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March 11th, 2013
DERBY â€“ Paul Letourneau is the epitome of a hearty Northeast Kingdom man. He is 86 years old and continues to successfully run his maple sugar bush and event hall after 40 years. Not only is sugar making his livelihood, but his passion and hobby as well.
Letourneau moved to Derby from Holland in 1965 and bought 75 acres of maples trees. Over the years, the net sap results go up and down, but this year is record setting for earliest sap flow. Letourneau started boiling Feb. 27 and has already made over 300 gallons.
IRASBURG â€“ It's the perfect scenario for creating maple syrup. Cold nights in the twenties backed by warm days in the forties.
That recipe for success is letting local maple syrup producers get out and make one of the world's best foods: Vermont maple syrup. The Smith brothers in Irasburg have been busy doing just that.
NEWPORT CITY - North Country Hospital went into lockdown Sunday night while police, firefighters, and hospital staff searched the entire campus for a bomb.
The search included going to each patient's room. It's not clear if the searchers revealed what they were looking for to the patients. Police Chief Seth DiSanto said they didn't, but hospital CEO Claudio Fort said they did.
For more of this story, see page 1 of Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 12, 2013.
JAY â€“ Savannah Alberghini-Giroux's goal nine minutes and fifteen seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the North Country girls earned a trip to the Gutterson Field House to take on Harwood for the Division II state championship on Tuesday evening.
Falcon coach Claude Paul is excited about the win but believes his team has another gear that they can shift up to.
"I think we can step up and play even better," he said. "We were taken aback a bit by Middleburry's speed and their quick transition game."
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Anyone who has experienced a fire, even a small one, knows the devastation it can cause. Thatâ€™s what happened to a Spring Street family about two weeks ago when a fire broke out at a Coventry family home. Damage was minimal but left the homeowners with the task of cleaning up.
Thanks to Coventry Village School (CVS) eighth grade students, the family had the home refurbished quickly.
DERBY â€“ Phil White, executive director of IROC, released a press statement yesterday in which he said the organization is pleased with the "steady growth of town support" evident on Town Meeting Day. IROC submitted appropriation requests to 14 towns, and while many failed to come to a vote or failed to pass, IROC received $32,000 in support, up from the $4000 it received in 2011.
Support came largely from Derby, along with Coventry, Craftsbury, Glover, and Brighton.
TROY â€” Piping tar sands through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont may pose a threat to the environment and area residents, but no NEK town took up the issue on Town Meeting Day. Instead, 29 towns in other areas of Vermont voted against tar sands, leaving some area local legislators saying that other towns should stay out of NEK business.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council wants more information before agreeing to jump on board with AARP to designate Newport City as an "age friendly city."
DERBY â€“ In the heated Derby races, the incumbents kept their positions.
Town Clerk, town treasurer and school treasurer Faye Morin, who was brought in by the former town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle when Daigle resigned, won the election by a landslide, sweeping all three positions.
She was challenged by outgoing select board member Karen Jenne.
The results were 900 for Morin to 289 for Jenne for clerk, 871 to 309 for treasurer, and 865 to 313 for school treasurer.
NEWPORT CENTER - Voters decided to go green by appropriating not more than $200,000 of unreserved funds for the purpose of a community energy solar garden. The fund currently has $339,108.
A solar panel array will provide electricity to town owned buildings, reducing electricity costs by as much as $7,500 annually for the first two years. Savings increase from there.
The town has two different proposed locations on Vance Hill for the panels. The panels are warranted to provide power at 100 percent for 25 years. After that, they will diminish in power two percent per year over time.