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Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article

January 17th

HANGING ON

January 17, 2013

BARTON – On Dec. 6, 2011, Nicole and Justin Matten’s seven-year-old daughter Kaylynne Matten died. Nicole Matten blames her daughter’s death to a reaction from the flu vaccine she received days before.
Since Kaylynne’s passing, the Mattens’ world has been turned upside down. The couple is going through a divorce and Nicole’s home is in foreclosure.
“We’re just trying to raise enough money to stop the foreclosure proceedings and get a loan modification so we can keep the house so the kids don’t have to go through any more devastating changes,” Nicole said Wednesday.

Colleges Join Hands with Labor for Workforce Development

January 17, 2013

NEWPORT - Vermont State Collages have teamed up with the Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development with a goal of filling the thousands of positions expected locally in the near future.
Jay Peak’s Bill Stenger and partners announced major development plans last fall for the Northeast Kingdom. Who will fill these jobs, and what training is required remains in question.

January 16th

JAY SAGA CONTINUES

January 16, 2013

JAY PEAK – Jay Peak Resort can now boat that it hosts the world’s first Burton Board Training Center.
Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort, and Jeff Bolida, vice president of Global Resorts for Burton Snowboards, cut the ribbon at the opening of the all new Jay Peak Burton Board Training Center.
As Stenger stated, “It's not often you can say you are the first of its kind in the world, but we can with this opening.”
Bigger than life carved figures from "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" welcomed children to the center.

LOCAL LEGISLATORS TAKE AIM AT GUN LAWS

January 16, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – In the wake of the Newtown, CT, school shooting last month, lawmakers across the country are considering stricter gun regulations. However, Vermont legislators, at least the local ones, say such regulations need to come from the federal government.
“That’s a federal domain, I believe,” said Sen. Robert Starr from North Troy. “They dictate what happens and when it happens.”

NCU BAND PLANS RETURN TRIP TO DISNEY

January 16, 2013

NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. “The trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.”
“Many of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,” Prue observed. “That in itself was quite an experience.”

January 15th

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - WALMART

January 15, 2013

DERBY – It’s official. The Northeast Kingdom will soon have its first Walmart, as soon as the project can obtain its permits.
Developers along with local and state political leaders announced plans Tuesday to build a Supercenter Walmart on the Derby Road, across from The Tavern.
“This is an example of how we create jobs in the Kingdom,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “This region of the state has always suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state.”

DRIVER SENTENCED IN FLAGGER’S DEATH

January 15, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – John Matten, 78, sat quietly in a wheelchair yesterday as Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a three-year deferred sentence.
Prior to sentencing, Matten entered a guilty plea to gross and negligent operation with fatality resulting. Matten was the driver of a motor vehicle that struck and killed Zachariah Brown, a flagger at a road construction site on VT RT 14 in Newport Center. The accident occurred Aug. 13, 2010.

THE GENERAL’S ELECTION

January 15, 2013

NEWPORT - Brigadier General Jonathan Fornham, a candidate for the position of Vermont National Guard Adjutant General, met with area legislators while attending the Legislative Breakfast Monday morning.
Former Adjutant General Michael Dubie resigned from the position last summer and the post has been filled by his deputy until the legislature chooses a new leader.

January 14th

BIG WIND, SMALL BUDGETS

January 14, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Pending development in the Northeast Kingdom is on the minds of many local legislators. 
“We’re in the midst of a renaissance,” said Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City during Monday's legislative breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant. 

HOSPITAL HAS FLU SHOTS

January 14, 2013

NEWPORT – High flu activity continues nationwide according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In Vermont, flu activity remains widespread with reports of high absenteeism among school age children in the Northeast Kingdom.
According to reports, three adults have died in Vermont from the flu this season so far and 14 adults have reportedly died in New Hampshire.
The last few years have seen mild flu seasons, but this year is different. The flu came on early and strong.
The good news is that, despite a critical nationwide shortage, North Country Hospital still has the flu vaccine.

 

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