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Five-way race set for three Vergennes City Council seats

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Three Vergennes City Council incumbents and two former aldermen filed petitions by Monday’s deadline, setting up a five-way race for three seats on the council in March.

On the Town Meeting Day ballot, incumbents Ziggy Comeau, Renny Perry and Lynn Donnelly will face challengers Peter Garon and former mayor Michael Daniels.

Comeau, a real estate broker, was first appointed to the board in 2005 and has won re-election ever since.

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New grocery store eyed for Vergennes

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Denecker Chevrolet co-owner Tom Denecker said last week his pending $350,000 purchase of land owned by Ferrisburgh at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A is going well, and he also confirmed he has a prospective purchaser or tenant for the 14 North Main St., Vergennes, branch of his existing dealership.

And the Vergennes Development Review Board on Dec. 30 approved an application for a proposed new business in what is now primarily Denecker Chevrolet’s service and parts branch: Neil’s Family Market, a grocery store.

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VUHS board OKs 3 percent overall spending hike; voters to weigh in

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After listening to the second overflow crowd in the Vergennes Union High School library in six days, the VUHS board on Monday adopted a roughly $9.73 million spending proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that, including an extra $50,000 to start a capital improvement fund, would boost spending by about 3 percent.

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VUHS seeks to close $1 million budget gap

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board is looking at a budget draft that if adopted as it stands could, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials, trigger a 20-percent hike in the VUHS portion of the property tax rates in the five ANwSU towns.

Around 100 students, residents and teachers attended a Wednesday VUHS board meeting at which board members wrestled with a preliminary budget draft that could boost school spending next year by about 5 percent to almost $10 million, not including a separate $100,000 Capital Improvements Fund.

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Board seeks 4 percent spending hike for Vergennes Union Elementary

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board ended a budget workshop meeting last week eyeing a $4.26 million 2014-2015 budget that would increase spending by 4.34 percent, or $177,000.

However, almost all of that increase is driven by a state-mandated change in the way special education is accounted for within the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union schools and in higher special education costs overall, said ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien and business manager Kathy Cannon.

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Deal at risk for young women's treatment center in Vergennes

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The proposal to convert the former Vergennes nursing home at 1 Alden Place into a treatment center for troubled teen girls and young women has hit a major snag — a dispute between the property’s seller and its contracted buyer.

The sale of the former Briarwood Nursing Home to Valley Vista, which operates a 10-year-old, 80-bed substance-abuse treatment center in Bradford, is either off or on hold, according to versions offered by building owner John Laberge or Valley Vista co-owner Rick DiStefano.

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Vergennes solar project receives final touches before deadline

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Workers earlier this week were putting the finishing touches on a double solar array near the Vergennes sewer plant that is projected to save the city $4,120 a year on its power bill.

About half of the nearly 500 solar panels are being placed on the plant’s lawn, and the rest sited on a knoll behind the nearby Vergennes-Panton Water District office.

The combined array is rated at 149 kilowatts and is expected to produce 200,000 kwh a year, all of which will be sent directly into the larger Green Mountain Power grid.

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ANwSU beginning search for a new leader

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union has begun a formal search for a replacement for longtime superintendent Tom O’Brien; his co-superintendent during this school year, Addison Central School Principal Wayne Howe, has confirmed he is a candidate for the full position.

O’Brien, 65, an Orwell resident, announced in late November 2012 he would step down this June, which will complete his 13th year leading ANwSU and his 30th leading school districts in Washington state, Maine and Vermont.

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VUHS senior earns scholastic honor

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
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MONTPELIER — Vergennes Union High School’s Jared Birchmore has been nominated along with three other Vermont high school seniors by Vermont Department of Education officials to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca announced the four selections at a Dec. 20 press conference and reception at the Vermont Statehouse. Each state is invited to nominate students for the program, and Vilaseca said Vermont was happy to announce its selections.

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Vergennes to recieve planning help

Posted on December 23, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members and planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett at this past Tuesday’s council meeting discussed the city’s recent award by Vermont Council on Rural Development of free facilitation for a four-month public-forum process that will be offered either next spring or fall. City Manager Mel Hawley said Vergennes was one of two Vermont towns to earn the honor for 2013.

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