Ferrisburgh

12/09/2019
FERRISBURGH — After some discussion of alternatives, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has decided to advertise for a new full-time assistant town clerk and assistant treasurer to replace Pam Cousino, who on Jan. 1 will replace the retiring Gloria Warden as Ferrisburgh Town Clerk. Board members had in November discussed possibly splitting Cousino’s duties between part-time workers, but at their Dec. 3 meeting Chairman Rick Ebel said they agreed with Cousino to bring aboard another full-time employee. Ferrisburgh’s clerk and treasurer recently became hired, not elected positions. Ebel said Cousino...
12/09/2019
Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meeting. Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. Proficiency Based Learning discussion. Dec. 10, 6 p.m., VUHS Library. Second Friday Movies Double Feature. Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library,  “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” FERRISBURGH — December brings holiday fun and also vacations for the community and our students. School events and vacation dates are listed at the schools’ websites: ferrisburghcentral.org and vuhs.org. The Vergennes community holiday events are listed at the Vergennes Downtown Partnership site at vergennesdowntown....
12/05/2019
Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meeting. Dec 17, 6:30 p.m. Breakfast with Santa. Dec. 7,  8:30-10 a.m., VUHS Cafeteria. ANWSD Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., VUHS Gym. Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties. Dec. 7 and 21, 6:30 p.m. Proficiency Based Learning discussion. Dec. 10, 6 p.m., VUHS Library. Second Friday Movies Double Feature. Dec 13, 6-8 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library,  “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms." FERRISBURGH — December brings holiday fun and also vacations for the community and our students. School events and vacation dates...

FERRISBURGH ASSISTANT CLERK and Treasurer Pam Cousino, top, a veteran of two decades of work in Ferrisburgh’s town office, will soon replace Ferrisburgh Town Clerk Gloria Warden. Warden recently announced she would retire after six years at that post, a tenure that followed many years working for the town of Charlotte. Independent photo/Steve James
11/25/2019
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Town Clerk Gloria Warden is stepping down after almost six years on the job, but the town selectboard did not have to look far or wait long to find a replacement. Board Chairman Rick Ebel said last week the board quickly turned to Assistant Town Clerk and Assistant Treasurer Pam Cousino, who after 21 years in that job readily agreed to remove the word assistant from her title. Ebel said board members accepted Warden’s resignation “with regret,” but were glad Cousino would fill her shoes. “It took Pam about 20 seconds to say yes,” Ebel said. “We were happy to know Pam...
11/25/2019
FERRISBURGH — Drivers in Ferrisburgh — particularly on Hollow Road — might want to keep an eye on their speedometers in the weeks to come. At the Nov. 19 Ferrisburgh selectboard meeting, board members asked Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton to have his department crack down on speeders on Hollow Road and other town byways. They made that request after Newton shared data from a week’s worth of automated early-October traffic monitoring on Hollow Road. The data, Newton said, showed the average speed of traffic in the 30 mph zone was 38 mph. Board members, including Jim Benoit, said Newton’s...

MAXINE 'MICKEY' DAVIS holds up some of the Christmas ornaments she has made at her home studio in North Ferrisburgh. Independent photo/Steve James
11/21/2019
FERRISBURGH — What’s your favorite space in your home? Curled up under a blanket by the wood stove? Soaking in your deep tub? Perhaps, sitting at the kitchen counter with a strong cup of coffee, or crawling into bed at the end of a long day? For Maxine “Mickey” Davis it’s her glass studio. “I have a 16-foot-by-22-foot playroom in my house,” she said beaming as she walked into the space at her Ferrisburgh home. At first Davis used a smaller version of her studio for painting, but then about 14 years ago, she asked her husband, Norton, to build an addition to the room so she could fit a glass...

ORGANIZERS OPPOSED TO closing Addison Central School put up this sign not far from the Addison Town Clerk’s Office on Tuesday. Voters overwhelmingly defeated elementary school closure proposals in Addison and Ferrisburgh. Independent photo/Steve James
11/07/2019
ADDISON & FERRISBURGH — On Tuesday voters in Addison and Ferrisburgh, by large margins, rejected the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal to close Addison Central School (ACS) and Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) on June 30, 2020. In Addison the tally was 373 opposed and 123 in favor. In Ferrisburgh: 884 opposed–160 in favor. Voter turnout was 46 percent in Addison and 45 percent in Ferrisburgh. “Our towns have spoken through (this) vote — both strongly opposed to closing Addison’s and Ferrisburgh’s schools,” wrote Addison resident Ashley Paquette in an email on behalf of Addison’...
11/07/2019
Nov. 5 and 19, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh selectboard meetings, Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Second Friday Movie, “Holes,” Bixby Library Nov. 9 and 23,  6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, Nov. 14 and 15, 7 p.m., “Elf the Musical,” VUHS Nov. 16, 3 p.m., “Elf the Musical,” VUHS Nov. 20, 7 p.m., High School Music Concert, VUHS Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Middle School Music Concert VUHS FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Grange “King Pede” card parties are scheduled for the Saturdays of Nov. 9 and 23. These get-togethers are held at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center and begin at 6:30 p.m. with...
11/04/2019
I recently received a mailer from the ANWSD with information for voters about the upcoming school closure vote on Nov. 5. From the text on the recent mailer sent to voters in the town of Ferrisburgh: “Savings to projected FY21 expenses by closing two buildings: at least $2 million (tax rates will decrease)”. This is not quite right. While the Education tax rate may slightly decrease with the closure of two schools, the municipal rate will rise, causing taxes overall to rise. If voters choose to close Ferrisburgh Central School, the town may purchase it for $1 plus any existing debt. The...
11/04/2019
I have been disappointed with the recent coverage of the issue of school closure in Addison and Ferrisburgh. It has emphasized the drama surrounding the issue, and has not provided the complete picture for the community to have a productive discussion. I also understand the frustration about a lack of communication from the school board. I think the way this has been covered has only served to exacerbate this issue. While I, as a student of the Addison Northwest School District, believe that the alternatives to school closure would do more harm to the students then the closure of Addison and...

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