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June 11th, 2012
MORGAN - It was a bitter-sweet day for Morgan students Friday, their last day of school. They were sad as the E. Taylor Hatton School is closing, but happy as many are looking forward to attending Derby Elementary School.
Morgan voters decided at the March Town Meeting to send the 34 kindergarten through sixth grade students to Derby rather than keeping the school open.
Principal Miriam Benson said the transition has gone smoothly and now itâs not that big of a deal. "We're all moving on and itâs good, but weâre all going to miss Morgan, of course.â
ORLEANS â âMove forward â the only direction. Canât be scared to fail â search and perfection.â
Those were the words Lake Region Union High School Senior Tyler Vezina brought to his fellow graduates Sunday. He was quoting Shawn âJay-Zâ Carter.
Darren Perron, a 1991 Lake Region Graduate and WCAX-TV anchor, introduced Vezina, who did an internship at the television station and presented this yearâs student address. Vezina called himself a regular guy who is good at public speaking. He told the class that graduation is the end of many things.
NEWPORT - Approximately 235 students graduated from North Country Union High School in the 45th commencement ceremony Saturday. Although skies were blue without a cloud in sight, the uncertain weather forecast prompted plans for an indoor event.
Principal William Rivard talked about students experiencing the joys of success and sadness of loss through their high school years. He said the graduates have developed relationships with many who will continue to make a positive difference in their lives as they go into the world and make a positive difference for others.
MARSHFIELD - Sometimes being a good Samaritan just doesn't pay, as two people from Orleans found out when a man pulled a gun on them and chased them at high speeds through Marshfield.
June 8, around 9:50 PM, Dan Greenwood (operator, 36) and Jennifer Eldridge (passenger, 32), both of Orleans, were traveling east on US RT 2 in Marshfield, VT.Â As Greenwood entered the village, he observed a vehicle on the side of the road with the hazard lights flashing and a lone male outside of the vehicle.Â Greenwood stopped to help.
ORLEANS â Thanks to the Whole School Energy Challenge, Lake Region Union High School reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent, saving taxpayers $15,885, and that was enough to make it the top school in a pilot program.
Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Superintendents Association School Energy Management Program and the Vermont Energy Education Program partnered in the program that ran from May 2011 to April 2012.
NEWPORT CITY â Monday evening the council approved a request by Jim Mulkin of JM & MM, for a six-year tax stabilization.
Mulkin wants to build a new 14,000 square foot building on Duchess Street and add a small addition to an existing building, which currently houses Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS).
NEWPORT â Dawn Gray, who is no stranger to the Northeast Kingdom, grew up in Island Pond and she used to deliver papers for the Newport Daily Express. She is now a well-known author and is promoting her newly published book âS.P.I.R.I.T: Fire Storm.â
She will be at the Woodknot Bookshop this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign copies and to discuss any questions you may have about the paranormal.
Gray has published several books that cover many areas of the paranormal and the supernatural, including her first self-published book âRavenâ and a 7-book series âVampire Legacy.â
DERBY - Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) is in the midst of serious financial trouble.
Phil White, the executive director, is making an aggressive effort to stave off foreclosure and keep the doors open with the hope of creating a thriving facility someday. White continues to work without pay.
IROC is in debt for $1.1 million to Community National Bank and U.S. Rural Development and has been unable to make payments. White has sent a letter to each entity and explained a strategic plan to save IROC and to ask for more time to see it through before foreclosure.
ORLEANS COUNTY - U.S. News and World Report has named two local high schools as the best in the nation.
Lake Region Union High School received a Silver Medal Award and North Country Union High School received a Bronze Medal Award.
This is the first time Lake Region received the award and the second for North Country. As far as state ranking is concerned, Lake Region scored as number seven and North Country scored 13. Stowe High School scored number one in the state and received a Gold Medal Award.
U.S. News and World Report posted the announcement on its website last month.
NEWPORT CITY â Chittenden County Stateâs Attorney T.J. Donovan, who is taking on William Sorrell for the office of Vermont Attorney General, made a whirlwind stop in Newport, Monday.
Donovan and Sorrell are both Democrats.Â
âI think itâs time for aÂ change,â said Donovan, when asked why he was going against another Democrat. âI think after 15 years we need new ideas, new energy and new engagement from the office of the attorney general.â
Donovan feels there has been too much political rhetoric on the issue of Vermont Yankee.