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May 13th, 2012

Fire Destroys Priceless Memories

May 13, 2012

NEWPORT CENTER – Late Saturday, fire destroyed the home of Charles Roberts, father of 16-year-old Dustin Roberts who passed away in February after a long battle with cancer.
Firefighters were called to Number 12 Road just past 11 p.m. for a fully engulfed structure fire.
“When we got there, the house was fully involved,” said Kurk Flynn, Newport Center Fire Chief. “We called for extensive mutual-aid from North Troy, Jay, Troy, Irasburg and Newport City.”
Firefighters had the blaze under control in about three hours but remained on the scene until 6 a.m.

IROC Trying to Thwart Foreclosure

May 13, 2012

DERBY, VT - It's no secret that IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County) has had a struggle to establish itself and survive, especially in an economy that has dried up much of its funding and drained its supporters.
Nevertheless, IROC has continued to offer much needed services to area communities. Few people want to see it go.
But that is just what might happen, as the organization faces foreclosure proceedings from Community National Bank and Rural Development.

May 10th

Enter the Canadians

May 10, 2012

DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD, QUE. – Stanstead can now officially intervene on the proposed Derby Line Wind project, according to an order by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued May 9.
Stanstead residents and town officials are in an uproar over the proposed project and have held rallies against it. Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil even threatened to shut off the water to Beebe Plains, VT, if Vermont towns and villages on the border support the project.
The Town of Stanstead requested to intervene because of the proximity of the project to Stanstead residents, according to the motion.


May 10, 2012

DERBY – It’s business as usual for WMOO-FM and WIKE-AM, even though its parent company, Nassau Broadcasting, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy filing includes all stations the company owns in New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.    
Rumors that the stations have been sold have been circulating for the past couple of weeks.
“There’s been an offer on them, but they haven’t been sold,” said general manager Michael Waggoner, “MOO will always be MOO.”

Hats Off to the Ladies

May 10, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - It was Derby Day at Lago Tratoria, where ladies and gents were dressed in their finery to celebrate the most famous horse race in American history, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
This year’s race at Churchill Downs was won by #19, I’ll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez of Vancouver.
The Newport event was a fundraiser for the Renaissance Corporation. Participants paid a door fee, engaged in a silent auction, and even had a Derby hat contest, with the ladies appearing in their finest millinery.

Brighton’s Baptist Church Faces a Changing World

May 10, 2012

BRIGHTON, VT - The Brighton Baptist Church sits along Rt. 114's southern shoulder as it slopes into the town of Island Pond.
A railroad town with a rich history, Island Pond was once a bustling hub marking the halfway point on the Portland-Montreal railroad line. It was and still is in many circles regarded as “the gateway to the Northeast Kingdom.”

May 9th

Tourism Rocks!

May 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Vermont Department of Tourism is holding five press events throughout the week.
Each conference showcases the attributes of a community. Yesterday’s event took place at the Gateway Center.
Jen Butson, director of communications for Vermont Tourism and Marketing, said the state welcome 13.7 million visitors a year, which amounts to $1.5 billion in revenues and supports 11.5 percent of jobs in the state.

VELCO preps for improvements

May 9, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY – The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) power lines and poles in the area may not up to safety standards and potentially out of compliance. A proposed work schedule is underway and VELCO is planning to file for a Certificate of Public good this month.
VELCO officials held an informational public meeting Monday at the Newport Municipal building. The meeting included a VELCO team, but few others showed up. Members of the Jay Planning Commission, Developer Tony Tanguay, and members of the press attended to hear about plans and ask questions.

Lowell Student Receives Financial Literacy Award

May 9, 2012

LOWELL - Ten elementary school students were congratulated on winning a $250 college savings account through the Reading is an Investment Program. The program is now in its second year and was used this school term by 124 Vermont elementary schools.
Last year, 108 schools participated. The program promotes both financial literacy and reading literacy through classroom and library instruction and through a personal reading program.

Starr: “Legislators Got Into it Good”

May 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Legislators continue to face the public even though the 2012 session ended Saturday. Healthcare and energy were some of the topics of discussion during Northeastern Vermont Development Association’s Legislative Breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant Monday morning.


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