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November 28th

Turkey Trot Draws More Than 300

November 28, 2013

BARTON – More than 300 participants braved frigid temperatures Thursday morning to take part in the annual Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk to benefit the 98-Mile Foundation.
In all 136 walkers and 197 runners took part. This year was the first time ever it had more runners than walkers.
Robin and Gail Robitaille started the event 12 years ago to benefit Melissa “Missy” White who suffered from cystic fibrosis. White’s mother, Kathy White, explained Thursday morning that back then her daughter needed a double lung transplant.

Volunteers Give Thanks By Cooking For Others

November 28, 2013

DERBY - Dozens of volunteers gave up time away from their families Thursday to make sure others had a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The Derby Elks Club, Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, and The Unitarian Universalist Church sponsored the free dinner at the Elks Lodge.
The Derby Elks Club started the dinner 10 years ago. Several years ago it joined efforts of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Derby Line that also had a dinner. Yesterday’s dinner served around 400 people both at the Elks Lodge and at their homes.

North Country Union Junior High School Board Board Considers $1.9 Million Bond For Building Upgrades

November 28, 2013

DERBY- The North Country Union Junior High School board voted to propose a bond for up to $1.9 million for major upgrades to the school. There will be several public hearings for the taxpayers in Derby, Holland, Jay, Morgan and Newport City before the bond vote. The bond would be paid off over a 20-year term at 4 percent interest, although the interest rate may be lower, according to Vice-Principal Colleen Storrings. There is an opportunity to get a lower rate, but she is still investigating the possibility.

Hearing Planned For Airport Expansion

November 28, 2013

COVENTRY – Plans are underway by Bill Stenger and business partners to develop the Newport State Airport in Coventry. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is holding a public hearing on the proposals Thursday December 19 at 6 p.m. at the Coventry Community Center. According to the public notice, VTrans is considering the proposed plans. The meeting will provide an update for the public and government officials and allow for questions to be answered.

November 26th

Landfill Awarded Permit To Expand

November 26, 2013

COVENTRY – The state authorized the garbage dump in Coventry to accept a lot more trash. The Environmental Commission #7 issued a Land Use Permit to New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSVT) to take in up to 600,000 tons per year compared to the previous 370,000 per year. The increased rate per day went from 2,500 to 5,000 tons.
There were numerous concerns by individuals and organizations over the increase of waste coming into the area, including additional truck traffic.

North Country Union High School: ABC Quest Focuses On Bullying

November 26, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - There may be a legal difference between bullying and harassment but as a victim of either, the definition is irrelevant. In either case it’s not legal and school administrators must enforce the law. One way to create awareness about the issue was an idea by former NCUHS faculty member Sylvia Brewster to start a student committee to combat harassment and bullying. The ABC Quest (Anti Bullying Committee) is comprised of volunteers who address the issue through presentations, positive peer pressure, and talking to elementary school students.

Driver In Sunday Evening Crash Remains Incarcerated

November 26, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - A near tragic accident has left a young lady in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the man who abandoned her incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility.
Zachary Labor was charged Monday with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury resulting. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.
At about 11 p.m. Sunday, November 23, State Trooper Debra Munson responded to a 911 call regarding a one-vehicle crash on May Pond Road in Barton.

Meat Pie Dinner Will Benefit NEKCA Food Shelf

November 26, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Have a hankering for some meat pie? If you can wait until Wednesday, Dec. 11, you are in luck. Just make your way to Brenda’s Homestyle Cooking on Main Street in Newport City where owner Brenda LePage will be cooking up a storm.
The dinner will include mashed potatoes, vegetables, apple crisp, and dessert. LePage and volunteers will have three sittings, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Lowell Six Vow To Continue Advocating

November 26, 2013

LOWELL – The six activists who were arrested while protesting the Lowell wind project vow to continue with their mission despite the Vermont Supreme Court ruling. In a split decision the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision that the protesters were guilty of unlawful trespass. The group, the self-proclaimed Lowell Six, was arrested December 5, 2011 when they refused to leave an area at the Lowell wind turbine site, which was under construction at the time. The activists, Ryan Gillard, Robert Holland, Suzanna Jones,

November 25th

North Country Hospital Cited For VOSHA Violations

November 25, 2013

NEWPORT – North Country Hospital (NCH) was cited by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) for numerous violations; some which are considered serious. The hospital is facing up to $42,000 in fines.
NCH became aware of the problems just days before the VOSHA inspection and immediately took action. Hospital officials are in constant communication with VOSHA to work on addressing the issues. The hospital may contest some of the alleged violations.


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