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Former mayor is seeking a repeat: Daniels challenges incumbent Benton

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will have a choice on Town Meeting Day between an incumbent mayor who recently announced he will seek a third — and he says final — term, and a former mayor who served three terms between 2007 and 2013 and became mayor by unseating an incumbent.

Mike Daniels, 69, who has also served five years in two separate stints on the Vergennes City Council, the second of which ended this past March, said late this summer he began to get the itch to return to city politics.

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VUHS picks Devine as ambassador to youth leadership conference

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassador is Cyrus Devine.

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Vergennes-area schoolboard considers 1.7 percent spending hike

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A $21.1 million spending plan for all four Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) schools and the unified district’s central office was presented to the ANWSD board on Wednesday. If approved, this second draft proposal would increase spending over the current district-wide level by 1.68 percent.

It could also lead to lower residential property taxes in three of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh and Waltham, according to district officials. Panton and Vergennes would see tax rate increases.

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City urges Northlands to support rescue volunteers

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday met new Northlands Job Corps Director Shirma Ferguson and learned more about Chugach Alaska Corporation, the company the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected to operate the Macdonough Drive federal job training center for economically disadvantaged youths.

At the meeting, city officials and former Ferrisburgh Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Donnelly, a Vergennes resident, questioned Ferguson about the center’s policy on allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel to leave during their shifts.

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Posters for Peace light up Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Pamela Smith’s Posters for Peace were painted in the spring of 2009 while she was living in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a time of revolution as the last king of Nepal abdicated his throne. Kathmandu was in a state of turmoil and Smith was trapped in her home for 19 days listening to helicopters, gunshots and rioting outside. It was during those 19 days that Smith created this body of work.

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Age Well offers Tai Chi classes

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Age Well, formerly CVAA Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, is offering classes in Sun Style Tai Chi in Vergennes at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Both a beginner and an intermediate class will be offered every Monday and Wednesday starting Jan. 23 and continuing until April 5.

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Benton confirms he'll run for a final term as city mayor

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week said he would run for a third — and what he called a final — two-year term as the city’s top elected official.

Benton said a number of efforts are about to pay off — including Otter Creek basin projects, city pool upgrades, and work to improve downtown pedestrian and bicycle safety — and he wants to see them through.

“We’ve gone through all this planning. Hopefully the fun begins now because the implementation will happen,” he said.

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Vergennes-area unified school budget draft is unveiled

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) administrators on Dec. 28 presented a $21.59 million draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year, the first year that all four district schools will operate under one board and one spending plan.

If approved as is, Superintendent JoAn Canning said that plan would boost spending over the current level — the combined total of this year’s combined Vergennes Union high and elementary schools and Addison and Ferrisburgh Central schools, including central office expenses — by 3.97 percent.

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City works to make pedestrians and bikes safer

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members on Dec. 20 continued to discuss their ongoing effort to make the city’s downtown safer for pedestrians and cyclists, an effort triggered by a November discussion at a council meeting attended by about a dozen residents.

Alderman Matt Chabot reported on the first meeting of the task force the council recently created to focus on the issue and make recommendations to city officials. Chabot said he was encouraged by what was a get-together to assess the task and marshal resources.

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DAR citizen's award goes to VUHS senior

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Each year a Vergennes Union High School senior is chosen for the DAR Good Citizen’s Award by faculty members nominating three seniors, and then the senior class elects one of those three as their Good Citizen.

We are proud to announce that the 2017 DAR Good Citizen is Brandon Cousino. He is the son of Kirk and Lynn Cousino of Ferrisburgh. Congratulations Brandon!

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