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February 14th, 2013

SMALL TOWN, BIG TALENT

February 14, 2013

BURLINGTON - The basketball career of Albany’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 woman’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.

TOWN NEEDS NEW FIRE TRUCK

February 14, 2013

NEWPORT CENTER – 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.

February 13th

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

February 13, 2013

NEWPORT - It took seven hours to retrieve Paul Lavalette's truck from the bottom of Lake Memphremagog last Sunday. 
The truck was located at a depth of 25 feet. 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. 
The truck was lifted from the bottom using air bags and pulled to a hole near the shore before being pulled out.

BLOWING IN THE WIND

February 13, 2013

LOWELL – 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 commission’s next session will be Feb. 20 in Montpelier. Attendees could speak about anything related to energy; most stuck with the topic of wind. 

NO SALE YET

February 13, 2013

NEWPORT – Bill Stenger’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 didn’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.

February 12th

ALWAYS AN ADDICT

February 12, 2013

NEWPORT – The St. Albans woman charged in the fatal car crash that killed a local couple was once the subject of a Burlington Free Press article about her struggle with addiction. Alexis Gabree pleaded innocent Tuesday to two counts of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, death resulting.
The head-on crash, which occurred August 5, 2012 on VT 105 in North Troy, killed retired husband and wife Edmund and Margaret Moran. Gabree is currently in custody on $50,000 bail.

COVENTRY WARMS UP TO FIRE DEPARTMENT

February 12, 2013

COVENTRY – Pedro Grondin, during last year’s annual Town Meeting, lit the flame that sparked the interest for Coventry to start its own fire department. This year, residents will vote if they want to continue with the process or extinguish the idea.
Voters will also be asked if they want to authorize the select board to spend no more than $515,000 for the purpose of building, equipping and establishing the first year's budget. If approved, the department would be part of the town’s operating budget. Since the town doesn’t have a municipal budget, property taxes won’t be affected.

AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

February 12, 2013

NEWPORT - Bill Stenger has an agreement with Doug Spates to take over and demolish the rundown block on the south side of Main Street in Newport. But what that means for all the building tenants and business owners is not yet certain.
The Family Recipe Restaurant, owned by Carol Bonneau, has a long history of serving Newport City residents and is on the block slated for demolition. Bonneau does not know what the future will bring and is a bit concerned. Bonneau wants everyone to know she is still open for business.

February 11th

TURNING POINTS EYES MORGAN SCHOOL

February 11, 2013

NEWPORT – Turing Points is experiencing a surge in student population and is outgrowing its current location.
The program's directors now have their eyes on the former Mogan Elementary School, E. Taylor Hatton, as a possible future location.
Morgan decided last year to close the school and send students to Derby. What to do with the building remains a question.  The possibility of locating Turning Points to the Morgan facility will be discussed at Town Meeting in March.

MAYOR SEEKS THIRD TERM

February 11, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Over the past few years, Mayor Paul Monette has been in the forefront of developing his beloved Newport and the surrounding area.
Monette, who has been mayor since 2009, is seeking to retain his seat on Town Meeting Day next month. He is running unopposed.
Before becoming mayor, Monette was a member of the Newport City Council. Monette said he is running for mayor again because "The job is not done.... More needs to be done as far as development in the city. I want to see all of the positive changes actually happen.”

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