VERGENNES — Vergennes has broadened the visitor base for the city pool to allow anyone who lives in Addison County to purchase a season pass, City Manager Dan Hofman told the Vergennes City Council last week. Previously sales of season passes were limited to residents of Vergennes or the four other towns of the Addison Northwest School District. Day passes are still not being sold. The cost for an individual pass for a non-resident is $97.50, while family passes sell for $195. Comparable in-city prices are $75 and $150, respectively. Those season passes include a new offering, water aerobics...

Middlebury town pool. Photo by Logan Hall-Potvin
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s town pool will not be open to the general public this summer due to COVID-19 safety concerns, according to Middlebury Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dustin Hunt. Hunt said in an email on Thursday that pool use will be limited to use by town recreation and Mary Johnson Children’s Center day camp groups, to some swim lessons, and to small-group practices by the Middlebury Swim Team. “Because each of these groups will fill the 25-person limit currently ordered by the state we cannot open to the general public,” Hunt wrote. “It was certainly a difficult decision but...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes city pool will open on July 1 on a reservations-only basis to season-pass owners, members of the Vergennes Champs Swim Team, and attendees of summer camps based in Vergennes, according to a plan approved by the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday. Season passes will only be sold to residents of Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham. Exceptions will be made for swim team members. All will have to sign up in advance for 90-minute blocks of time. Previously officials had discussed two-hour blocks, but City Manager Dan Hofman clarified this week that pool...
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials are working hard on plans to open the city’s popular swimming pool this summer despite financial and safety concerns, and they are now saying it is more likely than not to be available to the public. The pool question has been a hot topic on residents’ social media, including pushback on a proposal to double the prices of family and individual season passes. City officials said that increase could be necessary to raise the roughly $30,000 in user fees the pool needs to break even without further tapping city funds or taxpayers. City Manager Dan Hofman has been...

PAUL CARLILE, AN American Canoe Association certified instructor, executes a technical roll in his whitewater kayak in a style commonly used by sea kayakers during a Vermont Paddlers Club workout at the Mount Abraham Union High School pool on Feb. 12. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
BRISTOL — On a recent Wednesday night, Paul Carlile of Burlington sat in his blue whitewater kayak in the swimming pool at Mount Abraham Union High School, nose plugs engaged and ready to demonstrate the perfect roll. Designed to help whitewater kayakers navigate the sort of steep, technical stream that runs cold and fast from Vermont’s Green Mountains in the spring, his boat showed the signs of wear and love. A network of scratches ran along its sides, battle scars from past adventures running streams at high water. On that snowy night, Carlile, an American Canoe Association-certified...

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