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October 13th, 2011

Red Cross Seeks Volunteers

October 13, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Every day in the United States, the American Red Cross provides assistance to victims of man-made and natural disasters. Most of the people who respond are volunteers. 
Statewide, the Red Cross has 250 volunteers, but only about 30 to 35 percent are able to respond to a given event. The chapter’s goal for this year is to add more people to its volunteer roster.
“Without the volunteers, there is really no Red Cross,” said Larry Crist, regional executive. 

October 12th

Road Closed: Construction and paving will make navigating Newport a nightmare.

October 12, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – According to state officials, work on replacing the Long Bridge will probably start in February, several months later than originally thought. Construction is expected to last nearly a year, during which time the state will also be paving US 5 through the city, including Main Street.
Both the city and state say the bridge is safe. “If it weren’t safe, we would have it closed,” said Carolyn Carlson, project manager.
The state will be finalizing the plans between now and January. Contractors will be able to bid on the project in January.

Bible Stolen From Veteran Chaplain

October 12, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Police are looking for the person who stole an Army Ruck Sack from a U.S. Veteran who served in Afghanistan last year. Kurt Geib noticed the pack missing from his home Tuesday. The bag, issued by the Army, contained mostly warm weather gear.
Geib, a chaplain, said the bag also contained a personal Bible. The items have a “price tag” but he wasn’t sure of the exact value. The items are property of the Army, not Geib. The bag was located in Geib’s garage and the thief stole nothing else.

Caution: White Canes and Guide Dogs Ahead

October 12, 2011

CHARLESTON - A White Cane Awareness walk will be held this Saturday morning in West Charleston. The purpose of the walk is to promote awareness regarding those who are visually impaired or blind, and their dependence on canes and seeing eye dogs.
Among those participating will be some young members of the Free Will Baptist Church who will be blindfolded and have a guide.

October 11th

Where’s Pete?

October 11, 2011

IRASBURG - Rumors are circulating on Facebook that Pete the Moose is in hiding or missing. A number of people have gone looking for him to no avail, but no one could be reached to confirm his disappearance.
Have you seen Pete today?

FEMA Deadline Nears - Lyndon Office Closes Thursday

October 11, 2011

LYNDONVILLE - FEMA officials are again warning that time is quickly running out for interested individuals to file applications for emergency aid.
The Lyndonville office on Park Avenue, which serves Caledonia and Orleans counties, will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
After that, applicants will still be able to call the Help Line at 1-800-621-3362. The deadline for all applications is October 31st. FEMA urges people to apply soon.

Opponents: Adult Toy Store Just Doesn’t Fit In

October 11, 2011

DERBY - Some members of the local community are outraged by the news that an adult novelty store is planning on setting up shop in Derby next door to Roasters Deli and Café.
Among those upset is Rick Dubois, a Village of Derby Center Trustee. He said he does not think a store that sells adult novelty items should be located anywhere near where children could come into contact with it.

Champlain Bridge Rebuild Could Cost $5 Billion, Take 10 Years

October 11, 2011

MONTREAL, QUE. - Canadian federal authorities are presently coping with the problems of replacing the half-century-old Champlain bridge, which links the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the Island of Montreal. Replacing the bridge could take as long as 10 years.

October 10th

Businessman Frank Spates Passes

October 10, 2011

Frank Harris Spates, Jr., beloved husband of Jeannette (Nault) Spates for the past 56 years, passed away peacefully at his home in Derby on October 9, 2011 after more than a ten-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy; he had just turned 78 on September 14. Frank, or “Sunny” as his brothers and sisters called him, was born in Lynn, MA, on September 14, 1933. He was the son of Frank H. Spates, Sr. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates.

Lowell Project Continues

October 10, 2011

LOWELL – Last week the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) issued a stop work order against Green Mountain Power (GMP) on the Lowell Mountain wind project due to issues that arose with storm water runoff.
The stop work order was for building on the road, not other work, said a spokesperson with GMP Monday. Work is continuing on creating storm water management.
According to Dotty Schnure, the construction got ahead of itself and the implementation of the storm water management fell slightly behind. Now work is underway to compete that work, Schnure said.

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