Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
STANSTEAD, QUE. - Despite the bad springtime weather and Tropical Storm Irene, the overall apple crop is doing well, at least in this area.
â€śFrom what Iâ€™ve seen, the apples are looking great,â€ť said Koi Boynton, agricultural development coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.
NEWPORT, VT - Tim Daley of Newport last year took over as host and coordinator of the annual Newport Christmas Dinner. The event has been held at the American Legion Post 21 in Newport for more than 20 years.
This year, for the 28th annual dinner, Daley decided that he would not have the party at the Legion with out a lift to assist individuals in getting up the stairs. Daley also said that he would help in the fundraising effort to make the lift a reality.
SHEFFIELD, VT - An oil leak from a turbine on the Sheffield Wind Project now under construction has been cleaned up, according to a spokesperson for First Wind, the Boston, MA, company developing the project.
Officials are blaming the leak on a mechanical problem. A tube inside a gear box leaked about 55 gallons of oil. The leak was discovered on Saturday.
First Wind sought help from an environmental clean-up group from St. Johnsbury.
The turbine is one of 16 recently installed for the wind project, which is nearing completion.
NEWPORT - Area youth had an opportunity to check out the big rigs at the Gateway Center on Saturday.
Here, Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair shows off the city's newest fire engine and provides the young people with coloring books.
The youngsters with LeClair included Andrew Parrish, Kelby McMunus and Brandon Parish.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In Orleans District Court Tuesday, Amanda Parker, 22, of Albany, entered a plea of not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment; and Todd Medeiros, 49, of Barton, entered a not guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct - fight.
Judge Robert Bent released both defendants on conditions.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ To meter or not to meter? That is the question. In November, Newport City voters will have a chance to answer that question. On Monday night, the Newport City Council held the third and final required public hearing regarding the topic.
A public vote will likely be held early in November.
Some tenants who live in Newport City recently received a letter dated Sept. 23, 2011 asking them to register to vote. The letter, provided by Express sources, is unsigned and says it is "to all renters in Newport from landlords."
IRASBURG - Steve Baraw is busy maneuvering his skidder while on a logging job in Irasburg. Despite the economic downturn in other areas, logging seems to be holding steady.
Vermontâ€™s wood industry goes back 250 years. The first sawmill was built in Westminster around 1739, and by 1840, there were over 1,000 sawmills in Vermont.
Vermont's forest products industry contributed about $1 billion in value of shipments to the Vermont economy in 2001 and employed almost 12,000 people. Over 78% of the land area of the state is forested.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport Center man already on probation for aggravated domestic assault entered a not guilty plea to another charge of aggravated domestic assault. Monday, Judge Robert Bent ordered John Heath held on $7,500 bail.
Based on the affidavit filed in the case by Senior Trooper Callie Field, the following allegedly occurred.
On Sept. 24, around 7:45 a.m., the clerk at the TD Bank in Waitsfield unlocked the front doors for customers. A few minutes later, an unknown male or female suspect entered the bank and went to one of the tellers, handing the teller a note indicating the suspect had a gun and to hand over all the money.
The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and placed the money into a black, hard leather case with a shoulder strap. A firearm was not displayed and the only communication was through the note.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The medical field apparently has its eyes on Newport in a big way.
First, AnC Bio has plans to open a research facility in the former Bogner Plant. On Friday, a separate company, Numia Medical Technology of Lyndonville, purchased the former Vermont Teddy Bear Factory on Farrant Street from Bob Miller for an undisclosed amount of money.