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December 29th

2011 Citizen of the Year: William Graham

December 29, 2011

This year’s Newport Daily Express’ Citizen of the Year Award goes to 84-year-old Bill Graham of Newport City.
Graham, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, moved with his family to Cambridge, MA, and then to Concord, N.H. While in high school, Graham joined the Sea Scouts. Graham briefly left high school to do a two-year stint in the Navy.
Back then, it was very common for young men to quit school to join the service during the World War II era, said Graham.

Natural Disasters Top Year’s News

December 29, 2011

If there was ever a year for extremes, this was it: Record snowfall was followed by record rainfall, which lead to massive flooding and damage in April. Then May brought more rain, and more rain, and more rain, making it the wettest spring on record with 18.14 inches by May 28. The old record of 15.46 inches was set in 1983.

December 28th

Brighton Municipal Building Makeover Begins

December 28, 2011

BRIGHTON, VT - The white vinyl siding that enveloped the Brighton Municipal Building in Island Pond for a couple of decades is currently being removed so architects and engineers can assess the historical features hidden beneath it.
The work is the very first phase of a weatherization and historical preservation project funded mostly by grants totalling just over a half million dollars.

Developers Push Derby Wind Towers, Holland Pushes Back

December 28, 2011

DERBY - Developers who want to construct two industrial size wind turbines just east of Derby Line applied earlier this month for two Certificates of Public Good (CPG) with the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB).
Encore Redevelopment, with its partners, has filed for the CPGs for Grandview Farm, owned by the Davis family, and Smugglers Hill Farm, owned by Jayne and Jonathan Chase. The turbines would be more than 400 feet tall at the tip of the blade and are expected to generate 2.2 Mw of power.
The project is under the state’s SPEED program.

Newport Considers Alternative Commercial Tax Structure

December 28, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Someday commercial property in the designated downtown may be worth more than the buildings that sit on it.
During the Dec. 19 Newport City Council meeting, City Manager John Ward Jr. said he, Mayor Paul Monette and Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher met with University of Vermont Professor Gary Flomenhoft to engage with a preliminary study of the potential positive impacts of a Land Value Taxation system as an alternative to the conventional municipal taxation system.
At the meeting, the council gave the okay for the free study to continue.

December 27th

The Gift of Time

December 27, 2011

WESTFIELD – Fourth to sixth grade students from the Jay/Westfield School take time from their busy schedule every week to visit with residents of the Scenic View Residential Home. Last Thursday, the students presented each resident with a holiday gift packet, which included greeting cards, popcorn and ornaments. The students also played bingo with the residents.
“We do this so the children have a chance to get out and do something nice in the community,” explained Eva Lemieux, after school site coordinator from the Jay/Westfield School. “They (the students) also learn social skills.”

Derby Zoning Board Upholds “Good Stuff” Permit

December 27, 2011

DERBY - The Derby Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) upheld a decision on Thursday, Dec. 22, on a change of use permit issued by the town’s Zoning Administrator Bob Kelley. The change is from office to retail and office space designation.
The ZBA’s decision can be appealed to Environmental Court within the 30 days following Thursday’s decision.
The change allows for the adult novelty store Good Stuff to open a store at 4267 Route 5 next to Roaster’s Café.

Wreaths Donated to Honor Veterans

December 27, 2011

NEWPORT CITY - Spates the Florist & Garden Center donated 158 wreaths, valued at $10 each plus labor, to the Newport Rotary Club to place on the graves of area veterans just before Christmas.

Vandals Get Probation for Damage to Vacant Newport Home

December 27, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – A tip from a watchful neighbor lead to the conviction of two men and a teenager. However, it was not before the trio caused over $1,000 of damage to a vacant home in Newport City.
On Friday, Dec. 22, Glen Boule, 19, of Newport City, entered pleas of guilty to a felony charge of unlawful mischief greater than $1,000 and a felony charge of unlawful trespass of a residence. The state dismissed a felony charge of burglary.

December 26th

Community Christmas Dinner Gets Bigger and Better Every Year

December 26, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – The aroma of turkey and stuffing filled the air Sunday as 200 or so area residents enjoyed a free holiday dinner at the American Legion Post 21 on Christmas Day. This was just one of the many dinners held across the region.
Tim Daley, who hosted the 28th annual Reynold and Esther Choinere Christmas Dinner, put a lot of time, money and effort into organizing the event.
“This is my personal Christmas,” said Daley, who doesn’t purchase presents or send cards. “I put all my money into this dinner.”

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