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November 25th, 2013
NEWPORT â€“ North Country Hospital (NCH) was cited by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) for numerous violations; some which are considered serious. The hospital is facing up to $42,000 in fines.
NCH became aware of the problems just days before the VOSHA inspection and immediately took action. Hospital officials are in constant communication with VOSHA to work on addressing the issues. The hospital may contest some of the alleged violations.
LOWELL â€“ In a split decision the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a decision by an Orleans County jury on the Lowell Six. The courts put more weight on legal possession rather than true ownership. However, one justice, John Dooley, the lone dissenter, said that true possession was not actually proved in this case.
The self-proclaimed Lowell Six were arrested December 5, 2011 when they refused to leave an area at the Lowell wind turbine site, which was under construction at the time. The activists, Ryan Gillard, Robert Holland, Suzanna Jones,
BARTON- The search for a new Orleans Central Supervisory Union superintendent is in the formative stage, with a search committee being formed and a goal of starting to advertise for the position to begin by December 1. Lake Region Union High School board chairman Dave Blodgett advised board members that there has been discussion over salary range, the hiring process, and who would be appointed to the search committee.
â€śWeâ€™ve set a salary range of $95,000 to $105,000.â€ť said Blodgett. â€śThe question is whether itâ€™s enough or not.â€ť
BARTON- Lake Region Union High School school board member Mike Sanville reported good financial news Thursday night when he told the board there will be no increase in their portion of the North Country Career Center budget.
The proposed budget for the next fiscal year is approximately $3,376,000. Career Center Director Eileen Illuzzi is considering adding a half-time faculty position in the field of aviation. Interested students will be connected with the Coventry Airport upgrades which include manufacturing and repairing airplanes.
BARTON - Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving morning before the relatives show up for the big meal and an afternoon of watching football? Then make your way to the center of Barton for the annual Turkey Trot.
The event, like every year, starts at 9 a.m. Registration is at 8 a.m.
JAY â€“ Jay Peak Resort originally planned to open for its ski and ride 2013-2014 season on Thanksgiving, but that plan has changed.
Mother Nature has been cold lately, and blanketing the mountain with the white stuff die-hard winter sports enthusiasts have been longing for. The resort has been busy making snow as well, to establish the right cover. These combined efforts will present an early opportunity for those who canâ€™t wait to start skiing and riding. Jay Peak Resort will open this Saturday and Sunday, a week earlier that anticipated.
COVENTRY - Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President of John F. Kennedy. To mark that historic event, a Coventry man is traveling to Boston to have close to 800 envelopes with JFK stamps hand canceled.
Yesterday, James Brasseur said he planned to leave his home at 3 a.m. today to be at the Dorchester Street post office at opening time. He is going to that specific post office because it has the longest hours, 6 a.m. until midnight.
Brasseur started collecting Kennedy stamps three years ago after lower back pain made him disabled.
DERBY LINE â€“ A large historic home on Main Street in Derby Line is slowly being converted into a restaurant and inn. The home was built in 1901 by the Butterfields and has been owned by a number of different people since. Six years ago, Paula and Fritz Halbedl bought the property. They will continue to live there on the third floor and rent the rest of the bedrooms out. The main floor will hold the restaurant and bed and breakfast gathering area. The couple, along will help from many family members have been working on remodeling the place, according to their blog on Word Press.
NEWPORT CITY - Lt. Gov. Phil Scott spoke to the Newport Rotary Club at the Gateway Center Tuesday, which was the clubâ€™s annual veteransâ€™ recognition luncheon.
â€śWe should really treat every day like Veteransâ€™ Day,â€ť said Scott. â€śThe one or two days we officially recognize them is certainly not enough.â€ť
Emily Lahar of Derby Line. (Photo by Laura Carpenter)