February 14th, 2012
DERBY, VT - An impromptu motor vehicle rescue team consisting of Merrill Crawford and his friends (Ed and Alan) tackled pulling this 2500 GMC out of Lake Memphremagog at Strawberry Acres.
The vehicle had crashed through the ice when the driver â€śtried to cross a pressure reef,â€ť Crawford said. He also said the driver politely declined to be identified.
The truck had been on the lake bottom for three days and was pulled to safety Wednesday, Feb. 8. No one was hurt in the incident.
The men had to slice away the ice with a chainsaw to complete the rescue.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A large crowd filled the Waterfront Cinema Saturday evening for a showing of two Vermont made films, Tin Can and Soul Keeper. Newport Native Tim Kavanagh, who appeared in the film, and Scott Wheeler of Derby organized the event.
Intrinsic Films and Samson Production produced Tin Can. Projection Films and Samson Productions produced Soul Keeper. Kavanagh produced and appeared in both films. Steve Maas, also a native to the Northeast Kingdom, wrote, appeared and produced Tin Can. Maas also worked on Soul Keeper.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Monday evening,Â the Newport City CouncilÂ held a public hearing to take views on applying for a grant of up to $394,000 in Vermont Community Development Program funds.Â
The money would be used to cover the cost of fixtures, furniture and equipment associated with a proposed downtown hotel.
Frank and Michelle Richardi want to open a hotel on top of their Lago Tratoria Restaurant on the corner of Main Street and Coventry Street.Â
The project includes adding floors to the two-story building. However, the Richardis have not decided if it will be one or two additional floors.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A New York film crew and a Los Angeles director spent two days at Newport Furniture Parts last week making a promotional film.
The film will be part of an online promotion for Room and Board, one of Newport Furniture Parts' customers. Room and Board will also use the film as a teaching tool in its stores.
The film entails the steps of how products come into existence. The film may also be posted on You Tube.
Michael Brotman, merchandise manager from Room and Board, said the video would feature the companyâ€™s creative process.Â
MONTPELIER - Currently, Vermont parents have the choice to get their children vaccinated before attending public school. Though vaccinations are mandated, the law has a philosophical and religious exemption. This allows parents to make an informed decision about the vaccines before allowing them to be administered to their children.
But a proposed house bill, H.527, may remove the philosophical exemption, requiring parents to have their children immunized against their personal judgment.
TROY â€“ Next Tuesday, voters will be asked to approve a bond about $2.2 million for renovations and improvements to the town school. An informational meeting about the bond will be held tomorrow night, 6 p.m., at the Troy Elementary School.
The money is to replace the sprinkler system and make the school more energy efficient, which includes upgrading the 34-year-old heating system that doesnâ€™t even provide heat throughout the building.
Marsh–– Barbara, 80, of Orleans passed away in her home on February 10, 2012. At Barb's request, there will be no services but anyone who would like can honor her with a donation to their local animal shelter.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
Smith–– Franz Austin, formerly of Newport, died at home on February 10, 2012 in Lyndonville after battling cancer. Graveside services will be held in the spring. Notification with time at a later date. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes, locally family owned and operated.