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By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
LOWELL â Republican Mark Higley thinks having a conservative voice in Montpelier is important and thatâs why heâs seeking his third term for the Vermont House.
âThe numbers are definitely against us,â said Higley of the Republican Party. âOut of 150 in the House, thereâs only 48 of us who are Republicans. In the Senate, out of 30, thereâs only eight and the governorship is held by a Democrat. Itâs important to have some form of balance.â
DERBY LINE â Government officials are considering taking more action to stop people from entering the United States and failing to report at the Derby Line, VT, Port of Entry.
Derby Line officials met with U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and General Services Administration (GSA) representatives near the U.S./Canadian border Friday and conducted a site visit â of sorts.
NEWPORT CITY â Cristopher Smith, the 27-year-old man who pulled a knife on a local news reporter, entered a guilty plea Friday to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a prohibited act. The state dismissed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Smith, who appeared in court in chains and shackles, will have to wait a bit longer to hear his fate. Until then, he is lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.
BROWNINGTON, VT â Cody Cole, 15, of Irasburg, died Saturday as the result of an accidental shooting with a muzzle loader.
Vermont State Troopers received a 911 call around 7 PM from a residence in Brownington that the teenager had been shot. Police responded to the scene with Orleans Ambulance. Cole was taken to North Country Hospital where he later died.
No official cause of death will be determined until an autopsy can be completed.
DERBY â More serious problems have come to light with the ancient water system in the Village of Derby Line. Not only is the water dirty with rust and other residue, but low water pressure is hampering firefighters when trying to put out fires.
The home of Debbie Perry caught fire in the early morning hours Saturday. Eighteen Derby Line firefighters responded to the seen with five trucks after receiving a call at 3:20 a.m., Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam said Sunday.
COVENTRY â The thrills at the Newport State Airport this weekend were unbelievable as Lakeview Aviation held its fourth annual air show. The show included stunt flying, airplane displays, airplane rides, a Mustang display and a bounce house for kids. Hundreds of people showed up Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the daring displays.
âEverybody has a thing for planes,â said Dan Gauvin, owner of Lakeview Aviation. Part of the purpose for the show is to grow interest in aviation. âThis is a state airport. People think itâs for the rich but itâs not; itâs the taxpayerâs airport.â
LOWELL - Green Mountain Power has announced that the first turbine at the Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell has been erected.
"We've made tremendous progress on the project the last couple of months and are eagerly anticipating the project's commissioning," said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. "The mild winter allowed us to ramp construction back up in early April and we've been steadily moving forward since then. Today marks an important milestone in our effort to develop this clean, renewable energy for Vermont."
DERBY LINE â Developer William Simendinger continues to argue his case to build a mini-mart and gas station where two historic buildings stand on Main Street in Derby Lineâs commercial district.
Simendinger, vice president of Champlain Farms (a gas station/mini-mart chain) bought the two buildings quietly a few years ago and revealed his plans for the property later.
Controversy has dogged the project since the beginning.
NEWPORT - It's unusual for a sitting governor to feel heat from an opponent following one term in office, but that seems to be the case as Vermont State Senator Randy Brock takes on Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Brock, a Republican, is capitalizing on the political bruising Shumlin has taken recently for decisions on the Lowell Mountain Wind Project, the Gaz Metro/Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) deal (which essentially overturned an agreement between the state and the utility to reimburse rate payers $21 million), and an incident involving a bear in the night.
DERBY - Derby could win $25,000 in the Pet Safe "Bark for Your Park contest." Derby is trailing Mountain House, CA, and was in second place when the leader board/vote counter went dark this week, adding suspense. But Derby was trailing by about 1,000 votes.
The park is coming to life now, but the money means the difference between a bare bones park, or a very nice one for anyone from anywhere to use for free.
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