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August 2nd, 2012
NEWPORT - Thought traffic could not get any worse in Newport? Well, Thursday afternoon a bizarre course of events made traffic far, far worse. In a bit of redirection that would make David Copperfield proud, most drivers and pedestrians alike were distracted by the sight of a 10 1/2 foot high, Case MX 255 Tractor being pursued by police officers, many of whom were on foot.
BARTON - The Orleans County Fairgrounds were vandalized during the overnight hours Wednesday. The vandals poured buckets of paint on the floors, smashed various structures, emptied several fire extinguishers, and painted profanity on several walls, inside and out. The profanity consisted of vulgar language and some racist slurs.
NEWPORT - In a ceremony lacking frills or attention, Newport City made a quiet transition Wednesday as Seth DiSanto was sworn in as the new Chief of Police.
The event occurred in the city council chambers with Newport City Clerk and Treasurer James Johnson doing the honors.
DiSanto replaces Paul Duquette who served as chief for 15 years.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ After being vacant for several months, the former Landing Clothing store on Main Street will have a tenant.
Building owner Tony Pomerleau said yesterday that Mill River Furniture will move into the downtown location from the Waterfront Plaza, which Pomerleau also owns.
Pomerleau has owned the downtown location for less than a year.
NEWPORT - New blooms of Cyanobacteria (known as â€śblue-green algaeâ€ť) were spotted on the Canadian side of Lake Memphremagog several times recently. The blooms covered a large area and were spotted in several locations.
Memphremagog Conservation Inc. photos from July show a thick, scum-like, bright greenish-blue substance on the water.
Cyanobacteria blooms are of serious concern because they could be toxic and harm humans or animals who bath or swim in the water or who drink it. Cyanobacteria is found worldwide and is most prevalent in clam-nutrient rich waters. (World Health Organization)
TROY - The family of Shawn Chaput is working to create public awareness to suicide. The family lost a beloved family member, Shawn, when he took his own life March 2.
Members of the Chaput family are talking about a subject that is typically taboo or carries a stigma. Often friends and relatives suffer the painful fallout from the suicide of a loved one in silence.
BRIGHTON - Itâ€™s been a long, exciting journey for musical rocker Jimmy Thurston. The well-known artist returns to one of his favorite venues Friday night as part of the Island Pond summer series.
For Thurston, itâ€™s a homecoming of sorts as he has played the area circuit for over five decades. He said, "I love it up here. The people are hardworking and honest. They work hard and play hard and Iâ€™ve made a lot of friends there over the years.â€ť
By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
LOWELL â€“ Republican Mark Higley thinks having a conservative voice in Montpelier is important and thatâ€™s why heâ€™s seeking his third term for the Vermont House.
â€śThe numbers are definitely against us,â€ť said Higley of the Republican Party. â€śOut of 150 in the House, thereâ€™s only 48 of us who are Republicans. In the Senate, out of 30, thereâ€™s only eight and the governorship is held by a Democrat. Itâ€™s important to have some form of balance.â€ť
DERBY LINE â€“ Government officials are considering taking more action to stop people from entering the United States and failing to report at the Derby Line, VT, Port of Entry.
Derby Line officials met with U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and General Services Administration (GSA) representatives near the U.S./Canadian border Friday and conducted a site visit â€“ of sorts.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Cristopher Smith, the 27-year-old man who pulled a knife on a local news reporter, entered a guilty plea Friday to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a prohibited act. The state dismissed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Smith, who appeared in court in chains and shackles, will have to wait a bit longer to hear his fate. Until then, he is lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.