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October 18th, 2012
BARTON - Power was knocked out for 13 hours to nearly 3,000 customers including the Ethan Allen plant on Wednesday.
A utility worker discovered that a bullet was lodged in the main power transformer for Barton and Orleans Electric. The bullet caused oil to leak out. The oil is used to keep the machine cool and, with no oil, the transformer overheated and caused the outage.
The incident is under investigation by the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the Vermont State Police.
Nothing was stolen from the location, police say, and the motive is not yet clear.
ORLEANS, VT - The town of Orleans is welcoming a new resident business to its community. Friday, Lapierreâ€™s will hold the grand opening of its newest location at 303 Willoughby Ave. (RT 58), on the outskirts of Orleans and only a few miles from Exit 26 off I-91.
The Canadian company, renowned for producing a high quality organic maple syrup, happens to also be the leading producer of equally high quality maple production equipment. Itâ€™s occupying the former Desmarais Equipment building.
NEWPORT - North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern announced to the high school board that a meeting between state officials and area school administrators will be held on October 24th to discuss the economic development plans spearheaded by Bill Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort.
NEWPORT - North Country Union High School faculty member Helen Poulin advised the high school board Tuesday night that she is helping the students form an anti-bullying organization called ABC Quest. Students are raising awareness of the problems associated with bullying.
â€śWe are designing posters with anti-bullying messages,â€ť said Poulin. â€śAnd we are selling pink T-shirts with 'Stood Up' on the front and anti-bullying messages on the back. The phrase 'stood up' is a message that when a person witnesses an act of bullying, rather than ignore it, you should stand up and confront it.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ With less than a month until the general election, local politicians are going head to head to represent Vermonters at the State House. Monday evening, Jay Dudley (R), John Rodgers (D), Bob Lewis (R) and incumbent Bob Starr (D) faced off in a senatorial debate at the Eastside Restaurant.
The four candidates are vying for two open seats in the Essex/Orleans District. Despite opposing views, the candidates treated each other with respect.
The Newport Daily Express, The Chronicle, The Orleans County Record, WMOO-FM, NEK-TV and the Northland Journal sponsored the debate.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ On the morning of Aug. 5, 2004, the phone rang in the Greensboro home of former Vermont State Senator Mike Metcalf. On the other end was the youngest son, Keyes, who was serving in the Middle East. He told his mother that he had been shot in the head. Keyes told his family he wouldnâ€™t have called but the Army made sure he notified his family.
With the exception of a headache and a few stitches, Keyes was okay, a miracle the family credits to his helmet â€“ made by workers at the Revision Military plant in Newport City.
DERBY â€“ A special election will be held Nov. 27 to elect the Derby Town Clerk and Town Treasurer.
Those wishing to run for the position need to circulate a petition and receive enough signatures from registered voters by October 22. The select board Monday evening did not know if 30 or 35 votes are required, but assistant clerk Nancy Gosselin said Tuesday that 30 signatures are needed.
NEWPORTâ€“The members of the Newport Rotary Club had special visitor at their weekly meeting yesterday.
Legendary wrestler and promoter Paul "The Butcher" Vachon was Tuesday's guest, and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer entertained the crowd with stories about his wrestling past, his family and his ties to the local community.
Paul grew up in Dunkin, Quebec, which lies just over the Canadian border to the north of Newport area, more specifically on route 243, which connects to Vermont Highway 105.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Burlington developer wants to turn his commercial building on Highland Avenue in Newport City into a residential housing complex.
Bob Miller, president and owner of R.E.M., said his firm is talking about turning the former Slalom Building, also known as the Old Hospital, into an apartment building.
NEWPORT â€“ The Executive Director of the North Country Chamber of Commerce retired last week.
Donna Higgons, now of Hyde Park, said it was time. She wants to enjoy the Northeast Kingdom with a paddle, on a bike, on snowshoes or skis, and by hiking. She is 68 years old, and with all the development and changes coming to Newport, Higgons says it is time for someone more energetic to take the reins.
Higgons described the recent proposals by developer Bill Stenger and partners as â€śvery exciting.â€ť