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October 21st, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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 â€śIt Canâ€™t Happen To Meâ€ť 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.
NEWPORT â€“ 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.
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 â€śnet meteringâ€ť 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.
ORLEANS-Brad Urie, the head coach of Lake Regionâ€™s girls' varsity soccer team, has been suspended and will not be on the sideline for Saturday October 20th's season finale against Hazen.
Urie, in his sixth year with the program, had coached the team to a 10-3 record thus far.
The Rangers are the third ranked team in Division Two and have a senior day prepared prior to their contest with the Wildcats.
Â According to LRUHS Athletic Director Eric Degre, â€ťCoach Urie will not be on the sideline Saturday. He is not fired. This is a personnel decision and I cannot say anymore at this time.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Thanks to Gilman Property Management, the affordable housing crunch is about to improve.
Gilman is nearing completion of the Lakebridge Project at the former Sleeper Place site. During of tour of the complex Wednesday, Diana Beleau, marketing specialist for Gilman, said the project is set to be ready Nov. 1. It will hold a community open house Friday, Nov. 2, from 1-6 p.m.
Construction crews have been working hard at replacing and renovating the former complex, which used to have 14 units, with 21 energy efficient units in five buildings.
LOWELL â€“ The final wind turbine in the Lowell Mountain wind project called Kingdom Community Wind is fully assembled. Now 21 wind turbines that are about 450 feet tall each span across three miles of ridge line on Lowell Mountain.
Construction employees worked into the night Wednesday to finish the final turbine. Reed and Reed raised the American flag with their crane once it was assembled.
BARTON - Power was knocked out for 13 hours to nearly 3,000 customers including the Ethan Allen plant on Wednesday.
A utility worker discovered that a bullet was lodged in the main power transformer for Barton and Orleans Electric. The bullet caused oil to leak out. The oil is used to keep the machine cool and, with no oil, the transformer overheated and caused the outage.
The incident is under investigation by the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the Vermont State Police.
Nothing was stolen from the location, police say, and the motive is not yet clear.
ORLEANS, VT - The town of Orleans is welcoming a new resident business to its community. Friday, Lapierreâ€™s will hold the grand opening of its newest location at 303 Willoughby Ave. (RT 58), on the outskirts of Orleans and only a few miles from Exit 26 off I-91.
The Canadian company, renowned for producing a high quality organic maple syrup, happens to also be the leading producer of equally high quality maple production equipment. Itâ€™s occupying the former Desmarais Equipment building.
NEWPORT - North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern announced to the high school board that a meeting between state officials and area school administrators will be held on October 24th to discuss the economic development plans spearheaded by Bill Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort.
NEWPORT - North Country Union High School faculty member Helen Poulin advised the high school board Tuesday night that she is helping the students form an anti-bullying organization called ABC Quest. Students are raising awareness of the problems associated with bullying.
â€śWe are designing posters with anti-bullying messages,â€ť said Poulin. â€śAnd we are selling pink T-shirts with 'Stood Up' on the front and anti-bullying messages on the back. The phrase 'stood up' is a message that when a person witnesses an act of bullying, rather than ignore it, you should stand up and confront it.â€ť