Archive - News Article
August 1st, 2012
NEWPORT - New blooms of Cyanobacteria (known as â€śblue-green algaeâ€ť) were spotted on the Canadian side of Lake Memphremagog several times recently. The blooms covered a large area and were spotted in several locations.
Memphremagog Conservation Inc. photos from July show a thick, scum-like, bright greenish-blue substance on the water.
Cyanobacteria blooms are of serious concern because they could be toxic and harm humans or animals who bath or swim in the water or who drink it. Cyanobacteria is found worldwide and is most prevalent in clam-nutrient rich waters. (World Health Organization)
TROY - The family of Shawn Chaput is working to create public awareness to suicide. The family lost a beloved family member, Shawn, when he took his own life March 2.
Members of the Chaput family are talking about a subject that is typically taboo or carries a stigma. Often friends and relatives suffer the painful fallout from the suicide of a loved one in silence.
BRIGHTON - Itâ€™s been a long, exciting journey for musical rocker Jimmy Thurston. The well-known artist returns to one of his favorite venues Friday night as part of the Island Pond summer series.
For Thurston, itâ€™s a homecoming of sorts as he has played the area circuit for over five decades. He said, "I love it up here. The people are hardworking and honest. They work hard and play hard and Iâ€™ve made a lot of friends there over the years.â€ť
By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
LOWELL â€“ Republican Mark Higley thinks having a conservative voice in Montpelier is important and thatâ€™s why heâ€™s seeking his third term for the Vermont House.
â€śThe numbers are definitely against us,â€ť said Higley of the Republican Party. â€śOut of 150 in the House, thereâ€™s only 48 of us who are Republicans. In the Senate, out of 30, thereâ€™s only eight and the governorship is held by a Democrat. Itâ€™s important to have some form of balance.â€ť
DERBY LINE â€“ Government officials are considering taking more action to stop people from entering the United States and failing to report at the Derby Line, VT, Port of Entry.
Derby Line officials met with U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and General Services Administration (GSA) representatives near the U.S./Canadian border Friday and conducted a site visit â€“ of sorts.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Cristopher Smith, the 27-year-old man who pulled a knife on a local news reporter, entered a guilty plea Friday to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a prohibited act. The state dismissed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Smith, who appeared in court in chains and shackles, will have to wait a bit longer to hear his fate. Until then, he is lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.
BROWNINGTON, VT â€“ Cody Cole, 15, of Irasburg, died Saturday as the result of an accidental shooting with a muzzle loader.
Vermont State Troopers received a 911 call around 7 PM from a residence in Brownington that the teenager had been shot. Police responded to the scene with Orleans Ambulance. Cole was taken to North Country Hospital where he later died.
No official cause of death will be determined until an autopsy can be completed.
DERBY â€“ More serious problems have come to light with the ancient water system in the Village of Derby Line. Not only is the water dirty with rust and other residue, but low water pressure is hampering firefighters when trying to put out fires.
The home of Debbie Perry caught fire in the early morning hours Saturday. Eighteen Derby Line firefighters responded to the seen with five trucks after receiving a call at 3:20 a.m., Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam said Sunday.
COVENTRY â€“ The thrills at the Newport State Airport this weekend were unbelievable as Lakeview Aviation held its fourth annual air show. The show included stunt flying, airplane displays, airplane rides, a Mustang display and a bounce house for kids. Hundreds of people showed up Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the daring displays.
â€śEverybody has a thing for planes,â€ť said Dan Gauvin, owner of Lakeview Aviation. Part of the purpose for the show is to grow interest in aviation. â€śThis is a state airport. People think itâ€™s for the rich but itâ€™s not; itâ€™s the taxpayerâ€™s airport.â€ť
LOWELL - Green Mountain Power has announced that the first turbine at the Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell has been erected.
"We've made tremendous progress on the project the last couple of months and are eagerly anticipating the project's commissioning," said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. "The mild winter allowed us to ramp construction back up in early April and we've been steadily moving forward since then. Today marks an important milestone in our effort to develop this clean, renewable energy for Vermont."