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November 14th, 2011

Feeding the Hungry: Highland Cattle Donates 3K Pounds of Meat

November 14, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – The freezers at four area food shelves are filled, thanks to Fran Azur and Melanie Gefert from the Vermont Highland Cattle Company. Last week the company donated a total of 3,000 pounds of a mixture of ground beef and select mixed cuts.
The Orleans Federated Church, United Church of Newport, Jay Food Shelf and the Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport, Island Pond and Canaan received the meat.
The meat comes from animals that were grass fed and locally raised. The meat is high quality and low in fat.

New England Foundation Honors Square Dancing Couple

November 14, 2011

DERBY LINE – Peg and Robert “Doc” Tirrell of Lower Waterford started square dancing in 1949. On Saturday, the Square Dance Foundation of New England presented Peg and her late husband with the Hall of Fame Award at the Derby Elementary School. The presentation took place during the North Country Swingers monthly dance.
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Bob Graybill, from the Square Dance Foundation of New England, said the couple did a lot for the foundation and for the perpetuation of square dancing in New England.

November 13th

Pump House Waterpark

November 13, 2011

JAY, VT - Work on the 60,000 square foot water park at Jay Peak Resort is nearly complete. The multimillion dollar park is the last piece that will make Jay Peak a four season resort.
The scheduled opening date for the water park is Dec. 12th.
Got your bathing suits ready?

November 1st

Judge Rules for GMP

November 1, 2011

NEWPORT - Judge Martin Maley handed down a Preliminary Injunction Tuesday in favor of Green Mountain Power (GMP) in its case against Don and Shirley Nelson.
Protesters who occupy any area within 1,000 feet of the blasting area on Lowell Mountain within two hours of a scheduled blast will now be in criminal contempt, according to the order. The order authorizes the Orleans County Sherriff’s Department and The Vermont State Police to "arrest and remove any individuals within the 1,000 foot boundary…”

VELCO Attorneys Orchestrate Open Meeting Claim

November 1, 2011

DERBY - VELCO's lawyers are arguing that a request by the Derby Select Board for a public hearing before the Public Service Board (PSB) is essentially invalid because, although the request was made during a meeting of the Derby board, the issue of the VELCO permit was not officially on the agenda and therefore could not be acted upon under the state's Open Meeting Law.

October 31st

Dick Croudis Remembered

October 31, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - “Now heaven has a new leader of the band,” is what the family of Richard “Dick” Croudis said in an e-mail sent to the Newport Rotary Club Monday.
Croudis, the former band director at the Newport City High School and North Country Union High School, passed away Saturday morning. He was 94.
Croudis, a veteran of World War II, was highly involved in the Northeastern Rotary Music Festival for 30 years. That festival is held every March at North Country Union High School. 

October 27th

Dividing Up the State: Legislators Voice Concerns

October 27, 2011

ORLEANS - If many people care about the Vermont House Seat reapportionment in the state, it wasn’t evident at a hearing conducted by the House Committee on Government Operations. The hearing, held at Lake Region Union High School Wednesday evening, only drew about 15 local residents, most of whom were politicians or connected to politics.

Burke Inaugurates New Wind Turbine Smaller, cheaper, less controversial

October 27, 2011

EAST BURKE, VT - On the same day that two other local controversial wind projects were front and center in the media statewide, a small ceremony marked the installation of a 123-foot tall wind turbine at the top of Burke Mountain.
There were no protesters, although a Caledonia County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the scene. About 25 people made up the crowd and the Tamarack Grill from Burke served hot cocoa, brownies and cookies.

October 26th

Sheffield Wind Officially Launched

October 26, 2011

SHEFFIELD, VT - The Sheffield Wind Project is up and running - officially. The huge blades have actually been turning in the wind for a week now, but Wednesday politicians, dignitaries, representatives from Green Mountain Power and about 500 people were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and celebratory barbecue.
Some of those people, of course, included protesters who have been adamantly opposing the development of mountainous ridgeline wind farms for some time. They have argued that the turbines are inefficient, bad for the environment, and just plain ugly.

Derby Hears Pros and Cons of Wind Turbine Project

October 26, 2011

DERBY - The proposed Derby Line wind turbines project was discussed at the Derby Selectman’s meeting last week. Some spoke in favor of the turbines while others spoke out against them.
Phil Letourneau, who has looked into allowing one on his farm, said that if landowners want to put turbines on their property they should be allowed to, and what neighbors think about it shouldn’t matter. Others disagreed with Letourneau’s comments, noting that the size of the project would effect others.

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