Archive - 2011 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY â Itâs nearly the end of the year and that can mean only one thing: Time to start preparing budgets that governing boards will ask voters to approve on Town Meeting Day in March. Monday night, Newport Manager John Ward, Jr. presented the city council with a budget of $4,256,499.36. The current budget is $4,375,450.58.
A memo Ward presented to the council states the municipal property tax rate would increase by $.0125 to $1.1405 per $100 of assessed value. The current rate is $1.1281.
NEWPORT CITY â After more than three decades of serving the city, Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, 56, will hang up his gun belt one last time.
Duquette confirmed late yesterday he will retire on Aug. 1, 2012. He has already given the city council suggestions on how to proceed in finding his replacement.
Duquette is willing to train his replacement. âI hate to throw this in somebodyâs lap without them doing some shadowing,â he said. Duquette would like to see a local person assume the position. âThatâs how I ended up with the job 15 years ago.â
DERBY â Yesterday morning, law enforcement officers met at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department's new building on the Derby Road for a very important assignment â delivering Christmas presents to area schools.
School officials will distribute the toys, clothes and other presents to parents of predetermined children. In all, law enforcement officers delivered toys to 13 area children. Orleans County Sheriff's Dispatcher Tammy LaCourse estimated there were enough presents for 150 children, well over the goal of 95.
IRASBURG, VT - Each year, Bob and Rachel Booth, owners of Bob's Quick Stop on Route 14 between Irasburg and Albany, plan a huge Christmas party for area children and this year was certainly no different.
Sunday, Dec. 18, at exactly 1 PM, the Irasburg Fire Department delivered Santa (assisted by Omer Bousquet) to his chair, ready to greet the children. Fire Chief Robin Beaton noted that Santa is heavier this year so they will put more air in the truck tires next year.
Garth McKinney and Dave Miclette, playing all the favorite Christmas songs, provided live music for the afternoon.
NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Firefighters tended to a car that caught on fire at the One Stop Mini-Mart yesterday afternoon. A woman had called 911 yelling that the car was in flames.
Newport City Police arrived on scene and saw flames coming from the engine.
A passerby used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze and police pushed the car away from the building. The car was not next to the pumps.
Edwin Bolton III of Newport Center owns the car.
NEWPORT â A cold wind coming off Lake Memphremagog whipped through a pup tent at the Emory Hebard State Office Building on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a group of demonstrators held signs and banged on drums as motorists passed by the busy intersection of Main and Coventry streets.
This Saturday marked the three-month anniversary of the founding of Occupy Wall Street in New York City. Demonstrations, marches and parties are being held around the country by members of the Occupy movement.
NEWPORT â People gathered around the Newport City Elementary School gymnasium last Thursday night to listen to the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders play and sing Christmas songs.
The Beginning Band, which included fourth graders, started off the concert by playing "Hot Cross Buns/Merrily We Roll Along." They then played three more songs including "Jingle Bells," which they played along with the Advanced Band (fifth and sixth graders) to end their program.
Next was the Advanced Band playing songs like "B B Rock," "Deck The Halls," "Our Director March," and finally "Christmas Chimes."
NEWPORT, VT - If you still haven't finished your shopping, and most of us haven't, this is a great time to take advantage of the wonderful shops in and around Orleans County. Think "inside" the box.
Got a snowmobile lover on your hands? There's always Al's Snowmobile with all kinds of machines, accessories and clothing. Or check out Walt's in Derby for warm family values on cold winter days. (I hate cold.) For the hunter and fisherman on your list, try Mr. O's and Wright's.
NEWPORT CITY â Lapierreâs Decorating Center on East Main Street continues to grow, giving one more reason to shop local all year round.
âWeâre rearranging all the time,â said manager Meghan Davis. âWeâre always bringing in new products in the flooring and paint department. Now we decided to bring in home decor and gifts.â
âWe added home decor give people additional reasons to stop in,â said Randy Davis who co-owns the store with his wife Valerie. âWe like to have a nice variety and things you donât see everywhere.â
NEWPORT CITY â âIf you donât think it can happen to you, youâve already made your first mistake.â
Those words are at the end of a video the Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team (START) brought to the North Country Union High School Driver Education Class this week. START consists of local and state law enforcement agencies and the court diversion program.
The video showed newspaper clippings and graphic still photographs of a fatal drinking and driving accident nearly 10 years ago. The accident happened after two local friends had been drinking.