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March 26th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - The "Art Post: Positive Images of Support by Our Vermont Art Students," has opened at the MAC Center for the Arts, Newport, with almost 1,500 postcards created by students in the North Country School District.
LYNDON â€“ Sorry Kermit, but it's easy to be green.Â
Forty-five exhibitors proved that fact at the NEK Energy Expo held at Lyndon State College Saturday. The Northeastern Vermont Development Association sponsored the fourth annual event. Exhibits included hybrid and electric cars, biomass burn trailers, a solar contractor and everything else thatâ€™s environmentally friendly.Â
Renewable energy and energy conservation is very important. As Lorna Higgs, project manager for NVDA pointed out, fuel oil prices continue to rise and most energy experts believe that will continue.Â
NEWPORT â€“ The Green Mountain Farm to School (GMFS) program is taking to the roads this summer with a mobile unit allowing for easy access to locally grown, affordable foods.
This project comes through support from Senator Bernie Sanders and the USDA Farmersâ€™ Market Promotion Program.
In October, Sanders announced two grants totaling $165,555 for the Green Mountain Farm Direct and the Northeast Organic Farming Association to expand access to locally-produced food for Vermont seniors, low-income families and others.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Judge Robert Bent held 30-year-old Adam Verge on $10,000 bail, Friday. Verge faces felony aggregated assault charges on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief. Verge entered not guilty pleas on all charges.
Verge, his attorney Gertrude Miller, and Essex County Stateâ€™s Attorney Vince Illuzzi appeared in Orleans County Court Friday. Judge Robert Bent, who was out of town, heard the case on speakerphone.
DERBY - The record warm weather caused the maple sap to stop flowing early in the season, but many producers still participated in the annual Maple Open House Weekend event, which provides an opportunity for visitors to get an up-close tour of boiling sap into syrup.
DERBY, VT - The Elks Lodge in Derby has a new, fresh, and updated look.
Lodge members, and volunteers worked over the last several months to renovate the venue. Saturday afternoon, interested individuals were invited in for a reception to see the space.
Frances Dewing, the lodge secretary and purchasing and booking agent, said that the most popular visitors were brides to be.
EDEN, VT - A town meeting vote by residents in Eden and Lowell to reject super fund status for the former asbestos mine, which would have transferred control from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, puts DEC front and center to develop a plan to clean up the site.
SHEFFIELD, VT - A North Troy truck driver escaped with minor injuries when his Kenworth Tractor Trailer unit rolled over on I-91 in Sheffield last Thursday.
A truck operated by Randy Carpenter, 54, sustained moderate damage.
This incident remains under investigation and any witnesses or anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Trooper Winn at (802) 748-3111.
ORLEANS, VT - It's been a rough year for maple sugaring, according to Rene Desmarais.
He should know. His operation, known as Black Sheep Sugarhouse, produced about half as much syrup as it did last year - 4,530 gallons to last year's 9,013.
He said that's not unusual for the county.
"Most sugarers are doing 25 to 35%," he said. But others, with better equipment, have reached the 50% mark.
The season has been unusually short due to record-breaking warm temperatures.
NORTH TROY â€“ Owners of Appalachian Flooring are not letting a bleak economy prevent them from moving forward. Earlier this year, the Cowansville, QC, company opened a second plant in North Troy.
Workers at the North Troy factory, known as Appalachian Engineered Flooring, produce engineered hardwood for concrete slabs. Workers at the Cowansville plant produce flooring for unfinished plywood.