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Teen earns Scouting's highest honor

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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VERGENNES — When Joshua Cook received his Eagle Scout badge this summer, he felt thrilled.

At age 19, he had finally completed what he had set out to accomplish at the age of 12. When he accepted his Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes on June 29, it was a culmination of an effort that lasted throughout his teenage years.

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Panton workers are re-appointed to jobs

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Panton’s charter change, which residents approved on Town Meeting Day and the Vermont Legislature supported this past winter with only minor language changes, became official on July 1 — and three key town jobs are no longer elected positions.

The Panton selectboard met on Tuesday to choose a town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector, and chose to re-appoint the elected incumbents — clerk Jean Miller, treasurer Diane Merrill and tax collector Barbara Fleming.

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Retail pro takes chance, follows her dream to Panton General Store

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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PANTON — For most of her 30 years in retail, about half of them spent working her way up in the Jolley Associates chain of convenience stores, Bridport native Linda Goodspeed dreamed of running her own country store.

In the first weekend of June, that dream came true for Goodspeed, 51, who now lives in Vergennes with her husband, John.

That’s when Goodspeed threw open the front door of the Panton General Store, which former owner Andy Megroz had decided last fall to shut down at least for the winter.

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Panton fills town positions, records land sales

Posted on April 28, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — In recent meetings the Panton selectboard made a number of appointments and began considering how to fill two key openings.

On April 8, the board began dealing with the vacant Panton seat on the Vergennes Union High School board, a position most recently held by Karrie Beebe, and a vacancy on the joint planning commission/development review board, a position most recently filled by Ben Chamberlain.

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Panton considers having selectboard choose town clerk, treasurer rather than voters

Posted on February 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Panton residents on Town Meeting Day will decide whether they will continue to elect their own town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector, or give the Panton selectboard the power to appoint people to those town offices.

That choice will be framed on March 4 as a potential change to the town’s land grant charter. Per state law, if voters back that change, which is being recommended and put forth by the selectboard, the Vermont Legislature would still have to approve it before it could take effect.

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Panton acreage conserved as farmland

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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PANTON — Ed and Beverly Biello were not considering conservation when they bought a home and land in Panton in 2000. Their property had scenic views of Lake Champlain with good access from Adams Ferry Road so they looked into selling house lots.

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Panton residents seek answers on rising taxes

Posted on November 3, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — A half-dozen Panton residents attended the Oct. 28 Vergennes Union High School board meeting to urge school officials to seek ways to rein in VUHS spending.

Many in Panton have been upset that the town’s residential school tax rate, although it had been essentially unchanged since 2008-2009, jumped by almost 18 cents for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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Panton tax increase irks residents

Posted on October 3, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — When Panton homeowners opened their tax bills late this summer, they found an unwelcome surprise: a school-tax hike of almost 18 cents.

That sharp increase — although it represented basically Panton’s first since 2009 — has sparked reaction by residents and town officials alike, including a Sept. 24 selectboard meeting that was better attended than Panton’s town meeting.

Residents are upset with the pace of education funding reform, which was an issue in Montpelier even before Act 60 became law in the late 1990s.

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Panton leading lake Byway effort

Posted on November 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — The town of Panton is leading an effort to extend the Lake Champlain Byway from Vergennes through Panton and Addison to the Lake Champlain Bridge and back to the Little City, and the other two communities have both signed on.

The Addison selectboard on Oct. 2 agreed to support the new Byway, and on Oct. 23 the Vergennes city council also came on board.

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Panton working on town projects

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Panton selectmen have in recent months been overseeing a number of projects to town properties, many to completion.

The most prominent, paving of much of Panton Road, was completed prior to their Oct. 2 meeting. The town also was set to review bids on Oct. 3 for an upgrade of the Dead Creek Bridge, but that meeting was rescheduled.

The highway department also improved a stretch of West Road and installed surveillance cameras at the town garage to help deal with what town officials called persistent theft problems.

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