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July 12th, 2012
NEWPORT - Terry Hitchcock of Prior Lake, Minn., has been called Minnesotaâ€™s version of Forrest Gump. He earned the title when, in 1996, he ran the equivalent of a marathon (26 miles) for 75 straight days, running from St. Paul, Minn. to the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
His 2,000 mile journey has been transformed into the subject of a book and two movies. Among other honors, he has received the Distinguished Medal of Merit, bestowed upon him by President Ronald Reagan for his good works to humanity.
GLOVER â€“ Rep. Sam Young, who lives on the land his ancestors moved to just after the Civil War, is looking forward to serving the people of the Northeast Kingdom.
Young, a Democrat, has served the voters in the Orleans-Caledonia district for one term alongside Republican Vicki Strong in the two-member district.
â€śI like the work and Iâ€™ve learned a lot,â€ť said Young. Young said voters invested two years in him and it took him that long to get good at it. â€śIf I spend two years of my life doing something, I want to get good at it.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Derby is one of the top runners for the Pet Safe dog park contest and is teetering with one other town, Mountain House, CA, between first and second place.
Derby entered the contest last year and did not win, but did well competing against other towns with much larger populations. Now there is a per capita contest with a $25,000 winner.
COVENTRY â€“ Resident Pedro Grondin met with the select board Tuesday evening in an attempt to get Coventry to start its own fire department.
Last month, select board chair Mike Marcotte and selectman Brad Maxwell met with the Newport City Council to see if there is interest in getting in a contract for fire coverage. As it is now, Coventry pays per call. A contract would mean Coventry pays a flat fee, which would make budgeting easier for fire coverage.
After a brief discussion, the Newport City Council gave the okay for representatives to start discussions.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A boat ride can be a very tranquil thing to do on a warm sunny day, but donâ€™t let a delightful trip have a tragic ending.
â€śYou have to be safe when youâ€™re boating,â€ť said Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair Monday.
Boaters should know the water they are in and should tell someone where they are going. Boaters should not go out alone. They should be aware of the weather, which includes having a radio that receives broadcasts from the National Weather Service.
DERBY â€“ Another discussion over the Derby Line Ambulance quickly grew heated and led to foul and vulgar language at the Derby Select Boardâ€™s regular meeting Monday.
A group of people formerly associated with the ambulance service have shown up several times at select board meetings to express their concerns over how the ambulance is run. Leading the charge is Roger Gosselin, a former member of the ambulance service, and Nathan Pickard, who went on a few calls with Gosselin.
ALBANY â€“ Republican Rep. Vicki Strong (Orleans-Caledonia-1) hopes that voters in her district will send her back to Montpelier.Â
Strong, who is seeking her second term, called her first year a learning experience.
Part of her education in Montpelier included learning about the legislative process, what it takes to see a bill happen and why Vermont even needs a legislature.
â€śLearning the whole process was a big, big step for me,â€ť she said. â€śI still have a lot to learn. Just being part of that was exciting and interesting.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY, VT â€“ A sailing trip on Lake Memphremagog turned tragic for 58-year-old John Connell of Calais, VT, Sunday afternoon.
Connell jumped off the sailboat he was on in an attempt to retrieve a canoe his boat had in tow, Police Chief J. Paul Duquette said. Duquette said Connell took a few strokes away from the boat and hollered back to his friend that he was having breathing difficulties. Connellâ€™s friend, who was still on the boat in clothes, went below to change but, by the time he returned to the main deck, Connell had disappeared.
DERBY LINE/STANSTEAD, QUE. - QNEK Productions, the international theater company in residence at the Haskell Opera House, kicks off its 2012 season with the production of "Ruthless! The Musical," an off-Broadway production. This show has won the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for the best off-Broadway musical of 1993.
NEWPORT, VT - Ron Kubica and Sergey Devitskiy bring truly diverse backgrounds to their shared love: treating patients in the rural Northeast Kingdom.
Ron Kubica, MD, put himself through college as a silversmith.
He grew up in New Mexico, and as a young doctor he spent several years treating Navajo and Hopi families and later the Cherokee in Oklahoma in the Indian Health Service.
And if you want to know anything about horses, Ron's the man to ask.