September 11th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council Monday approved the 2012-2013 residential municipal tax rate with a three-cent per $100 of assessed value increase. At the same time, the city school has a three-cent decrease, with a final rate of 2.6826 cents, combined educational and residential.
Last yearâ€™s residential rate, with the education rate, was 2.6814. This yearâ€™s non-residential tax rate is 2.8530. Last yearâ€™s rate was 2.8802.
HOLLAND â€“ Local farmer Keith Gray confirmed Monday that illegal dumping is occurring on his property, and he says he doesnâ€™t allow it.
Gray was contacted Monday afternoon regarding the issue. Gray said he went up to the site, an old gravel pit on Bullis Road in Holland, Monday evening to look around. He said he found some rubbish, but it has been worse in the past.
NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the 34-year old accused of crushing seven police vehicles with a tractor, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. on a new count: driving with a suspended license.
An Orleans Superior Court Judge has found probable cause that when Pion took a tractor and drove through Newport City streets up to the Orleans County Sheriff's Department and crushed six cruisers and a transport vehicle, he did not have a license to drive on the roads.
Newport, VT and Magog, QCâ€“On September 8th, 2012 seven marathon swimmers undertook the 25 mile, international swim, going the length of Lake Memphremagog between Newport, Vermont and Magog, Quebec. Swimmers departed in two waves from The Gateway Center in Newport. The first group of four left at 12:12 am with the second wave of three leaving an hour later at 1:12 am. The plan was to start the faster swimmers later so that the distance between swimmers would compress during the night before it spread out later in the swim.
On Monday, the UCA Crusader boys picked up their first win in their second game of the young soccer season, defeating Mid-Vermont 5-2.
Jon DeLaBruere opened the scoring about 4 minutes into the game with a beautiful shot into the corner of the net from outside the 18.
The Crusaders were just getting started.
Justin Limoge and Dale Martellâ€™s goals increased the lead to 3-0 before Mid-Vermont got on the board on a header by Austin Sayer.
Sayer was able to redirect a corner into the net to cut the lead to 3-1.
The construction of the new gymnasium at Craftsbury Academy has been a team effort between the school and members of the community.
Thirty-eight landowners donated approximately 180 trees, including 8,860 feet of Sugar Maple for the main floor and 2,860 of Yellow Birch for the out of bounds area, towards the construction of the new gym.
Tom Lathrop of Vermont Specialty Wood Products from Bristol, VT, manufactured the wood for the school at a huge savings (aprox. $35,000.00).
Don Blake from Morrisville donated all the nails, and Menardâ€™s Agway donated flooring nailers.
Roberge–– Ivan J., 74, of Newport, VT passed away peacefully on September 9, 2012 at his home. At Ivan’s request, there will be no services. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.
NEWPORT - Where were you when the sky fell on Sept. 11, 2001?
Shock and disbelief is the way many people describe their reaction to the Sept. 11 terroristsâ€™ attacks. Today marks the 11th anniversary of that horrific day.
As with the assassination of President Kennedy and the Challenger explosion, anyone old enough to understand what happened at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing when they learned about the attacks.
Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair was on vacation near Windsor Locks, CT.
IRASBURG â€“ Fire flattened a storage shed and destroyed irreplaceable memories at the Gary and Bonnie Poginy home yesterday.
The fire at Stagecoach Road property broke out at around noon. Jamie Royer, who lives at the home, arrived just as the fire broke out. He said the whole thing was gone in five minutes. The shed previously held the familyâ€™s horses, but it more recent years the Royers used it for storage. Snowmobiles and family mementos belonging to deceased family members were some of the items lost the in fire.
The family did have insurance on the shed that members built together.
DERBY â€“ Assistant town clerk Maryanne Tetreaultâ€™s hours were cut earlier this year, reportedly because work was slow, and now she is behind on her duties.
Meanwhile, assistant town clerk Nancy Gosselin and Faye Morin, who was brought in by outgoing clerk Nicole Daigle to learn the office duties, are both clocking overtime.
Gosselin said Monday that she and Morin have had to work a few extra hours because the office is so busy right now with tax season. Gosselin also put in some overtime because of the recent primary.