Archive - 2011 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For the past several years, the Newport City Council has been trying to determine the most equable way to bill residential taxpayers for their water and sewer rates.
Currently, newer single homes, including 100 or so whose owners agreed to be sources of data, and many multi-unit apartment buildings, have already used meters.
After looking at the data collected over the past several months, the city council has determined that the fairest billing method is for all properties to have usage meters. The money collected will cover the cityâ€™s expense for providing water.
NEWPORT - The Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to a large segment of the Northeast Kingdom's vulnerable population, is in desperate need of volunteers. Meals on Wheels, part of the Federal Older Americans Act, is coordinated through the Area Agency on Aging. It provides meals to seniors who canâ€™t get out on their own or prepare their own meals.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM â€“ Tropical storm Irene hit the region Sunday leaving behind what some are calling historic flooding. â€śIt was probably as high as I've ever seen it,â€ť said Orleans Fire Chief Ron Hoyt. â€śIt came up pretty fast. It went up two feet in 20 minutes.â€ť
Flooding from the Barton River prompted firefighters to respond to Blanchard Oil and the Ethan Allen Manufacturing Plant in Orleans Village late Sunday evening.
Kenneth W. Magoon, 74, beloved husband of Judy Magoon, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2011 in Lebanon, NH, after a long illness. He was born on October 16, 1936, in Newport, VT, to Guy and Ester (Geer) Magoon.Â
He graduated from Newport High School in 1955 and entered the Air Force shortly after for a four-year enlistment including spending a year in Japan. After leaving the service, he joined the securities firm of Harris, Upham and Company, Inc. of Boston.
He married Judith Hill in 1960. In 1971 he worked forÂ Meddendorff, Colgate and Co., also located in Boston.Â
NEWPORT, VT â€“ JeffÂ Twiss made it back to his roots on Saturday night. The Boston Celtics' Vice President of Media Services, and now a 30-year veteran of the Celtic family, Twiss made his way back to Newport as he spoke at the annual Orleans County Northern Essex County Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at Newportâ€™s American Legion Hall. His father, Bob Twiss, who accompanied Jeff, is a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee who still resides in Orleans County, making his home in Craftsbury.
JAY, VT â€“ On Saturday, 73 motorcyclists throughout New England paid $45 each to take part in the 143-mile ride that ended on Jay Peak, and another three dozen or so people paid an additional fee to ride along on the back of the motorcycles. The proceeds from the annual event, known as the Kingdom Thunder Motorcycle Rally, will benefit IROCâ€™s Healthy Changes Initiative.
IROCâ€™s Healthy Changes Initiative is a discounted membership and exercise program for people who suffer from chronic conditions as well as members 65 years of age and older.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Cumberland Farms Store on East Main Street is undergoing a renovation project that company officials say will meet the needs of the customers on the go.
Kate Ngo, who does marketing strategy for the company, said Cumberland Farms is starting to implement a new plan after test marketing it at 50 of the 580 or so stores the company has.
â€śItâ€™s part of a whole new branding campaign,â€ť she said. â€śWe like to offer additional products and services to the customer.â€ť
When complete, the company will have various types of prepared food products.
DERBY - The Derby Selectmen accepted "with regret" the resignation of long-time Town Planner Cynthia Adams Monday evening and paved the way for the possibility of someone from Derby Line Village serving on the board.
The selectmen said they would begin advertising for the position.
Adams has a conflict with the Monday evening time slot, when the Planning Commission meets. She had asked the board to consider changing the day of the meetings, but said that if another planner couldnâ€™t make it on a different night, she would step down.
DERBY - "We are pleased to report the following," Phil White, executive director of Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) wrote in the opening of his announcement regarding developments in the IROC funding situation.
White reported that National Life donated the time of Fred Barnett, Director of Facility Operations, to assist in troubleshooting issues and general operations of the facility itself. He has identified the issues in the air exchange and de-humidification in the pool area of the facility.
MONTPELIER â€“ More than 100 wind tower opponents, particularly those opposed to the one Green Mountain Power has planned for a ridgeline in Lowell, gathered at the State House yesterday morning. The protesters strongly voiced their opposition to the project and Bread and Puppet Theater of Glover put on a skit supporting the protesters.
After delivering a lengthy letter to Gov. Peter Shumlinâ€™s office and comment cards to the Department of Public Service, the opponents boarded buses that took them to the Green Mountain Power office in Colchester where they delivered a second letter.