Archive - Oct 2011 - News Article
NEWPORT, VT - â€śNow heaven has a new leader of the band,â€ť is what the family of Richard â€śDickâ€ť Croudis said in an e-mail sent to the Newport Rotary Club Monday.
Croudis, the former band director at the Newport City High School and North Country Union High School, passed away Saturday morning. He was 94.
Croudis, a veteran of World War II, was highly involved in the Northeastern Rotary Music Festival for 30 years. That festival is held every March at North Country Union High School.Â
ORLEANS - If many people care about the Vermont House Seat reapportionment in the state, it wasnâ€™t evident at a hearing conducted by the House Committee on Government Operations. The hearing, held at Lake Region Union High School Wednesday evening, only drew about 15 local residents, most of whom were politicians or connected to politics.
EAST BURKE, VT - On the same day that two other local controversial wind projects were front and center in the media statewide, a small ceremony marked the installation of a 123-foot tall wind turbine at the top of Burke Mountain.
There were no protesters, although a Caledonia County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy was on the scene. About 25 people made up the crowd and the Tamarack Grill from Burke served hot cocoa, brownies and cookies.
SHEFFIELD, VT - The Sheffield Wind Project is up and running - officially. The huge blades have actually been turning in the wind for a week now, but Wednesday politicians, dignitaries, representatives from Green Mountain Power and about 500 people were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and celebratory barbecue.
Some of those people, of course, included protesters who have been adamantly opposing the development of mountainous ridgeline wind farms for some time. They have argued that the turbines are inefficient, bad for the environment, and just plain ugly.
DERBY - The proposed Derby Line wind turbines project was discussed at the Derby Selectmanâ€™s meeting last week. Some spoke in favor of the turbines while others spoke out against them.
Phil Letourneau, who has looked into allowing one on his farm, said that if landowners want to put turbines on their property they should be allowed to, and what neighbors think about it shouldnâ€™t matter. Others disagreed with Letourneauâ€™s comments, noting that the size of the project would effect others.
NEWPORT, VT - In a continuation of last week's battle between Don and Shirley Nelson and Green Mountain Power (GMP), attorneys for the parties examined and cross-examined a number of witnesses Tuesday, including two local surveyors, Paul Hannon and Norbert Blais.
Don Nelson is arguing that Blais' original survey of the property line between Nelson and Benjamin â€śTripâ€ť Wileman, where the GMP wind powers are being constructed, was inaccurate and that a property agreement between Nelson and Wileman was arrived at unfairly.
SHEFFIELD â€” Vermont's Burlington Electric Department is now receiving electricity from the Sheffield wind project. The blades on the huge wind turbines have been spinning for about a week.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the project will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, and some protesters of Vermont's wind projects are planning to be there.
Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to be at the ceremony.
DERBY, VT - Flames shoot out of the engine of this 2000 Buick LeSabre parked at Lo's Tavern in Derby Thursday.
Firefighters responded to the scene at around 1:30 p.m. The fire started in the engine compartment and appeared to be electrical in origin.
William Park of Delanson, New York, owns the vehicle.
BRIGHTON, VT - Mark Podgwaite, Director of Lyndon Rescue, proposed a new emergency medical services contract to the Brighton Selectboard on Wednesday, one that did not contain any increase based on a fee for using a repeater on a tower owned by Sen. Vince Illuzzi and his brother Joseph Illuzzi, who own Site Acquisitions, LLC, based in Montpelier.
The contract did nothing to calm the dispute between Lyndon Rescue and the Illuzzi brothers over who pays how much for using the tower, however.
NEWPORT, VT - A hearing for a preliminary injunction was held Thursday in Orleans Superior Court in the matter of Green Mountain Power (GMP) versus Don and Shirley Nelson. Not all the evidence was presented and the court will continue the hearing Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, the court ordered that the Temporary Restraining Order, issued against the Nelsons and against others camping on the land in an attempt to interfere with construction of the Lowell Wind Project, remain in place pending the outcome of the hearing.