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June 25th

VA Clinic Offers New Home for Area Veterans

June 25, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Veterans Administration opened an outpatient clinic Aug. 12, 2010, at North Country Hospital. At first, the clinic saw patients one and a half days a week. With an abundance of patients, the clinic quickly outgrew the facilities it shared with visiting physicians.
Friday marked a turning point for the clinic when it officially held a ribbon cutting at its new quarters on the Crawford Road by the I-91 access road.

Good Clean Fun at Soap Box Derby

June 25, 2012

NEWPORT, VT – Dr. Normand Turcotte began organizing the Soap Box Derby in Newport in 1979, and has no intention of stopping the tradition. His daughter Lisa Turcotte-Thomas raced in the event in 1983 and now his grandchildren participate.
His 10-year-old granddaughter Destiny Larocque won the event in Newport Sunday. This is her fourth year participating. Like all participants, she built her car herself, with help from her dad Ken Larocque.

June 24th

Encore faces loss of subsidies - Wind opponenets see victory

June 24, 2012

DERBY LINE - Opponents of the Derby Line Wind Project are hailing a decision by the Public Service Board (PSB) Friday to deny Encore Redevelopment a "milestone extension." If the extension had been granted, it would have allowed the company to have more time to meet the requirements necessary for SPEED money, giving Encore a pipeline to renewable energy credits and a guaranteed return.

Fighting Cancer One Hope at a Time

June 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – More than 400 individuals camped out at North Country Union High School Saturday evening for one common cause, to take part in the annual Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Imagine a World with No Cancer was this year’s theme.  
Most participants were part of teams comprised of co-workers, friends and family members who were all part of one big family for 12 hours. They ate together, walked together and shared stories. They also laughed and cried together. 

A Taste of Newport on a Summer’s Eve

June 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Are you looking for a place to sink your teeth into something delicious? If so, make your way to downtown Newport with its variety of restaurants to satisfy every pallet.  

IROC Foreclosure Looms, White to keep fighting

June 24, 2012

DERBY – U.S. Rural Development (RD) and Community National Bank have denied IROC’s request to postpone foreclosure action for one year. IROC is in debt for $1.1 million and has been unable to make the mortgage payments.
Phil White, the unpaid executive director of IROC, had requested that RD and the bank wait on foreclosure until next year following Town Meeting Day. White is petitioning towns to ask voters to approve giving IROC money every year for ten years. However, the lenders say that there is no guarantee the plan will work.

Woman rescued from burning car

June 24, 2012

NEWPORT CENTER - Beverly Carter, 81, of Washington, D.C., was rescued from her burning vehicle after going off the road on VT RT 105 in Newport Center and colliding with a tree.
Carter was trapped in her Volvo wagon when two men, whose names have not been released, came to her aid, working together to lift the dashboard off her legs, pull the car seat back and move her to safety on the side of the road. By the time the Newport Center Fire Department arrived on the scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

Eileen Illuzzi Steps into NCCC Director’s Role

June 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Eileen Illuzzi of Derby is the new interim director of the North Country Career Center. The North Country Union High School Board made the official announcement last week. Illuzzi will replace Richard Hoffman who did not renew his contract and is pursuing other interests.
Illuzzi has been assistant director for three years. Illuzzi applied for the position three years ago. Back then, Illuzzi was the Adult Services Coordinator.

June 20th

Ray’s Market Comes to Newport

June 20, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – For 39 years, many people have known Ray’s Market in Irasburg for its quality meats and friendly atmosphere. Now owner, Leo Piette has expanded the reputation and opened a new store on Route 105 in Newport, on Highland Avenue.
Piette opened the new store last week. He said he wanted to expand its operations outside Irasburg. “We have people from all over coming to buy our meat,” Piette said.
Some visitors with second homes in the region return home with a supply of meat with them.

City Nixes 2nd Street Block Party but Offers Compromise

June 20, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Anthony Rodriguez from TNT Explosive Tattoo went to the city council Monday to ask permission to close Second Street for a block party and open house.
But he first had to answer specific questions about his business practices. Even at the end, Rodriguez didn't get his way.
Rodriguez wanted to hold the party Saturday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
He told the council there are a lot of children who live on the block and he wanted to show the public his business. He said he wants customers to feel comfortable in his shop.

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