January 18th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - Over 250 people crowded into the Newport Municipal Building last night interrogate the hospital board of directors over the dismissal of Dr. Leslie Lockridge.
The hospital's CEO, Claudio Fort, addresses the crowd in what promised to be a two-hour discussion moderated by hospital board member Kathy Austin.
When Dr. Lockridge appeared, he was met with hugs and cheers.
More of the story and photos in Fridayâ€™s Newport Daily Express.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ North Country Union High School teacher and track coach Gary Johnson had his say about the newly refurbished track at Tuesday nightâ€™s full board meeting.
Last year the school board agreed to refurbish the track providing the project used no taxpayer dollars. Johnson made a commitment to head up the fundraising efforts and, to date, he has raised about $88,000. Later in the year, the board agreed to start the project even though there wasnâ€™t enough money.Â
ENOSBURG, VT - An Enosburg, VT, woman is sick, suffering from formaldehyde poisoning, and she says the source is the neighboring farm.
Amy Cochran of Enosburg is a retired science teacher and former farmer herself. Her neighbor has a large farm with approximately 1,200 cattle. According to Cochran, the neighbor uses formaldehyde regularly on the farm.
Formaldehyde is used by many farmers throughout the state to treat hairy wart syndrome, an infection cows get on their hooves.
BARTON, VT - Tuesday, Barton Town voted two new members to its select board in a special election. Two of the three board seats were left empty by resignations, leaving the town without a functioning board since the beginning of December. With the seats filled by the end of Tuesday night, the new board held its first meeting last night.
NEWPORT - "I'm super disappointed with North Country Hospital. They never even talked with the patients." This was the opening remark by Gabbie Bolton concerning the decision by North Country Hospital to replace Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the oncologist, with two part-time Dartmouth-Hitchcock oncologists working two days a week.
LOS ANGELES - With a Golden Globe award in hand, Vermonter Julie Frost is still glowing from the experience of being on the same stage that has seen the best and brightest in film and television.
Frost, originally from Tulsa, OK, moved to New Haven, VT, when she was a baby and considers herself a Vermonter.
Frost won the award for Best Original Song, â€śMasterpiece,â€ť which she co-wrote with Madonna and Jimmy Harry for Madonnaâ€™s film â€śW.E.â€ť and which will be on Madonna's upcoming album.
COVENTRY - Improvements to the Newport Airport have begun. A new hangar was just built and completed this week and it will accommodate a second homeowner who skis frequently in the area.
There are plans to build a â€ścondo hangarâ€ť that would accommodate approximately 16 aircraft. The construction may begin as early as spring.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport woman accused of embezzling from her former employer pleaded not guilty to the felony charge in Orleans Court yesterday.
Jennifer Messier, also known as Jennifer Stace, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $500.
Sept. 8, 2011, George Azur told Newport City Police Sgt. Seth DiSanto that Messier had embezzled money while employed at his business. Azur said he fired Messier when he found out she took money from the storeâ€™s cash register.
WESTMOREâ€“It was cold and bitter day at the races for the North Country Nordic teams on Saturday. Moved from Friday due to conditions, the teams competed in the Lyndon Institute Carnival's Free Technique race. Despite being shorthanded due to All-State music try-outs and illness, it was the Falcon girls having another strong day, taking home second place at the event while the boys placed fifth.
BROWNINGTON - Winter in Vermont does have its beauty. Here, bitter cold and an icy wind sweep across a field adjacent to the Old Stone House in Brownington, VT. Imagine those students, many years ago, looking up from their chalkboards at this scene outside the window.