Archive - News Article
November 27th, 2011
By LAURA CARPENTER
Express Staff Writer
Local businesses were busy for the so-called Black Friday; known as one of the busiest shopping days across the country. However, most said that business increases as Christmas Day approaches.
Although businesses were busy, response was mixed when compared to last yearâ€™s activity. Some were busier this year, while others said they were busy, but not quite as busy as last year on the same day.
But all are enthused by the push to shop locally.
Country Thyme, a specialty food and gift store on Route 111 in Derby, was hopping with customers.
BARTON - And they're off!
Despite the cold, wet weather, Thanksgiving morning found participants in Bartonâ€™s annual Turkey Trot warmed up and ready to go.
Racers came in all ages, sizes, and choices of clothing. A record breaking 402 people participated, 189 runners and 213 walkers â€“ and one girl on a bicycle.
Spirits were high, the runners were in fine form, and it all goes to show that Thanksgiving isnâ€™t just for turkeys.
DERbY - More than 300 came together for the annual Thanksgiving Day community celebration at the Elks Club in Derby. The event was a joint effort between the Elks Club, the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line, the Area Agency on Aging, and many others.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ State police say a Newport man stole $6,200 from the father of his former girlfriend, and the father followed the clues to the doorstep of the accused.
Tuesday, Daniel Beaumont, 23, entered pleas of not guilty to a felony charge of grand larceny and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a depressant, stimulant or narcotic.
On Sept. 27, 2010, Todd Willis reported that someone stole a lockbox located in a closet in his Derby home. The box contained cash wrapped in currency wrappers and the bills were in sequential order. The box also contained several vehicle titles.
CRAFTSBURY â€“ Fire destroyed a camp located off the Town Line Road Tuesday afternoon.
Craftsbury Fire Chief Walter Gutzmann said firefighters were called to a camp around noon. The camp was owned by Roger Martin. The fire is believed to have started sometime after 10 AM.
State police dispatchers initially toned the Albany Fire Department because they didnâ€™t know where the fire was. The first firefighters on the scene found a fully engulfed hunting camp. They had the blaze under control in about an hour.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ During Monday's City Council meeting, officials from the Agency of Transportation presented the framework for what exactly will happen during the reconstruction of the Long Bridge.
The council also approved lifting the noise ordinance while the state paves US Route 5 from the Airport Road to Coventry Street so that crews may pave at night to reduce traffic tie-ups. Part of the paving project includes roads intended for the detoured traffic blocked from using the Long Bridge. Â
NEWPORT - Once again Hayes Ford teamed up with Vista Foods to collect and distribute complete Thanksgiving Dinners to local families in need, just in time for the holiday.
The food was distributed to local organizations such as senior centers, churches and schools.
NEWPORT, VT - The two young men arrested on Lowell Mountain for contempt of court both pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor charge in Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division Tuesday morning.
They were released on conditions. David Martorana, 19, and Trevor Ring, 20, both Sterling College students, were arrested on Lowell Mountain around 10 AM on Nov. 9.
The mountain "occupiers" oppose the construction of the industrial scale Lowell wind turbine project and are camping on the mountain near the construction site.
CHARLESTON, VT - Moretown Elementary School is in one of the communities hard hit by Hurricane Irene. Charleston learned about Moretown Elementary School when it was highlighted on the Channel 3 News.
Charlestonâ€™s Interim Principal Sharon Gonyaw made an outreach call to Moretown and asked how the Charleston School could help. School officials spoke with Mrs. Gonyaw about five families who are still displaced from their homes.
Charleston staff and students have adopted those five families.
JAY, VT - They just canâ€™t stop building at Jay, and now the pressure is on to finish for the holidays.
A special â€śopeningâ€ť will be held at the new water park the Friday following Thanksgiving.
In addition, work is almost done on the golf course condos.
For more information, go to www.jaypeakresort.com.