Archive - 2013 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Pending development in the Northeast Kingdom is on the minds of many local legislators.Â
â€śWeâ€™re in the midst of a renaissance,â€ť said Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City during Monday's legislative breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant.Â
NEWPORT â€“ High flu activity continues nationwide according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In Vermont, flu activity remains widespread with reports of high absenteeism among school age children in the Northeast Kingdom.
According to reports, three adults have died in Vermont from the flu this season so far and 14 adults have reportedly died in New Hampshire.
The last few years have seen mild flu seasons, but this year is different. The flu came on early and strong.
The good news is that, despite a critical nationwide shortage, North Country Hospital still has the flu vaccine.
DERBY - This message, Welcome Walmart, is very clear on how many Northeast Kingdom residents feel about the retail giant. Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin, along with other dignitaries, will make an announcement regarding development in the region.
NORTH TROY- Gustav Verderber is a nationally known naturalist, author, photographer and an adjunct professor of environmental science at Johnson State College who lives with his wife Cheryl and two English Setters in North Troy.
Verderber's family emigrated to the USA when he was five years old, moving to Ohio where his father obtained employment with the Ford Motor Company. His exposure to nature started when his family would visit his uncle who owned 400 acres in the Allegheny Mountains south of Buffalo, NY.
NEWPORT- Two and a half months ago, Hurricane Sandy decimated the eastern seaboard, especially New Jersey and New York.
The recovery effort continues. According to the Red Cross, thousands remain in need of shelter and food.
Luckily the storm skirted Vermont and the state recovered quickly, leaving Vermonters in a position to provide help to others in need.
Hurricane Sandy hit home for QNEK's Lynn Leimer. She is from New Jersey.
QNEK is well known for stepping up and helping when tragedy strikes, and the theater companyÂ held a fundraiser when Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont.
NORTH TROY â€“ Voters went to the polls for a third time to vote on a $1.07 million bond to make renovations to the school, and rejected it by a vote of 92-84. For over a year, school officials and board members have maintained the argument that renovations are necessary. However, voters didnâ€™t buy it and rejected the bond, sending board members back to the drawing board.
The actual construction now is about $890,000. The school board added $182,000 for contingency costs. However, board members hoped they wouldnâ€™t need the extra money.
DERBY â€“ Derby Select Board member Karen Jenne has taken out petitions for Derby Â Clerk, town treasurer, and school treasurer. She has also taken petitions out for the Derby select board for both two- and three-year terms. Jenneâ€™s seat on the board is up for grabs at Town Meeting in March.
However Jenne is keeping a tight lid on which petition she is circulating for signatures. She says she will make a public announcement soon. The deadline for filing is January 28 and 30 signatures from registered voters are required.
NEWPORT â€“ Rick Burroughs and Heidi Davis of Black River Designs (BRD) gave an overview Wednesday evening of the facility needs for North Country Union High School's A and B wings to an advisory committee composed of school administrators, school board members, and members of the community. BRD worked with the high school board for the North Country Career Center renovation known as C Wing.
The overview is based on a master planning effort by BRD, which focused on facility needs, code compliance, and educational issues.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Mark Shaw Jr., the man known on the Howard Stern Show as Bigfoot, appeared in Orleans County District Tuesday for a competency hearing.
Shaw recently underwent an inpatient psychiatric examination that found him incompetent. He is being held at the Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center on $50,000 bail. Shaw faces charges of attempted first degree arson, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Based on medical records and a stipulation by State's Attorney Alan Franklin, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said Tuesday that Roger Pion is currently incompetent to stand trial.
Pion, 34, is accused of demolishing seven vehicles parked behind the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department. He appeared in Orleans County District Court Tuesday for a competency hearing. He is currently in the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health and is being held at Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center in Burlington.