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February 21st, 2012
NEWPORT CITY - The Newport City School Board outlined its 2012-2013 budget to the city council Monday evening. Residents will vote on the budget on Town Meeting Day. The budget this year has a 4.98 percent increase.
Principal Stephen Earley, who presented the budget with school board chairman Leo Willey, said the school board had level funded the budget for the past five years. The increase would mean about a $44 increase on a $100,000 home.
ISLAND POND, VT - The last event during the Island Pond Winter Carnival on Sunday was the cardboard sled race, organized and sponsored by Reno and Jeanne Gervais.
Winners took away trophies for their efforts.
Brendan Jenks of Ferdinand won best decorated sled with his race car theme. First place winner was Mary Odonnel, second was Alison Gray and third went to Ryan Higgins.
The race was sponsored by Reno and Jeanne Gervais of Gervais Plumbing and Heating.
Twenty-eight homemade sleds of all shapes and sizes competed in the event, which included a race for the kids and one for the adults.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The North Country Union High School Board will be looking for a new director for the North Country Career Center.
Richard Hoffman confirmed Monday that he handed in his resignation at last Tuesdayâ€™s Resources Committee meeting. Human Resources approved the request with regret. The full board will act on the resignation at tonightâ€™s monthly meeting.
HOLLAND - After months of consideration, planning and analyzing, the developers proposing to build two turbines just east of Derby Line are making an offer to the town of Holland.
Although the two turbines will not be located in the town of Holland, the turbines would be located near the town line and visible in many places throughout the town. The turbines planned are more than 400 feet tall at the tip of the blade and are slated for Grandview Farm, owned by the Davis Family, and Smugglers Hill Farm, owned by the Chase family.
NO. TROY - E. Starr trucking in North Troy is closed. Thatâ€™s the word from Roland Bellavance, the President of Bellavance Trucking in Barre.
Neither Senator Robert (Bobby) Starr nor his son Eric Starr, listed as the principal of the company on the Internet, would confirm the information. Bobby Starr did not return multiple phone calls and Eric Starr refused to comment of the companyâ€™s plans.
Six of Starrâ€™s employees, including Eric Starr, were kept on by Bellavance; others who did not want to go with the company found other jobs or retired, Bellavance said.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two years ago, Fr. Shiju Chittattukkara, S.D.V, left his home in southern India to spread the Catholic word in the United States. His first stop was St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Last Thursday, Chittattukkara left Newport to serve at Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island, N.Y.
Chittattukkara came to Newport as an assistant pastor to Father Michael Reardon. Chittattukkara had been a priest for a year and a half before coming to Newport. This was his first time in the United States. Prior to coming to the Northeast Kingdom, he knew nothing about Newport.
NORTH TROY â€“ The Troy School Board held a special meeting Wednesday evening to outline plans to renovate and improve the Troy Elementary School. The board is asking voters to approve a $2,208,000 bond Tuesday, Feb. 21.
"The Troy School was built in 1978 and has had very little done to it in the past 34 years,â€ť states an informational sheet handed out to voters.
The heating system and sprinkler system are in the process of breaking down. The committee would like to replace the dry sprinkler system with a less expensive wet one.
DERBY - Derby Line Village Clerk Karen Jenne, who also serves on the Derby Select Board, was one of four area residents to go to Montpelier Monday for a prehearing conference on the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
The Derby Line Trustees and the Village of Derby Center Trustees authorized Jenne to represent each at the hearing. Jenne was also authorized to represent the International Water Company.
BRIGHTON - The Island Pond Chamber of Commerce proved the third time was a charm with their latest dinner theater fundraiser.
The â€śfree-wheelinâ€™ murder mysteryâ€ť written and directed by Susan-Lynn Johns took place the last weekend in January at the American Legion. â€śMurder with a Country Twangâ€ť was presented during dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28, to a packed house. On on Sunday, Jan. 29, guests had a choice of desserts to choose from during an afternoon show.
During each show, several door prizes were presented and Director Johns was presented with a gift from the cast.
NEWPORT â€“ The Northeast Kingdom Elementary Music Festival was Wednesday night, February 15, at the Newport City Elementary School Gymnasium. Students from local schools took part in the music festival.
The concert started off with the The Honors Band, directed by Emily Piller. The band played songs like "Plaza de Toros," "Londonderry Air," and Bonse Aba."
The concert concluded with the Honors Chorus, directed by Wendell Hughes and accompanied by Carolyn Hillreigel. The children sang songs like "Finding Our Way Back Home," "Starry Night," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."