Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
DERBY â€“ The time is drawing near on the foreclosure of Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), but voters in towns across the Northeast Kingdom will have a chance on Tuesday to help the nonprofit organization.
Over the last seven years, thousands of local residents have used the facility, while youth age 18 and under have enjoyed full membership benefits for the past few years.
MONTPELIER - It's a summer day and you want to take a bicycle tour through Vermont. Let's see: a bicycle - check, helmet - check, knee pads - check, bicycle registration - what?
That's right, if some lawmakers have their way, bicyclists over 18 who reside in Vermont will have to register their ride for use on public highways. The bill doesn't say anything about those who come from out of state.
COVENTRY â€“ At least two residents are vying for the office of town clerk and treasurer. Deb Tanguay is facing off against incumbent Cynthia Diaz. Each title is considered a different position but the same person usually holds both offices.
Diaz first became clerk and treasurer in 2004.
"I'm running again because I really enjoy the people," said Diaz. "I really enjoy helping the residents of Coventry."
NEWPORT CITY - A Newport City man will serve two concurrent 5-10 year prison sentences plus a current 6-12 month prison sentence following a Newport City assault in which the victim was bashed in the head with a frying pan.
DERBY CENTER - The face of education is changing, Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern told members of the North Country Union Junior High School Board recently, as they discussed the possibility of a middle school on the west side of the supervisory district. â€śThe issue of equitable education is being addressed and may at some point be mandated,â€ť he said.
â€śIf a middle school is built on the west side, we are considering including grades six through eight; that will free space at the elementary schools for pre-kindergarten programs, which the state may someday mandate.â€ť
NEWPORT - Green Mountain Power (GMP) has reached a settlement agreement with local journalist Chris Braithwaite.
GMP will pay Braithwaite $22,500 to cover his legal expenses for the defense of the criminal case he faced as a result of an alleged trespass onto GMP property. That case was dismissed.
Braithwaite's civil suit against GMP will be dismissed with prejudice. GMP says this is the quickest resolution to the case and is not admitting any wrongdoing.
BURLINGTON â€“ One of 13 defendants charged in federal court with contributing to the operation of a meth lab in Island Pond has been sentenced.
Kevin Dodge, 45, was ordered to serve to 33 months in a federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, also ordered that Dodge serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends. In addition, Dodge agreed to forfeit $5,000 in lieu of forfeiture of a vehicle used in the conspiracy.
COVENTRY - Coventry voters will be asked at Town Meeting if they want to have their own fire department. If they say yes, the town will be asked to approve a budget of $515,000. If they do, the department already has a crew. Local residents are ready and willing to man the pumps for Coventry.
The money includes constructing a building and equipping the department.
IRASBURG â€“ The Irasburg Fire Chief says it is time for a new fire truck. The current 1984 pumper truck needs approximately $84,000 in repairs to bring it up to the required standards. The new truck is estimated to cost up to $225,000.
Four dealers are in a bidding war over the truck, Fire Chief Robin Beaton said Tuesday. The town has not had good luck with purchasing used trucks in the past, Beaton said. A used truck would cost about $180,000 and could be without a warranty or near the end of it, and Beaton is worried about spending on repairs, as the town has in the past.
NEWPORT CITY - Physician assisted suicide, known as the Death with Dignity Bill, continues to be a hot button issue in Vermont.
Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City said during Monday's Legislative Breakfast that some lawmakers are calling the bill physician prescribed suicide, because physicians are ones who will give the "lethal cocktail."