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October 15th, 2012
NEWPORT â The Executive Director of the North Country Chamber of Commerce retired last week.
Donna Higgons, now of Hyde Park, said it was time. She wants to enjoy the Northeast Kingdom with a paddle, on a bike, on snowshoes or skis, and by hiking. She is 68 years old, and with all the development and changes coming to Newport, Higgons says it is time for someone more energetic to take the reins.
Higgons described the recent proposals by developer Bill Stenger and partners as âvery exciting.â
NEWPORT CITY â Wednesday evening, area residents are invited to North Country Union High School (NCUHS) for a community forum entitled âIt Canât Happen To Me!â
The Community Forum Coalition is sponsoring the event, which starts at 7 p.m. and continues to 8:30 p.m. It will feature personal stories of substance abuse, drinking and driving, DUI accidents and fatalities and the people left behind to pick up the pieces.
Local recording artist Wayne Warner will perform.
MONTPELIER, VT - Over 200 Vermonters came together at a rally in Montpelier Friday to award Gov. Peter Shumlin, his administration, the Public Service Board, and wind developers a ceremonial Certificate of Public Harm (CPH) to recognize their support for the destructive development of big wind on Vermont's mountains.
The rally brought together citizens from all of Vermont's 14 counties, and took place on the State House grounds.
NEWPORT, VT - North Country Career Center students, Edy Bedard and Melody Davis, participated in the annual Rotary Duck Regatta. They applied marketing skills in designing and creating the 2âx2â display featuring âAÂ DECA Duck.â
NEWPORT - Improved local transportation is needed for all of the development, expansion, and changes planned for the Newport and Jay Peak Resort. Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts, have proposed those changes.
Partners Stenger and Quiros have acquired the airport's Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at the Newport State Airport and, through the EB-5 Foreign Investor Program, plan to invest $20-million in airport improvements.
Editorâs note: Filmmaker and arts impresario Jay Craven has been telling his story of the day and night he spent trying to get Chuck Berry to honor his contract and perform in the Northeast Kingdom.
He continues his story this week, where he left off â getting Berry to the Burlington airport and headed to Lyndonville.
Time was wasting and Chuck Berry arrived late at the Burlington airport. There was virtually no chance that weâd make it to the Lyndonville fairgrounds in time for the start of the scheduled concert. There was an opening act â but the timeline was very tight.
NEWPORT CITY â A North Troy man faces 15 years in prison, a $1,000 fine or both on charges of burglary and vandalism.
Isaiah Surdam, 28, entered not guilty pleas to a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief for causing damage greater than $250. Tuesday, Judge Dennis Pearson released Surdam with conditions.
On Jan. 30, 2012, Border Patrol Agent Donald Carmody told state police that someone had broken into a home on Bear Mountain Road in North Troy.
DERBY â Two North Country Union Junior High School teachers brought the Sheffield First Wind Project to their classrooms. Technical education teacher Roger Chaput and science teacher Jessica Tetreault oversaw the two-month unit.
Chaputâs component entailed talking about the parts of a wind turbine. Tetreaultâs taught students how much electricity turbines can produce and how a wind turbine generates electricity, and about parallel circuits and series circuits. Students also discussed the pros and cons of wind turbines.
NEWPORT CITY â The planning commission will discuss changing the bylaw for parts of the east side of the city.
Paul Dreher, Newport City Zoning Administrator, said some residential lots near Jackson Street are 10,000 square foot lots, but some are just under 20,000 square feet. As it is now, the owners of the larger lots canât subdivide their property and build houses on them because the lots would be too small under the zoning laws.
âTechnically speaking, I canât actually give them a permit to put a subdivision lot,â said Dreher.Â
ORLEANS COUNTY - An aerial seeding pilot project is now over for the year, but farmers who participated had their fields seeded with a winter cover crop early by a helicopter.