NEWPORT CITY - After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion Monday evening, the city council voted unanimously to support a letter written by Mayor Paul Monette to AARP to start an advisory board to make Newport an age-friendly community. Newport is the first Vermont community to have such a designation that includes about 15 other U.S. cities.
The board will help the city meet the needs of the aging population, said Kelly Stoddard Poor, AARP associate state director of outreach.
DERBY â€“ The Derby Planning Commission has passed an amended version of the town plan. In a split decision Monday evening, following a public hearing, planners agreed to changes suggested by the townâ€™s select board and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA).
BARTON- Seniors Nicole Roy and Emily Millar, members of the Student Leadership Council along with faculty advisor Erikka Adams gave a Power Point presentation to the Lake Region Union High School board. The board opened the December 2 meeting with a well thought out report on the subject of bullying, how to recognize it, respond to it, and ways to educate other students. The presentation was developed after talking to other students about their experiences.
NEWPORT CITY - Momentum is gaining for organizers of the first annual Newport Santa Run with 60 people signed up. With the sponsorship of Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and support of NEKCA and Phil White of Kingdom Games, Saturdayâ€™s fundraising run will raise funds for Toys for Kids.
â€śWeâ€™ve already signed up 60 people and have ordered more Santa suits,â€ť said White. â€śThereâ€™s 20 suits left for kids, and 20 for adults. Same-day registration is permissible until weâ€™ve run out of suits.â€ť
BARTON - The Lake Region Union High School board learned at their December 2 meeting that Business Manager Heather Wright has calculated the new tuition rate. The board voted to accept a new rate of $12,900, a four percent increase over the previous rate.
â€śThis is in line with what is equitable,â€ť Wright said. â€śWe could charge more as our expenses went up, so tuition should increase too.â€ť The increase is $500 and must be approved by the Department of Education.
Focus On Algebra And Portfolios
JAY-One year removed from coming within a goal of winning the Division II State Championship, the North Country girls hockey team finds themselves in a whole new world.
With two years of success after several trying seasons, it was deemed appropriate to move the program to Division I, a division that has seen just two teams become state champions (BFA St. Albans, Essex) since the league's inception.
JAY-The 2013-2014 North Country boys hockey team will be a family affair as the team is loaded with four pairs of siblings.
Said captain and older brother Ryan Paul on the familial feel of the team, "It is a really good thing. The team going to be much closer with so many siblings on the team, that is just the way it is."
The Falcons are coming off of a very strong 2012-13 season where they finished 15-6-2, and made it into the semi-finals for the second straight year.
Under new coach Ryan Jacobs, North Country is looking to make it as far, or further in 2014.
JOHNSON â€“ Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking a rate increase for the new year. In Mid-November VEC made the request for a 2.93 percent increase in rates with the Public Service Board (PSB). The request is currently under review, and comments are being accepted. This is the first hike the co-op has sought in three years.
DERBY - Growing up in Vermont with a Siberian husky has led Nathan Gratton on to a unique career path; breeding and running mixed-breed dogs for speed and endurance. â€śThereâ€™s no such breed as an Alaskan husky,â€ť admits Gratton. â€śThey are a mix of different breeds, starting with Siberian huskies, and then breeding them with German or English short hair pointers, or hounds.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY - As the holiday season ramps up green houses that are used to grow plants convert to wreath manufacturing buildings. And at this time of year a new economy takes shape with hundreds of people throughout the Northeast Kingdom making wreaths, garland, swags, kissing balls, and centerpieces, or cutting brush for cash.
Spates The Florist is an area icon for producing holiday greens, though they also rely on a flower shop, garden
Robert and Jill Gosselin purchased the business in 2002, where Jill had already been working for several decades.