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May 24th, 2012

Students Honor Teacher and Friend

May 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Sometimes an educator is more than an educator. He or she is a friend, and that was apparently the case for Shawn Sweet.
Sweet was a welding instructor at the North Country Career Center. He passed away at North Country Hospital, July 23, 2011.
Wednesday, members of what would have been his senior class unveiled a large monument to him in front of the career center.
Students used aluminum to spell out the letters NCCC for the North Country Career Center. 

Newport Bar Has New Owners, New Atmosphere

May 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – There soon will be a new restaurant and pub downtown.
Laurie Staples, owner of Staples Family LLC, will open The Crews Nest next month. It will be located at the former Griff’s Pub. 
The restaurant and pub will have a seating capacity of 52 to 56. It will serve lunch and early bird dinners and have a pub atmosphere in the evenings.
Staples predicts the pub will have a wide customer base including the 20- and 30-year-olds who want to enjoy a drink and some entertainment, such as sports on large screen TVs and possibly music. 

May 23rd

My Life, So Far, with Howard – Part 2.

May 23, 2012

Editor’s note: Tuesday, Jay presented the first part of his dedication speech presented at a recent edition of the Burlington Book Festival. The Festival celebrated the work of the Irasburg writer during an opening night tribute. This week’s installment concludes Jay’s presentation.
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I was raised by a Texas grandmother who turned me on to movies, but the films she took me to were westerns and Tennessee Williams pictures. So while my 7 year-old peers were watching “Dumbo” and “Lady and the Tramp,” I was checking out “Red River” and “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.”

Ye Olde Faire Comes to Derby

May 23, 2012

DERBY – About 160 sixth grade students throughout the North Country Supervisory Union met at Indoor Recreation of Orleans Country (IROC) yesterday for the annual Medieval Fair.
The fair was a year end activity for the students who studied the Renaissance. Newport City School teacher Gina Miller and Derby Elementary School teacher Jeanne Beaudry organized the event, which also served as a transitional meeting for the students who will be attending North Country Union Junior High School in the fall.

Rabid Coon Reported in Derby

May 23, 2012

DERBY - A Derby man reported being bit by a rabid raccoon in Derby yesterday.
Stan Davis, of Nelson Hill Road, arrived at home to find the animal hanging around his house, "acting strange, making pathetic noises and growling," Davis said.
Davis described the animal as three-fourths grown.
Davis' wife kept an eye on the creature as Davis went for a gun, but before Davis could shoot the animal, the raccoon bit Davis in the leg. Davis then chased the coon and eventually killed it.

May 22nd

Coventry Crash

May 22, 2012

COVENTRY - Sunday, the Newport City Police, Vermont State Police, Newport Ambulance Service and the Newport City Fire Department responded to Acrash on Route 105 by Reed Road in Coventry.
The road is under construction and dirt.
Police released no details as of Tuesday evening.

IROC Seeks Financial Support from City

May 22, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Phil White, executive director of Indoor Recreation of Orleans (IROC), asked for money from the Newport City Council Monday evening.
IROC, for the past two or three years, raised $85,000 so that area youth could enjoy the facility at no cost. Next March, IROC officials will ask area towns to support the Youth Initiative Program. The goal is to establish a sustainable source of revenue for youth programming at IROC.

Hellbilly's Hideaway Forced to Close

May 22, 2012

DERBY – A popular area bar is closing its doors this weekend following one last “good-bye bash.”
Serena Morgan, who owns Hellbilly’s Hideaway at the Border Motel with her brother Ira Morgan, said they don't want to close the bar but they have no choice.
“The owner of the motel refuses to pay its water tax,” Morgan said Tuesday morning.

Holland Select Board Opposes Derby Wind Project

May 22, 2012

HOLLAND – All three members of the Holland Select Board are opposed to the proposed Derby Wind project and will hold a vote of the board on Monday, June 4, during the select board’s regular meeting. The meeting will take place at the Holland Elementary School to accommodate a potentially large turnout.

May 21st

My Life, So Far, with Howard

May 21, 2012

Editor’s note: Filmmaker and arts presenter Jay Craven recently completed filming of his newest picture, "Northern Borders," based on a novel by Irasburg writer Howard Frank Mosher. This tribute was written for the occasion of a recent Burlington Book Festival which was dedicated to Mosher. Because of his work adapting Mosher novels into films, Craven was asked to deliver the dedication speech. The following is the first of two installments of Jay’s tribute.
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