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July 29th, 2012
DERBY â€“ More serious problems have come to light with the ancient water system in the Village of Derby Line. Not only is the water dirty with rust and other residue, but low water pressure is hampering firefighters when trying to put out fires.
The home of Debbie Perry caught fire in the early morning hours Saturday. Eighteen Derby Line firefighters responded to the seen with five trucks after receiving a call at 3:20 a.m., Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam said Sunday.
COVENTRY â€“ The thrills at the Newport State Airport this weekend were unbelievable as Lakeview Aviation held its fourth annual air show. The show included stunt flying, airplane displays, airplane rides, a Mustang display and a bounce house for kids. Hundreds of people showed up Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the daring displays.
â€śEverybody has a thing for planes,â€ť said Dan Gauvin, owner of Lakeview Aviation. Part of the purpose for the show is to grow interest in aviation. â€śThis is a state airport. People think itâ€™s for the rich but itâ€™s not; itâ€™s the taxpayerâ€™s airport.â€ť
LOWELL - Green Mountain Power has announced that the first turbine at the Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell has been erected.
"We've made tremendous progress on the project the last couple of months and are eagerly anticipating the project's commissioning," said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. "The mild winter allowed us to ramp construction back up in early April and we've been steadily moving forward since then. Today marks an important milestone in our effort to develop this clean, renewable energy for Vermont."
DERBY LINE â€“ Developer William Simendinger continues to argue his case to build a mini-mart and gas station where two historic buildings stand on Main Street in Derby Lineâ€™s commercial district.
Simendinger, vice president of Champlain Farms (a gas station/mini-mart chain) bought the two buildings quietly a few years ago and revealed his plans for the property later.
Controversy has dogged the project since the beginning.
NEWPORT - It's unusual for a sitting governor to feel heat from an opponent following one term in office, but that seems to be the case as Vermont State Senator Randy Brock takes on Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Brock, a Republican, is capitalizing on the political bruising Shumlin has taken recently for decisions on the Lowell Mountain Wind Project, the Gaz Metro/Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) deal (which essentially overturned an agreement between the state and the utility to reimburse rate payers $21 million), and an incident involving a bear in the night.
DERBY - Derby could win $25,000 in the Pet Safe "Bark for Your Park contest." Derby is trailing Mountain House, CA, and was in second place when the leader board/vote counter went dark this week, adding suspense. But Derby was trailing by about 1,000 votes.
The park is coming to life now, but the money means the difference between a bare bones park, or a very nice one for anyone from anywhere to use for free.
Every dog has its day, so help local dogs get the very best!
NEWPORT CITY â€“ When Eileen Illuzzi became the new interim director of the North Country Career Center earlier this month, she left somewhat of a void with the schoolâ€™s adult services program.
However, thanks to the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS), the void will be short lived.
NEKLS will help with the program that Illuzzi will continue to oversee. Illuzzi has a Vermont Department of Education state license as an Adult Services Coordinator as well as Career Center Director. The Department of Education is okay with the arrangement, at least for now.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In six years of existence, Numia Medical Technology has moved four times. The most recent move for the Northeast Kingdom-based company was to the former Vermont Teddy Bear Factory on Farrant Street in Newport.
MONTPELIER - Vince Illuzzi of Derby, who has served as Orleans/Essex County Senator for more than three decades, has decided to seek the office of Auditor for the State of Vermont.
Illuzzi, a Republican, is going up against Progressive/Democrat Doug Hoffer. Current Auditor Tom Salmon is not seeking re-election.
DERBY LINE - A meeting is scheduled to discuss the possibly of putting a gate at the U.S./Canadian border on Route 5 in Derby Line, and the idea is already generating mixed comments.
Apparently many people are still driving into the United States without checking in at U.S. Customs, and traffic is continuing to build up and create conflict. GSA (U.S. General Services Administration) reached out to Derby Line officials regarding a meeting to address the issue.