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April 9th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Hundreds of Vermonters plan to converge on the steps of the State House, Tuesday, May 1, for Workerâ€™s Rights Day.
Diane Peel, a member of the Northeast Kingdom 99 Percent, said there is minimum wage and there is livable wage. During Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant, Peel said, â€śFor a single person with no children, the livable wage in a rural area is $16.41, the livable wage in an urban area is $17.08. The average is $16.75.â€ť
DERBY - Steve Gendreau is stepping down as the Derby Road Commissioner as of June 1.
He made the announcement at the Derby Select Board last week.
Gendreau has served in the position over the last several years without pay.
He said he was on-call 24-hour as day, seven days a week, and no longer has time for the job.
Gendreau also serves as a member of the Derby Select Board.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Putnam, CT, man who faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder and a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon wants the Orleans County District Court to suppress a photo identification of him.
Judge Robert Bent heard arguments from both sides Friday.
Oct. 14, 2010, Detective Sgt. Darren Annis of the state police responded to a report of a shooting on Route 5A in West Charleston. Dispatchers told Annis that a woman had been shot outside her home and two men, one white and one black, had fled the scene in a silver pick-up truck.
NEWPORT - Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the oncologist who was terminated from North County Hospital, is opening a private practice in Newport.
Lockridge will continue his oncology work and also provide primary care for adults, he said in an interview Friday. Lockridge will share a building located about a mile from North Country Hospital with Dr. Paul Julien, who is an otolaryngologist.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A summer tradition is about to end for good. North Country Federal Credit Union wants to tear down the well-known LB Snack Bar on the Derby Road and replace it with a new branch building.
The Newport Development Review Board will take up the permit request Wednesday, April 11. The sale of the property is contingent on the issuance of the permits. According to the application, the project involves demolishing the snack bar and surrounding buildings and constructing a new 2,750 square foot facility with two drive-through lanes and an ATM.
DERBY LINE â€“ The Village of Derby Line is getting new sidewalks. Voters at the annual village meeting Tuesday gave a unanimous yes for village officials to move forward on the project.
The sidewalks are crumbling in many places in the village and near the Haskell Library; walkers are forced to cross the street in one area. But that's about to change.
The village is expecting a $300,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Transportation for the project; the village must contribute 20 percent or $60,000. Half of that amount, or $30,000, can be in the form of in-kind services.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ There are thousands of new fish in the Clyde River this week, thanks to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The department dumped three truckloads of fish off the Clyde Street Bridge Monday and Tuesday.
The hatchery stocks 30,000 salmon smolts in the Clyde River every spring. The hatchery stocked another 3,000 fish total in Seymour and Willoughby lakes Tuesday afternoon.Â
DERBY LINE â€“ At the Derby Line Annual Meeting Tuesday voters were asked if they support the proposed Derby Line Wind Project. Voters said no by a wide margin. However, only 33 people voted. The results were 24 no and nine yes by paper ballot straw vote. There are 401 registered voters in the village.
The chair of the board of trustees, Keith Beadle, is not sure if the vote reflects the true sentiment of village residents considering the low turnout. He thinks those who oppose something are more likely to be vocal than supporters.
MONTPELIER, VT - Some Vermont lawmakers are outraged at a proposed utility merger that now has the backing of the Shumlin administration.
Gov. Peter Shumlin recently gave his support to an amended agreement that would merge Vermont's second largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), with Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS). GMP is owned by Canada-based Gaz Metro.
NEWPORT, VT - Six people were evacuated from their homes and police closed off a Newport City street after they received a 911 call about a man with a gun at 65 Pleasant Street last evening.
However, an extensive search turned up no gunman.
The Vermont State Police, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office and Border Patrol assisted at the scene. Anyone with information about the identity of the caller is asked to call city police at 334-6733.