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March 5th, 2013

COVENTRY: YES YES YES

March 5, 2013

COVENTRY - Voters by a very tight margin, 89 yes to 86 no, gave the go head for a Coventry Fire Department. Voters also approved the first year budget of $515,000, 85 yes to 72 no, re-elected Cynthia Diaz to the position of town clerk, and approved an appropriation request from IROC.
The annual expense of the fire department will be about $26,000. New England Waste Services of Vermont currently pays the town's municipal taxes so the fire department, at least for now, will cost the taxpayers nothing.

DERBY: THUMBS UP FOR IROC

March 5, 2013

DERBY – Voters of Derby approved a $21,652 appropriation to support IROC by a margin of more than two to one. The appropriation provides membership to all Derby youth up to age 18, access to the padded walking path for all residents, and discounted rates for adult and couple memberships. The vote was 104 in favor to 46 opposed.
When the article was announced, a resident immediately asked for paper ballot voting.
Executive director of IROC Phil White said that town support is needed in the refinancing process. Fourteen towns were asked for appropriations.

ALBANY: GREASED LIGHTNING...

March 5, 2013

ALBANY – Townspeople came from all corners of the town – south, east, the Center, and west for the annual Town Meeting, a dying Vermont tradition. Attendance was low again this year – miniscule.
There are 652 registered voters; only 91 showed up for the morning and only 59 returned after lunch. This portion of the day included the school budget and the rest of the original town meeting. 
The school budget of $1,714,384 passed quicker than hot oil through a funnel. But the request for $9,500 for a generator for the Volunteer Fire Department brought hot and heavy discussions. 

Golden Horde Ends Magical Run by the UCA Eight

March 5, 2013

NEWPORT–A fantastic season for the UCA Crusader boys came to a close on Monday evening, as they fell to the West Rutland Golden Horde 68-49 at the North Country gymnasium.
"Though we lost this game, I am proud of the effort my guys played with until the end," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Chris DeLaBruere led UCA with 22 points, and grabbed nine boards.
Marquel Taylor-Webster was also in double-digits, score 13 in limited time while grabbing nine rebounds and recording five blocks.
Jordan Pease led all scorers with 24.

Thomas Huntington Jones

March 5, 2013

Jones–– Thomas Huntington passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Newport, VT, at the age of 82.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.

Clair Albert Chaffee

March 5, 2013

Chaffee–– Clair Albert, 61, of Albany, VT died March 1, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.

March 4th

VICTIM RECOVERED

March 4, 2013

DERBY – A state police scuba team recovered the body of 53-year-old Jacques LeBlanc from Lake Memphremagog late yesterday afternoon.
LeBlanc was using a tractor to move an ice shanty from the lake. It's unclear when LeBlanc went into the water, but family members last saw LeBlanc on the ice Saturday afternoon.

IROC PLEADS FOR MORE TIME

March 4, 2013

DERBY – IROC's executive director, Phil White, went before the court Monday in an attempt to get more time to try and refinance the organization's debt and avoid foreclosure.
But Community National Bank is saying no. The bank decided to give IROC until April 1 and does not want to extend the redemption period any longer. White has filed a motion asking to move the deadline to July 15.

SCHOOLS IN TRANSITION

March 4, 2013

COVENTRY – Someday, the North Country Supervisory Union may have a different configuration. Thursday evening, board members and principals from the district met at the Coventry Village School to discuss options for a potential increase in enrollment, including the possibility of a new middle school on the west side of the district and/or expansion of existing facilities.

Donna J. Bryant

March 4, 2013

Bryant–– Donna J., 73, of Westfield, VT passed away on February 26, 2013 in Newport, VT.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.

 

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