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January 9th

Legislators Predict Tough Session

January 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Bill Davies, moderator for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association's Legislative Breakfasts, brought some sad news to the first one of the season. Mary Paull, who founded the legislative breakfasts about 20 years ago, died last Wednesday.
Following a moment of silence, legislators discussed the numerous complex issues before them in the coming session.

Big Plans for Airport

January 9, 2012

NEWPORT– Plans were unveiled Monday afternoon for a variety of improvements and expansion plans for the Newport Airport in Coventry. The announcements included plans for a new manufacturing facility.
Guy Rouelle, the Vermont Aviation Administrator, and Patricia Sears, the Executive Director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, announced that a composite airplane manufacturing facility has its sights on land at the airport. Plans are hush hush, but a detailed announcement is expected in 45 to 60 days.

Illuzzi Proposes Alternative to Healthcare Model

January 9, 2012

MONTPELIER - The 2012 Legislative session is only a week old and Sens. Vince Illuzzi, R-Essex/Orleans, and Hinda Miller, D-Chittenden, are working on a bill that would make some changes to the healthcare reform bill enacted into law last year.
 Illuzzi is concerned the 2011 law, which sets up the federally required health exchange, will effectively eliminate all but one insurance provider, leaving only Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Other private companies that have substantial health insurance businesses in Vermont, MVP and CIGNA, would most likely be forced out of the state.

January 8th

Food Venture Center Opens in Hardwick

January 8, 2012

HARDWICK – This was the place to be Friday. Over 300 people from around the state and beyond came to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC), hosted by the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Northern Enterprises.
The event was packed with politicians and bustling with bureaucrats, but shaking hands and rubbing elbows with them was not the sole purpose for the gathering. Instead, people gathered as a new community and to congratulate each other on a job well done to get the facility to this point.

Computer Porn Charges Lead to Long Probation

January 8, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport woman got more than she bargained for when her soon to be ex-husband gave her a computer. April 12, 2010, Amanda Crickard and Daniel Kelley reported to Newport City Police that Ray Crickard, 52, of East Burke, had given them a computer that had pictures of naked girls ranging in ages from five to twelve. Kelley had found the pictures while browsing the computer.
Amanda Crickard said she and Ray, with the exception of their two young children, were the only ones who had access to the computer. Amanda Crickard said she didn’t know the pictures had been downloaded.

Gingrich Hand Delivers Healthcare Position to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

January 8, 2012

LEBANON, N.H. - Republican candidates spent the weekend crisscrossing New Hampshire in a last minute attempt to sway voters before that state’s primary election tomorrow. One of those was Newt Gingrich who spoke to medical professionals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Friday morning.
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman visited DHMC last Tuesday.
The fundamental problems in Washington are deep and intellectually challenging and there needs to be conversations on how “we” approach things, Gingrich told a closed audience.

January 5th

Safe and Warm

January 5, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - There’s nothing like a warm fire on a cold winter night, right? Before you light that wood burning stove or fireplace, you had better make sure your chimney is clean.
Chimney fires, at least in Newport City, are not as much of a problem as they use to be. However, that may change as oil prices rise and more people start to burn wood.

Foxwood Stables in Full Operation

January 5, 2012

DERBY - The name has changed slightly but the facility is back in business. Foxwood Horse Stables in Derby, now known as Trinity Equine at Foxwood, is providing winter options for horse lovers in Orleans County.
The operation has re-emerged as a cooperative run by three local horse enthusiasts: Julie Jacobs, Dawn Brainard and Lisa Spates.
The Foxwood facility has plenty of room to spare. It features a lighted indoor arena that measures 200 feet by 100 feet. Spacious stalls, even a heated viewing room bring area riders all the comforts of warmer weather even in the dead of winter.

Starr’s Keeps Trucking with Second Company

January 5, 2012

NORTH TROY, VT - Starr’s Untied, a trucking company in North Troy owned by Senator Robert (Bobby) Starr and his son Eric Starr, has been ordered to shut down by the courts for failing to obtain workers compensation insurance, but that hasn't kept the family out of the trucking business.

Oh Deere!

January 5, 2012

NEWPORT CENTER, VT - The Newport Center Fire Department, Newport Ambulance Service and the Vermont State Police responded to a rollover just after 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Todd Marsh of Newport Center was operating this 5520 John Deere when the vehicle went off the road on VT RT 100 in Newport Center, just past the Number 12 Road.
Marsh drove off the east side of the roadway, down an embankment, and into a field where the tractor flipped on its side.

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