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August 7th

Vermont Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas to Investors

August 7, 2014

LOWELL - Seven Vermont entrepreneurs looking for advice on growth and financial assistance pitched their ideas at Steve Mason and Trish Sears' barn, otherwise known as Kingdom Commons, Thursday during the first annual Barn Pitch.
Each presenter had an opportunity to address investors. The investors spent much of this week touring the state on motorcycle. Each day they made stops to hear pitches, as they did Thursday. The investors ended their tour Thursday evening with a press conference in Essex Junction.

For the rest of the story see Friday's Express

Act 250 Approves Jay Peak Rec Center

August 7, 2014

The District Environmental Commission #7 issued a Land Use Permit Amendment to Jay Peak Resort to construct an indoor recreation facility. The center will be located on State Side. Plans call for a 1,500 multi-level climbing activities, games, and theater space.
The permit has cleared local planning and zoning, but it took several meetings to reach an agreement. Local planners were concerned about parking issues and aesthetics. Planners attached conditions to the permit that deal with landscaping and pedestrian walkways with signage.

For the rest of the story see Friday's Express

August 6th

Gosselin Development Receives Permit for Sewer Line

August 6, 2014

DERBY–– The Gosselin development project received an Act 250 Land Use permit for a sewer line immediately after the City of Newport withdrew its request for party status and a hearing. The city received a letter from the Village of Derby Center requesting a sewer service area for the Gosselin development. The Newport City Council approved the sewer service and withdrew the city’s  request for an Act 250 hearing on the project.
For the full story see Thursday's Express.

Owners Of Unlicensed Dogs To Be Hounded Brighton Sends In The Law

August 6, 2014

BRIGHTON- Town Clerk Teresa Potwin confirmed Tuesday evening that thirty eight dogs in town have not been licensed.  Potwin advised the select board at their meeting she has sent letters and even follow up telephone calls to no avail.
For the complete story see Thursday's Express.

August 5th

LR School Board Begins Preperation for FY ‘15

August 5, 2014

BARTON- It’s never too early to start budgeting for FY '15 and the Lake Region Union High School board is doing just that. 

Finance chair Mike Sanville noted not only are they starting early, but the annual meeting has been moved from January to February giving the board and administration more time to compose a budget.  Board chair Dave Blodgett suggested Sanville explain the process to the new board members.

For the rest of the story see Wednesday's Express

International Vocalist to Preform in Newport

August 5, 2014

International Jazz vocalist Eileen Kennedy will perform at St Mark’s Church on Second Street in Newport on August 16. She will be accompanied by well-known artist Mark Violette on the piano. The performance, called Some Enchanted Evening, is part of the Now Playing Newport music series managed and produced by Jim McKimm. Kennedy preformed at the Gateway Center in Newport last summer to a sold out crowd.

For the rest of the story see Wednesday's Express

Sparks Fly Over Sick Time for Non-Union Employees

August 5, 2014

NEWPORT CITY – Non-union city employees may now accrue as much as six hours of paid sick time a month, up to nine days per year, which is in line with what the public works department employees have. Up until now non-union employees had four hours of sick time.
In 1998, the public works department employees and non-union employees had their sick time reduce from eight days to four days. During last contract negotiations, public works department employees got two of their hours back.

For the rest of the story see Wednesday's Express

August 4th

Every Car Lover Has a Story

August 4, 2014

NEWPORT CITY – There is a saying if you love something, set it free. If it returns, it is yours for keeps. That is certainly the case for Steve Restelli and Carmen of Barre.
Carmen is Restelli’s 1961, 356-B Carmen Hardtop Sports Coupe Porsche displayed during the Cars of Yesteryear's (COY) 31st annual show at North Country Union High School Sunday. Restelli, like many owners of classic cars, has a story to tell. Restelli purchased the car twice and sold it once. But, let’s start from the beginning.

For the rest of the story and more pictures see Tuesday's Express

Pig Epidemic Spreads to VT Cancelling Annual Fair Event

August 4, 2014

A pig epidemic that has devastated several farms across the U.S. has spread to Vermont. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture announced a Rutland farm had the first known case in the state in March of this year. Due to the the outbreak, the state has highly recommended not holding the pig scramble at the Orleans County Fair in Barton this year, which is set to open its doors August 13 said Pam Tetreault with the fair association. Tetreault said she made the announcement on the fair's Facebook page that they are very sorry to disappoint the children who look forward to the piglet scramble...

Van Nostrand Settles In as Superintendent

August 4, 2014

BARTON- From aptly named hometown Northville, NY, OCSU superintendent Don Van Nostrand has wound his way north and east to Barton, VT.  Influenced at an early age by several strong teachers, Van Nostrand set his sights on becoming a high school math teacher.  A love of math led him to Potsdam State College (SUNY) where he received degrees in math and secondary education.

For the rest of the story see Tuesday's Express!

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