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Carnevale Vergennes to benefit three nonprofits

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — This year’s Carnevale Vergennes, set for Saturday, March 5, from 7-11 p.m. at the Vergennes Opera House, will benefit three Vergennes area nonprofit organizations: the Vergennes Opera House, the Vergennes Partnership and, new this year, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.

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Vergennes flagged for sewer overflow

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Mike Polhamus



MONTPELIER — The cities of Rutland and Vergennes released more than 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater into Lake Champlain tributaries last week, an event that the EPA acknowledges violates federal law.

State and local officials say they’re pursuing efforts that will over time eliminate such incidents, but funding for needed improvements in those communities and others is sparse.

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VUHS Music Department to host a cabaret, Feb. 25

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School Music Department presents a Black & White Cabaret on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the VUHS middle school gymnasium.

Scrumptious desserts and beverages will be served while beautiful music is performed. The musical lineup features student solos, combos, the Commodore Jazz Ensemble and the Commodore Singers

There is a $5 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit Music Department scholarships.

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Benefits, issues seen as ANwSU merger balloting nears

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — For the third time since 2005, residents of the five communities that make up Addison Northwest Supervisory Union will decide on March 1 if one board, not the current five, should run their four schools.

A yes vote on March 1 (Town Meeting Day) in all five towns would create the Addison Northwest Unified School District and a 12-member board to operate it, effective July 1, 2017, after a year of planning during which the existing ANwSU boards would still call the shots.

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State budget features $68M gap

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — State lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin are trying to resolve a $68 million revenue shortfall in the fiscal year 2017 general fund budget. While state politicians agree on the magnitude of the financial problem, it’s clear that there is far from consensus on how to mop up the red ink.

Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, provided an update on the fiscal year 2017 budget at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Vergennes. Lanpher is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which considers funding requests for state agencies and programs.

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Vermont Gas getting ready to install pipe in Vergennes

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vermont Gas Systems intends to bring natural gas service to all Vergennes through its new Addison County pipeline by the end of 2016, company representatives told the city council last week.

Vermont Gas Vice President for Communications and Government Ned Farquhar told the council on Feb. 9 the company expects to have a contractor signed on by March 1 and to begin work to install pipes to carry gas throughout Vergennes in mid-to-late April or early May.

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Property debated as ANwSU vote nears

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Towns’ ownership of their schools and surrounding land has concerned residents each time Addison Northwest Supervisory Union has voted on unification, most recently in 2010, and the upcoming decision on March 1 is no exception.

In the past decade, a central question in some residents’ minds has been reluctance to allow control and ownership of their schools to be transferred to a single board with representatives from all five ANwSU towns, as will be the case in ANwSU if its member towns vote yes next month.

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Vergennes dealing with three issues

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In Vergennes, City Manager Mel Hawley said officials want to tie up three loose ends before school property is transferred to a new unified union under one-board control, something that would happen on July 1, 2017, if Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification passes on March 1.

One loose end Hawley recently uncovered while researching deeds. The city’s Green Street fire station was once the Vergennes High School gym, and the city bought it for that purpose from the former Vergennes ID School District per a 1957 citywide vote.

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City eyes Falls Park maintenance

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Feb. 9 heard from Mike Winslow, the chairman of the city’s Otter Creek Basin Task Force, about its volunteer efforts to maintain Falls Park, which is on the west bank of the river.

Winslow sought a long-term commitment from the council to fund maintenance of the park, which he called a top task force priority.

“We identified Falls Park as the place we wanted to invest our energy,” Winslow said.

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Addison County readers get boost from Lions Club

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — At the last meeting of the Vergennes Lions Club, Margo Grace of Addison County Readers spoke to the group about how the program got started in 2008 using Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Through Addison County Readers, from the time a child is born until they are 5 years of age, they receive a book each month. When children are born at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, they get registered for the program. If they are born in other hospitals or at home, parents can register them by going online to www.imaginationlibrary.com.

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