March 25th, 2012
DERBY - The record warm weather caused the maple sap to stop flowing early in the season, but many producers still participated in the annual Maple Open House Weekend event, which provides an opportunity for visitors to get an up-close tour of boiling sap into syrup.
DERBY, VT - The Elks Lodge in Derby has a new, fresh, and updated look.
Lodge members, and volunteers worked over the last several months to renovate the venue. Saturday afternoon, interested individuals were invited in for a reception to see the space.
Frances Dewing, the lodge secretary and purchasing and booking agent, said that the most popular visitors were brides to be.
EDEN, VT - A town meeting vote by residents in Eden and Lowell to reject super fund status for the former asbestos mine, which would have transferred control from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, puts DEC front and center to develop a plan to clean up the site.
SHEFFIELD, VT - A North Troy truck driver escaped with minor injuries when his Kenworth Tractor Trailer unit rolled over on I-91 in Sheffield last Thursday.
A truck operated by Randy Carpenter, 54, sustained moderate damage.
This incident remains under investigation and any witnesses or anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Trooper Winn at (802) 748-3111.
ORLEANS, VT - It's been a rough year for maple sugaring, according to Rene Desmarais.
He should know. His operation, known as Black Sheep Sugarhouse, produced about half as much syrup as it did last year - 4,530 gallons to last year's 9,013.
He said that's not unusual for the county.
"Most sugarers are doing 25 to 35%," he said. But others, with better equipment, have reached the 50% mark.
The season has been unusually short due to record-breaking warm temperatures.
NORTH TROY â€“ Owners of Appalachian Flooring are not letting a bleak economy prevent them from moving forward. Earlier this year, the Cowansville, QC, company opened a second plant in North Troy.
Workers at the North Troy factory, known as Appalachian Engineered Flooring, produce engineered hardwood for concrete slabs. Workers at the Cowansville plant produce flooring for unfinished plywood.
ORLEANS COUNTY - A combination of record warm weather with sunny skies and a lack of precipitation has led to a fire weather watch alert issued yesterday for northern and central Vermont, according to Chris Bouchard, a meteorologist with the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury.
The unusually small amount of snowfall and warmth from a large high pressure system spanning from Bermuda have brought record breaking warm temperatures five days in a row. The temperatures, which have climbed to near or over 80 degrees for the last several days, are about 30 degrees above normal.
BRIGHTON, VT - An Island Pond man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly put a state trooper in a headlock and choked her until she couldn't breathe.
The trooper, Debra Munson of the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks, was able to break the hold, chase the man down and take him into custody.
Thirty-year-old Adam Verge is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, burglary and unlawful mischief. He was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.