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May 8th

In the Game

May 8, 2012

DERBY/ HOLLAND - The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) granted intervener status on a permissive basis to two parties who want to participate in the process and hearings for the proposed controversial Derby Line Wind Project. The Holland and Derby Citizens Group for Responsible Energy (HDCRE) and Derby Line resident Mary Jenne were granted the status this week. Both were originally denied as they had missed the deadline to file, however the denial came without prejudice.

Big Wind Blows Into Brighton

May 8, 2012

ISLAND POND - With strong local opposition to the construction of wind farms and/or “demonstration” projects in Orleans County, what will be the reaction to residents of Brighton, Newark and Ferdinand about the proposed wind farm by energy development company Eolian Renewable Energy LLC?

To Ty, with love from the heart

May 8, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A couple hundred North Country Union High School students, many wearing pink, gathered in the gymnasium yesterday to show they have a heart as big as the gym.
Each student paid at least a dollar to join their fellow classmates and form a heart. The money will benefit Ty Robertson, the son of Melissa Jenkins of St. Johnsbury who was murdered in March.
Together, the students raised $550.18, well over the goal of $200.

Former Trooper Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

May 8, 2012

NEWPORT – Former Vermont State Trooper Mark Beezup, 54, was sentenced in Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division last week for sexually exploiting a minor.
He was sentenced by Judge Robert Bent to 9 to 12 months, all suspended but 90 days. He will serve 30 days in jail on weekends and then 60 days on home confinement. Beezup will be on probation under standard and special conditions. The sentence began May 4.
Beezup must attend sex offender treatment, register as a sex offender, and he must not seek certification as a law enforcement officer, according to the conditions.

May 7th

Three Arraigned for Having a Bomb

May 7, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Three Northeast Kingdom men were in court yesterday, charged with making and possessing a pipe bomb.
Cody Macfarlane, 23, of Newport; Nathaniel Chaffee, 24, of Newport; and John Glover, 24, of Barton all entered not guilty pleas in Orleans County Court. Judge Robert Bent held Chaffee and Glover on $5,000 bail and Macfarlane on $7,500.

Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn Is Victim of Fatal Shooting

May 7, 2012

ELLICOTT CITY, MD - The Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, who has often served the St. Mark's Episcopal Church community in Newport, was the victim of a fatal shooting in Ellicott City near Baltimore, MD, May 3.
The shooting occurred at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City, the church's administrative assistant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rev. Kohn, 62, of Arbutus, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died Saturday night.

Missing Essex Couple Sought in Coventry Landfill

May 7, 2012

COVENTRY - State and federal authorities along with the Essex Police Department are searching the New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSVT) Landfill in Coventry today for the bodies of two missing Essex, VT residents.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in Burlington, the search is connected to the investigation into the disappearance of William and Lorraine Currier. The Curriers have been missing since June 8, 2011.
Today's search is an extension of a search conducted April 12 and 13 on Route 15 in Essex.

May 6th

Pipe Bomb Seized in Newport

May 6, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Quick action by Newport City Police averted a potential disaster Saturday evening.
During a telephone interview Sunday morning, Sgt. Seth DiSanto said police received an anonymous 911 call from someone who observed three individuals making a pipe bomb Saturday.
Police found the vehicle in question on Coventry Street. The alleged suspects, identified by DiSanto as Jonathan Glover, Nathaniel Chaffee and Cody MacFarlane, would not consent to police searching the vehicle.

Wind Protesters Flood Haskell Grounds

May 6, 2012

DERBY LINE, VT/STANSTEAD, QUE. - A protest against the proposed Derby Line Wind Project attracted a large turnout with more than 100 people from both sides of the border.
Many had strong words against it and spoke passionately against wind farms in or near communities. Most guest speakers cited health concerns and lower property values.
Among those present were Vermont State Senator Joe Benning, Pierre Reid from the National Assembly of Canada, Jean Rousseau from The House of Common’s in Ottawa, and wind power expert Mark Duchamp from Spain, who happened to be traveling around Quebec.

Remembering the One Room Schoolhouse

May 6, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Many Vermonters remember the one-room schoolhouse.
That memory is coming alive this month at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC), where photojournalist Dianna Mara Henry is displaying her photography of the buildings and people of one-room schoolhouses.
Her exhibit will be on display until May 28.
Henry, who is in the process of moving from Springfield, MA, to Newport, said the photographs are ones she made as part of an Earthwatch Expedition.

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