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Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article

July 18th

Principal Brings Innovative Math Program to Lake Region

July 18, 2012

BARTON - Three years after being appointed principal at Lake Region Union High School, Andy Messier, in an effort to improve math scores, launched an innovative summer school math program that will extend into the school year.
Responding to unsatisfactory test results in math based on statewide testing, Vermont's Department of Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca called earlier this year for schools to focus on ways to improve scores.

PSB Approves Derby Turbine Without Hearing

July 18, 2012

DERBY – The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) approved a 140-foot turbine in Derby despite the concerns from a neighbor and others and without holding a hearing as requested and without further investigation.
The PSB issued the Certificate of Public Good (CPG) July 11.
The turbine will sit on Michele Judd's property at the top of Herrick Road.

July 17th

Arsenic-Laced Sludge Heads for Landfill

July 17, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A high level of arsenic has changed the way the city disposes of its sludge from the city’s treatment facility.
Arsenic in certain forms is a carcinogen and in other forms it can be a poison. 

Scaling Down and Moving Ahead

July 17, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Work on having a hotel on the corner of Main Street and Coventry Street is moving full speed ahead. The Newport City Council Monday approved the request for the city to apply for a $401,000 implementation grant under the Vermont Community Development Program.
The hotel will be on the second floor of the Largo Trattoria Restaurant. 

Jay Dudley: Wants to be a Voice for Those Trying to Get By

July 17, 2012

ORLEANS – Jay Dudley, a seventh generation Vermonter, wants voters to send him to the Vermont State House. Dudley, a Republican, is seeking to represent the Orleans/Essex senate district.
Dudley decided to run for office in May when Republican Sen. Vince Illuzzi was thinking about seeking higher office. 
Dudley grew up watching a gradual and steady economic decline in the Northeast Kingdom. He saw many people struggling and he struggled himself.

July 16th

Wind Turbines Met with Storm of Protests

July 16, 2012

LOWELL - More than 100 people turned out to protest the Lowell Mountain Wind Project, stop trucks loaded with turbine parts from entering the Green Mountain Power construction site, and make a statement about future industrial wind projects in the state.
Monday morning, when the first oversized truckload of the day approached the turn to the construction site in Lowell, protesters moved in front of the truck and stopped it in its path for about two hours. Many protesters said blocking the road was not part of the original plan, however.

Westfield Honors the Shovers

July 16, 2012

WESTFIELD, VT - The community of Westfield gathered together to celebrate the contributions of Richard and Pat Shover who are moving to Winterville, GA.
The Shovers moved permanently to Westfield in 1998. Richard was elected town lister in 2000 and served in that job for 12 years. He was known for being fair and working well with other listers and with the public.
Over the years, he attended many meetings and made hundreds of phone calls concerning tax bills and the current use program.

July 15th

Turbine Trucks Rolling Today, Protests Planned

July 15, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY- The delivery of wind turbine sections to the Lowell Mountain wind site is underway.
This is a key milestone for the construction of Green Mountain Power’s wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain. The 21 industrial sized turbines' components are being transported via more than 100 trucks.
An oversized load rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby Friday before continuing on through Irasburg and to Lowell. Other deliveries are also heading to Lowell following a different route from Albany, NY.

Katherine Sims: Passionate about making a difference

July 15, 2012

LOWELL - Katherine Sims, a strong supporter of local decision making and local school boards, hopes to serve voters in the Orleans-Lamoille district for the Vermont House. Sims is going up against Republican incumbent Mark Higley.
Sims, a Progressive, hopes to be on both the Progressive and Democratic tickets.
“I am passionate about making a difference for our community," said Sims.

Paving Starts Today!

July 15, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - For those who have been waiting for the paving project to hit Newport City, today is your day.
The Frank W. Whitcomb Construction Corp. will begin repaving U.S. 5 from the Coventry-Newport line to the Newport-Derby line starting at 7 AM today. The project is expected to be completed around Thanksgiving. So make sure you plan for the extra time in and around Newport City during your travels.
Construction will include grinding the existing pavement, resurfacing, signs, sidewalk and guardrail work, signal light improvements and other items.

 

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