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August 20th, 2012
BARTON â The Orleans County Fair ended with a battle to the death during the long-anticipated Demolition Derby Sunday. Fans cheered while mud, dust, smoke and the sound of crunching metal filled the air.
This yearâs Demo Derby fielded 96 cars: 59 four cylinders and 37 six and eight cylinders. The drivers of the four cylinders faced off against each other as did the drivers of the six and eight cylinders.
NEWPORT â The protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain for unlawful trespass were found guilty by a jury Wednesday evening after a day-long trial. The protesters were on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing a wind turbine farm.
The self-proclaimed âLowell Sixâ say they are disappointed by the verdict but will continue their advocacy for Vermont ridgelines.
NEWPORT CITY â Roderick and Irene Ames of Morgan did not get all the necessary permits before installing a solar panel array at their Bobbin Mill Road property in Newport City and now the neighbors are wondering what they can do about it.Â
The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) is considering sanctions against the couple for starting the project without the certificate of public good. The couple will meet with the public service board tomorrow.
NEWPORT - The Armory building is among several National Guard facilities in Vermont that will receive upgrades this year.
The first order of business it to expand parking to include secured parking for vehicles and equipment. The secured parking area will at least double in size and will be fenced in with security lighting added. Additional parking will allow for visitors to not have to park on the lawn as the upgraded area will be paved. The secured parking lot will accommodate more Humvees and trucks.
DERBY LINE - Phil Gosselin, originally from Newport, moved to New York City, after graduating from North Country High School, and pursued his dreams in theater. Now he's returned to the area to direct a musical at the Haskell.
Gosselin is directing the longest running musical in the world: "The Fantasticks." This is Gosselin's first endeavor with directing and it's going great; Gosselin could not be happier, he said.
âThere is just something about live theater,â he said.
RUTLAND â Republican Wendy Wilton, a former state senator from Rutland County and current treasurer for the City of Rutland, hopes voters will elect her as the next state treasurer.
Wilton faces off against incumbent Democrat Beth Pearce of Barre City and Progressive Don Schramm of Burlington in the November election. All candidates are running unopposed in their respective parties.
Wilton, a University of Vermont graduate, is a mother of two college age children. She is very concerned about the stateâs fiscal future and the younger generation.
NEWPORT - The Lowell Six - protesters charged with trespassing on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power is building a wind turbine farm - were found guilty by jury at 8 PM last night. The state has asked for a restitution hearing and no sentence has been handed down.
The jury trial was held before a packed house made up mostly of supporters and opponents of industrial wind development, media personnel and protesters who were arrested at the same location this month. The protesters held a rally outside the courthouse where they beat drums and symbols.
BARTON/GLOVER - Surprise!
The children's librarian and a volunteer were stunned Tuesday morning when they walked through the door of the Barton Public Library.
Someone had been busy stacking chairs, ladders, and tables â on top of each other â almost to the ceiling. Even the potted tree made it to the top of a shelf.
Included among the items moved was an antique victrola, which weighed so much, according to Library Director Toni Eubanks, that she knew a single perpetrator could not have done the job.
"It took two firefighters to retrieve the victrola," she said Wednesday.
BARTON, VT - This year marks the 145th anniversary of the Orleans County Fair in Barton, VT. Steeped in history and rich with agricultural tradition, the fair provides a jam packed week of exhibits, competitions and entertainment for all ages.
Harvey Cleveland, the fair association president, said, âThe association is always working to keep our rich agricultural history, and we also have to keep up with the demand for new features and innovative ideas.â
NEWPORT CITY â âI couldnât do it without you. You are my backbone and you are a gift.âÂ
Those were the words Jessica Blais, community executive for the American Cancer Society, brought to Columbia Forest Products employees Monday. Blais was reading from a statement given by someone she identified as Judy, a cancer patient at the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington.
âShe told me that because of our financial assistance, navigation and transportation to treatment, that she wakes up in the morning,â said Blais of Judy. Blais told the employees Judy was speaking to people like them.