Addison

10/14/2019
VERGENNES — It’s official. The Addison Northwest School District has scheduled school-closure votes for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the towns of Addison and Ferrisburgh. The ANWSD is asking voters in those two towns to approve its plan to close the elementary school in their towns — Addison Central School and Ferrisburgh Central School, respectively — on June 30, 2020. According to the ANWSD board, closing the schools would be the best way to preserve student programming without imposing what it assumes will be unacceptable tax increases. At a series of informational meetings over the past month in...
10/14/2019
ADDISON — On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vt., and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, N.Y., team up to offer a day-long multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the Oct. 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge. The day explores the findings, consequences, and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. The day begins at Chimney Point, with an illustrated talk by Vermont State Archeologist Jess Robinson on the archaeological findings on the Vermont side of the bridge project. This is followed...
10/10/2019
As many of you know, we the Board of the Addison Northwest School District have asked the voters of Ferrisburgh and Addison to consider closing their schools. We want to make clear why we are doing this and why we haven’t acted in other ways. It is worth stating that our responsibility is to ensure that the district is providing the best education for all students in our care. Our vision statement reads, “We envision a kind, collaborative, and creative community for all that nurtures a diverse and accessible learning environment. Students will flourish as critical thinkers and productive...
10/06/2019
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After selectboards in Addison and Ferrisburgh early last week declined a school board request to hold votes on closing the elementary schools in those towns, the future of that vote proposal was only partially clarified by Friday afternoon.  What remains clear is that many residents in both towns are deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal.  On Tuesday, Oct. 1, both towns’ selectboards declined to honor the Addison Northwest School District board’s request to warn a Nov. 5 vote for the purpose of asking Addison and Ferrisburgh residents if...
10/06/2019
ADDISON — Addison residents on Sept. 24 backed by a 61-46 vote a bond of up to $780,000 to build an in-ground septic system on land west of the current town clerk’s office. The system would serve the town’s Route 17 fire station, current office building and potential future town offices, and the Addison Community Baptist Church. For more than a decade Addison officials have been working on creating a community septic system that would provide a solution to what they say are the troubled systems that now serve the fire station, existing clerk’s office and church, and provide septic service to...
10/06/2019
ADDISON/FERRISBURGH — While the fate of the votes on whether to close Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools remained uncertain late last week (see related story), many in those communities remained deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District board’s proposal to ask them to consider those school closures.  The ANWSD board has stated its preferred option is to close both schools and educate district students in kindergarten and in grades 1-4 at Vergennes Union Elementary School and create a new middle school for grades 5-8 at Vergennes Union High School.  A second option could...
10/03/2019
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After Tuesday night not only the future of Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools is uncertain, but so also is the future of the planned votes on whether to close them. The Addison Northwest School District Board had asked selectboards in both towns at their Tuesday meetings to warn Nov. 5 school closure votes. The board has said closing the two schools is the best way to provide educational equity for all ANWSD students; maintain programs, especially at Vergennes Union High School; and avoid a tax increase that residents likely would not support a year after its...

CHASE ATKINS
09/27/2019
ADDISON — An Addison man has been charged with a hate crime, stemming from allegations he deflated the tires of a vehicle belonging to an employee of the organization Migrant Justice and left a voicemail at that nonprofit asking its representatives to stay away from area farms, back in August. Chase Atkins, 24, of Addison has been cited with misdemeanor disturbing the peace by telephone, with a hate-crime enhancement. Police said the case relates to an ongoing investigation into several suspicious incidents and vandalisms in the Bridport area during the month of August. Police allege Atkins...
09/19/2019
ADDISON — Chimney Point Historic Site will once again host the annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship weekend Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 22. With workshops, competitions and other activities the event gives people the chance to step back in time thousands of years, before the bow and arrow were invented.  The weekend commences at noon on Friday with the popular atlatl workshop with Robert Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl. The workshop runs until 5 p.m. The $70 fee includes materials, instruction and coaching. Participants make an atlatl and three fletched darts and receive...

THE ADDISON TOWN Hall will open its doors to the public this Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for an open house. Later this fall, residents will vote on a bond that would, among other things, provide wastewater services to this historic building.
09/12/2019
ADDISON — The Addison Town Hall Committee invites the public to an open house at the Town Hall this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is the first public event to be held in the historic town hall in many years and a chance to see the beautiful interior of this 19th-century town building. Information will be provided on the upcoming wastewater bond vote and how it relates to the restoration of the historic town hall. Enjoy cider and home-baked cookies as well as an exhibit by the Addison Historical Society, photographs by Bob Schatz, quilts by Martha Keagle, spinning demonstration...

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