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VTrans, planners revive idea of Vergennes truck bypass

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Once again the possibility is alive of a bypass that would send truck traffic around downtown Vergennes, although local and state officials say one is not likely to be built for at least 30 years.

At a Nov. 15 meeting in Middlebury of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee, or TAC, Vermont Agency of Transportation officials agreed to work with regional planners to study city bypass options, with a recommendation probably to be made by the end of 2018.

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Vergennes eyeing earlier voting hours

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents could at some point have the option of voting in the morning before work, as do voters in most other Vermont towns.

At their Nov. 14 meeting, Vergennes City Council members talked seriously about changing the 9 a.m. start of voting hours to 7 a.m. The statewide closing hour for polls is 7 p.m.

Alderman Jeff Fritz opened the discussion by recommending a charter change, which would require approval by residents and the Vermont Legislatures, to make polling hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Meet the Chef: Chris Reck of Route 7 Pie Company

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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“The first step was to figure out, do people want my pies?” Chris Reck told the Independent in a 2016 interview.

The Vergennes resident and founder of the Route 7 Pie Company determined that the answer was a firm and resounding “yes.”

A year later, Route 7 Pies are more popular than ever.

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Holiday fairs light up with community support

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Get ready because this is the week — the week when holiday cheer becomes socially acceptable for the season. Holiday songs will start flooding the radio waves, twinkle lights will coat evergreens and homes, community meals will fill bellies and warm hearts, and the shopping begins.

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Vergennes Police Log: Vergennes police cite two for DUI

Posted on November 21, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations for driving under the influence late last week.

On Nov. 18 city police cited Jonathan C. Bouffard, 32, of Middlebury for refusal to submit to DUI testing. Police allege that Bouffard showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol after they stopped his vehicle on Monkton Road for failing to honor a stop sign.

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City option tax talk put on hold

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When they met this past Tuesday, members of the city council in Vergennes briefly discussed the issue of local option taxes. Towns can choose to add to state rooms and meals and/or sales taxes and keep a portion to devote to local needs.

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Vergennes will vote on $500,000 for a new fire truck

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents in March will be asked to support a $500,000 bond to buy a new fire truck, one that will replace what Vergennes Fire Chief Jim Breur told the city council on Tuesday is a heavily used 1994 truck.

The council unanimously supported what was the recommendation of a Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department committee that included Breur and department officers and firefighters.

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Craven to celebrate 30-year collaboration with Kingdom novelist Howard Frank Mosher at Opera House screening

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven remains on the road this fall, for an extended series of film screenings and personal reflections to pay tribute to his 30-year collaboration with Northeast Kingdom writer, Howard Frank Mosher. Craven will screen his film “Where the Rivers Flow North” and present reflections on his work with Mosher at a special screening at the Vergennes Opera House, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door, students are free.

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Vergennes Police Log: City man found in trunk is cited for heroin possession

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested a Vergennes man this past Saturday, Nov. 11, for multiple violations of four separate conditions of release that, according to police, all have been issued by courts since August. Police also cited the man for possession of heroin and ticketed him for possession of marijuana.

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Farm-to-school success puts focus on finances

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Even after close to two decades of efforts to get local foods into local educational institutions, words like “fresh” and “tasty” are not universally applied to school cafeteria food.

Yet school nutrition guru Kathy Alexander continues to make Farm to School a centerpiece at Bristol-area schools and this year expanded that work into Vergennes-area schools.

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