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July 1st, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) board voted by a wide majority to support a three-year moratorium on industrial size wind developments. The vote Thursday evening at an NVDAâ€™s dinner meeting at Le Belvedere in Newport was about 40 "yes" to about three "no" by a show of hands.
The Executive Committee had asked for a three-year period to suspend new wind turbine projects proposed at over 200 feet tall pending the study of impacts of such developments, costs versus benefits, and potential health effects.
DERBY â€“ Two well-known residents are hoping voters will send them to the state house.Â
Incumbent Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line is seeking her second term. Meanwhile, Loren Shaw, after a four-year hiatus, wants to return to his seat. Batchelor and Shaw, both Republicans, are running unopposed.
Batchelor called serving the people an honor and enjoys being at the statehouse. She serves on the Human Services Committee, which works closely with hospice care, the Department of Children and Families and the Area Agency on Aging.
DERBY - Coutts Moriarty Camp held an open house Friday to celebrate the opening of the new Education Lodge and Dining Hall.
Two years ago this was just a dream, but through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and community businesses, organizations, and board members, the vision for the facility took shape and is now complete and ready for the upcoming season.
CHARLESTON â€“ In the middle of the night June 24 Charleston residents were awakened by loud sounds outside their home. Looking out the window Mary and Alan Esposito saw what appeared to be someone breaking into their vehicle. Alan Esposito ran outside and found a man thrashing a vehicle with concrete pavers, a lawn mower, and his childrenâ€™s toys from the front lawn.
DERBY - Jim Guyette of Derby Line is running for the Vermont State Senate as a Democrat. Guyette had been considering throwing his hat into the ring about a year and half.
Guyette is seeking office for what he calls "simple" reasons. â€śThe economy sucks, up here in particular, and our politicians donâ€™t seem to be interested in doing anything about it,â€ť he said. â€śI feel there are a number of things that can be done to improve the economic situation up here.â€ť
NEWPORT, VT - Deontae McNeil, charged with attacking Donelle Morin in an apparent attempted robbery that went awry Oct 14. 2010, in Charleston, dodged a bullet last night when the jury told the court that it could not come to a decision. The court declared a mistrial.
McNeil's alleged accomplice, Andrew Ladouceur, who made a deal with the state that netted him a 4-12 year prison term, testified against McNeil.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Newport Rotarians heard from Vermontâ€™s top cop, Commissioner of Public Safety, Keith Flynn, during their weekly meeting at the Gateway Center Tuesday.
Flynn spoke about his job and some of the issues facing the state.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is comprised of the Vermont State Police, Emergency Management, Division of Fire Safety and the Criminal Justice Services. DPS has about 650 people and it administers a budget of about $92 million a year.
NEWPORT â€“ A dinner show production last week kept the audience on the edge of their seats laughing and waiting for the next bit of satire, while actors jumped out on the stage in outrageous costumes.
The play, "The Complete History of America (Abridged)," was directed locally by Michael Chase Gosselin. History buffs and those who find history dry and boring all found amusement in the production with its zany satire, unexpected lines, and costumes.
MONTPELIER - Lola Aiken, the iconic matriarch of the Vermont Republican Party, turned 100 this week and celebrated with a multi-partisan bash at the Vermont State House.
Mrs. Aiken is the widow of George Aiken, who was well respected by politicians and citizens of the state during his tenure in Vermont politics. George Aiken, who died in 1984, served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1931-1935, as Lieutenant Governor from 1934-1936, Governor from 1937-1941, and a member of the U.S. Senate for 34 years, from 1941-1975.
DERBY - "Other business" turned into a tense and sometimes heated discussion at Monday's Derby Select Board meeting as board member Karen Jenne came under fire by board chairman Brian Smith and Derby Line Village Trustee Perry Hunt. Jenne serves as the village clerk for Derby Line as well as a member of the Derby Select Board.