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October 6th, 2011

Brighton Gets $78K for lakeside walking path

October 6, 2011

WASHINGTON – Vermont’s congressional delegation – Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch – and Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that over $200,000 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds will go to support two economic development projects in Lyndon and Brighton.
The town of Brighton will receive $78,190 to construct a new 2,100 foot walking path along a section of Island Pond Lake, connecting it to the downtown area. This project resulted from a year-long study aimed at enhancing tourism and recreation in the community.

Kern: Numbers Aren’t That Bad at Supervisory Union

October 6, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Despite previous reports, enrollment in the North Country Supervisory District is not as gloomy as previously thought.
Last week Superintendent Robert Kern reported a decrease in student enrollment. However, figures printed earlier this week indicate that this is not necessarily the case.
“Enrollment changes from day to day,” Kern said on Wednesday. Figures in late August and early September indicated numbers were down. “When we went back and looked at the most recent numbers, it looks like we increased almost one percent.”

14 Felonies Dismissed in Diaz Case

October 6, 2011

BARRE – Coventry Town Clerk Cynthia Diaz will serve no prison time for failure to file tax returns. Diaz entered a plea of guilty to two misdemeanor charges in Washington District Court on Wednesday. The state dismissed eight felony counts of failure to pay or file tax returns greater than $500 and six counts of filing false or fraudulent returns.
Diaz was sentenced to 15 days to six months, all suspended. She was placed on probation, will have to perform 100 hours of community service and file truthfully and correctly tax returns for 2003 through 2009. 

October 5th

Local Activists Support Occupy Wall Street Protests

October 5, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Area activists came out in the cold Wednesday in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is spreading across the United States.
The protest seeks to call attention to the influence of big money on Washington politics and has drawn supporters from all political persuasions.
Many have complained that the federal government is spending tax dollars bailing out big businesses and “too big to fail” financial institutions while the working class is left economically stranded and paying the bill.

Coutts Races Weather to Build New Lodge

October 5, 2011

DERBY, VT - The Coutts Moriarty Summer Camp’s new Education Lodge and Dining Hall is under construction at the upper camp level.
A foundation has been poured and workers are busy moving dirt. Donations are still being accepted to help with the project.
Coutts Camp has merged with non-profit, Siskin Ecological Adventures and provides 500 educational programs to over 10,000 school children each year.

Another Ballpark Vandalized

October 5, 2011

ALBANY, VT - Sometime last weekend, two pickup trucks vandalized the ballpark in Albany Village.
Deep tire marks are shown here with tracks leading all around the park. The damage is believed to be in the thousands of dollars to repair. Although there are suspects, the Vermont State Police in Derby are investigating the incident and request your help.
Please call 334-8881 with any information that may help catch the perpetrators.

Derby Board Asks PBS to Hold Hearings on VELCO

October 5, 2011

DERBY - The Derby Selectboard unanimously decided to sign a document addressed to the Public Service Board (PSB) requesting that they hold hearings on the Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) statewide radio project.
Beula- Jean Shattuck was absent from the meeting Monday evening.
The hope, according to selectboard member Karen Jenne, is that the hearings are held locally for public comment.
The motion to sign the document came with some controversy and negotiations. Jenne presented the letter to the board, which included the phrase, "The town wishes to comment further."

Pomerleau Preps for Christmas Party

October 5, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – For much of the year, Tony Pomerleau is known for his business ventures in the forms of commercial real estate. During the holiday season, however, people call him Santa Claus.
"This year, the party will be bigger and better than ever," he told the Newport Daily Express.
For 30 years, Pomerleau has held a holiday party for needy families from the Burlington area. For the past three years, Pomerleau, who grew up in Newport, has hosted a similar party for families of the Northeast Kingdom. 

October 4th

Food on the Cheap

October 4, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - When you're trying to make your food dollars go further, a few tips can help. An online search will come up with the following list or parts of this list, but experience is the key factor.
To learn how to shop smart, you have to take the time to educate yourself on budgets, nutrition, food costs and cooking. Overall, the more you purchase local, unprocessed foods and cook them at home, the healthier and cheaper your meals will be.

Wells Resigns from Irasburg Select Board

October 4, 2011

IRASBURG - It wasn’t the controversy, the lawsuit, the political heat or the publicity that lead to Randy Wells resigning from the Irasburg Select Board Monday night, although any of those things could have had that result.
Instead, it was a simple matter of residence.
Wells has moved to Newport.
Wells said Tuesday that three people are vying for his seat: Robin Kaye, Brent Shafer and Paul Turner. His replacement will be selected by the board, he believes, in two weeks, at the next board meeting. If the board can’t agree, Wells said the matter may go to a public vote.

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