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April 23rd, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Jobs continue to be on the minds of many Vermonters.
During Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant, former North Country Union High School Board Chair Arne Amaliksen of Derby asked guest speakers Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City and Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy what legislators were doing to create jobs for graduates.
â€śEconomic development is a big part of what goes on in Montpelier,â€ť replied Starr. Whether itâ€™s the Department of Labor or the Economic Development Authority. â€śThey all work toward programs to enhance the working lands bill.â€ť
DERBY - Encore Redevelopment, LLC, is the Burlington-based project development company working for two certificates of public good to construct two turbines on two separate farms just east of Derby Line. The turbines planned are more than 420 feet tall at the tip of the blade, with an estimated capability to power 900 homes each.
The project plans have created contention and some area residents are questioning just what Encore does.
NEWPORT - The Northeast Kingdom Rotary Interact Club was recently formed at North Country High School to introduce students to the leadership experiences and support of the Rotary Clubs of America.
The name Northeast Kingdom Rotary Interact Club was chosen following inquiries from parents asking about the eligibility of students from Lake Region and the United Christian Academy who wanted to join the Newport Rotary-sponsored club.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A dozen or so individuals, mostly women and children, raised money for the Tough Mother Wounded Warrior Project onÂ Saturday by doing Zumba Dancing, a Latin dance-inspired fitness program, at the U.S. Army National Guard Armory.
The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and funds to help severely injured service men and women. Money raised helps veterans from any conflict in any state.
NEWPORT - People from all over the United States and beyond are coming together in solidarity to support Ty Robertson, the young boy whose mother was viciously murdered in the St. Johnsbury area recently.
Singer-songwriter Willow Wells has composed a song on Ty's behalf; it is currently running on YouTube. The song's video contains photos of love and support from individuals and families from all over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUQxBoBFlyY&sns=fb
The site includes a link and an address for making donations in support of the child.
ORLEANS COUNTY, VT â€“ The annual Green Up Vermont day is a long-time annual tradition of communities coming together to pick up roadside rubbish and keep Vermont beautiful. The event also serves to promote awareness of the environment, the problems associated with litter, and helps prevent people from throwing trash where it doesnâ€™t belong. Green Up Day is always on the first Saturday in May.
May 5, all counties across the state and nearly all towns are joining together to participate. More than 15,000 volunteers participate every year picking up around 40,000 bags of rubbish.
BARRE â€“ Some toe taping music will come to the Barre Opera House Sunday afternoon to raise funds for the Orleans/Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice.
The annual Magic of Master Fiddlers event will be headlined by Ottawa Valley native April Verch and Vermont native Scott Campbell.
During a telephone interview Thursday, Verch said the different groups will perform individual sets and collaborate as a group as well. Verchâ€™s band will perform two 30-minute sets.
NEWPORT, VT - At North Country Union High School's recent meeting, Vice Chairperson Peter Moskovites reported unanticipated revenues of $391,000 from the sale of the bus fleet and the award of an Education Jobs Funds grant.
Supervisory Union Director of Business Glenn Hankinson stated that the sale of the bus fleet netted $200,000 and the grant pulled in $191,000.
Unlike surplus funds, which are revenues budgeted for this fiscal year and have to be returned to the taxpayer, unanticipated funds can be spent by the school board for other purposes.
BURLINGTON, VT - Thirteen Northeast Kingdom defendants have been indicted by federal grand jury with methamphetamine-related drug crimes following a raid on an Island Pond house in November of 2011.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington will be prosecuting Carl Dewayne Coker, Charles Thomas Amerine III, Mandy Darlene Johnson, Frank Santaw, and Kevin Dodge with conspiring to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine from Spring 2011 to November 2011.
NEWPORT, VT - During the public comment period at Tuesday's North Country High School Board meeting, recently-elected member Maggie Griffith spoke to the board as a public citizen about discipline issues that had been brought to her attention. Griffith read a statement about her love for the school, which opened in 1967, but expressed concern that over the past few years there is a lack of discipline on the part of the administration handling student issues.
â€śI came before the school board three times last year,â€ť she stated. â€śBut there was no discussion about the problems that I raised.â€ť