FERRISBURGH — Many in the town of Ferrisburgh and beyond are mourning the death of long-time former town clerk Chet Hawkins, who, with his wife Connie Hawkins, was killed in a traffic crash in Charlotte last week. “We’ve just lost such an important person that had such a wealth of information about the town and its history,” said longtime friend and municipal co-worker John Bull. “Chet had such a great memory, and knew everybody and everything. It’s a real loss.” Chet Hawkins served the town of Ferrisburgh for more than three decades. He retired from the position of town clerk in 2014, but...
FERRISBRUGH — The plans for the restoration of the Ferrisburgh Union Meeting Hall are moving forward and volunteers are welcome to become involved in this important effort. The Friends of the Union Meeting Hall is an organization dedicated to the use, preservation and restoration of the historic Union Meeting Hall. The vision is to make this wonderful building return to its traditional center of our town by offering programming and events that will benefit community members all of all ages.  Over the last few months, the Friends have been working with Silas Towler, Jean Richardson, Rick...
FERRISBURGH — Two Ferrisburgh institutions, Rokeby Museum and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, were among the 22 organizations in Vermont, New York and Quebec to receive grants from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP). The grants are given to organizations that promote and protect Champlain Valley history. Smuggling, bootlegging and moonshining are among the many stories of the Champlain Valley’s past that will be highlighted by the 22 new projects. The grants will support work to showcase local history, conserve museum collections and support internships in museums...
VERGENNES — When in mid-August Addison Northwest School District Director of Operations and Finance Elizabeth Jennings discovered a state error in establishing the district’s homestead tax rate, the residential tax rates already calculated by ANWSD communities proved to be nine or 10 cents too high. After Jennings’s forensic accounting, corrected homestead tax information from the Vermont Department of Taxes arrived at ANWSD towns on Monday. After that, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham began re-working tax bills this week and have either begun sending out bills or will do so soon (...

THE START OF the Jib & Main class during the 2020 Diamond Island Regatta in Town Farm Bay. Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Sailors have a saying: “You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” This year, the Royal Savage Yacht Club’s signature sailboat racing event, the Diamond Island Regatta, looked a bit different due to COVID-19, but then sailors, perhaps more than most people, seem to find ways to adjust to changing conditions. Twenty-two boats gathered in Town Farm Bay in Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 15, with some sailing from as far away as Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Mallets Bay to compete. Gone were the traditional pre-race breakfast and post-race awards...
FERRISBURGH — August is here and, even in the midst of a pandemic, the Ferrisburgh Fire Department continues to offer its Chicken BBQ Dinner complete with Jerry’s Famous Sauce (the recipe being a carefully guarded secret). This longtime summer tradition opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, and will close only after all the chicken is devoured. However, this year the food service will be by drive through only — the meal will be brought to your car while you wait. So drive on in, enjoy the scrumptious eats and support the critical services of our Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department. ...

STUDY, SELFIE, GRAPHITE on paper, Courtney Clinton. Courtesy of Rokeby Museum
FERRISBURGH — What does the age of social distancing look like for visual artists? Musicians are live streaming, authors are tweeting and Montreal artist Courtney Clinton is currently navigating a remote arts residency with the Rokeby Museum. As she dives into the archives of a young artist’s 19th-century correspondence course, Clinton is producing her own modern-day correspondence class, which will be made available to the public July 27-Oct. 5. While remote education is a hot topic in our current pandemic context, this project looks at a history of remote arts education to see how art...

MACKENZIE AND J.P. Seeley and their children, Wyatt and Louisa, check out the new Little Library set up in their North Ferrisburgh neighborhood by Scout Shea McLaren. Photo courtesy of Jean Richardson
FERRISBURGH — Shea McLaren, Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 539 in Vergennes, recently completed his Eagle Project by developing a Little Library and two attached benches.  The benefitting organization is the North Ferrisburgh Village Association, which has been engaged in a long-term beautification project in the village on Old Hollow Road. McLaren received monetary assistance from the Village Association and the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church. He also received a donation of lumber and other building supplies from the Lowe’s Home Center in Essex Center and stone from James...
FERRISBURGH — After a discussion likely to play out around other selectboard and council tables around Vermont in the weeks to come, the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday stopped short of requiring town residents to wear masks when they cast votes in upcoming August and November elections. They did however say the town’s election materials would make it clear residents should wear masks to protect their health and the safety of the town’s paid and volunteer poll workers. “We’ll strongly recommend masks in our announcements going forward,” said Board Chairwoman Jessica James at the conclusion...
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  (...


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