Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
NEWPORT - A request by the human resources committee to investigate adding a school resource officer sparked a lively debate at last night's North Country Union High School Board meeting. The school budget to be considered at town meeting in March does not include funding for the position.
MORGAN â Nearly one year ago, the residents of Morgan decided to close the school and tuition the students out. What to do with the building still remains up in the air.
The Morgan School Board of Directors held a meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the matter. The meeting was held at the State Police barracks in Derby because the school is too cold for a meeting.
NEWPORT CITY - For the past seven and a half years, the Behavioral Health Services (BAART) dispensed methadone from a van at the recycling center on Coventry Street. Now officials from the organization want to dispense the drug from a Union Street site, the same site a gunman recently tried to rob for drugs.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM â Controversy is heating up over the possibility of tar sands oil running through Vermont, mirroring the debate over the Keystone Pipeline.
The PortlandâMontreal Pipe Line runs through the Northeast Kingdom, from North Troy to Victory Bog, and debate grows over whether it is safe to reverse the flow and allow tar sands oil, also called heavy crude or bitumen, through the pipes.
Rep. David Deen of Westminster introduced a bill, H.27, that would require an Act 250 permit for a new oil pipeline or any changes to an existing oil pipeline other than a repair.
DERBY â Laura Dolgin has been a member of the Derby Select Board since 2004 and is going for another two-year term. Dolgin is facing challenger Maureen Fountain.
Dolgin feels her service to the town has hit mid-stride with all the proposed developments in Derby and the surrounding area, including Newport.
Dolgin said that Derby citizens can be proud of their town. âIt is run really well,â Dolgin said in a recent interview. She said the town has an excellent road crew and other dedicated workers, and the town office reflects the level of care by the people who work there.
NEWPORT CITY - A group of protesters lined up outside the Emory Hebard State Office Building Tuesday in support of a same sex couple from Orleans.
The state recently prevented one of the men, 66-year-old Norman Sheldrake, from returning to his home on a temporary order because the Probate Court believed Sheldrake was being neglected.
"The imminent issue is that if he is discharged to his home without a guardian, he faces the risk of renewed neglect as he is unable to properly care for himself due to dementia," stated Probate Court Judge John Monette in his decision.
NEWPORT - On Sunday afternoon, Ron Wright addressed hundreds of enthusiastic participants at the 9th Annual NEK Ice Fishing Derby, thanking everyone, including sponsors, for their support.
âYou did a great job,â Wright said to the packed audience. âI can't do this by myself.... The vendors, the local sponsors, everyone stepped up. We went out to check several lakes and had a great time. This event takes a lot of work to put it on, and I have to thank my family for their support.â
CRAFTSBURY - In January 2011, Pete's Greens of Craftsbury was in ruins after a fire destroyed the production facility. A new, 160,000-square-foot facility stands in its place with with freezers, a large root storage room, the washing and packing floor, the seed starting area, a small visitorâs room, the kitchen where employees get their meals and the extra summer produce is canned and stored, and expanded office space.
Pete's Greens has taken the lead in Vermont's changing agricultural industry, with a focus on buying local, fresh food.
NEWPORT CITY - Are you looking for adventure, action, comedy, and romance books for a low price? Then just make your way to Twice Told Tales.
Twice Told Tales sells new and used books, textbooks and books on tape and compact discs. Owner Marie Westlake also sells books to local schools and the Northern State Correctional Facility library.
"We can get anything anybody wants," she said, including out of print books.
Westlake opened the store in Derby in 1998. Since then, she moved several times between Derby Line and Newport City. This last move put her next to the Waterfront Cinema.
DERBY â Nothing warms the heart like ice fishing, especially when it's done to raise money for cancer victims.
This year marked the 9th Annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Tournament hosted by Wright's Enterprises in Derby. A host of sponsors signed up for the event, tickets sold like the proverbial hot cakes, the youth portion of the derby netted quite a catch, and those brave enough to endure the event met Sunday for a lively feast and to watch the winners receive their much prized awards.