Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
NEWPORT, VT - Tomorrow is Primary Day, the day in which voters decide who will represent their particular political parties in the November elections. While a number of politicians will be running in their respective primaries unopposed, a few races will be on the ballot.
The most notable statewide primary is between Bill Sorrell and T.J. Donovan, both Democrats, for the position of Vermont Attorney General. The winner will face off against Republican Jack McMullen in November.
BARTON â€“ In what is becoming an alarming trend statewide, a Greensboro, N.C. man died after a car crash early yesterday morning but his passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, escaped with minor injuries.
State police say Quinn Finnegan, 23, lost control of his 1998 Mercedes Benz on Route 16 in Barton at around 1:10 AM. The vehicle left the south side of the road, traveled back across both lanes, went off the north side of the road and down a small embankment, struck several trees and overturned.Â The vehicle sustained damage to the front end and roof.
LYNDONVILLE â€“ Two New York women and a Vermont country inn have settled a lawsuit that accused the business of refusing to host the couple's wedding reception.
Both sides are claiming a victory.
The American Civil Liberties Union says The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.
Kate and Ming Linsley contacted the ACLU after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that the inn didn't host "gay receptions" due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings."
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Writing on the sidewalks has gotten three area residents in trouble with the city.
Diane Peel and Tom Farrow of Newport City and Jack Rogers of Irasburg were ticketed for writing in chalk between Second Street and Central Street. The three plan to fight the tickets in court.
After the group finished their project, Peel walked home, got into her car and passed by where the group had been 15-minutes earlier. There she saw a police officer taking pictures but she did not stop to question why. An hour later, Peel passed by again and the artwork was gone.
NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board and school administrators went â€śback to schoolâ€ť Tuesday night as the monthly meeting focused on the school board's role as it relates to the community, students, administration and each other in their role managing an educational institution.
Harry Frank, Associate Director of Board Development for the Vermont School Boards Association, presented a series of topics that define the role and goals of a high school board.
BARTON â€“ A thief wearing a wolf mask broke into Bartonâ€™s Memory Lane during the very early hours Tuesday morning and stole between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of merchandise and a 400-pound safe.
The thieves stole gold and sterling silver jewelry, diamond earrings and other things.
It took years to build up the lost stock, store owners Dan and Catherine McMaster said. Most of the jewelry came from estates and many of the pieces were one of a kind. Some of the pieces were 100 years old.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Newport City Council Monday scrambled to sign a resolution for the police departmentâ€™s new 2013 Ford Interceptor cruisers â€“ both of them, even though the council had initially approved the purchase or lease of only one.
â€śWe need to approve it because the police cars have already been delivered,â€ť said city manager John Ward Jr. â€śThey were ordered in January.â€ť
The department also had to order a new cage for the cruisers because the existing ones don't fit the new cruisers.
DERBY â€“ Close to 100 people packed into the Derby Town Office Monday evening for the select boardâ€™s regular meeting. Most were there to hear about and discuss the pending resignation of town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle.
During the meeting, Daigle announced that Sept. 30 will be her last day.
Daigle told the select board during an executive session several weeks ago that she had found a new job.
Daigle said she did not want to leave the town in a bind so she hired and was training Faye Morin so that come Town Meeting Day a candidate would be ready to take over Daigle's job.
BARTON â€“ The Orleans County Fair ended with a battle to the death during the long-anticipated Demolition Derby Sunday. Fans cheered while mud, dust, smoke and the sound of crunching metal filled the air.
This yearâ€™s Demo Derby fielded 96 cars: 59 four cylinders and 37 six and eight cylinders. The drivers of the four cylinders faced off against each other as did the drivers of the six and eight cylinders.
NEWPORT â€“ The protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain for unlawful trespass were found guilty by a jury Wednesday evening after a day-long trial. The protesters were on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing a wind turbine farm.
The self-proclaimed â€śLowell Sixâ€ť say they are disappointed by the verdict but will continue their advocacy for Vermont ridgelines.