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February 14th, 2012

One More Pull for the Road

February 14, 2012

DERBY, VT - An impromptu motor vehicle rescue team consisting of Merrill Crawford and his friends (Ed and Alan) tackled pulling this 2500 GMC out of Lake Memphremagog at Strawberry Acres.
The vehicle had crashed through the ice when the driver “tried to cross a pressure reef,” Crawford said. He also said the driver politely declined to be identified.
The truck had been on the lake bottom for three days and was pulled to safety Wednesday, Feb. 8. No one was hurt in the incident.
The men had to slice away the ice with a chainsaw to complete the rescue.

The Stars Shine in Newport

February 14, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A large crowd filled the Waterfront Cinema Saturday evening for a showing of two Vermont made films, Tin Can and Soul Keeper. Newport Native Tim Kavanagh, who appeared in the film, and Scott Wheeler of Derby organized the event.
Intrinsic Films and Samson Production produced Tin Can. Projection Films and Samson Productions produced Soul Keeper. Kavanagh produced and appeared in both films. Steve Maas, also a native to the Northeast Kingdom, wrote, appeared and produced Tin Can. Maas also worked on Soul Keeper.

Lago’s Looks for Grant Money

February 14, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Monday evening, the Newport City Council held a public hearing to take views on applying for a grant of up to $394,000 in Vermont Community Development Program funds. 
The money would be used to cover the cost of fixtures, furniture and equipment associated with a proposed downtown hotel.
Frank and Michelle Richardi want to open a hotel on top of their Lago Tratoria Restaurant on the corner of Main Street and Coventry Street. 
The project includes adding floors to the two-story building. However, the Richardis have not decided if it will be one or two additional floors.

February 13th

Film Features Newport Furniture Parts

February 13, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A New York film crew and a Los Angeles director spent two days at Newport Furniture Parts last week making a promotional film.
The film will be part of an online promotion for Room and Board, one of Newport Furniture Parts' customers. Room and Board will also use the film as a teaching tool in its stores.
The film entails the steps of how products come into existence. The film may also be posted on You Tube.
Michael Brotman, merchandise manager from Room and Board, said the video would feature the company’s creative process. 

Vermont House could pull exemption from vaccine bill

February 13, 2012

MONTPELIER - Currently, Vermont parents have the choice to get their children vaccinated before attending public school. Though vaccinations are mandated, the law has a philosophical and religious exemption. This allows parents to make an informed decision about the vaccines before allowing them to be administered to their children.
But a proposed house bill, H.527, may remove the philosophical exemption, requiring parents to have their children immunized against their personal judgment.

Troy Voters Face $2.2 Million School Bond Vote

February 13, 2012

TROY – Next Tuesday, voters will be asked to approve a bond about $2.2 million for renovations and improvements to the town school. An informational meeting about the bond will be held tomorrow night, 6 p.m., at the Troy Elementary School.
The money is to replace the sprinkler system and make the school more energy efficient, which includes upgrading the 34-year-old heating system that doesn’t even provide heat throughout the building.

February 12th

Crash on the Ledges

February 12, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Firefighters check over a car that rolled over the bank on East Main Street yesterday.
The accident occurred on the Ledges.
Newport Ambulance Service transported one victim to North Country Hospital. The identity of the driver has not yet been released.
Newport City Police also responded to the crash.

Fire & Ice: For the Speed

February 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Forty-two snowmobile enthusiasts had a need for speed at the sixth annual Fire and Ice Radar Run.
KLW Productions sponsored the event that took place on Lake Memphremagog behind the Eastside Restaurant Saturday. It entailed traveling down a 600-foot track with a 400-foot slow down lane. Speeds reached well over 100 miles per hour.
Promoter Ken Wells said Pat Sicard of Derby reached the top speed of 133 miles per hour. 

Penguin Plunge Draws Huge Crowd!

February 12, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - This year's Penguin Plunge was a huge success. An estimated 175 participants brought in about $26,000 to benefit the Vermont Special Olympics.
The water was freezing, the air was worse, yet these brave souls risked it all for the cause.
Among those participating was a team from North Country Hospital who dived in with white lab coats on. The Lake Region Team, which had been practicing for the event, danced slowly into the water to the beat of loud music played from the Newport Gateway building.
Onlookers wrapped in warm coats, mittens and hats, cheered their teams.

February 9th

Two Former Educators Face Off For NCUHS Board

February 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Two former educators are vying for one seat on the board that directs the school where they both taught.
Incumbent Marie George is facing off against Marguerite “Maggie” Griffith for the three-year seat representing Newport City on the North Country Union High School Board.

 

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