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April 11th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“â€śMark Twain said when you turn your vocation into your vacation, you got to quit, and I haven't worked forever," joked Doug Nelson, who received the Business Person of the Year award during Vermontâ€™s North Country Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Eastside Restaurant yesterday.
The New Business Person of the Year award went to Ruth Sproull from Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast. Chris McFarland from Clyde River Recreation received the Small Business Award. The Business of the Year Award went to Community National Bank.
NEWPORT, VT - Rep. Peter Welch made several stops in the Orleans County area with a final stop at the Eastside Restaurant yesterday. Welch listened in on the Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce awards presentations before giving a 20-minute speech of his own.
In an interview with the Newport Daily Express afterward, the congressman talked about Newportâ€™s ability to have a dynamic tourist industry in such a beautiful setting.
NEWPORT CITY - Anthony Rodriguez, also known as Tattoo Tony, grew up in New York City doing graffiti on trains. Now he has a chance to display his work as community art while also working to build his business.
Rodriguez and a team of artists from TNT Explosive Tattoos, his shop, will be collaborating with Fresh Start Community Farm this summer to draft a paint-by-numbers mural for the fence of the Summer Street Garden that narrates the history of the neighborhood.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Vermont Electric Co-Op (VEC) is working on getting a greener portfolio.
CEO Dave Hallquist told the Newport Rotary Club Tuesday that he and others at VEC learned a lot about what people understood about energy when they did community outreach with Kingdom Community Wind.
Kingdom Community Wind refers to the wind project on Lowell Mountain.
Hallquist, a retired engineer, said there are no easy choices as far as energy goes.
DERBY â€“ Several opponents of the proposed Derby Line Wind Project have stated concerns over potential property value decline and cite, as an example, a Derby property that was listed on the tax roles at a lower value after the owner complained about a wind turbine on a neighboring property.
The George Buzzell property in Derby was reduced in 2008 by approximately ten percent of its assessed value after Buzzell said that the turbine on Sen. Vince Illuzzi's property impacted Buzzell's property.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Maine resident who led police on a 22.5-mile chase Easter Sunday will undergo a psychiatric examination to determine her competency and sanity. Until then, Judge Robert Bent ordered Kimberly Saunders, 46, of Portland, ME, held on $15,000 bail.
Saunders faces a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement officers and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, and operating a motor vehicle in a reckless or grossly negligence manner.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Hundreds of Vermonters plan to converge on the steps of the State House, Tuesday, May 1, for Workerâ€™s Rights Day.
Diane Peel, a member of the Northeast Kingdom 99 Percent, said there is minimum wage and there is livable wage. During Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant, Peel said, â€śFor a single person with no children, the livable wage in a rural area is $16.41, the livable wage in an urban area is $17.08. The average is $16.75.â€ť
DERBY - Steve Gendreau is stepping down as the Derby Road Commissioner as of June 1.
He made the announcement at the Derby Select Board last week.
Gendreau has served in the position over the last several years without pay.
He said he was on-call 24-hour as day, seven days a week, and no longer has time for the job.
Gendreau also serves as a member of the Derby Select Board.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Putnam, CT, man who faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder and a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon wants the Orleans County District Court to suppress a photo identification of him.
Judge Robert Bent heard arguments from both sides Friday.
Oct. 14, 2010, Detective Sgt. Darren Annis of the state police responded to a report of a shooting on Route 5A in West Charleston. Dispatchers told Annis that a woman had been shot outside her home and two men, one white and one black, had fled the scene in a silver pick-up truck.
NEWPORT - Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the oncologist who was terminated from North County Hospital, is opening a private practice in Newport.
Lockridge will continue his oncology work and also provide primary care for adults, he said in an interview Friday. Lockridge will share a building located about a mile from North Country Hospital with Dr. Paul Julien, who is an otolaryngologist.