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Couple breathes new life into landmark city building

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In December of 2012 Boulder, Colo., couple Bob Feuerstein and Lillian Kennedy bought Vergennes landmark Kennedy Brothers Marketplace from members of Kennedy’s family.

Before the deal, Kennedy and Feuerstein had partial ownership of the 41,724-square-foot Main Street building that consists of a larger brick wing with a wooden-frame white addition.

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Vergennes aldermen set hearing on new zoning laws

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday accepted updated zoning regulations from the city’s planning commission and scheduled a public hearing on the changes for 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. The council must hold at least one hearing before adopting the new zoning laws.

Planners held a lightly attended public hearing on Monday, after which City Manager and Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley said they made two changes to the updated law, one minor move to clarify language and another to correct what he called an oversight.

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Playground lawsuit is costing Vergennes money

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes has spent $3,900 defending itself against a lawsuit involving its failed attempt to build a quarter-acre preschool playground next to the city’s East Street swimming pool, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen on Tuesday night, and will soon be on the hook for another $1,000 to $1,500.

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Virtuoso to perform on historic organ at Vergennes Congregational Church

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Jenny Bower started playing piano around 4 years old, in a free-for-all class for preschoolers. She kept with it and in her third year at Oberlin College she realized that she was more interested in historical instruments.

She was drawn to the organ because her church had recently lost its organist, and then she had a string of inspiring organ teachers, including James David Christie, one of the founding fathers of the modern historical performance movement in the United States.

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Board of community members to study ANwSU unification options

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Fifteen members of the school boards and communities in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have been chosen to serve on an Act 46 Study Committee that is charged with studying school unification. The committee, which will begin meeting next Monday evening, aims to develop a plan that will be on Town Meeting Day ballots.

The committee members, appointed by the three elementary school boards, are:

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Act 46 challenges ANwSU to unify, control spending

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have just begun grappling with one key provision of Act 46, unification, but another challenge looms — spending caps.

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VUHS students present inclusive vision of peace

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — An elephant in the room and a moving student speech highlighted Vergennes Union High School’s 11th annual Peace One Day celebration on Monday morning on the school’s soccer field.

The student-organized all-school event honors the United Nations International Day of Peace, which the U.N. in 2001 adopted as Sept. 21 after a grassroots effort organized by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley.

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City solicits ideas for pedestrian improvements, basin master plan

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents this weekend can have a say on the future of their hometown, especially its downtown and Otter Creek basin — and a chance to see what Main Street bike lanes and sidewalk bulb-outs might look like.

As part of a larger, grant-supported effort to develop what officials call a “Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan,” residents are invited to a pair of walks on Friday evening from the city green down to Otter Creek, and then on Saturday to demonstrations of how Main Street could be friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Aldermen won't seek party status on solar array

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council last week reached a consensus not to seek, at least for now, intervener status before the Public Service Board on a 500-kilowatt solar array that is proposed for a site behind the Comfort Hill Kennel near the Ferrisburgh town line.

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City council to appoint new member

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their Sept. 8 meeting, Vergennes aldermen discussed a proposal to put a 500-kilowatt array on a Comfort Hill property (see story here) and discussed a number of other issues.

On those issues, city council members:

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