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November 19th, 2012


November 19, 2012

DERBY - Someone broke into the Dailey Memorial Library in Derby over the weekend. State Police are investigating and urge anyone with information to contact them.
When director Barbara Whitehall arrived at the library Sunday morning for a quick stop, it turned into anything but. She noticed right away that a window was shattered and the front door was unlocked. Apparently the perpetrator broke the window to reach around and unlock the door. But the burglar found more locked doors once inside.


November 19, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - When the 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, farmers across the country were put into a financial limbo until Congress takes up the bill during the lame duck session. Renewing the bill for another five years will provide stability for growers and milkers as it allows them to plan for the future, the Farm Bureau says. For local dairy farmers, the problem isn't milk subsidies, but the cost of feed.

November 18th


November 18, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY – Friday, Hostess, the maker of ionic foods like Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announced that after 82 years it was closing its plants for good.
The company, headquartered in Irving, Texas, made the move after striking workers ignored warnings to return to work by 5 p.m. Thursday – or else.
“Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, most of which is determined by union wages and pension costs,” states the now defunct company’s website.

Honor and Privilege

November 18, 2012

BARTON – Four war veterans walked into St. Paul’s School to thank teacher Jennifer Wilson and her fifth and sixth grade class for writing them cards in honor of Veterans Day. 
Wilson started the project the Tuesday before Veterans Day. She obtained the names of local veterans from her father, John Wilson, a Vietnam veteran.
Wilson wanted each student to write one card, but the class got so enthused, the students ended up mailing 25 cards. Each veteran received at least two cards and some received three and four. Some of the veterans wrote back to the students.

Derby JP Recount Tuesday

November 18, 2012

DERBY – The race for a position as Justice of the Peace is typically a quiet one, and it is not uncommon for just enough people – or even not enough people – to run to fill all the available openings.
In Derby there are 12 justices of the peace, and this year 15 people sought the positions.
Derby resident Maureen Fountain decided to seek the position for the first time and lost by three votes. Fountain earned 895 votes. Karen Jenne was the last place winner with 898 votes.

Judge Nixes Pion Challenge

November 18, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against Roger Pion, accused of driving over seven police cruisers with a giant farm tractor, and almost 30 other criminal cases because of the manner in which the state's attorney prosecuting the cases was appointed.
In his decision, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said the unusual circumstances that led to the appointment of Orleans County State's Attorney Alan Franklin in 2011 were not covered by Vermont law.

November 15th

Waterfront Leases Being Renewed

November 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – In September, Bill Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort, announced plans for an ambitious $500 million development project in the Northeast Kingdom.
The plans included replacing the Waterfront Plaza with a 150-suite hotel, conference center and retail area, bringing Newport back to its former glory when trains, horse-drawn buggies and the new automobile made Newport the place to be for summer tourists.
Stenger's announcement made some residents worry they would lose Vista Foods, the city’s only grocery store.

NCU Theater & Drama Groups Perform

November 15, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - North Country High School’s Dance and Theatre Company class performed "The Tempestuous and Fractious Shakespeare Project" by Edith Weiss, under the artistic direction of teacher Cheri Skurdall.
The after school Drama Club, which cast students by competitive audition, performed “Just Girls Talking,” a piece written by teacher Robert Wing, and directed and taught by Skurdall.
Drama students preformed each piece in front of teachers and peers at dress rehearsals Wednesday and received helpful feedback. Wednesday evening, both groups preformed for the public.

Mill River Holds Grand Opening

November 15, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Mill River Furniture held a ribbon cutting Thursday to officially open its new store on Main Street in Newport City.
Taking part in the cutting were Trish Sears, CEO of Newport City Renaissance Corporation; store manager Diane May; Diane Lewis, New England Representative from Norwalk Furniture; store co-owner Skip Gray; City Council President John Wilson; City Manager John Ward Jr.; City Mayor Paul Monette; landlord Tony Pomerleau; Newport City Alderman Dick Baraw; and Newport City Alderman Denis Chenette.

November 14th


November 14, 2012

BARTON – The aroma of burgers, coffee and farm animals filled the air on the Kinsey Road yesterday as auctioneer Reg Lussier auctioned off about 160 head of cattle at Northeast Kingdom Sales. Lussier also auctioned pigs and a couple of horses.
Jim Young, co-owner of Northeast Kingdom Sales, said the cattle were on consignment. Northeast Kingdom Sales used to have such auctions every month, but now holds them every other month. The price of cattle at auction depends on current milk prices. Young expected 60 to 70 farmers at Wednesday’s auction.


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