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Traffic Alert! Big Route 7 paving project is dead ahead

Posted on June 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Travelers and residents along Route 7 between Middlebury village and the Ferrisburgh-Charlotte line can expect traffic delays and the smell of asphalt this summer and next, beginning in the middle of this July.

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Tiger junior Payton Buxton tops Independent softball all-stars

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — It was not quite a banner year for local softball teams, as tough one-run losses sent the talented Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school squads home from the Division II final and a D-I semifinal, respectively.

But the Eagles and Tigers, plus athletes from Vergennes and Otter Valley, all enjoyed exceptional springs that are recognized here in the 2016 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team.

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Orwell nixes ARSU school unification for a second time

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday for a second time rejected a plan calling for their town to join their fellow Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union towns in forming a unified union school district.

The vote this time was closer than it was in the first ballot; this time it was 166 in favor of the proposed Slate Valley Unified Union School District and 204 against.

Orwell citizens on April 12 had voted 211 to 121 against joining Castleton, West Haven, Hubbardton, Benson and Fair Haven in the proposed union.

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Council eyes police spending, tax rate

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Police spending — especially $110,000 for two new cruisers — dominated a Tuesday Vergennes City Council meeting devoted to the next city budget and municipal tax rate, both of which must be adopted by July 1.

The council is working from a $2.3 million draft budget submitted by Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley that he calculated, if adopted, would require a 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.

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AC Legion basball opens with a win in three tries

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team opened with one road win on Sunday at Franklin County sandwiched between home losses on Saturday and Monday to Essex and Colchester, respectively

AC was set to play at Stowe on Wednesday night before returning home on Thursday for a rematch with Colchester. AC will visit S.D. Ireland on Sunday for a doubleheader, host Montpelier on June 28 and 30 at 5:30 p.m. both days, and host Franklin County for a twin bill on July 2 beginning at 11 a.m.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Just a couple things that make you go hmmm...

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Time for just a couple thoughts for the summer solstice.

I do believe the Cleveland Cavaliers deserved their victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, and congratulations to the long-suffering fans of Northeast Ohio.

It’s been well-documented Cleveland’s last major championship came in 1964. There’s been plenty of heartbreak since then.

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City OKs Wi-Fi for the basin, bike rack on green

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — During a Tuesday, June 14, meeting the Vergennes City Council authorized Wi-Fi for the Otter Creek Basin, approved a second bicycle rack for the city green, and tapped the Water Tower Fund to pay for work to City Hall that created office space for the Vergennes Partnership.

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Thirty seconds at podium pay off for city man going to Democratic convention

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In baseball terms, Vergennes resident Matt Birong’s performance at the recent Democratic state convention in Barre was like hitting a walk-off homer while trailing in the bottom of the ninth. 

The-38-year-old owner of Vergennes eatery 3 Squares was a relative novice in the political world, faced scores of others seeking the same spot, and didn’t even get to campaign — and yet he was elected to be a delegate to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Legion baseball reloads for summer 2016

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — A year after playing in the Vermont American Legion championship final and falling just short, the Addison County American Legion team in 2015 saw many players age out of the program, resulting in a young roster particularly short in the pitching rotation.

AC went from a penthouse suite to a basement studio apartment, winning just once and forfeiting a couple late-season contests simply because Coach Mike Estey’s team didn’t have anybody to put on the mound.

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Vergennes City Council mulls budget that could spike tax rate

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council this week will be studying a $1.848 million draft general fund budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 that, if approved as is, could raise the city’s municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.

A 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate would translate to an additional $180 of annual taxes for a $200,000 home.  

That spending does not include the user-supported sewer budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley on Tuesday also recommended a $34 annual increase in the per-unit sewer rate.

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