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April 18th, 2012

Desmarais Equipment closes its door after 49 years

April 18, 2012

ORLEANS, VT - Desmarais Equipment of Orleans is closing its doors after 49 years.
Brothers Rene and Roger Desmarais owned the farm equipment and power sports store and are now ready to retire. The business was opened by their father Rio Desmarais in 1963. Rio Desmarais had been a farmer and then went to work at farm equipment stores. He developed a dream to open his own store. The place that has housed Desmarais for all these years became available and Rio Desmarais fulfilled his dream.

Donations Raised for Melissa’s Little Boy

April 18, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Newport Car Wash is hosting a raffle this Saturday to benefit the young son of murder victim Melissa Jenkins.
Jenkins was killed a few weeks ago in the St. Johnsbury area and her three-year-old son was found in her car, with the engine still running, near the murder scene.
The items include toys, gifts and certificates donated from area businesses.
There will also be a bottle drive and food for purchase.
The gas pumps will have full service with all tips being donated to Robertson.

April 16th

Nick Wheeler Shines in Boston Marathon

April 16, 2012

BOSTON – Derby native Nicholas Wheeler made the region proud, yesterday, by finishing 35th in the Boston Marathon. Wheeler, now of Rockland, ME, finished the 26.2-mile marathon in 2:33:30.
The Boston Marathon is a world-class competition that draws tens of thousands of athletes from around world.
Wheeler is no stranger to marathon competition. Last fall he finished ninth in the Philadelphia Marathon.
Wheeler, a 2004 graduate of North Country Union High School, was a member of the school's track team and cross country team.

Crash and Burn: Firefighters Go To School

April 16, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – There’s no doubt that firefighting has changed over the years. To keep up with the latest changes, firefighters from both sides of the border converged at the North Country Career Center Saturday and Sunday for the annual fire school.
The Northeast International Mutual Aid Association sponsored the event. This year, members from 12 departments attended the school. The majority of the firefighters were from the Orleans County area, however, some were from Woodbury, VT, and Mansonville, Beebe and Stanstead, Quebec.

April 15th

Ladouceur Strikes Deal in Charleston Assault Case

April 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Judge Robert Bent handed down a 48 month to 10-year prison sentence, with credit for time served, to 25-year-old Andrew Ladouceur of Derby for attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling.
In exchange for a full confession and testifying against co-defendant, Deonate McNeil, 24, the state gave Ladouceur a lighter sentence and dismissed felony charges of aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and attempted assault and robbery with a weapon.
Ladouceur turned himself in to police on Oct. 15, 2010, in Derby. He pleaded guilty Oct. 20, 2011.

Color Coded Care

April 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Treating children just got easier for Newport Ambulance Service (NAS) and Northern Emergency Medical Services (NEMS).
The ambulance services, following a number of serious pediatric cases in the region, changed the way they respond to calls involving children. Last month, both ambulance services color-coded each backboard they own. The colors correspond to which medical bag to use on a child.

A Tradition Keeps Getting Better

April 15, 2012

DERBY, VT - For generations, area youth were able to experience going to camp at Coutts-Moriarty located on Salem Lake in Derby, VT. The six-week camp could entertain 450 day and overnight campers with a variety of outdoor activities, including access to the lake.
Thanks to a new community building on the upper level, the camp is nearly ready for it's spring opening, with the ability to do more and offer more year round.

April 12th

The Women of Troop B - Derby

April 12, 2012

DERBY, VT - Not that long ago, a woman in law enforcement was an oddity unless she was working behind a desk. The television show "Cagney and Lacey" (1981-1988) attempted to break the stereotype, but the number of women police officers in the field didn't start growing until years later. Today, women make up about 20% of the approximately 40 graduates of a Vermont Police Academy class.

Derby Line Wind Project Causes International Contention

April 12, 2012

STANSTEAD, QUE./DERBY LINE, VT - Many Canadian citizens are very concerned over the proposal to build two industrial size wind turbines just east of Derby Line near the U.S.-Canadian border.
Stanstead, a Quebec town immediately north of the border, was not officially notified about the Derby Line Wind project, even though they are abutters. When the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) discovered this, the developer was directed to officially notify Stanstead. Stanstead received notification after the PSB public hearing.

Chamber Commerce Home Show Starts Today

April 12, 2012

DERBY – There’s no place like the Home, Garden and Recreation Show.
The show takes place Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be entertainment, exhibits, seminars and about 50 vendors, some of which will come from outside Orleans County.
“I think they see there is business here; they’re going to try to get some of it,” said show organizer Chris Johansen.
One of the highlights of the show is a chance to win a new 2012 Chrysler 200 Limited from Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Other local dealers will also have displays.

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