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September 18th, 2012

BAD WATER PIPES DEMAND ACTION

September 18, 2012

DERBY/DERBY LINE - The water pipes on Elm Street in Derby Line do not have enough water pressure to put out fires in an effective manner. They are too small.
The issue came to light over the summer when an Elm Street home caught fire. The fire department got the fire under control, but it took longer than it should have, said fire Chief Craig Ellam. “We were hampered by the low water pressure. It’s a bad system,” Ellam said.

September 17th

END OF THE ROAD

September 17, 2012

LOWELL – Approximately 120 oversized and overweight trucks rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby and onto Interstate 91 before exiting in Orleans and continuing on to the Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell.
The trucks caused few reported problems. Traffic delays were up to 20 minutes near corners and the rollover accident caused one side of the Interstate to be closed down for several hours.

Hoffer Challenges Illuzzi for Auditor

September 17, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The state auditor’s office needs more transparency and more accountability, said Democrat Doug Hoffer who is challenging Vince Illuzzi for the position of state auditor in November.
“I think people have the right to expect that the auditor’s office audit itself," Hoffer said. “Right now, if you were curious about the auditor’s budget, you could never find the details because he doesn’t post them.”
Hoffer stressed that current auditor Tom Salmon, who is not seeking reelection, does not keep the information a secret and will provide it upon request.

LOCAL DEMS REVVED UP

September 17, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The November General Election is about eight weeks away and Democrats are moving full speed ahead in an effort to outdo their Republican counterparts. Friday evening, local Democrats held a launch party at the Gateway Center where area residents had the chance to meet party candidates, enjoy refreshments and take in breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog.
The message Orleans County Chair Judy Bevans took away from the Democratic National Convention earlier this month is that the party has a message: “Press it Forward.”

September 16th

LOWELL WIND: THE FINAL TREK

September 16, 2012

LOWELL – The final oversized truckload shipment destined for Green Mountain Power’s wind turbine farm on Lowell Mountain will roll through today, but will take a different route.
The final truckload will contain the repaired tower base, which was damaged in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 in mid-July.
At the time of the accident, the truck driver reportedly got too close to the shoulder of the road and the trailer rolled causing some damage to the component. Roadwork was occurring on the Interstate at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

Speaking of Power....

September 16, 2012

DERBY - Some residents of Derby experienced a temporary power outage Sunday when a motor vehicle ran into and snapped a utility pole, downing lines on RT 5 in Derby.
Joannalynn Robishaw of Derby, VT, was north of Walt's Sales and Service and headed towards Derby in this Dodge Caravan when she went to reach for an item and her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane of travel, said police. To avoid hitting an oncoming car, Robishaw crossed the northbound lane and struck a telephone pole, snapping it in half.

CLERK FACES AUDITOR’S REPORT

September 16, 2012

COVENTRY – Selectmen and Coventry Treasurer Cindy Diaz will meet at the Community Center tonight to discuss a situation report, submitted by Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon in August, that raises some questions about accounting practices in the town office.
Diaz is also the town clerk.
“I don’t know if there is enough in that report to really say there is any wrongdoing or not,” said Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte. “I think we need to continue on with this report and an audit of our own that will work off this.”  

September 13th

INSPIRED TO WIN

September 13, 2012

BARTON - Smashing and crashing his Cadillac Eldorado to his second consecutive championship in the demolition derby at this year’s Orleans County Fair, one thing his fellow derby drivers have learned about Tim Hunt of Derby Line throughout the years is never to count him out, even when his car is smashed almost beyond recognition.
In addition to these consecutive first place wins, he has numerous other trophies for his many years as a demo derby warrior.
“I have a total of about 40 trophies, including my first place wins,” Hunt said.

BIKE FOR BABIES SATURDAY!

September 13, 2012

LOWELL, VT - This Saturday, Sept. 15, participating motorcyclists will leave from Cajun's snack bar in Lowell at 11 AM for a 60-mile tour of the Lowell, Montgomery area of Northern Vermont. The motorcycle ride-in is to raise funds for two non-profit organizations, Project Cuddle and the Rocking Horse Program, for the betterment of families. Road Captains Dana Lesperance, Rich Lawrence and Benoit Guay will get us safely through our travels.

The Chuck Berry Concert That Almost Fizzled, Part 2

September 13, 2012

(Editor’s note: Last week, filmmaker and arts impresario Jay Craven began telling his story of the day and night he spent trying to get Chuck Berry to honor his contract and perform in the Northeast Kingdom. He continues his story this week, picking up with his breakthrough, wheedling Berry’s home phone number from his agent at the William Morris Agency, who had called the day before the scheduled Lyndonville show to announce that Berry would not attend.)
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