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Plastic fantastic: Visitors to Button Bay asked to join art project

Posted on August 6, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Visitors to Vermont’s state parks are routinely reminded to dispose of their trash, but over the next two weekends those who make their way to Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh are being asked to bring with them at least some discarded items.

Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation officials awarded Burlington artist Rebecca Schwarz a residency at Button Bay that will run Aug. 7 to 9 and 14 to 16, and recycled plastic is a major part of that residency.

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Shrine Bowl experience positive for Vermont football team despite loss

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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CASTLETON — The Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team had a lot going for it this past Saturday at Castleton State College.

Vermont took a 12-7 lead after three quarters, faced a New Hampshire opponent missing some top players due to an in-state East-West all-star game, deployed a defense that held its foe to negative rushing yardage, and enjoyed the services of seven members of the two-time Division I champion Middlebury Union High School squad.

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Champs, Marlins swim to Vermont crowns

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Both the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins won four individual state titles at the Vermont Swim Association (VSA) state championship meet this past weekend, while the Champs won Division III and placed sixth overall among the 20 teams competing.

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Another thought or two on soccer and the Red Sox

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



A few thoughts on soccer and the sorry state of the Sox, left behind in Vermont while the author lounges on the beaches of southern New England (or in movie theaters, depending on the weather).

First, one last visit to the women’s soccer World Cup. A lot of credit for the U.S. team’s late surge was given to the tactical switch in the formation that allowed Carli Lloyd more offensive freedom, and no doubt that played a role in the successful Cup run.

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Clippings: Same-sex unions have stood test

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”

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Federal grant helps city schools run summer and afterschool programs

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The second year of Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School summer programs funded by an $830,703 21st Century Learning Centers (21C) Grant is just now winding down, and includes a wide variety of offerings.

VUHS has been running summer and afterschool programs with help from 21C grants since 2009, when the school was first awarded $487,000 to support programming.

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Students learn outdoor skills as they prep for 'Zombie Apocalypse'

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Middle School language arts teacher Meghan McGrath on Thursday morning gave 10 incoming middle school students their final instructions before they left a Vergennes Union High School classroom to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

“Grab a snack. Grab a tool,” McGrath said.

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Orwell's Louis Hall reflects on decades serving on the fire department, rescue squad

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ORWELL — Orwell native and dairy farmer Louis Hall can’t exactly recall how he ended up on the Orwell Volunteer Fire Department 48 years ago. 

“I really don’t remember how I got started,” said Hall, now 71. “I joined in ’67, and I don’t remember if somebody asked me. It wasn’t one of those things where I had a burning desire all my life. I just joined.”

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Author tells storied history of the Red Sox, warts and all

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Peter Golenbock’s “Red Sox Nation” (Triumph Books, updated in 2015 to include the 2013 season) probably is not a book for everyone, not even all Sox fans.

Despite the book’s wealth of fascinating details, it might take a touch of masochism for Sox fans to revisit the team’s many decades of failure between 1918 and 1967, mostly due to management decisions based on poor talent evaluation, petty biases, alcoholism and racism.

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Larger ANwSU towns set tax rates; schools driving rate hikes

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Department of Education’s release late last week of final homestead education tax rates allowed Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns to begin setting their overall tax rates, which in Addison, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes have increased by a range of 3.2 percent in Addison to 6.2 percent in Ferrisburgh.

Underlying those increases are residential school tax hikes that were in a range between 6.4 percent in Ferrisburgh and 7.1 percent in Vergennes.

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