FERRISBURGH — We are increasingly seeing the health and safety benefits of Vermont’s pandemic control response to COVID-19. Businesses are steadily starting to open and we are now able to gather in small groups.
However, it remains important that we continue to wear face coverings, frequently wash our hands, and employ the physical distancing methods as advised by the Vermont Department of Health and Gov. Scott. Comprehensive updates on COVID-19 for the public and for businesses are available on several websites such as the Vermont Department of Health (healthvermont.gov,) Gov. Scott’s (...
“A common danger unites even the bitterest of enemies,” said the philosopher Aristotle. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines that separate people of color and whites, and it continues to shine a light on the terrible effect that white supremacy and structural racism have had historically in America.
COVID emerges, and with it, disparities
Although the first known case in the U.S. was Jan. 20, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t make it into national news until early February. Several weeks later, on March 27, five U.S. lawmakers (Sens. Harris, Brooker, Warren, Pressley, and...
FERRISBURGH — We are increasingly seeing the health and safety benefits of our pandemic stay-at-home response to COVID-19. Businesses are steadily starting to open and we are now able to gather in small groups. However, it remains important that we continue to wear face coverings, frequently wash our hands, and employ the physical distancing methods as advised by the Vermont Department of Health and Gov. Scott. Comprehensive updates on COVID-19 for the public and for businesses are available on several websites such as the Vermont Department of Health (healthvermont.gov), Gov. Scott’s (...
As we wrap up the school year, the ANWSD Board would like to thank our students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff for their extraordinary resilience, creativity, and kindness during this school year. We know it has been the most difficult year, and we thank all of them for continuing to teach and learn together.
Unfortunately, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are far from over. The economic impact of this crisis will lead to some difficult decisions about our budget and our structure as a district. We would like to take this opportunity to explain more fully the discussions the...
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to support town tree warden Clifton Mix’s recommendation to fine farmer Bernie Dam $500 for cutting down a tree in the town’s Button Bay Road right of way. The board will send notice of the fine in a certified letter.
The board also agreed to include information along with the next round of property tax bills explaining the road right-of-way laws, specifically that tree-cutting within the town’s right of way requires a permit, as does utility work.
Board members also said they would look into adding an assistant tree...
FERRISBURGH — The three-year-old dispute between the town of Ferrisburgh and Vorsteveld Farm LLC sparked by the farm’s extensive tree-cutting along Arnold Bay Road could finally be moving toward an Environmental Court trial.
The trial timetable remains uncertain, especially given the current pandemic. The parties could always reach a settlement.
But previous mediation efforts have failed to end the town’s attempts to impose fines and remediation measures after the farm removed about 2,000 trees from roughly 0.75 mile of the road’s east side.
The town insists the trees were in its road right-...
FERRISBURGH — Our stay-at-home response to COVID-19 seems to be paying off as we see signs that the pandemic is easing in Vermont. Certain businesses are slowly starting to open; however, it remains important that we continue to wear face coverings, frequently wash our hands, and employ the physical distancing methods as advised by the Vermont Department of Health and Gov. Scott. Comprehensive updates on COVID-19 are available at the Vermont Department of Health website at tinyurl.com/VT-corornaupdates and national resources are also available at tinyurl.com/CDC-coronaupdates.
KIZZIE AND VANCE Carpenter wave at a Ferrisburgh Fire Department truck as it passes their Shellhouse Mountain Road home during Wednesday evening’s Clang and Bang Parade in Ferrisburgh. The parade traveled along 10 town roads.
Photo courtesy of Jessica James
FERRISBURGH — Sirens and horns blared and lights flashed throughout much of northern Ferrisburgh during the evening of Wednesday, April 29, but even though the loud cavalcade came in response to an emergency — not a fire or a car accident, but a global pandemic — it was welcomed with smiles, waves and even more noise.
A half-dozen Ferrisburgh Fire Department and rescue vehicles, plus a Vergennes Area Rescue Squad ambulance, led a parade of cars and SUVs that Ferrisburgh Selectboard Chairwoman Jessica James said probably peaked at a dozen-and-a-half.
The parade, organized largely by the...
ADDISON COUNTY — After closing their doors to outside visitors more than a month ago, local municipal clerks have been slowly opening up to more an more services.
But restrictions still apply, and clerks urge everyone to call before coming to their town offices. And don’t forget your mask.
In Vergennes, City Clerk Morgan Kittredge is ready to handle title searches, notarize documents, and provide marriage licenses, but as of late this week only by appointment and with at least a day’s notice.
“It’s just call and find a time,” Kittredge said.
City office workers can provide most or all of the...
FERRISBURGH — While the Vorsteveld Farm LLC tree-cutting case in a Ferrisburgh road right-of-way that dates back three years and theoretically could involve a $1 million fine awaits an Environment Court date, another smaller similar case has cropped up this spring in the town.
On May 5 the Ferrisburgh selectboard will discuss whether to fine Ferrisburgh resident Bernie Dam up to $500 for cutting down a tree within the town’s Button Bay Road right-of-way late this winter without first seeking permission.
Ferrisburgh Tree Warden Clifton Mix made that recommendation to the board in a March 4...