FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard last week decided to wait before making a contribution from its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to county nonprofit internet provider Maple Broadband. But this week Board Chair Jessica James said she will recommend the board consider a six-figure bequest at its next meeting.
Initially, board members said on Sept. 7 they needed more information from both Maple Broadband and the Vergennes-Panton Water District before giving any ARPA money to either entity.
This past spring Congress appropriated $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan...
FERRISBURGH FIREFIGHTER JEFF Vigne, right, accepts a plaque from Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager honoring Vigne as the Vermont State Firefighters Association Vermont Senior Firefighter of the Year.
Photo courtesy of Bill Wager
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont State Firefighters Association in August named Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Jeff Vigne, a 30-year veteran of the town force, its Vermont Senior Firefighter of the Year.
Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager said Vigne richly deserved the honor.
“Jeff Vigne is in his 30th year as a core member of the Ferrisburgh Fire Department,” Wager wrote to the association in his nomination letter. “Jeff is a well-respected, all-around high performance firefighter who has held multiple leadership positions within the department.”
Wager said Vigne has served the...
THE KOWAL FAMILY Band, featuring Maddie (13/fiddle), Finn (16/banjo), Ted (11/mandolin) and Max (17/guitar), will play at the Rokeby Museum’s Harvest Day on Sept. 19, from 12-3 p.m.
On Sept. 19, from 12-3 p.m., Rokeby Museum is hosting a family-friendly, autumnal celebration outside on the Rokeby lawns. The afternoon will be filled with kids activities, including crafts, games, story time and music.
Author Eugenie Doyle, will hold a read-along of her book, “Sleep Tight Farm,” at 12:30 p.m. Afterward, Rokeby staff will lead a historic tool talk and demonstration, sharing stories about family, food, farming and changes through time. Children are invited to paint harvest murals and participate in leaf collecting crafts and games. Free apples are provided by Champlain...
ADDISON COUNTY — This Saturday local citizens, like Americans everywhere, will recognize the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Ferrisburgh Fire Department will host a 9-11 commemorative ceremony on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Former Vermont Lt. Governor and Vermont National Guard Lt. Col. Brian Dubie will speak at the event. held at the Route 7 firehouse.
Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager said the half- hour ceremony will also include bagpipers, drummers and a moment of silence commencing at 10:28 a.m., the hour at which the plane hit the second tower of the...
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Day is Coming! The event celebrates our town’s history, culture, local talent, rural life and landscapes. Events will take place on both Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26.
Activities and displays are scheduled at sites all over town between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. A few of the organizations working to make Ferrisburgh Day a great celebration of our town with open houses, workshops, crafts for sale, food to eat and live music include: Ferrisburgh Central School; Selectboard and Town Offices/Community Center; Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department; Town Highway...
LIL’BOT, SAILED BY Benedek Erdos, heads downwind during the Diamond Island Regatta on Aug. 14. Lil’Bot, representing Diamond Island Yacht Club, finished first in the Spinnaker C Class in the DIR.
Photo by Joe Gannon
CHARLOTTE/FERRISBURGH — Two days of blue skies and (mostly) fair breezes welcomed sailors from up and down Lake Champlain to Town Farm Bay for this year’s Diamond Island Regatta and its new partner, the Split Rock Race.
Hosting the two-day event, with the Diamond Island Regatta (DIR) on Saturday, Aug. 14, and the Split Rock Race (SRR) on Sunday, Aug. 15, were the newly renamed Diamond Island Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina on Thompson’s Point in Charlotte.
Twenty-six boats competed in Saturday’s 10-mile DIR, and 14 took part in the 13-mile SRR on Sunday. Sailors hailed from, among other...
NEW COOKIE LOVE owner Matt Bonoma displays one of his products at the to-go window of his Route 7 business in Ferrisburgh. Bonoma said it has been a steep learning curve since taking over in mid-July, but still describes running the shop as his dream job.
Independent photo/Steve James
FERRISBURGH — When Charlotte resident Matt Bonoma learned earlier this summer that Cookie Love was for sale, he wasted little time getting in touch with Paul Seyler, co-founder and owner of the Ferrisburgh company.
Bonoma, a Concord, Mass., native, and wife Maggie had moved to Charlotte from Colorado two years before, and Bonoma said he had been waiting for the right opportunity since.
And Cookie Love, a successful venture on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh’s northern reaches already beloved by their three children, ages 8, 6 and 4, fit the bill.
Within “a couple hours” of seeing the listing, Bonoma,...
WORKMEN REMOVE PART of the steeple of the historic Union Meeting Hall in Ferrisburgh on Friday to restore some of the woodwork of the 181-year-old building. The restoration work is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.
Independent photos/Steve James
FERRISBURGH — The dramatic Aug. 6 removal of the steeple from Ferrisburgh’s Route 7 Union Meeting Hall should be just the first step in a multi-year restoration of the historic 181-year-old town-owned building, according to those planning the work and town officials.
Friends of the Union Meeting Hall President Ashley LaFlam said fundraising for what is now estimated at a $585,000 project has gone well, and she hopes work in earnest can begin in 2022.
“I’m very confident with all the work we’ve done and all the irons in the fire that we have we can potentially be in a very good place by the...
Volunteers serve pie at the annual Pie & Ice Cream Social at Rokeby Museum a few years back. This Ferrisburgh staple is back on the table this year. Don’t miss the 36th annual event on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1-4 p.m.
Are you a lover of all things pie? Yes. (Come on, who isn’t.)
Peach, apple, rhubarb, pecan, mince, all the berries you can imagine… pie. Yum. Well, we’re all in luck, because a spread of at least 54 pies, baked by over 20 volunteers, will be open to the public to come an enjoy during Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social this Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1-4 p.m.
“This will be the 36th year the museum has hosted this event,” said Lindsay Houpt-Varner, who took over as director of Rokeby Museum in the fall of 2020. “The first pie social was held in 1985. It’s a community staple.”...
FERRISBURGH — August is here and the Ferrisburgh Fire Department is holding its Chicken BBQ Dinner, complete with Jerry’s Famous Sauce (the recipe being a carefully guarded secret.) This long-time summer tradition opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, and will close only after all the chicken is devoured. This year the meals will be available by take-out only, but you can still enjoy the scrumptious eats and support the critical services of our Ferrisburgh volunteer fire department.
Our area schools are actively preparing for fall 2021 with plans for recovery from the effects of COVID on...