Andy Kirkaldy

10/23/2020
VERGENNES — Facilitated online community conversations held on Oct. 8 and 15 drew a combined total of about 125 Vergennes residents who offered long lists of things they appreciated about their hometown and suggestions to move it forward from what has been an at-times chaotic summer. Co-organizer Sarah Stroup said the first meeting, attended by about 75, focused on the pluses and minuses, while the second focused on “action ideas” that citizens could take on independently of existing government and nonprofit structures. Experts Susan Clark, author of  “Slow Democracy,” and Delia Clark helped...

VERGENNES COUNCILORS AND Board of Civil Authority members Jill Murray-Killon, left, Lowell Bertrand and Ian Huizenga count ballots for David Small after Tuesday voting in the city’s special council election. Small lost to former City Manager Mel Hawley, 427-379. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
10/22/2020
VERGENNES — Former longtime Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley defeated former city alderman David Small in Tuesday’s runoff election, 427-379, or 53%-47%, for a council seat that carries a term that runs through this March. Turnout was about 39%, even higher than the Sept. 22 special election in which Hawley originally defeated Small by one vote, 339-338, for one of four council seats on the ballot that day.  That close vote triggered a Sept. 25 recount that uncovered a Sept. 22 hand-counting error and produced a 339-339 tie. City officials scheduled this Tuesday’s runoff election in the fire...
10/22/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and Vergennes City Manager have reached a “Separation Agreement,” Mayor Lynn Donnelly announced at the end of a 90-minute closed door council meeting on Wednesday night. Donnelly told the Independent after the meeting “the attorneys are working” out how long Hofman will stay on, “but we anticipate him to be on for 30 days.” “But again, that has not been totally confirmed, but I think that’s fair to say that’s the expectation,” Donnelly added before declining to discuss any further details.  At the end of the session, the council shared a document online...
10/22/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes committee formed to study whether the city should create a permanent citizen board to help oversee the Vergennes Police Department has made a preliminary recommendation in favor of such a panel. On Tuesday the city council gave the committee until at least Dec. 8 to complete its work.  In a letter to the council signed by committee chairman Bryan Goodkowsky, the committee wrote, “As a Committee, we agree that some form of citizen review/advisory body will be beneficial to the City of Vergennes. “It is our initial request that once City Council returns to quorum, that...

TIGER JUNIOR SOPHIE Larocque (15) tussles for the ball with Mount Abe’s Sadie Thomas, a senior midfielder, in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles led by a goal at the half, but Middlebury scored twice in the second to win the local matchup. Independent photo/Steve James
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — As the second half wore on and the rain kept falling during Friday’s girls’ soccer game in Middlebury, it began to look more and more like Mount Abraham senior Savannah Scrodin’s first-half breakaway goal would hold up as the game-winner. Truthfully, the Eagles could have had more than what through 65 minutes was the game’s lone score.  Scrodin’s strike came in the 22nd minute, when MUHS goalie Audrey Schnoor could not get a hand on Scrodin’s 12-yard blast into the upper left corner. Mount Abe senior Ellie Ginsburg set up the play, stealing the ball from a Tiger back and sending...
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Simply defeating winless Spaulding at home on Tuesday was not a good indicator of the quality of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team, nor was the final 7-0 score.  But there’s something to be said for scoring five goals in the first 17 minutes, including a three-goal outburst in less than two minutes: They blew the game open with that outburst in the ninth and 10th minutes before Coach Reeves Livesay began subbing freely.  Going deep into the bench did not change the game flow: The Tigers outshot the Tide, 24-2. One Tide shot posed a mild challenge for Tiger...
10/22/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Principals’ Association announced Division II post-season pairings on Tuesday morning. Mount Abraham (4-1) earned the top seed and will open the playoffs by hosting a quarterfinal on Friday against the winner of a Wednesday game between No. 8 Hartford (2-5) and No. 9 Brattleboro (2-6).  Either No. 4 Woodstock (4-2-1) or No. 5 St. Johnsbury (4-3) would visit the Eagles at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday if the Eagles prevail on Friday. Otter Valley (3-3-2) was awarded the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 MUHS (0-7) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. That game’s winner gets a date at No...
10/20/2020
VERGENNES — Former longtime Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley defeated former city Alderman David Small in Tuesday’s runoff election, 427-379, for a council seat that carries a term that runs through this March. Turnout was about 39%, even higher than the Sept. 22 election in which Hawley originally defeated Small by one vote, 339-338, for one of four council seats on the ballot that day. Vergennes City Clerk Britney Aube said a number of voters came in and registered during the course of the day and then cast their ballots.  A recount on Sept. 25 uncovered a Sept. 22 hand-counting error and...
10/17/2020
VERGENNES — On Friday night the Vergennes City Council held a two-hour closed-door session devoted to the status of City Manager Daniel Hofman, but made no decision.  Hofman’s future in his job remained to be determined after a 40-minute, closed-door city council session on Oct. 13. After the closed session, the council voted that Mayor Lynn Donnelly and Councilor Jill Murray-Killon should speak with Hofman in a meeting that was scheduled for Oct. 15. After that meeting it was decided that the whole council should talk over the topic on Friday night, Oct. 16. Another meeting among the mayor,...
10/15/2020
VERGENNES — Barring another tie, Vergennes residents will pick the seventh member of their city council this coming Tuesday, and it’ll either be former longtime City Manager Mel Hawley or former councilor David Small, a sales and marketing professional.  A recount of Sept. 22 balloting showed the two candidates tied,  339-339, for a term on the council that will expire on Town Meeting Day in March.  Hawley entered the Sept. 25 recount with a one-vote lead, but the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority’s painstaking ballot recheck uncovered a one-vote oversight in ballots that had been hand-...

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