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June 20th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — A Ferrisburgh man on June 14 agreed to plead guilty in Addison County District Court to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, relating to a stabbing incident at the Basin Harbor Club on Sept. 20, 2010.
Joseph Forziati, 49, accepted a plea deal that calls for a jail term of two-and-a-half to five years, minus time served. The case had been headed for a jury trial. A jury draw had been scheduled for June 15.
MIDDLEBURY — Peter “Nerf” Neff has been a master entertainer in the Addison County area for almost four decades, as a popular DJ and as quite the personality at his other job — groundskeeper at Middlebury Union Middle School.
MIDDLEBURY — The 16,000 movie titles from Waterfront Video’s former Middlebury store are being inventoried for inclusion in a new movie rental business that will provide job training for people looking to enter the workforce.
Waterfront Video closed its Marble Works location earlier this spring, citing as reasons a deteriorating storefront and increased competition from services like Netflix and the Redbox DVD kiosks.
ADDISON COUNTY — The federal government last week responded to pressure from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s congressional delegation, granting a Major Federal Disaster Declaration to seven Vermont counties, including Addison, affected by this spring’s record-breaking floods.
The declaration, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced this past Wednesday, will allow residents and business owners affected by the flooding to apply for federal aid and low-interest loans to rebuild and repair damaged property.
ADDISON — Addison Central School teacher Carol Adams just wanted to step down quietly after 28 years of teaching there.
But her students, family, current and former colleagues, ACS board members, and many from the Addison community, including former students and parents of students, wouldn’t let her.
VERGENNES — Two teachers with a combined 72 years at Vergennes Union Elementary School — and two lifetimes of experience in the Vergennes area — showed up for their last day of work on Monday morning.
One, 5th- and 6th-grade science teacher Kitty Muzzy, 64, has been commuting for 41 years to the East Street school from nearby West Main Street.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2011 Addison County Legion baseball team has a new look this year — and is no doubt one of the younger entries in the Northern Division.
Only six members of 14 members of Coach Mike Estey’s roster have Legion experience, and only two — former Vergennes Union High School standouts Logan Williams and Jackson Alexander — are in their last years of eligibility.
Former state Senator Gerry Gossens, a Salisbury Democrat, nailed it when he said of the draft redistricting plan for the 150 seats in the House submitted last week: “I believe it is wrong, with the months we’ve spent and the money we’ve spent, to submit a plan that we know will not be acceptable and probably won’t even be taken seriously.”