Archive - 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Columbia Forest Products employees will be on the job today even though a Sunday morning fire caused significant damage to part of the plant.
Firefighters responded to the plant, located off Union Street in Newport City, around 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke and there was fire in the boiler room and on the roof of the building.
This particular boiler room primarily feeds the vat, which the company uses to condition the logs prior to processing.
DERBY â€“ Hundreds enjoyed a thanksgiving feast during the 9th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge in Derby, an international event.
More than 500 meals were served both at the Derby facility and at private homes. More than 200 meals were served to those who could not attend the event.
Some Canadians enjoyed the meal as well.
Much of the food was grown locally or donated from local businesses and individuals. A farmer in Stanstead, Que., grew and donated 185 pounds of potatoes.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Quick action by city firefighters saved a home from fire Friday evening. Firefighters responded to 46 Oak Street at 4:12 p.m. Travis Glodgett owns the three family building.
Upon arrival, flames and smoke were showing on the backside of the home. Fire Chief Jamie LeClair said all three units were rented but only one tenant was home when the fire broke out.
Firefighters knocked the fire down within minutes of their arrival.
NEWPORT, VT - Families of military personnel will have a Christmas tree this year thanks to the generosity of tree farmers in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Tuesday, trucks from the Vermont Forest and Parks Department drove throughout the state to pick up trees at different tree farms and tree stands such as Breezy Hill Acres. Breezy Hill Acers has a stand across from the Cumberland Farms Store on East Main Street in Newport City.Â
Carl Szych, owner of Breezy Hill Acers, has donated 10 trees for the program for the past 10 years.
HOLLAND â€“ Rural Edge, formerly Gilman Housing Trust, is going out of its norm by building a two-family home off the beaten path.
The new home will be at the intersection of Holland Pond and Page Pond roads. Traditionally, Rural Edge builds multifamily housing complexes in more urban areas.
NEWPORT, VT- Voters from the States of Colorado and Washington approved legalization of marijuana, taking an unprecedented step in asserting state's rights over federal laws against the cultivation, distribution and use of the plant. Each state approved the ballot measure with 55% of the voters agreeing to legalize marijuana.
In recent years, states have enacted medical marijuana laws, passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana, and now to flat out legalize the plant, remove the state government from regulating its use except among minors, and remove civil and criminal penalties.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For the past three years, Spates the Florist and Garden Center has donated over 1,000 Christmas wreaths to the Newport Rotary Club, who in turn lay wreaths on the graves of every veteran buried in city cemeteries.
Store co-owner Robert Gosselin and the Rotarians want to go one step further and lay wreaths on the graves of every veteran in Orleans County.
That ends up being between 2,100 and 2,200 wreaths. Until now, the company has covered the expense, but with that many wreaths, Gosselin needs volunteers and financial assistance to make his dream a reality.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Monday evening, the city council looked at a preliminary municipal budget for 2013-2014 fiscal year. The council will vote on the finalized budget at the next meeting.
According to information provided by City Manager John Ward Jr., the administrative budget increased by 1.8% to $463,086.68; the police department budget increased 4.6% to $927,480.80, which includes $61,000 for overtime; the fire department budget has a 14.4% increase to $145,234.37; the public works budget is up 3.9% to $880,524.10; and the recreation budget is up 1.8% to $351,095.08.
NEWPORT - Newport could have an electric car charging station in the near future.
The idea is under consideration by the Newport City Renaissance Design Committee's Complete Streets work plan. A presentation was held recently at the VT Downtown networking meeting at the Gateway Center. Speakers included David Roberts, a Transportation Consultant with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), and Karin McNeill from the Vermont Public Service Department.