Archive - News Article
June 17th, 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. âI love the Northeast Kingdom but Iâm drawn to be with my grandkids.â
Ensor will continue teaching music in New Hampshire.
NEWPORT CITY â 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.
GlOVER â 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.
NEWPORT â 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 isnât quite as busy as it was at other times, explained owner Bob Kerr.
NEWPORT CITY â 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.
âThe schedule moves around quite a bit with any kind of construction like this,â she said. âThe bridge work may not be done, but theyâll get it to a point where they can hopefully get traffic on it.â
For awhile, traffic will probably be one way while crews work on the bridge.
DERBY â 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 wonât make a formal announcement until later this year.
âIt may be later this month or it may be in September,â said Illuzzi, who is running as a Republican. âIâm still talking with folks about when to do that.â
Illuzzi is facing off against Doug Hoffer, a Burlington Progressive who is seeking the Democratic nomination.
DERBY â 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.
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?
âWe reduce the margins,â explained John Dennison, owner of the Troy Country Store. âWe make a little bit less, but sell a lot more.â Dennison was referring to gas and to the products he sells inside the store.
LOWELL - âNo Windâ was the message of the day at Lowell Mountains Groupâs chicken barbecue and fundraiser held Sunday at Hazenâs Notch Campground.
In addition to food, the event featured games and live entertainment. Don and Shirley Nelson, who have become the public faces of the Big Wind resistance movement in Lowell, displayed the anti-wind tee-shirts and posed with a pinwheel.
One participant arrived in style in a Hummer bearing a telltale Vermont license plate that read "NOWIND."
DERBY, VT â A Derby resident is seeking a public apology from Brian Smith, Chair of the Derby Select Board, for what she considers "false, destructive, and defamatory" comments made to her and about her by Smith.