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March 14th, 2012

Full Steam Ahead for Local Sugar Makers

March 14, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY – The sugaring season is off to an early start this year with the unseasonably warm weather. The boiling is going strong, but how the season will turn out is a mystery, completely dependent on Mother Nature. Temperatures are forecasted to be well into the 50s in the days ahead, and this concerns producers.
“We’re at the mercy of the weather but off to a good start,” said Carolyn Collins.

Firefighters Save Troy Farmhouse

March 14, 2012

TROY — Firefighters saved the farmhouse at the former Judd Farm from being destroyed by fire yesterday.
Jamie Rivers and Laura Clark now own the property now known as Jay View Sugaring Equipment.
The family believes a shorted out extension cord in the basement caused the fire. The cord was powering a fan to dry children's clothes in the basement of the home. The home sustained smoke damage. The children's clothes were destroyed.

March 13th

A WalMart in Newport?

March 13, 2012

NEWPORT – Paul Bruhn, Executive Director of Preservation Trust of Vermont, wants a WalMart in the Northeast Kingdom, but not in Derby. His vision is to put it at the corner of Coventry Street and Main Street in Newport City, where the People's United Bank (formerly the Chittenden Bank), the back parking lot and the U.S. Post Office is now. Right across from Pick & Shovel.
Chris Hamblett, president of the Pick and Shovel, has heard rumors about the possibility of a WalMart across the street from his business.

Farewell to a Hero

March 13, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Retired Sgt. Doug James, a 30-year veteran of the Vermont State Police and a founding member and the most recent fire chief of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, was laid to rest Tuesday, escorted by state troopers and members of the fire department.
Two fire trucks extended their ladders to display a huge flag over the entrance to the Curtis-Britch-Converse Rushford Funeral Home where funeral services were conducted.
James also served on the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and as a member of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol.

State Auditor To Coventry: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

March 13, 2012

COVENTRY – Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon and Deputy State Auditor Joseph Juhasz told the select board Monday evening that the town needs better internal financial controls.
The biggest concern is that select board members don't know the answers that Salmon’s office says they should know. There are also concerns that one person handles all of the town’s finances. Salmon’s office discovered the weaknesses after sending the select board and clerk and treasurer Cindy Diaz a list of questions that had a yes, no, or I don’t know response.

March 12th

Tetreault Holds Lead in Derby Recount

March 12, 2012

DERBY, VT - A recount was held Monday night for the position of Derby Delinquent Tax Collector after Assistant Town Clerk MaryAnn Tetreault beat out Town Clerk Nicole Daigle by two votes at March Town Meeting.
The final tally added one vote to Tetreault's total for a final count of Tetreault - 518 and Daigle -515.
Daigle was the incumbent.

Craftsbury Auctions Off a Part of History

March 12, 2012

CRAFTSBURY – There is no distance between where history ends and where it begins. Such was the case at Craftsbury Academy while the hardwood floor of the gymnasium was being auctioned off by part and parcel.
The floor was taped off in different sizes. The center of the floor had been removed so that a person could buy an autographed piece as well as some of the seating from the bleachers.
But it wasn’t just about bricks and mortar, or boards and nails. People wanted to take with them a part of what they left behind. Every inch of the place held a memory and everyone had a story to tell.

B&B Still Open After Fire

March 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY — Fire didn't knock Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast out of business.
Firefighters responded to the business on Prospect Street at 4 p.m., Sunday, for a report of a fire in the window well. Upon arrival, they found heavy smoke coming from the second floor and flames around the window. They prevented the fire from entering the attic space and contained the fire to the second floor bedroom.

Orleans Store Burglaried

March 12, 2012

ORLEANS, VT - Chief Lone Cloud, also known as Ralf Swett, reported that the Feathers store on Main Street in Orleans was burglarized last Thursday night.
The culprits broke one of the front doors and ransacked the place. An estimated $10,000 in items was taken, including all the computers. The store was also trashed.

Expensive Options for State Patients

March 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A new state hospital is on the minds of many Vermont lawmakers. Both Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Orleans/Essex) and Rep. Lynn Batchelor covered the topic in detail during yesterday’s Legislative Breakfast held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Last year floodwaters caused extensive damage to the Vermont State Hospital as well as other buildings at the state complex in Waterbury. Legislators now have the task of finding replacement facilities.

 

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