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March 10th, 2013

GUTTERSON BOUND!

March 10, 2013

JAY – Savannah Alberghini-Giroux's goal nine minutes and fifteen seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the North Country girls earned a trip to the Gutterson Field House to take on Harwood for the Division II state championship on Tuesday evening.
Falcon coach Claude Paul is excited about the win but believes his team has another gear that they can shift up to.
"I think we can step up and play even better," he said. "We were taken aback a bit by Middleburry's speed and their quick transition game."

COVENTRY KIDS CLEAN UP

March 10, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Anyone who has experienced a fire, even a small one, knows the devastation it can cause. That’s what happened to a Spring Street family about two weeks ago when a fire broke out at a Coventry family home. Damage was minimal but left the homeowners with the task of cleaning up.
Thanks to Coventry Village School (CVS) eighth grade students, the family had the home refurbished quickly.

March 7th

IROC LAYS OUT PLANS

March 7, 2013

DERBY – Phil White, executive director of IROC, released a press statement yesterday in which he said the organization is pleased with the "steady growth of town support" evident on Town Meeting Day. IROC submitted appropriation requests to 14 towns, and while many failed to come to a vote or failed to pass, IROC received $32,000 in support, up from the $4000 it received in 2011.
Support came largely from Derby, along with Coventry, Craftsbury, Glover, and Brighton.

TAR SANDS AT TOWN MEETINGS EVERYWHERE BUT NEK

March 7, 2013

TROY — Piping tar sands through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont may pose a threat to the environment and area residents, but no NEK town took up the issue on Town Meeting Day. Instead, 29 towns in other areas of Vermont voted against tar sands, leaving some area local legislators saying that other towns should stay out of NEK business.

AARP EYES NEWPORT

March 7, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – The city council wants more information before agreeing to jump on board with AARP to designate Newport City as an "age friendly city."

March 6th

DERBY INCUMBENTS WIN BIG

March 6, 2013

DERBY – In the heated Derby races, the incumbents kept their positions.
Town Clerk, town treasurer and school treasurer Faye Morin, who was brought in by the former town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle when Daigle resigned, won the election by a landslide, sweeping all three positions.
She was challenged by outgoing select board member Karen Jenne.
The results were 900 for Morin to 289 for Jenne for clerk, 871 to 309 for treasurer, and 865 to 313 for school treasurer.

NEWPORT TOWN GOES SOLAR

March 6, 2013

NEWPORT CENTER - Voters decided to go green by appropriating not more than $200,000 of unreserved funds for the purpose of a community energy solar garden. The fund currently has $339,108.
A solar panel array will provide electricity to town owned buildings, reducing electricity costs by as much as $7,500 annually for the first two years. Savings increase from there.
The town has two different proposed locations on Vance Hill for the panels. The panels are warranted to provide power at 100 percent for 25 years. After that, they will diminish in power two percent per year over time.

March 5th

COVENTRY: YES YES YES

March 5, 2013

COVENTRY - Voters by a very tight margin, 89 yes to 86 no, gave the go head for a Coventry Fire Department. Voters also approved the first year budget of $515,000, 85 yes to 72 no, re-elected Cynthia Diaz to the position of town clerk, and approved an appropriation request from IROC.
The annual expense of the fire department will be about $26,000. New England Waste Services of Vermont currently pays the town's municipal taxes so the fire department, at least for now, will cost the taxpayers nothing.

DERBY: THUMBS UP FOR IROC

March 5, 2013

DERBY – Voters of Derby approved a $21,652 appropriation to support IROC by a margin of more than two to one. The appropriation provides membership to all Derby youth up to age 18, access to the padded walking path for all residents, and discounted rates for adult and couple memberships. The vote was 104 in favor to 46 opposed.
When the article was announced, a resident immediately asked for paper ballot voting.
Executive director of IROC Phil White said that town support is needed in the refinancing process. Fourteen towns were asked for appropriations.

ALBANY: GREASED LIGHTNING...

March 5, 2013

ALBANY – Townspeople came from all corners of the town – south, east, the Center, and west for the annual Town Meeting, a dying Vermont tradition. Attendance was low again this year – miniscule.
There are 652 registered voters; only 91 showed up for the morning and only 59 returned after lunch. This portion of the day included the school budget and the rest of the original town meeting. 
The school budget of $1,714,384 passed quicker than hot oil through a funnel. But the request for $9,500 for a generator for the Volunteer Fire Department brought hot and heavy discussions. 

 

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