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September 26th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Mark Donka, a full-time police officer, said he can relate to the middle class. Donka, a Republican, is facing off against Democrat Peter Welch for Vermontâ€™s lone House seat.
Donka is running because he is scared of the direction the country is going.
â€śI just think weâ€™re unsustainable at the rate weâ€™re going,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™re $16 trillion in debt, our economy is doing terrible and unemployment has been over eight percent for three-plus years. Our bond rating and our borrowing rating has dropped down from what it should be so itâ€™s costing us more to borrow.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Robert Favali, a director at DuBois & King Inc., presented an assessment proposal for the existing mechanical and plumbing systems at the North Country Union Junior High School board meeting recently.
The school was constructed in 1957 and an addition was built in 1990. Favali advised the school board that even the 1990 building's modernized temperature control package needs replacement.
ORLEANS â€“ For 80 years, Ethan Allen manufacturing has been producing high quality home furnishings. Yesterday company officials kicked off their celebration on the historic milestone by touring the plants and meeting with employees in Beecher Falls and Orleans. Today CEO Farooq Kathwari and Regional Operations Manager Mike Worth will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
During a private luncheon, Kathwari said Ethan Allen survived the Great Depression and the Great Recession. â€śThose are two very important time periods,â€ť said Kathwari.
COVENTRY â€“ Tyler Collins, 16, of Newport Center, died in a car crash Monday on Alderbrook Road in Coventry.
Collins, a junior at North Country Union High School, was reported driving a Hyundai Tiburon over the speed limit and headed west when he passed an Orleans County Deputy headed east. The deputy turned his cruiser around and activated lights and siren to stop the vehicle.
VERMONT â€“ The state bear population has grown so large that officials are taking action to bring the number down. Because there are so many bears now, estimated at more than 6,000 statewide, the number of nuisance complaints from residents is at a record high.
TROY â€“ Sen. Bernie Sanders held his annual pig roast with all the fixings at the Randall Family Farm Sunday.
Sanders, an Independent, is worried that Republicans want to do deficit reduction on the backs of the elderly, children, sick and poor. He said that Republicans want to cut Social Security, end Medicare and move it to a very different type of program. They also want to make cuts in Medicaid, in nutrition programs and in education, he said. Sanders called the plan morally grotesque and bad economic policy.
EDEN â€” A woman died in a car accident on Route 100 just south of Lowell yesterday.
The woman, identified by police as 25-year-old Ashley Allard, of Morrisville, was reportedly not wearing a seat belt when her vehicle struck an oncoming truck.
Allard was driving a Honda Civic when she allegedly crossed the center line and drove her vehicle into a Whitcomb Construction dump truck that was towing a trailer. State police identified the driver of the truck as 46-year-old Valerie Hans. Hans was not injured.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damage.
JAY â€“ A group of Vermontâ€™s heaviest hitters will make a big announcement about Newport, the airport, Jay Peak and Burke Mountain Thursday morning. U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Governor Peter Shumlin, and Lawrence Miller (Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development) will join Co-Owner and President of Jay Peak Resort Bill Stenger at the new Hotel Jay conference center to deliver the news, said JJ Toland, a spokesperson with Jay Peak Resort.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington is charging Thaddeus Gordon and Shawn Greenwood of St. Johnsbury with conspiracy to manufacture meth.
Members of the Vermont HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) Response Team and the Vermont State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team located and cleaned up the areas involved.
Police searched the woods near a cemetery in St. Johnsbury and found containers, chemicals, residue and other items associated with a meth lab. All unsafe materials were secured, documented and disposed of safely.
IRASBURG - Fire gutted a barn on the Back Coventry Road in Irasburg Friday evening.
Dennis Malshuk said his grandfather, Bill Malshuk, who passed away early this month, owned the barn. The barn contained two tractors, construction equipment, antiques and other family memories. Malshuk said his father restored the barn two years ago. He believes arson is the cause.
The blaze lit up the night sky.