June 24th, 2015
For two May days I’ve stood on the lawn in front of the Capitol building in Montpelier with my two-by-three pictures of Vermont and New Hampshire mountains depicting the process of being destroyed by the cutting, blasting and bulldozing by green renewable energy facilities.
The pictures are uncomfortable. They make people stand and stare.
“Is this what really happens?” they ask. “I had no idea!”
MIDDLEBURY — A Bristol man on Tuesday pleaded innocent in Chittenden Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, in connection with a Monday incident during which he allegedly struck a woman after firing a shotgun blast into the ceiling of his home.
MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks are a Vermont summer tradition for Lake Champlain area families and tourists. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music on Friday, June 26, performed by the Vermont Philharmonic in the meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College with commanding views of the Green Mountains, followed by a glorious fireworks display.
VERGENNES — Parking on Main Street in Vergennes will be severely curtailed for a couple days next week as the city undertakes a major paving project.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said that there will be no parking on Main Street between East Street and the Otter Creek Bridge from the evening of Monday, June 22, until the morning of Thursday, June 25.
City officials are hoping that they will be able to keep two lanes of traffic open during the paving process, but that won’t leave room for parking.
MIDDLEBURY — Two popular beverage companies in Middlebury’s industrial park are rolling out new ventures aimed at delivering their respective products to a growing number of fans.
Otter Creek Brewing (OCB) is pursuing a 7,195-square-foot brew-house addition for its headquarters at 793 Exchange St. that would allow the company to more than double its annual production of 65,000 barrels of beer.
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.