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JAY - What seemed to be just a magnificent and almost unbelievable dream on paper has turned into a reality in just a couple of years.
Four years ago, Bill Stenger, co-owner and President of Jay Peak Resort, unveiled plans for development that called for hundreds of millions of dollars. Stenger and his team were steadfast in their dream and it quickly began taking shape and became a huge success story.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Fran and Melanie Azur have donated a large amount of grass-fed beef to area food shelves.
The donation comes just in time for the Christmas holidays. Joe Patrissi, executive director for Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), said at least 300 families went to NEKCA for Thanksgiving baskets, but the organization only had enough for about half of the requests.
DERBY LINE - Federal and state officials have seized the inventory, assets and accounts of a credit union operated out of a home in Derby Line.
Investigators remain tight-lipped on why they seized Border Lodge Credit Union and how they discovered a problem. However, the Credit Union Times (CU Times), an industry publication, reports that the entity was experiencing higher delinquencies recently as well as decreasing protective measures on loan losses.
NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board met briefly Thursday and touched on several subjects of interest, notably that negotiations for a new teachers' contract had been concluded with attorneys for both sides reviewing the document.
Superintendent Robert Kern said an earlier agreement had been reached but a last second objection over the interpretation of some language in the contract proposal sent the matter back to the negotiating table.
Dr. Kern said the major issue was language regarding early retirement and insurance benefits.
DERBY â€“ State Senator Vince Illuzzi might be out of the political game, at least for now, but apparently he will continue to serve Vermonters.
Illuzzi, who served the people of Orleans and Essex Counties, decided not to seek re-election for the senate but instead ran unsuccessfully against Doug Hoffer for state auditor. Now Illuzzi is considering acting as a lobbyist.
During an interview Sunday, Illuzzi said three organizations offered him a contract to do part-time lobbying. After 32 years of being in the state senate, it would be nice to stay involved in some capacity, he said.
JAY, VT â€“ Jay Peak Resort has partnered with Disney and Burton Snowboards and is creating a snowboarding theme park for kids.
Giant pieces of Disney's "Toy Story" theme equipment and statues began arriving at Jay Monday. The park will be a one of a kind: Playtime Burton Riglet Park.
The five-acre park is slated to open mid-January and is for new snowboarders ages three to 12. According to the deal with Disney, statues of familiar â€śToy Storyâ€ť characters will appear in the park along with other features.
ST. JOHNSBURY - Country legend Clint Black performed before an appreciative crowd at Fuller Hall on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy Wednesday.
Black performed 90 minutes and played 21 songs from his long and successful career. He also held a meet and greet.
The native Texan spoke about the cold Vermont temperatures but was willing to weather the storm. This is the farthest north he's been in the United States.
Massachusetts' native Ayla Brown met with fans after opening for Black.
NEWPORT, VT- Actuaries for the Vermont National Education Association working with the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) and Blue Cross Blue Shield are recommending a 14% increase in health care costs this next fiscal year. The increase is due in part to implementation of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly knows as â€śObama Care.â€ť There are several factors driving the highest rate increase proposal since FY '04, which are outlined in a VEHI letter to the business offices of Orleans Central Supervisory Union and North Country Supervisory Union.
NEWPORT â€“ The Barton Chronicle owner and publisher Chris Braithwaite was in court Wednesday morning for a pretrial conference.
Braithwaite was arrested and charged with trespassing last December while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain.
His attorney, Phil White of Newport, told the court that he is waiting for information from Green Mountain Power and once received is ready to move forward with the trial. Jury draw is scheduled for today and the upcoming trial is expected to last just one day.
DERBY - In an impromptu election that could only be called a slam dunk, Faye Morin was officially elected Derby Town Clerk Tuesday night, at least until Town Meeting Day in March.
Morin was unofficially appointed by outgoing town clerk Nicole Daigle when Daigle left to take another job. Even though the board had no problem with Morin, discontent over the way Morin got the position lead some residents to petition for an election.