NEWPORT CITY â€“ Itâ€™s nearly the end of the year and that can mean only one thing: Time to start preparing budgets that governing boards will ask voters to approve on Town Meeting Day in March. Monday night, Newport Manager John Ward, Jr. presented the city council with a budget of $4,256,499.36. The current budget is $4,375,450.58.
A memo Ward presented to the council states the municipal property tax rate would increase by $.0125 to $1.1405 per $100 of assessed value. The current rate is $1.1281.
NEWPORTâ€“The scoreboard said it all on Monday night when the North Country girls basketball team laid waste to the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds 53-18.
A game like that, while fun for the players on the winning side, can be a double edged sword for the victorious coach.
"It's nice to get points on the board and it is nice to get a win, especially when we are playing the best in the state every night, but unfortunately it ( a blow out) doesn't prepare us to get ready for what we are going to see, but it is nice to get the win," said coach Brown.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ After more than three decades of serving the city, Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, 56, will hang up his gun belt one last time.
Duquette confirmed late yesterday he will retire on Aug. 1, 2012. He has already given the city council suggestions on how to proceed in finding his replacement.
Duquette is willing to train his replacement. â€śI hate to throw this in somebodyâ€™s lap without them doing some shadowing,â€ť he said. Duquette would like to see a local person assume the position. â€śThatâ€™s how I ended up with the job 15 years ago.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Yesterday morning, law enforcement officers met at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department's new building on the Derby Road for a very important assignment â€“ delivering Christmas presents to area schools.
School officials will distribute the toys, clothes and other presents to parents of predetermined children. In all, law enforcement officers delivered toys to 13 area children. Orleans County Sheriff's Dispatcher Tammy LaCourse estimated there were enough presents for 150 children, well over the goal of 95.
IRASBURG, VT - Each year, Bob and Rachel Booth, owners of Bob's Quick Stop on Route 14 between Irasburg and Albany, plan a huge Christmas party for area children and this year was certainly no different.
Sunday, Dec. 18, at exactly 1 PM, the Irasburg Fire Department delivered Santa (assisted by Omer Bousquet) to his chair, ready to greet the children. Fire Chief Robin Beaton noted that Santa is heavier this year so they will put more air in the truck tires next year.
Garth McKinney and Dave Miclette, playing all the favorite Christmas songs, provided live music for the afternoon.
NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Firefighters tended to a car that caught on fire at the One Stop Mini-Mart yesterday afternoon. A woman had called 911 yelling that the car was in flames.
Newport City Police arrived on scene and saw flames coming from the engine.
A passerby used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze and police pushed the car away from the building. The car was not next to the pumps.
Edwin Bolton III of Newport Center owns the car.
NEWPORT â€“ A cold wind coming off Lake Memphremagog whipped through a pup tent at the Emory Hebard State Office Building on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a group of demonstrators held signs and banged on drums as motorists passed by the busy intersection of Main and Coventry streets.
This Saturday marked the three-month anniversary of the founding of Occupy Wall Street in New York City. Demonstrations, marches and parties are being held around the country by members of the Occupy movement.