Archive - 2012 - News Article
MONTPELIER â€“ In its 2011 report on embezzlement, which was released this last January, Marquet International named Vermont first in the nation for Embezzlement Propensity Factor. The report states that Vermont topped the list of states with highest risk for loss due to embezzlement in 2011.
Vermont was followed by Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Montana, Virginia, Iowa and Idaho.
NEWPORT, VT - It should be freezing outside. We should have at least a few feet of snow left. Instead, weather records are being broken in the other direction - up!
As if on cue, warm weather arrived just as Tim and Doug's ice cream stand opened for the season - or maybe it was the other way around. Here, Evan Sherlaw, seven, of Derby, and his four-year-old brother Sam enjoy a yummy treat.
The ice cream stand, operated by Pick & Shovel hardware store in Newport, has become a local favorite for all ice cream lovers.
WASHINGTON, DC - In a move that has struck a nerve with Occupy and protest groups throughout the United States, Pres. Obama signed into law last week what has been called the "anti-protest" or "anti-Occupy" law.
MORGAN - Ice fishing on Lake Seymour is reported to being spotty this year, but Morgan resident Bud Bergh, who has ice fished on Seymour for over 40 years, says it's just another average year.
Bergh said some people complain that they aren't getting good results, but he notes, â€śIf they don't get 100 fish, they aren't happy,â€ť and adds, â€śIt averages out over time.â€ť Bergh said between himself, his wife Ginny and daughter Briana, they caught six fish, mostly lake trout, in excess of 5 pounds this season. â€śWe caught a lot of 4 pounders this year.â€ť
NEWPORT, VT - The lawsuit between the City of Newport and Derby Village trustees over billing for water that wasn't used is slowly grinding its way to a resolution. But the final decision will be up to a judge, and not an agreement between the parties.
Two mediation sessions have been held with no agreement between the parties and both sides have asked the judge to not schedule a third meeting, but instead to proceed to trial.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Many Vermonters are watching their wallets shrink as their living expenses climb out of control. That is certainly true in the Northeast Kingdom. Just ask the folks at Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA).
NEKCA officials say more and more people are asking for help.Â
Part of the reason for the increase is the high cost of fuel and individuals running out of food stamps before the end of the month.
DERBY - Members of the community who went to McDonaldâ€™s Wednesday night between 5 and 7 helped raise money for the Newport City Elementary 5th Grade.
Mrs. Lowell, Mrs. Pare, and Mr. Royer took orders and worked behind the counter, while Principal Stephen Earley and Mayor Paul Monette helped keep the place clean for those two hours.
The team raised $400 for the 5th grade trip to Boston!
NORTH TROY - North Troy finally has its shot gun back after Steve Merrill was ordered by the court in January to return it.
Merrill was purportedly storing the village shot gun and sending the village bills for storage. Merrill, a former auditor for the village, acquired the shot gun after former village Police Chief Leniy Zenonos left his position. Merrill says he took the gun and stored it because the village office did not have a safe place to keep it.
COVENTRY â€” Newport City Firefighters responded to the New England Waste Services landfill at 9 a.m. yesterday for a structure fire.
Newport City Chief Fire Chief Jamie LeClair said the fire was in a small utility building. LeClair requested mutual-aid from the Orleans Fire Department but ended up canceling the call.
Landfill staff extinguished much of the fire prior to the fire department's arrival.
Lenny Wing of the landfill said company engineers and members of the safety department will investigate the fire.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ The sugaring season is off to an early start this year with the unseasonably warm weather. The boiling is going strong, but how the season will turn out is a mystery, completely dependent on Mother Nature. Temperatures are forecasted to be well into the 50s in the days ahead, and this concerns producers.
â€śWeâ€™re at the mercy of the weather but off to a good start,â€ť said Carolyn Collins.