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September 11th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Memphremagog Navigation Company may soon sail Lake Memphremagog once again. The company ran two different passenger boats between 1996 and 2001.
For the past several years, Chris Johansen, of the Memphremagog Navigation Company, has worked for Green Mountain Boat Lines, which owns the Spirit of Ethan Allen and the Moonlight Lady.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council Monday approved the 2012-2013 residential municipal tax rate with a three-cent per $100 of assessed value increase. At the same time, the city school has a three-cent decrease, with a final rate of 2.6826 cents, combined educational and residential.
Last yearâ€™s residential rate, with the education rate, was 2.6814. This yearâ€™s non-residential tax rate is 2.8530. Last yearâ€™s rate was 2.8802.
HOLLAND â€“ Local farmer Keith Gray confirmed Monday that illegal dumping is occurring on his property, and he says he doesnâ€™t allow it.
Gray was contacted Monday afternoon regarding the issue. Gray said he went up to the site, an old gravel pit on Bullis Road in Holland, Monday evening to look around. He said he found some rubbish, but it has been worse in the past.
NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the 34-year old accused of crushing seven police vehicles with a tractor, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. on a new count: driving with a suspended license.
An Orleans Superior Court Judge has found probable cause that when Pion took a tractor and drove through Newport City streets up to the Orleans County Sheriff's Department and crushed six cruisers and a transport vehicle, he did not have a license to drive on the roads.
NEWPORT - Where were you when the sky fell on Sept. 11, 2001?
Shock and disbelief is the way many people describe their reaction to the Sept. 11 terroristsâ€™ attacks. Today marks the 11th anniversary of that horrific day.
As with the assassination of President Kennedy and the Challenger explosion, anyone old enough to understand what happened at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing when they learned about the attacks.
Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair was on vacation near Windsor Locks, CT.
IRASBURG â€“ Fire flattened a storage shed and destroyed irreplaceable memories at the Gary and Bonnie Poginy home yesterday.
The fire at Stagecoach Road property broke out at around noon. Jamie Royer, who lives at the home, arrived just as the fire broke out. He said the whole thing was gone in five minutes. The shed previously held the familyâ€™s horses, but it more recent years the Royers used it for storage. Snowmobiles and family mementos belonging to deceased family members were some of the items lost the in fire.
The family did have insurance on the shed that members built together.
DERBY â€“ Assistant town clerk Maryanne Tetreaultâ€™s hours were cut earlier this year, reportedly because work was slow, and now she is behind on her duties.
Meanwhile, assistant town clerk Nancy Gosselin and Faye Morin, who was brought in by outgoing clerk Nicole Daigle to learn the office duties, are both clocking overtime.
Gosselin said Monday that she and Morin have had to work a few extra hours because the office is so busy right now with tax season. Gosselin also put in some overtime because of the recent primary.
NEWPORT CITY - With the exception of a few sniffles, not a sound could be heard in Gardner Park Saturday morning as Betty Barrett told the heartbreaking story of how her son, Michael â€śGuidoâ€ť Narducci, lost his life to suicide.
With her second husband behind her, holding her for support, she recalled the abuse her now ex-husband gave her and family â€śrelentless.â€ť She explained how her ex-husband referred to Michael as a loser. After their divorce, Barrettâ€™s ex-husband even lied to their children about her, she said.
VERMONT â€“ The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) says that Vermonters are at risk for serious illness from mosquito bites.
Two people in Vermont are infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and several independent sources say that one, an 86-year-old man, has died from the disease. Another hospitalized patient is thought to have West Nile Virus. Both diseases are contracted from mosquito bites.
This is the first time EEE was been found in humans in Vermont.
IRASBURG, VT - Scott Bowen, 34, of Irasburg, lost his life Friday in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Tree River Campground and VT RT 58 in Irasburg.
According to the Vermont State Police, Bowen was operating a Suzuki Motorcycle sometime before 6 AM, headed east towards Irasburg. At the same time, Randy Machia, 49, of Eden, was operating a 2011 Ford F350 truck and was exiting the campground.