June 17th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Newport City is putting its money into tourism. Bicycle racks will soon adorn city streets, walking maps have been made, the Tasting Center is taking hold and the airport is on track for expansion.
Bill Morison, chair of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) Economic Restructuring Committee, said during committee meeting yesterday that the committee switched gears from grant funding to community funding so the city can install 10 bicycle racks in June.
Trish Sears, NCRC executive director, placed an order for the racks Wednesday.
GlOVER â€“ If John Rodgers has his way, he will once again grace the front steps of the state capital.
Rodgers, a Democrat, served as a member of the House for eight years. He lost his seat to Sam Young in 2010.
Rodgers said that in 2010 he took a risk by doing no campaigning and lost by one vote. Rodgers said he and his wife Brenda voted for himself and Young for the two-seat district.
NEWPORT â€“ Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Memphremagog is a busy business that many locals may not know much about: Newport Marine Services.
The business has weathered the economic storm and continues going strong, but it isnâ€™t quite as busy as it was at other times, explained owner Bob Kerr.
Orleans-The Lake Region Sun Devils picked up their second victory of the season in girls 16-U Babe Ruth softball action Wednesday night with a 15-0 victory over the Hardwick Wildcats.
Lake Region plated two in the first inning and eight more in the second to jump out to an early insurmountable lead.
Michelle Thibeault smacked a triple for the host Sun Devils, and after an injury reduced Hardwick to two outfielders, Sabrina Roberge took advantage and sent a liner down the left field line that she legged out for a home run.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Crews continue to rebuild the Long Bridge that may reopen to traffic by the end of the year, even if it's not quite finished. That was the word Wednesday from Francine Perkins, public relations officer for Reed & Reed Inc., the company working on the bridge.
â€śThe schedule moves around quite a bit with any kind of construction like this,â€ť she said. â€śThe bridge work may not be done, but theyâ€™ll get it to a point where they can hopefully get traffic on it.â€ť
For awhile, traffic will probably be one way while crews work on the bridge.
DERBY â€“ Sen. Vince Illuzzi said Wednesday that he will be filing the paperwork with the Secretary of State today to run for state auditor. However, he wonâ€™t make a formal announcement until later this year.
â€śIt may be later this month or it may be in September,â€ť said Illuzzi, who is running as a Republican. â€śIâ€™m still talking with folks about when to do that.â€ť
Illuzzi is facing off against Doug Hoffer, a Burlington Progressive who is seeking the Democratic nomination.
A group of students recently tested for their Yellow Belts in Tae Kwon Do at Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy in Newport. The students were tested on their verbal knowledge, technical skills, memorized patterns, self defense, sparring and board breaking in front of a panel of Black Belts. Prior to receiving their new belts the students had two weeks to learn the definition and pattern of their new belt.
For more information about Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy which offers classes for ages 3 and up, three nights per week, please call Master Rick Dunlavey at 279-4847.