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Ferrisburgh selectboard has charter ready to go

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will probably vote as soon as this spring whether to approve the town’s first charter, one that would give the Ferrisburgh selectboard the power to appoint the town’s clerk and treasurer.

Elected officers now fill those positions, and selectboard members have not been pleased with the town treasurer’s job performance, but have said they have little recourse to deal with the issue because of his elected status.

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Armell and Ebel vie for Ferrisburgh selectboard seat

Posted on February 13, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Two candidates who would be first-time selectmen are competing this winter for an opening on the Ferrisburgh selectboard, Dennis Armell and Rick Ebel. Ferrisburgh residents will choose between the two men in Australian balloting on March 7.

Armell and Ebel are seeking to replace Jim Warden, who will step down after 12 years on the selectboard. Meanwhile, incumbent Selectman Jim Benoit is running uncontested for re-election on the Town Meeting Day ballot.

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Abolitionist Frederick Douglass drew plenty of notice in Middlebury

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By William B. Hart Associate Professor of History Middlebury College



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MIDDLEBURY — On this past Feb. 1, President Donald Trump kicked off Black History Month by acknowledging a few black leaders, including Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass is an example of someone who’s done an amazing job,” Trump noted, “and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

The President’s remark left many listeners bewildered. “Does he think Douglass is still alive?” many wondered. Does he even know who Douglass was, let alone what his “amazing job” was?

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Ferrisburgh has most contests in city area; school board positions going begging

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will face the most personnel decisions among their Vergennes-area neighbors on Town Meeting Day this year, as Monday’s deadline to file petitions for town offices brought news of three contested races.

Two of those involved incumbent Treasurer Garrit Smits, who this year has faced criticism on his performance from the Ferrisburgh selectboard, town and professional auditors, and co-workers.

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ANWSD planning for vote on $21 million budget

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As expected, the Addison Northwest School District Board on Jan. 18 adopted a $21.1 million unified budget proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year that will cover operations for all four ANWSD schools and their central office.

Officials said the budget maintains existing programs and teaching positions at the four ANWSD schools.

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Basin Harbor Club is installing new docks

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Basin Harbor Club is making a major change to its Lake Champlain waterfront — replacing its combination of moorings and old cement and floating docks with new, modern floating docks to better accommodate boaters who want to tie up and stay overnight at the resort and enjoy its offerings.

The work, expected to be completed in time for the May opening of the club’s 131st season, is being done by another noted Ferrisburgh concern: Dock Doctors, headquartered on Route 7.

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Ferrisburgh's municipal budget won't trigger tax hike

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard adopted a budget on Tuesday that if approved by residents on Town Meeting Day would barely move the town’s municipal tax rate, effectively cut the hours of the elected treasurer position from 35 to 20 per week, and allow the board to hire an extra part-time worker for the town office.

Board members also adopted a Town Meeting Day warning that will ask residents to make three other decisions: whether to buy a $190,000 truck, to change property tax payments to a quarterly schedule, and to create a $500 Conservation Fund.

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Ferrisburgh board planning to cut treasurer hours

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard is moving toward cutting hours for the position of town treasurer as it prepares its 2017-2018 budget, the latest sign of its discontent with the work of town’s elected incumbent treasurer.

The board also on Jan. 17 discussed with its auditor what he called accounting deficiencies, and changed the town’s credit card policy to give the board, not the treasurer, the authority to issue or cancel town credit cards or make changes on cards being used by cardholders.

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Ferrisburgh officials again unhappy with town treasurer

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Long-simmering tensions between the Ferrisburgh selectboard and elected Town Treasurer Garrit Smits surfaced again recently, when board members canceled Smits’ town credit card after a dispute over whether he should have raised its spending limits.

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Man pulled from icy waters of Lake Champlain

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man was pulled from the frigid waters of Lake Champlain near the shores in Ferrisburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Vermont State Police report that Daniel Doyle, 74, was walking on a section of ice approximately 10-15 feet from shore in Town Farm Bay, north of Long Point just off Annex Road. A little before 1:45 p.m., the area of ice that Doyle was walking on broke away, and he became partially submerged in open water.

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