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April 26th, 2012
NEWPORT - The winds were cold, but the prevailing feeling was warmth among the crowd as nearly 100 people came Tuesday to celebrate the opening of oncologist Dr. Leslie Lockridgeâ€™s new private practice.
Guests quickly filled the office building and, outside, lines were forming of those trying to get in. Lockridge emerged from inside to the delight of all those present. Many people were reaching out to embrace him or shake his hand.
All followed him to a grassy area behind the building.
NEWPORT - Arbor Day is as American as apple pie, but 140 years after the first official Arbor Day celebration, the importance of this holiday has spread across the world.
The idea behind planting trees is credited to J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City, NB, who organized a tree planting event on April 10, 1872.
A reported one million trees were planted as a result of Morton's vision.
NEWPORT - A little song, a little dance, a little murder and you have the makings of a great American musical.
"Chicago" will be performed at North Country High School on May 4, 5, and 6 by Act Three Teatricals.
This week, members of the cast put on some vignettes for the press. The play is being produced by Chase Gosselin who is graduating from United Christian Academy and taking his fine talent with him.
Make sure you catch the show.
HOLLAND â€“ A Holland couple is upset because they were not notified about the Derby Wind Project and they say their property abuts the Chase Farm where one of two wind turbines could be constructed. Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment, LLC, of Burlington, the project developer, disagrees.
Holland property owners Sherry and John Wagner sent a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) stating that their due process rights are violated and are calling for a halt of the project. The PSB told Encore to respond to the allegation by Monday, April 30.
COVENTRY â€“ Plans for a $3.4 million expansion at the Newport State Airport continue to move forward. The project calls for a 1,000-foot expansion of the north-south runway.Â
DERBY â€“ Dandelions, dandelions, dandelions. And few people know dandelions better than local artist Adrian Yellow and IROC's executive director and organizer of the Dandelion Run marathon, Phil White.
This year, the two have teamed up to raise the lowly weed to new heights.
The Dandelion Run, named as one of the five most scenic running races in Vermont, is scheduled for Saturday, May 19.
NEWPORT - With an eye toward developing entrepreneurs for the hospitality and tourism industry, North Country's Adult Career Center Director Eileen Illuzzi has submitted a grant to fund the creation of a new certification program. The focus will be on careers in hotel and resort management, recreation, restaurants, catering, sales, marketing, tourism and event planning.
DERBY/HOLLAND â€“ The Vermont Public Service Board, on April 19, denied intervener status to a group of residents and an individual who want to participate in the PSB process and hearings for the Derby Line Wind Project.
The motions were denied without prejudice, meaning the board can change its mind if the interveners can convince hearing officer John Cotter why they should be involved.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Jobs continue to be on the minds of many Vermonters.
During Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant, former North Country Union High School Board Chair Arne Amaliksen of Derby asked guest speakers Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City and Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy what legislators were doing to create jobs for graduates.
â€śEconomic development is a big part of what goes on in Montpelier,â€ť replied Starr. Whether itâ€™s the Department of Labor or the Economic Development Authority. â€śThey all work toward programs to enhance the working lands bill.â€ť
DERBY - Encore Redevelopment, LLC, is the Burlington-based project development company working for two certificates of public good to construct two turbines on two separate farms just east of Derby Line. The turbines planned are more than 420 feet tall at the tip of the blade, with an estimated capability to power 900 homes each.
The project plans have created contention and some area residents are questioning just what Encore does.