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July 8th, 2007

New Ferrisburgh principal brings much experience to FCS

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board last week hired as the FCS interim principal a Barre native with experience as a middle school principal, adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College, teacher at the University of Vermont, part-time curriculum coordinator, interim co-principal, assistant principal, consulting teacher, summer school coordinator and special educator.

JoAnn Taft-Blakely began work immediately after her hiring on July 3, and she said from the school in a Tuesday afternoon phone interview that she believes she will be able to use that extensive background for the benefit of FCS students and teachers.

“I have a really wide breadth of experience,� said Taft-Blakeley, a Colchester resident. “I think I’m pretty good at taking people where they are and helping them move forward.�

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Ferrisburgh weighs property rights, rural character

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — With its 132-page draft of new zoning laws already drawing some fire, the Ferrisburgh Planning Commission has scheduled a public informational meeting for Thursday at the town’s elementary school in an effort to explain the proposed laws, which roughly double the number of zoning districts in the town.

Planners said the 7 p.m. gathering in the school library will not be a formal hearing, but rather a presentation of maps and a summary of changes to existing zoning. That zoning has been tweaked over the years, but not fully rewritten since the late 1970s. Planners hope that after a series of planning and selectboard hearings that a final version can go to a town-wide vote next March.

Planning commission Chairman Ted Ingraham said the proposal includes many changes mandated by the state legislature in 2003, plus rules on telecommunications towers, subdivisions and flood hazards.

Given everything the proposed ordinance must do, Ingraham said planners wish it were shorter and simpler, but that a certain amount of heft was inevitable.

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Families buy shares in forest

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONKTON — Two conservation organizations and a group of area citizens on Thursday finalized a creative deal through which 16 people will buy shares in a 115-acre parcel of forestland off Boro Hill Road in Monkton.

The 16 shares — costing $3,000 each — will entitle the holders to not only enjoy the scenic and recreational amenities of the property, but also to reap a portion of the financial benefits of periodic timber harvests that will be overseen by a forester.

At issue is the Little Hogback Community Forest LLC, developed by the Vermont Family Forests (VFF) organization. The VFF is a nonprofit organization that promotes the conservation of forest health, as well as careful cultivation of local family forests for community benefits.

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July 5th

Folklife center pens new page in its history

July 5, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — As a place dedicated to preserving history, the Middlebury-based Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is creating some of its own.

The center will spend this summer welcoming a new executive director in a new building that will feature new technology aimed at helping Vermonters and tourists better appreciate its vast archive of recorded interviews, exhibits and educational programs chronicling the history and people of the Green Mountain State.

It will be somewhat of a bittersweet transition for the VFC, as it will be losing its founding executive director, Jane Beck. Beck took the helm of the organization when it was formally established in 1984.

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Weybridge Town Hall looks toward future

July 5, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

WEYBRIDGE — For 160 years, the venerable building at 1727 Quaker St. has provided a valued venue for spiritual and municipal guidance to Weybridge residents, first as a church, and currently as a town hall.

But the deteriorating condition of the building, along with the lack of some basic modern-day amenities, is prompting town officials to take a long, hard look at the town hall and its future as a community gathering spot.

“The ultimate goal is to come to a decision on how much (money) the town wants to put into maintaining that building,” said Weybridge Selectwoman Gale Hurd. “I think we’ll have to look at all the options.”

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July 2nd

Creative Communities Program shows shared vision

July 2, 2007

By ANGELO LYNN

MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 people turned out to offer ideas and their enthusiasm at the third meeting of the Creative Communities Program in Middlebury last Wednesday, setting the stage for action plans to be developed and volunteers to start formulating steps to make the initiatives become reality.

“There’s so much energy and excitement at these meetings,” Helen Labun Jordan said after the meeting, noting that the Middlebury area has been unique among the nine towns that have participated in the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s program because “most everyone seems to share a common vision” for the area. Jordan, who is the director of the Creative Communities Program, observed that residents who have participated in the discussions haven’t been divided over the vision for the area, but rather are more interested in figuring out how to move forward on the ideas.

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MacDonough Drive solution in the works

July 2, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — A solution is in the works for the buckled section of MacDonough Drive near Main Street in Vergennes, but drivers can plan on using the side-street detours for a few more weeks.

In one of several June 26 agenda items devoted to infrastructure issues, City Manager Renny Perry told aldermen that he had in hand engineering estimates for three different approaches for fixing the sagging MacDonough Drive roadbed and repaving about 150 feet of its surface.

The combination approach most likely to solve the problem — drainage work above the road, a roadbed rebuild and a downslope retaining wall — came in at $300,000, Perry said, while the less-sure solutions including only some of the above elements would cost $75,000 or $150,000.

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June 28th

Jobs needed in county

June 28, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Five years into his role as president of the University of Vermont, Dan Fogel stressed in an interview this week at the Addison Independent offices that creating jobs for the larger community, including Addison County, is as important to his research university as attracting and retaining students.

The key to achieving this, he said, is to bolster an academic environment that encourages the development of entrepreneurial projects, from students and faculty alike, that fit into “Vermont’s environmental brand” and sustainable technology niche.

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