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September 16th, 2012
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen and Coventry Treasurer Cindy Diaz will meet at the Community Center tonight to discuss a situation report, submitted by Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon in August, that raises some questions about accounting practices in the town office.
Diaz is also the town clerk.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is enough in that report to really say there is any wrongdoing or not,â€ť said Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte. â€śI think we need to continue on with this report and an audit of our own that will work off this.â€ť Â
BARTON - Smashing and crashing his Cadillac Eldorado to his second consecutive championship in the demolition derby at this yearâ€™s Orleans County Fair, one thing his fellow derby drivers have learned about Tim Hunt of Derby Line throughout the years is never to count him out, even when his car is smashed almost beyond recognition.
In addition to these consecutive first place wins, he has numerous other trophies for his many years as a demo derby warrior.
â€śI have a total of about 40 trophies, including my first place wins,â€ť Hunt said.
LOWELL, VT - This Saturday, Sept. 15, participating motorcyclists will leave from Cajun's snack bar in Lowell at 11 AM for a 60-mile tour of the Lowell, Montgomery area of Northern Vermont. The motorcycle ride-in is to raise funds for two non-profit organizations, Project Cuddle and the Rocking Horse Program, for the betterment of families. Road Captains Dana Lesperance, Rich Lawrence and Benoit Guay will get us safely through our travels.
(Editorâ€™s note: Last week, filmmaker and arts impresario Jay Craven began telling his story of the day and night he spent trying to get Chuck Berry to honor his contract and perform in the Northeast Kingdom. He continues his story this week, picking up with his breakthrough, wheedling Berryâ€™s home phone number from his agent at the William Morris Agency, who had called the day before the scheduled Lyndonville show to announce that Berry would not attend.)
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council granted permission for the Green Mountain Farm to School Program to sell vegetables out of a 31-foot van at the Northeast Kingdom Community Action building.Â The program received a farmerâ€™s market promotion grant through the United States Department of Agriculture to bring more fresh food into the â€śfoodÂ desertâ€ť of the Northeast Kingdom. Â
NEWPORT CITY - After a more than three-hour sentencing hearing Wednesday, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed Cristopher Smith, 27, a three-five year suspended sentence except for 437 days to serve with credit for time served, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been in jail since Aug. 11, 2011.
JAY - Jay Peak Resort has always been a popular spot for weddings, but now with all the new facilities and amenities, that popularity has exploded. The resort has unveiled plans to build a wedding and special events facility.
The Jay Planning Commission and Zoning Board held a hearing on the proposal Monday evening. The board unanimously approved the plans, but the approval is contingent upon the Jay Fire Department being comfortable with the plans.
CHARLESTON, VT â€“ Six years after being diagnosed with a rare muscle disease called Dermatomyositis, Mariah Bowman recently underwent surgery to replace her liver, pancreas, intestines and abdominal muscles.
Bowman began to show symptoms of the disease at the age of 11, while a student at Charleston Elementary School.
In spite of the fact that Bowman is home schooled and has been staying in Indianapolis with her mother while she undergoes treatment, former counselor and now principal at the school Sharon Gonyaw has worked with others in the community to raise funds for Bowman.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Memphremagog Navigation Company may soon sail Lake Memphremagog once again. The company ran two different passenger boats between 1996 and 2001.
For the past several years, Chris Johansen, of the Memphremagog Navigation Company, has worked for Green Mountain Boat Lines, which owns the Spirit of Ethan Allen and the Moonlight Lady.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council Monday approved the 2012-2013 residential municipal tax rate with a three-cent per $100 of assessed value increase. At the same time, the city school has a three-cent decrease, with a final rate of 2.6826 cents, combined educational and residential.
Last yearâ€™s residential rate, with the education rate, was 2.6814. This yearâ€™s non-residential tax rate is 2.8530. Last yearâ€™s rate was 2.8802.