Vergennes

VERGENNES — On the surface there appears to be plenty for Addison Northwest School District administrators and teachers to like about the multi-grade-level student test results that were released in the Vermont Agency of Education’s most recent “Annual Snapshot.” ANWSD as a whole is rated as “Meeting” standards for English Language Arts and Mathematic instruction, as is Vermont as a whole. And in some respects ANWSD looks better than the state. Vergennes Union High School is ranked as “Excelling” in its improvement in English and Math instruction, thus faring better than schools across the...

CONSULTANTS ARE DEVELOPING maps — like this one — of a potential “Triangle Bike Loop” that would connect Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. Area residents will be able to share their views at a public meeting in New Haven this Thursday, Aug. 15. Plans call for a final route to be solidified by next February. Then advocates will look for funding to make the route a reality. Map courtesy of SE Group
NEW HAVEN — County residents on Aug. 15 will be able to shape a newly proposed bike route that would link Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. The public meeting, to begin at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Hall, will be led by consultants from SE Group of Burlington. The company was selected to design the proposed tri-town route that, when completed, “will provide a safe and enjoyable rider experience, increase connectivity between communities along the route (New Haven, Waltham, Weybridge, Ferrisburgh), and establish a sustainable and valued recreation resource,” according to Mike Winslow,...
VERGENNES — According to Tim Noonan, the executive director of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, he will oversee an election at the Vergennes Police Department either later this month or in early September. The vote will determine if the officers of the city police force will unionize. City officials in July made it official they would not oppose the officers’ wish to affiliate with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New England, including in Vermont. The proposed union includes non-supervisory personnel only, and...
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County jury on Aug. 7 convicted a Vergennes man of lewd & lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 16. The defendant, 39-year-old Steven R. Desjardin, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 14. Vergennes police were notified on Oct. 14, 2018, of a possible sex offense reported to have occurred in the city. Following an investigation conducted by Detective Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, Desjardin was arrested and charged with the lewd & lascivious offense. Police described the victim as a girl between the age of 8-10....
VERGENNES — The DR Factory Store at 5 North Main St. in Vergennes will close on Friday, Aug. 16, and as of earlier this week had marked down its inventory of DR, Generac and Husqvarna outdoor power equipment. In mid-2018 Generac, which bought DR Power Equipment from Country Home Products in 2015, moved out of its Vergennes plant on Meigs Road. Work that was done there is now being performed in its new headquarters in South Burlington and at its corporate headquarters in Waukesha, Wis. But last year Generac did not shutter the city’s DR store, which is across North Main Street from the...

DAWN WAGNER SHOWS off three of the paper hats she’s made for Carnevale. Wagner manages this annual event at the Vergennes Opera House and is hosting a hat-making workshop and tea party at the Sheldon Museum this Sunday. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — What do you get when you take a stage manager from New York City, transplant them in Vergennes and give them chickens, and a knack for making cookies, chocolates and costumes? A messy dining room table. That’s what. Dawn Wagner, a self-described “midnight crafter,” knows all about this. “I put the kids to bed and get crafting,” said the mother of two. “I usually start around 8 p.m.” The work she’s doing depends on the season. Right now she’s preparing for the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Workshop at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, where kids as young as five can create up-cycled...
The following letter was written by Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commissions to Vermont Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn. On June 12, 2019 the Addison County Regional Planning Commission passed a resolution expressing our support for construction of a new road to the north of the Vergennes downtown that would allow through-truck traffic to avoid the downtown without unduly burdening their transit (the Economic Corridor). A similar resolution was also passed by our Transportation Advisory Committee in May. The Route 22A corridor is an important link connecting the...

THE VERGENNES CHAMPS’ coaches and the team’s under-6, -8 and -10 swimmers on Sunday used Silly String to celebrate the team’s fourth-place finish out of 20 teams at the Vermont Swim Association Championships in White River Junction this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Josh Romond
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins capped their enjoyable summer swim team seasons in style this past weekend at Vermont Swim Association Championship meet, which was held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. The Champs scored 1,715 points to become the only team based outside of Chittenden County to crack the top five at the 20-team competition. Coming off a 2018 season in which the Champs won Division II, Vergennes settled for fourth place in Division I, into which the Champs were placed this summer. The Vergennes team were coming off a...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 24 referred to a bank’s fraud department an email scam in which a Hillside Drive apartment resident lost $2,000. Police said the resident agreed to display a company sign on a vehicle for $2,600 and received a check in that amount. But the resident also agreed to send $2,000 to the people with whom he expected to do business. Police said the $2,600 check proved not to be valid, and the resident was out the money that was sent away. As always, police advised residents to be wary of sending cash to anyone who contacts them via the internet or phone.  In...

SUSAN P. O'DANIEL holds her Lions Club Melvin Jones plaque with her husband, Mike, past international director Tom Broughton, and past district governor Larry Simino. Photo courtesy Larry Simino
VERGENNES — Vergennes Lions recently wrapped up one year and started a new one with the election of new officers. In reviewing the closing year’s accomplishments, Lion Debbie Brace announced that on Memorial Day, the club received second place recognition for its parade float. Shawn Combs won the car, Chris Paquin the $500, and Marsha Hoffman the Basin Harbor Club package through the vehicle raffle.  Lion Paul Vachon announced that the Lions Club scholarships to graduating high school seniors went to Bess Gramling, Olivia Hutchins, Abigail Smith and Cedar Winslow. The club is currently...

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