of popcorn they picked up for free from a nearby popcorn machine.

The early-evening sun is out, birds fly overhead and the Neshobe River, high from recent-but-long-forgotten downpours, rushes past. In the lawn’s center, an Irish band called Extra Stout entertains the crowd with jigs, sing-alongs and some mean fiddling. Everyone seems to be having a very good time.

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Champs edged by Burlington, but swim team wins 12 races

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



BURLINGTON –– In a close match, the Vergennes Champs swim team were defeated by the Burlington Tennis Club this past Thursday. 

Vergennes pulled within one point of the host team during the freestyle relay races that close the meet, but BTC won the last three races and the meet, with a score of 251-229.

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Meet the chef: Vergennes eatery 3 Squares Cafe celebrates 10 years

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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At 9:30 a.m. on a recent morning in the back of a café on Main Street in Vergennes, Matt Birong flies between two sides of the kitchen. On one side, square, plastic containers hold an array of colorful vegetables and condiments: peppers, chives, cheddar, cucumbers. On the other side, a fiery stove fries eggs, chorizo and French toast.

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Vermont kids wanted for luge tryouts

Posted on June 16, 2017 |
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ESSEX JUNCTION — This weekend, boys and girls will be sliding down the streets of the Burlington area on wheeled sleds for a chance to be recruited by USA Luge.

The so-called “slider search” is an official nationwide athlete recruitment tour that introduces luge, the fastest sport on ice, to young athletes ages 9-13. This summer, Burlington is one of eight cities that USA Luge will visit.

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Lyft brings ride share service to Addison County

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



MIDDLEBURY — The popular rideshare company Lyft last month began servicing areas of Vermont, including 13 of Addison County’s 23 towns, along with Burlington and Montpelier. While Uber, another app-based rideshare company, has made its way to Vermont’s biggest cities, Burlington, Montpelier, Killington and Rutland, Lyft is the first to service Addison County.

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