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December 4th

Barton Electric Awarded Grant For Feasibility Study

December 4, 2013

BARTON - A grant has been awarded to the Barton Electric Department for a feasibility study to see if a hydro plant can be constructed at the outlet of Crystal Lake. Historically, hydro dams were used by several manufacturers starting a couple of hundred years ago when Barton Landing was first settled. In addition the grant will be used to study Barton River flood resilience and water resources planning. The municipalities of Barton and Glover have endorsed the grant application.

Current Use Discussed At Meeting With Secretary Of Agriculture

December 4, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - “Vermont would not be Vermont today without the Current Use program,” said Sylvia Jensen, agriculture land use planner for the State of Vermont.
Jensen was one of three presenters to speak at a question and answer session with local farmers at the Emory A. Hebard State Office Building Tuesday. It was one of Sectary of Agriculture Chuck Ross’ listening sessions he is conducting in communities across the state.

December 3rd

Newport City Joins AARP To Become Age-Friendly

December 3, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion Monday evening, the city council voted unanimously to support a letter written by Mayor Paul Monette to AARP to start an advisory board to make Newport an age-friendly community. Newport is the first Vermont community to have such a designation that includes about 15 other U.S. cities.
The board will help the city meet the needs of the aging population, said Kelly Stoddard Poor, AARP associate state director of outreach.

DERBY: Planners Approve Amended Town Plan

December 3, 2013

DERBY – The Derby Planning Commission has passed an amended version of the town plan. In a split decision Monday evening, following a public hearing, planners agreed to changes suggested by the town’s select board and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA).

LRUHS BOARD: Student Leadership Council Gives Report On Bullying Survey

December 3, 2013

BARTON- Seniors Nicole Roy and Emily Millar, members of the Student Leadership Council along with faculty advisor Erikka Adams gave a Power Point presentation to the Lake Region Union High School board. The board opened the December 2 meeting with a well thought out report on the subject of bullying, how to recognize it, respond to it, and ways to educate other students. The presentation was developed after talking to other students about their experiences.

First Annual Santa Run Gains Support

December 3, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Momentum is gaining for organizers of the first annual Newport Santa Run with 60 people signed up. With the sponsorship of Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and support of NEKCA and Phil White of Kingdom Games, Saturday’s fundraising run will raise funds for Toys for Kids.
“We’ve already signed up 60 people and have ordered more Santa suits,” said White. “There’s 20 suits left for kids, and 20 for adults. Same-day registration is permissible until we’ve run out of suits.”

LRUHS Tuition Rate Set At Four Percent Increase

December 3, 2013

BARTON - The Lake Region Union High School board learned at their December 2 meeting that Business Manager Heather Wright has calculated the new tuition rate. The board voted to accept a new rate of $12,900, a four percent increase over the previous rate.
“This is in line with what is equitable,” Wright said. “We could charge more as our expenses went up, so tuition should increase too.” The increase is $500 and must be approved by the Department of Education.
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Focus On Algebra And Portfolios

December 2nd

VEC Seeks Rate Increase In The New Year

December 2, 2013

JOHNSON – Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking a rate increase for the new year. In Mid-November VEC made the request for a 2.93 percent increase in rates with the Public Service Board (PSB). The request is currently under review, and comments are being accepted. This is the first hike the co-op has sought in three years.

Derby Man Raises And Races Huskies

December 2, 2013

DERBY - Growing up in Vermont with a Siberian husky has led Nathan Gratton on to a unique career path; breeding and running mixed-breed dogs for speed and endurance. “There’s no such breed as an Alaskan husky,” admits Gratton. “They are a mix of different breeds, starting with Siberian huskies, and then breeding them with German or English short hair pointers, or hounds.”

Spates The Florist Full Tilt Through The Holidays

December 2, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - As the holiday season ramps up green houses that are used to grow plants convert to wreath manufacturing buildings. And at this time of year a new economy takes shape with hundreds of people throughout the Northeast Kingdom making wreaths, garland, swags, kissing balls, and centerpieces, or cutting brush for cash.
Spates The Florist is an area icon for producing holiday greens, though they also rely on a flower shop, garden
Robert and Jill Gosselin purchased the business in 2002, where Jill had already been working for several decades.

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