Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
NEWPORT - The Orleans County Sheriff's Department will have a new home soon - before the New Year if everything goes as planned.
Currently the department is located in an old house behind the court building. The house is falling apart, has mold due to frequent flooding in the basement, and has multiple structural problems.
A space on the second floor, which was being used, began to cave in, forcing employees out of the room.
The foundation is collapsing and there are several holes in it.
"You cannot conduct business in this house," Sheriff Kirk Martin said.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Main Street storefront may soon be filled.
Albert and Eleanor LĂ©ger, co-proprietors of Eden Ice Cider Company, want to move their West Charleston company to the site of the former Downtown and Affordable Furniture.
The move would allow the company to develop the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center to support local food enterprises.
On Monday, the Newport City Council gave its support to the Tasting Center to apply for a planning grant from the Vermont Community Development Program.
ORLEANS/ESSEX COUNTIES - The United States Post Office has announced far-reaching new plans to streamline services to save millions of dollars and try to stay solvent. Among these changes are the termination of overnight delivery.
There has been talk of suspending Saturday delivery and window and lobby services. Nationwide, post offices will be closed along with some distribution centers. Here in Vermont, there is talk of moving part of the distribution center at White River Junction to Burlington.
LOWELL, VT - Seven people were arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday morning including a local newspaper publisher, a doctor and a college professor.
A group of protesters opposed to the construction of 21 industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain planned the civil disobedience event Monday morning. The group of approximately 11 gathered on the crane path on the ridge line and stopped construction vehicles from advancing to their work sites. The land that protesters stood on is disputed property.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Thursday, about two dozen Newport area residents met at the Emory State Office Building to discuss community needs. Similar meetings have taken place elsewhere in the state. Eventually members of the groups will bring their message to the State House.
Put People First, part of the Vermont Workers' Center, organized Thursdayâ€™s meeting. Members are particularly concerned about what will happen to public assistance programs. They also feel everyone has a right to housing, education and dignified work.
COVENTRY â€“ Unconfirmed reports state that the Vermont Sate Police were involved in a high speed chase involving a black Dodge pickup, possibly a Dakota with a broken back window, around 11:25 Monday morning in Coventry. It is believed that the unidentified occupant of the pick-up truck was speeding while going through a construction site and that during the pursuit speeds were in excess of 80 mph.
DERBY â€“ On Friday afternoon, Katy Murray, a manager at the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), started to go to the second floor of the complex and noticed smoke in the sports arena.
IROC staff members evacuated the building and called 911 at 3:30 p.m.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Hundreds of local families enjoyed a meal fit for a king at the traditional Tony Pomerleau Christmas Party, held at the East Side Restaurant Saturday. Pomerleau, a Burlington real-estate developer and Newport native, pays for the meal in Newport as well as one in Burlington as his way of giving back to the community.
Besides the meal, the children received a free present, had their photo taken with Santa Claus and had an opportunity to wrap Christmas ornaments to give to family members.
NEWPORT - Newport was alive and hopping for the Magic on Main event, which began with a tree lighting ceremony and the hand bell-ringers performance at the Goodrich Memorial Library. The performance was followed by candy canes, cookies and other goodies in the library.
Santa's Workshop was open in the former Landing Clothing store building, now owned by Tony Pomerleau, where Santa Claus took his famous seat and listened as children told him what they wanted for Christmas.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) â€” Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.
Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov. 18 to keep the government afloat until mid-December.