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May 9th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Vermont Department of Tourism is holding five press events throughout the week.
Each conference showcases the attributes of a community. Yesterdayâ€™s event took place at the Gateway Center.
Jen Butson, director of communications for Vermont Tourism and Marketing, said the state welcome 13.7 million visitors a year, which amounts to $1.5 billion in revenues and supports 11.5 percent of jobs in the state.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) power lines and poles in the area may not up to safety standards and potentially out of compliance. A proposed work schedule is underway and VELCO is planning to file for a Certificate of Public good this month.
VELCO officials held an informational public meeting Monday at the Newport Municipal building. The meeting included a VELCO team, but few others showed up. Members of the Jay Planning Commission, Developer Tony Tanguay, and members of the press attended to hear about plans and ask questions.
LOWELL - Ten elementary school students were congratulated on winning a $250 college savings account through the Reading is an Investment Program. The program is now in its second year and was used this school term by 124 Vermont elementary schools.
Last year, 108 schools participated. The program promotes both financial literacy and reading literacy through classroom and library instruction and through a personal reading program.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Legislators continue to face the public even though the 2012 session ended Saturday. Healthcare and energy were some of the topics of discussion during Northeastern Vermont Development Associationâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant Monday morning.
DERBY/ HOLLAND - The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) granted intervener status on a permissive basis to two parties who want to participate in the process and hearings for the proposed controversial Derby Line Wind Project. The Holland and Derby Citizens Group for Responsible Energy (HDCRE) and Derby Line resident Mary Jenne were granted the status this week. Both were originally denied as they had missed the deadline to file, however the denial came without prejudice.
ISLAND POND - With strong local opposition to the construction of wind farms and/or â€śdemonstrationâ€ť projects in Orleans County, what will be the reaction to residents of Brighton, Newark and Ferdinand about the proposed wind farm by energy development company Eolian Renewable Energy LLC?
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A couple hundred North Country Union High School students, many wearing pink, gathered in the gymnasium yesterday to show they have a heart as big as the gym.
Each student paid at least a dollar to join their fellow classmates and form a heart. The money will benefit Ty Robertson, the son of Melissa Jenkins of St. Johnsbury who was murdered in March.
Together, the students raised $550.18, well over the goal of $200.
NEWPORT â€“ Former Vermont State Trooper Mark Beezup, 54, was sentenced in Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division last week for sexually exploiting a minor.
He was sentenced by Judge Robert Bent to 9 to 12 months, all suspended but 90 days. He will serve 30 days in jail on weekends and then 60 days on home confinement. Beezup will be on probation under standard and special conditions. The sentence began May 4.
Beezup must attend sex offender treatment, register as a sex offender, and he must not seek certification as a law enforcement officer, according to the conditions.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Three Northeast Kingdom men were in court yesterday, charged with making and possessing a pipe bomb.
Cody Macfarlane, 23, of Newport; Nathaniel Chaffee, 24, of Newport; and John Glover, 24, of Barton all entered not guilty pleas in Orleans County Court. Judge Robert Bent held Chaffee and Glover on $5,000 bail and Macfarlane on $7,500.
ELLICOTT CITY, MD - The Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, who has often served the St. Mark's Episcopal Church community in Newport, was the victim of a fatal shooting in Ellicott City near Baltimore, MD, May 3.
The shooting occurred at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City, the church's administrative assistant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rev. Kohn, 62, of Arbutus, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died Saturday night.