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March 13th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - Retired Sgt. Doug James, a 30-year veteran of the Vermont State Police and a founding member and the most recent fire chief of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, was laid to rest Tuesday, escorted by state troopers and members of the fire department.
Two fire trucks extended their ladders to display a huge flag over the entrance to the Curtis-Britch-Converse Rushford Funeral Home where funeral services were conducted.
James also served on the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and as a member of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol.
COVENTRY â Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon and Deputy State Auditor Joseph Juhasz told the select board Monday evening that the town needs better internal financial controls.
The biggest concern is that select board members don't know the answers that Salmonâs office says they should know. There are also concerns that one person handles all of the townâs finances. Salmonâs office discovered the weaknesses after sending the select board and clerk and treasurer Cindy Diaz a list of questions that had a yes, no, or I donât know response.
DERBY, VT - A recount was held Monday night for the position of Derby Delinquent Tax Collector after Assistant Town Clerk MaryAnn Tetreault beat out Town Clerk Nicole Daigle by two votes at March Town Meeting.
The final tally added one vote to Tetreault's total for a final count of Tetreault - 518 and Daigle -515.
Daigle was the incumbent.
CRAFTSBURY â There is no distance between where history ends and where it begins. Such was the case at Craftsbury Academy while the hardwood floor of the gymnasium was being auctioned off by part and parcel.
The floor was taped off in different sizes. The center of the floor had been removed so that a person could buy an autographed piece as well as some of the seating from the bleachers.
But it wasnât just about bricks and mortar, or boards and nails. People wanted to take with them a part of what they left behind. Every inch of the place held a memory and everyone had a story to tell.
NEWPORT CITY â Fire didn't knock Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast out of business.
Firefighters responded to the business on Prospect Street at 4 p.m., Sunday, for a report of a fire in the window well. Upon arrival, they found heavy smoke coming from the second floor and flames around the window. They prevented the fire from entering the attic space and contained the fire to the second floor bedroom.
ORLEANS, VT - Chief Lone Cloud, also known as Ralf Swett, reported that the Feathers store on Main Street in Orleans was burglarized last Thursday night.
The culprits broke one of the front doors and ransacked the place. An estimated $10,000 in items was taken, including all the computers. The store was also trashed.
NEWPORT CITY â A new state hospital is on the minds of many Vermont lawmakers. Both Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Orleans/Essex) and Rep. Lynn Batchelor covered the topic in detail during yesterdayâs Legislative Breakfast held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Last year floodwaters caused extensive damage to the Vermont State Hospital as well as other buildings at the state complex in Waterbury. Legislators now have the task of finding replacement facilities.
JAY, VT - "We have over-delivered. We're very proud of that." That's the word from Jay Peak's Bill Stenger.
Jay Peak Resort recently had a contract falling out with their E5 agent and broker, Rapid USA Visas. The firm shot out a widely-circulated email criticizing Jay Peak Inc. and it's affiliates.
Jay Peak Resort's CEO, Bill Stenger, said he was "hurt" by the accusations and called them "factually incorrect."
NEWPORT CITY â Some residents reacting to crimes in the region have started a community watch.Â Individuals are mostly concerned with burglaries.
Would-be robbers start by checking a home. âIf nobody is home, they try the door to see if it is unlocked,â said Newport Police Chief J. Paul Duquette. âIf itâs unlocked, they go in. If itâs not unlocked, lots of time they boot the door, go in, do a quick smash and grab and get out.âÂ
Some homes have been robbed even while people are sleeping in them.
Police are particularly concerned with thieves stealing guns from area homes.
DERBY - The race for the Derby Tax Collector was very close with the challenger winning by two votes.
Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle, who has served the town as the Delinquent Tax Collector since 2006, has officially asked for a recount. Normally a request for a recount would go to the town clerk, but in this case it went to Assistant Town Clerk Nancy Gosselin, who is the presiding officer.
The townâs board of civil authority, which is the justices of the peace, will conduct the recount Monday evening.