Archive - 2013
DERBY- The North Country Union Junior High School board voted to propose a bond for up to $1.9 million for major upgrades to the school. There will be several public hearings for the taxpayers in Derby, Holland, Jay, Morgan and Newport City before the bond vote. The bond would be paid off over a 20-year term at 4 percent interest, although the interest rate may be lower, according to Vice-Principal Colleen Storrings. There is an opportunity to get a lower rate, but she is still investigating the possibility.
COVENTRY â€“ Plans are underway by Bill Stenger and business partners to develop the Newport State Airport in Coventry. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is holding a public hearing on the proposals Thursday December 19 at 6 p.m. at the Coventry Community Center. According to the public notice, VTrans is considering the proposed plans. The meeting will provide an update for the public and government officials and allow for questions to be answered.
COVENTRY â€“ The state authorized the garbage dump in Coventry to accept a lot more trash. The Environmental Commission #7 issued a Land Use Permit to New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSVT) to take in up to 600,000 tons per year compared to the previous 370,000 per year. The increased rate per day went from 2,500 to 5,000 tons.
There were numerous concerns by individuals and organizations over the increase of waste coming into the area, including additional truck traffic.
NEWPORT CITY - There may be a legal difference between bullying and harassment but as a victim of either, the definition is irrelevant. In either case itâ€™s not legal and school administrators must enforce the law. One way to create awareness about the issue was an idea by former NCUHS faculty member Sylvia Brewster to start a student committee to combat harassment and bullying. The ABC Quest (Anti Bullying Committee) is comprised of volunteers who address the issue through presentations, positive peer pressure, and talking to elementary school students.
NEWPORT CITY - A near tragic accident has left a young lady in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the man who abandoned her incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility.
Zachary Labor was charged Monday with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury resulting. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.
At about 11 p.m. Sunday, November 23, State Trooper Debra Munson responded to a 911 call regarding a one-vehicle crash on May Pond Road in Barton.
NEWPORT CITY - Have a hankering for some meat pie? If you can wait until Wednesday, Dec. 11, you are in luck. Just make your way to Brendaâ€™s Homestyle Cooking on Main Street in Newport City where owner Brenda LePage will be cooking up a storm.
The dinner will include mashed potatoes, vegetables, apple crisp, and dessert. LePage and volunteers will have three sittings, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.
LOWELL â€“ The six activists who were arrested while protesting the Lowell wind project vow to continue with their mission despite the Vermont Supreme Court ruling. In a split decision the Supreme Court upheld the lower courtâ€™s decision that the protesters were guilty of unlawful trespass. The group, the self-proclaimed Lowell Six, was arrested December 5, 2011 when they refused to leave an area at the Lowell wind turbine site, which was under construction at the time. The activists, Ryan Gillard, Robert Holland, Suzanna Jones,
NEWPORTâ€“With numbers dwindling, interest waning and schedules conflicting, the United Christian Academy Crusaders will not be fielding a boy's or girl's basketball team this season.
Tony DeLaBruere, who by the end of last season was coaching both teams, expressed his feelings about his former teams not returning in 2013.
"It is too bad that they won't be able to put teams out there," DeLaBruere said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of success last year and I really feel for the kids that wanted to play, especially the seniors."
For the Full Story, See the Express on Wednesday 11-27-13.
NEWPORT â€“ North Country Hospital (NCH) was cited by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) for numerous violations; some which are considered serious. The hospital is facing up to $42,000 in fines.
NCH became aware of the problems just days before the VOSHA inspection and immediately took action. Hospital officials are in constant communication with VOSHA to work on addressing the issues. The hospital may contest some of the alleged violations.
Leblancâ€“â€“ Georgette S., 92, of Troy, VT passed away on November 22, 2013 in Newport, VT.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.