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February 21st

BRIDGING THE GAP

February 21, 2013

BROWNINGTON - The reconstruction of Bridge 9 on the Center Road dividing the Towns of Brownington and Barton will be completed this May when expansion joints, which need to be approved by state and federal agencies, are finished to allow flexibility during earthquakes or other events.
The bridge, probably built in the 1950s, was completely destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
The cost to replace the bridge is shared between the two towns, though Brownington is the owner of the project and bills

BAD DAY ON THE ROAD

February 21, 2013

JAY - There were some tense moments for the Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service (MVAS) Thursday, when one unit was involved in an accident, thanks to bad roads, and a second went off into a ditch.
It all started when MVAS personnel responded to the North Jay Road for a medical emergency. Scanner reports indicated the patient might not have been breathing.

For more of this story, see Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Feb. 22, 2013.

TASTING CENTER HAS FINAL HEARING

February 21, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - The Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center continues to move forward. The tasting center will be on Main Street and will be a combined food production, retail, and education center.
During the third and final required public hearing Monday, Mayor Paul Monette said the city received a $30,000 community development grant from the state.
Dave Snedeker, from the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, said the project received $5,000 in USDA technical assistance grant funds from Northern Investment Corporation and $5,000 in private business capital.

February 20th

DREAMING OF GOLD

February 20, 2013

BARTON - Orleans County resident Susan Dunklee has pre-qualified for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
The 27-year-old earned one of four spots on the American woman’s team that will represent the United States in the Biathlete competition. This combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting accuracy.

For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 21, 2013.

CITY SCHOOL BUDGET SEEKS HIKE

February 20, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - The Newport City Elementary School Board will ask voters to approve a school budget with a 6.44 percent increase. The board presented the proposed budget to the city council Monday evening.
Principal Stephen Earley said the city school board is asking for slightly more than the state average, which is a 5.5 percent increase.
"We are unique in that we're growing," said Earley. "It's not just little growth; we are growing a good deal."
More students mean more state reimbursement.

For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 21, 2013.

DOES NCU NEED A COP ON THE BEAT?

February 20, 2013

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.

WHAT TO DO WITH AN EMPTY SCHOOL

February 20, 2013

MORGAN – 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.

February 19th

DRUG CLINIC EYES MOVE

February 19, 2013

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.

Pipeline CEO Fights Regs

February 19, 2013

NORTHEAST KINGDOM – Controversy is heating up over the possibility of tar sands oil running through Vermont, mirroring the debate over the Keystone Pipeline.
The Portland–Montreal 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.

LAURA DOLGIN: PROUD OF DERBY

February 19, 2013

DERBY – 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. “It is run really well,” 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.

 

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