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January 24th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - With the controversy surrounding Dr. Leslie Lockridge and North Country Hospital, many cancer patients and survivors have come forward to share their stories. One such person is Gabrielle Bolton, now 25, of Morgan.
Gabrielle is recovering from Non-Hodgkinâ€™s Lymphoma. She began her battle against cancer four years ago while she was expecting her first child, a boy, whom she and her partner Derik Sanville named Collin. Gabrielle is now in remission.
NEWPORT, VT - Philip Brown, 21, of Waterville, VT, pleaded no contest yesterday to a charge of aggravated assault for choking a man until he was unconscious at a party in Eden on Sept. 12, 2009.
The victim, Adam Kaiser, passed out from a headlock and fell, apparently over a wheelbarrow, breaking his leg in two places. Kaiser had to have a steel rod put in his leg and screwed in.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Ryan Garrow, 19, of North Troy pled not guilty Tuesday in Orleans County Court to six misdemeanor charges. Judge Robert Bent ordered Garrow held on $10,000 bail and conditions, including that, if he makes bail, he be released into the custody of a responsible adult.
The charges include simple assault, disorderly conduct (fighting), operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and three charges of violation of conditions.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Vermont Yankee continues to be on the thoughts of many Vermonters and that was certainly the case at Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Three years ago, Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, decided the stateâ€™s only nuclear power plant should close, said Sen. Robert Starr (D-Orleans/Essex) of North Troy. He said lawmakers started working on a bill dealing with Vermont Yankee with no plan for the stateâ€™s energy future.
â€śYou canâ€™t turn the switch off without a plan to turn another switch to get the lights on,â€ť said Starr.Â
NEWPORT, VT - Local oncologist Dr. Leslie Lockridge met with hospital officials Monday morning, but the outcome was not promising, Lockridge said.
North Country Hospital CEO Claudio Fort told Lockridge on Jan. 5 that his position at the hospital was ending.
The plan is for two visiting doctors from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire to travel up twice a week to see patients and for the hospital to hire a nurse practitioner to run the day-to-day operations at the clinic in Newport. The move would save the hospital $100,000 a year, Fort said.
NEWPORT - The Newport City Police were called to the Eastside Restaurant Thursday evening to stop protesters from disturbing North Country Hospitalâ€™s annual dinner meeting.
The protesters, who want Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the local oncologist, to keep his job, turned out for the meeting and planned to peacefully demonstrate with signs. The protesters waited on one side of the restaurant until 7 p.m., when the dinner was scheduled to be over and the official meeting was to start.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport man will serve 29 to 30 days, eight hours a day, for attempting to take a big game animal with the aid of a salt lick.
Tuesday, Jan 17, Michael Bickford, 31, of Newport, entered a plea of guilty to the misdemeanor charge.
Last Nov. 17, Bradley Mann, from the Fish and Wildlife Department, received information that someone saw Bickfordâ€™s vehicle parked several times at an entry to his grandfatherâ€™s property. The person who called Mann said that acquaintances saw Bickford carrying what they believed to be bait from his vehicle to the property.
NEWPORT - Nearly 300 people turned out for a meeting Wednesday evening to discuss concerns relating to the termination of oncologist Dr. Leslie Lockridge from North Country Hospital. The meeting was held at the Newport Municipal Building, where the hospital's CEO, Claudio Fort, and members of the board of directors took center stage at the front of the room.
Nearly everyone there expressed strong support for Lockridge and outrage that he is losing his job.Â
DERBY LINE - One of the best maintained and handsome burial grounds in northern Vermont is found at Derby Line. The cemetery there, located west of the border crossing, customs and the Derby Line Post Office, sits on one of the most endangered pieces of property in the whole Northeast Kingdom.
NEWPORT, VT - Over 250 people crowded into the Newport Municipal Building last night interrogate the hospital board of directors over the dismissal of Dr. Leslie Lockridge.
The hospital's CEO, Claudio Fort, addresses the crowd in what promised to be a two-hour discussion moderated by hospital board member Kathy Austin.
When Dr. Lockridge appeared, he was met with hugs and cheers.
More of the story and photos in Fridayâ€™s Newport Daily Express.