Irasburg Select Board: Fecher resigns from board

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copyright the Chronicle April 20, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail 

IRASBURG — Brian Fecher, the chair of the Irasburg Select Board, submitted a letter of resignation from the board at a special meeting called for Thursday night.  But he’s still on the board for now.

“Recently I accepted a position that takes me over an hour away at least four days a week,” Mr. Fecher’s letter says.

“I’m away 40-50 hours a week,” he said at the meeting. “I don’t know that I can keep up with the responsibilities of being on the select board.”

“Yesterday we received word that a buyer is seriously interested in the purchase of our house,” the letter says. “As a result, our plans have changed and a timetable moved up.”

Mr. Fecher said his new job responsibilities and the time he spends commuting is eating into time he previously spent working on town business.

However, he was worried about the effect that his resignation would have on the board and its workload…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Irasburg farmer challenges state

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copyright the Chronicle March 23, 2016

by Tena Starr

An Irasburg farmer has invited the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to prosecute him for violating the state’s slaughtering rules.

His crime?  He advertised half of a grass fed beef that had not been “properly” slaughtered for sale.

John Klar has been raising and selling organic beef and sheep for more than 15 years.  Last summer, he received a surprise visit from Agency of Agriculture compliance investigator Eric Holgrem, who had seen a Craigslist ad that Mr. Klar had placed for beef.

“He didn’t call; he just showed up,” Mr. Klar said.

That’s something else he objects to, but his main problem is with the regulations themselves, which he said make no sense.

Vermont’s most recent version of the slaughter rules passed in 2013, and the House last week voted…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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30 years in the air took this man everywhere

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copyright the Chronicle February 17, 2016

by Tena Starr

Armand Brasseur grew up on a dairy farm in Irasburg, but he didn’t want to milk cows, he wanted to fly.  He knew that when he was a small boy, four or five years old, and watched planes head south from the airport in Newport.

“I cherished my military soldier with a parachute and balsa wood plane with a rubber band as its source of power,” he said.

He was a Northeast Kingdom farm boy, and not many considered either the dream, or the ability to realize it, realistic.

They were wrong.  It took some doing… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Irasburg Selectmen: Board gets tutorial on public meeting law

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Irasburg town attorney Sara Davies Coe explains the fine points of the open meeting law to the Irasburg Select Board and planning commission.  At left is board Chair Brian Fecher.  At the far right is Town Clerk Danielle Ingalls.   Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Irasburg town attorney Sara Davies Coe explains the fine points of the open meeting law to the Irasburg Select Board and planning commission. At left is board Chair Brian Fecher. At the far right is Town Clerk Danielle Ingalls. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle January 6, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

IRASBURG — “Oftentimes boards think they are eligible to enter executive session when they are not,” Irasburg town attorney Sara Davies Coe told the selectmen and members of the newly formed Irasburg Planning Commission at Monday night’s meeting.

Ms. Davies Coe’s comment raised a few chuckles around the room, if rueful ones, from the select board. Irasburg’s select board has been accused of violating the open meeting law twice in the past several months.

So Ms. Davies Coe was asked to come to the meeting to conduct a training session.

“I’m a new chair, and I want to be sure I get it right,” Brian Fecher said. “We also have a new board member.”

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Sugar and spice at the Leach Public Library

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Olivia Peters played in the gingerbread playhouse in the Leach Public Library once she finished decorating her cookies.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Olivia Peters played in the gingerbread playhouse in the Leach Public Library once she finished decorating her cookies. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle December 2, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

IRASBURG — The Leach Public Library in Irasburg held the ninth edition of its Gingerbread Open House on Saturday.

The promise of gingerbread featured on a sign outdoors lured people into the library, where the smells of Christmas — evergreens, sugar, and spice — greeted them.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. people could taste all kinds of cookies and cider, participate in a raffle, decorate cookies, and listen to beautiful music.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for the library, but it’s not a moneymaker, so the hope is that it will generate more traffic to the library, librarian and organizer Laurie Green said.

“We’ve never had it this early,” she said when asked about the turnout.

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Irasburg wind opponents plan petition drive

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Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance (IRA) volunteer Becky Boulanger of Irasburg hands a Vermont state flag to Gary Bennett, also of Irasburg.  The flag is the final decoration for a hay wagon located near the south end of Irasburg Common.  It’s one of six  positioned throughout Irasburg in preparation for IRA’s “neighbor-to-neighbor” campaign kickoff meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the Irasburg Town Hall.  Photo by Cathy Bennett

Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance (IRA) volunteer Becky Boulanger of Irasburg hands a Vermont state flag to Gary Bennett, also of Irasburg. The flag is the final decoration for a hay wagon located near the south end of Irasburg Common. It’s one of six positioned throughout Irasburg in preparation for IRA’s “neighbor-to-neighbor” campaign kickoff meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the Irasburg Town Hall. Photo by Cathy Bennett

copyright the Chronicle September 9, 2015

by Tena Starr  

IRASBURG — A loose coalition called the Irasburg Ridge Alliance (IRA) has formed here to oppose David Blittersdorf’s plans for a two-tower commercial wind project on Kidder Hill.

The group will hold a meeting on Wednesday evening, September 9.

“The advice we got from our legislators is that the best chance we have to preserve Kidder Hill from industrial wind development is to present a unified and strong opposition from the town,” said Judith Jackson, an organizer.

With that in mind, she said, the group will start a petition drive to see how many Irasburg voters are opposed to Mr. Blittersdorf’s project.

“What we hope to ascertain is whether there is widespread opposition to it, and to launch a campaign to get as many signatures of Irasburg voters as possible for a petition to the select board to oppose the Kidder Hill project and to develop…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Kidder Hill wind project draw fierce opposition

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Pictured here, David Blittersdorf, the professional wind developer who plans to put up the turbines and owns the land they would be sited on, came to the meeting but was not allowed to speak. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Pictured here, David Blittersdorf, the professional wind developer who plans to put up the turbines and owns the land they would be sited on, came to the meeting but was not allowed to speak. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle August 12, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

IRASBURG — About 40 people, including two state legislators, came to the Irasburg Select Board meeting on Monday night to protest two commercial scale wind towers proposed for nearby Kidder Hill.

David Blittersdorf, the professional wind developer who plans to put up the turbines and owns the land they would be sited on, also came to the meeting but was not allowed to speak.  After listening to well over an hour of public comments, the select board agreed to have some answers at its next meeting to questions about exactly what the town can and cannot do regarding wind development.

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A mobile home hits the road

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This house trailer was abandoned in Irasburg at the intersection of the West Glover Road and Burton Hill sometime early Monday morning.  On its journey from Glover it lost its tires, but ventured on, tearing up the gravel road.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

This house trailer was abandoned in Irasburg at the intersection of the West Glover Road and Burton Hill sometime early Monday morning. On its journey from Glover it lost its tires, but ventured on, tearing up the gravel road. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 3, 2015

by Tena Starr 

IRASBURG — Town officials here were flummoxed Monday morning by the appearance of a house trailer at the intersection of the West Glover Road and Burton Hill. Not beside the road — in the road.

Someone had hauled the big yellow trailer there overnight and left it leaning against a telephone pole. That someone had also left quite a mess behind him. The trailer had been dragged for several miles without tires and had badly damaged the gravel road.

The house trailer started its journey in Glover Sunday night, and with tires. It came north on Route 16….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Dions accused of elaborate poaching scheme

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Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008.  Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds.  Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds.  Photos courtesy of the Dions

Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008. Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds. Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds. Photos courtesy of the Dions

copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014

by Tena Starr

An Irasburg couple will be brought to court next month for allegedly running an elaborate deer poaching operation that included baiting and spotlights in their well concealed backyard and a gun portal in a wall of their house.

Wayne Dion, 66, and Jennie Dion, 63, are facing multiple charges related to deer baiting and illegal hunting, Major Dennis Reinhardt, who is in charge of law enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said Monday.

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