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December 10th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - Nobody wants to be cold, but with current fuel prices and a poor economy, many Vermonters are finding themselves turning down the thermostat and putting on a sweater or two.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) offers to help low income Vermonters pay their heating fuel bill. Clients may apply for assistance any time during the year. DCF issued benefits from late September to mid-March. Benefits are based on two factors: financial need and energy burden need.
NEK - After extensive work for more than a year, the Northeast Kingdom is now one step closer to having an official "byway." Last Monday, the Vermont Byway Council approved the NEK Byway after meeting with tourism and development officials at Burke Mountain.
The official NEK Byway corridor would stretch from St. Johnsbury through Lyndonville, East Burke and West Burke, Westmore, West Charleston and Derby. Once in Derby, the Byway will split and go north along Route 5 to Derby Line and continue on 105 West to Newport.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A light snow fell on the ground early Saturday morning as members of the Newport Rotary Club and the North Country Union High School Interact Rotary Club, veterans, city officials, Newport City School students and other volunteers loaded more than 1,040 wreaths in the back of a large moving van. Their mission: to place the wreaths on veterans buried in Orleans County.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Vermont Education Health Initiative â€“ a non-profit trust that assists school districts, their employees, and local unions to navigate health care issues â€“ will be entering uncharted seas when the state moves toward a health care Exchange.
Vermont is working toward creating an Exchange, which, among other goals, will set minimum standards for health care coverage for all insurers.
JAY â€“ The second of a series of economic development meetings was held at the Jay Peak Resort Wednesday, bringing together a coalition of state officials, educators and other interested parties. The meeting was chaired by Pat Moulton Powden, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, who focused on getting all parties to work together.
â€śIt takes a team to do this and do it well,â€ť Moulton Powden stated in her opening remarks. â€śWe're going to set a template here in the Northeast Kingdom.... If we can do it here, we can do this anywhere in the country.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ On any given day, the sound of soothing music comes from the speakers of a nearby MP3 player and the low hum of a potterâ€™s wheel fills the air. Itâ€™s just a typical day for Diana Poulin of Muddy Waterâ€™s Pottery on Elm Street.
Prior to opening her Elm Street workshop and retail shop six months ago, Poulin rented space from Doug Hamblett off East Main Street.
â€śI decided that I really loved it. It was time to build my own studio, so here I am,â€ť said Poulin.
DERBY LINE, VT - The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) notified customers of the Border Lodge Credit Union by letter yesterday that the NCUA placed the credit union into "involuntary liquidation" on Nov. 30, 2012.
The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) insures each member account up to $250,000 and certain retirement accounts up to an equal amount. The insurance is good for 18 months following the seizure.
Because of the liquidation, customer accounts are now held by NCUA.
NEWPORT â€“ It's a win. The Orleans County State's Attorney has dismissed the charge of trespassing against Barton Chronicle publisher Chris Braithwaite.
In a statement published on the Barton Chronicle website (http://bartonchronicle.com/), Braithwaite said: "It is my hope that journalists who find themselves in a similar situation will bear this case in mind when they are ordered to leave the scene of important public event."
Attorney Phil White had filed a new motion to dismiss the case after receiving documents subpoenaed from Green Mountain Power (GMP).
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A recount that took place at the Orleans County District Court House yesterday showed the Republican Mark Higley did retain his House seat in Montpelier.
Results after Novemberâ€™s election showed Higley had won over his Progressive opponent Katherine Sims 920 to 887.
This time results showed that Higley won 924 to Simsâ€™ 892.
â€śI respect the results and I congratulate Mark on a successful campaign and wish him the best of luck,â€ť said Sims, who had called for recount. â€śWith a race that close, I think itâ€™s prudent to follow things all the way through.â€ť
NEWPORT â€“ Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy and Senator elect John Rodgers brought some good news and bad news to the North Country Union High School Facilities Planning Committee Tuesday evening.
The committee, which is comprised of board members, community members and project officials, is studying potential â€śno frillsâ€ť renovations, as well as work to bring the school in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Principal Bill Rivard emphasized the needs with a Powerpoint presentation that showed photographs of some of the troubled areas.Â