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April 3rd, 2012

Wind Committee Appointed in Derby

April 3, 2012

DERBY - The Derby Select Board appointed a committee Monday evening to gather information on what the town wants and to articulate its concerns regarding the proposed Derby Line Wind project. The committee would give the information to the town’s attorney, Richard Saudek, who is working on drafting a contract between the town and the developer.
David LaBelle stated his concern that a committee was being appointed without the matter being on the agenda.

April 2nd

Syrup Grading Could Change

April 2, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are dealing with a sticky issue — a bill that would change the grading system for maple syrup.
The Senate has passed a bill that would, for example, change Grade A Fancy syrup to "Golden Delicate." Grade A Medium Amber would be called "Amber Rich."
WCAX-TV reports proponents say the changes would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada.
The House would need to approve the bill. Similar bills are pending in Maine, New Hampshire and New York.

Rotary Club Starts at NCUHS

April 2, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Rotary International’s well known motto is “Service Above Self.” In an effort to expand that tradition, members of the Newport Rotary Club are helping to start an Interact Club at North Country Union High School.
Interact is a service club for 14 to 18 year olds. There are 11,000 such clubs worldwide. They get guidance and support from individual Rotary Clubs. North Country Teachers Helen Poulin and Meg Norman will oversee the club.

FDA approves bio-tech, project heads to city council

April 2, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the plans for the bio-technology facility slated for Newport City. The facility is planned for the former Bogner building location. The building was purchased for the project more than a year ago.
Bill Stenger, the co-owner and president of Jay Peak Resort, is working with AnC Bio of Seoul, South Korea, to create a similar facility at the location. AnC Bio Vermont would conduct stem cell research and make artificial organs, among other work. The company is expected to create 200 jobs at all levels.

April 1st

Obama Wows Vermont Supporters

April 1, 2012

BURLINGTON – Friday, President Barack Obama sent his condolences to family and friends of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was killed last week.
Obama spoke to thousands of supporters at the University of Vermont. Earlier in the day, the president held a fundraiser luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Supporters paid thousands to have a private lunch with Obama.
Prior to Obama’s UVM speech, Grace Potter entertained the crowd. However, the press was not allowed to cover the concert or any opening remarks.

Sweet, Sweet Music

April 1, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The Newport Rotary Club's 68th Annual Northeastern Vermont Music Festival was held this weekend at North Country Union High School. Students from all over northern Vermont participated.
The event featured a festival chorus and band, a series of ensembles and some great music directed by music teachers from various schools.

Local Protesters Seek Justice for Florida Teen

April 1, 2012

BARTON – Demonstrators gathered in Barton Friday to call attention to a number of issues they feel passionately about. About a dozen people turned out and several held signs regarding the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed in Florida late February. Others held signs in memory of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was brutally murdered last week, while others held signs for peace and other issues.
Some demonstrators said they are part of the Peace and Justice Group, some said they are part of the Occupy 99 percent group.

Wearing Pink for Melissa Jenkins

April 1, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - People throughout the Northeast Kingdom and beyond wore pink Friday to honor the memory of Melissa Jenkins, the single mom and St. Johnsbury Academy teacher and coach who was slain last Sunday evening.
United Christian Academy (UCA) students, faculty and staff joined in the remembrance and brought in donations totaling hundreds of dollars for the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.
UCA Headmaster Dr. Richard O'Hara said that the school wanted to help any way it could. O'Hara noted that UCA can relate, having lost one of their own last year to tragedy.

March 29th

Out with the old...

March 29, 2012

DERBY - Jim Mulkin, under the name JM & MM Properties LLC, is in the process of buying the Village Pizza building from Erik Lawson.
Plans submitted to Derby include tearing down the building and constructing a new, larger place, which would include space for Village Pizza and a handful of other spaces for retail businesses.
The proposed building is 12,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $875,000. Plans call for a completion date of fall 2012.

Saying Good-bye to Lo’s

March 29, 2012

DERBY - Lauri Kelly of Lo's Tavern in Newport is calling it quits after four and a half years at her current location and 18 years in the business.
Kelly now lives in Waterford and has been commuting.
She said she is excited about getting done but is really going to miss the place and the functions.
Saturday is the last day the business will be open.

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