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August 14th, 2012
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ Nearly two weeks after Roger Pion, 34, went on a rampage pulverizing sheriffâ€™s vehicles in the department's parking lot with a huge Case tractor, the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department is well on its way to recovery, but not fast.
DERBY - The Michael Dunn legacy is fully coming to life.
Dunn passed away unexpectedly in 2007 and surprised everyone with his bequest: a generous public gift to both Vermont and Canada.
Dunn owned more than 800 acres around Lake Memphremagog, with approximately 400 acres on each side of the border. He left the land to both governments if they decided to accept the gift, which both did.
Friday, a public celebration and dedication of the Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge was held on the Dunn property.
NORTH TROY - Chaput Family Farms in North Troy has been named the 2012 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year for its sound management practices, outstanding herd performance and strong commitment to agriculture. The award is presented annually to an exemplary dairy farm by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association, in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program.
LOWELL â€“ Rescue crews spent a hot and humid Saturday rescuing an injured hiker on the Long Trail, finally carrying him to safety during a torrential downpour.
Lowell Assistant Fire ChiefÂ Calvin Allen identified the hiker only as Alfonso from the Montreal area. Allen didnâ€™t know Alfonsoâ€™s last name and personnel from Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service said they are not allowed to give the name.
The hiker sustained an ankle injury around 5 p.m. Friday and spent the night in his tent.
NEWPORT - Several people are upset about having to wait one to three hours to check in with U.S. Customs at the Newport City dock over the August 4th weekend.
Those traveling in to the United States on Lake Memphremagog must go through inspection first. The city dock is a port of entry and those checking in do so by a phone that sits on an outside wall at the dock. American citizens and Canadians wanting to come into Newport had to wait in line near the phone for a U.S. Customs agent to check them in.
State Senator Vincent Illuzzi called the long wait â€śunacceptable.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€” Newport City Firefighters responded to the One Stop Mini-Mart about 1:30 Saturday morning.
An unidentified clerk called the fire department after seeing fire in the canopy over the gas tanks. Upon arrival, firefighters saw no fire. After speaking with the clerk, firefighters learned an electrical issue in a ballast in the canopy had caused the problem.
Fire Chief Jamie Leclair said the clerk, prior to firefighters arrival, cut the power to the lights and gas pumps.
The ballast was disconnected and store owner Jamie Roy restored power to the pumps and station.Â
BARTON â€“ Keegan Nolan, who has been compared to Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, produced the youth-oriented talent show "Young Guns Tailgate Tour," which played in Newport's Gardener Park Wednesday.
Children of all ages from Franklin County sang, danced, played musical instruments and performed stand up comedy to an intimate crowd.
Audience members raved about the performance, saying the children's voices sounded like angels in the park.
The show is always looking for new talent and performs mostly in the summer.
DERBY â€“ The Northeast Kingdom is getting closer to having more development between the Derby Road and Shattuck Hill Road.
Jeff Davis, president of JL Davis in Burlington, confirmed yesterday that in June his firm purchased 10 acres from local developer Tony Tanguay for $600,000. The land adjoins the 19 acres Davis has owned since about 2005. The site is across from the former Loâ€™s Tavern on the Derby Road.Â
â€śWe feel good about the development potential of the property and wanted to have some more land over there,â€ť said Davis.
NORTH TROY â€“ Sen. Bobby Starr wants to return to the State House.
Starr, a democrat, has served Vermonters for 34 years, eight years in the senate and 26 years in the house of representatives. He said it seems every year has its challenging moments.Â
Last year, legislators were able to continue property tax relief for IROC. Starr said IROC is no different from the YMCA in Burlington with the exception that the YMCA has a permanent property tax exemption. Lawmakers are trying to get the same exemption for IROC.
NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the man accused of smashing seven Orleans County Sheriff's cruisers demolition style with a tractor, has posted bail.
He still remains in custody, however, while he serves a couple more weeks of time on a February conviction for disorderly conduct.
Judge Robert Bent ordered Pion held on $50,000 at his Aug. 7 arraignment, but Pion's friends and family have been raising money through an online website. Pion pleaded innocent to the charges, with the judge dismissing a count of impeding a police officer.