Category Archives: Castleton

Slippery roads cause crashes; Route 4 in Castleton closed but reopens

Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo Rutland Police responded to this car into a telephone pole on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland Wednesday morning, when a light snowfall made roads slippery.

Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo
Rutland Police responded to this car into a telephone pole on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland Wednesday morning, when a light snowfall made roads slippery.


Slippery roads have caused crashes around the state this morning, as an accident closed Route 4 West in Castleton, and a Red Cross Bloodmobile went off the road on I-89 in Royalton when a car merged in front of it and slowed down too quickly, state police said.

Vermont State Police photo This Red Cross Bloodmobile went off I-89 when a smaller car merged in front of it and slowed down.

Vermont State Police photo
This Red Cross Bloodmobile went off I-89 when a smaller car merged in front of it and slowed down.



Slick roads cause crashes around Rutland

Slick roads caused several slide offs and crashes this morning around Rutland and along Route 4 towards Castleton. State police also warned of slick roads and some accidents in both Chittenden and Franklin counties. About 3 inches of light snow fell overnight.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo  A pickup truck went off the road along Route 4 near Exit 5 in Castleton Monday morning.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
A pickup truck went off the road along Route 4 near Exit 5 in Castleton Monday morning.


Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo  Slippery roads caused multiple vehicle accidents on Route 4 near Exit 5 on Monday morning.

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
Slippery roads caused multiple vehicle accidents on Route 4 near Exit 5 on Monday morning. Three cars were off the road within about 500 feet of each other.

Artist Stephen Schaub to feature at Christine Price at Castleton

CASTLETON – Mixed media artist Stephen Schaub will be featured in an exhibit in the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton College Jan. 21-Feb. 21. An artist talk is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Herrick Auditorium, and reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the gallery.
Combining the aspects of painting, the techniques of photography and the presentation of works on paper, Schaub’s artworks defy conventional classification. His works reference the delicate, subjective nature of life and depict in-between moments and anonymous figures in scenes of hyper-reality.
After serving as a U.S. Marine in the first Gulf War and receiving the Navy Achievement Medal, Schaub went on to graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Photographic Arts and Sciences. Having authored two collections of his artworks, he has been featured in numerous publications and shows both at home and abroad, including the showing of “Through a Glass Darkly” in Paris in 2004.
The Christine Price Gallery is located on the Castleton College campus in the Fine Arts Center and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact William Ramage at 802-468-1266 or [email protected].

Castleton students — including All-American football player — charged with retail theft in Rutland Town

Staff Report 

Vermont State Police said a group of Castleton State College students worked together to steal merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland.

Two students - 21-year-old Brandon Boyle and 19-year-old George Busharis - were cited Tuesday for retail theft and police said several other Castleton students were involved but had yet to be identified.

Police said Boyle was working at the store Tuesday and helped Busharis get out with roughly $300 in merchandise. Busharis allegedly told police they had done this two or three times in recent weeks. Police said the store estimated its total losses at around $3,000.

Busharis and Boyle are both football players at Castleton. Castleton State College spokesman Jeff Weld issued a prepared statement Wednesday saying they had been suspended indefinitely from the football program.

“This matter is under investigation in cooperation with law enforcement,” Weld wrote. “Obviously the alleged behavior is unacceptable for any student, whether or not he or she has the privilege of intercollegiate athletic participation. We are very surprised and saddened by this situation.”

Boyle, a Springfield High School graduate, was named to several preseason All-American teams, after catching 96 passes, 18 for touchdowns, in 2012.

Busharis of Mansfield, Mass., is the starting quarterback and passed for 463 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-31 victory at Plymouth State University in the season opener Saturday.

Largest Castleton class sends some students to hotels, for now

CASTLETON - The largest class in the history of Castleton State College has resulted in some students living temporarily in a hotel in Rutland.
CSC’s enrollment is expected to top 2,150, a 34-percent increase since 2000, when 1,605 students attended the college. The large class has pushed the college’s housing system to capacity and beyond, said Jeff Weld, CSC’s director of college relations.
“We filled Hoff Hall, the 162-bed residence hall opened last year, and have converted all usable space in all of our residence halls to accommodate students,” Weld said. “We have seen an increase in upper-class students who wish to remain on campus, rather than seek alternatives off campus.”
As a result, 23 students will be housed at the Holiday Inn in Rutland. School officials expect they will relocate to campus within the next month.
Despite the record number of students, the student-to-teacher ratio is expected to remain at 14 to one.

Castleton man arrested with 1,200 bags of heroin

FAIR HAVEN - A Castleton man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police found 1,200 bags of heroin in the car he was driving on Route 4, according to Vermont State Police. Kenneth D. Trapp, 31, was stopped by police for an undisclosed reason. During the stop, police obtained a search warrant for his vehicle. Trapp was arrested by state police but was later released into the custody of federal law enforcement.

‘Social justice advocate’ Sandra Fluke to speak at Castleton in April

Sandra Fluke, who was a Time Magazine “Person of the Year 2012″ nominee, will speak at Castleton on April 25 at 7 p.m., the college announced in a press release.

Fluke gained national attention after she testified before a House panel on the need to provide access to contraception, then was ridiculed on air by conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

She will survey  ‘local, state and federal legislation and legislative trends that have the potential to advance or hinder the progress of social justice,’ according to the college, in a presentation called “Making Our Voices Heard.”

Tickets for this performance are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office and are free of charge.  For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the box office at (802) 468-1119.

Castleton to vote on $1 million bond for new office building

Albert J. Marro / Staff PhotoCastleton Town offices on Main Street.

Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Castleton Town offices on Main Street.

By Lucia Suarez | STAFF WRITER
CASTLETON - Voters at town meeting will decide if they are willing
to spend $1 million to construct a new town office building.  Select Board Chairman Thomas Ettori told close to 25 people gathered Monday night at the Castleton Senior Center that after reviewing three properties in town, the board felt the best option was to construct a new town office building. He said the new 4,520 square-foot building would sit on 5-acres of  the Abbatiell property off of Route 30, just south of the current medical center. The building would be laid out in a way that a new fire  department could be built next to the offices.
“We would be using the plans (done by NBF Architects last year)  without the space for a meeting room or the fire department,” Ettori said. “We believe we can do it all for a hair under $1 million.”

According to a preliminary drawing by John Berryhill of NBF Architects, the building would be constructed on the northern side of  the property, adjacent to the medical center. This would allow the town to use the access already constructed on the property.

The police department will have it’s own entrance to the building  and approximately 31 parking spaces have been planned around the town
office building. If a fire station is constructed in the future, it would have its own direct access to Route 30.
“A lot of thought went into this property,” said Selectman EdwardO’Shea. “We have to look for the future. Not for me, but for my kids and your kids and your grandchildren.”
Ettori said the estimated $1 million figure includes the price topurchase the property - $125,000 - as well as $65,000 for sitedevelopment, $678,000 for building cost at $150 per square-foot, $65,000 for contingency, $60,000 for architectural management and $7,000 for permits.
This cost would amount to a yearly payment of about $66,600 over a 20-year bond. This would be just over 1 cent on the tax rate.
“If this were to pass, we would put town hall (at 556 Main Street)  up for sale to bring down the payments,” Ettori said.
A vote on the bond is expected for town meeting. Ettori said the board will be making a final decision on the project at its next meeting Jan. 28 before it is advertised. He said they will hold a public meeting  before the vote and expects to have a complete financial breakdown by then.

This will be the third townwide vote in a year on one of the town’s
most contentious issues. If the project were to move forward, Ettori
said a guess for the duration of the project would be a one year to a
year and a half, maybe more.
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Teen charged with rear-ending Castleton police cruiser

CASTLETON — A Massachusetts teenager is facing charges in Vermont after allegedly crashing his minivan into a police cruiser and fleeing the scene.
Vermont State Police say 18-year-old Christopher Lundgren, of Andover, allegedly rear-ended a Castleton police cruiser that was stopped on U.S. Route 4 in Castleton at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say Lundgren drove off but was apprehended after crashing into a rock ledge down the road.
Police charged Lundgren with suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
No one was injured.

Russian folk music enseble to sing at Castleton

CASTLETON — Castleton State College welcomes the Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Casella Theater.
Performing in some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, Barynya is a world-renowned Russian folk ensemble established in 1991 in New York City. The group presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing as well as live music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments.
Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students, $10 for children; call 468-1119.