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Rainy June bogs down farmers

Posted on July 6, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — According to the National Weather Service, June’s rainfall in Burlington of 8.67 inches proved to be the third highest since 1884, trailing only 1922 and 2013.

Nobody had to tell Vermont farmers that news.

“Every year we have our little times and issues with wet weather,” said Peter James, co-owner of Weybridge’s Monument Farms. “But this year it’s been the entire month of June.”

Heavy rain and clouds in June pose special problems for dairy farmers.

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The firing line: Cannon use to defend crop has neighbors up in arms

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Those involved in the dispute over Ferrisburgh farmer Wayne Stearns’ propane cannon talk about shattered dreams — and the shattered peace in a neighborhood along Lake Champlain.

From mid-July through mid-August last summer, Stearns, 43, fired the cannon — which makes a sound his neighbors liken to a shotgun — every minute or so from dawn to dusk.

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Local VSP forces help track, pursue N.Y. escapees

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MALONE, N.Y. — The 16-member Vermont State Police SWAT team, including two troopers now based in the New Haven barracks and one who operated out of that site until recently, joined the 1,300-strong law enforcement task force that ultimately brought two Clinton (N.Y.) Correctional Facility escapees to justice.

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Vergennes store combines couple's jewelry experience and diverse backgrounds

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Between them, husband-and-wife team Michael Tope and Shannon Mahoney’s road to opening downtown Vergennes’s newest shop, Raintree Handcrafted Fine Jewelry, includes Texas, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, critically, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tope, 48, and Mahoney, 43, who between them bring close to two lifetimes of experience in jewelry and watchmaking to their new retail venture, met through a mutual friend in St. Thomas, where they had both landed pursuing their careers.

They hit it off quickly.

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Legion baseball improves; still seeks wins

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Addison County American Legion baseball team dropped three more games away from home late last week to fall to 0-6, with all the losses on the road.

AC had hoped to enjoy its home opener on the Middlebury College field on Sunday, but rain washed out a scheduled doubleheader vs. Franklin County. That twin bill has been rescheduled to July 19 at 11 a.m.

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ANwSU board members get initial look at unification law

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Many members of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union boards and several residents of the five district towns gathered at Vergennes Union High School on Wednesday to hear a review of school governance and unification provisions in a new Vermont law — and how quickly ANwSU might have to take action.

Act 46 creates incentives for school districts to unify their governance structures. ANwSU has tried to unify in three separate years and voted in favor of unification in 2010 and 2011, only to see petitioned re-votes reverse the outcomes.

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ANwSU starts moving into new offices

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union employees were packing boxes and lugging office furniture and equipment from Green Street up Main Street late last week as they were completing the district’s long-awaited move to new office space in the Kennedy Brothers building.

ANwSU officials had signed a lease to move from the Cornerstone Building on Green Street in June 2014, a move that will save the district $11,800 a year for comparably sized space in Kennedy Brothers.

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Vergennes Champs outswim visiting Winooski

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Seventeen Vergennes Champs swimmers won individual races and Champ relay teams prevailed in 12 of 15 contested relays as their team coasted past visiting Winooski, 315-130, in Thursday Champlain Valley Swim League action.

Eight Champs won multiple individual events as their team evened its record at 1-1 after the first week of meets.

Four of those swimmers prevailed three times each: Ethan Croke in 8-year-old-and-under events, Erich Reitz in U-12 races, and Olivia Hawkins and Max Ratti-Bicknell in U-18 events.

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Surplus to help city council control taxes

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As they moved on Tuesday toward a 2.5-cent increase in the city’s municipal tax rate, Vergennes aldermen received good news from City Manager Mel Hawley — the city’s year-end fund balance will be larger than he first expected.

Hawley said some numbers could still move a little bit, but he told aldermen the fund balance — the cash carry-over from the city’s fiscal year, which will end on June 30 — would be enough to allow aldermen to use it to keep the tax rate in check.

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City sewer overflow seen as costly issue

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Aldermen mulled over the municipal budget at the Vergennes City Council meeting Tuesday (see story on Page 1A), and also discussed the latest overflow of the city’s sewer system into Otter Creek.

City Manager Mel Hawley once again said that water infiltration from older clay sewer lines (both city-owned and privately owned), roof drains and sump pumps — as well as heavy rains — pose major problems, and that pinning down the sources must be done per a long-standing state order before a major fix can be made.

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