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September 8th

IROC Gets Huge Boost

September 9, 2011

DERBY — Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) reduced a large portion of its debt load Wednesday when Fran Azur and Melanie Gefert, of Newport Center and Pennsylvania, stepped in to help IROC settle a large debt.
Azur negotiated with The Jenesis Group in a deal where Azur paid $65,000 toward the IROC debt of $650,000 and fully eliminated the debt. The unsecured note of $650,000 was to come due Nov. 1 and could have forced IROC into bankruptcy.

Newport Economic Summit Promises Big Changes

September 9, 2011

NEWPORT CITY — About a 100 or so community leaders met at the Gateway Center Wednesday evening to hear what was accomplished in the city and what the future holds. 
Newport City Mayor Paul Monette said it is amazing how far the city has come since the first visit by the Regional Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) in 2007. One of the most important things that happened is the development of a partnership between the public and private sector.

September 7th

Charleston Man Lost in Rollover

September 8, 2011

Joel Tetreault of West Charleston died when the truck he was driving rolled over in Coventry Tuesday night. State police say that Tetreault, 57, was driving his 2002 GMC pickup south on Pine Hill at around 10 p.m. The truck left the roadway, went down a small embankment, and then went down a second embankment, which caused the truck to roll. Tetreault was thrown from the truck and pinned under the vehicle. The Newport City Fire Department assisted on the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Debonville Sentenced for Drug Deals

September 8, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Judge Robert Bent Tuesday sentenced William Debonville, 43 of Island Pond, to serve one to three years in prison for the sale of cocaine. He was also assessed $141 in fees. Two felony charges for the sale of a depressant/stimulant/narcotic were dismissed by the state.
Newport City Police Officer Seth DiSanto wrote in an affidavit that the Vermont Drug Task Force, where DiSanto serves as a detective, launched an investigation of the distribution of narcotics in the Orleans County area during the week of Jan. 20, 2010.

Brighton Board Tackles Broken Down Buildings

September 8, 2011

BRIGHTON - At the Brighton Selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening, the issue of abandoned "eyesores" and cluttered properties, which may be creating possible public hazards, drew a small crowd that turned out to ask the selectboard to take some action. The town health officer held the floor for the first part of the meeting. He had reports on several inspections he had done recently at the request of the board.

VELCO wants Act 250 opinion reconsidered

September 8, 2011

WATERBURY, VT - The Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) has filed for reconsideration of the Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission.
Kirstin Sultan, the District 7 Coordinator, issued the JO on August 8. It states that the existing telecommunications towers located on Nelson Hill in Derby need Act 250 permits. However no one seems to know when the towers were built. Neighbors provided conflicting reports and USDA photos do not identify the year the photos were taken.

September 6th

In Times of Disaster, Who Do You Trust?

September 7, 2011

Those who suffered any damage as a result of Tropical Storm Irene’s wrath should report damage by calling 211. Vermont’s 211, through the United Way, is working in cooperation with Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) and Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Vermont VOAD).

School Lunches Could Cost More

September 7, 2011

NEWPORT - Within the next three years, school lunch programs across the country, including those in the Northeast Kingdom, may have to start charging more for their lunches. The increase is part of the national legislation known as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
Schools charging on average $2.46 or more per student per meal for a paid lunch would not be required to adjust the lunch cost for the 2011-2012 school year, but those charging less, will.

Glover Launches Hero's Scholarship Run

September 7, 2011

GLOVER - Last Saturday, the Glover Volunteer Fire Department held a 5k walk/run to raise money for a college scholarship fund. The newly formed group and the participants didn't let the storm or weekend rain dampen the spirit of the event. Though participation wasn't as high as they would have liked, the auxiliary was able to put away $300 towards their scholarship.

Kingdom Wind Breaks Ground

September 7, 2011

LOWELL - Construction is now underway on the controversial Lowell Mountain wind project after three years of planning and preparation. On Friday, J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center started construction on a staging area and access road in the foothills of the mountain range.
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is spearheading the construction project called Kingdom Community Wind. The 63-megawatt wind energy project will be up and running by December 2012, Dotty Schnure, spokesperson for GMP, said Tuesday.

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