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August 22nd, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board and school administrators went â€śback to schoolâ€ť Tuesday night as the monthly meeting focused on the school board's role as it relates to the community, students, administration and each other in their role managing an educational institution.
Harry Frank, Associate Director of Board Development for the Vermont School Boards Association, presented a series of topics that define the role and goals of a high school board.
BARTON â€“ A thief wearing a wolf mask broke into Bartonâ€™s Memory Lane during the very early hours Tuesday morning and stole between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of merchandise and a 400-pound safe.
The thieves stole gold and sterling silver jewelry, diamond earrings and other things.
It took years to build up the lost stock, store owners Dan and Catherine McMaster said. Most of the jewelry came from estates and many of the pieces were one of a kind. Some of the pieces were 100 years old.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Newport City Council Monday scrambled to sign a resolution for the police departmentâ€™s new 2013 Ford Interceptor cruisers â€“ both of them, even though the council had initially approved the purchase or lease of only one.
â€śWe need to approve it because the police cars have already been delivered,â€ť said city manager John Ward Jr. â€śThey were ordered in January.â€ť
The department also had to order a new cage for the cruisers because the existing ones don't fit the new cruisers.
DERBY â€“ Close to 100 people packed into the Derby Town Office Monday evening for the select boardâ€™s regular meeting. Most were there to hear about and discuss the pending resignation of town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle.
During the meeting, Daigle announced that Sept. 30 will be her last day.
Daigle told the select board during an executive session several weeks ago that she had found a new job.
Daigle said she did not want to leave the town in a bind so she hired and was training Faye Morin so that come Town Meeting Day a candidate would be ready to take over Daigle's job.
BARTON â€“ The Orleans County Fair ended with a battle to the death during the long-anticipated Demolition Derby Sunday. Fans cheered while mud, dust, smoke and the sound of crunching metal filled the air.
This yearâ€™s Demo Derby fielded 96 cars: 59 four cylinders and 37 six and eight cylinders. The drivers of the four cylinders faced off against each other as did the drivers of the six and eight cylinders.
NEWPORT â€“ The protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain for unlawful trespass were found guilty by a jury Wednesday evening after a day-long trial. The protesters were on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing a wind turbine farm.
The self-proclaimed â€śLowell Sixâ€ť say they are disappointed by the verdict but will continue their advocacy for Vermont ridgelines.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Roderick and Irene Ames of Morgan did not get all the necessary permits before installing a solar panel array at their Bobbin Mill Road property in Newport City and now the neighbors are wondering what they can do about it.Â
The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) is considering sanctions against the couple for starting the project without the certificate of public good. The couple will meet with the public service board tomorrow.
NEWPORT - The Armory building is among several National Guard facilities in Vermont that will receive upgrades this year.
The first order of business it to expand parking to include secured parking for vehicles and equipment. The secured parking area will at least double in size and will be fenced in with security lighting added. Additional parking will allow for visitors to not have to park on the lawn as the upgraded area will be paved. The secured parking lot will accommodate more Humvees and trucks.
DERBY LINE - Phil Gosselin, originally from Newport, moved to New York City, after graduating from North Country High School, and pursued his dreams in theater. Now he's returned to the area to direct a musical at the Haskell.
Gosselin is directing the longest running musical in the world: "The Fantasticks." This is Gosselin's first endeavor with directing and it's going great; Gosselin could not be happier, he said.
â€śThere is just something about live theater,â€ť he said.
RUTLAND â€“ Republican Wendy Wilton, a former state senator from Rutland County and current treasurer for the City of Rutland, hopes voters will elect her as the next state treasurer.
Wilton faces off against incumbent Democrat Beth Pearce of Barre City and Progressive Don Schramm of Burlington in the November election. All candidates are running unopposed in their respective parties.
Wilton, a University of Vermont graduate, is a mother of two college age children. She is very concerned about the stateâ€™s fiscal future and the younger generation.