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April 29th, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ Griffâ€™s Pub announced on Facebook that it is closing its doors on Main Street in Newport Monday at midnight.
The Newport City Council did not renew the pubâ€™s beer and wine license, which expires May 1.
Recent allegations of criminal activities inside the bar have led to charges and an investigation by the Vermont Department of Liquor Control. A woman alleges that she was raped in the bathroom of the bar and now a young man is facing charges in criminal court.
NEWPORT, VT - The audience got a double bill Sunday with musicals based on the past and the present.
North Country Union High School's Colton White, as Bill Gates, performed in "iMusical," a piece dedicated to the late Steve Jobs of Apple Computer. North Country students Chase Gosselin and Bailey Walker co-wrote the piece.
Steven Bellavance and Gabby Cogan were the lead characters in this weekend's performance of "Romeo and Juliet: Six very busy days."
Teacher Robert Wing wrote the short comedy skit version of Shakespeare's tragic love story.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The future of Griffâ€™s Pub remains up in the air.
The city council, during a special meeting Wednesday, said it will not renew the pubâ€™s beer and wine license until after a state hearing scheduled for May 11 where the Vermont Department of Liquor Control will determine the fate of the pubâ€™s liquor license.Â
NEWPORT - The winds were cold, but the prevailing feeling was warmth among the crowd as nearly 100 people came Tuesday to celebrate the opening of oncologist Dr. Leslie Lockridgeâ€™s new private practice.
Guests quickly filled the office building and, outside, lines were forming of those trying to get in. Lockridge emerged from inside to the delight of all those present. Many people were reaching out to embrace him or shake his hand.
All followed him to a grassy area behind the building.
NEWPORT - Arbor Day is as American as apple pie, but 140 years after the first official Arbor Day celebration, the importance of this holiday has spread across the world.
The idea behind planting trees is credited to J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City, NB, who organized a tree planting event on April 10, 1872.
A reported one million trees were planted as a result of Morton's vision.
NEWPORT - A little song, a little dance, a little murder and you have the makings of a great American musical.
"Chicago" will be performed at North Country High School on May 4, 5, and 6 by Act Three Teatricals.
This week, members of the cast put on some vignettes for the press. The play is being produced by Chase Gosselin who is graduating from United Christian Academy and taking his fine talent with him.
Make sure you catch the show.
HOLLAND â€“ A Holland couple is upset because they were not notified about the Derby Wind Project and they say their property abuts the Chase Farm where one of two wind turbines could be constructed. Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment, LLC, of Burlington, the project developer, disagrees.
Holland property owners Sherry and John Wagner sent a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) stating that their due process rights are violated and are calling for a halt of the project. The PSB told Encore to respond to the allegation by Monday, April 30.
COVENTRY â€“ Plans for a $3.4 million expansion at the Newport State Airport continue to move forward. The project calls for a 1,000-foot expansion of the north-south runway.Â
DERBY â€“ Dandelions, dandelions, dandelions. And few people know dandelions better than local artist Adrian Yellow and IROC's executive director and organizer of the Dandelion Run marathon, Phil White.
This year, the two have teamed up to raise the lowly weed to new heights.
The Dandelion Run, named as one of the five most scenic running races in Vermont, is scheduled for Saturday, May 19.
NEWPORT - With an eye toward developing entrepreneurs for the hospitality and tourism industry, North Country's Adult Career Center Director Eileen Illuzzi has submitted a grant to fund the creation of a new certification program. The focus will be on careers in hotel and resort management, recreation, restaurants, catering, sales, marketing, tourism and event planning.