June 20th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — After a year’s hiatus, the Middlebury Area Community Garden has finally found a new home at Porter Medical Center.
A shake-up last spring at Otter Creek Brewing left the garden homeless — since its founding in the spring of 2009, it had been based on the brewery’s property. It was April when the garden’s steering committee discovered that the space would be unavailable, and by then it was too late to find and prepare another location before the growing season.
MIDDLEBURY — For those who think that chickens are only good for meat and eggs, take note: the flock being raised on the north campus of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center has spent several months as teachers, as well.
ADDISON COUNTY — While Vermont’s heavy snows and chilly spring temperatures drove many local residents into a frenzy, maple sugarmakers across the state celebrated their sweetest year in almost a century.
Vermont took the maple cake once again, leading the nation in syrup production with a whopping 1.14 million gallons in 2011, which accounts for about 40 percent of the nation’s 2.79 million gallons, according to figures released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
NEW HAVEN — The Maplefields Mobil gas station on the New Haven stretch of Route 7 North will be closed for approximately one month beginning June 19, at 11 p.m. After what station manager Sherry Cram referred to as “years of abuse,” the station is shutting down to remove contaminated soil and possibly reduce toxins already found in the bedrock.
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.