November 26th, 2012
DERBY â The Derby Townâs Clerkâs office is hopping with activity.
Election officials were busy counting ballots for the general election, and then a recount was requested in the Justice of the Peace Race. Today there is a special election for the town clerk and treasurer position; so more ballots to count.
Typically the Justice of the Peace race is a quiet one with just enough people seeking the positions, or sometimes not enough. But this year 15 people sought the 12 positions.
NEWPORT- Nearly one year ago, Dr. Leslie Lockridge, a local oncologist, was notified that he was losing his job at North Country Hospital. The termination caused uproar in the community; many of Lockridge's patients were upset when he was let go and rallied behind him.
But when the dust settled, Lockridge opened a private practice a few months later.
CAPE COD, MAâThe Vermont Shamrocks U-16 girlâs team won the Cape Cod Classic this past weekend, beating a host of teams from the Northeast Region of the United States, including the U-19 Shamrock team from Vermont.
They opened the tournament with a win over the Connecticut Northern Lights, who according to sources, featured a coaching staff a parental group that were beyond awful in their demeanor.
Former Shamrock Salley Hoer said hello to her old teammates in game two as Vermont faced off against the Cranston Reds.
The green and white won the contest decisively 4-1.
NEWPORT CITY â Columbia Forest Products employees will be on the job today even though a Sunday morning fire caused significant damage to part of the plant.
Firefighters responded to the plant, located off Union Street in Newport City, around 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke and there was fire in the boiler room and on the roof of the building.
This particular boiler room primarily feeds the vat, which the company uses to condition the logs prior to processing.
DERBY â Hundreds enjoyed a thanksgiving feast during the 9th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge in Derby, an international event.
More than 500 meals were served both at the Derby facility and at private homes. More than 200 meals were served to those who could not attend the event.
Some Canadians enjoyed the meal as well.
Much of the food was grown locally or donated from local businesses and individuals. A farmer in Stanstead, Que., grew and donated 185 pounds of potatoes.
NEWPORT CITY â Quick action by city firefighters saved a home from fire Friday evening. Firefighters responded to 46 Oak Street at 4:12 p.m. Travis Glodgett owns the three family building.
Upon arrival, flames and smoke were showing on the backside of the home. Fire Chief Jamie LeClair said all three units were rented but only one tenant was home when the fire broke out.
Firefighters knocked the fire down within minutes of their arrival.
NEWPORT, VT - Families of military personnel will have a Christmas tree this year thanks to the generosity of tree farmers in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Tuesday, trucks from the Vermont Forest and Parks Department drove throughout the state to pick up trees at different tree farms and tree stands such as Breezy Hill Acres. Breezy Hill Acers has a stand across from the Cumberland Farms Store on East Main Street in Newport City.Â
Carl Szych, owner of Breezy Hill Acers, has donated 10 trees for the program for the past 10 years.
HOLLAND â Rural Edge, formerly Gilman Housing Trust, is going out of its norm by building a two-family home off the beaten path.
The new home will be at the intersection of Holland Pond and Page Pond roads. Traditionally, Rural Edge builds multifamily housing complexes in more urban areas.
NEWPORT, VT- Voters from the States of Colorado and Washington approved legalization of marijuana, taking an unprecedented step in asserting state's rights over federal laws against the cultivation, distribution and use of the plant. Each state approved the ballot measure with 55% of the voters agreeing to legalize marijuana.
In recent years, states have enacted medical marijuana laws, passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana, and now to flat out legalize the plant, remove the state government from regulating its use except among minors, and remove civil and criminal penalties.