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August 21st, 2012

GOING... GOING...

August 21, 2012

DERBY – Close to 100 people packed into the Derby Town Office Monday evening for the select board’s regular meeting. Most were there to hear about and discuss the pending resignation of town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle.
During the meeting, Daigle announced that Sept. 30 will be her last day.
Daigle told the select board during an executive session several weeks ago that she had found a new job.
Daigle said she did not want to leave the town in a bind so she hired and was training Faye Morin so that come Town Meeting Day a candidate would be ready to take over Daigle's job.

August 20th

Battle to the Death

August 20, 2012

BARTON – The Orleans County Fair ended with a battle to the death during the long-anticipated Demolition Derby Sunday. Fans cheered while mud, dust, smoke and the sound of crunching metal filled the air.
This year’s Demo Derby fielded 96 cars: 59 four cylinders and 37 six and eight cylinders. The drivers of the four cylinders faced off against each other as did the drivers of the six and eight cylinders.

Protesters Vow to Keep Fighting Despite Verdict

August 20, 2012

NEWPORT – The protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain for unlawful trespass were found guilty by a jury Wednesday evening after a day-long trial. The protesters were on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing a wind turbine farm.
The self-proclaimed “Lowell Six” say they are disappointed by the verdict but will continue their advocacy for Vermont ridgelines.

August 19th

Solar panel array isn’t a ray of sunshine for everyone

August 19, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Roderick and Irene Ames of Morgan did not get all the necessary permits before installing a solar panel array at their Bobbin Mill Road property in Newport City and now the neighbors are wondering what they can do about it. 
The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) is considering sanctions against the couple for starting the project without the certificate of public good. The couple will meet with the public service board tomorrow.

National Guard Armory Gets Upgrade

August 19, 2012

NEWPORT - The Armory building is among several National Guard facilities in Vermont that will receive upgrades this year.
The first order of business it to expand parking to include secured parking for vehicles and equipment. The secured parking area will at least double in size and will be fenced in with security lighting added. Additional parking will allow for visitors to not have to park on the lawn as the upgraded area will be paved. The secured parking lot will accommodate more Humvees and trucks.

August 16th

Phil Gosselin Directs for QNEK

August 16, 2012

DERBY LINE - Phil Gosselin, originally from Newport, moved to New York City, after graduating from North Country High School, and pursued his dreams in theater. Now he's returned to the area to direct a musical at the Haskell.
Gosselin is directing the longest running musical in the world: "The Fantasticks." This is Gosselin's first endeavor with directing and it's going great; Gosselin could not be happier, he said.
“There is just something about live theater,” he said.

Wilton for Treasurer: Fighting for Independence, Transparency and Accountability

August 16, 2012

RUTLAND – Republican Wendy Wilton, a former state senator from Rutland County and current treasurer for the City of Rutland, hopes voters will elect her as the next state treasurer.
Wilton faces off against incumbent Democrat Beth Pearce of Barre City and Progressive Don Schramm of Burlington in the November election. All candidates are running unopposed in their respective parties.
Wilton, a University of Vermont graduate, is a mother of two college age children. She is very concerned about the state’s fiscal future and the younger generation.

August 15th

GUILTY

August 15, 2012

NEWPORT - The Lowell Six - protesters charged with trespassing on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power is building a wind turbine farm - were found guilty by jury at 8 PM last night. The state has asked for a restitution hearing and no sentence has been handed down.
The jury trial was held before a packed house made up mostly of supporters and opponents of industrial wind development, media personnel and protesters who were arrested at the same location this month. The protesters held a rally outside the courthouse where they beat drums and symbols.

Library Pranksters Strike – Again!

August 15, 2012

BARTON/GLOVER - Surprise!
The children's librarian and a volunteer were stunned Tuesday morning when they walked through the door of the Barton Public Library.
Someone had been busy stacking chairs, ladders, and tables – on top of each other – almost to the ceiling. Even the potted tree made it to the top of a shelf.
Included among the items moved was an antique victrola, which weighed so much, according to Library Director Toni Eubanks, that she knew a single perpetrator could not have done the job.
"It took two firefighters to retrieve the victrola," she said Wednesday.

August 14th

FAIR STARTS TODAY! 145 YEARS YOUNG AND STILL KICKING

August 14, 2012

BARTON, VT - This year marks the 145th anniversary of the Orleans County Fair in Barton, VT. Steeped in history and rich with agricultural tradition, the fair provides a jam packed week of exhibits, competitions and entertainment for all ages.
Harvey Cleveland, the fair association president, said, “The association is always working to keep our rich agricultural history, and we also have to keep up with the demand for new features and innovative ideas.”

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