September 13th, 2011
DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission was split on a motion to grant Bill Simendinger a demolition permit to tear down two commercial Derby Line buildings.
The hearing on the issue, which had been tabled, was reopened Monday evening and then closed following brief testimony. Planners went into deliberative session, emerged, and a motion to grant the demolition permit with a condition was made by planner Dave LaBelle and seconded by planner Jim Bumps.
MORGAN â€“ They were literally up to their knees in mud! Thatâ€™s the kind of day a group of volunteers from the Morgan Church spent working to restore homes and yards for families devastated by the storms two weeks ago in Hartford, VT.
Pastor Michael DeSena put out a call at the Saturday night and Sunday services and 16 people showed up the next day, Labor Day, to make the 90 mile trip to help any way they could. The pastor said a colleague let him know there was a need for help in Hartford and Waterbury.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In 1958, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House, a home sold for $30,000, the first Pizza Hut opened and Yvette Deslandes started her medical career in Orleans County.
Deslandes, who retires from North Country Hospital at the end of this week, started working as a nurseâ€™s aide at the former Orleans County Memorial Hospital. When she started, her uncle told her she would not last at the hospital more than a week.
COVENTRY â€“ Rescue crews pulled an unidentified woman from a collapsed mobile home on the Messier Farm Road in Coventry yesterday afternoon.
At around 3 p.m., the home collapsed on the woman and trapped her inside. Rescue personnel used air packs and blocks to raise the roof so they could remove the victim.
Ambulances transported the woman and two other unidentified people to the hospital. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Burdick from the Orleans Fire Department said the other people were â€świndedâ€ť and had chest pains after assisting in the rescue.
DERBY - IROC has received a $35,000 donation from Ray and Christine Pronto to help cover operating expenses while it seeks refinancing. This donation brings the total operational fundraising during the past four weeks up to $106,206 in cash, pledges, and write downs of accounts payable.
In addition, with the help of Fran and Melanie Azur and the Jenesis Group, IROC was able to shed $650,000 in debt just last week.
LOWELL - The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has denied motions by opposing parties that would have stopped construction of the Kingdom Wind project in Lowell pending a decision by the Vermont Supreme Court on appeals that have been filed by opponents.
The motions were intended to halt tree clearing activities and construction. The appeals are intended to reverse the PSB's granting of a Certificate of Public Good for the project.
Last week, heavy equipment began creating a staging area and reinforcing a road at the base of the mountain range.
Newport, Vermont and Magog, Quebec â€“ On the weekend of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, 11 extraordinary marathon open water swimmers undertook the 25 mile international, cross border swim the length of Lake Memphremegog from Newport to Magog. They were supported by 21 yackers and 12 boat pilots and crew.
The expedition was organized and hosted by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and IROC and was sponsored and outfitted by Newport Marine Services, Clyde River Recreation, and Great Outdoors.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport City woman says she told drugs because her family needed the money to buy baby formula and food.
Last Thursday the woman, Tasha Robbins, a/k/a Tasha Hisman, was given five sentences of 2-5 years each, concurrent with each other, with credit for time served. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Charles Hisman, 30, of Newport City, is facing one felony count of the sale of heroin and one felony count for the delivery of heroin. She asked the court to be lenient on her sentence because she is seven months pregnant.
NEWPORTâ€“After a fantastic season last year that saw boys senior captain Josef Bourgeois pick up a second place finish at the state meet, the North Country Cross-Country team will be looking to fill his, as well as some other key positions on the 2011 roster.
"On the girls side we lost Genna Primeau and Martha Petzoltd to graduation and Steph Fontaine decided not to return, and on the boys side we lost Josef and Andy Decelles to graduation, and Brian DeLaBruere is now playing soccer," says 2nd year Head Coach Chris Schaffer.
January 8, 1925-September 8, 2011
Harry M. Higley, age 86, of Lowell, VT died on Thursday, September 8, 2011. He was born January 8, 1925 in Guilford, VT to William and Bessie (Davis) Higley.
He was predeceased by one half brother, George, and two half-sisters, Lucy Higley and Evelyn Clark, all of Guilford.
He is survived by one brother, Herbert of San Diego, CA and one sister, Wilma Higgins of Guilford.