March 18th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Many Vermonters are watching their wallets shrink as their living expenses climb out of control. That is certainly true in the Northeast Kingdom. Just ask the folks at Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA).
NEKCA officials say more and more people are asking for help.Â
Part of the reason for the increase is the high cost of fuel and individuals running out of food stamps before the end of the month.
DERBY - Members of the community who went to McDonaldâ€™s Wednesday night between 5 and 7 helped raise money for the Newport City Elementary 5th Grade.
Mrs. Lowell, Mrs. Pare, and Mr. Royer took orders and worked behind the counter, while Principal Stephen Earley and Mayor Paul Monette helped keep the place clean for those two hours.
The team raised $400 for the 5th grade trip to Boston!
NORTH TROY - North Troy finally has its shot gun back after Steve Merrill was ordered by the court in January to return it.
Merrill was purportedly storing the village shot gun and sending the village bills for storage. Merrill, a former auditor for the village, acquired the shot gun after former village Police Chief Leniy Zenonos left his position. Merrill says he took the gun and stored it because the village office did not have a safe place to keep it.
Five members of the NEK Pythons went to the New England Youth Wrestling Championship at the Nashua high school in Nashua, NH this past Saturday.
Codey Lamere had the best day out of the five, finishing second in the 89 lbs. weight class.
Jacob Sylvester also had a nice afternoon, placing third in the 84 lbs. weight division.
Josh Roberts, Logan Gerrow, and Logan Sylvester all wrestled well in their two matches, but were all eliminated in the third round.
While these five were over in the Granite State, the rest of the team went to Mount Mansfield Tournament in Jericho.
COVENTRY â€” Newport City Firefighters responded to the New England Waste Services landfill at 9 a.m. yesterday for a structure fire.
Newport City Chief Fire Chief Jamie LeClair said the fire was in a small utility building. LeClair requested mutual-aid from the Orleans Fire Department but ended up canceling the call.
Landfill staff extinguished much of the fire prior to the fire department's arrival.
Lenny Wing of the landfill said company engineers and members of the safety department will investigate the fire.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ The sugaring season is off to an early start this year with the unseasonably warm weather. The boiling is going strong, but how the season will turn out is a mystery, completely dependent on Mother Nature. Temperatures are forecasted to be well into the 50s in the days ahead, and this concerns producers.
â€śWeâ€™re at the mercy of the weather but off to a good start,â€ť said Carolyn Collins.
TROY â€” Firefighters saved the farmhouse at the former Judd Farm from being destroyed by fire yesterday.
Jamie Rivers and Laura Clark now own the property now known as Jay View Sugaring Equipment.
The family believes a shorted out extension cord in the basement caused the fire. The cord was powering a fan to dry children's clothes in the basement of the home. The home sustained smoke damage. The children's clothes were destroyed.
NEWPORT â€“ Paul Bruhn, Executive Director of Preservation Trust of Vermont, wants a WalMart in the Northeast Kingdom, but not in Derby. His vision is to put it at the corner of Coventry Street and Main Street in Newport City, where the People's United Bank (formerly the Chittenden Bank), the back parking lot and the U.S. Post Office is now. Right across from Pick & Shovel.
Chris Hamblett, president of the Pick and Shovel, has heard rumors about the possibility of a WalMart across the street from his business.