Archive - Mar 2013 - News Article
DERBY â€“ A Springfield, VT, truck driver walked away from a crash on Interstate 91 Monday night after his rig slid into the median and collided with some trees.
A Peterbuilt truck cab and trailer twisted and flipped over, leaving gullies dug into the dirt and its large wheels in the air. The cab was severely buckled on impact and both sections were declared totaled.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 13, 2013.
DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission is preparing for the future, especially in light of all the proposed development.
Monday evening, David Snedeker, of the Northern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), was present at the planning commission meeting. He said NVDA is required to look over town plans when new ones are developed. Snedeker pointed out what he thought was good in Derbyâ€™s plan, what he thought was missing, and where information should be expanded.
NEWPORT CITY - Area third grade students will have the opportunity to take a one-hour cruise on Lake Memphremagog in May and June. Chris Johansen, president of the Memphremagog Navigational Company, and Burlington developer Tony Pomerleau are working together to make the cruise possible.
Johansen is in the process of getting his newest boat, the Northern Star, ready for its maiden voyage in May. He purchased the boat from Green Mountain Boat Lines last year.
For more of this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 13, 2013.
DERBY â€“ Paul Letourneau is the epitome of a hearty Northeast Kingdom man. He is 86 years old and continues to successfully run his maple sugar bush and event hall after 40 years. Not only is sugar making his livelihood, but his passion and hobby as well.
Letourneau moved to Derby from Holland in 1965 and bought 75 acres of maples trees. Over the years, the net sap results go up and down, but this year is record setting for earliest sap flow. Letourneau started boiling Feb. 27 and has already made over 300 gallons.
IRASBURG â€“ It's the perfect scenario for creating maple syrup. Cold nights in the twenties backed by warm days in the forties.
That recipe for success is letting local maple syrup producers get out and make one of the world's best foods: Vermont maple syrup. The Smith brothers in Irasburg have been busy doing just that.
NEWPORT CITY - North Country Hospital went into lockdown Sunday night while police, firefighters, and hospital staff searched the entire campus for a bomb.
The search included going to each patient's room. It's not clear if the searchers revealed what they were looking for to the patients. Police Chief Seth DiSanto said they didn't, but hospital CEO Claudio Fort said they did.
For more of this story, see page 1 of Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 12, 2013.
JAY â€“ Savannah Alberghini-Giroux's goal nine minutes and fifteen seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the North Country girls earned a trip to the Gutterson Field House to take on Harwood for the Division II state championship on Tuesday evening.
Falcon coach Claude Paul is excited about the win but believes his team has another gear that they can shift up to.
"I think we can step up and play even better," he said. "We were taken aback a bit by Middleburry's speed and their quick transition game."
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Anyone who has experienced a fire, even a small one, knows the devastation it can cause. Thatâ€™s what happened to a Spring Street family about two weeks ago when a fire broke out at a Coventry family home. Damage was minimal but left the homeowners with the task of cleaning up.
Thanks to Coventry Village School (CVS) eighth grade students, the family had the home refurbished quickly.
DERBY â€“ Phil White, executive director of IROC, released a press statement yesterday in which he said the organization is pleased with the "steady growth of town support" evident on Town Meeting Day. IROC submitted appropriation requests to 14 towns, and while many failed to come to a vote or failed to pass, IROC received $32,000 in support, up from the $4000 it received in 2011.
Support came largely from Derby, along with Coventry, Craftsbury, Glover, and Brighton.
TROY â€” Piping tar sands through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont may pose a threat to the environment and area residents, but no NEK town took up the issue on Town Meeting Day. Instead, 29 towns in other areas of Vermont voted against tar sands, leaving some area local legislators saying that other towns should stay out of NEK business.