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January 22nd, 2013
DERBY - The Derby Select Board decided not to ask voters at Town Meeting about their opinion on wind turbines within the town. Instead, the board will wait and see what the legislature does and possibly mail out a survey to all taxpayers at a future date.
The legislature is considering a moratorium on further industrial wind development.
Monday, at the select boardâ€™s regular meeting, the conversation with the public remained somewhat mild, but accusations of impropriety among Derby officials emerged.
NEWPORT â€“ A man accused of sexually touching a minor child appeared in court Tuesday morning to answer a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen released 32-year-old Craig Farrar of Newport on conditions after Farrar entered a plea of not guilty.
Jennifer Harlow, a detective with the Newport City Police, wrote in an affidavit that Renee Hamel from the Department for Children and Families met with a 42-year-old individual identified in court records as AC. The meeting took place Nov. 30, 2012.
NEWPORT - The Secretary of the Agency of Transportation delivered bad news to the House and Senate Transportation Committees last week by projecting a shortfall in funds necessary over the next five years to preserve the state's transportation infrastructure to achieve â€śgoodâ€ť status.
A report created by the Committee on Transportation Funding estimates the state will require $698.3 million to provide the necessary funds to achieve a â€śgoodâ€ť repair status, which is much more than the $457 million in revenues that will be generated over the five-year period.
NEWPORT - Vermont's School Choice law, first enacted in 2000, has been amended this past legislative session to clarify capacity guidelines and set a uniform date to make annual capacity determinations.
Prior to the changes, a school district could establish formal agreements with area school districts to allow students to attend a school outside their home district. NCUHS has such an arrangement with both Canaan High School and Lake Region Union High School, allowing up to 15 students between the schools combined to transfer to North Country.
Today is both the U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day and the day honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All government offices are closed, including the post offices. Banks and schools are also closed.
GUILDHALL â€“ Kasey Parsons Sweatt and Aaron Sweatt, both 30, of Canaan VT, entered not guilty pleas in Essex County Court Jan. 8 to charges of possessing 200 milligrams or more of heroin. In addition, Kasey Parsons Sweatt entered a not guilty plea to cruelty of a child less than ten years old.
Judge Mary Miles Teachout released the couple on conditions, including a condition that they not have contact with their three minor children, ages 2, 4 and 10, without DCF approval.
DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission wants voters polled on their feelings about wind turbines within the town.
Planners had discussed the issue at a meeting weeks ago and had voted to recommend the select board draft a question to poll voters at Town Meeting. But the select board did not settle on a question. Last Monday, planners again discussed a non-binding vote and came up with the question to recommend to the select board.
The question was phrased: â€śAre you in favor of industrial size wind turbines in the Town of Derby?â€ť
JAY - The ever popular Jay Village Inn restaurant, bar and hotel has a new look. According to owner J.R. Hamel, change was needed.
"The reason for the project is that as Jay Peak expands, we have to keep improving as well," he said. "AprĂ©s-ski is a big thing in town, so the best area to expand was the bar and sitting area. A friend of mine from Georgia, Craig Reed Construction, did the project, adding over 400 square feet to the bar area.â€ť
There is even a new expansion upgrading the bar.
"We put about 20 more seats in here and service tables out in the eating area,â€ť Hamel said.
BARTON â€“ On Dec. 6, 2011, Nicole and Justin Mattenâ€™s seven-year-old daughter Kaylynne Matten died. Nicole Matten blames her daughterâ€™s death to a reaction from the flu vaccine she received days before.
Since Kaylynneâ€™s passing, the Mattensâ€™ world has been turned upside down. The couple is going through a divorce and Nicoleâ€™s home is in foreclosure.
â€śWeâ€™re just trying to raise enough money to stop the foreclosure proceedings and get a loan modification so we can keep the house so the kids donâ€™t have to go through any more devastating changes,â€ť Nicole said Wednesday.
NEWPORT - Vermont State Collages have teamed up with the Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development with a goal of filling the thousands of positions expected locally in the near future.
Jay Peakâ€™s Bill Stenger and partners announced major development plans last fall for the Northeast Kingdom. Who will fill these jobs, and what training is required remains in question.