Archive - Jul 8, 2007
By ANDY KIRKALDY
FERRISBURGH â€” 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. Michaelâ€™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.
â€œI have a really wide breadth of experience,â€? said Taft-Blakeley, a Colchester resident. â€œI think Iâ€™m pretty good at taking people where they are and helping them move forward.â€?
By ANDY KIRKALDY
FERRISBURGH â€” 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 townâ€™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.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MONKTON â€” 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 â€” costing $3,000 each â€” 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.