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March 12th, 2012

Orleans Store Burglaried

March 12, 2012

ORLEANS, VT - Chief Lone Cloud, also known as Ralf Swett, reported that the Feathers store on Main Street in Orleans was burglarized last Thursday night.
The culprits broke one of the front doors and ransacked the place. An estimated $10,000 in items was taken, including all the computers. The store was also trashed.

Expensive Options for State Patients

March 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A new state hospital is on the minds of many Vermont lawmakers. Both Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Orleans/Essex) and Rep. Lynn Batchelor covered the topic in detail during yesterday’s Legislative Breakfast held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Last year floodwaters caused extensive damage to the Vermont State Hospital as well as other buildings at the state complex in Waterbury. Legislators now have the task of finding replacement facilities.

March 8th

Jay Peak: Rock Solid and Moving Forward

March 8, 2012

JAY, VT - "We have over-delivered. We're very proud of that." That's the word from Jay Peak's Bill Stenger.
Jay Peak Resort recently had a contract falling out with their E5 agent and broker, Rapid USA Visas. The firm shot out a widely-circulated email criticizing Jay Peak Inc. and it's affiliates.
Jay Peak Resort's CEO, Bill Stenger, said he was "hurt" by the accusations and called them "factually incorrect."

Newport Initiates Community Watch Program

March 8, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Some residents reacting to crimes in the region have started a community watch. Individuals are mostly concerned with burglaries.
Would-be robbers start by checking a home. “If nobody is home, they try the door to see if it is unlocked,” said Newport Police Chief J. Paul Duquette. “If it’s unlocked, they go in. If it’s not unlocked, lots of time they boot the door, go in, do a quick smash and grab and get out.” 
Some homes have been robbed even while people are sleeping in them.
Police are particularly concerned with thieves stealing guns from area homes.

Recount Sought in Derby Tax Collector Race

March 8, 2012

DERBY - The race for the Derby Tax Collector was very close with the challenger winning by two votes.
Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle, who has served the town as the Delinquent Tax Collector since 2006, has officially asked for a recount. Normally a request for a recount would go to the town clerk, but in this case it went to Assistant Town Clerk Nancy Gosselin, who is the presiding officer.
The town’s board of civil authority, which is the justices of the peace, will conduct the recount Monday evening.

March 7th

Lake Region Fans Span Generations

March 7, 2012

BARTON - Eugene Atwood and four-month-old Brooklyn Darling came out to cheer on the Lady Rangers during their 50-34 win over BFA-Fairfax. Full story on page six of Thurday's Newport Daily Express.

Towns and Villages Intervene in Derby Wind Project

March 7, 2012

DERBY, VT - Three members of the Derby Select Board met last Friday night and voted unanimously to file as interveners with the Public Service Board in the matter of Encore Redevelopment and the Derby Line wind project.
Brian Smith, the chairman, was absent that night but, according to select board member Karen Jenne, Smith called the other board members to voice his support for intervention. Jenne, Beula-Jean Shattuck, and Steven Gendreau all voted yes.
In addition to Derby Town, the Town of Holland and the Villages of Derby Line and Derby Center also decided to file as interveners.

Newport Town Raises School Budget In Light of Teacher Negotiations

March 7, 2012

NEWPORT TOWN – Most articles passed with little to no discussion in Newport Town Tuesday night. This includes the $2.5 million school budget. Prior to the vote, school board member Glenn Foster did a Power Point presentation that explained the revenues and expenses that showed a surplus. Ernest Choquette asked why the board is asking for an increase when the school has a surplus. The answer came from School Board Chair Wilma Therrien.

Eden Rejects Superfund

March 7, 2012

EDEN, VT - In a resounding vote, the residents of the Town of Eden decided to not have the asbestos mine declared an EPA Superfund site.
After a very brief presentation by Lynn Noah highlighting the issues that were raised at two prior public hearings, the moderator called for a vote. The vote, by paper ballot, had three favoring the designation and 106 in opposition.

Brighton Has New Town Clerk

March 7, 2012

ISLAND POND, VT - After 31 years, the Town of Brighton has a new town clerk and treasurer.
Teresa Potwin emerged as the winner in a contested race for these positions.
With 344 votes, Potwin defeated challengers Tracy Acebo (8 votes), Robin Castonguay (66 votes), and Jennifer Hanlon (34 votes) for the position of town clerk. Potwin also received 321 votes for town treasurer, besting Acebo (8 votes), Castonguay (80 votes) and Hanlon (34 votes).

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