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January 3rd, 2012

Unofficial Derby Meeting Tackles Wind Project Issues

January 3, 2012

DERBY - Developers who want to construct two industrial size wind turbines on two farms just east of the Village of Derby Line met with Derby officials at a private meeting Tuesday. One turbine would be located on Grandview Farm owned by the Davis family, and the other on Smugglers Hill Farm owned by Jayne and Jonathan Chase.
The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the select board’s public meeting scheduled for Jan. 9 at 6:30 PM and to introduce a new partner in the project, Jeffrey Hollender, a business strategy consultant from Burlington.

January 2nd

Local Businesses Pleased with Holiday Sales

January 2, 2012

NEWPORT - Newport merchants are reporting positive news for the holiday shopping season. Some say they did about the same as last year, but others say sales were way up.
Jim McKimm with the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC) said business was up this season 60 percent over last year. “The artists are very excited about it,” he added. The MAC stayed opened later hours in December leading up to Christmas and that decision was a good one, McKimm said, one that paid off with extra shoppers.

New Year’s Rocks at IROC

January 2, 2012

DERBY, VT - Well over 600 revelers from all over Orleans and northern Essex County participated in IROC’s 6th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash with fun and games throughout the afternoon and evening. Mark Shelton and his Captain Radical Pirate Show highlighted the event.
We brought the arcade and the ping pong, pool, and air hockey tables down to the main floor and Wilson’s Entertainment provided play without charge for the entire day and night. They were busy as were the bounce houses and the water slide.

Hardy Souls Brave Willoughby to Cure Cancer

January 2, 2012

WESTMORE - It was a splish-splashing good time as 71 brave souls stripped off their winter weather gear and took a brief dip in Willoughby Lake Sunday. Fred Laferriere of St. Johnsbury started the event nine years ago. Each participant was asked to pay a minimum $100 entry fee. Most people obtain sponsors. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Two years ago, the swimmers teamed up with the St. Johnsbury Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

December 29th, 2011

2011 Citizen of the Year: William Graham

December 29, 2011

This year’s Newport Daily Express’ Citizen of the Year Award goes to 84-year-old Bill Graham of Newport City.
Graham, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, moved with his family to Cambridge, MA, and then to Concord, N.H. While in high school, Graham joined the Sea Scouts. Graham briefly left high school to do a two-year stint in the Navy.
Back then, it was very common for young men to quit school to join the service during the World War II era, said Graham.

Natural Disasters Top Year’s News

December 29, 2011

If there was ever a year for extremes, this was it: Record snowfall was followed by record rainfall, which lead to massive flooding and damage in April. Then May brought more rain, and more rain, and more rain, making it the wettest spring on record with 18.14 inches by May 28. The old record of 15.46 inches was set in 1983.

December 28th

Brighton Municipal Building Makeover Begins

December 28, 2011

BRIGHTON, VT - The white vinyl siding that enveloped the Brighton Municipal Building in Island Pond for a couple of decades is currently being removed so architects and engineers can assess the historical features hidden beneath it.
The work is the very first phase of a weatherization and historical preservation project funded mostly by grants totalling just over a half million dollars.

Developers Push Derby Wind Towers, Holland Pushes Back

December 28, 2011

DERBY - Developers who want to construct two industrial size wind turbines just east of Derby Line applied earlier this month for two Certificates of Public Good (CPG) with the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB).
Encore Redevelopment, with its partners, has filed for the CPGs for Grandview Farm, owned by the Davis family, and Smugglers Hill Farm, owned by Jayne and Jonathan Chase. The turbines would be more than 400 feet tall at the tip of the blade and are expected to generate 2.2 Mw of power.
The project is under the state’s SPEED program.

Newport Considers Alternative Commercial Tax Structure

December 28, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Someday commercial property in the designated downtown may be worth more than the buildings that sit on it.
During the Dec. 19 Newport City Council meeting, City Manager John Ward Jr. said he, Mayor Paul Monette and Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher met with University of Vermont Professor Gary Flomenhoft to engage with a preliminary study of the potential positive impacts of a Land Value Taxation system as an alternative to the conventional municipal taxation system.
At the meeting, the council gave the okay for the free study to continue.

December 27th

The Gift of Time

December 27, 2011

WESTFIELD – Fourth to sixth grade students from the Jay/Westfield School take time from their busy schedule every week to visit with residents of the Scenic View Residential Home. Last Thursday, the students presented each resident with a holiday gift packet, which included greeting cards, popcorn and ornaments. The students also played bingo with the residents.
“We do this so the children have a chance to get out and do something nice in the community,” explained Eva Lemieux, after school site coordinator from the Jay/Westfield School. “They (the students) also learn social skills.”

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