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June 10th, 2012

LRU Class of 2012: You’re Ready, You’re Prepared, You Earned It

June 10, 2012

ORLEANS – “Move forward – the only direction. Can’t be scared to fail – search and perfection.”
Those were the words Lake Region Union High School Senior Tyler Vezina brought to his fellow graduates Sunday. He was quoting Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter.
Darren Perron, a 1991 Lake Region Graduate and WCAX-TV anchor, introduced Vezina, who did an internship at the television station and presented this year’s student address. Vezina called himself a regular guy who is good at public speaking. He told the class that graduation is the end of many things.

Humor and Friendships Highlight NCU Class of 2012

June 10, 2012

NEWPORT - Approximately 235 students graduated from North Country Union High School in the 45th commencement ceremony Saturday. Although skies were blue without a cloud in sight, the uncertain weather forecast prompted plans for an indoor event.
Principal William Rivard talked about students experiencing the joys of success and sadness of loss through their high school years. He said the graduates have developed relationships with many who will continue to make a positive difference in their lives as they go into the world and make a positive difference for others.

Orleans Couple Outruns Assailant

June 10, 2012

MARSHFIELD - Sometimes being a good Samaritan just doesn't pay, as two people from Orleans found out when a man pulled a gun on them and chased them at high speeds through Marshfield.
June 8, around 9:50 PM, Dan Greenwood (operator, 36) and Jennifer Eldridge (passenger, 32), both of Orleans, were traveling east on US RT 2 in Marshfield, VT. As Greenwood entered the village, he observed a vehicle on the side of the road with the hazard lights flashing and a lone male outside of the vehicle. Greenwood stopped to help.

June 7th

Lake Region Cuts Almost $16K in Energy Bills

June 7, 2012

ORLEANS – Thanks to the Whole School Energy Challenge, Lake Region Union High School reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent, saving taxpayers $15,885, and that was enough to make it the top school in a pilot program.
Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Superintendents Association School Energy Management Program and the Vermont Energy Education Program partnered in the program that ran from May 2011 to April 2012.

Mulkin Seeks Tax Break on Newport Property

June 7, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Monday evening the council approved a request by Jim Mulkin of JM & MM, for a six-year tax stabilization.
Mulkin wants to build a new 14,000 square foot building on Duchess Street and add a small addition to an existing building, which currently houses Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS).

Local Author Promotes New Book At Woodknot Bookshop

June 7, 2012

NEWPORT – Dawn Gray, who is no stranger to the Northeast Kingdom, grew up in Island Pond and she used to deliver papers for the Newport Daily Express. She is now a well-known author and is promoting her newly published book “S.P.I.R.I.T: Fire Storm.”
She will be at the Woodknot Bookshop this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign copies and to discuss any questions you may have about the paranormal.
Gray has published several books that cover many areas of the paranormal and the supernatural, including her first self-published book “Raven” and a 7-book series “Vampire Legacy.”

IROC lays out aggressive financial plan

June 7, 2012

DERBY - Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) is in the midst of serious financial trouble.
Phil White, the executive director, is making an aggressive effort to stave off foreclosure and keep the doors open with the hope of creating a thriving facility someday. White continues to work without pay.
IROC is in debt for $1.1 million to Community National Bank and U.S. Rural Development and has been unable to make payments. White has sent a letter to each entity and explained a strategic plan to save IROC and to ask for more time to see it through before foreclosure.

June 6th

Local High Schools Among the Best in the Nation

June 6, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - U.S. News and World Report has named two local high schools as the best in the nation.
Lake Region Union High School received a Silver Medal Award and North Country Union High School received a Bronze Medal Award.
This is the first time Lake Region received the award and the second for North Country. As far as state ranking is concerned, Lake Region scored as number seven and North Country scored 13. Stowe High School scored number one in the state and received a Gold Medal Award.
U.S. News and World Report posted the announcement on its website last month.

Attorney General Candidate Stomps the Northeast Kingdom

June 6, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, who is taking on William Sorrell for the office of Vermont Attorney General, made a whirlwind stop in Newport, Monday.
Donovan and Sorrell are both Democrats. 
“I think it’s time for a change,” said Donovan, when asked why he was going against another Democrat. “I think after 15 years we need new ideas, new energy and new engagement from the office of the attorney general.”
Donovan feels there has been too much political rhetoric on the issue of Vermont Yankee.

Three Strikes and You're Out!

June 6, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Repeated failure to complete the diversion program for the theft of an $8.99 can of Maxell Duster has led Judge Robert Bent to impose sentence on Brandon Cote of Newport.
Newport City Police Officer Travis Bingham was dispatched to the Rite Aid store in Newport on April 29, 2010 following a call from store manager Arla Mason. Mason advised Bingham that she witnessed the theft of a can of Maxell Duster, which is used to dust off keyboards, after she observed a man stuffing the can into his pants.

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