Archive - 2012 - News Article
MONTPELIER â€“ The two Orleans/Essex County district senate seats are safe for the moment, according to Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Orleans/Essex), one of the members of the special senate committee charged with coming up with a recommendation for reapportioning Vermont senate districts. The draft plan has yet to be adopted by both chambers and requires the governor's signature to become law.
Reapportionment is required to maintain the constitutional balance of "one man, one vote" in the legislature based on the U.S. Census, which occurs every 10 years.
NEWPORT- The North County Hospital Board of Trustees met Thursday but decided not to meet with Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the hospitalâ€™s oncologist who has lost his job.
Lockridge said he was notified Friday that he would not be allowed to go before the full board to discuss his situation.
In the meantime, the board went public with a letter to the press saying they support Fort and his decision to staff the oncology department with visiting physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
DERBY, VT - The annual North Country Union Junior High Career Day was another huge success.
More than 50 individuals from around the community spoke to students about their career fields and answered student questions.
To prepare, students were given a list of the options available and were able to choose the presentations they wanted to visit during the day. They prepared questions to ask the guest speakers. Guest presenters included students from the North Country Career Center.
WATERBURY, VT - Vermont State Police like a joke as much as the next guy, but prisoners at the Vermont Correctional Industries Print Shop may have gone too far.
On Feb. 1, a member of the state police noticed something odd about the new decals on the doors of the police cruisers. The emblem, which features the seal of the State of Vermont, includes a brown and white (actually tan) cow in the right hand bottom corner. The cow is covered with spots of varying sizes and shapes, including a rather large one on the cow's shoulder blade - in the shape of a pig.
Newport, VT - A virus is spreading across the state making people feel miserable, including here in Orleans County. Some people are ending up in the Emergency Department (ED) at North Country Hospital.
â€śIt comes on quickly,â€ť said Allison Sturtevant, MD. â€śNausea and vomiting are the most common symptoms. Generalized achiness and low grade temperature are other symptoms.Â Initially people had diarrhea with the vomiting but that is not as much lately.â€ť Dr. Sturtevant is a doctor in the ED.
NEWPORT - Charges against the two Sterling College students arrested on Lowell Mountain were dismissed by Judge Robert Gerety, Jr. on Wednesday.
The students, David Martorana and Trevor Ring, were charged with contempt of court after they were arrested Nov. 16 while climbing Lowell Mountain during times Green Mountain Power would be blasting for its wind turbine project.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, that most awaited of winter days when the famous Punxsutawney Phil is dragged from his warm borrow and into the cold light of day to determine, undeniably, whether or not we will have six more weeks of winter.
If the groundhog spots his shadow, which he did, he returns to his hole and winter continues. If not, spring will come early.
We predicted that the precocious Phil will not see his shadow this year, as the temperature was already 61 degrees in New York City. We were wrong.
JAY - Jay Peak Resort continues to expand into an all-weather destination place. Plans for multi-million dollar expansions and revitalization of the State Side area of the mountain are underway.
Those plans call for an 84-room hotel and improvements to the base facility, lifts, a new ski shop, a learn to ski center, and a childcare facility.
Bill Stenger, co-owner and president of the resort, said that plans continue to develop quickly. There is no exact price tag on the project yet, but Stenger said it will be several million dollars and that investors are being actively sought.
NEWPORT, VT - Two North Country Union High School graduates who are making names for themselves in the film world are hosting a double feature at the Waterfront Cinemas in Newport on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The award winning films being shown are â€śSoul Keeperâ€ť and â€śTin Can.â€ť
The two producers and actors are Tim Kavanagh (1984), the son of James and Judy Kavanagh of Newport, and Steve Maas (1996), the son of Dr. James and Billie Maas of Derby. They will be joined at the showing by prominent Vermont author Joseph Citro of Burlington and other members of the cast and crew.
DERBY - Few people can turn down a heaping plate of homemade spaghetti, but about 270 people who had their fill of this Italian dish at Brendaâ€™s Home Style Cooknâ€™ in Derby Jan. 22 had the benefit of knowing they were eating not only to fill their stomachs, but for a good cause.