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July 16th, 2012
LOWELL - More than 100 people turned out to protest the Lowell Mountain Wind Project, stop trucks loaded with turbine parts from entering the Green Mountain Power construction site, and make a statement about future industrial wind projects in the state.
Monday morning, when the first oversized truckload of the day approached the turn to the construction site in Lowell, protesters moved in front of the truck and stopped it in its path for about two hours. Many protesters said blocking the road was not part of the original plan, however.
WESTFIELD, VT - The community of Westfield gathered together to celebrate the contributions of Richard and Pat Shover who are moving to Winterville, GA.
The Shovers moved permanently to Westfield in 1998. Richard was elected town lister in 2000 and served in that job for 12 years. He was known for being fair and working well with other listers and with the public.
Over the years, he attended many meetings and made hundreds of phone calls concerning tax bills and the current use program.
ORLEANS COUNTY- The delivery of wind turbine sections to the Lowell Mountain wind site is underway.
This is a key milestone for the construction of Green Mountain Powerâ€™s wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain. The 21 industrial sized turbines' components are being transported via more than 100 trucks.
An oversized load rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby Friday before continuing on through Irasburg and to Lowell. Other deliveries are also heading to Lowell following a different route from Albany, NY.
LOWELL - Katherine Sims, a strong supporter of local decision making and local school boards, hopes to serve voters in the Orleans-Lamoille district for the Vermont House. Sims is going up against Republican incumbent Mark Higley.
Sims, a Progressive, hopes to be on both the Progressive and Democratic tickets.
â€śI am passionate about making a difference for our community," said Sims.
NEWPORT, VT - For those who have been waiting for the paving project to hit Newport City, today is your day.
The Frank W. Whitcomb Construction Corp. will begin repaving U.S. 5 from the Coventry-Newport line to the Newport-Derby line starting at 7 AM today. The project is expected to be completed around Thanksgiving. So make sure you plan for the extra time in and around Newport City during your travels.
Construction will include grinding the existing pavement, resurfacing, signs, sidewalk and guardrail work, signal light improvements and other items.
DERBY - Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle has accepted a job offer with a private company. Daigleâ€™s plan is to train a person in her position.
Come Town Meeting in March, Daigle will have fully prepared a viable candidate for the job and will not seek re-election.
Daigle has worked for the town of Derby for 19 years and as town clerk for 18 years. She has also served as town treasurer and school treasurer for many years.
NEWPORT, VT - Performing surgeries, including hip surgeries, are nothing new for Dr. Durward Starr of North Troy. Before retiring he performed more surgeries than he can remember, but as a retired veterinarian, all of those surgeries were performed on animals.
NEWPORT - Terry Hitchcock of Prior Lake, Minn., has been called Minnesotaâ€™s version of Forrest Gump. He earned the title when, in 1996, he ran the equivalent of a marathon (26 miles) for 75 straight days, running from St. Paul, Minn. to the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
His 2,000 mile journey has been transformed into the subject of a book and two movies. Among other honors, he has received the Distinguished Medal of Merit, bestowed upon him by President Ronald Reagan for his good works to humanity.
GLOVER â€“ Rep. Sam Young, who lives on the land his ancestors moved to just after the Civil War, is looking forward to serving the people of the Northeast Kingdom.
Young, a Democrat, has served the voters in the Orleans-Caledonia district for one term alongside Republican Vicki Strong in the two-member district.
â€śI like the work and Iâ€™ve learned a lot,â€ť said Young. Young said voters invested two years in him and it took him that long to get good at it. â€śIf I spend two years of my life doing something, I want to get good at it.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Derby is one of the top runners for the Pet Safe dog park contest and is teetering with one other town, Mountain House, CA, between first and second place.
Derby entered the contest last year and did not win, but did well competing against other towns with much larger populations. Now there is a per capita contest with a $25,000 winner.