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June 20th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â For 39 years, many people have known Rayâs Market in Irasburg for its quality meats and friendly atmosphere. Now owner, Leo Piette has expanded the reputation and opened a new store on Route 105 in Newport, on Highland Avenue.
Piette opened the new store last week. He said he wanted to expand its operations outside Irasburg. âWe have people from all over coming to buy our meat,â Piette said.
Some visitors with second homes in the region return home with a supply of meat with them.
NEWPORT CITY â Anthony Rodriguez from TNT Explosive Tattoo went to the city council Monday to ask permission to close Second Street for a block party and open house.
But he first had to answer specific questions about his business practices. Even at the end, Rodriguez didn't get his way.
Rodriguez wanted to hold the party Saturday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
He told the council there are a lot of children who live on the block and he wanted to show the public his business. He said he wants customers to feel comfortable in his shop.
LOWELL - The strong storms that tore through the area May 29 caused problems at the Lowell wind site. Repair work began as soon as the rain stopped.
Several silt fences, ditches, and culverts were in need and a plugged culvert caused several problems and overwhelmed other systems. Some significant erosion occurred in some areas that needed restoring. Sediment was found in streams and wetlands.
Some discharge is allowed by the permit.
NEWPORT, VT â The Newport Rotary Club celebrated a âdream come trueâ moment with the installation of the new Northeast Kingdom Rotary Interact Club at a recent celebration and âpinningâ event held at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport. Rotary Interact promotes community involvement and international awareness among young people, providing opportunities to make a difference in their community and the world. The event celebrated the charter of the new club and induction of the nearly 45 high school student members.
BROWNINGTON - The Old Stone House Museum in Brownington is offering classes in old fashioned blacksmithing for the strong at heart - and arms. In photo blacksmith instructor Courtney Mead pounds away at red hot metal
Classes will be offered through the summer and information can be obtained by calling the museum at 754-2022.
NEWPORT CITY â Monday the Newport City Council named Newport Police Sergeant Seth DiSanto as the cityâs new chief of police.
DiSanto was vying for the chief position against Joseph Alaimo of Methuen, MA. Alaimo retired from the Methuen, MA, Police Department as deputy chief and works for Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.
DiSanto will replace longtime Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who retires Aug. 1.
NEWPORT CITY â Newport City Manager John Ward threw cold water on a request from the Coventry Select Board to contract for Newport Fire Department Services.
Coventry is hoping to change their "on call" agreement for fire protection to one based on a contract in hopes it will save Coventry money, and the city council seemed open to discussing the idea.
Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte and select board member Brad Maxwell attended Mondayâs city council meeting.
BROWNINGTON - The Old Stone House Museum hosted its annual steam and antique engine show this weekend, with loyal enthusiasts coming from all over New England.
Among those presenting were Herb and Dan Lewis, father and son, of Derby, who, along with Robert Calhoun of Charleston, worked for seven years to restore a late 1800âs steam engine, which was originally manufactured by Gillie Engine & Machine Co. of Tonawanda, NY. The engine is an 8-horsepower, vertical, 2-cylinder model that is wood fired.
LOWELL, VT - The trucking route for the wind turbine parts for the Lowell wind project has changed. A total of 126 oversized and over-weight trucks are expected to roll through Derby on their way to Interstate 91.
Parts of the turbines are now going to be brought in by rail to Island Pond. From there they will be transported along routes 105 and 5 through Charleston and Derby. The trucks will enter Interstate 91 in Derby and head south to Orleans, to Irasburg, and then Lowell, where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing its wind farm.
NEWPORT - In an effort to encourage Vermonters to be healthy, the Department of Health has kicked off a campaign to encourage shoppers to make wise decisions.
Healthy Retailers promotes "Small Change, Big Impact."
Jen Black, of Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, is facilitating the local program aimed at independent food stores. Jimmy Kwik, Rayâs Market, and Westfield General Store are working with the program and more independent stores are expected to come on board later this year.