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VTrans, planners revive idea of Vergennes truck bypass

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Once again the possibility is alive of a bypass that would send truck traffic around downtown Vergennes, although local and state officials say one is not likely to be built for at least 30 years.

At a Nov. 15 meeting in Middlebury of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee, or TAC, Vermont Agency of Transportation officials agreed to work with regional planners to study city bypass options, with a recommendation probably to be made by the end of 2018.

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Arnold Bay tree-cutting deal to be discussed

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Members of the Ferrisburgh selectboard are due to meet with town attorney Jim Carroll to discuss a resolution of the town’s dispute with the Vorsteveld Farm over its extensive tree-cutting in the town right of way along Arnold Bay Road.

On Tuesday the board set the meeting with Carroll for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, and it probably will take place behind closed doors. According to Ferrisburgh Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence, Carroll has prepared a proposal for the town to present to the owners of the Vorsteveld Farm.

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Ferrisburgh extends land sale deal

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday agreed to give the contracted buyer of the town-owned 34.91-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A another month to arrange financing to complete the purchase.

Andrew Peterson, owner of the four-year-old business Peterson Quality Malt in Monkton, has a $337,500 deal to buy the property.

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Rokeby director to give talk on abolitionists Nov. 14

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Long before the Civil War commenced, another war was taking place in the U.S. Historian and Rokeby Museum director Jane Williamson will give an illustrated presentation on the philosophies, strategies, and tactics of the 1830s abolitionists of Vermont on Nov 14, at 7 p.m., at Bixby Memorial Library. The talk will compare the efforts of Vermont abolitionists with those of earlier antislavery movements and explore their impacts on American society.

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Proud of service to country, Ferrisburgh native has seen changes for women in the Army

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY— Among the many veterans profiled in the Independent have been ones who landed on D-Day or fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Waltham Army veteran Pam Norton exemplifies a kind of quiet courage, also important in military service, putting duty before all, at one point even before her new family.

“You go where you’ve got to go and do what you’ve got to do,” said Norton.

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Trio accused of animal cruelty in Ferrisburgh; police seize 29 pets

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents Katherine Ferguson, 61, and Thomas Ferguson, 51, pled innocent to 12 counts of animal cruelty in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division on Monday, when also Bridport resident Roxanne Clark, 36, pled innocent on one count of animal cruelty in the same case.

They face a year in prison and a fine of $1,000, or both, on each charge, each of which includes depriving an animal “of adequate food, water, shelter, rest, sanitation, or necessary medical attention.”

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New owners get an education at Ferrisburgh orchard

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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FERRISBURGH — It’s been a season of firsts for new orchardists and new orchard owners Rob Rogers and Stephanie Lowe, both 41.

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Local writer confronts ageism, gender norms

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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Area rowers compete in James Wakefield Rescue Row

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Every year in the fall, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum holds the James Wakefield Rescue Row — a competitive series of rowing races among youth rowers. This year, under overcast and drizzly skies, 155 youth rowers from Vergennes, Mt. Abraham, Champlain Valley Union, South Burlington, Rice Memorial, North Haven (Maine), Rockland (Maine), and Belfast (Maine) high and middle schools came to compete in the races.

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Ferrisburgh hires part-time office helper

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard did not look far to find temporary help for the Ferrisburgh town office: On Oct. 10 the board hired its meeting minute-taker to help Town Clerk Gloria Warden and Assistant Clerk Pam Cousino while they work through a recording backlog.

Jean Silveira, who has a lengthy résumé in marketing, website development, and freelance writing and publishing, came aboard this week in what according to minutes will be “a part-time clerical” position that will pay $15 an hour for up to 20 hours a week.

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