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December 9th

HONOR & GLORY

December 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A light snow fell on the ground early Saturday morning as members of the Newport Rotary Club and the North Country Union High School Interact Rotary Club, veterans, city officials, Newport City School students and other volunteers loaded more than 1,040 wreaths in the back of a large moving van. Their mission: to place the wreaths on veterans buried in Orleans County.

HEALTH CARE REFORM HITS MUDDY WATERS

December 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Vermont Education Health Initiative – a non-profit trust that assists school districts, their employees, and local unions to navigate health care issues – will be entering uncharted seas when the state moves toward a health care Exchange.
Vermont is working toward creating an Exchange, which, among other goals, will set minimum standards for health care coverage for all insurers.

December 6th

EYES ON THE PRIZE

December 6, 2012

JAY – The second of a series of economic development meetings was held at the Jay Peak Resort Wednesday, bringing together a coalition of state officials, educators and other interested parties. The meeting was chaired by Pat Moulton Powden, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, who focused on getting all parties to work together.
“It takes a team to do this and do it well,” Moulton Powden stated in her opening remarks. “We're going to set a template here in the Northeast Kingdom.... If we can do it here, we can do this anywhere in the country.”

AS THE WHEEL TURNS

December 6, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – On any given day, the sound of soothing music comes from the speakers of a nearby MP3 player and the low hum of a potter’s wheel fills the air. It’s just a typical day for Diana Poulin of Muddy Water’s Pottery on Elm Street.
Prior to opening her Elm Street workshop and retail shop six months ago, Poulin rented space from Doug Hamblett off East Main Street.
“I decided that I really loved it. It was time to build my own studio, so here I am,” said Poulin.

THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL

December 6, 2012

DERBY LINE, VT - The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) notified customers of the Border Lodge Credit Union by letter yesterday that the NCUA placed the credit union into "involuntary liquidation" on Nov. 30, 2012.
The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) insures each member account up to $250,000 and certain retirement accounts up to an equal amount. The insurance is good for 18 months following the seizure.
Because of the liquidation, customer accounts are now held by NCUA.

December 5th

WIN FOR THE PRESS

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT – It's a win. The Orleans County State's Attorney has dismissed the charge of trespassing against Barton Chronicle publisher Chris Braithwaite.
In a statement published on the Barton Chronicle website (http://bartonchronicle.com/), Braithwaite said: "It is my hope that journalists who find themselves in a similar situation will bear this case in mind when they are ordered to leave the scene of important public event."
Attorney Phil White had filed a new motion to dismiss the case after receiving documents subpoenaed from Green Mountain Power (GMP).

HIGLEY HOLDS SEAT IN RECOUNT

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A recount that took place at the Orleans County District Court House yesterday showed the Republican Mark Higley did retain his House seat in Montpelier.
Results after November’s election showed Higley had won over his Progressive opponent Katherine Sims 920 to 887.
This time results showed that Higley won 924 to Sims’ 892.
“I respect the results and I congratulate Mark on a successful campaign and wish him the best of luck,” said Sims, who had called for recount. “With a race that close, I think it’s prudent to follow things all the way through.”

NCU PITCHES RENOVATIONS TO LEGISLATORS

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT – Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy and Senator elect John Rodgers brought some good news and bad news to the North Country Union High School Facilities Planning Committee Tuesday evening.
The committee, which is comprised of board members, community members and project officials, is studying potential “no frills” renovations, as well as work to bring the school in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Principal Bill Rivard emphasized the needs with a Powerpoint presentation that showed photographs of some of the troubled areas. 

December 4th

SHIP AHOY

December 4, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – In the dark of the night, a large cruise ship made its way from Burlington to its new home on Lake Memphremagog Tuesday.
The 42-ton ship, soon to be renamed The Northern Star, will begin offering tours on the lake in the spring of 2013.
The boat is 65 feet long and holds 49 passengers.
Prior to operating on Lake Champlain, it ran on waterways in Virginia.
“What a project,” said Chris Johansen, president of the Memphremagog Navigation Company, as crews skillfully hoisted the ship off a large trailer.

NORTHWOODS FIRE DESTROYS BUILDING

December 4, 2012

CHARLESTON - A rapid moving fire destroyed a building at NorthWoods Stewardship Center Thanksgiving weekend.
Flames broke out in the boiler building around 8 p.m. Saturday November 24, and luckily someone was there to take action.
Northwoods Executive Director Jayson Benoit saw the fire, went for the fire extinguisher and called for help. The Charleston Fire Department responded and found the building fully engulfed in flames, said Duane Moulton, Charleston’s fire chief.

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