Vergennes

VERGENNES — A report giving the Vergennes City Council options on how it could create a citizen advisory or review panel to work with city officials on policing issues should be ready by the end of 2021. That’s what the chair of the committee charged with researching such a panel told the council on Tuesday. “I want to be realistic and say this will be a Christmas gift for you,” said Cheryl Brinkman, chair of the council-appointed Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee. “This is going along well. I think we’re all feeling comfortable about it now.” Since June 2020, the committee has been...
NEW HAVEN — A Vergennes man died and a Cornwall woman sustained what Vermont State Police described as “significant injuries” in a motorcycle-car crash at the intersection of Route 7 and the River Road in New Haven at around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. State police said their preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Honda Odyssey driven by 27-year-old Kayla Delphia of Cornwall was turning left from the River Road onto Route 7 toward Middlebury. As it did so, when a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven northbound on Route 7 by Stephen Tucker, 69, of Vergennes struck the minivan on the...

Mayor Matt Chabot
VERGENNES — There will be no short-term repairs to the structure that anchors city-owned docks to the west side of the Otter Creek basin, the Vergennes City Council decided at its Tuesday, Aug. 24, meeting. Hoyle Tanner Associates studied the issue and concluded that for about $41,000 the upper half of the deteriorating steel wall to which docks are attached could be removed, as could the fill behind it. The land behind the wall could then be re-graded to meet the new, lower top of the structure, according to the company’s report. The work could extend the life of the steel wall, which is...

City Manager Ron Redmond
VERGENNES — Vergennes Recreation Coordinator Kim Buckley is leaving her part-time post to take a full-time job with the Vermont National Guard, City Manager Ron Redmond said last week. Her last day of work will be Sept. 3. Buckley will depart after about a year-and-a-half after becoming the city’s first recreation coordination since 2006. With her and the Vergennes Parks and Recreation Committee in charge, recreation has become a line item in the city budget and ambitious efforts have begun, including fundraising to build a covered pavilion in the city’s East Street recreation area and...
VERGENNES — Vergennes has hired an Addison resident with extensive private sector accounting and business management experience to be its new city treasurer. The Vergennes City Council appointed Angela L. Bolduc, who for the past 17 years has worked as business manager of Frost Wells & Pumps Inc. in East Dorset, to the post on Tuesday. City Manager Ron Redmond recommended Bolduc to the council as the best candidate out of a field of 22 applicants, and the council finalized her appointment after a closed-door interview during its Tuesday meeting. “She’s just perfect for the job,” Redmond...

VERGENNES SCOUT TROOP 539 poses for a photo at the Mount Norris Scout Reservation summer camp in Eden recently. Pictured are, (left to right) front row, Rowan Neffinger, Connor Houghton, Cyrus Clair, Jackson Scribner and Emerson Morrill; and, second row, Jude Bragg, Evan Ambrose, Cole Gagnon, Carter McGuire and Liam McGuire; third row, Xavier Redmond, Gabe Roussin, Jackson Bennett, Chance Koenig, Spencer Adams, Brody McGuire and Gabe Scribner; and back row, Kaleb Stearns, Spencer Gebo, Grey Fearon, Zach Norris and Calder Rakowski.
VERGENNES/EDEN — Twenty-two Scouts from Troop 539 in Vergennes last weekend completed a week of summer camp at the Mount Norris Scout Reservation in the northern Vermont town of Eden. The troop attended the third week of the four-week camp. Among many individual interests, Scouts earned coveted merit badges, took part in camp-wide activities and climbed through cool forests to scale the 2,579-foot-tall Mount Norris. “We sent 22 youth to camp this year,” explained Travis Scribner, the Scoutmaster for Troop 539. The participating Scout count exceeds the number of Scouts that went to camp in...

“The Price of Safety,” filmed, directed and produced by Vergennes residents Chris Spencer and Erin Wolcott, will screen during the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival on Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m., at the Middlebury Marquis. This feature-length documentary explores national conversations of over-policing and racial bias as they unfold in the quaint community of Vergennes. Photo by Chris Spencer
Sometimes you need to step back to see something clearly; or if your Vergennes filmmaker and photographer Chris Spencer, you use a drone. Flying high over the Little City, Spencer’s footage captures the picturesque falls, homes nestled snuggly on their quiet neighborhood streets, and traffic gliding through the city on Route 22A. The videography is perfect; too perfect. When Spencer and his soon-to-be wife Erin Wolcott, an assistant professor of economics at Middlebury College, bought their house in Vergennes last year in April, Spencer was immediately interested in participating in City...
BRISTOL — The ANWSD-MAUSD Merger Study Committee is not obligated to finish its work in time to warn a possible vote on Town Meeting Day, March, 1, 2022, and the committee made a point of repeating this fact several times during its second meeting on Tuesday night, Aug. 17. “March isn’t the definite end point,” educational consultant Tracy Wrend told the committee, which met in the Mount Abraham Union High School cafeteria. “It’s up to you decide.” The Merger Study Committee was formed in April by the boards of the Addison Northwest School District (serving Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton,...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council wrestled last week with how to move forward on a comprehensive city sewer system upgrade tentatively estimated to cost $23 million. Councilors will take up the question again at their meeting this coming Tuesday, Aug. 24, and might now be looking at a March bond vote, according to City Manager Ron Redmond. For close to 30 years Vergennes has been operating under Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) orders — most recently an order issued in 2018 — to stop Combined Sewer Overflows of stormwater and sewage into Otter Creek. At times those...

LC JAZZ WILL be one of the bands to perform from the gazebo on Vergennes City Park as part of the annual Vergennes Day celebration on Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Addison County Chamber of Commerce
VERGENNES — Vergennes Day kicks off its 39th year on Friday, Aug. 27, with a street dance in City Park featuring the music of “The Hitmen” from 7-10 p.m. The weekend’s activities, hosted and sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Vergennes and area businesses, is a celebration of the city and community to be enjoyed by all ages. Activities on Saturday, Aug. 28, take place between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and culminate at dusk with a lighting of the Otter Creek Falls. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Vergennes Fire Station from 7-10 a.m. The bandstand on the City...

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