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NEWPORT CITY â€“ If everything goes through, Vermonters are looking at a $102 million tax increase. That was the message Rep. Mike Marcotte of Coventry brought to Monday's Legislative Breakfast.
According to Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy, one of the proposed taxes would have been on bottled beverages. A two-liter bottle of soda that sold for a $1.25 would have had a 60-cent tax. But, according to Marcotte, lawmakers replaced the law with a six percent sales tax.
NEWPORT, VT - A winter storm warning was issued for the region from Monday at midnight through 8 a.m. Wednesday. The warning is for Eastern Adirondack Mountains, Champlain Valley, and all of Central and Northern Vermont.
The National Weather Service predicts the storm will drop 10 to 14 inches of snow with one to two inches per hour.
"A difficult morning and evening commute is expected today," states the National Weather Service. "Gusty southeast winds combined with heavy wet snow could bring down tree limbs and produce scattered power outages."
DERBY â€“ An Orleans Superior Court judge has denied IROCâ€™s request for more time to get its financing in order before taking the property.
Attorney Phil White, the Executive Director of IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans Country), had filed a motion with the court asking for an extension of the redemption period to get financing before losing the facility.
NEWPORT â€“ For three years Jon Somes has brought his creative style to Newport, offering hair styling, basic cuts, and skin care. Now, he's offering something more â€“ his own, specialized line of products.
Somes moved to San Francisco from the east coast years ago to study his craft. He then traveled to Paris for a time to apprentice with master cutters.
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DERBY â€“ The local Ducks Unlimited Chapter held its 37th annual banquet and fundraiser at the Elks Club in Derby Saturday night with more than 150 supporters in attendance. The event combines a variety of fundraising activities, an update of legislation under consideration by the Vermont House and Senate, and a fellowship dinner that brought together supporters of Ducks Unlimited's mission.
NEWPORT â€“ Students across the Northeast Kingdom are getting ready for the annual NEK History Day event. A group of sixth grade students from Brighton Elementary School are working on a breast cancer exhibit and presentation that will go on display at IROC.
The theme of this year's competition is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. The group is focusing on how cancer awareness, particularly breast cancer, has changed the world.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Isaiah Dowland, seven, is rising above the teasing of some of his classmates at Newport City School and growing his hair long enough to be made into a pony tail for one special reason â€“ so he can donate the hair to Locks of Love.
Locks of Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides hairpieces from real hair to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are suffering from long term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
For more of this story, see Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 18, 2013.
BURLINGTON â€“ It was a homecoming of sorts for Boston College Eagle sophomore Johnny Gaudreau and he didnâ€™t disappoint. Gaudreau had a goal Friday in the Eagleâ€™s 4-4 draw with the University of Vermont and then followed that up with two goals and four assists as BC nailed the Catamounts 7-2 Saturday night.
While Johnny hails from Carneyâ€™s Point, New Jersey, his roots are well established in northern Vermont. Over 30 relatives from the Beebe and Orleans County area showed up to watch their son, grandson, cousin and so on, and the 19-year-old delivered.
COVENTRY â€“ The Newport State Airport Advisory Committee met with environmental engineers and state agency officials for an update of the project schedule and how environmental issues will impact the proposed expansion. Project manager Jed Merrow first provided a master plan update that includes a mix of adding to existing infrastructure as well as taking down a building currently used for snow removal equipment.
For more of this story, see page one of Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 15, 2013.