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June 4th, 2012

NEK Human Services Claims Attorney’s Subpoenas are Harassment

June 4, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Attorney Gertrude Miller and Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) are going head to head in a battle over information that Miller says is vital to her client's defense in the case of State v. Christopher Smith.
Smith, who has a developmental disability, was charged with pulling a knife on journalist Jennifer Hersey-Cleveland and demanding she take off her clothes. Hersey-Cleveland did not fall victim to the threats and managed to escape Smith.

June 3rd

UCA Grads: “Don’t Stop Believing”

June 3, 2012

DERBY – “Don’t stop believing” was the message Anna Ste. Marie, United Christian Academy's valedictorian, sent to her fellow classmates during the school’s graduation commencement, held at the Church of God, Saturday.
Ste. Marie’s words referred to the hit song by Journey. 

Barn Raising in Brownington

June 3, 2012

BROWNINGTON – Want to learn about timber framing? Then make your way to the Old Stone House this week where volunteers are building a barn.
The barn will resemble one that stood on the property just after the Old Stone House was built, until 1924 when the Orleans County Historical Society purchased the building.
Directors at the time thought the barn was unsightly.
Today’s members don’t know who purchased the wood or where it went. They do know they need a barn to house an exhibit that tells the history of Farming in Orleans County.

Newport City Docks Expanding

June 3, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Docks are expanding to meet demand. Twelve transient “slips” for boats to dock for day use or up to one week will be added this summer, said Andrew Cappello, the city’s recreation department director.
An approximate 130-foot addition will be added to the current transient location, with a completion date estimated at July 1.
The new addition will not only help meet demand but also help boats dock safely in the event of a storm and will encourage more visitors to Newport, Cappello said.

May 31st

Highland Cattle Donates to NEKCA Food Shelf

May 31, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - The freezers at the Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) food shelf are full this week, due in large part to a donation of meat and cheese totaling around $3,000 from Fran and Melanie Azur, owners of the Vermont Highland Cattle Company. The meat was a mixture of ground beef, assorted cuts and selections along with several pounds of cheese. The meat comes from animals that were grass fed and locally raised. It is high quality and low in fat.

Fire Levels Derby Garage

May 31, 2012

DERBY - Firefighters battled a fire that completely destroyed a garage on Grumpy Drive in Derby yesterday afternoon.
No official details were available at press time, however there were unconfirmed reports of at least one explosion.
The Derby Line Fire Department responded.

Special Olympic Torch Carried Through Newport

May 31, 2012

BURLINGTON — Hundreds of athletes from across the state will converge at the University of Vermont this weekend for the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games.
Special Olympic games provide a competitive sporting atmosphere in a fun and friendly atmosphere for individuals with disabilities. Games will include aquatics, track and field, bocce, and softball. Events start this morning and continue through Sunday.
Opening ceremonies included law enforcement officers and other public safety officials carrying the the "Flame of Hope" from all four corners of the state.

Albany Hit By Heavy Flooding

May 31, 2012

ALBANY, VT - The storm on Tuesday afternoon whomped Albany with downed trees, power lines, and flooded pastures and roads. The Albany Volunteer Fire Department responded to several calls. A tree pulled down a power line near the Hayden House on Route 14.
Phil, Jason, and Tim Rowell's pasture was flooded to the top of fence posts. The water spilled over the road and gushed down into a pasture on the other side with a loud sound of gushing water and newly made waterfalls.
Debris, pieces of wood, and even green plastic Mountain Dew soda bottles were flushed out and rode the stew of mud.

May 30th

Storm Devastates Parts of Orleans County

May 30, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - Some Northeast Kingdom residents had tense moments when thunderstorms, hail and a tornado warning moved through the region.
The storms were part of a front that brought hard rain and lightning in the morning. By midday, a cold front with severe thunderstorms moved in and lasted until the evening hours.
Southern Orleans County and Lamoille County were some of the hardest hit areas.
National Weather Service officials were in the region yesterday to determine if any tornadoes touched down. 

Bernier Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

May 30, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A former University of Vermont (UVM) Extension employee, who worked out of the Newport office, has admitted to stealing more than $45,000 over the course of about five years from her employer.
Celine Bernier, 47, of Newport, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzlement in Orleans Country Criminal Court on May 23. She is facing time in prison.
In September 2010, UVM police learned of a possible fraud or embezzlement case at the UVM Extension office in Newport.

 

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