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Counseling Service is on the ball in fundraising

Posted on August 22, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — One of the Counseling Service of Addison County’s latest fundraising efforts is on a roll — yes, literally.

On a sunny Aug. 16 morning, almost 100 CSAC backers, sponsors, employees and clients gathered at the Middlebury Recreation Park for the nonprofit’s third annual bocce tournament, an event that met organizers’ goals.

CSAC Executive Director Bob Thorn said the number of teams that raised money to sign up jumped from 11 in 2012 to 17 this year, while business sponsorship took a similar leap forward.

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City seeking grant for North Main Street sidewalk

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES —Vergennes is seeking a $180,000 VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program grant to extend a city sidewalk along North Main Street from the Vergennes Redemption Center to Champlain Discount Foods, a stretch of road that includes the Kennedy Brothers building, according to draft minutes from the city council’s July 23 meeting.

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Bixby Library making progress on building, services, finances

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A combination of building improvements, technology upgrades, strong fundraising and new programming has created optimism among Bixby Memorial Library officials that the Vergennes fixture can survive its current financial crisis and become a more thriving part of the five communities it serves.

“It is true that you’re either growing or shrinking,” said Bixby Executive Director Jane Spencer. “I think the board has made the decision that we’re moving forward.”

In recent months, the Bixby has:

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Law enforcement officials see progress in burglary battle, residents still wary

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Close to 100 residents of Addison and other local towns attended the second of two forums this year dedicated to the frustrating problem of home break-ins, and this time they heard at least some good news from the dozen law enforcement officials on hand, including Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn and Col. Thomas L’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police.

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Ferrisburgh talks about land deal, voting sites

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A rare joint meeting on Tuesday of the Ferrisburgh selectboard and Ferrisburgh Central School board produced agreements to continue exploring a possible purchase of land that abuts both town and school property, and to evaluate whether balloting should be held in the town office building rather than at the school.

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Opera house backers seeing renewed energy and vision

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In 1993, a couple feet above the Vergennes city offices a mixture of fallen plaster and pigeon droppings blanketed the abandoned Vergennes Opera House floor.

New Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH) interim president Gerianne Smart, then a volunteer and later a longtime FVOH head, remembers well the days when hard labor mixed with a distant vision for the future of the city’s theater, now well more than 100 years old.

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Locals battle visitors at Field Days armwrestling tournamanet

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — A handful of Vermonters held their own against residents from five other states on Friday night at the Addison County Fair and Field Days 2013 Armwrestling Tournament.

Vermonters winning at the Aug. 9 competition were George Sheldrick, an event co-organizer who prevailed in both left-and right-handed events; Rob Ketcham, Glen Tupper and Kayla Plouffe.

The tournament drew armwrestlers from New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maine, as well as Vermont.

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Area athletes make impact in baseball all-star game

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



RUTLAND — Several members of this past spring’s successful baseball teams from Otter Valley and Vergennes union high schools played major roles as the North and South teams split an Aug. 10 doubleheader at Mount St. Joseph in the annual 2013 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association North-South Senior All-Star game.

VUHS hurler Charlie Stapleford was the winning pitcher as the North prevailed in the opener, 10-5, while OV’s Justin Owen threw three spotless innings to open the nightcap, a 5-0 victory for the South.

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Simmons, Brown toss well at horseshoes world championship

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ST. GEORGE, Utah — Three members of Bristol’s Sodbusters Horseshoe Club — all veterans of international competition and Bristol residents — distinguished themselves with top finishes at the World Horseshoe Championships, which were held in St. George, Utah, between July 22 and Aug. 3.

Brian Simmons, a former world champion, took second in the men’s competition; Debra Brown (who was runner-up last year) finished third in the women’s competition; and defending world champion Brianna McCormick was third in the girls’ event.

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Sports column by Andy Kirkaldy: Ultimately, gray matter makes the difference

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



So, what is the most important part of the body for an athlete?

The torso, for core strength?

The hands, so vital in virtually every sport except soccer?

The legs, critical for mobility, balance and speed?

Well, no, the answer is pretty obvious: the brain.

Sure, without generous helpings of strength, hand-to-eye coordination, quickness, agility, balance or some combination of a majority of those traits, an athlete will not excel.

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