THE BROTHER-SISTER TEAM ON Caroline and David Larocque of East Middlebury won the mixed-grade prize at the Bixby Library on Monday in the Lego Contest and Exhibit for “The Doctor’s House.” The Bixby and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes sponsored the event. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — From “Planet Earth” to “Star Wars: The Last Star Fire,” the main floor of the Bixby Library contained a universe of imagination on Monday evening, not to mention dozens of Lego sculptors and many more of the artists’ family members. What filled the space under the library’s stained-glass dome was the awards reception for the second annual Vergennes Lego Contest and Exhibit, jointly sponsored by the library and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. After the contest got off to a good start in 2019, with 28 entrants, the count this year rose to 60 participants. They...

REVELERS ENJOY LAST year's Carnevale Vergennes.
VERGENNES — The time is here for the seventh year to get your glam on in Vergennes! We’re talking, of course about the annual Carnevale Vergennes, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, starting at 7:30 p.m. This year the organizers are excited to announce the theme: “Fashion is Art and You are the Canvas.” The event, which benefits three area non-profits, Vergennes Opera House, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, and the Vergennes Partnership, has raised well over $100,000 net in just six short years.  Each year, organizers pick a theme that helps attendees choose costumes and...

Independent photo/Steve James
THE VERGENNES AND Otter Valley union high school cheer teams did not come away with top-three finishes at Saturday’s state championships at VUHS, but displayed plenty of energy, enthusiasm and coordination in their routines. The members of the Commodore team are Jenna Howlett, Ryleigh Dieterle, Alexis Emmons, Keira Lacey, Skyelynne Thayer, Shelby Paquin, Natalie Bergeron, Brianna Cram, Arielle Dumont, Heather Dwire, Madison Laberge, Madison Perkins and Kassidy Quinlan. OV’s cheerleaders are Paige Bessette, Kellette Boynton, Erika Chapin, Madison Colburn, Emily Hutchins, Maggie Loyzelle, Zoe...

THE VUHS BOYS’ team on Sunday won four events and finished third in the Division II track and field championship at UVM despite fielding just eight athletes, all of them runners. Pictured are front, Jarret Muzzy; middle, l-to-r, Chris Therrien, Kai Williams and Julio Quiles; and rear, l-to-r, Coach Brad Castillo, Xander DeBlois, Gabe Praamsma, Ben Huston and Erich Reitz. Photo courtesy of Bill Clark
BURLINGTON — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ indoor track team won four events and placed third in Division II at Sunday’s championship meet, hosted by the University of Vermont. The performances by Coach Brad Castillo’s Commodores represented the program’s best finish at a state meet since 2004, when a larger VUHS team that included field events athletes as well as runners captured second place. Junior Ben Huston and senior Julio Quiles sparked the team. Huston won at 1,000 meters and ran on the Commodores’ winning 4-by-400 and 4-by-800-meter relay teams. Quiles won the 300, finished...

VERGENNES CITY CLERK and Treasurer Joan Devine, seated, is retiring after 38 years on the job and plans to spend more time with her family, hobbies and volunteer work. Morgan Kittredge, left, will take over from Devine as of Feb. 28. Independent photos/Steve James
VERGENNES — At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, Vergennes City Clerk and Treasurer Joan Devine plans to walk out of Vergennes City Hall and into retirement after 38 years as the city’s clerk and almost 42 years as a city hall employee. Devine, Addison County’s longest serving municipal clerk, admits it will feel strange. “I love my job. I have very mixed feelings leaving it,” she said in a Thursday interview, then laughing and adding, “It’s almost like who you are. When I go to the grocery store, everyone who sees me, it’s like, ‘Are my taxes due?’ Hello, can you have a sunnier thought than that...

MORGAN KITTREDGE, LEFT, take over as Vergennes city clerk from longtime clerk Joan Devine on Feb. 28. At the same time administrative assistant Abbie Farrar, right, will assume Devine’s treasurer duties. With the recent hire of Daniel Hofman as city manager, the city’s office staff is being changed dramatically. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The recent hire of Morgan Kittredge as the new Vergennes City Clerk and promotion of Abbie Farrar from administrative assistant to city treasurer, both effective with the Feb. 28 retirement of longtime Vergennes Clerk/Treasurer Joan Devine, completes a transformation at Vergennes City Hall. City Manager Dan Hofman came aboard on Jan. 2, meaning that within less than two months the three top jobs in Vergennes City Hall will be staffed with new personnel, while the clerk and treasurer positions have been split for the first time. Hofman said he is confident that office structure is...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors Adelaide Brooks (second from left) and Alder Donovan Cook stand with State Reps. Diane Lanpher (left) and Matt Birong outside a committee room in the Vermont Statehouse this past Thursday morning. Brooks and Donovan Cook testified before the committee on a bill that would create a Vermont State Youth Council.
Editor’s note: The writer, Alder Donovan Cook, is a senior at Vergennes Union High School and a student representative on the Addison Northwest School District Board. MONTPELIER — Though this past Thursday morning was a school day, I was not going to Vergennes Union High School. Adelaide Brooks and I, both seniors at VUHS, were traveling to the capitol in Montpelier to testify to the House Governance and Operations Committee. The bill that we were testifying on, H.775, would establish a State Youth Council. It was introduced and has been championed by our very own Rep. Diane Lanpher, a...
BURLINGTON –— A former Addison County resident, whose multi-state armed robbery spree ended in Brattleboro in 2018 when police shot him multiple times, has been sentenced to just over six years in federal prison for using a gun for three stick ups at Vermont convenience stores, including one in Vergennes. Mark Triolo, 47, received the 75-month sentence in U.S. District Court in Burlington for robbing the Small City Market in Vergennes on May 1, 2018, and for holdups at both the Ascutney Sunoco Station in Weathersfield and Allen Brothers Farm Stand in Westminster on May 4, 2018. The six-years-...
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games. VUHS-EAGLES The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at...

VERGENNES RECREATION COMMITTEE Chairman Tim Cook, left, VUES physical education teacher Robyn Newton, and retired VUES music teacher Steve Sawyer all played roles in making recent major improvements to the city’s skating rink happen, and help keep the rink up and running. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — A Friday afternoon celebration at the newly upgraded Vergennes skating rink and basketball court will applaud the joint effort by volunteers and the city’s recreation committee, council members and public works department to improve the rink. Recreation Committee Chairman Tim Cook said the successful project is typical of how things are getting done in Vergennes right now, often quietly behind the scenes. “The real story is how the people of Vergennes have been showing up. The ice rink was years of fundraisers, the Fun Run, and a student-parent group that actually paid for it and...


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