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February 23rd, 2012

DECA Store Brings in the Gold

February 23, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The School-Based Enterprise (SBE) at North Country Career Center of Newport, VT, was among 137 school stores in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The students who worked on the certification were senior Alisha Duncan, juniors Tyler Paxman and Aidan Smith, assisted by advisors Sue Birchard and Lydia Alexander.

February 22nd

Ash Wednesday Fire Attacks Mansonville Church

February 22, 2012

MANSONVILLE, QUE - One of the three active churches in Potton Township was seriously damaged Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in its steeple. Around 8:30 a.m., a passerby happened to notice smoke billowing out of the steeple of the St-Cajetan Catholic Church, which was rebuilt following a fire in 1950. The passerby called the local fire department.
The church is on Principale Street.

What’s In A Barn?

February 22, 2012

DERBY – Youngsters visiting the Orleans County Fair Grounds in Barton this summer will have an opportunity to learn where food comes from thanks to two mini barns built by North Country Career Center Building Trades Students. The class will build two additional ones.
The building trades class, which consists of North Country Union High School and Lake Region Union High School students, meets at the North Country land lab in Derby.

Committee Members Sought to Select New Career Center Director

February 22, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The North Country Union High School Board has started the process of finding a new director for North Country Career Center.
Director Richard Hoffman handed in his resignation to the Human Resources Committee last week. The full board approved it at the Tuesday meeting. Hoffman will continue to serve the career center until June 30.

February 21st

Businesses Fret Details of 19-Month Bridge Fix

February 21, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Individuals concerned with the replacement of the Long Bridge met with city and project officials at the Newport City Council Room yesterday afternoon.
Work will start March 5 and will be complete around Oct. 18, 2013, 19 months later. Workers will typically be on site from 6 a.m. to about 5 p.m. However, there might be times when workers want to remain on the jobsite later.
The majority of public concerns came from business owners in Railroad Square. John Robillard from Poulin Grain wanted to make sure his company would be able to operate during construction.

Wind Blows Hot in Derby

February 21, 2012

DERBY - Controversy continues to mount over the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
Vicky and Daniel Lewis live on Whittier Road, about one mile from where one of the turbines would be located. The Lewises came to the Derby Select Board's regular meeting, Monday evening, prepared with information and many questions for the board.

Principal, Board Chair Defend City School Budget Increase

February 21, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - The Newport City School Board outlined its 2012-2013 budget to the city council Monday evening. Residents will vote on the budget on Town Meeting Day. The budget this year has a 4.98 percent increase.
Principal Stephen Earley, who presented the budget with school board chairman Leo Willey, said the school board had level funded the budget for the past five years. The increase would mean about a $44 increase on a $100,000 home.

February 20th

Cardboard Rocks!

February 20, 2012

ISLAND POND, VT - The last event during the Island Pond Winter Carnival on Sunday was the cardboard sled race, organized and sponsored by Reno and Jeanne Gervais.
Winners took away trophies for their efforts.
Brendan Jenks of Ferdinand won best decorated sled with his race car theme. First place winner was Mary Odonnel, second was Alison Gray and third went to Ryan Higgins.
The race was sponsored by Reno and Jeanne Gervais of Gervais Plumbing and Heating.
Twenty-eight homemade sleds of all shapes and sizes competed in the event, which included a race for the kids and one for the adults.

Career Center Director Leaving in June

February 20, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The North Country Union High School Board will be looking for a new director for the North Country Career Center.
Richard Hoffman confirmed Monday that he handed in his resignation at last Tuesday’s Resources Committee meeting. Human Resources approved the request with regret. The full board will act on the resignation at tonight’s monthly meeting.

Wind Developer Considers $15,000 Annual “Gesture” to Holland

February 20, 2012

HOLLAND - After months of consideration, planning and analyzing, the developers proposing to build two turbines just east of Derby Line are making an offer to the town of Holland.
Although the two turbines will not be located in the town of Holland, the turbines would be located near the town line and visible in many places throughout the town. The turbines planned are more than 400 feet tall at the tip of the blade and are slated for Grandview Farm, owned by the Davis Family, and Smugglers Hill Farm, owned by the Chase family.

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