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June 18th, 2012

Local Retailers make Small Changes for Good Health

June 18, 2012

NEWPORT - In an effort to encourage Vermonters to be healthy, the Department of Health has kicked off a campaign to encourage shoppers to make wise decisions.
Healthy Retailers promotes "Small Change, Big Impact."
Jen Black, of Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, is facilitating the local program aimed at independent food stores. Jimmy Kwik, Ray’s Market, and Westfield General Store are working with the program and more independent stores are expected to come on board later this year.

June 17th

Bread and Puppet Comes to Life

June 17, 2012

GLOVER – The Bread and Puppet Theater kicked off its season with various theatrical acts Saturday.
Actors started by waking up the guard of the puppet museum. The big piece of the day included Bread and Puppet theater members and members from Concordia University Montreal.
Bread and Puppet Director Peter Schuman founded the theater group on New York City’s Lower Eastside in 1963. “We combined weekly bread baking with theater,” said Schuman.
That tradition of giving bread during the performances continued Saturday.

Persis says goodbye to NEK

June 17, 2012

NEWPORT - Longtime local music teacher Persis Ensor is moving. After more than 13 years of teaching students, she is heading to New Hampshire this summer to live closer to her grandchildren, whom she misses.
She will miss her Northeast Kingdom students, but says they will be fine without her. “I love the Northeast Kingdom but I’m drawn to be with my grandkids.”
Ensor will continue teaching music in New Hampshire.

June 14th

Newport Banks on Tourism Trends

June 14, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Newport City is putting its money into tourism. Bicycle racks will soon adorn city streets, walking maps have been made, the Tasting Center is taking hold and the airport is on track for expansion.
Bill Morison, chair of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) Economic Restructuring Committee, said during committee meeting yesterday that the committee switched gears from grant funding to community funding so the city can install 10 bicycle racks in June.
Trish Sears, NCRC executive director, placed an order for the racks Wednesday.

Rodgers Rides Again

June 14, 2012

GlOVER – If John Rodgers has his way, he will once again grace the front steps of the state capital.
Rodgers, a Democrat, served as a member of the House for eight years. He lost his seat to Sam Young in 2010.
Rodgers said that in 2010 he took a risk by doing no campaigning and lost by one vote. Rodgers said he and his wife Brenda voted for himself and Young for the two-seat district.

Marine Store Rides out 9/11 Security Storm

June 14, 2012

NEWPORT – Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Memphremagog is a busy business that many locals may not know much about: Newport Marine Services.
The business has weathered the economic storm and continues going strong, but it isn’t quite as busy as it was at other times, explained owner Bob Kerr.

June 13th

Long Bridge May Open by End of Year

June 13, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Crews continue to rebuild the Long Bridge that may reopen to traffic by the end of the year, even if it's not quite finished. That was the word Wednesday from Francine Perkins, public relations officer for Reed & Reed Inc., the company working on the bridge.
“The schedule moves around quite a bit with any kind of construction like this,” she said. “The bridge work may not be done, but they’ll get it to a point where they can hopefully get traffic on it.”
For awhile, traffic will probably be one way while crews work on the bridge.

Illuzzi Casts Himself as Independent Republican in Auditor’s Race

June 13, 2012

DERBY – Sen. Vince Illuzzi said Wednesday that he will be filing the paperwork with the Secretary of State today to run for state auditor. However, he won’t make a formal announcement until later this year.
“It may be later this month or it may be in September,” said Illuzzi, who is running as a Republican. “I’m still talking with folks about when to do that.”
Illuzzi is facing off against Doug Hoffer, a Burlington Progressive who is seeking the Democratic nomination.

June 12th

Illuzzi Sparks Political Domino Effect

June 12, 2012

DERBY – Voters could see some big changes on the political scene this year.
Republican Rep. Bob Lewis (Orleans-1) of Derby confirmed yesterday that he has filed a petition to run for state senate following on the heels of Sen. Vince Illuzzi's recent statement that he is collecting signatures to run for state auditor.
Lewis declined to comment any further until he issues a press release next week.
Gov. James Douglas appointed Lewis when Loren Shaw stepped down in 2008.

How Much for Gas?

June 12, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - Many area residents are still filling their gas tanks at between $3.60 and $3.80 a gallon, give or take. However, at least two area gas stations are selling fuel at below the local average.
The Troy Country Store, as of Tuesday morning, was selling unleaded regular gas at $3.44 a gallon while the cash price at the Jay Country Store is $3.36.
So how do they do it?
“We reduce the margins,” explained John Dennison, owner of the Troy Country Store. “We make a little bit less, but sell a lot more.” Dennison was referring to gas and to the products he sells inside the store.

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