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Vergennes home to many projects

Posted on August 1, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley pointed out to Vergennes aldermen at their July 26 meeting that an unprecedented number of grant-funded efforts are either just concluding, getting under way, or beginning soon in Vergennes.

One is all but finished, the latest in a series of efforts to build handicap-access platforms and repair sidewalks on Main Street. The new platform curls around the building at the intersection of Main and Green streets that contains Addison Outfitters, Linda’s Apparel and Gifts, Shear Cuts and Hollyhocks.

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Taxes dropping in ANwSU towns

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Property owners in Ferrisburgh, Vergennes and Addison will see their property tax bills go down this year, thanks largely due to lower school rates.

Homeowners are due to get bills with decreases ranging from about 4.7 cents in Ferrisburgh to 9.1 cents in Addison. Non-residential taxpayers in those three communities are also looking at lower tax bills, with decreases ranging from 1.5 cents in Vergennes to 6.3 cents in Addison.

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SAIL engages, educates local teens

Posted on July 11, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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VERGENNES — Vergennes teens looking to keep their brains active during the summer months without missing out on fun and games need look no further than the Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program now taking place at Vergennes Union High School.

SAIL is a summer enrichment program that offers numerous classes designed to be both educational and exciting for students from 7th to 11th grade.

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Bixby picks Independent ad manager as library director

Posted on July 4, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Bixby Memorial Library board of trustees has chosen longtime Addison Independent advertising manager and Addison resident Jane Spencer to fill its newly created position of library director.

After 31 years at the Independent, 28 leading its advertising department, Spencer will officially assume her new job on Aug. 29, said Bixby board of trustees president Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm.

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City senior housing center breaks ground

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — About four dozen state, local and nonprofit officials on Monday morning joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Armory Lane for the groundbreaking ceremony of a long-awaited and — according to all — much needed senior housing and meeting center.

The $5.8 million, 25,000-square-foot building next to American Legion Post 14 and the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza will include a library and meeting and dining rooms. It will also host local senior lunches and provide a home for the area’s Meals on Wheels program.

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Vergennes teen acts quickly to save child

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Quick action by a Vergennes teenager may have saved a young child’s life on June 19.

Travis Kilburn, 19, was fishing at the Ferrisburgh Slang at about noon that day when a boy he estimated at about 6 or 7 years old slipped off a rock at the edge of a cement platform and fell into water roughly 11 feet deep next to the bridge there.

Kilburn, who has been fishing regularly for the past 10 years, reacted quickly.

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Vergennes gets level city tax rate

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday made final a 2011-2012 budget and adopted a municipal tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year that will remain level for the fourth year in a row.

The budget features few spending increases other than a modest pay raise for some city employees.

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Vergennes honors men in blue

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel honored several members of the city police department, and he and City Manager Mel Hawley swore in the newest member of the Vergennes force.

With two dozen of their family members looking on, Merkel praised all of the department’s officers for their willingness to work any hours and accept any duties he asked of them, and for their ability to create “peaceful resolutions” when faced with difficult situations.

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Aldermen review derby, vacancies, sewer rates

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Aldermen at their regular meeting Tuesday adopted a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and set a new tax rate; see story, page 1A.

In other business, the city council:

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VUES retirees shared love of job, pupils, community

Posted on June 20, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Two teachers with a combined 72 years at Vergennes Union Elementary School — and two lifetimes of experience in the Vergennes area — showed up for their last day of work on Monday morning.

One, 5th- and 6th-grade science teacher Kitty Muzzy, 64, has been commuting for 41 years to the East Street school from nearby West Main Street.

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