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October 16th, 2012

Vachon Brings Wrestling History to Newport Rotary Club

October 16, 2012

NEWPORT–The members of the Newport Rotary Club had special visitor at their weekly meeting yesterday.
Legendary wrestler and promoter Paul "The Butcher" Vachon was Tuesday's guest, and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer entertained the crowd with stories about his wrestling past, his family and his ties to the local community.
Paul grew up in Dunkin, Quebec, which lies just over the Canadian border to the north of Newport area, more specifically on route 243, which connects to Vermont Highway 105.

October 15th

BOOM OR CRUNCH?

October 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A Burlington developer wants to turn his commercial building on Highland Avenue in Newport City into a residential housing complex.
Bob Miller, president and owner of R.E.M., said his firm is talking about turning the former Slalom Building, also known as the Old Hospital, into an apartment building.

New Opportunities for Donna Higgons

October 15, 2012

NEWPORT – 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 “very exciting.”

"It Can't Happen to Me!"

October 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Wednesday evening, area residents are invited to North Country Union High School (NCUHS) for a community forum entitled “It Can’t Happen To Me!”
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.

October 14th

WIND PROTESTERS TAKE IT TO THE STATEHOUSE

October 14, 2012

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.

DECA Student at Quackfest!

October 14, 2012

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 2’x2’ display featuring “A  DECA Duck.”

October 11th

AIRPORT FBO SOLD

October 11, 2012

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.

Chuck Berry in Vermont – Part 4

October 11, 2012

Editor’s 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 — getting Berry to the Burlington airport and headed to Lyndonville.
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Time was wasting and Chuck Berry arrived late at the Burlington airport. There was virtually no chance that we’d make it to the Lyndonville fairgrounds in time for the start of the scheduled concert. There was an opening act — but the timeline was very tight.

No. Troy Man Faces 15 Years for Alleged Burglary

October 11, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – 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.

October 10th

TEEN POWER

October 10, 2012

DERBY – 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.
Chaput’s component entailed talking about the parts of a wind turbine. Tetreault’s 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.

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