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July 19th, 2012
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ Concerns are growing in North America over plans for transporting crude oil derived from Canadian tar sands through pipelines - possibly through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Energy transportation company Enbridge Inc., headquartered in Alberta, pipes tar sands crude oil from Alberta to Michigan, but has recently announced plans to send the heavy oil from Ontario to Montreal, through a pipe called Line 9.
NEWPORT, VT - A bridge construction worker took a long dive off a non-existent pier when he fell into Lake Memphremagog yesterday.
The Newport City Police Department, the Newport City Fire Department, and Newport Ambulance Service responded to Rail Road Square for a water rescue.
Fire officials said the worker, from Reed and Reed Construction, may have had a seizure before he fell 15 to 20 feet into the lake. Co-workers rescued the victim with a boat owned by the construction company and brought him to the boat launch on the Causeway.
Reed and Reed is working on the Long Bridge project.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The planning commission continues to support a central heating plant that would distribute heat via underground pipes to commercial, public and residential buildings. Local woodchips would power the plant.
BARTON - Three years after being appointed principal at Lake Region Union High School, Andy Messier, in an effort to improve math scores, launched an innovative summer school math program that will extend into the school year.
Responding to unsatisfactory test results in math based on statewide testing, Vermont's Department of Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca called earlier this year for schools to focus on ways to improve scores.
DERBY â€“ The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) approved a 140-foot turbine in Derby despite the concerns from a neighbor and others and without holding a hearing as requested and without further investigation.
The PSB issued the Certificate of Public Good (CPG) July 11.
The turbine will sit on Michele Judd's property at the top of Herrick Road.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A high level of arsenic has changed the way the city disposes of its sludge from the cityâ€™s treatment facility.
Arsenic in certain forms is a carcinogen and in other forms it can be a poison.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Work on having a hotel on the corner of Main Street and Coventry Street is moving full speed ahead. The Newport City Council Monday approved the request for the city to apply for a $401,000 implementation grant under the Vermont Community Development Program.
The hotel will be on the second floor of the Largo Trattoria Restaurant.Â
ORLEANS â€“ Jay Dudley, a seventh generation Vermonter, wants voters to send him to the Vermont State House. Dudley, a Republican, is seeking to represent the Orleans/Essex senate district.
Dudley decided to run for office in May when Republican Sen. Vince Illuzzi was thinking about seeking higher office.Â
Dudley grew up watching a gradual and steady economic decline in the Northeast Kingdom. He saw many people struggling and he struggled himself.
LOWELL - More than 100 people turned out to protest the Lowell Mountain Wind Project, stop trucks loaded with turbine parts from entering the Green Mountain Power construction site, and make a statement about future industrial wind projects in the state.
Monday morning, when the first oversized truckload of the day approached the turn to the construction site in Lowell, protesters moved in front of the truck and stopped it in its path for about two hours. Many protesters said blocking the road was not part of the original plan, however.
WESTFIELD, VT - The community of Westfield gathered together to celebrate the contributions of Richard and Pat Shover who are moving to Winterville, GA.
The Shovers moved permanently to Westfield in 1998. Richard was elected town lister in 2000 and served in that job for 12 years. He was known for being fair and working well with other listers and with the public.
Over the years, he attended many meetings and made hundreds of phone calls concerning tax bills and the current use program.