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December 4th

Magic on Main Street Delights All Ages

December 4, 2011

NEWPORT - Newport was alive and hopping for the Magic on Main event, which began with a tree lighting ceremony and the hand bell-ringers performance at the Goodrich Memorial Library. The performance was followed by candy canes, cookies and other goodies in the library.
Santa's Workshop was open in the former Landing Clothing store building, now owned by Tony Pomerleau, where Santa Claus took his famous seat and listened as children told him what they wanted for Christmas.

December 1st

Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in US

December 1, 2011

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.
Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov. 18 to keep the government afloat until mid-December.

Louis Garneau Applies for Derby Permit

December 1, 2011

DERBY - The Louis Garneau USA Company has applied to open a 60,000 square foot, two-story manufacturing facility on the Derby Road near the Interstate 91 exit ramp. Louis Garneau is a world leader in cycling helmets and apparel as well as a variety of other sport products. The company was started in Canada and an office was opened in Newport in 1989.
If the company proceeds with the project, the new building would house the manufacturing section, offices, and retail store that are currently located on East Main Street in Newport, according to a narrative filed with Derby.

Three Accused of Taking Over and Trashing Empty Home

December 1, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – In Orleans District Court Wednesday, Kyle Wilson, 18, of Milton, entered guilty pleas to felony burglary, felony unlawful trespass of an occupied residence and unlawful mischief with damages greater than $1,000.
Sgt. Seth DiSanto of the Newport City Police, in his affidavit, wrote that he and Sgt. Royce Lancaster responded to a home on Green Place in Newport on Feb. 24th, around 1:50 PM, in response to a report of a possible unlawful trespass. The caller told police that the home was unoccupied and for sale.

November 30th

Island Pond Railroad Station Gets Orange Makeover

November 30, 2011

Three new fluorescent orange bollards were recently installed in the driveway of the old railroad station in Island Pond, near the drive through for Community National Bank. The historic building, which is owned by the town of Brighton, had been damaged by over-height vehicles clipping the corner of the roof on multiple occasions. Several thousand dollars worth of damage to the steel infrastructure and roof above were paid for by town insurance claims. To deter future incidents and protect the building, three vertical posts were installed.

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree...

November 30, 2011

Three-year-old twins Taylor and Ella Blaise along with their father, Jake, pick out a Christmas tree at the Breezy Hill Acres stand in Newport City on Wednesday. Stands like this are starting to pop up as the visit of the jolly red elf fast approaches. Photo by Christopher Roy

Man Damages Hospital Property After Not Receiving Medication

November 30, 2011

Express Staff Writer
NEWPORT CITY – Orleans County Judge Robert Bent handed down a one to two month suspended sentence to a Newport City man on Tuesday. Jessie Nichols, 50, entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Woman Sentenced For Bringing Drugs into Correctional Facility

November 30, 2011

Express Staff Writer
NEWPORT CITY – In Orleans District Court Judge Robert Bent sentenced a Winooski woman to three to six months, all suspended, plus probation and conditions for felony and misdemeanor charges relating to drug possession.
On Tuesday, Rise Berard, 62, entered a plea of guilty to both a felony and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a depressant/stimulant/narcotic.

Pine Tree Causes School Closures

November 30, 2011

Express Staff Writer
IRASBURG – A 100-foot pine tree was the cause of a mass power outage that left homes and businesses throughout southern Orleans County in the dark. The tree fell on an electrical transmission line on Sugar House Drive, just south of Irasburg Village, around 5:45 a.m Wednesday morning.
John Morley, Orleans Village Manager, said that Orleans Electric, Barton Electric and the Vermont Electric Corporative own the transmission line. In all, 1,450 VEC members, 700 Orleans Electric Members and 850 Barton Electric members were without power until just before 9 a.m.

Breaking for Deer Causes Accident

November 30, 2011

The Vermont State Police and Newport City Fire Department responded to this two vehicle crash on Route 105 in Coventry Monday evening. Trooper Ben Shelp said that Marley Willis, 45, of Westfield was traveling west on Route 105 when she stopped to avoid colliding with a deer. Gerard Petit, 63, of Coventry, who was also traveling west on Route 105, was unable to stop and collided with Willis' vehicle. Nobody was injured in the crash. Photos by Christopher Roy


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