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April 22nd, 2013

MORGAN HATCHERY: 22 AND STRONGER THAN EVER

April 22, 2013

MORGAN – In 1991, the directors of Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group successfully negotiated with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to rebuild the Morgan Fish Hatchery, which had been abandoned. After volunteers rebuilt the hatchery, the first brook trout fingerlings were transported to beaver ponds through local Boy and Girl Scout troops in April 1993.
Over the past 20 years, an average of 120,000 fingerlings have been distributed to waters in the Northeast Kingdom with the help of dozens of volunteers.

A QUESTION OF POLICY

April 22, 2013

NEWPORT – From cell phones to searches, the North Country Supervisory Union makes the rules that affect our children.
Reviewing school policies may sound like tedious work, but the North Country Supervisory Union's policy committee is mandated by the state to review policies annually. “We've tried to narrow the number of policies to thirteen,” said superintendent Dr. Robert Kern. “They will appear in the student handbook so parents will know what the policies are.”

April 21st

LOWELL WASHOUT SWALLOWS 2 CARS

April 21, 2013

LOWELL - Two vehicles were totaled and several people received relatively minor injuries when the Mines Road between Lowell and Eden, VT, unexpectedly washed out in front of them.
Angel Richardson, 40, and Brian Richardson, 39, both of Lowell, were in separate vehicles when the accident occurred. A teenager in Angel Richardson's vehicle sustained a broken arm.

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.”

 

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