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January 10th, 2012
MONTPELIER - The first day the State Legislature met this year, they had a new kind of delegate, from a constituency as old as the Earth itself. Up in the Visitor's Gallery, watching the proceedings, a polar bear looked down on the legislative chamber below. A group of students were on tour and one of them looked up and saw the bear, pointed to his classmates, and dispatched a teacher's aid to find out what was going on.
DERBY - The developer of the Derby wind project provided an update Monday at the Derby Select Boardâ€™s regular meeting. Chad Farrell, of Encore Redevelopment of Burlington, was on hand to provide the information and answer questions and concerns. Farrell said he wanted to make the community comfortable with the project.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Bill Davies, moderator for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association's Legislative Breakfasts, brought some sad news to the first one of the season. Mary Paull, who founded the legislative breakfasts about 20 years ago, died last Wednesday.
Following a moment of silence, legislators discussed the numerous complex issues before them in the coming session.
NEWPORTâ€“ Plans were unveiled Monday afternoon for a variety of improvements and expansion plans for the Newport Airport in Coventry. The announcements included plans for a new manufacturing facility.
Guy Rouelle, the Vermont Aviation Administrator, and Patricia Sears, the Executive Director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, announced that a composite airplane manufacturing facility has its sights on land at the airport. Plans are hush hush, but a detailed announcement is expected in 45 to 60 days.
MONTPELIER - The 2012 Legislative session is only a week old and Sens. Vince Illuzzi, R-Essex/Orleans, and Hinda Miller, D-Chittenden, are working on a bill that would make some changes to the healthcare reform bill enacted into law last year.
Â Illuzzi is concerned the 2011 law, which sets up the federally required health exchange, will effectively eliminate all but one insurance provider, leaving only Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Other private companies that have substantial health insurance businesses in Vermont, MVP and CIGNA, would most likely be forced out of the state.
HARDWICK â€“ This was the place to be Friday. Over 300 people from around the state and beyond came to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC), hosted by the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Northern Enterprises.
The event was packed with politicians and bustling with bureaucrats, but shaking hands and rubbing elbows with them was not the sole purpose for the gathering. Instead, people gathered as a new community and to congratulate each other on a job well done to get the facility to this point.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport woman got more than she bargained for when her soon to be ex-husband gave her a computer. April 12, 2010, Amanda Crickard and Daniel Kelley reported to Newport City Police that Ray Crickard, 52, of East Burke, had given them a computer that had pictures of naked girls ranging in ages from five to twelve. Kelley had found the pictures while browsing the computer.
Amanda Crickard said she and Ray, with the exception of their two young children, were the only ones who had access to the computer. Amanda Crickard said she didnâ€™t know the pictures had been downloaded.
LEBANON, N.H. - Republican candidates spent the weekend crisscrossing New Hampshire in a last minute attempt to sway voters before that stateâ€™s primary election tomorrow. One of those was Newt Gingrich who spoke to medical professionals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Friday morning.
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman visited DHMC last Tuesday.
The fundamental problems in Washington are deep and intellectually challenging and there needs to be conversations on how â€śweâ€ť approach things, Gingrich told a closed audience.
NEWPORT, VT - Thereâ€™s nothing like a warm fire on a cold winter night, right? Before you light that wood burning stove or fireplace, you had better make sure your chimney is clean.
Chimney fires, at least in Newport City, are not as much of a problem as they use to be. However, that may change as oil prices rise and more people start to burn wood.
DERBY - The name has changed slightly but the facility is back in business. Foxwood Horse Stables in Derby, now known as Trinity Equine at Foxwood, is providing winter options for horse lovers in Orleans County.
The operation has re-emerged as a cooperative run by three local horse enthusiasts: Julie Jacobs, Dawn Brainard and Lisa Spates.
The Foxwood facility has plenty of room to spare. It features a lighted indoor arena that measures 200 feet by 100 feet. Spacious stalls, even a heated viewing room bring area riders all the comforts of warmer weather even in the dead of winter.