Archive - Oct 2011 - News Article
GREENSBORO - For the last 57 years, three generations of the Smith family have embraced locals and guests alike at the Highland Lodge. But last week the family concluded that it was time to close. The changing times, a world of technology, and the recent economy all contributed to this decision.
When you can no longer keep technology out of the dining room, the traditional inn model is too far outdated.
GREENSBORO - After 57 years of welcoming guests through its doors, the Smith family has decided to close the Highland Lodge. A combination of factors brought the family to this decision, and they are not the only ones.
Over the last decade, the number of inns, lodges, and bed and breakfasts in the Kingdom have slowly declined. Is this because of the economy? Or is it something more?
NEWPORT - Newport City Firefighter Will Lowell, with the help of Felicia Flint, a second grade student from Coventry Village School (CVS), explains safety gear used by firefighters.
As part of Fire Prevention Week, Flint and other CVS students visited the Newport City Fire Station Thursday.
There will be an open house at the station on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be department tours as well as hog dogs and hamburgers.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ If you smell the aroma of fresh baked goodies in the downtown area, there is good reason. It's probably coming from Jocelyn and Cintaâ€™s Bake Shop at 167 Main Street.
The storefront had many uses over the past several years or so, including another bakery and a Dunkin' Donuts.
Owners Jocelyn Bourassa and Cinta Aherns took the shop over from Northeast Kingdom Community Action last August. The women bring their own established product lines to the business.
â€śWe do pretty much anything,â€ť said Bourassa. â€śIf you think it, we can make it.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Every day in the United States, the American Red Cross provides assistance to victims of man-made and natural disasters. Most of the people who respond are volunteers.Â
Statewide, the Red Cross has 250 volunteers, but only about 30 to 35 percent are able to respond to a given event. The chapterâ€™s goal for this year is to add more people to its volunteer roster.
â€śWithout the volunteers, there is really no Red Cross,â€ť said Larry Crist, regional executive.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ According to state officials, work on replacing the Long Bridge will probably start in February, several months later than originally thought. Construction is expected to last nearly a year, during which time the state will also be paving US 5 through the city, including Main Street.
Both the city and state say the bridge is safe. â€śIf it werenâ€™t safe, we would have it closed,â€ť said Carolyn Carlson, project manager.
The state will be finalizing the plans between now and January. Contractors will be able to bid on the project in January.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Police are looking for the person who stole an Army Ruck Sack from a U.S. Veteran who served in Afghanistan last year. Kurt Geib noticed the pack missing from his home Tuesday. The bag, issued by the Army, contained mostly warm weather gear.
Geib, a chaplain, said the bag also contained a personal Bible. The items have a â€śprice tagâ€ť but he wasnâ€™t sure of the exact value. The items are property of the Army, not Geib. The bag was located in Geibâ€™s garage and the thief stole nothing else.
CHARLESTON - A White Cane Awareness walk will be held this Saturday morning in West Charleston. The purpose of the walk is to promote awareness regarding those who are visually impaired or blind, and their dependence on canes and seeing eye dogs.
Among those participating will be some young members of the Free Will Baptist Church who will be blindfolded and have a guide.
IRASBURG - Rumors are circulating on Facebook that Pete the Moose is in hiding or missing. A number of people have gone looking for him to no avail, but no one could be reached to confirm his disappearance.
Have you seen Pete today?
LYNDONVILLE - FEMA officials are again warning that time is quickly running out for interested individuals to file applications for emergency aid.
The Lyndonville office on Park Avenue, which serves Caledonia and Orleans counties, will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
After that, applicants will still be able to call the Help Line at 1-800-621-3362. The deadline for all applications is October 31st. FEMA urges people to apply soon.