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July 8th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Members of governing bodies have to be careful what they discuss outside a warned meeting or at an informal gathering. Last week, city attorney Bill Davies outlined to council members what Vermont law allows and doesnâ€™t allow regarding open meeting laws.Â
DERBY - Just as the controversy on wind turbines in Derby was simmering down, a new proposal for a turbine has re-ignited the debate, but at a smaller scale. The Derby Planning Commission heard from a group of residents and a wind developer Monday who brought up many of the same arguments the town heard before, even though the new proposal is for a smaller turbine.
A Derby resident wants to put a small turbine on her property but a nearby neighbor and others are not happy.
JAY, VT -Â Jay Peak has begun work on its $30 million summer improvements project. Renovations to transform the Sky Haus summit tram station into a 120-seat restaurant, and the Austria Haus into a Vermont-styled country store are well underway.
Plus, construction of the new Mountain Learning Center at the Stateside area of the resort will begin at the end of the month. Two new chairlifts will also be online by the time the snow starts to fall.
GLOVER - Shortly after 7 PM Monday, Democrat John S. Rodgers officially launched his candidacy for the Vermont State Senate.
Speaking to a small crowd gathered under a white tent behind the Parker Pie Company in West Glover, VT, Rodgers spoke about his intention to do what is right for his constituents.
Rodgers urged voters to trust his record. Rodgers said that Republican opponent Bob Lewis, who has been endorsed by outgoing state senator Vince Illuzzi, may have been in Montpelier "to occupy a seat," but while Rodgers served in the Vermont House, he was there to get things done.
DERBY - Vermont State Police have reported an attempted burglary at the Lague residence on Ridegehill Drive in Derby.
According to police, a man attempted to punch out a window into a basement bedroom but was confronted by the occupant, Joshua Lague, who was woken by the sound of broken glass. Lague gave chase on foot but the thwarted burglar escaped.
Police believe the burglar may have escaped to a nearby car because evidence suggests a vehicle peeled out, leaving skid marks behind.
BRIGHTON â€“ The wind turbine parts destined for Green Mountain Powerâ€™s (GMP) wind turbine project on the Lowell Mountains are arriving in Island Pondâ€™s train yard. The parts will wait at a staging area at a nearby lumber yard.
Joel Cope, the administrative assistant in Brighton, said there were concerns but the town has worked closely with GMP, the state, and the trucking companies to ensure any issues are addressed.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Police and rescue personnel responded to the area around Habaneroâ€™s Mexican Grill yesterday. What actually happened is a bit unclear.
Newport Ambulance Service responded to the restaurant around 10 a.m., for a report of an unresponsive male in his late 30s. According to scanner reports, the person apparently declined to be transported the hospital. Sources close to the Express state that a local resident found a wallet in a nearby parking lot and turned it over to police.
Police are mum on what actually happened, except to say that they had a call at the restaurant.
NEWPORT â€“ The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) board voted by a wide majority to support a three-year moratorium on industrial size wind developments. The vote Thursday evening at an NVDAâ€™s dinner meeting at Le Belvedere in Newport was about 40 "yes" to about three "no" by a show of hands.
The Executive Committee had asked for a three-year period to suspend new wind turbine projects proposed at over 200 feet tall pending the study of impacts of such developments, costs versus benefits, and potential health effects.
DERBY â€“ Two well-known residents are hoping voters will send them to the state house.Â
Incumbent Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line is seeking her second term. Meanwhile, Loren Shaw, after a four-year hiatus, wants to return to his seat. Batchelor and Shaw, both Republicans, are running unopposed.
Batchelor called serving the people an honor and enjoys being at the statehouse. She serves on the Human Services Committee, which works closely with hospice care, the Department of Children and Families and the Area Agency on Aging.
DERBY - Coutts Moriarty Camp held an open house Friday to celebrate the opening of the new Education Lodge and Dining Hall.
Two years ago this was just a dream, but through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and community businesses, organizations, and board members, the vision for the facility took shape and is now complete and ready for the upcoming season.