November 15th, 2012
BARTON â€“ The aroma of burgers, coffee and farm animals filled the air on the Kinsey Road yesterday as auctioneer Reg Lussier auctioned off about 160 head of cattle at Northeast Kingdom Sales. Lussier also auctioned pigs and a couple of horses.
Jim Young, co-owner of Northeast Kingdom Sales, said the cattle were on consignment. Northeast Kingdom Sales used to have such auctions every month, but now holds them every other month. The price of cattle at auction depends on current milk prices. Young expected 60 to 70 farmers at Wednesdayâ€™s auction.
DERBY â€“ Salem Lake in Derby has a clean bill of health once again; nothing has gotten past the watchful eye of the lake monitors, patrollers, and professional diver Shawn Bickford. But its future remains uncertain because of all the risks in surrounding areas.
Several lakes in Vermont are contaminated with invasive species, including Lake Memphremagog and Lake Champlain.
DERBY â€” Louis Garneau is moving forward with construction of a new 60,040 square foot factory on the Derby Road, next to Interstate-91.
The Act 250 Board will hold a public hearing about the project at the Derby Town Office Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
The project includes a manufacturing plant, offices, a warehouse, retail, loading docks and a 151-space parking lot.
"It's a good sized facility," said Derby Zoning Administrator Bob Kelley.
NEWPORT, VT- The issues of energy production and independence were among several hot topics during the just concluded election cycle, with President Barack Obama and challenger Governor Mitt Romney debating the need for Canadian tar-sands oil and the proposed pipeline called Keystone XL.
Tar-sands oil is not just relegated to states far away, however. An existing pipeline, which runs through the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, may host the highly corrosive crude, carrying it over several watersheds and through the ecologically sensitive Victory Bog.
ORLEANS â€“ The wrath of Hurricane Sandy hit home for QNEK's Lynn Leimer when the storm ravaged her beloved state of New Jersey.
The storm wreaked havoc on many of Vermontâ€™s neighboring states, devastating homes, leaving neighborhoods underwater, and knocking out power to millions, but the storm skirted Vermont and the state recovered quickly, leaving Vermonters in a position to provide help to others in need.
A number of Vermonters, including state police, ambulance and utility workers, geared up and headed south to provide assistance.
DERBY â€“ Mention the Northeast Kingdom and most people will immediately think of Vince Illuzzi.
Illuzzi served in the Vermont State Senate as a Republican for 32 years before deciding not to seek re-election and running for the state auditorâ€™s office.
However, he lost the race by about a five-point margin to Democrat Doug Hoffer.
Next to Lt. Gov Phil Scott, Illuzzi received the second highest number of votes for a Republican running for statewide office.
LOWELL â€“ A group of neighbors of the Lowell Wind Project have sent a letter last week to the Department of Public Service complaining of loud noise from the project.
Thirty-three residents signed the letter describing the sound coming from the turbines as â€śunbearable.â€ť Last weekend, residents said, the noise sounded like a jetliner hovering overhead and never leaving, according to Lowell resident Don Nelson, who has been an outspoken opponent of the project. He was surprised by how loud the sound was.