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Learn about unusual and rare plants at Rokeby

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — The public is invited to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh on Oct. 22 to learn about Vermont’s rare and unusual plants with botanist Robert Popp.

Popp tracks and inventories rare and unusual plants for Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. From mountain-top ferns to wetland sedges, Vermont has dozens of uncommon varieties. Species may be rare because they have particular habitat requirements, are subject to habitat loss, are at the edge of their range, or are vulnerable to disturbance or collection.

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Ferrisburgh zoning leadership changes

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Just as Ferrisburgh is bringing interim zoning administrator Bonnie Barnes on board as a permanent employee, the town’s other top zoning official has stepped down.

Longtime Zoning Board of Adjustment Chairwoman Charlene Stavenow informed the selectboard informally in late August, and she made it official in September that she would be leaving her post after 30 years of service. The ZBA was set to meet on Wednesday and choose new leadership.

Stavenow, a real estate appraiser, has moved to Michigan, where one of her two daughters lives.

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Ferrisburgh truck depot gets OK, Tuppers Crossing neighors appeal

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



of a proposed Tuppers Crossing truck depot confirmed on Wednesday they are appealing the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Sept. 6 approval — with conditions — of a project proposed by the DeVos family trucking business.

Route 7 residents Aubrey Choquette said he and fellow Route 7 homeowner Ken Villeneuve are joining with neighbors David Pierson and Jane Melrose on a “group appeal” to Vermont Environmental Court.

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Rokeby Museum head still digging into Vermont history as she readies for retirement

Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — After a 22-year tenure highlighted by the addition of a 5,000-square-foot visitor center, Rokeby Museum Executive Director Jane Williamson will step down at the end of 2017 from a job that she admittedly was not at first sure she wanted.

Williamson, a 68-year-old Burlington resident and small-town Minnesota native, was a dedicated Rokeby volunteer long before becoming its leader.

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ANWSD negotiators strike a deal on a new teachers contract

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) and Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association have tentatively agreed on a new, two-year contract. Mark Koenig, a leader of the ANWSD board negotiating team, said the two sides reached the tentative deal at around 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, following a mediated session that lasted more than 11 hours.

The last teachers contract ran through June 30.

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Young Ferrisburgh angler pulls in big fish

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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FERRISBURGH — Chase Stokes was no mere novice when he landed a state record carp this past spring. He had been fishing for almost a decade when he hauled in a 33.25-pound carp that measured 40 inches in length from Otter Creek in Panton this past April.

It took skill to land a fish that was nearly half as large as his own 76-pound body.

“I’ve been fishing since I was one-and-a-quarter,” the Ferrisburgh 11-year-old said in a recent interview.

Chase is a bit of a phenom when it comes to fishing, but he likes to hunt, as well.

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Ferrisburgh selectboard adopts town plan

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After a multi-year process Ferrisburgh has a new town plan. The Ferrisburgh selectboard made it official on Aug. 15 by unanimously adopting the plan as proposed by the Ferrisburgh Planning Commission.

The plan creates eight “Planning Areas” and makes recommendations for land use policies and actions for each.

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Wheeling resigns from Ferrisburgh zoning post

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Longtime Ferrisburgh zoning administrator Ken Wheeling resigned his post in a letter to the Ferrisburgh selectboard that the town received on Aug. 14.

Wheeling, 79, had since July 17 been on what Ferrisburgh selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence described “as an indefinite leave of absence” for undisclosed reasons.

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Maritime Museum hires new marketing director

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — Lake Champlain Maritime Museum & Research Institute in Ferrisburgh announced that Gregg Banse will be joining the team as Director of Marketing and Business Development. He will be responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to support the growth of new educational initiatives and the museum as a whole.

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Ferrisburgh board to decide on contentious truck depot

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The clock has started ticking for the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to make its decision on a proposed trucking depot on Tuppers Crossing that has generated strong neighborhood opposition.

The board has taken testimony four times — one each in December, June, July and on Aug. 2 — on the DeVos family application to move its trucking business off its Greenbush Road farm and onto a lot on Tuppers Crossing, just off Route 7, in Ferrisburgh’s Industrial District.

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