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May 1st, 2012

Border Motel Faces Tax Sale

May 1, 2012

DERBY – The Border Motel might be going up for tax sale. Derby Tax Collector MaryAnn Tetreault said that owner Christina Barch of Granby, MA, owes taxes for two years, about $26,830, plus attorney's fees.
She said that Attorney Robert Chimileski is working on having a tax sale for the Border Motel Property as well as some residential parcels. The Border Motel property will probably go on the action block in one to two months.

Cambridge Shooting May Have Been “Suicide by Cop”

May 1, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, VT - Vermont State Police have identified Jonathan Martel, 40, of Stowe, as the suspect killed in a police pursuit in Cambridge earlier this week.
Based on evidence at the scene of the shooting, police believe Martel may have used his cell phone as if it was a weapon to possibly induce the officer to shoot.

Newport Is Front and Center at National Planning Conferences

May 1, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – This small border community has been in the spotlight at national conferences over the past few months.
Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher attended the New Partners for Smart Growth in San Diego, the National Main Street Conference in Baltimore, MD, and American Planners Association Conference in Los Angeles.
Trish Sears, executive director for the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), also attended the New Partners for Smart Growth and the National Main Street Conference.

April 30th

Canadian Mayor Threatens to Shut off Water to U.S. Town

April 30, 2012

DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD QC. - Mayor Philippe Dutil of Stanstead, Quebec, says he would shut off the water valves to Beebe Plains, VT, if the Town of Derby supports the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
The Canadians control the water that serves Beebe, a village in the Town of Derby, near the Canadian-U.S. border.

Student piñatas to adorn local restaurant

April 30, 2012

ORLEANS – Piñatas, the colorful papier-mâché containers, often used in Mexican celebrations, will soon adorn Habanero’s Mexican Grill in Newport City. Fourteen Lake Region Union High School students made the piñatas over the past couple of weeks. The piñatas come just in time for Cinco de Mayo, a day during which Americans and Mexicans celebrate Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the Mexican victory over the French military during the Battle of Puebla.
“Our Spanish class really wanted to do something hands on,” explained Lake Region Spanish teacher Katie Kaskey.

Jay Fire Ruled Arson, Burglary

April 30, 2012

JAY, VT - An early morning residential fire in Jay was apparently set to cover up a burglary, according to a report by the Vermont State Police.
The Jay Fire Department responded to the fire on VT RT 242 in Jay around 5:40 AM Monday. The residence is a rental property and no one was home at the time.
The owner of the building had put the fire out before the fire department arrived, however the fire flared up again once the building was ventilated. The fire department extinguished the blaze.
Fire damage was minimal and no injuries were reported.

April 29th

State, Protesters Argue Defense Strategy

April 29, 2012

NEWPORT – The state is attempting to block testimony, evidence and witnesses that the Lowell protesters want to use as part of their defense at trial. The motion was filed Friday by Deputy State’s Attorney Sarah Baker just prior to a status conference.
Judge Robert Gerety Jr. and defense Attorney Kristina Michelsen both said they did not have enough time to review the motion prior to the status conference as they had just received it minutes before.

Griff’s Holds Last Call Tonight

April 29, 2012

NEWPORT – Griff’s Pub announced on Facebook that it is closing its doors on Main Street in Newport Monday at midnight.
The Newport City Council did not renew the pub’s beer and wine license, which expires May 1.
Recent allegations of criminal activities inside the bar have led to charges and an investigation by the Vermont Department of Liquor Control. A woman alleges that she was raped in the bathroom of the bar and now a young man is facing charges in criminal court.

Two for the Stage: Audience Gets a Double Bill

April 29, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The audience got a double bill Sunday with musicals based on the past and the present.
North Country Union High School's Colton White, as Bill Gates, performed in "iMusical," a piece dedicated to the late Steve Jobs of Apple Computer. North Country students Chase Gosselin and Bailey Walker co-wrote the piece.
Steven Bellavance and Gabby Cogan were the lead characters in this weekend's performance of "Romeo and Juliet: Six very busy days."
Teacher Robert Wing wrote the short comedy skit version of Shakespeare's tragic love story.

April 26th

City Stalls on Griff’s License, Waits for State Hearing

April 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The future of Griff’s Pub remains up in the air.
The city council, during a special meeting Wednesday, said it will not renew the pub’s beer and wine license until after a state hearing scheduled for May 11 where the Vermont Department of Liquor Control will determine the fate of the pub’s liquor license. 

 

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