Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY - After a more than three-hour sentencing hearing Wednesday, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed Cristopher Smith, 27, a three-five year suspended sentence except for 437 days to serve with credit for time served, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been in jail since Aug. 11, 2011.
JAY - Jay Peak Resort has always been a popular spot for weddings, but now with all the new facilities and amenities, that popularity has exploded. The resort has unveiled plans to build a wedding and special events facility.
The Jay Planning Commission and Zoning Board held a hearing on the proposal Monday evening. The board unanimously approved the plans, but the approval is contingent upon the Jay Fire Department being comfortable with the plans.
CHARLESTON, VT â€“ Six years after being diagnosed with a rare muscle disease called Dermatomyositis, Mariah Bowman recently underwent surgery to replace her liver, pancreas, intestines and abdominal muscles.
Bowman began to show symptoms of the disease at the age of 11, while a student at Charleston Elementary School.
In spite of the fact that Bowman is home schooled and has been staying in Indianapolis with her mother while she undergoes treatment, former counselor and now principal at the school Sharon Gonyaw has worked with others in the community to raise funds for Bowman.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Memphremagog Navigation Company may soon sail Lake Memphremagog once again. The company ran two different passenger boats between 1996 and 2001.
For the past several years, Chris Johansen, of the Memphremagog Navigation Company, has worked for Green Mountain Boat Lines, which owns the Spirit of Ethan Allen and the Moonlight Lady.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council Monday approved the 2012-2013 residential municipal tax rate with a three-cent per $100 of assessed value increase. At the same time, the city school has a three-cent decrease, with a final rate of 2.6826 cents, combined educational and residential.
Last yearâ€™s residential rate, with the education rate, was 2.6814. This yearâ€™s non-residential tax rate is 2.8530. Last yearâ€™s rate was 2.8802.
HOLLAND â€“ Local farmer Keith Gray confirmed Monday that illegal dumping is occurring on his property, and he says he doesnâ€™t allow it.
Gray was contacted Monday afternoon regarding the issue. Gray said he went up to the site, an old gravel pit on Bullis Road in Holland, Monday evening to look around. He said he found some rubbish, but it has been worse in the past.
NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the 34-year old accused of crushing seven police vehicles with a tractor, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. on a new count: driving with a suspended license.
An Orleans Superior Court Judge has found probable cause that when Pion took a tractor and drove through Newport City streets up to the Orleans County Sheriff's Department and crushed six cruisers and a transport vehicle, he did not have a license to drive on the roads.
NEWPORT - Where were you when the sky fell on Sept. 11, 2001?
Shock and disbelief is the way many people describe their reaction to the Sept. 11 terroristsâ€™ attacks. Today marks the 11th anniversary of that horrific day.
As with the assassination of President Kennedy and the Challenger explosion, anyone old enough to understand what happened at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing when they learned about the attacks.
Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair was on vacation near Windsor Locks, CT.
IRASBURG â€“ Fire flattened a storage shed and destroyed irreplaceable memories at the Gary and Bonnie Poginy home yesterday.
The fire at Stagecoach Road property broke out at around noon. Jamie Royer, who lives at the home, arrived just as the fire broke out. He said the whole thing was gone in five minutes. The shed previously held the familyâ€™s horses, but it more recent years the Royers used it for storage. Snowmobiles and family mementos belonging to deceased family members were some of the items lost the in fire.
The family did have insurance on the shed that members built together.
DERBY â€“ Assistant town clerk Maryanne Tetreaultâ€™s hours were cut earlier this year, reportedly because work was slow, and now she is behind on her duties.
Meanwhile, assistant town clerk Nancy Gosselin and Faye Morin, who was brought in by outgoing clerk Nicole Daigle to learn the office duties, are both clocking overtime.
Gosselin said Monday that she and Morin have had to work a few extra hours because the office is so busy right now with tax season. Gosselin also put in some overtime because of the recent primary.