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January 30th, 2012

Illuzzi Tackles the Health Exchange Program

January 30, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – By Jan. 1, 2014, all states will need a Health Exchange program up and running. Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Orleans/Essex) of Derby spoke to business leaders at the North Country Career Center yesterday about the exchange.
The law came about when the individual and small group insurance market in America essentially collapsed, Illuzzi said. “If you did not have the opportunity to purchase insurance through a group, you were pretty much on your own."

Trashed

January 30, 2012

ORLEANS - State Police reported that this vehicle, owned by Trevor Royer of Irasburg, was vandalized in the Park & Ride area on VT RT 5 in Orleans.
"Vandalized" is probably an understatement. The vehicle had been smashed, rammed, had the windows shot out of it, and was pushed over an embankment.
The incident occurred between 9 PM and 11:30 PM on Jan. 14. So far, this is the only vandalism incident in the area that has been reported to the Newport Daily Express.

Morgan, Holland Schools Tackle Rising Costs, Fewer Kids

January 30, 2012

MORGAN/HOLLAND, VT - The smaller schools in the district are looking at different options to handle rising costs and low student population.
E. Taylor Hatton School in Morgan has a student population of 33 for kindergarten through sixth grade.
The school's administration is concerned about meeting the students’ needs both socially as well as academically, said Interim Principal Miriam Benson.
For example, there is no technology teacher at the school.

January 29th

Farmers Take to the Slopes at Jay

January 29, 2012

JAY – There’s no doubt that farmers are some of the hardest working people. Friday, Jay Peak Resort showed everyone’s appreciation of farmers with the 30th annual Farmer Appreciation Day. 
“It’s a day to get off the farm, come out and experience some snow, skiing and snowboarding,” said J.J. Toland, Director of Communications for the resort. Activities throughout the day included three free lift tickets and $15 tickets for anything above that. Farmers received discounted water park passes.
Toland stressed Farmer Appreciation is not a marketing strategy effort for the resort. 

Students Protest Charges

January 29, 2012

NEWPORT - A hearing on the case of the two Sterling College students arrested on Lowell Mountain was heard Thursday in Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division.
The students’ attorney, Kristina Michelson, filed motions for the case to be dismissed.
David Martorana and Trevor Ring were arrested on Lowell Mountain on Nov. 16. The two were among several people occupying the mountain and opposed to the construction of the wind project currently underway, but both students said they did not want to get arrested.

New Owners Bring New Ideas to Margie’s Half Off Cards

January 29, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A long time Newport business has new owners. Lisa and Alan Desroches of Coventry have purchased Margie’s Half Off Cards from Margie and Larry Cummings of Montgomery Center.
The Desroches renamed the store to Suzy-Lynn’s Gifts & 1/2 Cards after their daughters, six-year-old Julia Suzanne and 18-year-old Natashia Lynn. Natashia is a freshmen at Lyndon State College. The Desroches also have a son, Nathaniel, who lives in the Woodsville, N.H., area.
Lisa Desroches always wanted to own her own business. “I call it a dream come true,” she said.

January 26th

Journalist Wants Charge Dismissed in Lowell Wind Project Case

January 26, 2012

NEWPORT – A motion hearing was held Thursday morning on the case of the journalist who was arrested while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain. Attorney Phil White representing Chris Braithwaite, Publisher of the Barton Chronicle, had filed a motion to dismiss.
Judge Robert Garety, Jr. asked both parties if either had come across a case with similar circumstances so that he could review what the other judge’s thoughts were on the matter in helping with his decision. Neither party had come across any similar cases.

Judge Gives Jail Time to Man Who “Hurt People”

January 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – David Wells, 49, of Newport, entered pleas of guilty to a variety of misdemeanor charges in Orleans County Court Thursday.
One charge was petit larceny for stealing Valerie Meggison's Teddy bear on Oct. 16, 2011.Meggison called 911 to report that Wells had fled from her residence with the bear. She told Officer Charles Moulton that she and Wells had purchased five “Tall Boy” beer cans at Azur’s Market and returned to her residence where Wells consumed the beer and vodka. Wells took the bear when Meggison refused to give him more alcohol.

North Country Doctors Support CEO, Administration

January 26, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Twenty-five physicians and medical personnel have come out publicly in support of North Country Hospital's CEO Claude Fort and the hospital's board of trustees in a letter to the Newport Daily Express.

Current Use Tax Penalties Could Soon Change Under Proposed Bill

January 26, 2012

MONTPELIER – Property owners involved in Current Use may soon pay a different amount if they decide to take their property out of the program. The bill is now in the Vermont Senate Committee of Rules. The House approved the bill last year.

 

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