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March 27th, 2013

JUNIOR HIGH BOARD SEEKS FEEDBACK

March 27, 2013

DERBY CENTER – The North Country Union Junior High School Board created a Community Relations Committee to oversee the creation, distribution and analysis of a community survey for residents of towns with students attending the school.
Board member Maggie Griffith initially raised concerns over the scope and nature of the survey and was joined by new member Scott Boskind, who asked, “Once completed, how are the results used? Certain responses cancel themselves out.... Is the survey necessarily beneficial?”

MURDER IN MIND

March 27, 2013

NEW YORK – The Investigation Discovery Network will be launching a new reality television series about the minds of murderers, tentatively called "Murder in Mind." Producers have been looking for murders where the motive is not always clear. One such case, at least in the eyes of program officials, is the death of Charles Billis at the hands of his wife Christine.
"The premise of the show is about the psychological workings behind murders," explained Melissa Peltier, co-owner of MPH Entertainment. "We're looking for cases that are different; where you ask the questions what, why."

SHERIFF SUES PIONS

March 27, 2013

NEWPORT – The Orleans County Sheriff's Department filed suit against Roger Pion and his parents for damage sustained when Roger destroyed the sheriff’s  department’s property.
Roger Pion, 34, is accused of using his parents red Case MX255 tractor to drive through town to the sheriff’s department parking area on the Derby Road and drove over the top of seven vehicles, crushing and destroying the cruisers, a van and equipment inside.

March 25th

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

March 25, 2013

NEWPORT – A consumer survey is circulating in Orleans County to find out what draws people to Newport, what shoppers would like to see, and shopping habits. The results will help local businesses evolve, if they choose, to meet demands, and to entice new businesses based on what residents and visitors want.
A similar survey was conducted in 2008, but it is helpful to conduct surveys every few years, explained Bill McMaster, community resource development specialist with UVM (University of Vermont).
Other groups are also doing their own surveys, including NEK99%.

JAY CRAVEN RELEASING NEW FILM

March 25, 2013

LYNDON - Vermont director Jay Craven’s new film, “Northern Borders,” will launch a 100-town tour throughout New England with a premiere at five Vermont venues during April.

March 24th

IROC PREPARES TO CLOSE

March 24, 2013

DERBY - The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) rejected financing in the amount IROC needs to survive.
Thursday, VEDA agreed to finance up to $750,000 and required contingencies such as cash on hand solely for the use of paying the VEDA debt under the agreement. However, this amount is not enough to make it work, said Phil White, executive director of IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County).

IN MEMORY OF MARY WRIGHT

March 24, 2013

DERBY – Saturday night at the Elks' Lodge the lights were turned down low and music from the Bad Luck Band was pumping as a huge crowd shook the night away at the Cabin Fever Dance All Night.
The Mary Wright Halo Foundation sponsored the event. The family of Mary Wright founded the organization after her death in 2011 to help cancer patients as the community had helped Mary's family during her time of need.

For more of this story, see Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 25, 2013.

MAPLE LOVERS POUR INTO SUGAR HOUSES

March 24, 2013

DERBY – Maple producers across the state opened their doors to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. About a thousand people traveled to Jed's Maple Products on Saturday at their new location in Derby for the event.

For photos of Jeb's Maple Products open house, see page 5 of Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 25, 2013.

METH CLINIC OFFERS HELP

March 24, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – On any given morning, approximately 65 individuals make their way to the Behavioral Health Services (BAART) clinic on Union Street for their daily dose of methadone before going about their day.
Until Feb. 25, BAART dispensed methadone from a van parked at the recycling center on Coventry Street. BAART moved the dispensing site to the office site because of security and safety concerns for staff and clients, despite the fact that, in January, a gunman tried to rob the office for drugs.

March 21st

LOVE MAKES IT WORK

March 21, 2013

DERBY - When Amy Jacobs was expecting a child two years ago, she knew she was at risk but made a choice to have her child and love and support him no matter what. Now Amy and Bart Jacobs have a beautiful boy, James, who will turn two in April.
James was born with Down Syndrome, a condition caused by an extra chromosome. The condition is associated with mild to moderate intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance, and weak muscle tone in infancy according, to the government’s genetic reference webpage.

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