Vergennes


THE OWNER OF the historic Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes and its Annex along West Main Street hopes to rehabilitate the two buildings and create 23 apartments. The city has given its approval for the proposal, and it has earned $330,000 from the state in tax credits to support what could be a $3.45 million project. Photo by Holly Weber
10/14/2019
VERGENNES — Longstanding efforts by the owner of the long-vacant Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes could finally be paying off. Shenandoah LLC, of which Ferrisburgh resident and prominent Vergennes property owner David Shlansky is a principal, has its local permits and $330,000 in state Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits in hand to support what could be a $3.45 million effort to install 23 apartments in the main structure and related building known as The Annex across Canal Street. The project is planned to include four two-bedroom units in The...

MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
10/14/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests. Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday defeated defending Division II champion Milton, 3-1, picking up valuable points in their efforts to remain on top of the D-III standings in the process. VUHS scored the game’s first three goals before...
10/10/2019
VERGENNES/MIDDLEBURY — Every fall seniors at Vergennes Union High School host a fundraising walk to collect funds to benefit a cause that is important to class members. The VUHS class of 2020 has chosen to walk for WomenSafe next Wednesday, Oct. 16. WomenSafe is a nonprofit that works to serve people across the gender spectrum who experience sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Commodore seniors are fundraising to help support the work that WomenSafe provides for Addison County by educating and providing a safe place and housing in the community. They will walk...
10/10/2019
VERGENNES — Based on overwhelming audience responses, (and a sold-out show in 2018), the Vergennes Opera House season organizers have brought back the 802 Blues Revue event featuring Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen and a few special guests.   Like a circus ringmaster, Stannard creates an atmosphere of fun and surprises, and an unforgettable night of amazing Vermont-style blues. Joining Stannard on stage as Those Dangerous Bluesmen are Jeff Salisbury (percussions/vocals), Ernie Belmond (bass guitar/vocals), Bradford Morgan (keys/vocals), Joe Moore (saxophone), and John Falk...

THE COMMODORE EXPERIENCED Six-Oar team in the Golden Oak lines up for the start of its race at the annual James Wakefield Rescue Row in Burlington harbor on Saturday, which drew 206 rowers from nine Vermont and Maine schools. The VUHS crew was edged out by Belfast, Maine, in the race, but Commodore rowers won two races on the day. Photo by Holly Weber
10/10/2019
BURLINGTON — Middle- and high-school rowers from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school club teams participated in a major competition in Burlington harbor this past Saturday that drew three teams from Maine as well from four schools in Chittenden County. In all, 206 youth rowers from the nine schools gathered at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront to participate in the LCMM’s annual “James Wakefield Rescue Row.” This race day is named in honor of James Wakefield, who along with his son Jack on Dec. 9, 1876, rescued the crew of the 85-foot canal schooner General Butler. According...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Liam Davison glides through the 5K Woods Trail Run in Thetford this past Saturday. He earned 266th place out of 735 runners. Photo courtesy of Karyn Norwood
10/10/2019
THETFORD — Local high school cross-country runners posted solid results at Saturday’s Woods Trails Run at Thetford Academy, a major meet that drew more than 1,300 varsity athletes and 96 boys’ and girls’ scoring teams from around New England. Among local squads, the Middlebury boys fared best overall with 524 points, taking 15th out of 52 scoring teams and finishing third among the Vermont Division II teams competing. D-II’s U-32 won the boys’ race with 76, and D-II Woodstock was 10th (460). Out of more than 700 competitors overall Tigers juniors Jack Christner and Thomas Nevins were 34th and...
10/10/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded five times to a Riverside Apartments unit on Main Street on Saturday night in an effort to calm what they described as “tenants arguing over domestic issues and tenancy issues.” Each time they sought to calm all parties, and on the third visit city police “urged them to seek other living arrangements.” On the fourth visit one tenant told them of “a possible criminal violation” on the part of another tenant. Chief George Merkel said his department was investigating the possible crime, but declined to describe it due to its sensitive nature and due to the...
10/06/2019
Dear ANWSD community, As educators in the middle school, we feel that it is important to weigh in on the conversation on reconfiguration. Despite some hesitancy to stick our necks out, we do this out of a deep commitment to our students, schools, and community. The enrollment challenges in our schools are real, and we recognize the need to consider different configurations. However, we also know that our schools, not merely the physical buildings, but the web of relationships that breathe life into those buildings, are precious community institutions that have been built through decades of...

TIGER MIDFIELDER IVY Doran knocks the ball way from Commodore forward Maria Malaney during Friday’s girls’ soccer game at VUHS. The host Commodores prevailed, 4-1. Photo by Holly Weber
10/06/2019
VERGENNES — Things might be coming together for the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team. For sure, challenges lie ahead for the 6-3-1 Commodores before the Division III playoffs, including games vs. three tough D-II teams. But last week the Commodores followed a 5-0 victory at Spaulding on Wednesday with a solid 4-1 decision on Friday over visiting Middlebury. Those games came after a tough prior week that saw 3-0 setbacks vs. D-II Mount Abraham and Rice.  The Commodores and their coaches believe the better results show their progress in possessing the ball, being more aggressive...

TIGER SENIOR EBEN Jackson lines up the game-winning, double-overtime shot in Saturday’s boys’ soccer game in Middlebury. Jackson’s goal was the only one surrendered by Commodore keeper Jeffrey Stearns, left, who made 10 saves. Tiger freshman goalie Owen Lawton stopped eight shots. Photo by Gabe Hamilton
10/06/2019
MIDDLEBURY — For the third straight game, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team found itself tied in the late going, this time at 0-0 in double overtime on Saturday against their scrappy neighbors from Vergennes.  The 8-2 Tigers, winners of five straight, found the same answer they had in their 1-0 win over visiting Milton on Sept. 27 and their 2-1 victory over Mount Abraham three days earlier.  That would be senior forward Eben Jackson, who scored the game-winner in both those games, in double overtime vs. Milton and with five minutes left in regulation vs. the Eagles. This time...

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