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October 16th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ On the morning of Aug. 5, 2004, the phone rang in the Greensboro home of former Vermont State Senator Mike Metcalf. On the other end was the youngest son, Keyes, who was serving in the Middle East. He told his mother that he had been shot in the head. Keyes told his family he wouldnâ€™t have called but the Army made sure he notified his family.
With the exception of a headache and a few stitches, Keyes was okay, a miracle the family credits to his helmet â€“ made by workers at the Revision Military plant in Newport City.
DERBY â€“ A special election will be held Nov. 27 to elect the Derby Town Clerk and Town Treasurer.
Those wishing to run for the position need to circulate a petition and receive enough signatures from registered voters by October 22. The select board Monday evening did not know if 30 or 35 votes are required, but assistant clerk Nancy Gosselin said Tuesday that 30 signatures are needed.
NEWPORTâ€“The members of the Newport Rotary Club had special visitor at their weekly meeting yesterday.
Legendary wrestler and promoter Paul "The Butcher" Vachon was Tuesday's guest, and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer entertained the crowd with stories about his wrestling past, his family and his ties to the local community.
Paul grew up in Dunkin, Quebec, which lies just over the Canadian border to the north of Newport area, more specifically on route 243, which connects to Vermont Highway 105.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Burlington developer wants to turn his commercial building on Highland Avenue in Newport City into a residential housing complex.
Bob Miller, president and owner of R.E.M., said his firm is talking about turning the former Slalom Building, also known as the Old Hospital, into an apartment building.
NEWPORT â€“ The Executive Director of the North Country Chamber of Commerce retired last week.
Donna Higgons, now of Hyde Park, said it was time. She wants to enjoy the Northeast Kingdom with a paddle, on a bike, on snowshoes or skis, and by hiking. She is 68 years old, and with all the development and changes coming to Newport, Higgons says it is time for someone more energetic to take the reins.
Higgons described the recent proposals by developer Bill Stenger and partners as â€śvery exciting.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Wednesday evening, area residents are invited to North Country Union High School (NCUHS) for a community forum entitled â€śIt Canâ€™t Happen To Me!â€ť
The Community Forum Coalition is sponsoring the event, which starts at 7 p.m. and continues to 8:30 p.m. It will feature personal stories of substance abuse, drinking and driving, DUI accidents and fatalities and the people left behind to pick up the pieces.
Local recording artist Wayne Warner will perform.
MONTPELIER, VT - Over 200 Vermonters came together at a rally in Montpelier Friday to award Gov. Peter Shumlin, his administration, the Public Service Board, and wind developers a ceremonial Certificate of Public Harm (CPH) to recognize their support for the destructive development of big wind on Vermont's mountains.
The rally brought together citizens from all of Vermont's 14 counties, and took place on the State House grounds.
NEWPORT, VT - North Country Career Center students, Edy Bedard and Melody Davis, participated in the annual Rotary Duck Regatta. They applied marketing skills in designing and creating the 2â€™x2â€™ display featuring â€śAÂ DECA Duck.â€ť
NEWPORT - Improved local transportation is needed for all of the development, expansion, and changes planned for the Newport and Jay Peak Resort. Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts, have proposed those changes.
Partners Stenger and Quiros have acquired the airport's Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at the Newport State Airport and, through the EB-5 Foreign Investor Program, plan to invest $20-million in airport improvements.
Editorâ€™s note: Filmmaker and arts impresario Jay Craven has been telling his story of the day and night he spent trying to get Chuck Berry to honor his contract and perform in the Northeast Kingdom.
He continues his story this week, where he left off â€” getting Berry to the Burlington airport and headed to Lyndonville.
Time was wasting and Chuck Berry arrived late at the Burlington airport. There was virtually no chance that weâ€™d make it to the Lyndonville fairgrounds in time for the start of the scheduled concert. There was an opening act â€” but the timeline was very tight.