WALTHAM — As Waltham still mourns the deaths of its two main elected officials, former longtime Vergennes Union High School teacher Roberta “Cookie” Steponaitis is subbing in temporarily for both jobs in the Waltham Town Clerk’s Office.
Selectboard Chair Andrew Martin said he and fellow board member Timothy Ryan have also helped out around the office, which has maintained its regular hours of Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Martin credited Steponaitis for stepping in to fill the breach.
“She’s absolutely wonderful,” Martin said.
Town Clerk and Assistant Town Treasurer Mary Ann Castimore...
BEGINNING NEXT MONTH, someone other than Cheryl Estey will be picking up the phone when it rings at the Starksboro town office. Estey, who served as Town Clerk for more than 30 years, will retire on Town Meeting Day, March 2.
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STARKSBORO — Starksboro Town Clerk Cheryl Estey loves her job because of the people.
“Every day is different,” Estey said. “You never know who is going to call or stop by. I enjoy interacting with people.”
Estey, who will retire on Town Meeting Day, March 2, has interacted with a lot of people over the past 38 years — sometimes in rather awkward circumstances.
On one occasion in the mid-1980s, when Estey was assistant town clerk, an irate fellow marched up the walkway to the office. When Estey’s boss, Town Clerk Thelma Bedard, saw him coming, she hid under her desk and told Estey to deal with...
MONKTON — The Monkton Town Office will be open on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist voters who may not have received their election ballots in the mail.
According to an announcement sent out by the town Friday afternoon, a large volume of ballots were returned to the Town Office as undeliverable.
Monkton residents who did not receive their ballot in the mail are encouraged to stop by the clerk's office Saturday so officials can help them with their voting needs.
Residents with any questions may call the office, 802-453-3800, during regular hours.
PANTON — Panton Town Clerk and Treasurer Pam Correia resigned from her posts on Aug. 3, and her last day of work will be Aug. 13.
Correia said she would be pursuing other opportunities, quite possibly in municipal government, but did not have anything specific lined up. Correia also has prior experience working in Bristol’s town office and in Vergennes City Hall.
Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall on Thursday, Aug. 6, said Assistant Clerk/Treasurer Linda Douville would fill in until the town could hire a replacement. Panton does not elect its town clerk. Rather, its selectboard hires the town...
VERGENNES — Panton Town Clerk Pam Correia will help out at Vergennes City Hall once a week, marking a return to her 1990s workplace.
Correia has been Panton’s town clerk since August 2017 after working in Bristol’s town offices for several years. In the 1990s she served as an administrative assistant to then Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley.
In a Tuesday special city council meeting, councilors approved an intra-municipal agreement with Panton that will allow Correia, whose hours are less than full-time in Panton, to work for Vergennes every Monday, on a short-term basis.
FERRISBURGH — After some discussion of alternatives, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has decided to advertise for a new full-time assistant town clerk and assistant treasurer to replace Pam Cousino, who on Jan. 1 will replace the retiring Gloria Warden as Ferrisburgh Town Clerk.
Board members had in November discussed possibly splitting Cousino’s duties between part-time workers, but at their Dec. 3 meeting Chairman Rick Ebel said they agreed with Cousino to bring aboard another full-time employee. Ferrisburgh’s clerk and treasurer recently became hired, not elected positions.
Ebel said Cousino...
FERRISBURGH ASSISTANT CLERK and Treasurer Pam Cousino, top, a veteran of two decades of work in Ferrisburgh’s town office, will soon replace Ferrisburgh Town Clerk Gloria Warden. Warden recently announced she would retire after six years at that post, a tenure that followed many years working for the town of Charlotte.
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FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Town Clerk Gloria Warden is stepping down after almost six years on the job, but the town selectboard did not have to look far or wait long to find a replacement.
Board Chairman Rick Ebel said last week the board quickly turned to Assistant Town Clerk and Assistant Treasurer Pam Cousino, who after 21 years in that job readily agreed to remove the word assistant from her title.
Ebel said board members accepted Warden’s resignation “with regret,” but were glad Cousino would fill her shoes.
“It took Pam about 20 seconds to say yes,” Ebel said. “We were happy to know Pam...