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January 16th, 2013

NCU BAND PLANS RETURN TRIP TO DISNEY

January 16, 2013

NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. “The trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.”
“Many of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,” Prue observed. “That in itself was quite an experience.”

January 15th

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - WALMART

January 15, 2013

DERBY – It’s official. The Northeast Kingdom will soon have its first Walmart, as soon as the project can obtain its permits.
Developers along with local and state political leaders announced plans Tuesday to build a Supercenter Walmart on the Derby Road, across from The Tavern.
“This is an example of how we create jobs in the Kingdom,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “This region of the state has always suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state.”

DRIVER SENTENCED IN FLAGGER’S DEATH

January 15, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – John Matten, 78, sat quietly in a wheelchair yesterday as Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a three-year deferred sentence.
Prior to sentencing, Matten entered a guilty plea to gross and negligent operation with fatality resulting. Matten was the driver of a motor vehicle that struck and killed Zachariah Brown, a flagger at a road construction site on VT RT 14 in Newport Center. The accident occurred Aug. 13, 2010.

THE GENERAL’S ELECTION

January 15, 2013

NEWPORT - Brigadier General Jonathan Fornham, a candidate for the position of Vermont National Guard Adjutant General, met with area legislators while attending the Legislative Breakfast Monday morning.
Former Adjutant General Michael Dubie resigned from the position last summer and the post has been filled by his deputy until the legislature chooses a new leader.

January 14th

BIG WIND, SMALL BUDGETS

January 14, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Pending development in the Northeast Kingdom is on the minds of many local legislators. 
“We’re in the midst of a renaissance,” said Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City during Monday's legislative breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant. 

HOSPITAL HAS FLU SHOTS

January 14, 2013

NEWPORT – High flu activity continues nationwide according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In Vermont, flu activity remains widespread with reports of high absenteeism among school age children in the Northeast Kingdom.
According to reports, three adults have died in Vermont from the flu this season so far and 14 adults have reportedly died in New Hampshire.
The last few years have seen mild flu seasons, but this year is different. The flu came on early and strong.
The good news is that, despite a critical nationwide shortage, North Country Hospital still has the flu vaccine.

Sign of the times

January 14, 2013

DERBY - This message, Welcome Walmart, is very clear on how many Northeast Kingdom residents feel about the retail giant. Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin, along with other dignitaries, will make an announcement regarding development in the region.

January 13th

AN EYE FOR NATURE

January 13, 2013

NORTH TROY- Gustav Verderber is a nationally known naturalist, author, photographer and an adjunct professor of environmental science at Johnson State College who lives with his wife Cheryl and two English Setters in North Troy.
Verderber's family emigrated to the USA when he was five years old, moving to Ohio where his father obtained employment with the Ford Motor Company. His exposure to nature started when his family would visit his uncle who owned 400 acres in the Allegheny Mountains south of Buffalo, NY.

QNEK’S NUNS GIVE FROM THE HEART

January 13, 2013

NEWPORT- Two and a half months ago, Hurricane Sandy decimated the eastern seaboard, especially New Jersey and New York.
The recovery effort continues. According to the Red Cross, thousands remain in need of shelter and food.
Luckily the storm skirted Vermont and the state recovered quickly, leaving Vermonters in a position to provide help to others in need.
Hurricane Sandy hit home for QNEK's Lynn Leimer. She is from New Jersey.
QNEK is well known for stepping up and helping when tragedy strikes, and the theater company held a fundraiser when Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont.

January 10th

TROY BOND FAILS

January 10, 2013

NORTH TROY – Voters went to the polls for a third time to vote on a $1.07 million bond to make renovations to the school, and rejected it by a vote of 92-84. For over a year, school officials and board members have maintained the argument that renovations are necessary. However, voters didn’t buy it and rejected the bond, sending board members back to the drawing board.
The actual construction now is about $890,000. The school board added $182,000 for contingency costs. However, board members hoped they wouldn’t need the extra money.

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