Archive - 2013 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Newport City Council discussed city workers' insurance benefits Monday evening.
For 2013, the premium per employee is $513 per month with a cost share between the employee and the city. Jacques Roberge, of Poulos Insurance, attended the meeting to explain what will happen if the city retains him as its broker.
NEWPORT CITY - Members of the Newport Ambulance Service (NAS) and other local first responders have been training the last week or so on a new piece of equipment that will help save lives. It is an automatic CPR machine. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is used when someone has no pulse and is not breathing. Â
For more of this story, read Friday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 27, 2013.
Fire ripped through this trailer on Route 14 in Coventry Thursday. The Newport City Fire Department responded to the scene around 5:30 p.m. Sources on the scene and scanner reports indicated the trailer was abandoned and was in the process of being torn down. No other details were available at press time.
BRIGHTON â€“ Island Pond may be home to a new maple sap processing business.
The Brighton Development Review Board unanimously approved a permit for a maple business.
Business officials from Bernardâ€™s Maple of Saint-Victor, Quebec, are working on ironing out the details with the town before getting to the final decision. Â Â
NEWPORT CITY - Police evacuated a normally quiet neighborhood for over four hours Wednesday morning while they dealt with an alleged gunman.
Later in the day, the suspect, identified as Derick Niles, 36, entered not guilty pleas to reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Judge Howard VanBenthuysen held Niles on $100,000 bail and ordered an in-patient evaluation for competency and sanity. Niles wasn't happy with VanBenthuysen's ruling.
"I can't believe that you're defending meth and getting hits taken out on people," said Niles in court. "I won't sell meth for them."
LOWELL - Green Mountain Power (GMP) is making improvements to find ways to deal with the curtailment by the regional transmission operator ISO New England.
In its first year of operation, GMP was not allowed by ISO NE to work at its full potential at certain times (curtailment). GMP announced Friday that a completion of a transmission line upgrade has been allowed for an increase in generation at the Kingdom Community Wind facility in Lowell.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 25, 2013.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Did members of the Development Review Board expose themselves and the city to a possible lawsuit when they issued a conditional permit to construct a convince store, restaurant, and gas station on the corner of Main Street and Third Street?
The city council will address that at its meeting Monday, Oct. 7.
The permit includes razing the Newport One Stop, a neighboring office and a residential building. The board issued the conditional permit during a public hearing earlier this month.
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Police from numerous agencies surrounded an area on the west side of Newport City in response to reports of an armed gunman who may have held members of his family hostage. A standoff, which began before 6 a.m., ended around 11:30 when the suspect was taken into custody.
A witness contacted the newspaper to report that a gunman had been seen in the woods near Highland Avenue. All residents in the Highland Avenue area, including West Main and Pleasant Street, have been asked to evacuate.
BARTON â€“ Dave McCausland and Sue Stenta, owners of Needless Things Vermont, are pickers with a good cause. While they do operate a for profit company, much of the focus is to sort out items that can be donated to people in need.
â€śWe collect unwanted items all over Vermont, even down south,â€ť said McCausland. â€śPeople call and we'll pick it up. Most of the material we collect is in the area.â€ť
Read about this couple and the way they help others in Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 24. 2013.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Phyllis Joy Hammond is an artist and a naturalist, and it's her love of nature that dominates her many sketches and paintings, including those in her books "Traveling with Wildflowers from Newfoundland to Alaska" and "Through the Eyes of the Children - Traveling with the Artist."
In her latest work, "Through the Eyes of the Children," Phyllis marries her sketches of mountains, rivers and plains to the poetry and prose of local elementary school students from Coventry, Holland, Newport Center, Newport City, and Troy.