June 25th, 2012
DERBY â€“ Come November, voters in some Orleans County communities may need scorecards as they watch their favorite politicians play a game of political shuffle.
Long time Republican Senator Vince Illuzzi is giving up his seat for a run at state auditor. Rep. Bob Lewis (Orleans-1), who replaced Loren Shaw who stepped down in 2008, is seeking Illuzziâ€™s senatorial seat. Meanwhile, Shaw has decided to throw his hat back into the political ring for another go at serving constituents.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Veterans Administration opened an outpatient clinic Aug. 12, 2010, at North Country Hospital. At first, the clinic saw patients one and a half days a week. With an abundance of patients, the clinic quickly outgrew the facilities it shared with visiting physicians.
Friday marked a turning point for the clinic when it officially held a ribbon cutting at its new quarters on the Crawford Road by the I-91 access road.
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Dr. Normand Turcotte began organizing the Soap Box Derby in Newport in 1979, and has no intention of stopping the tradition. His daughter Lisa Turcotte-Thomas raced in the event in 1983 and now his grandchildren participate.
His 10-year-old granddaughter Destiny Larocque won the event in Newport Sunday. This is her fourth year participating. Like all participants, she built her car herself, with help from her dad Ken Larocque.
DERBY LINE - Opponents of the Derby Line Wind Project are hailing a decision by the Public Service Board (PSB) Friday to deny Encore Redevelopment a "milestone extension." If the extension had been granted, it would have allowed the company to have more time to meet the requirements necessary for SPEED money, giving Encore a pipeline to renewable energy credits and a guaranteed return.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ More than 400 individuals camped out at North Country Union High School Saturday evening for one common cause, to take part in the annual Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Imagine a World with No Cancer was this yearâ€™s theme. Â
Most participants were part of teams comprised of co-workers, friends and family members who were all part of one big family for 12 hours.Â They ate together, walked together and shared stories. They also laughed and cried together.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Are you looking for a place to sink your teeth into something delicious? If so, make your way to downtown Newport with its variety of restaurants to satisfy every pallet. Â
DERBY â€“ U.S. Rural Development (RD) and Community National Bank have denied IROCâ€™s request to postpone foreclosure action for one year. IROC is in debt for $1.1 million and has been unable to make the mortgage payments.
Phil White, the unpaid executive director of IROC, had requested that RD and the bank wait on foreclosure until next year following Town Meeting Day. White is petitioning towns to ask voters to approve giving IROC money every year for ten years. However, the lenders say that there is no guarantee the plan will work.
NEWPORT CENTER - Beverly Carter, 81, of Washington, D.C., was rescued from her burning vehicle after going off the road on VT RT 105 in Newport Center and colliding with a tree.
Carter was trapped in her Volvo wagon when two men, whose names have not been released, came to her aid, working together to lift the dashboard off her legs, pull the car seat back and move her to safety on the side of the road. By the time the Newport Center Fire Department arrived on the scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.