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March 7th, 2012
NEWPORT TOWN â€“ Most articles passed with little to no discussion in Newport Town Tuesday night. This includes the $2.5 million school budget. Prior to the vote, school board member Glenn Foster did a Power Point presentation that explained the revenues and expenses that showed a surplus. Ernest Choquette asked why the board is asking for an increase when the school has a surplus. The answer came from School Board Chair Wilma Therrien.
EDEN, VT - In a resounding vote, the residents of the Town of Eden decided to not have the asbestos mine declared an EPA Superfund site.
After a very brief presentation by Lynn Noah highlighting the issues that were raised at two prior public hearings, the moderator called for a vote. The vote, by paper ballot, had three favoring the designation and 106 in opposition.
ISLAND POND, VT - After 31 years, the Town of Brighton has a new town clerk and treasurer.
Teresa Potwin emerged as the winner in a contested race for these positions.
With 344 votes, Potwin defeated challengers Tracy Acebo (8 votes), Robin Castonguay (66 votes), and Jennifer Hanlon (34 votes) for the position of town clerk. Potwin also received 321 votes for town treasurer, besting Acebo (8 votes), Castonguay (80 votes) and Hanlon (34 votes).
DERBY, VT - Derby Town displayed a high voter turnout yesterday with 33 percent of the 3085 registered voters casting ballots.
In the tightest and surprisingly hottest race in town, Maryann Tetreault squeaked out a 2-vote lead over Nicole Daigle for delinquent tax collector, at 516 to 514. No other race was challenged.
The budgets for Derby Elementary School and for North Country senior and junior high schools passed easily. The elementary school numbers were 680 yes to 320 no; junior high was 639 yes to 349 no; and senior high was 603 yes to 390 no.
NEWPORT CITY - In Newport City races, Tim Delabruere and John Wilson were re-elected to the city council with 407 votes and 360 votes respectively. Mark Guyette came in third with 266 and Peter Holden fourth with 196.
For city school trustee, Philip Laramie and Corinna Lancaster were voted in, with 450 votes and 379 votes respectively, defeating Vikki Lantagne, who had 242.
For the high school board, Maggie Griffith won with 319 votes to Marie George's 265.
GLOVER, VT - Gloverâ€™s Town Meeting got off to a smooth start. To a background of colorful quilts, community members swiftly voted for town officers and discussed state issues with the Vermont House representatives present. Although there were some hiccups in the budget discussion, the town passed a final budget that was slightly higher than the one warned. The rest of the meetingâ€™s articles and the school board budget were also unanimously approved.
COVENTRYâ€“Yesterday, voters directed the select board to investigate getting its own fire department.
The Newport City Fire Department handles most of the calls. In general, Newport City Fire responds to 22 calls a year in Coventry. However, not all of those are fire calls. The Orleans Fire Department or the Newport Center Fire Department also handles some calls if those firehouses are closer to the emergency location than Newport City.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - Omar Rodriguez, 35, of St. Johnsbury, found himself behind bars following a shooting in the Job Lots parking lot in St. Johnsbury Monday. He is being held at the Northeast Community Correctional Center on $150,000 bail. Rodriguez faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, assault and robbery, interference with access to medical treatment, and violation of a relief from abuse order.
DERBY, VT - In what appears to be a change of heart, the Public Service Board (PSB) issued an order on Mar. 2 that seems to run contrary to verbal statements made by PSB member John Cotter, sitting without any other board members present, made at a Feb. 13 pre-hearing conference.
NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Clerk and Treasurer James Johnson checks over voting booths Monday.
Today is Super Tuesday. Everything is on the ballot from school and city budgets to GOP presidential candidates. Get out and vote.