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September 19th, 2012

Brothers to keep up the fight

September 19, 2012

NEWPORT- The two brothers arrested after blocking a truck carrying a wind turbine part both pled no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct by obstruction in Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division Sept. 11. College student Ira Powsner, 26, of Ira, VT, opted to take one to two days jail time rather than pay a $300 fine. His brother, Jacob Powsner, 21, of Ira, opted to pay the fine because he has college classes he must attend. Ira Powsner will report to jail on Sept. 28.

September 18th

PION BACK IN COURT

September 18, 2012

NEWPORT – Roger Pion, the 34-year-old accused of driving a huge farm tractor over seven Orleans County Sheriff’s Department vehicles, was back in court Tuesday morning for an arraignment – albeit a little late.
The state has added a charge of driving with a suspended license, alleging that when Pion took the tractor on the roads, his license was under suspension.

GAS PRICES SOAR

September 18, 2012

NORTHEAST KINGDOM – Anyone who drives a motor vehicle has probably gotten sticker shock at the gas pump recently.
Prices at some stations late last week spiked to more than $4 a gallon before tumbling back down this week. The Jay Country Store Tuesday afternoon had a cash price of $3.87. However, it recently has been a bit higher.
“Our wholesale costs have been sky rocketing,” said store manager Jeff Dezotell. “Every time there’s a hint of a hurricane, it jumps up 10 or 11 cents before the hurricane even hits.”

COVENTRY REPORT: NO WRONGDOING FOUND

September 18, 2012

COVENTRY – State and county officials have found no wrongdoing on the part of Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz regarding town finances and no charges have been filed. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the financial procedures in place need work.
Only a handful of residents attended a meeting held at the Community Center Monday evening where Joseph Juhasz, deputy state auditor, went over a situation report his office recently conducted for the town.

BAD WATER PIPES DEMAND ACTION

September 18, 2012

DERBY/DERBY LINE - The water pipes on Elm Street in Derby Line do not have enough water pressure to put out fires in an effective manner. They are too small.
The issue came to light over the summer when an Elm Street home caught fire. The fire department got the fire under control, but it took longer than it should have, said fire Chief Craig Ellam. “We were hampered by the low water pressure. It’s a bad system,” Ellam said.

September 17th

END OF THE ROAD

September 17, 2012

LOWELL – Approximately 120 oversized and overweight trucks rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby and onto Interstate 91 before exiting in Orleans and continuing on to the Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell.
The trucks caused few reported problems. Traffic delays were up to 20 minutes near corners and the rollover accident caused one side of the Interstate to be closed down for several hours.

Hoffer Challenges Illuzzi for Auditor

September 17, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The state auditor’s office needs more transparency and more accountability, said Democrat Doug Hoffer who is challenging Vince Illuzzi for the position of state auditor in November.
“I think people have the right to expect that the auditor’s office audit itself," Hoffer said. “Right now, if you were curious about the auditor’s budget, you could never find the details because he doesn’t post them.”
Hoffer stressed that current auditor Tom Salmon, who is not seeking reelection, does not keep the information a secret and will provide it upon request.

LOCAL DEMS REVVED UP

September 17, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The November General Election is about eight weeks away and Democrats are moving full speed ahead in an effort to outdo their Republican counterparts. Friday evening, local Democrats held a launch party at the Gateway Center where area residents had the chance to meet party candidates, enjoy refreshments and take in breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog.
The message Orleans County Chair Judy Bevans took away from the Democratic National Convention earlier this month is that the party has a message: “Press it Forward.”

September 16th

LOWELL WIND: THE FINAL TREK

September 16, 2012

LOWELL – The final oversized truckload shipment destined for Green Mountain Power’s wind turbine farm on Lowell Mountain will roll through today, but will take a different route.
The final truckload will contain the repaired tower base, which was damaged in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 in mid-July.
At the time of the accident, the truck driver reportedly got too close to the shoulder of the road and the trailer rolled causing some damage to the component. Roadwork was occurring on the Interstate at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

Speaking of Power....

September 16, 2012

DERBY - Some residents of Derby experienced a temporary power outage Sunday when a motor vehicle ran into and snapped a utility pole, downing lines on RT 5 in Derby.
Joannalynn Robishaw of Derby, VT, was north of Walt's Sales and Service and headed towards Derby in this Dodge Caravan when she went to reach for an item and her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane of travel, said police. To avoid hitting an oncoming car, Robishaw crossed the northbound lane and struck a telephone pole, snapping it in half.

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