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February 19th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two years ago, Fr. Shiju Chittattukkara, S.D.V, left his home in southern India to spread the Catholic word in the United States. His first stop was St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Last Thursday, Chittattukkara left Newport to serve at Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island, N.Y.
Chittattukkara came to Newport as an assistant pastor to Father Michael Reardon. Chittattukkara had been a priest for a year and a half before coming to Newport. This was his first time in the United States. Prior to coming to the Northeast Kingdom, he knew nothing about Newport.
NORTH TROY â€“ The Troy School Board held a special meeting Wednesday evening to outline plans to renovate and improve the Troy Elementary School. The board is asking voters to approve a $2,208,000 bond Tuesday, Feb. 21.
"The Troy School was built in 1978 and has had very little done to it in the past 34 years,â€ť states an informational sheet handed out to voters.
The heating system and sprinkler system are in the process of breaking down. The committee would like to replace the dry sprinkler system with a less expensive wet one.
DERBY - Derby Line Village Clerk Karen Jenne, who also serves on the Derby Select Board, was one of four area residents to go to Montpelier Monday for a prehearing conference on the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
The Derby Line Trustees and the Village of Derby Center Trustees authorized Jenne to represent each at the hearing. Jenne was also authorized to represent the International Water Company.
BRIGHTON - The Island Pond Chamber of Commerce proved the third time was a charm with their latest dinner theater fundraiser.
The â€śfree-wheelinâ€™ murder mysteryâ€ť written and directed by Susan-Lynn Johns took place the last weekend in January at the American Legion. â€śMurder with a Country Twangâ€ť was presented during dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28, to a packed house. On on Sunday, Jan. 29, guests had a choice of desserts to choose from during an afternoon show.
During each show, several door prizes were presented and Director Johns was presented with a gift from the cast.
NEWPORT â€“ The Northeast Kingdom Elementary Music Festival was Wednesday night, February 15, at the Newport City Elementary School Gymnasium. Students from local schools took part in the music festival.
The concert started off with the The Honors Band, directed by Emily Piller. The band played songs like "Plaza de Toros," "Londonderry Air," and Bonse Aba."
The concert concluded with the Honors Chorus, directed by Wendell Hughes and accompanied by Carolyn Hillreigel. The children sang songs like "Finding Our Way Back Home," "Starry Night," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The North Country Union High School Business and Operations Committee decided Tuesday night not to face the issue regarding payments on the new track until after voters decide on the 2012-2013 budge. The budget comes up for a vote on Town Meeting Day next month.
Board Member Richard Cartee of Newport City said he did not want to get into a great discussion about the issue until voters approve the budget, something he said board members worked hard on.
JAY PEAK - The Jay Peak resort has three flagship restaurants on the premises, each with a great taste and distinctive flavor. About two weeks ago, the Clubhouse Grille, which is the winter headquarters of the Nordic Cross Country Ski Center, introduced a new menu with Mexican food as the theme.
DERBY - This year Derby has a contested race for delinquent tax collector.
Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle has held the position for the last several years. This year her assistant Mary Ann Tetreault is vying for the position.
Tetreault says that she wants to work with people and give them more options. Many people have suggested that Tetreault seek the position, Tetreault said, and she has decided to go for it. She said she knows that some other towns handle delinquent taxes a bit differently than Derby, and she wants to explore some of those options for the town.
DERBY, VT - An impromptu motor vehicle rescue team consisting of Merrill Crawford and his friends (Ed and Alan) tackled pulling this 2500 GMC out of Lake Memphremagog at Strawberry Acres.
The vehicle had crashed through the ice when the driver â€śtried to cross a pressure reef,â€ť Crawford said. He also said the driver politely declined to be identified.
The truck had been on the lake bottom for three days and was pulled to safety Wednesday, Feb. 8. No one was hurt in the incident.
The men had to slice away the ice with a chainsaw to complete the rescue.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A large crowd filled the Waterfront Cinema Saturday evening for a showing of two Vermont made films, Tin Can and Soul Keeper. Newport Native Tim Kavanagh, who appeared in the film, and Scott Wheeler of Derby organized the event.
Intrinsic Films and Samson Production produced Tin Can. Projection Films and Samson Productions produced Soul Keeper. Kavanagh produced and appeared in both films. Steve Maas, also a native to the Northeast Kingdom, wrote, appeared and produced Tin Can. Maas also worked on Soul Keeper.