Archive - 2012 - News Article
DERBY, VT - The North Country Union Junior High School has embarked on an ambitious project to create a walking path that will start behind the school and will border the soccer fields, providing a nice view of the elk farm and Derby Pond.
With a $10,000 fund available through a VEHI Path to Wellness program, which awards matching funds to schools for innovative projects, the Wellness Committee is engaged in fund-raising to pay the balance of the costs.
Total cost for the project is estimated at $31,500, which works out at $9 per foot of pathway.
DERBY â Late Monday morning, local, state and federal authorities took two men into custody, whom police believe to be either witnesses or possible suspects in a shooting in Nashua, N.H.
Peter Hinckley, Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General, identified the men as Daniel DeGrace and Benjamin Mayberry.
Police have not released specific details of the shooting, which occurred Sunday night. Hinckley said the shooting victim, a man, was alive and in the hospital.
JAY - What seemed to be just a magnificent and almost unbelievable dream on paper has turned into a reality in just a couple of years.
Four years ago, Bill Stenger, co-owner and President of Jay Peak Resort, unveiled plans for development that called for hundreds of millions of dollars. Stenger and his team were steadfast in their dream and it quickly began taking shape and became a huge success story.
NEWPORT CITY â Fran and Melanie Azur have donated a large amount of grass-fed beef to area food shelves.
The donation comes just in time for the Christmas holidays. Joe Patrissi, executive director for Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), said at least 300 families went to NEKCA for Thanksgiving baskets, but the organization only had enough for about half of the requests.
DERBY LINE - Federal and state officials have seized the inventory, assets and accounts of a credit union operated out of a home in Derby Line.
Investigators remain tight-lipped on why they seized Border Lodge Credit Union and how they discovered a problem. However, the Credit Union Times (CU Times), an industry publication, reports that the entity was experiencing higher delinquencies recently as well as decreasing protective measures on loan losses.
NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board met briefly Thursday and touched on several subjects of interest, notably that negotiations for a new teachers' contract had been concluded with attorneys for both sides reviewing the document.
Superintendent Robert Kern said an earlier agreement had been reached but a last second objection over the interpretation of some language in the contract proposal sent the matter back to the negotiating table.
Dr. Kern said the major issue was language regarding early retirement and insurance benefits.
DERBY â State Senator Vince Illuzzi might be out of the political game, at least for now, but apparently he will continue to serve Vermonters.
Illuzzi, who served the people of Orleans and Essex Counties, decided not to seek re-election for the senate but instead ran unsuccessfully against Doug Hoffer for state auditor. Now Illuzzi is considering acting as a lobbyist.
During an interview Sunday, Illuzzi said three organizations offered him a contract to do part-time lobbying. After 32 years of being in the state senate, it would be nice to stay involved in some capacity, he said.
JAY, VT â Jay Peak Resort has partnered with Disney and Burton Snowboards and is creating a snowboarding theme park for kids.
Giant pieces of Disney's "Toy Story" theme equipment and statues began arriving at Jay Monday. The park will be a one of a kind: Playtime Burton Riglet Park.
The five-acre park is slated to open mid-January and is for new snowboarders ages three to 12. According to the deal with Disney, statues of familiar âToy Storyâ characters will appear in the park along with other features.
ST. JOHNSBURY - Country legend Clint Black performed before an appreciative crowd at Fuller Hall on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy Wednesday.
Black performed 90 minutes and played 21 songs from his long and successful career. He also held a meet and greet.
The native Texan spoke about the cold Vermont temperatures but was willing to weather the storm. This is the farthest north he's been in the United States.
Massachusetts' native Ayla Brown met with fans after opening for Black.
NEWPORT, VT- Actuaries for the Vermont National Education Association working with the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) and Blue Cross Blue Shield are recommending a 14% increase in health care costs this next fiscal year. The increase is due in part to implementation of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly knows as âObama Care.â There are several factors driving the highest rate increase proposal since FY '04, which are outlined in a VEHI letter to the business offices of Orleans Central Supervisory Union and North Country Supervisory Union.