November 22nd, 2012
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.
NEWPORT CITY â For the past three years, Spates the Florist and Garden Center has donated over 1,000 Christmas wreaths to the Newport Rotary Club, who in turn lay wreaths on the graves of every veteran buried in city cemeteries.
Store co-owner Robert Gosselin and the Rotarians want to go one step further and lay wreaths on the graves of every veteran in Orleans County.
That ends up being between 2,100 and 2,200 wreaths. Until now, the company has covered the expense, but with that many wreaths, Gosselin needs volunteers and financial assistance to make his dream a reality.
NEWPORT CITY â Monday evening, the city council looked at a preliminary municipal budget for 2013-2014 fiscal year. The council will vote on the finalized budget at the next meeting.
According to information provided by City Manager John Ward Jr., the administrative budget increased by 1.8% to $463,086.68; the police department budget increased 4.6% to $927,480.80, which includes $61,000 for overtime; the fire department budget has a 14.4% increase to $145,234.37; the public works budget is up 3.9% to $880,524.10; and the recreation budget is up 1.8% to $351,095.08.
NEWPORT - Newport could have an electric car charging station in the near future.
The idea is under consideration by the Newport City Renaissance Design Committee's Complete Streets work plan. A presentation was held recently at the VT Downtown networking meeting at the Gateway Center. Speakers included David Roberts, a Transportation Consultant with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), and Karin McNeill from the Vermont Public Service Department.
BARTON â An East Haven man ended up at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Monday following a crash on US RT 5 around 8:20 a.m.
Orleans County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan McFarlane reported that Timothy Gaskill, 21, was traveling north when his 1999 Chevrolet Prizm slid out of its travel lane and into the front of a 1995 Mack truck carrying logs.
Roy Fox, 29, of Lyndonville, was operating the truck and was not injured. He was unable to stop the truck, McFarlane said.
Fire department personnel and emergency medical service technicians extracted Gaskill.
DERBY - Someone broke into the Dailey Memorial Library in Derby over the weekend. State Police are investigating and urge anyone with information to contact them.
When director Barbara Whitehall arrived at the library Sunday morning for a quick stop, it turned into anything but. She noticed right away that a window was shattered and the front door was unlocked. Apparently the perpetrator broke the window to reach around and unlock the door. But the burglar found more locked doors once inside.
NEWPORT, VT - When the 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, farmers across the country were put into a financial limbo until Congress takes up the bill during the lame duck session. Renewing the bill for another five years will provide stability for growers and milkers as it allows them to plan for the future, the Farm Bureau says. For local dairy farmers, the problem isn't milk subsidies, but the cost of feed.
I have just about had it with Gary Bettman and the NHL, specifically Gary Bettman.
As hockey fans are now sitting through the third work stoppage under his regime, it is time to take a long, hard look at what Bettman has done for the NHL and the fans that are finding it increasingly hard to stay interested.
First; Let us look at a few of the good things that Gary has done for the league and more specifically for me, the fan.
1. The Winter Classic.
Old School hockey played on an outdoor rink.
Or as old school as the rules would allow, anyway.