Ferrisburgh

VERGENNES — After two COVID-19 cases at Ferrisburgh Central School led Addison Northwest School District officials to switch the elementary school to remote learning on Tuesday, three infections at Vergennes Union High School cropped up on Wednesday that have forced a number of students and staff members into quarantine. Hardest hit was The Walden Project, the VUHS alternative education program, according to a Wednesday email sent out to families and staff members by ANWSD Superintendent Sheila Soule. “Today we learned of three COVID positive individuals at the Vergennes Union High School....

THE FORMER DENECKER Chevrolet property in Ferrisburgh at the junction of Route 7 and Monkton Road is now overflow vehicle storage for Chittenden County’s The Heritage Group Inc., which paid almost a half-million dollars for it on Dec. 30. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
FERRISBURGH — South Burlington’s Heritage Automotive Group Inc. has purchased the former Denecker Chevrolet dealership at the junction of Route 7 and Monkton Road, but according to a company executive the company does not plan to sell cars at the 2.2-acre site. According to Heritage Sales Manager Ryan Denecker — son of former Denecker Chevrolet owner Tom Denecker — Heritage needed space to store an overflow of vehicles after losing options in Chittenden County. “We had had a couple storage lots up in Chittenden County, and those were unavailable to us. So we were kind of scrambling to find...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will reopen to the public on May 9 and remain open for the 2021 season until October 24, 2021. Starting May 9, Rokeby Museum’s permanent exhibit “Free & Safe,” interpretive trail, and the agricultural outbuildings will be open free for members or with paid admission for non-members. Opening May 30, the Museum’s 2021 Seasonal Exhibit, “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer” will open to the public. This exhibit explores Rachael Robinson Elmer as a modern artist navigating the expanding profession of commercial artistry in the early 20th...
FERRISBURGH — The following arms-length real estate sales occurred in Ferrisburgh in 2020. The total number of such sales came in at 64, just one fewer than in 2019, despite two spring months of inactivity during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. • Jan. 3: Yandow’s Self Storage to Spillane and Curley Properties LLC, commercial property at 5175 Route 7, $537,000. • Jan. 16: Deutsche Bank to Eric McEntee, home at 713 Quaker St., $207,466.95. • Feb. 5: Craig Brown to Justin and Blyhe Hurlburt, home at 1472 Basin Harbor Road, $210,000. • Feb. 14: Clark Hinsdale Trustee to Michael and Jessica...
FERRISBURGH — The town of Ferrisburgh and the owners of Vorsteveld Farms LLC have reached a settlement in the legal dispute over their 2017 cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the town’s right of way on Arnold Bay Road. The agreement required the farm’s owners, brothers Gerard, Hans and Rudolf Vorsteveld, to pay a $30,000 settlement to the town of Ferrisburgh. It does not require them to perform any restorative work along the 0.75-mile stretch of road running north from the Panton town line. The deal became official last week when Addison County Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout signed...
FERRISBURGH — Vermont Agency of Transportation officials told the Ferrisburgh community in early in 2019 that traffic lights at a dangerous Route 7 intersection could be installed “in a couple years.” Those lights should be place by this fall, according to a VTrans email. Ferrisburgh selectboard Chair Jessica James told the board on March 16 about the email from VTrans Project Manager Erin Parizo. It was Parizo who made that promise at a January 2019 meeting attended by about 70 residents concerned about safety at Route 7’s North Ferrisburgh intersection with Old Hollow and Stage roads. At...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum has announced that PC Construction has stepped up as the Museum’s 2021 Preservation Sponsor. Under the partnership, the employee-owned construction firm will complete approximately $20,000 worth of preservation work on the over 200-year-old structures on the site, addressing some urgent needs the Museum had not secured funding to accomplish. The high-priority projects will make buildings safer and more accessible by adding handrails and replacing deteriorated porches. Additional work includes structural repairs for the grainery, and removal and replacement of 1815...
FERRISBURGH — Bixby Library continues to offer a host of services during the pandemic, such as digital printing, free Wifi, and curbside pick up. Also, their tech-savvy volunteer Dave Sullivan is available for computer technical assistance over the phone or via video. Email Dave with your questions at dave.sullivan@bixbylibrary.org. The Bixby Book Club meets virtually on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. The Club reads a variety of books, spanning the genres of contemporary, literary, and historical fiction, as well as non-fiction. Books can be reserved by emailing Ashley at ashley....

KYLEE, PAISLEY AND Natalie Pierce of Ferrisburgh are around a month old in this picture. Photo courtesy of the Pierce family
FERRISBURGH — Kaci Spear Pierce remembers well the worry she and husband, Tyler, felt going into her three-month pregnancy check-up late last summer. They were already the happy parents of one child, but the couple had been rocked when her second pregnancy had not ended well. “We actually had a bad experience in the beginning of 2020, and had to have a termination of pregnancy,” Kaci recalled. “We have a very healthy son that is almost three, and I kind of forgot that anything could ever be wrong.” Before they left for that visit to University of Vermont Medical Center, Kaci, for the past 10...
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh’s Rogers and Hazard Relief Society was incorporated in 1886 by Joseph Rogers and Rufus Hazard with the intent to “relieving the wants of the sick and poor in Ferrisburgh, Addison County, VT, by doctoring, nursing or such ministries as said trustees deem proper.” The society is quietly active in Ferrisburgh today. The board consists of six appointed Ferrisburgh residents and two who are elected at the annual Town Meeting. Current board members are Karlene DeVine, Art Cohn, Sally Torrey, Pennie Beach and Liz Markowski. In the past year, there have been board vacancies...

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