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Area towns struggle to comply with new public records law

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON/STARKSBORO — Two Addison County towns have found different answers to a challenge posed by revisions the Legislature made to Vermont’s Open Meeting Law this past session, a challenge shared by a number of towns statewide.

Vermont towns have always been required to make available drafts of meeting minutes within five days. The revised law also requires towns with websites to post those draft minutes online in that same timeframe.

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Repeat! Tigers beat Hilltoppers to claim state football title

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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RUTLAND – In the end, after two 10-0 teams clashed in Saturday’s Division I football final at Rutland High School, there was no doubt which was better.

No. 1 Middlebury Union High School shut down No. St. Johnsbury’s high-powered attack, rolled up 322 yards of offense to 190 yards for the Hilltoppers, claimed its 22nd straight victory, and, most importantly, earned its second consecutive title by outscoring St. J, 28-7.

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Bullets end Otters' championship bid, 42-30

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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RUTLAND — Saturday’s conditions at Rutland High School seemed perfect for the balanced offense of the No. 1 Otter Valley Union High School football team to win the Division III title — no wind to slow the potent OV passing that complements the team’s bruising ground game led by running back Carson Leary.

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Denecker's Rt. 22A plan eyed as possible sprawl

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Issues of scenic impact and traffic came to the forefront at an Oct. 23 Act 250 hearing in the Ferrisburgh town office building that was devoted to Chevrolet dealer Tom Denecker’s plan to consolidate his two existing locations at a new site, the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

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City council waits to talk about a local option tax

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their Oct. 28 meeting Vergennes City Council members were first faced with an agenda item on a possible local option tax in the city. One option, for example, would be to add a penny to the state sales tax to items sold within city limits.

But Mayor Bill Benton said the time was not right for the discussion. He said he was out of town when it was placed on the agenda, and he removed it when he returned because not enough research has been done to show whether such a tax could have a positive impact.

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Incumbents turn back challenges in Vergennes-area House race

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Incumbents Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, and Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh, on Tuesday prevailed in a competitive four-way race to win the Addison-3 district’s two seats and will represent Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, Addison, Panton and Waltham in the Vermont House of Representatives for the next two years.

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Football: Otters eye D-III crown in rematch vs. Fairfax

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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RUTLAND — This Saturday at Rutland High School the Otter Valley Union High School football team will try to win the second title in the program’s history. The Otters will meet a familiar foe in the Division III final, BFA-Fairfax.

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Middlebury field hockey seeks league, NCAA crowns

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — After Saturday’s 4-1 home victory over Colby in a NESCAC quarterfinal, the Middlebury College field hockey team will enter this weekend’s league final four at Bowdoin with an 11-game winning streak, a 15-1 record, and the No. 3 ranking in NCAA Division III — behind only No. 1 Salisbury and No. 2 Bowdoin.

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Tigers go for repeat in D-I vs. undefeated St. Johnsbury

Posted on November 5, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The next game for the undefeated defending Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team is the D-I final at Rutland High School on Saturday, and the next opponent is also undefeated St. Johnsbury.

On this past Friday, the top-seeded, 10-0 Tigers posted their fourth shutout in their past five games, 42-0, over visiting No. 5 Colchester. On Saturday, No. 2 St. Johnsbury defeated No. 3 Essex, 26-6.

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Andy Kirkaldy: The hows and whys of success

Posted on November 5, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



In the past two-plus years, I’ve been repeatedly asking versions of the same question to many happy plaque-carrying, medallion-wearing and trophy-hoisting athletes: How did you do it?

Of the five questions journalists are taught to answer when researching and writing articles — who, what, when, where and why — the last is by far the most intriguing.

How is really a variation of why. “How did you do it?” equals “Why was the team so successful?”

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