Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
DERBY LINE â€“ At the Derby Line Annual Meeting Tuesday voters were asked if they support the proposed Derby Line Wind Project. Voters said no by a wide margin. However, only 33 people voted. The results were 24 no and nine yes by paper ballot straw vote. There are 401 registered voters in the village.
The chair of the board of trustees, Keith Beadle, is not sure if the vote reflects the true sentiment of village residents considering the low turnout. He thinks those who oppose something are more likely to be vocal than supporters.
MONTPELIER, VT - Some Vermont lawmakers are outraged at a proposed utility merger that now has the backing of the Shumlin administration.
Gov. Peter Shumlin recently gave his support to an amended agreement that would merge Vermont's second largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), with Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS). GMP is owned by Canada-based Gaz Metro.
NEWPORT, VT - Six people were evacuated from their homes and police closed off a Newport City street after they received a 911 call about a man with a gun at 65 Pleasant Street last evening.
However, an extensive search turned up no gunman.
The Vermont State Police, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office and Border Patrol assisted at the scene. Anyone with information about the identity of the caller is asked to call city police at 334-6733.
JAY - Jay Peak Resort would like its own health clinic.
The resort is in the process of buying the Snowline Lodge, located just east of the resort entrance on VT Route 242. Potential plans are to turn it into a health clinic.
Jude and Ursula Smith have owned the property for 26 years, and Jude said they are very happy about the sale. The closing is scheduled for May 1.
BARTON, VT - The Candlepin Restaurant has been well known in Barton for over 50 years. Once a restaurant, bar, and bowling alley, the business has had many problems over recent years. From the loss of the bowling alley to a string of new owners, the restaurant has suffered from a common problem with many long lasting businesses, a loss of identity. That is a problem Dave and Barbara Prue are trying to fix.
DERBY - The Derby Select Board appointed a committee Monday evening to gather information on what the town wants and to articulate its concerns regarding the proposed Derby Line Wind project. The committee would give the information to the townâ€™s attorney, Richard Saudek, who is working on drafting a contract between the town and the developer.
David LaBelle stated his concern that a committee was being appointed without the matter being on the agenda.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) â€” Vermont lawmakers are dealing with a sticky issue â€” a bill that would change the grading system for maple syrup.
The Senate has passed a bill that would, for example, change Grade A Fancy syrup to "Golden Delicate." Grade A Medium Amber would be called "Amber Rich."
WCAX-TV reports proponents say the changes would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada.
The House would need to approve the bill. Similar bills are pending in Maine, New Hampshire and New York.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Rotary Internationalâ€™s well known motto is â€śService Above Self.â€ť In an effort to expand that tradition, members of the Newport Rotary Club are helping to start an Interact Club at North Country Union High School.
Interact is a service club for 14 to 18 year olds. There are 11,000 such clubs worldwide. They get guidance and support from individual Rotary Clubs. North Country Teachers Helen Poulin and Meg Norman will oversee the club.
NEWPORT CITY - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the plans for the bio-technology facility slated for Newport City. The facility is planned for the former Bogner building location. The building was purchased for the project more than a year ago.
Bill Stenger, the co-owner and president of Jay Peak Resort, is working with AnC Bio of Seoul, South Korea, to create a similar facility at the location. AnC Bio Vermont would conduct stem cell research and make artificial organs, among other work. The company is expected to create 200 jobs at all levels.
BURLINGTON â€“ Friday, President Barack Obama sent his condolences to family and friends of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was killed last week.
Obama spoke to thousands of supporters at the University of Vermont. Earlier in the day, the president held a fundraiser luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Supporters paid thousands to have a private lunch with Obama.
Prior to Obamaâ€™s UVM speech, Grace Potter entertained the crowd. However, the press was not allowed to cover the concert or any opening remarks.