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October 4th, 2011

Students Get Healthy on Fitness Day

October 4, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – On Friday, the sounds of cheers and laughter rose from the North Country Union High School gymnasium and field as dozens of students from all of the sending schools cheered each other on during the 16th annual Fitness Day.
Fitness Day provides an opportunity for some fifth through eighth grade students to spend the day at North Country and participate in fitness activities and games.

Police Go to the Net for Fundraiser

October 4, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Saturday, Nov. 12, promises to be an exciting evening as the Court Jesters take on local law enforcement officers at North Country Union High School. The basketball game will start at 7 p.m. 
According to their website, the Court Jesters are a group of highly talented former college and professional basketball players with great showmanship. 

City Council Blasted Over Detour

October 4, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – On Monday evening, the Newport City Council came under fire from East Main Street business owners who were upset the city closed the street for much of last week. The work entailed working on and updating the sewer system. The city plans to pave the street later this week.
Ken Stocker from the Brown Cow Restaurant said business owners are upset the city didn’t notify them about the closure. He said there had to be some forethought because the city put up stenciled signs that read the street was open to East Main Auto and Lapierre’s Decorating Center.

October 3rd

Adult Novelty Store Gets Derby Permit

October 3, 2011

DERBY - An adult novelty store could be opening in Derby in the near future.
Midtown Estates applied for a change of use permit from the Town of Derby, which was granted. The change is from office space to retail and office in the large building located on the south side of Route 5, in the building that houses Roaster’s Café and Deli.
The business is called Good Stuff, which already has stores located in other areas of Vermont and New Hampshire.

MAC: 100 Thousand Poets for Change a Big Success

October 3, 2011

The poet’s dreams shall have the capacity to defeat the actual at any point.
— William Butler Yeats
NEWPORT, VT - Years ago, when asked about the power of poetry in today’s society, poet Galway Kinnell responded, “(While) poetry is rather invisible publicly, it exerts a quite powerful influence on a very large number of individuals. In this way, it percolates up through the populace and, over time, may have a profound effect on who we are as a people and how we relate to each other and to other peoples and to other creatures.”

$20 Grand Raised in Soggy Duck Regatta

October 3, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – One could say Sunday’s rainy weather was the type that  would please a duck. This was a good thing for the Newport Rotary Club, as it held its annual Duck Regatta on the Clyde River. The owners of the first five small ducks to cross the finish line won cash prizes.
Lapierre’s Decorating duck came in first place with a cool prize of a $1,000. Pierre Legacy's duck came in second, followed by ones owner by Bob Bigelow (who turned his money back to the club), Danielle Carpenter and Frank Chaput. 

Illuzzi and Co. Install New Cell Towers in Brighton and Barton

October 3, 2011

BRIGHTON - Anyone with their eye on the sky in the Barton and Island Pond area tomorrow may see an unusual sight – a helicopter carrying large poles that are part of a cellular telephone tower upgrade. 
"We’re in the process of upgrading cell communications in sites in Barton and Island Pond,” said property owner and State Senator Vincent Illuzzi who, along with his brother Joseph Illuzzi, owns the management company Site Acquisitions Inc.

Fishing for Ducks

October 3, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - The Newport Rotary Club held its annual Duck Regatta in Gardner Park under cold and rainy skies Sunday.
Lapierre and Sons’ duck came in first and won $1,000. Pierre Legacy won $500, Bob Bigelow won $300, Danielle Carpenter won $200 and Frank Chaput won $100. Bill Gardyne and Alan Dauphin braved the nasty weather to fish hundreds of plastic ducks out of the Clyde River.
The official tally wasn't available as of press time.

New Derby Planner From Derby Line

October 3, 2011

DERBY- The Derby Selectboard last week named a new planner to fill a vacancy. Former Planner Cynthia Adams resigned due to a conflict of meeting times.
The new member of the planning commission is Brian Fisher of Derby Line.
Fisher comes on board in the midst of the ongoing controversial issue of a proposed mini mart and gas station in Derby Line.

Jay Peak Settles EPA Suit - Fined $80,000

October 3, 2011

JAY, VT - Jay Peak Resort has agreed to pay $80,000 for wetlands violations to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the federal Clean Water Act when it filled in just over two acres of wetlands and streams and failed to obtain proper permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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