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January 1st, 2013
WESTMORE - It takes courage and perhaps more than a little chutzpah to jump into the icy water of Willoughby Lake on one of the coldest days of of the year, and yet that's what people were doing Tuesday as they donned bathing suits, trudged barefoot across the snow-covered ground, and dove in, all for a good cause.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Alex Tabor, 32, of Newport, was arrested by Newport City Police Monday after he allegedly fired off a shotgun within city limits. Tabor is scheduled to be arraigned today.
City police responded to the intersection of Pleasant and Third streets just before 1 AM Monday after receiving a complaint that Tabor had fired a gun over someone's head. Someone driving by at the time reported that their vehicle may have been hit but no injuries were reported.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ New Yearâ€™s Day will forever be memorable for Darlene Gilchrist and Cody Reynolds of Island Pond.
Not only did the couple have the first baby of the New Year to be born at North Country Hospital, they also had the first baby of 2013 to be born in the state.
Sayge Reynolds came into the world at 1:59 a.m. Her weight was six pounds, five ounces and she was 20 inches long.
â€śItâ€™s exciting,â€ť said Gilchrist. â€śJust to know I was the first one in all of Vermont to have a baby of the New Year.â€ť
Cody Reynolds, who wasnâ€™t sure how to react, said he was taking it all in.
December 30th, 2012
NEWPORT - Inmates at the Vermont Correctional Print Shop altered the seal emblem placed on police cruisers to include an imbedded pig on one of the cow spots. The emblem was put on about 30 cruisers before anyone detected the alteration.
Construction crews dove into work on the Long Bridge in Newport City at the same time the state was busy paving in the area, which caused numerous traffic jams. Work on the bridge has been efficient and, despite one worker falling into the water, has proceeded on or ahead of schedule.
NEWPORT - Wind. Wind. Wind. If there's one issue that dominated the news and the minds of people in the area, it was industrial wind towers. From the battle on the hillsides of Derby Line to the protests and sign waving on the Lowell Mountain ridgeline, wind was the hot issue of the year, and may be for years to come.
JOHNSON â€“ The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors passed a resolution that recommended a moratorium of up to two years on renewable power supply mandates.
The recommendation will be made to the Vermont Legislature.
The board of directors' meeting agenda stated that the topic was geared towards new wind turbine power projects, but the discussion evolved to include all renewable projects as the talks ensued, explained Liz Gamache, spokesperson with VEC.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Nasty! That was the word for many Northeast Kingdom residents who braved yesterday's blizzard to get to work or do shopping. Many people stayed home.
Plow trucks scraped off as much as they could, but at the rate the snow was falling, the work seemed like a futile effort. In the meantime, a number of drivers had a hard time staying on the road.
NEWPORT- Merrilyn Barry, Director of Volunteers at North Country Hospital (and also business manager for the Wellness Center), coordinates dozens of volunteers working in different capacities at the hospital. One group of retired volunteers works in a variety of positions including the gift shop, information desk, stock room, library, dialysis, physical therapy, information systems, and by shredding documents and helping out in the waiting room. Volunteers work four- or five-hour shifts depending on need and the area where they work.
NEWPORT â€“ Chris Braithwaite and The Chronicle filed a civil complaint against Green Mountain Power (GMP) Wednesday. Â
Braithwaite, the 68-year old publisher of the Chronicle, was arrested December 5, 2011, while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain. He faced a criminal trespass charge for a year and racked up more than $20,000 in legal fees.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Members the Newport City Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Department, and Vermont State Police took part in a refresher course on "active shooter" at the North Country Career Center Wednesday.
The career center and the attached North Country Union High School make the structure one of the largest complexes in Orleans County.
Each training session lasted two and a half hours. Close to three dozen law enforcement officers took part.