MARIE AUDET OF Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm is a founding member of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition.
PANTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week launched a multi-year study to examine how much conservation projects are improving water quality in two Addison County watersheds.
The project, funded at $2 million through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Effects Easement Project (CEAP), will examine the Dead Creek Watershed and the Headwaters of Little Otter Creek. NRCS will, in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension, temporarily accelerate and enhance on-farm conservation practices in the Dead Creek Basin but not in the Headwaters of the...
PANTON — Panton homeowners are looking at about a 15.5-cent increase in their annual property tax rate that is almost all due to a higher Addison Northwest School District homestead school tax rate.
Declining Addison Northwest School District enrollment, higher fixed costs, and rising health insurance expenses are pressuring the district budget.
That increase translates to $155 per $100,000 of assessed value for homeowners who pay full freight on the value of their properties.
Residents eligible for income-sensitivity provisions of Vermont tax law and who thus pay based on their incomes are...
PANTON — The Panton selectboard has called a special meeting on Monday, July 29, to give town residents a chance to learn more about and weigh in on the recently proposed alternate truck route through northern Vergennes.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Panton Town Hall and include a presentation on the project by an Addison County Regional Planning Commission representative. The meeting will also include time for public comment and questions.
Unlike the Ferrisburgh and New Haven selectboards, the Panton board has yet to give a preliminary endorsement to the proposal. According to Panton...
PANTON — As manure runoff from a Panton dairy farm mixed with snowmelt and found its way into Lake Champlain this past March, a wrinkled brown crust formed on top of the water.
For a moment during Panton resident Eben Markowski’s video footage of it, the crust looked like a moonscape or a desert.
The illusion was broken when Markowski dipped a plastic cup into the water and held it in front of his camera. A brown-gray sludge clung to side of the cup. When he poured it back, it hit the water with a chunky blurping sound.
In subsequent video, which showed foamy brown water rushing past,...
The following real estate sales were recorded in the town of Addison in the first six months of 2019:
•Jan. 14: Christina and Attila Kovacs to Michael Hollis and Erin Cashman, home on 5.01 acres at 4686 Lake St., $370,000.
•March 8: Rheal and Gail Gevry, Trustees, to Lawrence and Dale Lynds, mobile home on 0.96 acre at 6386 Route 125, $183,400.
•March 29: Bank of America to Levi and Jennifer Barrett, home on 1.75 acres at 5018 Route 22A, $130,000.
•April 15: Brooks Trust to Tanya Hoard and Mark Chapman, mobile home on 2.5 acres at 84 Fisher Point Road, $118,000.
•April 25: Constance...
PANTON/STARKSBORO — Two Addison County farms were among the 18 Vermont working lands businesses and service providers that were recognized in June at an event celebrating the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. The initiative was created by the Legislature in 2012 to stimulate economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors.
Gov. Phil Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts recognized each grantee at the Intervale Center in Burlington. The location was chosen to emphasize the importance of working lands businesses to Vermont’s economy and heritage.
For 2019, the...
PANTON — The Panton selectboard has scheduled a special meeting for Monday night at 7 p.m. at Panton Town Hall, to which it has invited Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Agency of Natural Resources officials to address the issues of manure spreading, particularly in the winter months, and water quality, particularly in Lake Champlain.
Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall said the board invited state officials to the meeting to explain the permitting process for manure spreading and protecting the lake. The agenda also includes a chance for residents a chance to question officials and comment on...