Vergennes

VERGENNES — The following arms-length real estate sales occurred in Vergennes in 2020. The total number of such sales came in at 58, an increase of five from 2019, despite two spring months of inactivity during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. • Jan. 8: Rose Plankey Trustee to David and Chelsea Plankey, home at 3 Canal St., $140,000. • Jan. 22: Patricia Prime to Kory Cousino, home at 25 Victory St., $234,000. • Jan. 24: Timothy Price, Deborah Angier and Stephanie Kilbride to Michael Greenwood and Liam Battjes, home at 8 Ice House Court, $280,500. • Jan. 30: Ronald and Viviane LaFave to...

A new cabinet for crossing signal electronics will be installed at this downtown Vergennes intersection next Monday and Tuesday. VTrans tells drivers to expect delays.
VERGENNES — The final piece of the major Vergennes downtown paving puzzle — almost all of which was completed in 2020 — will be put into place early next week, and Vermont Agency of Transportation officials said it will disrupt downtown traffic for two days. On Monday and Tuesday workers will install a cabinet to house electronics for a pedestrian signal at the central downtown intersection of Main and Green streets. VTrans said in a press release work will begin early on Monday and take “approximately two days.” And, of course, the agency warned, “delays may occur” for traffic along Main...

Congressman Peter Welch
VERGENNES — Vergennes will soon receive the first half of $756,383 in federal COVID-19 aid from the American Rescue Plan Act, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., told the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday. The Addison Northwest School District will also receive $1.76 million, Welch told the council.  There are strings attached on how that money can be spent, Vermont’s Congressman added. Spending has to be related to the impact on the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Welch said, and there are components related to helping nonprofits and supporting water, sewer and broadband projects. “You are...
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council meetings will begin at 6 p.m. for the foreseeable future following a vote taken at the council’s Tuesday, three-hour-and-45-minute, March 23, meeting. In recent years the council has been meeting at 5:30 p.m., a change made several years ago from the panel’s centuries old traditional 7 p.m. time. The change will take effect for a series of April and May meetings at which the council will begin discussing the Vergennes Fiscal Year 2022 budget. On April 13, councilors will look at the city’s public works budget, and on April 27 they will examine parks and...

BRAD YOUNG, OWNER of Live Young Kitchen, poses in his two-plus-year-old company’s new café and market home in the Kennedy Brothers building in Vergennes. Live Young Kitchen had already made inroads with its wholesale pre-made healthy organic products before opening this new outlet. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — The roots of the newest café and market in Vergennes can be traced to tragedy and the determination of its owner to make a positive change in its wake. The business is the Live Young Kitchen Café and Market, which opened on Feb. 15 in the airy multi-level, brick-walled space on the right end of Kennedy Brothers, a North Main Street landmark. Live Young offers breakfasts of oatmeal, waffle dippers with a variety of berry sauces; lunches of soups, chili, veggie burgers, vegetarian power bowls, and salads; hot and cold drinks; smoothies; and a market section of pasta sauces, salad...

VERGENNES GIRL SCOUTS of Troop 61465 enjoy an afternoon of sledding and campfire togetherness while maintaining safe distances and staying masked. Courtesy photo
VERGENNES — A new troop of Girl Scout Daisies is enjoying the outdoors, making new friends, and beginning their Girl Scout experience in Vergennes. Troop 61465 started this past fall with a group of kindergartners. Troop leaders are Alexandra McGuire of Vergennes and Kelsey Bradford of Addison.  “We currently have 12 Daisies representing two public schools, one private school, and a homeschool,” said McGuire. “While there are a few friend pairs within the Scout group, the group is quite diverse and the girls are making new friendships.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the troop has met either...
VERGENNES — Northlands Job Corps Center is a fully funded residential career technical trade center based in Vergennes serving young adults ages 16-24. Students who have not yet completed high school can earn a GED or high school diploma. Although Northlands does offer non-residential opportunities to students residing within 25 miles of the center, most students choose to be residential and live on Macdonough Drive campus. Both of these options allow students to be part of the Northlands community, foster friendships and benefit from the supports of Job Corps. All students’ Job Corps...

MARY ANN SUNDERLAND
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Mary Ann Sunderland, 70, originally from Vergennes, Vt., passed quietly with family at her bedside on the afternoon of March 5, 2021. Mary was the first born of 15 children to Harvey and Ann (Milo) Russett Jr. She was born on Sept. 24, 1950 in Waltham, Vt. The Russetts were members of St. Peter’s Parish in Vergennes. She graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1968. Mary was known as “Mimi” to her seven beloved grandchildren: Bruce, Hunter, Hayden, Greyson, Georgia, Gianna and Lexi. Each one of them stole a little piece of her heart the moment they were born. There was...
VERGENNES — After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vergennes Farmers Market will be back on the city green in downtown Vergennes this summer. At the March 9 Vergennes City Council meeting, the council gave the green light to market organizers to return to the city’s central park. That permission will include closing off Park Street to provide parking for vendors and customers, making city hall rest rooms available to vendors during operating hours, and allowing organizers access to storage areas in city hall’s basement. Farmers market organizers Christopher and Sandy Reck said...

MAYOR MATT CHABOT
VERGENNES — The first meeting of the newly configured Vergennes City Council featured a statement from new City Mayor Matt Chabot seeking unity and cooperation among councilors and patience from citizens. The March 9 gathering also saw an uncontested election for deputy mayor and bouquets thrown to two former members of the council. Chabot referenced the turmoil and discord that Vergennes saw during the second half of 2020. Issues including uncivil debates at the council level and on social media, at times about police matters; four council resignations; turnover at city hall that included...

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