Archive - Dec 2013 - News Article
NEWPORT â North Country Hospital (NCH) is in the midst of dealing with operating issues involving employee safety in the laundry area. Hospital personnel have been working diligently to address the violations raised by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
NEWPORT CITY - The Irockets swim team is resilient, to say the least, with iron-willed swimmers overcoming obstacles to participate in the sport they love. In 2005 the now defunct recreational facility known as IROC opened, featuring a field house and swimming pool. The pool was sized to allow for competitive swim meets, which inspired Dr. Peter Stuart and other swim enthusiasts to start a team to introduce the sport to area youth. The sport grew in popularity such that by the time IROC closed in the spring of 2013 there were 34 kids who were part of the Irockets team.
HARDWICK - Thanks to a Newport business owner, Hardwickâs Police Departmentâs K9, Atos, recently became a bit safer while performing his duties.
This past fall, Atos became the owner of a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to Claire Beaulieu, owner of Claireâs Home Comfort Cleaning.
Beaulieu paid $950 for the vest after reading about them in the newspaper.
âTo me these dogs need to be vested,â said Beaulieu. âTheyâre protecting our officers.â
The Christmas spirit was alive and well in Newport Saturday as the Newport Parks and Recreation, along with other partners, presented the Santa Festival. Activities included the Santa Run, a parade, and activities for all ages throughout the day. In the photo, Dozens of Santas make their way up Main Street. Please see The Newport Daily Express Monday for more photos. (Photo by Christopher Roy)
NEWPORT CITY â Itâs Christmas time. In the tradition of giving, over the weekend dozens of area residents placed wreathes - close to 1,400 in all - on the graves of veterans buried in local cemeteries.
Robert Gosselin, owner of Spates the Florist and Garden Center, organized the annual Veterans Memorial Wreath Campaign, now in its fifth year.
âWe are honoring our war heroes on their gravestones throughout the county,â said Gosselin. âWe like to give back to the community, this is one of the largest projects we do.â
BARTON - The Public Service Board held a public hearing at the Barton Memorial Building Thursday evening (December 5) to provide an opportunity for the board to hear comments about the petition by Barton Solar LLC for a certificate of public good for a proposed solar farm. Hearing Officer Andrew Flagg emphasized the comments should raise issues and perspectives the board can use to make a decision. The comments do not become part of any formal evidence in the case; however they will help to guide the board in arriving at a decision.
By TABITHA ARMSTRONG
Saturday was the 15th annual Moonlight Madness at the Barton Graded School. This NEK Chamber of Commerce event focuses on local crafters, products, and authors. This year 39 vendors filled the gym, cafeteria and âAuthorâs Alleyâ offering edible products, toys, office supplies, home goods, books, soaps, candles, and clothing.
The NCUHS Dance and Drama department presented its winter concert Wednesday evening.
Students performed dance and theatrical acts throughout the evening at North Country Union High School Dance and Drama departmentâs winter concert Wednesday evening. Local singer Mark Shelton performed several pieces before the concert and during a couple of the dance pieces.
NEWPORT CITY - Rural Community Transit (RCT) is looking to start a commuter bus in the Northeast Kingdom.
NEWPORT CITY - Police Chief Seth DiSanto and City Manager John Ward, Jr. would like to have an additional police officer to eliminate the times when only one officer is working.
Ward and DiSanto pitched the idea to the city council Monday when it took a second look at the 2014-2015 proposed budget.
âIâve finally come to the conclusion in my own mind that itâs not safe to have an officer on duty by himself,â said Ward. âTo fix that problem weâll be going to a 12-hour shift.â