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January 15th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - North Country Hospital CEO Claudio Fort sent a letter last week to 500 of Dr. Leslie Lockridge's patients telling them that the popular and much-loved oncologist would be leaving the hospital employ as of Feb. 10. This has angered the doctor's patients, staff, friends and local elected officials, who are all demanding reasons for this action.
One item at issue is the fact that Fort has reported to the hospital's board of directors, the legislators, and the press that the doctor only has 25 patients and that is not enough to support a full-time oncologist.
NEWPORT CITY â A Lowell woman will not serve any time for using stolen credit card numbers she obtained while working at CRMI.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, Anna Quesnel, 22, entered guilty pleas to two felony charges of identity theft and one misdemeanor charge of false pretenses.
NEWPORT - In December 2006, Dr. Leslie Lockridge, MD, was hired by North Country Hospital to organize a fulltime oncology department. At that time, oncology was a one-day arrangement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.
Lockridge was hired to provide full-time oncology and hematology services to patients suffering from cancer in the Northeast Kingdom. Patients would not have to travel to Hanover (about 110 miles each way from Newport) to receive their chemotherapy treatments, which are usually three times a week.
NEWPORT CITY â The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is in the middle of launching the Governorâs Career Ready Certificate Program.
The program is free to participants approved by the Department of Labor. The 10-week course will meet three to four hours twice a week. Mercedes Pour, Academic Coordinator at CCV, told the Economic Restructuring Committee, which is part of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), that the school will be able to run a full class. A second class for those who canât attend an evening one may be held later.
NEWPORT, VT - This has been a tough week for Danielle (Bathalon) Wright of Coventry. It is the week she began to lose her beautiful head of hair to the ravages of her cancer treatment.
âMy hair is beginning to fall out in clumps,â Danielle said. âWell, at least it will grow back. At least that is what I keep telling myself.â
ORLEANS CO., VT - The lack of snowmobliers in the area is noticeable. As of Thursday, the snowmoblie trails remain closed. However, snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast and many enthusiasts remain optimistic about the weather, even though the snowmobile season has had a slow start this year.
BROWNINGTON, VT â Sometimes we have to be in the right place at the right time, and that's what happened one day back in the 1970s when former Newport Daily Express Owner and Publisher Roger Cartee walked out of the Miss Newport Diner and ran into an old friend. That meeting led Cartee to obtain a collection of negatives and glass plates and stopped them from going to auction in New Hampshire.
Former Newport photographer Harry Richardson took most of the images in what is now known as the Richardson-Cartee Collection.
NEWPORT CITY â North Country Union High School Chair Arne Amaliksen learned a good lesson recently. Don't start a certain project unless you have every dollar in your pocket and identified.
Amaliksen was referring to the school's newly refurbished track. Last year, the board agreed to refurbish the track on the condition the project would not require taxpayer money. Teacher and track coach Gary Johnson agreed to spearhead the fundraising efforts.
LOWELL, VT - Work on Green Mountain Power's (GMP) controversial Lowell Mountain wind turbine project will continue through the winter, although some of the activity will subside and pick up again in the spring. The lack of snowfall has allowed for some of the construction work to continue further than expected.
NEWPORT CITY â The Newport City Council agreed after some hesitation to an in-kind effort request so the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) can apply for a USDA Rural Development grant to help draw tourists to the city.Â
Trish Sears, executive director of NCRC, asked the council to commit to letting employees use work time to meet with subcommittees of the NCRC, specifically the Design Committee, Economic Restructuring Committee and Promotion Committee, to work on marketing.