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February 12th

Penguin Plunge Draws Huge Crowd!

February 12, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - This year's Penguin Plunge was a huge success. An estimated 175 participants brought in about $26,000 to benefit the Vermont Special Olympics.
The water was freezing, the air was worse, yet these brave souls risked it all for the cause.
Among those participating was a team from North Country Hospital who dived in with white lab coats on. The Lake Region Team, which had been practicing for the event, danced slowly into the water to the beat of loud music played from the Newport Gateway building.
Onlookers wrapped in warm coats, mittens and hats, cheered their teams.

February 9th

Two Former Educators Face Off For NCUHS Board

February 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Two former educators are vying for one seat on the board that directs the school where they both taught.
Incumbent Marie George is facing off against Marguerite “Maggie” Griffith for the three-year seat representing Newport City on the North Country Union High School Board.

Chamber Mixes It Up at Mexican Grill

February 9, 2012

NEWPORT - Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce sponsored a mixer at Habanero's Mexican Grill in Newport City Wednesday afternoon. A couple dozen business leaders networked and tasted some samplings off the menu.

Cyber Bullying: Now at a Computer Near You

February 9, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Technological capabilities are expanding like wildfire. New and innovative products that continue to offer more and more are developed all the time and give people access like never before. With this access, information and expanding possibilities are readily available, but the information once on the Internet is always there and cannot be deleted. The technological capabilities are wondrous, yet come with many concerns.

February 8th

Rumors Fly Over Starr Transport

February 8, 2012

NORTH TROY - Rumors are running rampant around town that Starr's Trucking in North Troy is filing for bankruptcy protection.
However, Eric Starr, the business' financial executive, has denied the allegations and the bankruptcy court in Rutland confirmed that nothing has been filed with them. Starr said Monday that the business is doing fine and they are not filing for bankruptcy.
But rumors continued to spread.

New Store Targets Troy

February 8, 2012

NORTH TROY – The General is coming to this small village on the Canadian Border. The Dollar General Store, that is.
Tuesday evening, the Troy Zoning Board granted a building permit for a 9,100 square foot store on East Main Street.
Dollar General is a variety store based out of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Matt Casey, development manager for Zarembra Retail Company, told the commission the store operates from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Truck deliveries happen during business hours.
The main truck makes weekly deliveries. Other trucks, like from Coca Cola, arrive as needed.

Troy Talks Trash

February 8, 2012

NORTH TROY – Discussion over a recycling center caused fireworks at the Troy Planning Commission Tuesday. 
The Towns of Troy and Jay want to make their temporary recycling center, located on Route 101, into a permanent center.
Dave Sanders, representing the Jay and Troy recycling boards, told the planning commission that the boards originally thought that they would move the center from its temporary location once the new sewer plant was complete. However, that idea has gone down the drain.

Derby Green is One of the Best, Says U.S. News & World Report

February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. – Derby Green has received a high ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes, released Feb. 7.
U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes recognizes top-rated homes in all 50 states and offers important guidance to families and healthcare providers caring for people in need of a nursing home.

February 7th

What are you doing this Saturday? The Penguin Plunge Returns!

February 7, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Are you a Penguin Plunger? Do you dare to dive into the frigid waters of Lake Memphremagog in February? Are you the kind of person who finds roughing it - in a beat-your-chest, caveman kind of way - exhilarating? What are you doing Saturday?
With Lake Memphremagog's temperature hovering in the mid-30's (or lower), anticipation is building for the annual Penguin Plunge, Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1 PM at the Gateway Center in Newport.

Wind Farm Debate Continues to Blow Through Derby

February 7, 2012

DERBY- A Public Service Board (PSB) Pre-hearing Conference on the proposed Derby Wind Turbine development is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Montpelier.
Derby Select Board member Karen Jenne asked the board if she could attend the meeting as a board member, but not all board members were comfortable with the idea. Jenne has expressed her opposition to the project and many residents have also contacted Jenne expressing their concerns with the proposal.
Jenne has taken time to research the issues and has developed a list of questions for the developers of the project.

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