MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society, has just launched a new program called Paws on the Job, which aims to match some of the shelter’s less adoptable cats with local businesses looking for rodent control — and a morale boost. They’re calling these kitties “Working Cats.” Learn more about the program and meet some of the fine felines already "working" at some Addison County businesses. Click here to read our story.
VERGENNES — Faced with rising costs that would result in a tax penalty imposed by the state if nothing is done, the Addison Northwest School District board on Monday discussed three budget options for next year. One would make no substantial changes in the configuration of the three elementary and one high school (“Do Nothing”), one would repurpose Addison Central School and send Addison kids to another building, and one would make cuts to the “Do Nothing” budget. At the Dec. 9 meeting the board ended by asking if a fourth path might be possible — a hybrid of two existing proposals. The...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 4 decided to request that Vergennes Union elementary and high schools and the nearby Champlain Valley Christian School go into lockdown after a report of the sound of gunshots near VUES. According to Police Chief George Merkel city police, assisted by Vermont State Police Captain Michael Manley, who was in Vergennes at the time, found nothing to indicate there was a threat to the schools. Police later said the source of the sound might have been a transformer exploding on Panton Road. Police were nearby assisting on a monthly Walk and Ride...
VERGENNES — Vergennes has hired a native of the Albany, N.Y., area as its new city manager. The candidate chosen late last week has experience this year as a city manager in Georgia and prior experience as an interim manager, finance director, budget consultant and code enforcement officer in towns in Georgia, South Carolina and New York. Daniel Hofman, a 2012 graduate of the University of Albany who in 2018 earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the same institution, is expected to begin working in his new post on Jan. 1, according to Mayor Jeff Fritz. Hofman was one of two...
VERGENNES — The Rural School Alliance, which seeks to prevent the closure or reconfiguration of any Addison Northwest School District school without voter approval, has begun circulating petitions throughout the district, with clarified language and a new deadline. “We’ve updated the petitions to make the wording clearer and to bring it more in line with the petitions other Vermont school districts are using to achieve similar goals,” said Addison resident and RSA member Caetlin Harwood. The RSA is calling for a district-wide vote on Town Meeting Day and plans to collect signatures from at...

ERIN DAIGLE PAINTED the Black Sheep Bistro and 11 other of her favorite businesses in Vergennes during her free time this past summer and fall. She is turning them into a calendar.
VERGENNES — This past summer Erin Daigle painted oil paintings, plein-air, of 12 Vergennes businesses, and the paintings are being put together in a 2020 calendar called “Vibrant Vergennes.” The paintings are of Vergennes storefronts and restaurants. Each month of the calendar includes a brief statement from each business letting people know a little about them.  Daigle will host an opening reception this Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. at Kennedy Brothers on North Main Street, where the original paintings will be on display until the end of February.  The Franklin County native was living in...

SANTA POPS UP several times during the Vergennes Holiday Stroll, including at the high school for a pancake breakfast, at Bixby Library and at the Vergennes Opera House. Here he is seen with some kids at the Lighting of the City Green downtown with a 20th-century version of his red sleigh.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Holiday Stroll kicks off a busy day early on Saturday, Dec. 7. Join the Vergennes Partnership, the Bixby Memorial Library and the good people of Vergennes for a full day of holiday festivities at various locations around the Little City. Meet Santa Claus, and enjoy musical performances, a craft fair, sweets and treats, story time and much more. Santa starts a busy day at the Vergennes Union High School cafeteria at a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Admission is $7 adults; $5 children under 12 years old; all proceeds benefit the VUHS music program. After...

JENNY BOWER WILL be one of the local performers during this year’s Mission Concert at the Vergennes Congregational Church on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m. Free admission.
VERGENNES — The fourth annual Mission Concert at the Vergennes Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m. The concert has traditionally presented a variety of musical styles presented by talented local performers. This year’s lineup follows that tradition; performers include: Jenny Bower on the church’s historic pipe organ; Molly Tatlock and Ron Mezile with vocals and piano; Jim Burns on old-time fiddle; Judd Markowski on accordion; Sarah Donnelly and Jenny Bower with vocals and piano; Honey in the Hive performing Celtic and traditional American music and Irish Step...
VERGENNES — During a routine traffic stop on Panton Road, Vergennes police on Nov. 29 arrested a Burlington man wanted in Chittenden County. Police stopped a car operated by Timothy J. Ely, 63, of Burlington for allegedly speeding on Panton Road and discovered there was an outstanding Chittenden County warrant for his arrest for writing bad checks and embezzlement. Police lodged Ely at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with a cash bail of $5,000, and also issued him a speeding ticket. In other incidents between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, Vergennes police: On Nov. 25: • Responded to a...
VERGENNES — Less than a month after voters in Addison and Ferrisburgh defeated a proposal by the Addison Northwest School District to close Addison Central School (ACS) and Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS), a citizens group has launched a campaign to amend the ANWSD articles of agreement in a manner that would give district residents more power in deciding the fate of their local schools. “It’s time to re-evaluate how we want to be making decisions regarding our children,” said Addison resident Caetlin Harwood, who is a member of the Rural School Alliance, or RSA. “Making these amendments...


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