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May 15th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport, Boundary, and Sherbrook Rotary Clubs met at the Eastside Restaurant on Monday evening to introduce five South African professionals who were selected to visit and learn about business practices in the United States and Canada. The three Rotary clubs are a part of a district that includes southern Quebec and northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Approximately 60 Rotarians attended the dinner meeting and learned more about each of the five visitors.
JAY â€“ â€śService above selfâ€ť has long been Rotary Internationalâ€™s motto. Now, with the assistance of the Newport Rotary Club, that tradition is moving to a new generation of Rotarians, with North Country Union High Schoolâ€™s Interact Club.
Members of the Interact Club and the Newport Rotary Club met at Jay Peak Resort Friday for Interact Clubâ€™s official kickoff. The day included inspirational speeches, time at the resortâ€™s water park and a luncheon.
DERBY â€“ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NEKHS) is moving forward on its plan to construct a facility in Derby's commercial district on the Crawford Road.
Currently, NEKHS has three locations in the Newport area: one on Dutchess Street in Newport, one on the Lake Road, and the other on Citizens Road in Derby. These locations will be combined into one location in Derby.
Plans are to construct a 30,200-square foot facility with approximately 132 parking places on five acres. A new water and sewer line will be installed along with a fire hydrant.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Late Saturday, fire destroyed the home of Charles Roberts, father of 16-year-old Dustin Roberts who passed away in February after a long battle with cancer.
Firefighters were called to Number 12 Road just past 11 p.m. for a fully engulfed structure fire.
â€śWhen we got there, the house was fully involved,â€ť said Kurk Flynn, Newport Center Fire Chief. â€śWe called for extensive mutual-aid from North Troy, Jay, Troy, Irasburg and Newport City.â€ť
Firefighters had the blaze under control in about three hours but remained on the scene until 6 a.m.
DERBY, VT - It's no secret that IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County) has had a struggle to establish itself and survive, especially in an economy that has dried up much of its funding and drained its supporters.
Nevertheless, IROC has continued to offer much needed services to area communities. Few people want to see it go.
But that is just what might happen, as the organization faces foreclosure proceedings from Community National Bank and Rural Development.
DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD, QUE. â€“ Stanstead can now officially intervene on the proposed Derby Line Wind project, according to an order by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued May 9.
Stanstead residents and town officials are in an uproar over the proposed project and have held rallies against it. Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil even threatened to shut off the water to Beebe Plains, VT, if Vermont towns and villages on the border support the project.
The Town of Stanstead requested to intervene because of the proximity of the project to Stanstead residents, according to the motion.
DERBY â€“ Itâ€™s business as usual for WMOO-FM and WIKE-AM, even though its parent company, Nassau Broadcasting, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy filing includes all stations the company owns in New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Â Â
Rumors that the stations have been sold have been circulating for the past couple of weeks.
â€śThereâ€™s been an offer on them, but they havenâ€™t been sold,â€ť said general manager Michael Waggoner, â€śMOO will always be MOO.â€ť
NEWPORT, VT - It was Derby Day at Lago Tratoria, where ladies and gents were dressed in their finery to celebrate the most famous horse race in American history, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
This yearâ€™s race at Churchill Downs was won by #19, Iâ€™ll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez of Vancouver.
The Newport event was a fundraiser for the Renaissance Corporation. Participants paid a door fee, engaged in a silent auction, and even had a Derby hat contest, with the ladies appearing in their finest millinery.
BRIGHTON, VT - The Brighton Baptist Church sits along Rt. 114's southern shoulder as it slopes into the town of Island Pond.
A railroad town with a rich history, Island Pond was once a bustling hub marking the halfway point on the Portland-Montreal railroad line. It was and still is in many circles regarded as â€śthe gateway to the Northeast Kingdom.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Vermont Department of Tourism is holding five press events throughout the week.
Each conference showcases the attributes of a community. Yesterdayâ€™s event took place at the Gateway Center.
Jen Butson, director of communications for Vermont Tourism and Marketing, said the state welcome 13.7 million visitors a year, which amounts to $1.5 billion in revenues and supports 11.5 percent of jobs in the state.