March 14th, 2013
MONTPELIER â€“ Vermont law enforcement officers are on the heels of the legislature, waving red flags, saying they fear decriminalization of marijuana could be more than a pipe dream.
Bill S.48 proposes to change the penalty for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana from a crime to a civil offense. A person under 21 caught with marijuana would face the same penalties as possession of alcohol.
An ounce of marijuana would be about half a sandwich bag.
Pellerinâ€“â€“ Leonard passed away peacefully at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab on March 11, 2013 at the age of 86.
For the full obituary see Thursday's Express.
DERBY â€“ Jay is facing problems with people speeding through the town center. Vermont Route 242 West, towards Jay Peak Resort, has a posted speed limit of 35 mph into town. However, many drivers are not slowing down and are raising concerns of public safety.
The select board formed a committee tasked with dealing with the problem of speeders and added an appropriation for vote on Town Meeting day to contract with the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department for more patrolling on Route 242. The residents said no by voice vote.
DERBY â€“ Warmer temperatures, rain showers and slick roads are a sign mud season has begun. Derby Road Department employee Terry Tice said while the frost has started to come out, the roads are holding up well so far. Of greater concern this week have been culverts overflowing on several roads in town.
LOWELL â€“ Some voters, unhappy that the appropriation for the Orleans County Sheriff's Department failed at Lowell's Town Meeting, are circulating a petition for reconsideration.
Town moderator and fire chief Alden Warner said the paper ballot failed by three votes, 59-56. Town officials recounted the votes to make sure they didn't make a mistake, he said.
For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 14, 2013.
BURLINGTON â€“ With the first girls hockey state tittle in both program's history on the line, the North Country Falcons and the Harwood Highlanders stood at their respective goal lines, ready to do battle for Division Two's ultimate prize.
A little over two hours later it was over.
A game filled with great saves, excellent scoring chances, hard hits and cagey coaching ended with Hayley Martini defeating Mikaella Doran 3:40 into overtime to give Harwood a 1-0 win and the program's first state title.
DERBY â€“ A Springfield, VT, truck driver walked away from a crash on Interstate 91 Monday night after his rig slid into the median and collided with some trees.
A Peterbuilt truck cab and trailer twisted and flipped over, leaving gullies dug into the dirt and its large wheels in the air. The cab was severely buckled on impact and both sections were declared totaled.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 13, 2013.
DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission is preparing for the future, especially in light of all the proposed development.
Monday evening, David Snedeker, of the Northern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), was present at the planning commission meeting. He said NVDA is required to look over town plans when new ones are developed. Snedeker pointed out what he thought was good in Derbyâ€™s plan, what he thought was missing, and where information should be expanded.
NEWPORT CITY - Area third grade students will have the opportunity to take a one-hour cruise on Lake Memphremagog in May and June. Chris Johansen, president of the Memphremagog Navigational Company, and Burlington developer Tony Pomerleau are working together to make the cruise possible.
Johansen is in the process of getting his newest boat, the Northern Star, ready for its maiden voyage in May. He purchased the boat from Green Mountain Boat Lines last year.
For more of this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 13, 2013.
Schubertâ€“â€“ David Curtis, 43, of Windsor, CO, formally of Newport, VT died March 8, 2013 at Northern Colorado Hospice, Greeley, CO.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.