Archive - 2013 - News Article
BARTON â€“ In 1997, the Legislature passed a new education funding mechanism, Act 60, which ensures, â€śAll Vermont children will be afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal in quality.â€ť Act 60 also includes the School Quality Standards (SQS), which governed class size, required programs, hours needed to complete an accredited program, and other criteria.
For more of this story, read Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 23, 2013.
DERBY â€“ Ronney Lyster, owner of Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the Auto Saver Group, kicked off the 2013 Hungerfest Friday by donating $10,000 to Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA).
Proceeds will benefit NEKCA's Hungerfest, a food drive for the local food shelf. Other businesses such as Fred's Plumbing and Heating donated to NEKCA as well. NEKCA is planning a variety show at the Haskell Opera House Saturday, Oct. 19 to raise money. As of Friday, committee members had lined up Mark Shelton, Tony O'Connor, Tod Pronto, Deveney Choquette, and Wayne Warner.
COVENTRY â€“ Things will by flying at the Newport State Airport this weekend as Dan Gauvin, owner of Lake View Aviation, presents a mini air show in conjunction of the Parker Pie Wings Restaurant grand opening. Dan Marcotte and Hugh Shickle will perform aerobatic tricks in the mid-afternoon to celebrate the opening of the restaurant.
For the rest of this story, see Friday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 20, 2013.
DERBY LINE â€“ Fernando Beltran is on the hunt. He turns his Chevy Tahoe from a main road in Holland, Vermont, onto a narrow, winding dirt road that runs along the Vermontâ€“Quebec border, a road that many people probably donâ€™t even notice as they speed past.
Although deer and deer hunters are a common sight along the rural, forested border region, Beltran is not hunting for deer. Instead, he is hunting for drug smugglers and other people trying to enter the United States illegally. He is a United States Border Patrol agent.
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen met with neighboring town officials Wednesday to discuss fire coverage.
Coventry doesn't have its own fire department. Instead, it pays Newport City, Newport Center, Orleans, and Irasburg per firefighter who responds to a scene. It also pays per piece of apparatus used at a scene. Now Coventry officials hope to pay an annual base fee to help the department with its operating budget.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Retailers who have a presence at the Waterfront Plaza will have a place to call home until at least January 2016.
Tony Pomerleau, property owner and Burlington developer, and Bill Stenger, president and co-owner of Jay Peak Resort, have been in talks about entering a buy-sell agreement for several years. The plan is to raze the structures on the property and build a new convention center and hotel with suites, restaurants, and retail stores. Â
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Throughout Vermont, community members are bucking the trend of large grocery stores and food chains and choosing something closer to home: community gardens. From one end of the state to the other, in towns, cities, and on school property, adults and children are learning how to grow local produce that is healthy to eat. More importantly, they are learning skills necessary for community involvement, interaction and education, and the joy of digging in the dirt and watching something grow and mature.
GLOVER â€“ Tuesday, Glover voters shot down the proposed Lake Parker sewer expansion. A total of 144 voters showed up at the polls with over half voting against the proposal. Mike Ladd, a member of the select board, said that this effectively stops the proposal as it was presented.
When the initial informational meeting with Lake Parker residents was held, there had been talk about those in the project area taking on the entire cost if the town voted down the proposed split. This could still be an option if property owners are interested in going forward with the project, Ladd said.
DERBY â€“ Derby officials continue moving forward to help protect town and village assets in the event of a fire.
The Derby Select Board voted Monday evening at their regular meeting to split the cost of a proposed Derby Line water project 50-50. It will now go to the voters at a future date for approval. Chair of the select board Brian Smith noted that the project involves parts of Derby including the Derby Elementary School, one of the most important structures in the town.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Members of the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are working to start a support group for the families of those who died by suicide.
Local AFSP volunteers Mary Butler and Angel Provoncha went to Los Angeles in May to attend a training seminar on how to start a Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 20, 2013.