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Council candidates air views at forum

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Five of the six candidates for three seats on the Vergennes city council attended a Feb. 23 forum at American Legion Post 14 and answered a series of questions about taxes, the city’s economic climate, how they view teamwork in city government, and the future of the city’s police station.

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VUES board candidates state their cases

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School board candidates Cheryl Brinkman and Susan Ferland were also given the opportunity to speak at Feb. 23 candidates’ forum hosted by American Legion Post 14.

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Aldermen eye police station sites

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City leaders are inching closer to identifying a site for a new Vergennes police station. At their Feb. 21 meeting, aldermen sliced five of 13 potential sites from a working list they had been eyeing.

City Manager Mel Hawley said on Thursday the five sites that did not make the cut met the original criteria set by the council — they fronted on a Class 1 or 2 road, offered at least 1 usable acre, and were not in a residential area — but were the lowest ranked by aldermen on the single basis of location.

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City council adopts conflict policy

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After making a couple of tweaks they discussed in January, Vergennes aldermen on Feb. 21 adopted their first official conflict of interest policy, one that largely follows a Vermont League of Cities and Towns template.

In their discussions in recent meetings, aldermen said they have never known an instance where a member of the council has acted in a manner that would violate such a policy.

But they have also agreed it would clarify for members of the public what guidelines they follow and make public what rules future councils will follow.

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Tigers dance their way to Vermont state hip-hop title

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Saturday for the third time in five years won the Vermont hip-hop crown, this time before more than 1,000 fans supporting 10 teams at Vergennes Union High School.

The Tiger team — with half the dancers dressed as men with goatees and eye black — edged the defending hip-hop titlist Burr & Burton squad, 263.5-261.

MUHS had previously claimed the hip-hop title in 2008 and 2010.

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City council candidates to share their views

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 will host a Thursday evening forum for the half-dozen candidates seeking three seats on the city council in what is the most crowded race since 2007.

The forum, to be moderated by local insurance agent Michael Donnelly, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Challengers William Benton, Renny Perry and Nelson Sears are seeking slots on the council now held by multi-term incumbent Aldermen David Austin, Lowell Bertrand and Clara “Ziggy” Comeau.

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City chief questions Northlands' version of story

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel disagreed on Wednesday with a statement released through the U.S. Department of Labor that Northlands Job Corps officials notified his department in a timely manner of a Feb. 7 assault that sent a Northlands student to Porter Hospital.

Meanwhile, Northlands officials this week declined to comment directly on the on-campus assault that left a 17-year-old Northlands student with a broken neck and nose.

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Clerk faces no charges in Vergennes death

Posted on February 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Farms clerk in Vergennes who on Sept. 28 restrained a robber wielding a large knife was not responsible for her death during the incident, according to Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster.

Fenster on Wednesday afternoon released the conclusions of his lengthy review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Yemalla Sprauve, 34, who attempted to rob the Main Street convenience store at 4 a.m. and was found unresponsive by police when they arrived. 

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Longtime VUES head to step down

Posted on February 13, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — After 38 years in public education and 25 years as a school principal — the past 13 at Vergennes Union Elementary School — VUES Principal Sanford “Sandy” Bassett will step down from his post at the end of this academic year.

Bassett, a Greenwich, N.Y., native who will turn 60 in June, insisted that he is not retiring, but that it is time for new challenges after nearly four decades on the job.

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Northlands teen hurt in assault

Posted on February 13, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two Northlands Job Corps students with aggravated assault after an attack that left a 17-year-old fellow student with a suspected broken neck last week.

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel also questioned the 20-hour delay before his department was notified by Northlands of the Feb. 7 assault.

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