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April 7th, 2013
DERBY â€“ Tuesday was a special day for Newport Center Fire Chief Kurk Flynn. Flynn, who is the protective services instructor at the North Country Career Center, presented his first Firefighter I certification from the State of Vermont to one of his students, Kyle Grondin.
Grondin is the son of Newport City Assistant Fire Chief Pedro Grondin.
Other students previously received their certification from past instructor Kim Richardson, who left the school for another job last June.
DERBY CENTER â€“ The sixth annual Cultural Diversity Day was held at North Country Union Junior High School on Friday.
Five elementary schools joined the junior high to listen to presentations made by students from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Charleston, Newport Town, Coventry, Holland, and Brighton elementary schools participated in the event.Â The diversity groupÂ attends St. Johnsbury Academy and that school's culinary arts program provided snacks for the occasion.
For more of this story, see page 3 of Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 8, 2013.
HOLLAND â€“ The Holland Elementary School went into a modified lock-down Thursday morning following the termination of an employee. The lock down will last two days.
No threats had been made as of Thursday afternoon, Principal Linda Phelan said.
The school already locks its doors to the building and each classroom door. The new measure calls for keeping the students inside for recess and during afterschool programs. Parents were notified over the Alert Now phone system, which calls all parents at the same time and gives a message.
DERBY LINE â€“ Perry Hunt stepped down fromÂ the Derby Line Board of Trustees Tuesday at the annual village meeting. He and his wife Pat Hunt are moving to a different town.
Hunt moved to Derby Line 43 years ago and served as a trustee for the village for about two decades. Over the years on the board he faced the â€śgood, the bad, and turmoil,â€ť but says he knows the village will continue to survive because itâ€™s a special place.
For more of this story, see Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 5, 2013.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Some of the best high school musicians from throughout the area will perform Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Northeastern Vermont Music Festival. The festival, now in its 69th year, is sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club and will be held at North Country Union High School.
DERBY - Karen Jenne has served as the Derby Line Village Clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector for many years, but all that endedÂ Tuesday evening at the annual village meeting.
Sue Best, a Derby Lister, wanted to nominate Claudia Letourneau, but Letourneau was not a registered voter in Derby Line in time to qualify as a candidate. In a surprise move, Best nominated Sharon Booth, a two-year village resident.
NEWPORT - Shortly after getting married and before having children of their own, Sean and Heidi Santaw decided to try out being parents by participating in the Fresh Air Program. The program invites children from New York City to more rural areas for a vacation, a taste of fresh air, and the a look at a different culture.
â€śMore than anything, it was just giving them what life in Vermont was like,â€ť said Heidi.
They heard about the program through a neighborâ€™s family who had hosted a Fresh Air child. Seanâ€™s grandparents had also welcomed a Fresh Air child into their home.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In an effort to save the so-called Red Barn on Coventry Street from destruction, the city council decided Monday evening to give local resident Frank Knoll, of Northern Views LLC, more time to find another use and location for the structure.
The city owns the barn and has offered to let Knoll take it, if he can move it.
Newport City can't do anything with the barn because of it's location in the city's wellhead protection area and the city has no use for it.
For the rest of this story, see The Newport Daily Express for Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
JAY â€“ Jay Peak Resort is getting ready to take down one of its last old buildings and replace it with larger, more modern structures.
The Stateside Chalet is slated to come down. In its place will go a 67,000 square foot hotel with 84 rooms, along with a restaurant and a Â 22,000 square foot day lodge with ski and rider services including a new rental shop. The development footprint will span from the current stateside chalet location to the ski patrol building.
BARTON â€“ A blaze destroyed a sugarhouse on the East Albany Road last evening.
Firefighters responded around 5:40 p.m. to a fully engulfed building fire. By the time they arrived on the scene, 13-minutes later, the building was already flat, said Fire Chief David Claeys.
For more of this story, see page 8 of Wednesday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for April 3, 2013.