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December 4th

SHIP AHOY

December 4, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – In the dark of the night, a large cruise ship made its way from Burlington to its new home on Lake Memphremagog Tuesday.
The 42-ton ship, soon to be renamed The Northern Star, will begin offering tours on the lake in the spring of 2013.
The boat is 65 feet long and holds 49 passengers.
Prior to operating on Lake Champlain, it ran on waterways in Virginia.
“What a project,” said Chris Johansen, president of the Memphremagog Navigation Company, as crews skillfully hoisted the ship off a large trailer.

NORTHWOODS FIRE DESTROYS BUILDING

December 4, 2012

CHARLESTON - A rapid moving fire destroyed a building at NorthWoods Stewardship Center Thanksgiving weekend.
Flames broke out in the boiler building around 8 p.m. Saturday November 24, and luckily someone was there to take action.
Northwoods Executive Director Jayson Benoit saw the fire, went for the fire extinguisher and called for help. The Charleston Fire Department responded and found the building fully engulfed in flames, said Duane Moulton, Charleston’s fire chief.

MONEY RAISED FOR JUNIOR HIGH WALKING PATH

December 4, 2012

DERBY, VT - The North Country Union Junior High School has embarked on an ambitious project to create a walking path that will start behind the school and will border the soccer fields, providing a nice view of the elk farm and Derby Pond.
With a $10,000 fund available through a VEHI Path to Wellness program, which awards matching funds to schools for innovative projects, the Wellness Committee is engaged in fund-raising to pay the balance of the costs.
Total cost for the project is estimated at $31,500, which works out at $9 per foot of pathway.

December 3rd

WANTED

December 3, 2012

DERBY – Late Monday morning, local, state and federal authorities took two men into custody, whom police believe to be either witnesses or possible suspects in a shooting in Nashua, N.H.
Peter Hinckley, Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General, identified the men as Daniel DeGrace and Benjamin Mayberry.
Police have not released specific details of the shooting, which occurred Sunday night. Hinckley said the shooting victim, a man, was alive and in the hospital.

JAY PEAK RESORT - NEARLY BOOKED AND STILL GROWING

December 3, 2012

JAY - What seemed to be just a magnificent and almost unbelievable dream on paper has turned into a reality in just a couple of years.
Four years ago, Bill Stenger, co-owner and President of Jay Peak Resort, unveiled plans for development that called for hundreds of millions of dollars. Stenger and his team were steadfast in their dream and it quickly began taking shape and became a huge success story.

MEETING A NEED

December 3, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Fran and Melanie Azur have donated a large amount of grass-fed beef to area food shelves.
The donation comes just in time for the Christmas holidays. Joe Patrissi, executive director for Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), said at least 300 families went to NEKCA for Thanksgiving baskets, but the organization only had enough for about half of the requests.

December 2nd

CREDIT UNION SEIZED

December 2, 2012

DERBY LINE - Federal and state officials have seized the inventory, assets and accounts of a credit union operated out of a home in Derby Line.
Investigators remain tight-lipped on why they seized Border Lodge Credit Union and how they discovered a problem. However, the Credit Union Times (CU Times), an industry publication, reports that the entity was experiencing higher delinquencies recently as well as decreasing protective measures on loan losses.

NCU Teachers Contract Close

December 2, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board met briefly Thursday and touched on several subjects of interest, notably that negotiations for a new teachers' contract had been concluded with attorneys for both sides reviewing the document.
Superintendent Robert Kern said an earlier agreement had been reached but a last second objection over the interpretation of some language in the contract proposal sent the matter back to the negotiating table.
Dr. Kern said the major issue was language regarding early retirement and insurance benefits.

Illuzzi ponders a new path: FROM LAWMAKER TO LOBBYIST

December 2, 2012

DERBY – State Senator Vince Illuzzi might be out of the political game, at least for now, but apparently he will continue to serve Vermonters.
Illuzzi, who served the people of Orleans and Essex Counties, decided not to seek re-election for the senate but instead ran unsuccessfully against Doug Hoffer for state auditor. Now Illuzzi is considering acting as a lobbyist.
During an interview Sunday, Illuzzi said three organizations offered him a contract to do part-time lobbying. After 32 years of being in the state senate, it would be nice to stay involved in some capacity, he said.

November 29th

DISNEY COMES TO JAY PEAK

November 29, 2012

JAY, VT – Jay Peak Resort has partnered with Disney and Burton Snowboards and is creating a snowboarding theme park for kids.
Giant pieces of Disney's "Toy Story" theme equipment and statues began arriving at Jay Monday. The park will be a one of a kind: Playtime Burton Riglet Park.
The five-acre park is slated to open mid-January and is for new snowboarders ages three to 12. According to the deal with Disney, statues of familiar “Toy Story” characters will appear in the park along with other features.

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