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September 11th, 2012

Pion Faces New Charge

September 11, 2012

NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the 34-year old accused of crushing seven police vehicles with a tractor, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. on a new count: driving with a suspended license.
An Orleans Superior Court Judge has found probable cause that when Pion took a tractor and drove through Newport City streets up to the Orleans County Sheriff's Department and crushed six cruisers and a transport vehicle, he did not have a license to drive on the roads.

September 10th

THE DAY THE SKY FELL

September 10, 2012

NEWPORT - Where were you when the sky fell on Sept. 11, 2001?
Shock and disbelief is the way many people describe their reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorists’ attacks. Today marks the 11th anniversary of that horrific day.
As with the assassination of President Kennedy and the Challenger explosion, anyone old enough to understand what happened at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing when they learned about the attacks.
Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair was on vacation near Windsor Locks, CT.

Memories Destroyed

September 10, 2012

IRASBURG – Fire flattened a storage shed and destroyed irreplaceable memories at the Gary and Bonnie Poginy home yesterday.
The fire at Stagecoach Road property broke out at around noon. Jamie Royer, who lives at the home, arrived just as the fire broke out. He said the whole thing was gone in five minutes. The shed previously held the family’s horses, but it more recent years the Royers used it for storage. Snowmobiles and family mementos belonging to deceased family members were some of the items lost the in fire.
The family did have insurance on the shed that members built together.

Overtime, Undertime: Derby clerks juggle hours and workload.

September 10, 2012

DERBY – Assistant town clerk Maryanne Tetreault’s hours were cut earlier this year, reportedly because work was slow, and now she is behind on her duties.
Meanwhile, assistant town clerk Nancy Gosselin and Faye Morin, who was brought in by outgoing clerk Nicole Daigle to learn the office duties, are both clocking overtime.
Gosselin said Monday that she and Morin have had to work a few extra hours because the office is so busy right now with tax season. Gosselin also put in some overtime because of the recent primary.

September 9th

OUT of the DARKNESS

September 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - With the exception of a few sniffles, not a sound could be heard in Gardner Park Saturday morning as Betty Barrett told the heartbreaking story of how her son, Michael “Guido” Narducci, lost his life to suicide.
With her second husband behind her, holding her for support, she recalled the abuse her now ex-husband gave her and family “relentless.” She explained how her ex-husband referred to Michael as a loser. After their divorce, Barrett’s ex-husband even lied to their children about her, she said.

State Sprays Against Deadly Mosquitoes

September 9, 2012

VERMONT – The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) says that Vermonters are at risk for serious illness from mosquito bites.
Two people in Vermont are infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and several independent sources say that one, an 86-year-old man, has died from the disease. Another hospitalized patient is thought to have West Nile Virus. Both diseases are contracted from mosquito bites.
This is the first time EEE was been found in humans in Vermont.

Irasburg Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

September 9, 2012

IRASBURG, VT - Scott Bowen, 34, of Irasburg, lost his life Friday in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Tree River Campground and VT RT 58 in Irasburg.
According to the Vermont State Police, Bowen was operating a Suzuki Motorcycle sometime before 6 AM, headed east towards Irasburg. At the same time, Randy Machia, 49, of Eden, was operating a 2011 Ford F350 truck and was exiting the campground.

September 6th

A CENTURY OF WISDOM

September 6, 2012

BARTON – Erma Hathaway is bright, talkative and sharp as a tack. Hathaway, a resident at Maple Lane Nursing Home, celebrated her 102nd birthday Thursday, Aug. 30.
Hathaway was born in Delaware County in New York State. As a little girl she worked hard. Hathaway, who grew up on a farm, learned to milk cows at an early age. Her family had 60 Jersey cows.
“I ran the milking machine,” said Hathaway. “That was my job principally.”
Hathaway mostly milked in the evening, but did the morning chores when her family needed her.

DERBY: SPECIAL ELECTION SOUGHT

September 6, 2012

DERBY – A petition is now circulating around the Town of Derby calling for a special meeting to elect an interim town clerk and treasurer.
Long-time Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer Nicole Daigle notified the select board in July that she had found a new job but planned to stay on in her position for a while to help with a transition.
She also said she found someone to train for her duties so that, come election time, there would be a “viable, trained candidate."

BRENDA RETURNS TO NEWPORT

September 6, 2012

DERBY – After three and a half years, Brenda LePage, owner of Brenda’s Restaurant, is moving her business from the Derby Road in Derby to Main Street in Newport City.
LePage opened Brenda’s after a 15 year hiatus in the restaurant business. For 10 years, she owned LePage’s, a popular breakfast and lunch spot, in Newport. This time, LePage is moving to the site of the former Junior’s Restaurant, which is down the street from her old stomping grounds. LePage didn’t want to move to her former Newport location, even though it's vacant, because it was too expensive to maintain.

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