Archive - News Article
January 19th, 2012
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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ North Country Union High School teacher and track coach Gary Johnson had his say about the newly refurbished track at Tuesday nightâ€™s full board meeting.
Last year the school board agreed to refurbish the track providing the project used no taxpayer dollars. Johnson made a commitment to head up the fundraising efforts and, to date, he has raised about $88,000. Later in the year, the board agreed to start the project even though there wasnâ€™t enough money.Â
ENOSBURG, VT - An Enosburg, VT, woman is sick, suffering from formaldehyde poisoning, and she says the source is the neighboring farm.
Amy Cochran of Enosburg is a retired science teacher and former farmer herself. Her neighbor has a large farm with approximately 1,200 cattle. According to Cochran, the neighbor uses formaldehyde regularly on the farm.
Formaldehyde is used by many farmers throughout the state to treat hairy wart syndrome, an infection cows get on their hooves.
BARTON, VT - Tuesday, Barton Town voted two new members to its select board in a special election. Two of the three board seats were left empty by resignations, leaving the town without a functioning board since the beginning of December. With the seats filled by the end of Tuesday night, the new board held its first meeting last night.
NEWPORT - "I'm super disappointed with North Country Hospital. They never even talked with the patients." This was the opening remark by Gabbie Bolton concerning the decision by North Country Hospital to replace Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the oncologist, with two part-time Dartmouth-Hitchcock oncologists working two days a week.
LOS ANGELES - With a Golden Globe award in hand, Vermonter Julie Frost is still glowing from the experience of being on the same stage that has seen the best and brightest in film and television.
Frost, originally from Tulsa, OK, moved to New Haven, VT, when she was a baby and considers herself a Vermonter.
Frost won the award for Best Original Song, â€śMasterpiece,â€ť which she co-wrote with Madonna and Jimmy Harry for Madonnaâ€™s film â€śW.E.â€ť and which will be on Madonna's upcoming album.
COVENTRY - Improvements to the Newport Airport have begun. A new hangar was just built and completed this week and it will accommodate a second homeowner who skis frequently in the area.
There are plans to build a â€ścondo hangarâ€ť that would accommodate approximately 16 aircraft. The construction may begin as early as spring.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport woman accused of embezzling from her former employer pleaded not guilty to the felony charge in Orleans Court yesterday.
Jennifer Messier, also known as Jennifer Stace, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $500.
Sept. 8, 2011, George Azur told Newport City Police Sgt. Seth DiSanto that Messier had embezzled money while employed at his business. Azur said he fired Messier when he found out she took money from the storeâ€™s cash register.