June 22nd, 2015
VERGENNES — A fire on the afternoon of Friday, June 12, destroyed the Meigs Road home of a family of four, including a Vergennes Union High School senior who graduated hours later.
Vergennes Deputy Fire Chief Matt Fraley said city firefighters were alerted just before 1 p.m., arrived on the scene minutes later with three trucks, and discovered the single-story manufactured home was already beyond saving.
“It was pretty much fully involved when we got there,” Fraley said.
FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man who was biking in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday evening was killed when he was struck by a car driven by a Ferrisburgh woman who was charged with drunk driving.
Dr. Kenneth E. Najarian, 60, was riding southbound on Greenbush Road at around 5:50 p.m. when police said he was struck from behind by a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh. Vermont State Police report that Najarian died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained from the crash.
MIDDLEBURY — A Shoreham man pleaded innocent on Tuesday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to three separate sex-related crimes in connection with allegations that he inappropriately touched two juvenile girls and also photographed one of them while she was taking a shower. Both of the alleged victims are family members.
FERRISBURGH — Facing a batch of new solar array proposals, the Ferrisburgh selectboard earlier this month sent out a letter of “non-support” to a proposed 480-kilowatt array on the new Dollar General property on Route 7, and board chairman Steve Gutowski said the board will oppose two other nearby arrays.
MONTPELIER — Revisions passed this spring to the Vermont law governing renewable energy generation in the state included some changes in the process used to site solar arrays in Vermont towns, including establishing statewide setback requirements, allowing towns to insist that local landscape screening laws apply, and creating a task force to evaluate the process.
MIDDLEBURY — Two local businesses — Otter Creek Kitchenware & Electronics and Edgewater Gallery — last week confirmed plans to occupy the soon-to-be-vacated Skihaus storefront in downtown Middlebury’s Battell Block.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite having produced nearly 70 years worth of work, Brandon artist Warren Kimble’s favorite piece of art has never been seen by the general public. That’s because he hasn’t made it yet.
In Kimble’s words, his favorite artwork is “the next one. Because when what you’ve done is finished, it’s done. So the excitement for me, as an artist, is the next thing. The excitement of the next thing. I’m already thinking about it.”
ADDISON COUNTY — For unsuspecting children, a school bus turned blue overnight recently.
Here, in the parking lot of the Bingham Memorial School in Cornwall, Middlebury College junior Lena Jacobs has transformed a typical, yellow school bus into a mobile classroom that will soon depart Vermont for a summer-long trip across the United States.
In its new capacity, the bus will continue to transport youngsters, only now it will take them on the first leg of a trip toward achieving their dreams.