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Ferrisburgh students to tap maple trees

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday agreed to let supervised Ferrisburgh Central School students tap maple trees on the town-owned Union Meeting Hall property on Route 7 — with one provision.

The proposal came from FCS parent Nick Patch, who has a portable maple sugar house. Patch sought the board’s permission to tap the maples, which are about 400 yards from the school across the state highway.

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Ferrisburgh votes to become a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — While the Ferrisburgh selectboard on June 5 considered how to put in place a complex residential energy-efficiency program narrowly backed in March by town residents, the town’s energy committee chairman said a few homeowners are already interested in signing on.

At town meeting, residents voted, 50-49, that Ferrisburgh should become a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district.

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Ferrisburgh eyes Old Hollow Rd. traffic issue

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its Tuesday meeting agreed to use equipment borrowed from Shelburne to measure the speed and amount of traffic coming through the North Ferrisburgh village along Old Hollow Road.

The board took that action in response to a petition filed by Old Hollow Road resident Nick Patch and signed by about 90 residents of the area; he said “the vast majority” of the village population wanted something done.

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Ferrisburgh 250th celebration to feature history, music, fun

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — In each of the past two years, the town of Ferrisburgh has set aside a day each summer to gather and celebrate as a community, calling the event Ferrisburgh Day.

This year presents Ferrisburgh and its residents with an extra reason to gather, the 250th anniversary of the town charter.  Officials essentially decided to combine Ferrisburgh Day with a birthday celebration on Saturday, June 23.

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Ferrisburgh farmers bottle their own milk

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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HINESBURG/FERRISBURGH — There’s a new brand of organic milk hitting the shelves in stores around Vermont from a Ferrisburgh farm that after years producing high-quality milk is now also bottling it and sending it to retailers.

Kimball Brook Farm has been milking 200 Jersey and Holstein cows and selling to the national market for 15 years. But when Cheryl and J.D. DeVos flipped the switch at their small Hinesburg bottling plant on May 17, they were marking a major transition to processor and distributor of their own milk.

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Students learn real-world skills by building projects

Posted on May 7, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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FERRISBURGH/VERGENNES — “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” the old Chinese proverb eloquently says.

University of Vermont professor David Raphael may not teach his students how to fish. But the Panton resident and owner of LandWorks — the Middlebury outdoor design firm — is equipping UVM students in his “Sustainable Landscape Architecture and Construction” class with skills for life.

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Nine departments battle Rt. 7 blaze

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — A Ferrisburgh fire that started just before 11 o’clock on Sunday night burned to the ground the rear of a rambling Route 7 structure and badly damaged the rest of it. The conflagration destroyed many valuable tractors, cars and equipment stored there, and it is forcing a marine sales and service business renting a storefront — Eriksen’s Crow’s Nest Marina — to relocate.

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Fire strikes Route 7 building in Ferrisburgh

Posted on April 30, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A fire that started at about 10 o’clock on Sunday night burned to the ground the rear third of a Route 7 building in Ferrisburgh and badly damaged the rest of it. The conflagration destroyed many valuable tractors, cars and equipment stored there, and it is forcing a marine sales and service business renting space there — Eriksen’s Crow’s Nest Marina — to relocate.

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Fifth-graders try to light the way

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Kathy Douglas’ fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School are hoping the Vermont Legislature will see the light.

More specifically, the members of her class would like lawmakers to approve traffic lights at the intersection of Route 7 and Little Chicago Road, just a few hundred yards away from their school.

Local representatives Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) and Greg Clark (R-Vergennes) recently accepted the students’ invitation to meet with them.

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Kindergarten class presents local legend

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — A part of the nation’s history — or at least a fanciful version of a local legend — will come to life at Ferrisburgh Central School on Friday morning.

At 10:30 a.m., the 17 members of kindergarten teacher Josh Brooks’ class will present their version of how American Commodore Thomas MacDonough outfoxed the British at the mouth of Otter Creek.

In the pupils’ short play, MacDonough receives help from, among others, a fictional farm boy, George Washington, and Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.

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