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Four candidates seek three city council seats

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer a race among four candidates — two incumbents and two newcomers — for three seats on the Vergennes City Council.

The race will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who chose to step down after a decade.

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Vergennes police laud, promote officers

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel honored two members of his department for saving the life of a resident during a recent White Street fire. The award was given at the department’s annual awards ceremony, which was held at the start of the city council’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Acknowledged for their efforts in saving an elderly and handicapped woman during the night of Jan. 15 were officers Patrick Greenslet and Jacob Ouellette.

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VUES seeks 7.7 percent budget hike

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — On Town Meeting Day voters in Vergennes, Panton and Waltham will be asked to approve a $4.7 million Vergennes Union Elementary School budget that would increase spending by about 7.7 percent over the current level of about $4.36 million.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning said the VUES board adopted that spending plan on the recommendation of administrators.

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DAR members donate books to VUES

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The Seth Warner-Rhoda Farrand Chapter DAR, in working to fulfill its mission of preserving American history and furthering education for children, recently donated to the Vergennes United Elementary School library four children’s books.

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For graduation, VUHS seniors opt for 'morality' over tradition

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Since the school’s founding in 1959, Vergennes Union High School graduations have divided its senior classes by gender, assigning white robes to girls and blue robes to boys and requiring them to enter the ceremony from different sides of the school gym.

After a January prompt from VUHS Principal Stephanie Taylor, a series of discussions on that tradition, and two votes, the members of the VUHS class of 2015 decided to change the final ritual of their high school career.

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Vergennes solar array output comes up short

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Let’s face it; Vermont isn’t the sunniest of places. On average, there’s only a 51 percent chance it will be sunny here during daylight hours.

So as the state’s infant solar industry grows, how accurately can solar developers project how much energy an array will produce?

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City may buy waterfront land for park, trail

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Jan. 27 met for the second time in two weeks behind closed doors to discuss a land deal with Mayor Bill Benton and his sister Betsey Benton.

Ownership of that land, along Otter Creek, could help the city create a park on the river’s east side while connecting the city’s MacDonough Drive docks with Main Street. The city has, since 2010, leased the parcel from the Bentons for a nominal annual fee. The land is in the flood plain, limiting its value.

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Group questions Vergennes snow dumping methods

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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VERGENNES — Piles of snow, packed together in rows like moguls, occupy the parking lot of Falls Park on the south bank of the Otter Creek below Vergennes’ majestic falls.

That’s where the city stores excess snow cleared from downtown sidewalks and roadways. When the snow melts, it flows into the Otter Creek and then into Lake Champlain.

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Contests set for Vergennes city council, VUES board seats

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer two contested races, including a rematch of a 2012 contest decided by one vote, and a petitioned article.

It will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who did not file a petition by Monday’s deadline and will step down after a decade.

One of the races is the second go-around between Susan Ferland and Cheryl Brinkman for the seat on the Vergennes Union Elementary School board now held by Ferland. Both are seeking a three-year term.

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VUHS course has wider impact

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Although the Humanities course at Vergennes Union High School predates the Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirement (PBGR) effort at the school by two years, it has gained attention not only at VUHS, but elsewhere in the state.

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