June 18th, 2015
I learned to fly at the Middlebury Airport in the mid-50s when it was a grass field and Alphonse Quesnel ran Dustaire, a crop-dusting operation.
Reflecting the growth of Addison County these past 60 years, the airport has evolved, and in keeping pace with the needs of the community is planning further upgrades.
FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man who was biking in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday evening was killed when he was struck by a car driven by a woman who was charged with drunk driving.
Kenneth 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 — Middlebury police received a report about a “scruffy-looking” man, about six feet tall, who was wearing a navy T-shirt and jeans, who allegedly tried to get a young child to go with him on Court Street on June 10. Police said a parent intervened, but the man had left when police arrived.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Spoke with a Lower Foote Street resident who said on June 8 that her sister was missing. Police said they were able to locate the sister in a medical treatment facility.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between June 8 and 14, among other incidents, dealt with egg-tossing vandals, a disorderly bar patron, an overweight truck on Monkton Road, two allegedly drunk drivers, a report of a prowler, several car accidents and a house fire.
During those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On June 8 helped Vermont State Police by responding to a two-car accident at Addison Four Corners.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Bridport young man on Monday pleaded innocent in Chittenden Superior Court, criminal division, to a charge of aggravated domestic assault, after he allegedly threatened to harm two minors with a knife if they did not stop making noise in his family’s home.
Marshall J. Atkins, 20, was released with conditions following his Monday arraignment.
This column will be published immediately following the last day of Addison County’s 2014-15 school year.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Food Service Cooperative is teaming up with a number of community organizations including Mary Johnson Child Care, Bristol Recreation, The Hub Teen Center, Lawrence Memorial Library, the Counseling Service of Addison County, Platt Memorial Library and summer recreation programs in Leicester and Bridport to provide free meals to kids in the summer.
Free lunch will be available at drop-in sites in Bristol, Vergennes, Shoreham and Starksboro to children and teens 18 and younger, starting June 22, as follows.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are looking into a report of what may have been a body floating in the New Haven River.
On Wednesday at around 5 p.m. a passerby reported seeing something floating in the New Haven River in the area of Bartlett Falls that appeared to look like a body. Troopers responded to the scene and immediately requested assistance from Bristol Police Department and Bristol Fire Department members.