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November 26th

Landfill Awarded Permit To Expand

November 26, 2013

COVENTRY – The state authorized the garbage dump in Coventry to accept a lot more trash. The Environmental Commission #7 issued a Land Use Permit to New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSVT) to take in up to 600,000 tons per year compared to the previous 370,000 per year. The increased rate per day went from 2,500 to 5,000 tons.
There were numerous concerns by individuals and organizations over the increase of waste coming into the area, including additional truck traffic.

North Country Union High School: ABC Quest Focuses On Bullying

November 26, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - There may be a legal difference between bullying and harassment but as a victim of either, the definition is irrelevant. In either case it’s not legal and school administrators must enforce the law. One way to create awareness about the issue was an idea by former NCUHS faculty member Sylvia Brewster to start a student committee to combat harassment and bullying. The ABC Quest (Anti Bullying Committee) is comprised of volunteers who address the issue through presentations, positive peer pressure, and talking to elementary school students.

Driver In Sunday Evening Crash Remains Incarcerated

November 26, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - A near tragic accident has left a young lady in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the man who abandoned her incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility.
Zachary Labor was charged Monday with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury resulting. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.
At about 11 p.m. Sunday, November 23, State Trooper Debra Munson responded to a 911 call regarding a one-vehicle crash on May Pond Road in Barton.

Meat Pie Dinner Will Benefit NEKCA Food Shelf

November 26, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Have a hankering for some meat pie? If you can wait until Wednesday, Dec. 11, you are in luck. Just make your way to Brenda’s Homestyle Cooking on Main Street in Newport City where owner Brenda LePage will be cooking up a storm.
The dinner will include mashed potatoes, vegetables, apple crisp, and dessert. LePage and volunteers will have three sittings, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Lowell Six Vow To Continue Advocating

November 26, 2013

LOWELL – The six activists who were arrested while protesting the Lowell wind project vow to continue with their mission despite the Vermont Supreme Court ruling. In a split decision the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision that the protesters were guilty of unlawful trespass. The group, the self-proclaimed Lowell Six, was arrested December 5, 2011 when they refused to leave an area at the Lowell wind turbine site, which was under construction at the time. The activists, Ryan Gillard, Robert Holland, Suzanna Jones,

November 25th

North Country Hospital Cited For VOSHA Violations

November 25, 2013

NEWPORT – North Country Hospital (NCH) was cited by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) for numerous violations; some which are considered serious. The hospital is facing up to $42,000 in fines.
NCH became aware of the problems just days before the VOSHA inspection and immediately took action. Hospital officials are in constant communication with VOSHA to work on addressing the issues. The hospital may contest some of the alleged violations.

November 24th

Supreme Court Split On Lowell Six: Upholds Lower Court Verdict On Wind Turbine Trespassers

November 24, 2013

LOWELL – In a split decision the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a decision by an Orleans County jury on the Lowell Six. The courts put more weight on legal possession rather than true ownership. However, one justice, John Dooley, the lone dissenter, said that true possession was not actually proved in this case.
The self-proclaimed Lowell Six were arrested December 5, 2011 when they refused to leave an area at the Lowell wind turbine site, which was under construction at the time. The activists, Ryan Gillard, Robert Holland, Suzanna Jones,

OCSU Superintendent Search Continues

November 24, 2013

BARTON- The search for a new Orleans Central Supervisory Union superintendent is in the formative stage, with a search committee being formed and a goal of starting to advertise for the position to begin by December 1. Lake Region Union High School board chairman Dave Blodgett advised board members that there has been discussion over salary range, the hiring process, and who would be appointed to the search committee.
“We’ve set a salary range of $95,000 to $105,000.” said Blodgett. “The question is whether it’s enough or not.”

LR Portion Of Career Center Budget Level

November 24, 2013

BARTON- Lake Region Union High School school board member Mike Sanville reported good financial news Thursday night when he told the board there will be no increase in their portion of the North Country Career Center budget.
The proposed budget for the next fiscal year is approximately $3,376,000. Career Center Director Eileen Illuzzi is considering adding a half-time faculty position in the field of aviation. Interested students will be connected with the Coventry Airport upgrades which include manufacturing and repairing airplanes.

Turkey Trot: Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

November 24, 2013

BARTON - Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving morning before the relatives show up for the big meal and an afternoon of watching football? Then make your way to the center of Barton for the annual Turkey Trot.
The event, like every year, starts at 9 a.m. Registration is at 8 a.m.


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