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February 20th

Cardboard Rocks!

February 20, 2012

ISLAND POND, VT - The last event during the Island Pond Winter Carnival on Sunday was the cardboard sled race, organized and sponsored by Reno and Jeanne Gervais.
Winners took away trophies for their efforts.
Brendan Jenks of Ferdinand won best decorated sled with his race car theme. First place winner was Mary Odonnel, second was Alison Gray and third went to Ryan Higgins.
The race was sponsored by Reno and Jeanne Gervais of Gervais Plumbing and Heating.
Twenty-eight homemade sleds of all shapes and sizes competed in the event, which included a race for the kids and one for the adults.

Career Center Director Leaving in June

February 20, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The North Country Union High School Board will be looking for a new director for the North Country Career Center.
Richard Hoffman confirmed Monday that he handed in his resignation at last Tuesday’s Resources Committee meeting. Human Resources approved the request with regret. The full board will act on the resignation at tonight’s monthly meeting.

Wind Developer Considers $15,000 Annual “Gesture” to Holland

February 20, 2012

HOLLAND - After months of consideration, planning and analyzing, the developers proposing to build two turbines just east of Derby Line are making an offer to the town of Holland.
Although the two turbines will not be located in the town of Holland, the turbines would be located near the town line and visible in many places throughout the town. The turbines planned are more than 400 feet tall at the tip of the blade and are slated for Grandview Farm, owned by the Davis Family, and Smugglers Hill Farm, owned by the Chase family.

February 19th

End of the Road for Starr’s

February 19, 2012

NO. TROY - E. Starr trucking in North Troy is closed. That’s the word from Roland Bellavance, the President of Bellavance Trucking in Barre.
Neither Senator Robert (Bobby) Starr nor his son Eric Starr, listed as the principal of the company on the Internet, would confirm the information. Bobby Starr did not return multiple phone calls and Eric Starr refused to comment of the company’s plans.
Six of Starr’s employees, including Eric Starr, were kept on by Bellavance; others who did not want to go with the company found other jobs or retired, Bellavance said.

Fr. Shiju Heads to Coney Island

February 19, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Two years ago, Fr. Shiju Chittattukkara, S.D.V, left his home in southern India to spread the Catholic word in the United States. His first stop was St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Last Thursday, Chittattukkara left Newport to serve at Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island, N.Y.
Chittattukkara came to Newport as an assistant pastor to Father Michael Reardon. Chittattukkara had been a priest for a year and a half before coming to Newport. This was his first time in the United States. Prior to coming to the Northeast Kingdom, he knew nothing about Newport.

February 16th

Troy School Bond Gets Mixed Reaction

February 16, 2012

NORTH TROY – The Troy School Board held a special meeting Wednesday evening to outline plans to renovate and improve the Troy Elementary School. The board is asking voters to approve a $2,208,000 bond Tuesday, Feb. 21.
"The Troy School was built in 1978 and has had very little done to it in the past 34 years,” states an informational sheet handed out to voters.
The heating system and sprinkler system are in the process of breaking down. The committee would like to replace the dry sprinkler system with a less expensive wet one.

PSB Promises “Due Process” in Derby Wind Project

February 16, 2012

DERBY - Derby Line Village Clerk Karen Jenne, who also serves on the Derby Select Board, was one of four area residents to go to Montpelier Monday for a prehearing conference on the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
The Derby Line Trustees and the Village of Derby Center Trustees authorized Jenne to represent each at the hearing. Jenne was also authorized to represent the International Water Company.

Dinner Theater Warms Island Pond

February 16, 2012

BRIGHTON - The Island Pond Chamber of Commerce proved the third time was a charm with their latest dinner theater fundraiser.
The “free-wheelin’ murder mystery” written and directed by Susan-Lynn Johns took place the last weekend in January at the American Legion. “Murder with a Country Twang” was presented during dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28, to a packed house. On on Sunday, Jan. 29, guests had a choice of desserts to choose from during an afternoon show.
During each show, several door prizes were presented and Director Johns was presented with a gift from the cast.

Area Students Participate In NEK Music Festival

February 16, 2012

NEWPORT – The Northeast Kingdom Elementary Music Festival was Wednesday night, February 15, at the Newport City Elementary School Gymnasium. Students from local schools took part in the music festival.
The concert started off with the The Honors Band, directed by Emily Piller. The band played songs like "Plaza de Toros," "Londonderry Air," and Bonse Aba."
The concert concluded with the Honors Chorus, directed by Wendell Hughes and accompanied by Carolyn Hillreigel. The children sang songs like "Finding Our Way Back Home," "Starry Night," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

February 15th

NCU Budget Talks Circle Track

February 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The North Country Union High School Business and Operations Committee decided Tuesday night not to face the issue regarding payments on the new track until after voters decide on the 2012-2013 budge. The budget comes up for a vote on Town Meeting Day next month.
Board Member Richard Cartee of Newport City said he did not want to get into a great discussion about the issue until voters approve the budget, something he said board members worked hard on.

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