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October 9th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - Jack McMullen, the GOP candidate for Vermont Attorney General, has been campaigning in the Northeast Kingdom on a platform of fighting violent and drug-related crimes. He believes that Vermont's current attorney general, Bill Sorrell, has done a great job on issues of environment, embezzlement and consumerism, but in doing so has not paid enough attention to street crime.
McMullen wants to establish a set of guidelines for a uniform drug-related crime policy.
NEWPORT CENTER - Brian and Jennifer Cook decided to upgrade a home brewing operation to commercial status after years of Brian honing his craft since he was in high school. Kingdom Brewing held an open house this past weekend and participated in the Bean and Brew Fest at Jay Peak Resort.
Jennifer explained how beer is made, from taking a couple of hundred pounds of grain and turning into mash. After an hour, the liquid is pumped into a brew kettle and the unwanted by-product is fed to the beef herd.
DERBY â€“ The new Kingdom Dog Park in Derby is now open. A grand opening celebration was held Saturday.
Despite the rainy weather a large group turned out and nearly 100 dogs enjoyed romping around in their new playground.
Ann Kelley, her husband Bob Kelley, their daughter Ally, and many volunteers have worked on opening the dog park for more than two years.
The Derby Dog Park Committee and many people from all over voted for Derby to win the Pet Safe dog park contest. Derby prevailed in the second round and won $25,000.
BRIGHTON - The Clyde River Hotel, built in 1866, was sold on Friday at a foreclosure auction to Guy and Sharon Daniels of Island Pond. The Daniels' already own the Avalon Inn and Hobo's Restaurant.
Guy Daniels said he plans on closing Hobo's permanently and moving the kitchen equipment and focusing their efforts on the hotel. He also said they received an offer on the Avalon Inn within minutes of purchasing the Clyde and will sell it.
NEWPORT, VT - Thinking about donating some of your time to help others, but not sure where? Why not consider the American Red Cross?
The Red Cross needs volunteers to be part of the disaster response team in the Northeast Kingdom. The response team typically responds to fires and floods, bringing food and drinks to the firefighters and helping the victims with shelter, clothes and food.Â
The Red Cross loses 30 to 35 percent of volunteers annually due to personal, conflicting commitments.
DERBY â€“ For 40 years, area residents flocked to Paulâ€™s Sugar House dance hall to shake their booty. Yesterday, all those dedicated fans paid tribute to what has become a local institution.
Paul and Rhina Letourneau opened the dance hall in 1972. The hall was a dream of Rhina but she passed away in 1979. Paul, with the help of family members, kept his wifeâ€™s dream alive. Paul's son Leo is pleased the dream continues. He said his father loves the business and spends a lot of time there.
DERBY â€“ Faye Morin is the new interim Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer, at least until the March town meeting. She was appointed by a divided select board Thursday evening during a special board meeting.
Select board members Brian Smith (chair), Laura Dolgin, and Steve Gendreau voted yes, while members Beula-Jean Shattuck and Karen Jenne abstained.
The select board had held a vote on the issue Monday evening at their regular select board meeting but there were not enough votes to make the appointment. Dolgin was not present Monday. Jenne and Shattuck abstained from the vote Monday as well.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ October is Fire Prevention Month and Sunday starts Fire Prevention Week. To kick them off right, city firefighters will open their station to the public.
Any Orleans County resident may attend the open house, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents will be able to sit in a trailer that resembles what a house filled with smoke is like, tour the station, interact with firefighters, see the equipment and enjoy refreshments.
TROY â€“ Troy voters are being asked to vote in November for a $1.38 million bond to renovate the aging school building.
â€śThe school was built in 1978 and weâ€™re still dealing with that technology here in 2012,â€ť said board chair Jennifer Daigle. â€śAs a school board, itâ€™s our responsibility to address any concerns and safety issues of our school and bring it to community membersâ€™ attention and hopefully get their feedback and support on correcting those items.â€ť
DERBY, VT - IROC is in a deep hole - close to drowning but trying desperately to keep its head above water.
IROC is facing foreclosure in April for its inability to pay the $7,700 per month mortgage payment for the facility and still owes about $1.1 million.
Not only is IROC asking several towns that use the facility to financially help IROC every year, but it is also seeking tax exempt status from the state.
IROC would voluntarily pay the town taxes, IROCâ€™s executive director Phil White said in a statement.