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Vergennes foregoes city hall courtyard plan

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After discussions over the past few months, the Vergennes City Council and the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House have agreed not to do a complete makeover of the front of Vergennes City Hall into a courtyard, a project that could have also included a bulbout.

City officials and the theater group could still cooperate on upgrading the theater’s standing marquee while the city focuses on fixing the sidewalk.

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Credits ready to roll on local video stores

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — There was a day when renting out VHS tapes was almost as good as printing cash, said Terry Pellegrino.

Pellegrino, approaching 65, is known in Middlebury as the long-time co-owner of Video King, across the parking lot from Shaw’s Supermarket.

Last week, Pellegrino, a Castleton resident who with another five family members has operated a string of Video Kings in Vermont for more than 25 years, recalled the golden days of the movie rental trade.

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Runner to share stories from marathons around the world

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Free Library will host local marathoner John Lent on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m., as he presents “A Marathoner’s Quest for Seven Continents.”

Lent will share heartwarming stories of intrepid runners who recently participated in marathons held in Antarctica and South America. The presentation in the Bixby’s Community Room is expected to last a little over an hour with additional time for questions and comments.

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Vergennes home's energy-efficiency features keep operating costs down

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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VERGENNES — When building a new home it is important that it is energy-efficient and has a light carbon footprint, said builder Ken Ruddy — but not because of the awards it can win (although Ruddy’s new home in Vergennes has been honored).

“It’s simple economics,” said the founder and owner of the North Ferrisburgh design/build company Fiddlehead Construction. “It pays for itself from day one.”

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Vergennes residents offered chance to help plan city's future

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes-area residents will have a rare chance to help shape their community’s future on Tuesday, when the Vermont Council on Rural Development will host a dinner at St. Peter’s Church and nine workshops at the Bixby Library and Vergennes Opera House.

Among those who will be on hand to help with the planning will be at least 30 federal, state, business and nonprofit leaders, including the top officials in several Vermont state agencies.

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Vergennes Union High School board seeks to draft new budget

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday began the process of drafting a new budget for the school after voters in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the original spending plan on Town Meeting Day.

Comments by VUHS board members and ANwSU officials there and afterward showed some differences on how much and even whether to cut the budget, including the need for staff reductions.

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Vergennes police happily settled into new Main Street heaquarters

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes police were working out of their new 4,611-square-foot police station at 8 Main St. as of early last week, and they and city officials said they were thrilled with the all-but-finished product.

“It’s something everyone in Vergennes should be proud of,” said Police Chief George Merkel. “These guys are truly excited. It’s raised morale through the roof.”

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Addison Northwest residents reject VUHS budget

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters said no on Tuesday to a $9.73 million dollar Vergennes Union High School budget proposal, 961-747.

If the budget had passed, it would have increased spending by about 2.4 percent.

But the VUHS budget’s tax impact was projected to be more dramatic, thanks to the school’s declining enrollment and a projected budget deficit of almost $548,000 that ANwSU officials said was due to unexpected special education costs.

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Familiar faces win Vergennes City Council seats

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Former Vergennes mayor and alderman Michael Daniels and incumbent city council members Renny Perry and Lynn Donnelly on Tuesday were the winners in a five-way race for three seats on the Vergennes city council.

Daniels, who served six years as mayor before stepping down in March 2013, earned 345 votes to lead the race. Perry, a former Vergennes city manager and New Hampshire city official, finished next with 295 votes, while Donnelly, who was appointed a year ago, came in third with 277.

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Vergennes police station to be ready this week

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The new Vergennes Police Department headquarters should be up and running by the end of this week, according to Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley.

Movers were already installing furniture last week. The last remaining hurdles are a certificate of occupancy that Hawley expects state officials to award Vergennes on Wednesday, and the move of the department’s phone and computer systems along Main Street from City Hall to the new site near Kennedy Brothers and Kayhart Crossing.

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