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May 16th, 2012
NORTH TROY â€“ Tuesday, Troy voters appropriated $23,450 for ambulance services from Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service (MVAS). MVAS had requested that amount at Town Meeting but voters had rejected the request.
Tuesday's vote passed 53 to 21.
On Town Meeting Day, residents voted to pay $18,585 instead of the requested amount. Scott Rappold, MVAS president, reacted by sending a letter to the Troy Select Board that stated the service could not provide coverage for the approved amount.
DERBY - Two Derby residents are taking heat for asking questions about how Derby Line Ambulance operates. An attorney now working with the ambulance calls the residents' actions "inappropriate."
Nathan Pickard and Roger Gosselin have attended the last few Derby Select Board meetings to state their concerns.
The select board has allowed limited discussion. Questions on whether or not the service is public or private and whether conversations should take place at a select board meeting have come up.
NEWPORT, VT - Bullying and harassment of students are coming under greater scrutiny, says Orleans Essex North Supervisory Union Superintendent Dr. Robert Kerr at the recent North Country Union High School Board Meeting.
Responding in part to the school's disciplinary process for student offenses, Kerr noted that, under law, schools can be held liable if they do not report and intervene when a charge of bullying occurs.
DERBY- Derby Townâ€™s attorney Richard Saudek attended the select board meeting Monday evening to discuss where the town stands on the Derby Line Wind project. The meeting was delayed while the board waited for Saudek to show up. The board spent the time handling other matters.
Approximately 75 people, including the United States and Canadian media, Stanstead residents and town council members, and Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil crowded into the meeting room with some standing in the halls trying to hear the discussion.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Mayor Paul Monette is seeking a seat at the House of Representatives in Montpelier. Monette is running as an Independent.
â€śThe time is right,â€ť said Monette. â€śI feel we need some changes, some new blood in Montpelier.â€ť
Monette feels he can bring some new ideas and thoughts to the Statehouse. Heâ€™s running as an Independent because heâ€™s never belonged to a political party and feels the two party system isnâ€™t working well.Â
â€śYou need it more at the national level,â€ť he said. â€śI think people forget they should compromise.â€ť
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport, Boundary, and Sherbrook Rotary Clubs met at the Eastside Restaurant on Monday evening to introduce five South African professionals who were selected to visit and learn about business practices in the United States and Canada. The three Rotary clubs are a part of a district that includes southern Quebec and northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Approximately 60 Rotarians attended the dinner meeting and learned more about each of the five visitors.
JAY â€“ â€śService above selfâ€ť has long been Rotary Internationalâ€™s motto. Now, with the assistance of the Newport Rotary Club, that tradition is moving to a new generation of Rotarians, with North Country Union High Schoolâ€™s Interact Club.
Members of the Interact Club and the Newport Rotary Club met at Jay Peak Resort Friday for Interact Clubâ€™s official kickoff. The day included inspirational speeches, time at the resortâ€™s water park and a luncheon.
DERBY â€“ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NEKHS) is moving forward on its plan to construct a facility in Derby's commercial district on the Crawford Road.
Currently, NEKHS has three locations in the Newport area: one on Dutchess Street in Newport, one on the Lake Road, and the other on Citizens Road in Derby. These locations will be combined into one location in Derby.
Plans are to construct a 30,200-square foot facility with approximately 132 parking places on five acres. A new water and sewer line will be installed along with a fire hydrant.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Late Saturday, fire destroyed the home of Charles Roberts, father of 16-year-old Dustin Roberts who passed away in February after a long battle with cancer.
Firefighters were called to Number 12 Road just past 11 p.m. for a fully engulfed structure fire.
â€śWhen we got there, the house was fully involved,â€ť said Kurk Flynn, Newport Center Fire Chief. â€śWe called for extensive mutual-aid from North Troy, Jay, Troy, Irasburg and Newport City.â€ť
Firefighters had the blaze under control in about three hours but remained on the scene until 6 a.m.
DERBY, VT - It's no secret that IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County) has had a struggle to establish itself and survive, especially in an economy that has dried up much of its funding and drained its supporters.
Nevertheless, IROC has continued to offer much needed services to area communities. Few people want to see it go.
But that is just what might happen, as the organization faces foreclosure proceedings from Community National Bank and Rural Development.