Archive - 2012 - News Article
NEWPORT - Inmates at the Vermont Correctional Print Shop altered the seal emblem placed on police cruisers to include an imbedded pig on one of the cow spots. The emblem was put on about 30 cruisers before anyone detected the alteration.
Construction crews dove into work on the Long Bridge in Newport City at the same time the state was busy paving in the area, which caused numerous traffic jams. Work on the bridge has been efficient and, despite one worker falling into the water, has proceeded on or ahead of schedule.
NEWPORT - Wind. Wind. Wind. If there's one issue that dominated the news and the minds of people in the area, it was industrial wind towers. From the battle on the hillsides of Derby Line to the protests and sign waving on the Lowell Mountain ridgeline, wind was the hot issue of the year, and may be for years to come.
JOHNSON â€“ The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors passed a resolution that recommended a moratorium of up to two years on renewable power supply mandates.
The recommendation will be made to the Vermont Legislature.
The board of directors' meeting agenda stated that the topic was geared towards new wind turbine power projects, but the discussion evolved to include all renewable projects as the talks ensued, explained Liz Gamache, spokesperson with VEC.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Nasty! That was the word for many Northeast Kingdom residents who braved yesterday's blizzard to get to work or do shopping. Many people stayed home.
Plow trucks scraped off as much as they could, but at the rate the snow was falling, the work seemed like a futile effort. In the meantime, a number of drivers had a hard time staying on the road.
NEWPORT- Merrilyn Barry, Director of Volunteers at North Country Hospital (and also business manager for the Wellness Center), coordinates dozens of volunteers working in different capacities at the hospital. One group of retired volunteers works in a variety of positions including the gift shop, information desk, stock room, library, dialysis, physical therapy, information systems, and by shredding documents and helping out in the waiting room. Volunteers work four- or five-hour shifts depending on need and the area where they work.
NEWPORT â€“ Chris Braithwaite and The Chronicle filed a civil complaint against Green Mountain Power (GMP) Wednesday. Â
Braithwaite, the 68-year old publisher of the Chronicle, was arrested December 5, 2011, while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain. He faced a criminal trespass charge for a year and racked up more than $20,000 in legal fees.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Members the Newport City Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Department, and Vermont State Police took part in a refresher course on "active shooter" at the North Country Career Center Wednesday.
The career center and the attached North Country Union High School make the structure one of the largest complexes in Orleans County.
Each training session lasted two and a half hours. Close to three dozen law enforcement officers took part.
MORGAN â€“ The Morgan United Church, built in 1843, is about to undergo major renovations.
Plans include adding 30 feet to the back of the church. The expansion means more room in the sanctuary and fellowship area. It also means adding two classrooms. The church currently has no classrooms.
â€śI would say this is probably the biggest project,â€ť said Rev. Mike DeSena. Church officials were talking about expanding the building when DeSena arrived at the church 15 years ago. â€śThis has been kind of a work in progress.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY - Christmas cheer was in the air recently as children of all ages attended a holiday celebration at the Goodrich Memorial Library, one of the region's architectural gems.
Local performer Mark Shelton, also known as Captain Radical, dressed in his pirate outfit and sang holiday tunes and other favorites.
One big hit was when Shelton sang the Village People's "YMCA" while Rudolph, the Grinch and a gorilla performed the dance moves. During other pieces, children dance in the aisles, swirling cowboy hats and laughing.
"This is fun," said one child.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Trish Sears, CEO of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), is full of energy and always looking for ways to make her beloved city even better. Thatâ€™s why the staff at the Newport Daily Express named her Citizen of the Year.
â€śIâ€™m really humbled,â€ť said Sears, upon hearing of her award.