Route 7

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...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Thursday were looking for a driver who fled the scene of a collision with a tractor-trailer (without the trailer) on Route 7 South, near Denecker Chevrolet, on Wednesday evening, July 29. Police have already established that the unknown driver was at fault in the crash based on video evidence taken from the truck. The accident backed up traffic on Route 7 as emergency responders cleared the wrecked vehicles and spilled diesel fuel. The truck driver, 43-year-old Shawn M. Lafountain, complained of a sore back and calf but declined medical attention, according...
UPDATED NEW HAVEN — A construction zone flagger died at University of Vermont Medical Center after sustaining what Vermont State Police describe as “severe facial and internal injuries” when hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 at New Haven Junction on Friday, Aug. 23. James P. Alger, 38, of Barre died overnight, state police reported on Saturday. VSP cited the driver — Jennifer Bergevin, 49, of Middlebury — for driving under the influence of drugs and grossly negligent operation with serious bodily injury resulting. Police said they were called to the scene at around 8:...
FERRISBURGH — A public meeting next Tuesday could determine if the Vermont Agency of Transportation eventually makes improvements to the North Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 with Old Hollow and Stage roads — and whether those improvements are a full set of traffic lights, a roundabout, or more modest changes. That Jan. 15 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Ferrisburgh’s town office building will include a preliminary presentation from VTrans on those options and their cost, effect on safety and impact on the area, as well as crash data and traffic counts. VTrans officials also want to hear other...

OLIVER IS A Bactrian camel who lives with a herd of Merino sheep just off Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. Independent photo/Christy Lynn
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ollie the camel in Ferrisburgh has died in late February 2020. We are pointing readers to this profile of Ollie that we originally ran in our 2017 Summer Guide. ————— FERRISBURGH — It’s easy to travel around the Green Mountain State and get used to seeing the same familiar sights over and over again. No matter how beautiful those rolling hills and winding valleys with clear streams flowing through them are, no matter how peaceful the wide acres of pastoral farmland dotted with cows and sheep and horses are, it’s not very common to come across something wildly different. That’s...

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