Coventry, Vermont

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Coventry /ˈkɒvəntri/ is a town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,014 at the 2000 census.

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Local government

A waste system company paid the town about $800,000 in "tipping fees" in 2009. This allows the town property tax rate to be zero. However, the town still pays school taxes.[3]

Town

  • Moderator - Jean Maxwell[4]
  • Selectman - Mike Marcotte
  • Town Clerk - Cynthia Diaz
  • Lister - Rick Bickford
  • Road Commissioner - David Gallup

School District

  • Chair, School Board - Viola Poirier
  • Principal - Martha Perron
  • Budget - $2,625,755

History

In 1861, the 3rd Vermont Infantry, Company B, was recruited in part from Coventry.

In 2004, what was billed as the final concert of the band Phish was held in Coventry on August 14–15. The concert was the single largest gathering of people in the town's history. Some fans had to be turned back due to heavy rains. Even so, with 65,000 attendees Coventry's augmented population was the largest in the state at that time, outranking Burlington, Vermont, which had around 39,000 people in the 2000 census.[5]

Coventry Festival

The Phish concert was a three day event, held near the airport that borders Coventry and Newport. People began arriving early Friday morning and shortly after the roads became congested. On Friday morning, it had rained. The soft land in the parking area had turned to mud. Cars were then turned away. Instead of driving home, they parked their cars on the median of Interstate 91, choosing to walk the rest of the way to the concert.

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