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April 2nd, 2013
BARTON â€“ A blaze destroyed a sugarhouse on the East Albany Road last evening.
Firefighters responded around 5:40 p.m. to a fully engulfed building fire. By the time they arrived on the scene, 13-minutes later, the building was already flat, said Fire Chief David Claeys.
For more of this story, see page 8 of Wednesday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for April 3, 2013.
HOLLAND â€“ Students learned about one of the Northeast Kingdom's sweet traditions Monday â€“ how people make maple syrup.
Albert and Berthe Patenaude of Valley View Maple Products opened their sugar house to 180 first, second, and third grade students from the Newport City School.
Over the past few weeks, Holland Elementary School students visited the Patenaude's operation.
Monday's tours, directed by Green Mountain Farm-to-School, were designed to give the children a larger picture of Vermont's culture, Caitlin Loren of Green Mountain Farm-to-School said.
JAY - The development at Jay Peak Resort is causing a surge in traffic and Vermont Route 242 is crumbling beneath it.
The Orleans County side of the mountain is not going to be paved this summer. The state will work on the Montgomery side. But the state is going to repair several deteriorating culverts alongside the road, said Dale Perron with VTrans District 9 in Derby.
For more of this story, see page 1 of Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 2, 2013.
DERBY â€“ IROC was a busy place this weekend, even as it was winding down and preparing to hand over the keys to Community National Bank in the final act of foreclosure.
Crowds packed into the gym for the annual Spring Home and Car Show and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. In the meantime, area children splashed and splattered in the pool as they dove for Easter eggs, with parents close at hand.
IROC fans and supporters paid the building their final respects while enjoying the facility.
TROY - For a fourth time, Troy residents went to the polls yesterday to vote on a bond for improvements and renovations to the town school. With a higher turnout, at 32%, residents voted 168 to 135 to support the bond, according to town lister Karen Rinner.
The cost of the project itself is $889,943. The overall cost estimate, including fees and contingencies, was $1.1 million.
NEWPORT â€“ Diana Mara Henry, retired photojournalist, has decided to make Newport her home. Having had an active life chronicling the emerging feminist movement in the 1960s and '70s, various political campaigns including the 1972 and 1976 Democratic conventions, Jimmy Carterâ€™s election night in Plains, GA, Vietnam veterans, concentration and slave labor camps in Europe, castles and stud farms in France, and special events for socialites and members of the fashion industry, she has come to a quieter setting to publish her lifeâ€™s work and plan speaking engagements and exhibits.
TROY - The Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca has thrown his weight behind attempts to pass a school bond for the Troy Elementary School.
In a letter to North Country Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern, Vilaseca reiterated the list of items sought to be improved by the school board, including traffic flow, drainage problems, a poorly insulated roof, aging heating and ventilation systems, non-compliance with safety codes and security directives, an old sprinkler system, and an electrical system badly in need of upgrades.
LOWELL â€“ Voters will have the opportunity May 7 to reconsider sheriff patrols in Lowell.
In Vermont, the towns pay for sheriff patrols and the state pays for the operational costs. Voters at their annual town meeting earlier this month rejected by 59 to 56 the Orleans County Sheriff's Department budget of $11,186.22. That money would have given residents five hours of patrol time a week. Now, with the exception of the state police, there is no law enforcement in town.
NEWPORT â€“ The Northeast Kingdom has received foreign trade zone status, which allows qualifying companies to import or export products without paying tariffs and taxes.
This designation will benefit businesses, including the foreign companies planning to open in Newport as part of a Bill Stenger and partners' regional economic development initiative, the biotechnology company (AnC Bio Vermont), and the German company Menck Window Systems.
The designation is expected to spur economic development and ease constraints on international commerce.
DERBY CENTER â€“ The North Country Union Junior High School Board created a Community Relations Committee to oversee the creation, distribution and analysis of a community survey for residents of towns with students attending the school.
Board member Maggie Griffith initially raised concerns over the scope and nature of the survey and was joined by new member Scott Boskind, who asked, â€śOnce completed, how are the results used? Certain responses cancel themselves out.... Is the survey necessarily beneficial?â€ť