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April 21st, 2013

DERBY MOTEL ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

April 21, 2013

DERBY – None of the 10 or so guests staying at the Four Seasons Motel were harmed when two men robbed the Route 5 business Saturday.
Two unidentified men walked into the motel lobby around 9:30 p.m.
One of the men pointed a handgun at the desk clerk and demanded money. The men left with an undisclosed amount of cash and the motel's surveillance recorder system.
State police described one of the suspects as clean-shaven, 5-foot 10 inches to 6-feet tall, 180 pounds. He had on a dark hooded sweatshirt, which was cinched around most of his face. He also had sunglasses and dark colored pants.

REMEMBERING KOREA

April 21, 2013

NEWPORT - With the threat of hostilities looming with North Korea, two local Korean War veterans have their own take on current tensions, the Korean conflict and America's peacekeeping role.
The solution to the Korean situation should have happened years ago, both said in a recent interview.
“If Truman let the U.S. go above the 38th parallel in 1953, we wouldn't have to worry about it anymore,” said Bernard Burke.
“MacArthur was right,” Frank Ormsbee agreed. “I think so; if you're in a war to win, you're in to win.”

April 18th

DERBY BOARD: NEW TONE, NEW RULES

April 18, 2013

DERBY – In an effort to prevent the kind of turmoil prevalent at the Derby Select Board meetings over the last year, the board decided to adopt Roberts Rules of Order as the format for their public meetings and move all public comments and questions to the first part of the meeting.
The concept was supported by newly elected member Grant Spates, who said at a previous meeting that it works well at other meetings he attends. Over the last year or more, the town faced some very heated controversial discussions.

CITY RENAMES BALL FIELD

April 18, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – After decades, the youth baseball field at Gardner Park now has an official name. It has been informally known as the Cal Ripken Field.
The city council approved the request to name the field The Gary Rowe Youth Baseball Field. Rowe dedicated many hours to youth sports in the city and surrounding area. The council named the field three years to the day of Rowe's death.
A sign identifying the field will hang below the scoreboard. Jack Roberge, who represented the Newport Cal Ripken Baseball League, is providing the sign at no cost.  

LAKE REGION TACKLES STUDENT MOTIVATION

April 18, 2013

ORLEANS – The Lake Region Union High School Board recently tackled the issues of students dropping out of school and/or not finishing their graduation requirements. Some seniors are struggling to graduate despite having good grades during their high school years, while others just give up.
Principal Andre Messier said a lot of people at the school are doing “whatever we can” to get them to graduate.

April 17th

TESTING, TESTING...

April 17, 2013

NEWPORT – The Northern Star is in the final stages preparing for its maiden voyage on Lake Memphremagog. Yesterday, an engineer, under the watchful eye of the U.S. Coast Guard, put the vessel through a series of mandatory stability tests.
The tests, which entail having large barrels of water that weight over 500 pounds each, determine the boat's safety and how many passengers it can hold.

For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 18, 2013.

ASSESSING TEACHER PERFORMANCE 10 MINUTES AT A TIME

April 17, 2013

NEWPORT – Principal Bill Rivard apprised the North Country Union High School Board of a new assessment tool used to track how teachers perform in the classroom. “This is a new practice we are using this year,” said Rivard. “I think it's wonderful.”

SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED

April 17, 2013

ORLEANS – The American's Veterans’ Honor Guard's sole purpose is to give all military veterans their salute and arms.
"It is our honor and privilege to provide this service to our fellow veterans and their families," states the organization's website.
The American Legion Orleans Post #23 is one of two local veterans' organizations that provide the service with the Vermont National Guard. The second is the Island Pond Post.

April 16th

SEARCH COMES TO DERBY

April 16, 2013

DERBY LINE, VT - Authorities continue to investigate the bombings that occurred Monday during the Boston Marathon and are actively seeking suspects.
In Vermont, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are stopping all north-bound vehicles for inspection while helicopters buzzed Derby Line Village close enough to kick up dirt along the driveways. When asked if this activity is in response to the bombing in Boston, an agent on the scene replied, "Yes."

CITY BACKS IROC EVENT

April 16, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Monday, the Newport City Council decided to provide $2,000 in financial assistance to the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) event known as the Kingdom Swim, even though Community National Bank foreclosed on the organization's building in Derby. The council also granted IROC's request to use city facilities this summer at no charge.
Phil White, executive director of the organization, jokingly called IROC "Outdoor Recreation of Orleans County."

 

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