Category Archives: Waterbury

Pedestrian killed by train in Waterbury

WATERBURY — Vermont State Police have confirmed that a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a train in Waterbury.
Police are on the scene of the crash.
A police dispatcher says more information will be released later Thursday.

‘America’s Favorites’ features Steel Magnolias

WATERBURY — MOXIE Productions presents “Steel Magnolias,” by Robert Harling, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, at the White Meeting House at the Congregational Church.
This first of the series, “Steel Magnolias,” will be directed by local playwright and theater professor Jeanne Beckwith and feature local actors Monica Callan, Claire Demarais, Sandra Gartner, Ramona Godfrey, Mary Scripps, and Katie Whitney. A picture of small town eccentricity, “Steel Magnolias” is a lively comedy full of hilarious repartee and poignant strength, as colorful neighbors come together when tragedy hits.
The “America’s Favorites Series” will showcase plays which American luminaries have awarded, theater companies have most produced, and audiences in the past have talked the most about, in theatrical readings from October 2013 to May 2014, with local professional and community actors and directors.
Admission is a pay-what-you-can donation. For information, call 802-244-4168, or email [email protected]

Two receive Wallace awards in Waterbury

WATERBURY — Two Keith Wallace community service awards were presented during the town’s annual meeting Tuesday.
One was given to ReBuild Waterbury for the organization’s work to help the community recover after Tropical Storm Irene. The other was awarded to Municipal Manager Bill Shepeluk for his 25 years of service to the town and village.
Shepeluk said he was surprised, noting that he gets paid for his public service, and that he was grateful.
Both ReBuild Waterbury and Shepeluk received standing ovations.
The Keith Wallace award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding service to Waterbury and is named for the former town resident, farmer, and state representative who passed away in 1996.

Pie for breakfast in Waterbury Saturday

WATERBURY — There’s a whole lot of baking going on in Waterbury as local Rotarians prepare to turn the concept of “breakfast for dinner” on its head for the third straight year.

That’s right, it’s pie time in Waterbury, where it will be a sweet and savory mix of dinner and desserts for breakfast Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion on Stowe Street.

They call it “Pie for Breakfast,” and they aren’t kidding.

There will be more than 100 kinds of pies — from chicken pie, shepherd’s pie and pizza pie to apple pie, blueberry pie and banana cream pie — served up during an all-you-can-eat benefit for the club’s youth exchange program.

How much does it cost?

Adults can indulge for $7, and it’s $5 for children 10 and under.

Montpelier woman cited for DUI

WATERBURY — A 25-year-old woman who police say had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit will answer to a charge of driving under the influence.
Bonnie J. Watson, of Montpelier, registered a 0.252 percent late Friday morning after police were sent to the parking lot behind The Blue Stone restaurant in Waterbury, where she said she was dropping off her boyfriend, said Waterbury Police Chief Joby Feccia.
Watson was behind the steering wheel of the car, which was idling, when police arrived, according to Feccia.
She is due in court Jan. 3.

Waterbury seeks input on grants

WATERBURY — As part of a grant application process, a public hearing will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Main Street fire station to solicit input and provide information on four grants affecting Waterbury.
One involves the new municipal complex. Another involves flood-proofing at the wastewater plant. A third concerns a new local development corporation, which is meant to help with job creation and retention. The last one deals with a new trail from the village to Little River State Park, expanding a regional trail system.

Couple sold, used coke next to baby

By Eric Blaisdell | STAFF WRITER
BARRE – A Waterbury Center couple allegedly sold and used drugs in front of their 7-month-old child.
Robert J. Farnsworth, 29, faces multiple charges of selling and smoking cocaine with his baby only a few feet away.
Farnsworth pleaded innocent at his arraignment in Washington County criminal court in Barre Thursday on three charges of selling cocaine, one charge of possessing an ounce or more of cocaine, and a charge of endangering a child less than two years old, all felonies. He was released on a $10,000 appearance bond.
If convicted of all charges, Farnsworth faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and a $1,100,000 fine.
The charges, which were levied by the Attorney General’s office, stem from a drug task force investigation into the selling of cocaine in Washington County.
According to the police affidavit, the police used an informant wearing an audio recorder to go into Farnsworth’s home and buy 3.5 grams of cocaine three times at the end of June and beginning of July. Twice when the informant bought the drugs, there was an infant about 10 feet away from Farnsworth as he smoked cocaine.
Farnsworth was first identified as a cocaine seller by the informant who cooperated in exchange for consideration on criminal charges.
Based on the information gathered by the informant, the police were granted a search warrant of Farnsworth’s home and on July 3, they confiscated 75.8 grams of cocaine and arrested Farnsworth and his live-in girlfriend, and mother of the infant, Reava Burnor, 24.
After the arrest in July, Farnsworth admitted to police that he had been selling cocaine since 2008, sometimes as much as nine ounces a week. When asked how many times he sold cocaine, Fansworth told police, “millions bro.” Farnsworth said he would drive down to Connecticut to get the cocaine and would also pick it up in Montpelier.
Burnor was also arraigned Thursday and pleaded innocent to aiding in the sale of cocaine, endangering a child less than two years old, and possession of cocaine, all felonies. If convicted of all three charges, Burnor faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $650,000 fine. She was also released without bail.
Burnor was witnessed by the informant handing the drugs to Farnsworth to weigh out for sale.
Both Farnsworth and Burnor admitted that Farnswoth smoked cocaine in front of their child many times. Burnor said she had gone with Farnsworth twice to Connecticut on his drug runs and she and their baby were with Farnsworth when he picked up 26 grams of cocaine in Montpelier on July 2. Burnor admitted to occasionally snorting cocaine.

Fewer state workers in Waterbury could help reduce project by $19 million

In the governor’s press conference at the Waterbury state office complex last week, the administration showed at least one response the state could use if it doesn’t receive expected funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

If needed, $19 million could be saved.

On Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin said he’ll proceed with the new state hospital rather than wait for FEMA, but he noted the administration doesn’t want to proceed with demolishing buildings at the state office complex until the state knows that doing so won’t jeopardize Vermont’s eligibility for FEMA disaster aid.

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Voters will decide village police fate

WATERBURY — Waterbury village voters will have the chance Nov. 6 to decide whether to abolish the village police department.
Village trustees voted 2-1 Wednesday to put the question on the ballot. Approval by voters in November would change the village charter.
Trustee Natalie Howell voted against adding the ballot item. The trustees’ votes, however, did not indicate where they stand on abolishing the police department.
“I’m very concerned with the outcome, the possible outcome,” Howell said. “This is a binding measure.”
Public hearings will occur at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and Nov. 1 in the cafeteria of Thatcher Brook Primary School. A charter change would need the Legislature’s approval.

Growing Local festival a success Saturday

Mark Collier / Staff Photo

Galen Kuehnl, age 7 of Plainfield, samples the fruits of his labor with a little help form mom Anna Barasch. Never missing a beat, Kuehnl continues to pedal while quickly devouring a piece of bread laden with the pesto being blended in the blender attached to the stationary bike being ridden by Kuehnl. Kuehnl and his mom were among a small crowd that turned out for the fourth annual Growing Local festival held by Food Works at Two Rivers Center.