Archive - 2013 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY - A group of protesters lined up outside the Emory Hebard State Office Building Tuesday in support of a same sex couple from Orleans.
The state recently prevented one of the men, 66-year-old Norman Sheldrake, from returning to his home on a temporary order because the Probate Court believed Sheldrake was being neglected.
"The imminent issue is that if he is discharged to his home without a guardian, he faces the risk of renewed neglect as he is unable to properly care for himself due to dementia," stated Probate Court Judge John Monette in his decision.
NEWPORT - On Sunday afternoon, Ron Wright addressed hundreds of enthusiastic participants at the 9th Annual NEK Ice Fishing Derby, thanking everyone, including sponsors, for their support.
â€śYou did a great job,â€ť Wright said to the packed audience. â€śI can't do this by myself.... The vendors, the local sponsors, everyone stepped up. We went out to check several lakes and had a great time. This event takes a lot of work to put it on, and I have to thank my family for their support.â€ť
CRAFTSBURY - In January 2011, Pete's Greens of Craftsbury was in ruins after a fire destroyed the production facility. A new, 160,000-square-foot facility stands in its place with with freezers, a large root storage room, the washing and packing floor, the seed starting area, a small visitorâ€™s room, the kitchen where employees get their meals and the extra summer produce is canned and stored, and expanded office space.
Pete's Greens has taken the lead in Vermont's changing agricultural industry, with a focus on buying local, fresh food.
NEWPORT CITY - Are you looking for adventure, action, comedy, and romance books for a low price? Then just make your way to Twice Told Tales.
Twice Told Tales sells new and used books, textbooks and books on tape and compact discs. Owner Marie Westlake also sells books to local schools and the Northern State Correctional Facility library.
"We can get anything anybody wants," she said, including out of print books.
Westlake opened the store in Derby in 1998. Since then, she moved several times between Derby Line and Newport City. This last move put her next to the Waterfront Cinema.
DERBY â€“ Nothing warms the heart like ice fishing, especially when it's done to raise money for cancer victims.
This year marked the 9th Annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Tournament hosted by Wright's Enterprises in Derby. A host of sponsors signed up for the event, tickets sold like the proverbial hot cakes, the youth portion of the derby netted quite a catch, and those brave enough to endure the event met Sunday for a lively feast and to watch the winners receive their much prized awards.
BURLINGTON - The basketball career of Albanyâ€™s Kylie Atwood has continued at the University of Vermont.
Atwood, a freshman, has gotten good minutes for the Lady Cats this season, including six starts for the 7-17 ballclub. Atwood played 25 minutes against American East foe and power Boston University Wednesday night. The Cats lost by nine to the 21-4 Terriers. The former Lake Region Lady Ranger has made the switch to Division One womanâ€™s basketball and is enjoying the ride.
For more on Kylie's story, see Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Feb. 15, 2013.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Newport Center needs a new fire truck, and the town will ask voters on Town Meeting Day to approve $25,000 a year for the next four years for the purchase.
Chief Kurk Flynn said the department wants to replace a 1975 pumper truck that has massive amounts of rust, which makes it unsafe.
NEWPORT - It took seven hours to retrieve Paul Lavalette's truck from the bottom of Lake Memphremagog last Sunday.Â
The truck was located at a depth of 25 feet.Â The first step in retrieving the truck was locating it. Will Jennison, owner of JD Company of Johnson, VT, said the truck's front end was buried in several feet of mud.Â
The truck was lifted from the bottom using air bags and pulled to a hole near the shore before being pulled out.
LOWELL â€“ The Vermont Energy Generation Siting Commission toured the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell Tuesday. Later that evening, the five-member commission held its third public hearing at the Lowell Village School to a crowd of several hundred people.
Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed the commission to recommend best practices for improving how power generation sites are chosen and how to get public input.
The commissionâ€™s next session will be Feb. 20 in Montpelier. Attendees could speak about anything related to energy; most stuck with the topic of wind.Â
NEWPORT â€“ Bill Stengerâ€™s Q-Resorts does not yet own the Spates Block in Newport City, but will likely very soon.
Q-Resorts has an agreement with Doug and Vivian Spates to buy the block, which stretches from Central Street to Second Street, but the closing has yet to occur. It was scheduled for the end of December, and then the end of January, but it didnâ€™t happen, and Doug Spates said he does not know why or when it will.
Spates speculates that there are hold-ups somewhere and said he thinks it could have to do with an environmental certificate, but doesn't know the details.