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January 16th, 2013
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In the wake of the Newtown, CT, school shooting last month, lawmakers across the country are considering stricter gun regulations. However, Vermont legislators, at least the local ones, say such regulations need to come from the federal government.
â€śThatâ€™s a federal domain, I believe,â€ť said Sen. Robert Starr from North Troy. â€śThey dictate what happens and when it happens.â€ť
NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. â€śThe trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.â€ť
â€śMany of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,â€ť Prue observed. â€śThat in itself was quite an experience.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Itâ€™s official. The Northeast Kingdom will soon have its first Walmart, as soon as the project can obtain its permits.
Developers along with local and state political leaders announced plans Tuesday to build a Supercenter Walmart on the Derby Road, across from The Tavern.
â€śThis is an example of how we create jobs in the Kingdom,â€ť said Gov. Peter Shumlin. â€śThis region of the state has always suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ John Matten, 78, sat quietly in a wheelchair yesterday as Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a three-year deferred sentence.
Prior to sentencing, Matten entered a guilty plea to gross and negligent operation with fatality resulting. Matten was the driver of a motor vehicle that struck and killed Zachariah Brown, a flagger at a road construction site on VT RT 14 in Newport Center. The accident occurred Aug. 13, 2010.
NEWPORT - Brigadier General Jonathan Fornham, a candidate for the position of Vermont National Guard Adjutant General, met with area legislators while attending the Legislative Breakfast Monday morning.
Former Adjutant General Michael Dubie resigned from the position last summer and the post has been filled by his deputy until the legislature chooses a new leader.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Pending development in the Northeast Kingdom is on the minds of many local legislators.Â
â€śWeâ€™re in the midst of a renaissance,â€ť said Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City during Monday's legislative breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant.Â
NEWPORT â€“ High flu activity continues nationwide according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In Vermont, flu activity remains widespread with reports of high absenteeism among school age children in the Northeast Kingdom.
According to reports, three adults have died in Vermont from the flu this season so far and 14 adults have reportedly died in New Hampshire.
The last few years have seen mild flu seasons, but this year is different. The flu came on early and strong.
The good news is that, despite a critical nationwide shortage, North Country Hospital still has the flu vaccine.
DERBY - This message, Welcome Walmart, is very clear on how many Northeast Kingdom residents feel about the retail giant. Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin, along with other dignitaries, will make an announcement regarding development in the region.
NORTH TROY- Gustav Verderber is a nationally known naturalist, author, photographer and an adjunct professor of environmental science at Johnson State College who lives with his wife Cheryl and two English Setters in North Troy.
Verderber's family emigrated to the USA when he was five years old, moving to Ohio where his father obtained employment with the Ford Motor Company. His exposure to nature started when his family would visit his uncle who owned 400 acres in the Allegheny Mountains south of Buffalo, NY.
NEWPORT- Two and a half months ago, Hurricane Sandy decimated the eastern seaboard, especially New Jersey and New York.
The recovery effort continues. According to the Red Cross, thousands remain in need of shelter and food.
Luckily the storm skirted Vermont and the state recovered quickly, leaving Vermonters in a position to provide help to others in need.
Hurricane Sandy hit home for QNEK's Lynn Leimer. She is from New Jersey.
QNEK is well known for stepping up and helping when tragedy strikes, and the theater companyÂ held a fundraiser when Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont.