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December 5th

Seven Arrested on Lowell Mountain

December 5, 2011

LOWELL, VT - Seven people were arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday morning including a local newspaper publisher, a doctor and a college professor.
A group of protesters opposed to the construction of 21 industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain planned the civil disobedience event Monday morning. The group of approximately 11 gathered on the crane path on the ridge line and stopped construction vehicles from advancing to their work sites. The land that protesters stood on is disputed property.

Advocates Want to “Put People First”

December 5, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Last Thursday, about two dozen Newport area residents met at the Emory State Office Building to discuss community needs. Similar meetings have taken place elsewhere in the state. Eventually members of the groups will bring their message to the State House.
Put People First, part of the Vermont Workers' Center, organized Thursday’s meeting. Members are particularly concerned about what will happen to public assistance programs. They also feel everyone has a right to housing, education and dignified work.

High Speed Car Chase Through Coventry

December 5, 2011

COVENTRY – Unconfirmed reports state that the Vermont Sate Police were involved in a high speed chase involving a black Dodge pickup, possibly a Dakota with a broken back window, around 11:25 Monday morning in Coventry. It is believed that the unidentified occupant of the pick-up truck was speeding while going through a construction site and that during the pursuit speeds were in excess of 80 mph.

December 4th

More Smoke than Fire at IROC

December 4, 2011

DERBY – On Friday afternoon, Katy Murray, a manager at the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), started to go to the second floor of the complex and noticed smoke in the sports arena.
IROC staff members evacuated the building and called 911 at 3:30 p.m.

Developer Knows the Joy of Giving

December 4, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Hundreds of local families enjoyed a meal fit for a king at the traditional Tony Pomerleau Christmas Party, held at the East Side Restaurant Saturday. Pomerleau, a Burlington real-estate developer and Newport native, pays for the meal in Newport as well as one in Burlington as his way of giving back to the community.
Besides the meal, the children received a free present, had their photo taken with Santa Claus and had an opportunity to wrap Christmas ornaments to give to family members.

Magic on Main Street Delights All Ages

December 4, 2011

NEWPORT - Newport was alive and hopping for the Magic on Main event, which began with a tree lighting ceremony and the hand bell-ringers performance at the Goodrich Memorial Library. The performance was followed by candy canes, cookies and other goodies in the library.
Santa's Workshop was open in the former Landing Clothing store building, now owned by Tony Pomerleau, where Santa Claus took his famous seat and listened as children told him what they wanted for Christmas.

December 1st

Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in US

December 1, 2011

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.
Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov. 18 to keep the government afloat until mid-December.

Louis Garneau Applies for Derby Permit

December 1, 2011

DERBY - The Louis Garneau USA Company has applied to open a 60,000 square foot, two-story manufacturing facility on the Derby Road near the Interstate 91 exit ramp. Louis Garneau is a world leader in cycling helmets and apparel as well as a variety of other sport products. The company was started in Canada and an office was opened in Newport in 1989.
If the company proceeds with the project, the new building would house the manufacturing section, offices, and retail store that are currently located on East Main Street in Newport, according to a narrative filed with Derby.

Three Accused of Taking Over and Trashing Empty Home

December 1, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – In Orleans District Court Wednesday, Kyle Wilson, 18, of Milton, entered guilty pleas to felony burglary, felony unlawful trespass of an occupied residence and unlawful mischief with damages greater than $1,000.
Sgt. Seth DiSanto of the Newport City Police, in his affidavit, wrote that he and Sgt. Royce Lancaster responded to a home on Green Place in Newport on Feb. 24th, around 1:50 PM, in response to a report of a possible unlawful trespass. The caller told police that the home was unoccupied and for sale.

November 30th

Island Pond Railroad Station Gets Orange Makeover

November 30, 2011

Three new fluorescent orange bollards were recently installed in the driveway of the old railroad station in Island Pond, near the drive through for Community National Bank. The historic building, which is owned by the town of Brighton, had been damaged by over-height vehicles clipping the corner of the roof on multiple occasions. Several thousand dollars worth of damage to the steel infrastructure and roof above were paid for by town insurance claims. To deter future incidents and protect the building, three vertical posts were installed.

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