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NEWPORT CITY â€“ Someday commercial property in the designated downtown may be worth more than the buildings that sit on it.
During the Dec. 19 Newport City Council meeting, City Manager John Ward Jr. said he, Mayor Paul Monette and Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher met with University of Vermont Professor Gary Flomenhoft to engage with a preliminary study of the potential positive impacts of a Land Value Taxation system as an alternative to the conventional municipal taxation system.
At the meeting, the council gave the okay for the free study to continue.
WESTFIELD â€“ Fourth to sixth grade students from the Jay/Westfield School take time from their busy schedule every week to visit with residents of the Scenic View Residential Home. Last Thursday, the students presented each resident with a holiday gift packet, which included greeting cards, popcorn and ornaments. The students also played bingo with the residents.
â€śWe do this so the children have a chance to get out and do something nice in the community,â€ť explained Eva Lemieux, after school site coordinator from the Jay/Westfield School. â€śThey (the students) also learn social skills.â€ť
DERBY - The Derby Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) upheld a decision on Thursday, Dec. 22, on a change of use permit issued by the townâ€™s Zoning Administrator Bob Kelley. The change is from office to retail and office space designation.
The ZBAâ€™s decision can be appealed to Environmental Court within the 30 days following Thursdayâ€™s decision.
The change allows for the adult novelty store Good Stuff to open a store at 4267 Route 5 next to Roasterâ€™s CafĂ©.
NEWPORT CITY - Spates the Florist & Garden Center donated 158 wreaths, valued at $10 each plus labor, to the Newport Rotary Club to place on the graves of area veterans just before Christmas.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A tip from a watchful neighbor lead to the conviction of two men and a teenager. However, it was not before the trio caused over $1,000 of damage to a vacant home in Newport City.
On Friday, Dec. 22, Glen Boule, 19, of Newport City, entered pleas of guilty to a felony charge of unlawful mischief greater than $1,000 and a felony charge of unlawful trespass of a residence. The state dismissed a felony charge of burglary.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The aroma of turkey and stuffing filled the air Sunday as 200 or so area residents enjoyed a free holiday dinner at the American Legion Post 21 on Christmas Day. This was just one of the many dinners held across the region.
Tim Daley, who hosted the 28th annual Reynold and Esther Choinere Christmas Dinner, put a lot of time, money and effort into organizing the event.
â€śThis is my personal Christmas,â€ť said Daley, who doesnâ€™t purchase presents or send cards. â€śI put all my money into this dinner.â€ť
CHARLESTON â€“ Christmas is over for most people, but for Pauline and John Broe the holiday of peace, love and joy hangs around all year. The Broes, from the Vermont Reindeer Farm, own the only reindeer in the state. The names of their reindeer are, appropriately enough, Comet and Prancer.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - A Brighton woman who was found guilty of disorderly conduct and attempted assault by menace was sentenced by Judge Robert Gerety last week.
Mary J. Taylor, 68, of Island Pond, was given 40 hours community service and a suspended sentence of 6-12 months with three day's credit for time served.
ALBANY â€“ Christmas came early for Amy and Eric Dolloffâ€™s family when they and their four children visited several of the Disney theme parks in Orlando, FL, Nov. 8 to Nov. 14.
Make-a-Wish Vermont paid all the expenses of the trip. The family stayed at Give the Kids the World, a special resort for Make-a-Wish families. The family qualified for the trip because their two-year-old son, Gabriel Dolloff, has numerous medical problems including Down syndrome and leukemia.Â
The Dolloffs have three other children who range in age from toddler to teenager.Â
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport Rotary Club placed dozens of wreaths on the graves of veterans buried at the East Main Cemetery last Friday, Dec. 16. Rotarians also placed wreaths at the cemetery on the Lake Road in Newport Center.
The Rotary Club was represented by Rotarian Roger Cartee, Service Officer for the American Legion Frank Ormsbee, Rotarian Jude Smith, American Legion Adjutant and Rotarian Bill Graham and Rotarian Jim Jarvis.