October 10th, 2012
DERBY â€“ Two North Country Union Junior High School teachers brought the Sheffield First Wind Project to their classrooms. Technical education teacher Roger Chaput and science teacher Jessica Tetreault oversaw the two-month unit.
Chaputâ€™s component entailed talking about the parts of a wind turbine. Tetreaultâ€™s taught students how much electricity turbines can produce and how a wind turbine generates electricity, and about parallel circuits and series circuits. Students also discussed the pros and cons of wind turbines.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The planning commission will discuss changing the bylaw for parts of the east side of the city.
Paul Dreher, Newport City Zoning Administrator, said some residential lots near Jackson Street are 10,000 square foot lots, but some are just under 20,000 square feet. As it is now, the owners of the larger lots canâ€™t subdivide their property and build houses on them because the lots would be too small under the zoning laws.
â€śTechnically speaking, I canâ€™t actually give them a permit to put a subdivision lot,â€ť said Dreher.Â
ORLEANS COUNTY - An aerial seeding pilot project is now over for the year, but farmers who participated had their fields seeded with a winter cover crop early by a helicopter.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two downtown businesses are among 28 establishments to receive historic preservation tax credits from the state this year.
Lago Trattoria received $142,200 and the Tasting Center received $118,605. Newport Cityâ€™s designated town status made the two business owners eligible to receive the tax credits.
Sen. Vince Illuzzi of Derby, whose committee has been a strong proponent of the credits, is delighted that some of the money is coming to Newport City. The credits, he said, encourages investments in historic downtown buildings and avoids sprawl.
NEWPORT, VT - Jack McMullen, the GOP candidate for Vermont Attorney General, has been campaigning in the Northeast Kingdom on a platform of fighting violent and drug-related crimes. He believes that Vermont's current attorney general, Bill Sorrell, has done a great job on issues of environment, embezzlement and consumerism, but in doing so has not paid enough attention to street crime.
McMullen wants to establish a set of guidelines for a uniform drug-related crime policy.
NEWPORT CENTER - Brian and Jennifer Cook decided to upgrade a home brewing operation to commercial status after years of Brian honing his craft since he was in high school. Kingdom Brewing held an open house this past weekend and participated in the Bean and Brew Fest at Jay Peak Resort.
Jennifer explained how beer is made, from taking a couple of hundred pounds of grain and turning into mash. After an hour, the liquid is pumped into a brew kettle and the unwanted by-product is fed to the beef herd.
ORLEANSâ€“Tyrah Urie had three goals and Tori Adams had the other as Lake Region (10-2) cruised to the 4-0 win over Winooski (2-9) on Tuesday afternoon.
While the win was nice, Ranger coach Brad Urie sees a trend forming with his team that has him concerned.
"We play poorly in the first half and then play pretty well in the second," said Urie. "If you look at our scoring, that is what we do. I don't know why we stay in such a funk, but hopefully we fix that before the end of the year."
Much like Urie said, the girls in white got off to a slow start against the Spartans.