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August 15th, 2012

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.”

Columbia Forest Products Honored in Fight Against Cancer

August 14, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – “I couldn’t do it without you. You are my backbone and you are a gift.” 
Those were the words Jessica Blais, community executive for the American Cancer Society, brought to Columbia Forest Products employees Monday. Blais was reading from a statement given by someone she identified as Judy, a cancer patient at the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington.
“She told me that because of our financial assistance, navigation and transportation to treatment, that she wakes up in the morning,” said Blais of Judy. Blais told the employees Judy was speaking to people like them.

Sheriff’s Department Recovering

August 14, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY – Nearly two weeks after Roger Pion, 34, went on a rampage pulverizing sheriff’s vehicles in the department's parking lot with a huge Case tractor, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is well on its way to recovery, but not fast.

August 13th

DUNN’S LEGACY

August 13, 2012

DERBY - The Michael Dunn legacy is fully coming to life.
Dunn passed away unexpectedly in 2007 and surprised everyone with his bequest: a generous public gift to both Vermont and Canada.
Dunn owned more than 800 acres around Lake Memphremagog, with approximately 400 acres on each side of the border. He left the land to both governments if they decided to accept the gift, which both did.
Friday, a public celebration and dedication of the Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge was held on the Dunn property.

CHAPUT FARM IS NUMBER ONE!

August 13, 2012

NORTH TROY - Chaput Family Farms in North Troy has been named the 2012 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year for its sound management practices, outstanding herd performance and strong commitment to agriculture. The award is presented annually to an exemplary dairy farm by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association, in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program.

August 12th

RESCUED!

August 12, 2012

LOWELL – Rescue crews spent a hot and humid Saturday rescuing an injured hiker on the Long Trail, finally carrying him to safety during a torrential downpour.
Lowell Assistant Fire Chief Calvin Allen identified the hiker only as Alfonso from the Montreal area. Allen didn’t know Alfonso’s last name and personnel from Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service said they are not allowed to give the name.
The hiker sustained an ankle injury around 5 p.m. Friday and spent the night in his tent.

Boaters Endure Three Hour Wait in the Hot Sun

August 12, 2012

NEWPORT - Several people are upset about having to wait one to three hours to check in with U.S. Customs at the Newport City dock over the August 4th weekend.
Those traveling in to the United States on Lake Memphremagog must go through inspection first. The city dock is a port of entry and those checking in do so by a phone that sits on an outside wall at the dock. American citizens and Canadians wanting to come into Newport had to wait in line near the phone for a U.S. Customs agent to check them in.
State Senator Vincent Illuzzi called the long wait “unacceptable.”

Sparks Threaten Gas Pumps

August 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY — Newport City Firefighters responded to the One Stop Mini-Mart about 1:30 Saturday morning.
An unidentified clerk called the fire department after seeing fire in the canopy over the gas tanks. Upon arrival, firefighters saw no fire. After speaking with the clerk, firefighters learned an electrical issue in a ballast in the canopy had caused the problem.
Fire Chief Jamie Leclair said the clerk, prior to firefighters arrival, cut the power to the lights and gas pumps.
The ballast was disconnected and store owner Jamie Roy restored power to the pumps and station. 

August 9th

ANGELIC VOICES

August 9, 2012

BARTON – Keegan Nolan, who has been compared to Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, produced the youth-oriented talent show "Young Guns Tailgate Tour," which played in Newport's Gardener Park Wednesday.
Children of all ages from Franklin County sang, danced, played musical instruments and performed stand up comedy to an intimate crowd.
Audience members raved about the performance, saying the children's voices sounded like angels in the park.
The show is always looking for new talent and performs mostly in the summer.

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