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Vergennes will vote on higher petition threshold

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After a spirited discussion about local democracy, on Dec. 20 Vergennes aldermen agreed to put a measure on the March ballot that, if approved by city residents, would increase the threshold needed by petitioners to force a citywide revote from 5 to 10 percent.

That compromise move came after a proposal by residents Cheryl Brinkman and Alex McGuire requesting the council place an article on the ballot to raise the petition bar to 20 percent.

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Opera house backers seek city funding

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are considering a request from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH) President Allison Rimmer that the City Hall theater receive $15,000 of ongoing annual city support in response to budget woes brought on by the recession.

Rimmer told aldermen on Dec. 20 that the FVOH will also approach the selectboards in Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham for financial help, much as Bixby Library officials have done — and with much the same rationale.

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VUHS weighs a 2.5% spending hike

Posted on December 19, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Last March, the Vergennes Union High School board’s level-funded budget of a little less than $8.9 million earned solid support in the five communities the school serves. Now the board is eyeing a third budget draft for the 2012-2013 academic year that could raise spending by 2.47 percent to a little more than $9 million.

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Young artisan learns ancient skills

Posted on December 12, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



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VERGENNES — “I’ve always had a secret love for weapons and armor,” said Michael McEnerney.

The 20-year-old apprentice armorer from Vergennes recently completed his first major project, a scale mail and chain mail vest that weighs over 40 pounds. The breast is an interlocking fabric of anodized aluminum scales, bright green and subtly cupped. As heavy as the piece is, it looks as delicate as feathers.

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Vergennes takes stock of drug abuse problem

Posted on December 5, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — More than 250 Vergennes-area residents attended a Wednesday meeting called by Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel that was intended to spark a community-wide effort to combat illegal drug use in the city and surrounding towns.

The crowd in the St. Peter’s Church Parish Hall often applauded Merkel and other speakers at what moderator Scott Gaines of Vergennes called a “community awareness meeting,”

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Vergennes sewer extension policy draws scrutiny

Posted on November 28, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Car dealer Tom Denecker recently abandoned a two-year effort to persuade Vergennes to extend a city sewer line a few hundred feet across Route 7 to his Ferrisburgh auto dealership.

It is the latest in a series of episodes in which city officials have weighed the impact of new Ferrisburgh hook-ons to the city sewer system vs. increased revenue the city could secure.

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Probe into city death to continue

Posted on November 23, 2011 |
By Wilson Ring (AP)



VERGENNES (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General’s office is trying to determine if a crime was committed when a woman attempting to rob a Vergennes convenience store in September died while she was held down by a store clerk. The state medical examiner late last week ruled the death of the woman a homicide.

On Friday, the state health department released the death certificate of Yemella Sprauve, who died Sept. 28 after she had been held down by the Champlain Farms clerk who took a knife away from her during an early morning struggle.

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Bids to move city's 160-year-old railroad station delayed

Posted on November 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The long-planned and often delayed move of the roughly 160-year-old former Vergennes railroad station to the Agency of Transportation’s Ferrisburgh commuter lot has once again been postponed, and this time state officials are blaming Tropical Storm Irene.

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City supports local business with second loan

Posted on November 21, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Nov. 15 meeting agreed to make a second loan from a city-administered revolving loan fund to Shear Properties, the owners of 171 Main St. and the Shear Cuts beauty salon that does business at that address.

Hawley described the $70,788 agreement with Shear Properties as essentially a loan consolidation.

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Vergennes aldermen eye sites for new police HQ

Posted on November 17, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen will be researching potential sites for a new city police station in the next few weeks, although they have yet to commit to spending money to replace the department’s tiny two-room office in City Hall. 

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