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December 8th, 2013
BARTON - The Public Service Board held a public hearing at the Barton Memorial Building Thursday evening (December 5) to provide an opportunity for the board to hear comments about the petition by Barton Solar LLC for a certificate of public good for a proposed solar farm. Hearing Officer Andrew Flagg emphasized the comments should raise issues and perspectives the board can use to make a decision. The comments do not become part of any formal evidence in the case; however they will help to guide the board in arriving at a decision.
By TABITHA ARMSTRONG
Saturday was the 15th annual Moonlight Madness at the Barton Graded School. This NEK Chamber of Commerce event focuses on local crafters, products, and authors. This year 39 vendors filled the gym, cafeteria and â€śAuthorâ€™s Alleyâ€ť offering edible products, toys, office supplies, home goods, books, soaps, candles, and clothing.
The NCUHS Dance and Drama department presented its winter concert Wednesday evening.
Students performed dance and theatrical acts throughout the evening at North Country Union High School Dance and Drama departmentâ€™s winter concert Wednesday evening. Local singer Mark Shelton performed several pieces before the concert and during a couple of the dance pieces.
NEWPORT CITY - Rural Community Transit (RCT) is looking to start a commuter bus in the Northeast Kingdom.
NEWPORT CITY - Police Chief Seth DiSanto and City Manager John Ward, Jr. would like to have an additional police officer to eliminate the times when only one officer is working.
Ward and DiSanto pitched the idea to the city council Monday when it took a second look at the 2014-2015 proposed budget.
â€śIâ€™ve finally come to the conclusion in my own mind that itâ€™s not safe to have an officer on duty by himself,â€ť said Ward. â€śTo fix that problem weâ€™ll be going to a 12-hour shift.â€ť
BARTON - A grant has been awarded to the Barton Electric Department for a feasibility study to see if a hydro plant can be constructed at the outlet of Crystal Lake. Historically, hydro dams were used by several manufacturers starting a couple of hundred years ago when Barton Landing was first settled. In addition the grant will be used to study Barton River flood resilience and water resources planning. The municipalities of Barton and Glover have endorsed the grant application.
NEWPORT CITY - â€śVermont would not be Vermont today without the Current Use program,â€ť said Sylvia Jensen, agriculture land use planner for the State of Vermont.
Jensen was one of three presenters to speak at a question and answer session with local farmers at the Emory A. Hebard State Office Building Tuesday. It was one of Sectary of Agriculture Chuck Rossâ€™ listening sessions he is conducting in communities across the state.
NEWPORT CITY - After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion Monday evening, the city council voted unanimously to support a letter written by Mayor Paul Monette to AARP to start an advisory board to make Newport an age-friendly community. Newport is the first Vermont community to have such a designation that includes about 15 other U.S. cities.
The board will help the city meet the needs of the aging population, said Kelly Stoddard Poor, AARP associate state director of outreach.
DERBY â€“ The Derby Planning Commission has passed an amended version of the town plan. In a split decision Monday evening, following a public hearing, planners agreed to changes suggested by the townâ€™s select board and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA).
BARTON- Seniors Nicole Roy and Emily Millar, members of the Student Leadership Council along with faculty advisor Erikka Adams gave a Power Point presentation to the Lake Region Union High School board. The board opened the December 2 meeting with a well thought out report on the subject of bullying, how to recognize it, respond to it, and ways to educate other students. The presentation was developed after talking to other students about their experiences.