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September 4th, 2013
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Fire Chief Jamie LeClair will ask the city council Monday evening to hold a special bond vote to buy a new heavy rescue truck. The city purchased the existing truck, a used 1987 Pierce, 10 years ago. It carries equipment and firefighters to scenes. However, the truck is aging, is not reliable, and needs extensive repairs. The truck has 226,000 miles and 107,000 hours of driving on it. If it were a traditional over-the-road vehicle, it would have over a million miles, LeClair said.
For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 5, 2013.
JAY â€“ Jay Peak Resort was not accepted into the pilot program that would have allowed the resort to pay for extra officers at the Canadian/U.S. Port of Entry inspection station.
Visitors coming from Canada sometimes wait about a half hour or more at the North Troy Port of Entry on their way to the resort. Just over half of skiers at Jay Peak are from Canada, resort co-owner Bill Stenger reports. Stenger attempted to enter the pilot program, even though it would have cost him thousands to pay for more customs officers.
DERBY â€“ A college business plan evolved from a dream to reality as Matt Wright opened his second Sweet Scoops ice cream stand. Six years ago, the first Sweet Scoops was opened at the ice skating shack on the town green next to the junior high school in Derby Center; a second shop has opened in Vergennes.
Read Matt's story in Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 4, 2013.
DERBY - The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club of Derby received the 2012-2013 Vermont Association of Snow Travelers' Snowmobile Club of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting at Jay Peak Resort Aug. 10. The award is given to the club that demonstrated excellence during the 2012-2013 Snowmobile Season. It is the highest award given by VAST annually.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 4, 2013.
DERBY â€“ An inspirational idea by Anthony Moccia and Heidi Myers to create a new fundraiser for the Mary Wright Halo Foundation has led to instant success. A 60-mile bicycle ride through six Orleans County towns, 40 miles of which are on dirt roads, drew roughly 250 enthusiastic participants. Another 100 registered.
The event took place on Saturday, and judging by the successful debut of this cycling race, expect a second annual race next year.
For more of this story and photos, see Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 3, 2013.
DERBY LINE â€“ A long line of traffic on a warm muggy day didn't dampen the enthusiasm of this group of young adults waiting to enter Canada from Derby Line, Monday.
There were reported traffic delays of at least one hour. There were also similar reports at other area border crossings. The traffic jams came on Labor Day weekend, ending the unofficial summer season. Now itâ€™s time to get ready for winter. Cheer up folks, spring will be here before we know it.
Photos on pages 1 and 3 in Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 3, 2013.
NEWPORT CITY - At 66, people, working, and good genes is what keeps Brenda LePage of Brenda's Homestyle Cooking young and active. "I'm just like the Energizer battery, I guess," said LePage in between the breakfast and lunch rush Friday morning. "I just keep going and going."
Read more about Brenda in the Active Living section of Tuesday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 3, 2013.
DERBY â€“ Over 300 bicyclists have signed up to participate in sixty miles of racing, including 40 miles of dirt roads (thus the Dirty 40). Competitors are coming from throughout New England, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, and the Eastern Townships. The bike race is in it's first year and is the brain child of Anthony Moccia and Heidi Myers, along with friends Matt Wright and Cassy Moulton.
Read more about Saturday's race in Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Aug. 30, 2013.
BARTON â€“ Erma Hathaway, of Maple Lane Nursing Home, says her secret to a long life is to eat the healthy foods and get plenty of sleep. She obviously knows something, because today she turns 103. Hathaway was born in Delaware County, NY. Growing up, she worked on her family's farm.
"There were lots of things to do on the farm," said Hathaway. "I was a farm girl."
For more of Erma Hathaway's story, read Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Aug. 30, 2013.
MORGAN â€“ In transferring the Morgan Elementary SchoolÂ to the town, voters Tuesday evening have put the building in the hands of the select board members, whether they want the responsibility or not.
The report of the building committee, presented by chairman Homer Selby, described the pros and cons of selling the building to the Town of Morgan or to an outside party.
For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Aug. 29, 2013.