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September 30th, 2012

ALL DUCKED OUT

September 30, 2012

Neither rain nor cold could dampen the spirits of the Duckies, those hearty souls who put it all on the line for the Newport Rotary Club’s Annual Duck Regatta.
First place winners and the People’s Choice category for business ducks were Kelsie and Alan Dauphin of Financial Blueprints in Newport Center.
WMOO’s Milkshake joined the celebration with his Ducky date, the Regatta Mascot.

September 27th

WAVES OF CHANGE

September 27, 2012

JAY - A highly ambitious development plan for the region, utilizing upwards of $500 million, was unveiled by local entrepreneurs and state officials Thursday. Plans include vast development for Newport City, the airport, Burke Mountain Resort, and Jay Peak.

The Chuck Berry Concert That Almost Fizzled — Part 3

September 27, 2012

By Jay Craven
Editor’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 — getting Chuck Berry to finally agree to get in his car and drive to the St. Louis airport. But time was very tight and Jay has to promise he’d come up with an additional $2500 to motivate Berry to make the trip to Lyndonville.
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Time was wasting and Chuck Berry was still negotiating—even after I agreed to his terms.

Greenwood held on $100 Grand

September 27, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Thursday, Judge H.E. VanBenthuysen held Daniel Greenwood, 36 of Orleans, on $100,000 bail for a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges.
Greenwood pled not guilty to two felony burglary charges, a charge of accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor charge of illegal possession of a drug and a misdemeanor charge of violation of conditions. The state dismissed without prejudice three felony burglary charges.

September 26th

It's Hard to be Green

September 26, 2012

NORTH TROY – A local farmer is able to use cow manure and other waste products to generate electricity and keep the family farm viable, but the process was not easy. Multiple regulations and various agencies were involved, and one decided to levy a fine because it was not notified of a change.
State and federal financial help, now waning, were also essential in creating the project.

HARTFORD POLICEMAN CHALLENGES WELCH

September 26, 2012

NEWPORT, VT – Mark Donka, a full-time police officer, said he can relate to the middle class. Donka, a Republican, is facing off against Democrat Peter Welch for Vermont’s lone House seat.
Donka is running because he is scared of the direction the country is going.
“I just think we’re unsustainable at the rate we’re going,” he said. “We’re $16 trillion in debt, our economy is doing terrible and unemployment has been over eight percent for three-plus years. Our bond rating and our borrowing rating has dropped down from what it should be so it’s costing us more to borrow.”

Junior High Needs Efficiency Upgrades

September 26, 2012

DERBY – Robert Favali, a director at DuBois & King Inc., presented an assessment proposal for the existing mechanical and plumbing systems at the North Country Union Junior High School board meeting recently.
The school was constructed in 1957 and an addition was built in 1990. Favali advised the school board that even the 1990 building's modernized temperature control package needs replacement.

September 25th

GOING STRONG AT 80

September 25, 2012

ORLEANS – For 80 years, Ethan Allen manufacturing has been producing high quality home furnishings. Yesterday company officials kicked off their celebration on the historic milestone by touring the plants and meeting with employees in Beecher Falls and Orleans. Today CEO Farooq Kathwari and Regional Operations Manager Mike Worth will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
During a private luncheon, Kathwari said Ethan Allen survived the Great Depression and the Great Recession. “Those are two very important time periods,” said Kathwari.

North Country Teen in Fatal Crash

September 25, 2012

COVENTRY – Tyler Collins, 16, of Newport Center, died in a car crash Monday on Alderbrook Road in Coventry.
Collins, a junior at North Country Union High School, was reported driving a Hyundai Tiburon over the speed limit and headed west when he passed an Orleans County Deputy headed east. The deputy turned his cruiser around and activated lights and siren to stop the vehicle.

TOO MANY BEARS

September 25, 2012

VERMONT – The state bear population has grown so large that officials are taking action to bring the number down. Because there are so many bears now, estimated at more than 6,000 statewide, the number of nuisance complaints from residents is at a record high.

 

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