Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
NEWPORT, VT - Jay Peak Resort President and Co-Owner Bill Stenger,along with his grandaughters Anna and Emma Grasso, joined Co-Owner Ari Quiros to officially open the floodgates of the new indoor waterpark at Jay Peak. About 500 children from area schools received free passes to join the party.
LOWELL, VT - A group of about 20 protesters met on the Lowell Mountain ridge line yesterday to protest â€śEnvironmental Destructionâ€ť on the site where 21 industrial sized turbines are being constructed.
Some protesters were clad in bear costumes and held sings that read, â€śI canâ€™t find my den.â€ť The costumes signified the disruption to wildlife habitat, said Steve Wright of Craftsbury in a press release. Wright is an active opponent of the project.
Protesters stopped construction Monday morning for two hours before leaving the site.
CHARLESTON â€“ A defective furnace motor caused the Charleston Elementary School to fill with smoke yesterday.
Firefighters responded to the school at 8:44 a.m. in response to a report that smoke in the school had set off the alarm, Charleston Fire Chief Duane Moulton said. Firefighters found sparks coming from the motor and shut power to the furnace room.
Buses transported students and staff to the Charleston Town Clerkâ€™s Office while firefighters dealt with the problem. The only person to remain at the school was Principal Sharon Gonyaw.
NEWPORT CENTER, VT - It wouldnâ€™t be December without early winter accidents as drivers become accustomed to icy road conditions.
Vermont State Police reported no injuries in a two-vehicle crash on the Collins Mill Road in Newport Center Sunday.
Senior Trooper Andrew Jensen reported that Danielle Gabucci, 16, of Westfield, lost control of her 1999 Toyota Camry while attempting to negotiate a sharp curve and collided with a 2000 GMC pick-up truck being operated by David Heath, 59, of Newport Center.
BARTON, VT - This past weekend, Vermont Family Theater put on two performances of the Nutcracker with a cast made up up of children and one adult.
The classic story was a perfect addition to the Christmas season.
Both the young and the old flocked to the theater to enjoy the tale. With a nearly packed house for both performances, the kids danced their hearts out to the delight of the audiences.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Americans across the country took time to recognize World War II Veterans, also known as the Greatest Generation. Saturday, about a dozen area residents gathered in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Alfred Pepin Post #798 to honor the veterans from that era.
Holding such events is important so nobody forgets what happened on Dec. 7, 1941, said Floyd Ellis, post commander. â€śI was just a child at the time. I can just imagine what they went through.â€ť
World War II veterans are rapidly dying and soon they will become a thing of the past, said Post Trustee Rick Kelley.
NEWPORT, VT - Area artists and artisans have been busy creating paintings on eight-foot tall panels to enhance the Community Christmas Dinner.
Tim Daley, who is the host and producer of the event, had a vision to make this year's dinner spectacular. Working in collaboration with the Wooden Horse Arts Guild, well known artist Adrien "Yellow" Patenaude of Newport, a host of volunteer artists, the Area Agency on Aging, and area businesses, the vision is becoming a reality.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Another new restaurant will soon grace downtown Newport, making the Main Street area the place to be for good food. Scott and Lisa Shipley will open the Habaneroâ€™s Mexican Grille at 8 a.m. today. It is located at the former Peeking Garden Chinese Restaurant.
Scott, originally from southern California, said he wanted to experience a different way of life. Back in California, he was a real-estate broker. â€śI got tired of doing that,â€ť he said. â€śI decided to take my savings, come up here and open a restaurant. I love cooking and I always wanted to own a restaurant.â€ť
By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
NEWPORT TOWN â€“ Newport Center Fire Chief Kurk Flynn has high praise for the firefighters who prevented a possible explosion at a camp on the Clark Mountain Road yesterday. Firefighters responded to a fully engulfed structure at around 1:30 p.m. Flynn immediately requested mutual aid from Newport City and Troy. He also asked North Troy firefighters to be on standby.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For some, thereâ€™s nothing better than homemade food. Friday, Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery of Websterville, VT, prepared dishes using recipes from her book "In a Cheese Makerâ€™s Kitchen" at Newport Natural Foods Marketing CafĂ©.
The dishes Hooper prepared include Mascarpone and Spanish dip and salad with a special goat cheese called bijou. She used cheeses made by her company. Community members also sampled the cheeses by themselves.