Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
NEWPORT â€“ Work on installing a new cable for improvements in telecommunications is currently underway in Newport. The fiber optic cable is capable of rapidly increasing speed and access to the Internet.
"It is critical for Vermont's telecommunication system,â€ť said Caro Thompson with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA).
This upgrade will help with the major expansion coming into the area and serve the Newport Airport.
DERBY â€“ Gov. Peter Shumlin will make an announcement regarding area development Tuesday, Jan. 15, and speculation is running rampant that the subject will be Walmart. Shumlin will be in town next week and will speak at The Tavern on US 5 in Derby, across the road from the entrance to a proposed Walmart Super Center. The governor's office is being evasive as to the content of the announcement.
â€śThere is no questionâ€™s itâ€™s Walmart,â€ť said out-going Sen. Vince Illuzzi of Derby.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport City man who burglarized a downtown business will serve two concurrent 98-days to six year sentences for his crime, concurrent with an existing sentence. Christopher Roupe, 24, also agreed to pay restitution to the tune of $1,000 but does not currently have the money.
Last Wednesday, Roupe entered a plea of guilty to two charges of burglary.
Dec. 18, 2011, Frank Richardi, owner the Lago Tratoria Restaurant, reported a theft from his business on Main Street in Newport City.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Federal authorizes have charged John Kuhl with receipt of child pornography. Kuhl allegedly received the images through a cell phone and its national network, which is governed by the FCC.
Kuhl, the former Newport City Dockmaster, is set to go on trial this week for child molestation. In Orleans District Court, he faces three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with children and four counts of distributing indecent material to children.
NEWPORT, VT - Despite inclement weather, an appreciative group turned out at the American Legion Friday night to give Tod Pronto and Deveney Choquette, former morning show hosts on the MOO92 radio station, a last hurrah.
Subway provided sandwiches and cookies, while Steve McManus and his daughter DJâ€™ed the event.
NEWPORT, VT - A 2002 North Country High School graduate and film director, Michael Tyburski, had his most recent short film, "Palimpsest," selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place later this month in Park City, Utah.
NEWPORT, VT - Scott Britch and his son Justin call it a day of ice fishingÂ on South Bay on Lake Memphremagog.Â Scott said he started fishing when he was five years old â€“ over 40 years ago.Â
"My grandfather use to fish off the Long Bridge," he recalls.Â
The pair are fishing for perch and at some point during the season will fish for Northern Pike.Â
Ice conditions wereÂ not as good Saturday as they were three weeks ago, according to Scott, "There was 1 1/2 inches of black ice.Â It was better than it is now.Â There's 4 inches of ice now, but it's bad, white ice, it's not safe."Â
COVENTRY â€“ Few will argue that one of the happiest places on earth, as far as snowmobiling is concerned, is the Northeast Kingdom.Â
Alâ€™s Snowmobile Parts Warehouse in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom is well prepared to fill the needs of the snowmobile enthusiast, not only in Vermont but worldwide as well.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Locally, snow sports enthusiasts are rejoicingÂ with the near perfect conditions of packed powder snow. The cold temperatures and snowfall are a huge welcome for many after last yearâ€™s lackluster season of little snow coupled with warmer temperatures.
The unusually warm weather hit the local economy, especially those who depend on outdoor winter activity seekers for their businesses. The slow tourism for snow sports tends to have a ripple effect on other businesses.
HOLLAND â€“ This week, families received a letter from Linda Phelan, Holland Elementary Schoolâ€™s principal, informing them that the husband of a school employee had been arrested on felony charges associated with the sexual assault of a child.
Phelanâ€™s letter identifies the person arrested as Robert Stacey. According to court records, Stacey is charged with inappropriately touching a five year old child in January of 2007 and with having repeated, nonconsensual sexual contact for two years with a girl under 16 years of age from January 1998 to June of 2000.