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March 22nd, 2012

Fire Alert In Effect Due to Warm Temps

March 22, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - A combination of record warm weather with sunny skies and a lack of precipitation has led to a fire weather watch alert issued yesterday for northern and central Vermont, according to Chris Bouchard, a meteorologist with the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury.
The unusually small amount of snowfall and warmth from a large high pressure system spanning from Bermuda have brought record breaking warm temperatures five days in a row. The temperatures, which have climbed to near or over 80 degrees for the last several days, are about 30 degrees above normal.

Trooper Choked During Brighton Arrest

March 22, 2012

BRIGHTON, VT - An Island Pond man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly put a state trooper in a headlock and choked her until she couldn't breathe.
The trooper, Debra Munson of the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks, was able to break the hold, chase the man down and take him into custody.
Thirty-year-old Adam Verge is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, burglary and unlawful mischief. He was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.

March 21st

School Board Questioned About Mass Mailing, Conduct Agreement

March 21, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The North Country Union High School board came under fire from Newport City Council President John Wilson at Tuesdays board meeting. Wilson, speaking as a city resident not a council member, was upset that a mailing encouraging voters to vote on the high school budget arrived after Town Meeting Day.
Wilson received the mailing three days after the vote and other residents received it later than that. 

Postcards Bring Art to Soldiers

March 21, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - Through a collaborative effort among district wide teachers, area students have created art work on postcards and the cards, after a showing at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, will be sent to troops overseas.
Art teachers from the North Country District met at the beginning of the year and wanted to do a project that would encompass all schools and students who attend art classes. The meeting evolved into the idea of creating postcards for military troops serving overseas.

March 20th

Lakebridge Project Well Underway

March 20, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Construction on the Lakebridge project in Newport City, where Sleeper Place once stood, is expected to be complete by October.
Spates Construction is working on the project and the following subcontractors are also on the job: New Hampshire Demo, SSXcavating Corp., Roger G. Gosselin Inc., Giroux Masonry, LWI Metalworks, Village Builders, Nicom Coatings Corporation, Benoure Plumbing & Heating Inc., Alpine Sprinkler, Jourdan's Electrical Contracting, Brodeur Construction LLC, Conrad Construction Inc., and Magog Roofing.

Derby Residents Seek Contract Against Damages in Wind Project

March 20, 2012

DERBY - Vicky and Dan Lewis of Derby, along with other Derby residents, continued last Monday to push the Derby Select Board to take action in the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
Vicky Lewis said she would like the town to sign a comprehensive contract with the developer that would address the issues of concern including potential health effects, noise, and property values.

Defendant’s Bail Lowered to $25K

March 20, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Tuesday Judge Robert Bent held a West Burke man on $25,000 bail for allegedly chasing his former girlfriend, Diane Mansfield, down with his car and threatening to kill himself in front of her.
William Wray, 47, faces a felony charge of burglary, misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, gross or negligence operation of a motor vehicle and domestic assault.
Wray entered not guilty pleas on all charges.
March 2, Wray allegedly broke into Mansfield’s house and waited for her to return home.

Holland Pulls Wonson Out of Derby Wind Debate

March 20, 2012

HOLLAND - The Holland Select Board Monday night decided that Mitch Wonson would no longer represent the board in the Derby Line wind project. This follows on the heels of Wonson being defeated by Aaron Nadeau for a position on the Holland Planning Commission at the last Town Meeting.
Wonson was on the Holland Planning Commission in 2007 and wrote the town plan. The plan recommended the adoption of a town policy on commercial energy generation facilities, and a policy was adopted in November. That policy is now on hold in Holland after some uproar occurred in the town.

Holland Pulls Wonson Out of Derby Wind Debate

March 20, 2012

HOLLAND - The Holland Select Board Monday night decided that Mitch Wonson would no longer represent the board in the Derby Line wind project. This follows on the heels of Wonson being defeated by Aaron Nadeau for a position on the Holland Planning Commission at the last Town Meeting.
Wonson was on the Holland Planning Commission in 2007 and wrote the town plan. The plan recommended the adoption of a town policy on commercial energy generation facilities, and a policy was adopted in November. That policy is now on hold in Holland after some uproar occurred in the town.

March 19th

Local Physician and Nurse Join a Medical Mission to Ethiopia

March 19, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Some people take time off to travel to tropical paradises such as Florida, the Caribbean, or Hawaii to relax and unwind. Larry Sisson, MD and his wife, Nancy Sisson, LPN, as well as two other friends in the medical community went on a 10-day trip in November, but it was far from a vacation.
The group traveled to the rural reaches of the African country of Ethiopia to provide the people of the impoverished nation with modern healthcare.

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