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October 24th, 2012

SNEAKING IN

October 24, 2012

STANSTEAD, QC - In a press release dated Oct. 19, the offices of NDP (New Democratic Party) Members of Parliament, Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead) and Pierre Jacob (Brome-Missisquoi), stated that there is evidence of human smuggling going on across the Stanstead border, coming from the United States and entering Canada. The two took this position after obtaining a document from the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) through the Information Act.

October 23rd

FACE OFF

October 23, 2012

SIMS VERSUS HIGLEY
DERBY – Incumbent Republican Mark Higley and Progressive Katherine Sims faced off in a forum at the IROC Monday evening for a bid for Orleans-Lamoille’s only House seat in Montpelier.

FIGHTING CANCER: One mammogram at a time

October 23, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Having a mammogram is typically a private matter, but it wasn’t for Deveney Choquette, a popular radio personality on WMOO in Derby. On Friday, October 5, she had her very first mammogram – after telling all her listeners about it in the week leading up to the procedure. Then on Tuesday, October 9, she reported back to listeners about the experience.

WATER LINE STUDY APPROVED

October 23, 2012

DERBY LINE – The Derby Line Village Trustees have agreed to do a study of the water system on Elm Street. The engineering firm of Aldrich and Elliott will conduct the $15,800 study as soon as possible.
A no-interest, five-year loan through the Agency of Natural Resources will fund the study. Ultimately, the system's rate payers will have to pay for the study and the eventual upgrades.

October 22nd

MOOSE MADNESS

October 22, 2012

ISLAND POND, VT - It’s that time of year again. Moose madness has struck and hunters lucky enough to have won the lottery are out to bag the biggest beast they can.
The largest moose harvested so far this year weighed in at 834 pounds. The largest ever taken was slightly over 1,000 pounds. The largest cow taken so far was 619 pounds.
Pete Emerson of the Department of Fish & Wildlife said the state has finally gotten the moose population where it should be. The numbers are down as a result, with fewer permits issued at 385.

WATER FIGHT SET FOR TRIAL

October 22, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A case between the City of Newport and Village of Derby Center is set to go to trial Monday, Nov. 26, over a water contract.
In 1997, Derby Center agreed to supply water to the City Industrial Park in Newport.
“Things were going along pretty well,” said attorney Christopher Smart, who represents the Village of Derby. “Under the agreement, our understanding was we had the right to change our rate schedule."
Historically, users on the water system paid a minimum charge.

Morin Files Sole Petition in Derby

October 22, 2012

DERBY – Interim Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer Faye Morin is the only person to turn in a petition for the upcoming special election Nov. 27. She filed for town clerk, town treasurer, and school treasurer.

October 21st

THE DAY BETHANY DIED

October 21, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Substance abuse continues to be a major problem in the Green Mountain State. Last Wednesday, the Community Form Coalition, with the assistance of entertainers Wayne Warner and Emily Nyman, presented “It Can’t Happen To Me” at North Country Union High School auditorium. The goal of the program was to create awareness of the impact that substance use and abuse has on the entire community.

GOP Candidate Wants Bernie’s Job

October 21, 2012

NEWPORT – John MacGovern, a Republican from Windsor, is vying for the U.S Senate seat held by Bernie Sanders.
MacGovern is travelling around Vermont and meeting with farmers to hear about their concerns and about the challenges they face, and is working towards solutions.
MacGovern grew up on a New England dairy farm, but says today's farmers are facing different problems from the past. The most common concerns he has heard are problems with labor, the high cost of grain, and other rising costs.

Hydro Deal to Ease North Country HS Power Bill

October 21, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The high school board has agreed to enter into a contract with Missisquoi River Hydro to purchase power from the North Troy generation plant. The agreement is expected to save the high school 10% of their electric costs or up to $1800 per month.
The State of Vermont has a “net metering” program that encourages the development of green energy sources by allowing, in this instance, the hydro company to partner with power users to make the energy more affordable.
The high school will purchase electricity at a 10% discount versus what they would have paid VEC for the same usage.

 

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