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September 18th, 2011
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Thursday, the Vermont Public Service Board held a public hearing over the Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) Network to give Vermonters input on Smart Meters and Smart Grid technology.
Smart Meters enable utility companies to read electric meters without the need of going to the customerâ€™s house. Smart meters can send data over the utility line or wirelessly over the airwaves.
ORLEANS COUNTY - A rash of burglaries and thefts have prompted state police to provide 24-hour coverage in this area.
Normally, local state police sign off at 2 a.m. and don't come back until several hours later. That is unless something major happens.
Sgt. Larry Smith from the Derby barracks said local state police added 24-hour patrols after a gunman fired shots into the windows of mini-marts in Orleans and Lyndonville on Thursday Sept. 8. Smith said no more shootings occurred and police ceased that practice for a few days but started again after the recent burglaries.
ORLEANS COUNTY- After more than 50 years, an organization of womenâ€™s groups, who worked to better themselves as well as their communities, is now coming to an end.
The Orleans County Extension Homemakers, which provided support to various groups throughout Orleans County, is officially no longer in existence.
The Derby Homemakers also disbanded. The Extension held its final annual meeting Tuesday evening in Derby Line where they enjoyed a meal and were entertained by local attorney and violinist Gertrude Miller.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For 42 years, Vermonters turned to WCAX newsman Marselis Parsons for the latest and in-depth news. For 25 of those years, Parsons served as news director and anchor.
Even though he retired in 2009, Parsons continues to report the occasional story.
On Wednesday, Parsons spoke at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series held at the Goodrich Memorial Library.
Parsons, 67, who has an obvious passion for news and storytelling, spoke about his time as a journalist and anchor. Part of his presentation included anecdotes of his time at the station.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ On Wednesday, Judge Robert Bent handed down a three year deferred sentence to Matthew Farnsworth, 25, of Newport, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and a felony charge of second-degree unlawful restraint.
On Dec. 14, 2010, a woman went to the Newport Police Department to report that she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, Farnsworth, at his apartment. She said she used to live at the apartment with Farnsworth and still had personal property there.
DERBY LINE- Derby Line may be the home for two large wind turbines by the end of next year, and some are questioning the side effects of turbines in close proximity to residential homes.
Grand View Farm, owned by the Davis Family, would host one turbine, and the other would be on the adjacent Chase Farm, an area known for high quality wind. The question of whether or not wind turbines cause adverse health effects remains on-going and controversial.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Once again the Newport City Council, on Monday night, got flooded with comments, concerns and questions over installing water meters in every home. This was the second of the three public hearings that are required before residents vote on the issue in November. Most apartment units, commercial buildings and some homes already have water meters installed.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ On Saturday, Sept. 24 downtown Newport will be the hub of a festival celebrating the most colorful time of the year â€“ fall. Phil White and Chris Johansen, representing Vermontâ€™s North Country Chamber of Commerce, pitched the idea of a foliage festival to the city council Monday evening.
White said the plan is to organize a foliage festival in the place where Vermont's foliage starts, the Canadian Border. The festival part of the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Tour will start on Monday, Sept. 26.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For years, Newport had grand, beautiful hotels on its Main Street, as seen in the yellowed photos from the Richardson-Cartee photo collection that have been printed on paper placemats and distributed throughout the area.
If Frank and Michelle Richardi, owners of Lago Tratoria, have their way, a hotel will once again grace Newport's downtown.
The Richardis want to open a 20-room hotel and restaurant on top of their existing restaurant.
DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission was split on a motion to grant Bill Simendinger a demolition permit to tear down two commercial Derby Line buildings.
The hearing on the issue, which had been tabled, was reopened Monday evening and then closed following brief testimony. Planners went into deliberative session, emerged, and a motion to grant the demolition permit with a condition was made by planner Dave LaBelle and seconded by planner Jim Bumps.