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Ferrisburgh signs deal to sell land

Posted on August 22, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After months of talks, Ferrisburgh selectmen and a corporation with a Montpelier mailing address have struck a deal for the sale of the town’s 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

The purchase-and-sale contract between Ferrisburgh and Eastern Development Corp., signed Aug. 1, is for the full price for which the property was listed in September 2010, $375,000, and the buyer paid a $15,000 deposit to take the land off the market.

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Ferrisburgh farm nets statewide dairy award

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — After netting a host of awards for high-quality milk and conservation farming practices, Cheryl and J.D. DeVos of Kimball Brook Farm in Ferrisburgh have a top prize to add to their trophy case: Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year for 2011.

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Drowning victim's body found

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body of a Ferrisburgh man from Lake Champlain on Tuesday afternoon, concluding a three-day search for the drowning victim.

Vermont State Police said at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday Rene Viau, a 46-year-old married father of two and employee of Vermont Heating and Ventilation in Winooski, was riding in the bow of a 16-foot aluminum boat near Kellogg and Porter bays when he fell out and did not resurface.

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Second annual Ferrisburgh Day set for Saturday

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Back in the 1970s, Ferrisburgh held annual “Good Neighbor Days,” in which residents gathered and picnicked.

Early in 2010, Ferrisburgh native Karlene DeVine and other members of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society recalled Good Neighbor Days, which had long since faded from the town’s annual calendar.

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Ferrisburgh farm runoff raises stink

Posted on July 18, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — It’s been seven years since Garry Clark says manure first ran through the pond at his Ferrisburgh home, and after the most recent incident, he said that he’s had enough.

It’s not just that the manure fouls his property, he said he’s worried about of the health of nearby Lake Champlain.

State officials, who are looking into Clark's case, said farm runoff is an issue they constantly encounter in an agricultural state and county.

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Three vie for Ferrisburgh post

Posted on July 11, 2011 |
By John Flowers



FERRISBURGH — Three Ferrisburgh residents have stepped forward offering to fill the seven-month balance of a term recently vacated by Selectman Bob Jenkins, who wants to devote more time to local fire department issues.

The Ferrisburgh selectboard will interview all three candidates on Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at the town offices. Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence anticipates she and her colleagues will select a candidate that evening, following the interviews.

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Jenkins decides to step down from Ferrisburgh selectboard

Posted on July 4, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and former town fire chief Bob Jenkins, still an active officer of the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department, recently decided to step down from the selectboard.

Jenkins’ letter of resignation simply cites “personal reasons.” On Thursday, he said he enjoyed many aspects of his service on the board, but preferred to devote his time and energy to the fire department.

“I can get back to my firefighting, and that’s my life, anyway,” Jenkins said.

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Special educator helped many over 23 years

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — On Tuesday, many Ferrisburgh Central School teachers wore the same ID tag while they supervised the events like egg-balancing relay races and Zumba dancing during the school’s annual Field Days, which celebrated the fast-approaching end of the school year.

Those ID tags bore the photo and name of FCS special educator Alice Walker, and they were celebrating the Charlotte resident’s 23-year tenure at the school — the end of which is also fast approaching.

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COCO wins Ferrisburgh site plan approval

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Board of Zoning approval on June 1 approved a revised site plan submitted by Champlain Oil Co. of South Burlington, a move that removes one hurdle for COCO’s plan for a multi-use Route 7 development but still leaves other issues to be resolved by the state’s Environmental Court.

COCO’s revised plan for a gas station and a building that would be shared by a Jiffy Mart and a fast-food restaurant called for all of its septic and wastewater treatment elements to be contained on a 9.7-acre site.

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Estabrook wins food writing 'Oscar'

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERGENNES — For Vergennes writer Barry Estabrook, good things come in pairs.

At the James Beard Award ceremony last month, Estabrook took top honors for his food policy blog, “Politics of the Plate,” and he's also preparing for the release on June 7 of his new book, "Tomatoland."

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