November 18th, 2012
DERBY â The race for a position as Justice of the Peace is typically a quiet one, and it is not uncommon for just enough people â or even not enough people â to run to fill all the available openings.
In Derby there are 12 justices of the peace, and this year 15 people sought the positions.
Derby resident Maureen Fountain decided to seek the position for the first time and lost by three votes. Fountain earned 895 votes. Karen Jenne was the last place winner with 898 votes.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) â A judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against Roger Pion, accused of driving over seven police cruisers with a giant farm tractor, and almost 30 other criminal cases because of the manner in which the state's attorney prosecuting the cases was appointed.
In his decision, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said the unusual circumstances that led to the appointment of Orleans County State's Attorney Alan Franklin in 2011 were not covered by Vermont law.
NEWPORT CITY â In September, Bill Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort, announced plans for an ambitious $500 million development project in the Northeast Kingdom.
The plans included replacing the Waterfront Plaza with a 150-suite hotel, conference center and retail area, bringing Newport back to its former glory when trains, horse-drawn buggies and the new automobile made Newport the place to be for summer tourists.
Stenger's announcement made some residents worry they would lose Vista Foods, the cityâs only grocery store.
NEWPORT, VT - North Country High Schoolâs Dance and Theatre Company class performed "The Tempestuous and Fractious Shakespeare Project" by Edith Weiss, under the artistic direction of teacher Cheri Skurdall.
The after school Drama Club, which cast students by competitive audition, performed âJust Girls Talking,â a piece written by teacher Robert Wing, and directed and taught by Skurdall.
Drama students preformed each piece in front of teachers and peers at dress rehearsals Wednesday and received helpful feedback. Wednesday evening, both groups preformed for the public.
NEWPORT, VT - Mill River Furniture held a ribbon cutting Thursday to officially open its new store on Main Street in Newport City.
Taking part in the cutting were Trish Sears, CEO of Newport City Renaissance Corporation; store manager Diane May; Diane Lewis, New England Representative from Norwalk Furniture; store co-owner Skip Gray; City Council President John Wilson; City Manager John Ward Jr.; City Mayor Paul Monette; landlord Tony Pomerleau; Newport City Alderman Dick Baraw; and Newport City Alderman Denis Chenette.
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 Wednesdayâs 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.