Archive - Aug 22, 2013
RUTLAND — Vermont storyteller Malcolm “Mac” Parker and his former partner, Louis J. Soteriou, are going to jail for swindling millions of dollars from investors in a movie project.
In federal court in Rutland, U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss on Wednesday sentenced Parker, 56, of Addison to 55 months in prison. On Monday in the same court, Reiss sentenced Soteriou, 56, of Middlebury, Conn., to 84 months in prison. According to the Associated Press, the two men will each pay some share of $9 million in restitution they owe to investors.
SALISBURY — Work was returning to normal at the Nop Brothers and Sons Farm in Salisbury this week after a big fire claimed the equipment barn off Route 7 this past Friday night. The new normal, that is, in which the family and their farm workers must take hours of extra time feeding the more than 600 cows they milk each day.
No people or animals were injured in the blaze, which drew firefighters from eight area departments, but the farm lost four critical feed trucks, two skid steers and a tractor that were all used in feeding the cows.
VERGENNES — Work on the new $1.55 million Vergennes police station should begin in about two weeks, with another project, a new solar array at and near the city’s sewer treatment plant, soon to follow, according to City Manager Mel Hawley.
Meanwhile, ongoing work to solve a persistent drainage problem on Monkton Road should wrap up this week, Hawley said.
WALTHAM — One key reason for the dramatic growth of Waltham’s Victory Baptist Church was probably already in place when Pastor Tim Taylor and his wife, Sandy, arrived in 1988.
A few years before, the members of the 19-year-old church had bought an antique shop and several acres on top of Woodman Hill, right on Route 7.
Services at the former shop were drawing about 30 to a church that was founded in 1969 and earlier had gathered in the Bixby Library, the Weeks School chapel and in Ferrisburgh’s Union Meeting Hall before buying its new home.
ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation, which is responsible for upkeep of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on Monday began reducing the span between Addison and Crown Point, N.Y., to one alternating lane during the day. Officials said the lane reduction will be in place on weekdays on an intermittent basis from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. until around Sept. 24.
Work to be done includes adjusting the bearings underneath the bridge as part of the process to close out the contract to construct the bridge, which opened in November 2011.
VERGENNES/LISLE, Ill. — Throwing some weight around has proven very rewarding for Ron McConnell of Vergennes.
McConnell, 51, recently earned two gold medals and a bronze at the USA Masters Throws Championships. The USA Track & Field event took place Aug. 3 and 4 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.
He won golds in the Men’s 50-54 Division for Throws Pentathlon and Superweight, and took bronze in the Ultra Weight Pentathlon.
PORT HENRY, N.Y. — In 1950, Major League baseball fans across the nation watched the New York Yankees capture their second of five consecutive world championships, Boston’s Ted Williams become the highest paid player in history at $125,000, and Cleveland’s Bob Feller capture his 200th victory.
Meanwhile, baseball fans in eastern New York saw a historic battle — the first night game ever at Mineville High, a bout between unbeaten rivals Mineville and Port Henry.
BRISTOL — Two Bristol residents dominated their respective fields in the men’s and women’s divisions of the Vermont State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament held in Bristol this past Saturday and Sunday.
Brian Simmons posted a perfect 8-0 record with a sparkling 84 percent ringer percentage to claim the Men’s A title.
Nearly three out of every four pitches that Deb Brown made were ringers, which helped her to the Women’s A title with a 6-0 win-loss record.