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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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Two sophomores show the way on Independent all-star softball squad

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Youth was served this year in Addison County, at least on the local high school softball teams.

Although all four teams had fine senior athletes, underclass students played prominent roles on the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley squads — seven of the 10 picks for the 2015 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team were juniors, sophomores and, in one case, a freshman.

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Panthers swim to road victory, Champs also compete

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Panthers opened their Champlain Valley Swim League season on Tuesday by edging host Burlington Country Club, 222-214.

A trio of Panther swimmers won three races apiece to lead the way: Mary Ann Eastman, Ellie Ross and Oliver Poduschnick.

Devon Kearns added two wins, and the Panther 12- and 14-year-old boys and girls swept four relay races.

The Panthers are set to host Racquet’s Edge on Thursday at 6 p.m.

CHAMPS RESULTS

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Fire destroys home of Vergennes boy on day of his graduation

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A fire on the afternoon of Friday, June 12, destroyed the Meigs Road home of a family of four, including a Vergennes Union High School senior who graduated hours later.

Vergennes Deputy Fire Chief Matt Fraley said city firefighters were alerted just before 1 p.m., arrived on the scene minutes later with three trucks, and discovered the single-story manufactured home was already beyond saving.

“It was pretty much fully involved when we got there,” Fraley said.

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Five new solar arrays proposed in Ferrisburgh; officials push back

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Facing a batch of new solar array proposals, the Ferrisburgh selectboard earlier this month sent out a letter of “non-support” to a proposed 480-kilowatt array on the new Dollar General property on Route 7, and board chairman Steve Gutowski said the board will oppose two other nearby arrays.

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Municipal advocate says changes to solar siting law aren't enough

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MONTPELIER — Revisions passed this spring to the Vermont law governing renewable energy generation in the state included some changes in the process used to site solar arrays in Vermont towns, including establishing statewide setback requirements, allowing towns to insist that local landscape screening laws apply, and creating a task force to evaluate the process.

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Legion baseball welcomes new faces as season begins

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The 2014 Addison County American Legion team will be a tough act to follow. A number of veterans, including the program’s top two hurlers, graduated from the squad that came up just one run short in late July’s Vermont championship game.

Still, said Coach Mike Estey, seven veterans return, most of whom played significant roles a year ago, to provide leadership as AC tries for a top-four Northern Division finish and the playoff berth that comes with it.

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Affordable housing eyed for Waltham

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WALTHAM — Despite some citizen questions at a May 13 Waltham Development Review Board hearing, Waltham and Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) officials say a proposed 14-unit affordable housing development on the Waltham-Vergennes border remains on track.

The DRB has set a second hearing for 6:30 p.m. on June 23 on the ACCT’s roughly $3 million proposal for seven modular duplexes on a 2.3-acre parcel served by municipal water and sewer. It will be held in Waltham Town Hall.

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OV senior top pick on Independent's baseball all-star squad

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — For high school baseball programs used to competing for state titles, 2015 will not go down in history as the most memorable in these parts: Collectively, Vergennes, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury won nine games, just one in the postseason.

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