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September 7th, 2011
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Judge Robert Bent Tuesday sentenced William Debonville, 43 of Island Pond, to serve one to three years in prison for the sale of cocaine. He was also assessed $141 in fees. Two felony charges for the sale of a depressant/stimulant/narcotic were dismissed by the state.
Newport City Police Officer Seth DiSanto wrote in an affidavit that the Vermont Drug Task Force, where DiSanto serves as a detective, launched an investigation of the distribution of narcotics in the Orleans County area during the week of Jan. 20, 2010.
BRIGHTON - At the Brighton Selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening, the issue of abandoned "eyesores" and cluttered properties, which may be creating possible public hazards, drew a small crowd that turned out to ask the selectboard to take some action. The town health officer held the floor for the first part of the meeting. He had reports on several inspections he had done recently at the request of the board.
WATERBURY, VT - The Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) has filed for reconsideration of the Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission.
Kirstin Sultan, the District 7 Coordinator, issued the JO on August 8. It states that the existing telecommunications towers located on Nelson Hill in Derby need Act 250 permits. However no one seems to know when the towers were built. Neighbors provided conflicting reports and USDA photos do not identify the year the photos were taken.
Those who suffered any damage as a result of Tropical Storm Ireneâ€™s wrath should report damage by calling 211. Vermontâ€™s 211, through the United Way, is working in cooperation with Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) and Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Vermont VOAD).
NEWPORT - Within the next three years, school lunch programs across the country, including those in the Northeast Kingdom, may have to start charging more for their lunches. The increase is part of the national legislation known as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
Schools charging on average $2.46 or more per student per meal for a paid lunch would not be required to adjust the lunch cost for the 2011-2012 school year, but those charging less, will.
GLOVER - Last Saturday, the Glover Volunteer Fire Department held a 5k walk/run to raise money for a college scholarship fund. The newly formed group and the participants didn't let the storm or weekend rain dampen the spirit of the event. Though participation wasn't as high as they would have liked, the auxiliary was able to put away $300 towards their scholarship.
LOWELL - Construction is now underway on the controversial Lowell Mountain wind project after three years of planning and preparation. On Friday, J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center started construction on a staging area and access road in the foothills of the mountain range.
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is spearheading the construction project called Kingdom Community Wind. The 63-megawatt wind energy project will be up and running by December 2012, Dotty Schnure, spokesperson for GMP, said Tuesday.
BURLINGTON â€“ West Nile virus has arrived in Vermont. This mosquito-borne illness is typically reported in the Northeastern U.S. at the end of the summer. The Vermont Department of Health has received two reports of infection in people in recent weeks.
This is the first time human cases have been reported in our state since 2003.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The evening of Aug. 26th, local art lovers and tourists alike filled the Montgomery CafĂ© for the opening of an exhibit by painter Eileen Kennedy. The exhibit runs through the end of September.
Kennedy's show features new work painted in New England as well as several from her "Made in Havana" series.
As a journalist for the Boston-based artsMEDIA magazine, Kennedy traveled to Cuba from 2002 to 2007, where she exhibited both in Havana and at the Museum of Art in Pinar del Rio.
IRASBURG â€“ Lea Cook has learned things are not always what they seem to be.
Two weeks ago, Cook received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the â€śWindows Program.â€ť The caller said she wanted to show Cook things that hackers did and made her type in a remote access code.
â€śThey had my name, they had my number and they knew I ran a Windows program,â€ť said Cook. â€śIt sounded fairly legitimate.â€ť
The caller kept Cook on the line for about a half-hour.