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October 23rd, 2013

LRUHS Projected Budget Up 2.99%

October 23, 2013

BARTON- A first walk through the 2014/15 budget projects a 2.99% increase, a number that satisfies Finance Committee Chair Mike Sanville. “The overall driver is salaries and benefits,” Sanville reported to the board. “The numbers are pretty solid, it's mostly minor (line item) adjustments.”
The estimated budget that will be presented to voters is $6,669,089, though Sanville did advise the board that there is some uncertainty over health care costs. “We budgeted for it, but it could blow us out of the water,” cautioned Sanville.
For more of this story see Thursday's Express.

American Pickers Visit Fred Webster

October 23, 2013

COVENTRY - Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, from the History Channel's American Pickers, spent yesterday picking through Fred Webster's large collection of farm memorabilia, some of which dates back to the turn of the 20th century. 
Wolfe, the show's creator and executive producer, has traveled around the country buying and selling goods for 25 years. Thirteen years ago, Wolfe discovered the east coast "is where everything is at." 
For more of this story see Thursday's Express.

October 22nd

Ellie Mae's Hero

October 22, 2013

ORLEANS- A record setting career as a field hockey and ice hockey goalie for Nicole Ludwig didn't end making saves when she graduated from North Country Union High School. After graduating from UVM in 2011 with a BS in Animal Science her passion for animals lead Nicole to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Clinic in Orleans where she works with volunteers taking care of abandoned cats and dogs.
For the rest of the story see Wednesday's Express.

Over 120 Gallons Produced So Far

October 22, 2013

ALBANY- With over 100 apple trees dotting his East Albany property Bill Pierce hated to let a natural resource go to waste. This fall Pierce did something about it. He invested some four thousand dollars into cider press equipment and now two weeks into the venture he has produced over 120 gallons of delious natural cider. 
For the rest of the story see Wednesday's Express.

October 20th

German Exchange Program: “It Has Been Fantastic”

October 20, 2013

NEWPORT CITY- In 1976 North Country Union High School (NCUHS) faculty member Tom Hunt started a student exchange program with a German high school. The school was located in Stuttgart in southern Germany, a large metropolitan area. While well conceived, the match didn't work for cultural reasons, namely the dialect was different from the German classes students were taking at NCUHS. Sue Gustafson-Byrne who organizes the exchange program said the difference is comparable to the dialect of a Vermonter versus someone from Alabama.
For the rest of the story see Monday's Express.

Tasting Center Packed For Opening

October 20, 2013

NEWPORT CITY–– The NEK Tasting Center had its official grand opening Friday and the response was obvious. The center, which houses five local businesses, was packed as delegates and state representatives made their statements joining in the good will the tasting center has generated.
For the rest of the story see Monday's Express.

October 16th

Roof Top Gunman Competent

October 16, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - The Newport man who stood on his roof with a gun, while an army of law enforcement officers cleared the neighborhood and worked to bring him down was found competent to stand trial. Derick Niles, 36, of Newport City was returned to the Northern State Correctional Facility Tuesday for a lack of $100,000 bail.
A report given to the court stated that Niles is competent. Neither State's Attorney Alan Franklin nor public defender Janssen Willhoit argued with the report.

Roger Pion: Ready for Trial

October 16, 2013

By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
NEWPORT CITY - Roger Pion, 35, of Newport was found competent to stand trial.
That was the word in Orleans County Court Tuesday after it received a Sept. 19 competency report. The content of the report is not public record and therefore not available to the press.
Pion is accused of driving over several Orleans County Sheriff Department cruisers with a farm tractor before leading police on a pursuit from the sheriff's office, to Causeway in Newport Newport City.

October 14th

Cancer Patient - Soon to Be Survivor Speaks Out

October 14, 2013

LOWELL - Thirty-four-year-old Colleen Cole believes women as young as 20 should have a mammogram.  
Cole found a growth in her breast while doing a self-check this past summer. Doctors diagnosed her with Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Aug 12. 
"I was quite shocked," said Cole. "I don't have a history in my family." 
For the rest of the story see Tuesday's Express.

Brunswick National Wildlife Refuge Closed

October 14, 2013

Essex County–– Though the smaller sign affixed to the larger roadsign marking the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge Center in Brunswick indicated the center was open daily, tourists and others who drove onto the property were soon aware that the gridlock in Washington has had a ripple effect here in the Northeast Kingdom.
For the full story see Tuesday's Express.

 

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