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April 23rd, 2012

Students “Interact” With Area Businesses

April 23, 2012

NEWPORT - The Northeast Kingdom Rotary Interact Club was recently formed at North Country High School to introduce students to the leadership experiences and support of the Rotary Clubs of America.
The name Northeast Kingdom Rotary Interact Club was chosen following inquiries from parents asking about the eligibility of students from Lake Region and the United Christian Academy who wanted to join the Newport Rotary-sponsored club.

April 22nd

One Day in the Mud - Supporting the Wounded Warrior Project

April 22, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A dozen or so individuals, mostly women and children, raised money for the Tough Mother Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday by doing Zumba Dancing, a Latin dance-inspired fitness program, at the U.S. Army National Guard Armory.
The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and funds to help severely injured service men and women. Money raised helps veterans from any conflict in any state.

Ty’s Song: Newport Car Wash Fund Raises for Ty

April 22, 2012

NEWPORT - People from all over the United States and beyond are coming together in solidarity to support Ty Robertson, the young boy whose mother was viciously murdered in the St. Johnsbury area recently.
Singer-songwriter Willow Wells has composed a song on Ty's behalf; it is currently running on YouTube. The song's video contains photos of love and support from individuals and families from all over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUQxBoBFlyY&sns=fb
The site includes a link and an address for making donations in support of the child.

April 19th

Green Up Day: A Tradition of keeping Vermont beautiful

April 19, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY, VT – The annual Green Up Vermont day is a long-time annual tradition of communities coming together to pick up roadside rubbish and keep Vermont beautiful. The event also serves to promote awareness of the environment, the problems associated with litter, and helps prevent people from throwing trash where it doesn’t belong. Green Up Day is always on the first Saturday in May.
May 5, all counties across the state and nearly all towns are joining together to participate. More than 15,000 volunteers participate every year picking up around 40,000 bags of rubbish.

Fiddles Fire Up for VNA/Hospice Fundraiser

April 19, 2012

BARRE – Some toe taping music will come to the Barre Opera House Sunday afternoon to raise funds for the Orleans/Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice.
The annual Magic of Master Fiddlers event will be headlined by Ottawa Valley native April Verch and Vermont native Scott Campbell.
During a telephone interview Thursday, Verch said the different groups will perform individual sets and collaborate as a group as well. Verch’s band will perform two 30-minute sets.

Cash In, Cash Out

April 19, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - At North Country Union High School's recent meeting, Vice Chairperson Peter Moskovites reported unanticipated revenues of $391,000 from the sale of the bus fleet and the award of an Education Jobs Funds grant.
Supervisory Union Director of Business Glenn Hankinson stated that the sale of the bus fleet netted $200,000 and the grant pulled in $191,000.
Unlike surplus funds, which are revenues budgeted for this fiscal year and have to be returned to the taxpayer, unanticipated funds can be spent by the school board for other purposes.

13 Indicted In IP Meth Case

April 19, 2012

BURLINGTON, VT - Thirteen Northeast Kingdom defendants have been indicted by federal grand jury with methamphetamine-related drug crimes following a raid on an Island Pond house in November of 2011.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington will be prosecuting Carl Dewayne Coker, Charles Thomas Amerine III, Mandy Darlene Johnson, Frank Santaw, and Kevin Dodge with conspiring to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine from Spring 2011 to November 2011.

April 18th

Griffith Faces Off with School Board Over Student Issues

April 18, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - During the public comment period at Tuesday's North Country High School Board meeting, recently-elected member Maggie Griffith spoke to the board as a public citizen about discipline issues that had been brought to her attention. Griffith read a statement about her love for the school, which opened in 1967, but expressed concern that over the past few years there is a lack of discipline on the part of the administration handling student issues.
“I came before the school board three times last year,” she stated. “But there was no discussion about the problems that I raised.”

Holland Residents Blast Wind Developer

April 18, 2012

HOLLAND – The Holland Select Board held a special meeting Tuesday evening for a question and answer session with Derby Line wind project developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment.
Residents seemed to hold nothing back when expressing their concerns over the project.
Farrell remained diplomatic while he attempted to provide thorough answers to all questions and concerns raised.

Griff’s Might Lose Liquor License

April 18, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Council took no action Monday on a request to renew Griff’s Pub Class 1 and 2 liquor license.
The council renews such liquor licenses every year. Normally licenses sail through the council with ease, but some city officials are concerned about recent problems with the popular downtown hangout.
Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who reviews all liquor licenses before the council looks at them, said there had been some serious incidents at the pub over the past year.

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