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October 10th, 2012

City Lot Sizes Could Change

October 10, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – 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 can’t subdivide their property and build houses on them because the lots would be too small under the zoning laws.
“Technically speaking, I can’t actually give them a permit to put a subdivision lot,” said Dreher. 

FARMERS LOOK TO THE SKY

October 10, 2012

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.

October 9th

SAVING HISTORY PAYS

October 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Two downtown businesses are among 28 establishments to receive historic preservation tax credits from the state this year.
Lago Trattoria received $142,200 and the Tasting Center received $118,605. Newport City’s designated town status made the two business owners eligible to receive the tax credits.
Sen. Vince Illuzzi of Derby, whose committee has been a strong proponent of the credits, is delighted that some of the money is coming to Newport City. The credits, he said, encourages investments in historic downtown buildings and avoids sprawl.

AG CANDIDATE WANTS JUSTICE

October 9, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Jack McMullen, the GOP candidate for Vermont Attorney General, has been campaigning in the Northeast Kingdom on a platform of fighting violent and drug-related crimes. He believes that Vermont's current attorney general, Bill Sorrell, has done a great job on issues of environment, embezzlement and consumerism, but in doing so has not paid enough attention to street crime.
McMullen wants to establish a set of guidelines for a uniform drug-related crime policy.

GET YOUR VERMONT BEER HERE

October 9, 2012

NEWPORT CENTER - Brian and Jennifer Cook decided to upgrade a home brewing operation to commercial status after years of Brian honing his craft since he was in high school. Kingdom Brewing held an open house this past weekend and participated in the Bean and Brew Fest at Jay Peak Resort.
Jennifer explained how beer is made, from taking a couple of hundred pounds of grain and turning into mash. After an hour, the liquid is pumped into a brew kettle and the unwanted by-product is fed to the beef herd.

October 8th

WHERE DOGS ARE KING

October 8, 2012

DERBY – The new Kingdom Dog Park in Derby is now open. A grand opening celebration was held Saturday.
Despite the rainy weather a large group turned out and nearly 100 dogs enjoyed romping around in their new playground.
Ann Kelley, her husband Bob Kelley, their daughter Ally, and many volunteers have worked on opening the dog park for more than two years.
The Derby Dog Park Committee and many people from all over voted for Derby to win the Pet Safe dog park contest. Derby prevailed in the second round and won $25,000.

CLYDE RIVER HOTEL SELLS

October 8, 2012

BRIGHTON - The Clyde River Hotel, built in 1866, was sold on Friday at a foreclosure auction to Guy and Sharon Daniels of Island Pond. The Daniels' already own the Avalon Inn and Hobo's Restaurant.
Guy Daniels said he plans on closing Hobo's permanently and moving the kitchen equipment and focusing their efforts on the hotel. He also said they received an offer on the Avalon Inn within minutes of purchasing the Clyde and will sell it.

RED CROSS NEEDS YOU

October 8, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Thinking about donating some of your time to help others, but not sure where? Why not consider the American Red Cross?
The Red Cross needs volunteers to be part of the disaster response team in the Northeast Kingdom. The response team typically responds to fires and floods, bringing food and drinks to the firefighters and helping the victims with shelter, clothes and food. 
The Red Cross loses 30 to 35 percent of volunteers annually due to personal, conflicting commitments.

October 7th

PAUL’S TURNS 40

October 7, 2012

DERBY – For 40 years, area residents flocked to Paul’s Sugar House dance hall to shake their booty. Yesterday, all those dedicated fans paid tribute to what has become a local institution.
Paul and Rhina Letourneau opened the dance hall in 1972. The hall was a dream of Rhina but she passed away in 1979. Paul, with the help of family members, kept his wife’s dream alive. Paul's son Leo is pleased the dream continues. He said his father loves the business and spends a lot of time there.

MORIN NAMED DERBY TOWN CLERK

October 7, 2012

DERBY – Faye Morin is the new interim Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer, at least until the March town meeting. She was appointed by a divided select board Thursday evening during a special board meeting.
Select board members Brian Smith (chair), Laura Dolgin, and Steve Gendreau voted yes, while members Beula-Jean Shattuck and Karen Jenne abstained.
The select board had held a vote on the issue Monday evening at their regular select board meeting but there were not enough votes to make the appointment. Dolgin was not present Monday. Jenne and Shattuck abstained from the vote Monday as well.

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