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April 18th, 2013
DERBY â€“ 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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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. Â
ORLEANS â€“ 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 â€śwhatever we canâ€ť to get them to graduate.
NEWPORT â€“ 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.
NEWPORT â€“ 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. â€śThis is a new practice we are using this year,â€ť said Rivard. â€śI think it's wonderful.â€ť
ORLEANS â€“ The American's Veteransâ€™ 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.
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."
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."
DERBY, VT â€“ The Derby Line Trustees along with Water Commissioner Gilles Blais joined the Derby Town Select Board at the table Monday night to present an update of the water line infrastructure project and ask if the town is willing to assist.
Trustee Keith Beadle said the Agency of Natural Resources had told him that the water line is in violation of its permit and the state agency has given the village until the end of 2014 to take action. The current situation could impact insurance protection rates, some pointed out, as water pressure is critically low for fighting fires.
BOSTON â€“ Bombs blasted Boston during its annual Patriot's Day marathon yesterday. At least four bombs either exploded or were detonated by police, including one in the John F. Kennedy Library and one in a sports shop. Two of the blasts were about 100 yards apart near the race finish line. The blasts shattered windows, knocked people to their feet, and sent heavy smoke in the air and over the streets.
By 6 p.m., at least 50 people were reported injured, many seriously, and at least two people were reported killed.