May 17th, 2012
DERBY â€“ Tuesday, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) revised the schedule for the proposed Derby Line Wind project with hearings now set for the end of August.
The project, which involves the construction of two 420 foot plus turbines on farms in Derby Line, near the US-Canadian border is highly contentious and is generating international controversy.
The developer, Encore Redevelopment of Burlington, failed to notify adjoining property owners to one of the projects as required under PSB rules. Stanstead was not officially notified, either, when other surrounding towns were.
NEWPORT, VT - Â The 2012 Dandelion Run kicks off this year with The Dandy Dinner, Friday evening between 6 and 9:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, there is a charge but it includes a post-dinner and a live music show.
Reckless Breakfast, a terrific contemporary Bluegrass band from the Hanover area, will be playing. Those who caught their performance at last year's festival, are likely not to miss their return.
NEWPORT, VT - Robert Gosselin, owner of Spates the Florist and Garden Center, presented a dozen roses to Michelle Frawley of Derby, Thursday.
Frawley, who won Spates' annual Mother's Day Contest, will receive a dozen roses every month for a year.
Spates offers this prize annually.
Lake Regionâ€™s Matt Morin was the top performer, shooting a tourney low 72 to Medal. Other LR scores were Devin Morley 113, Carl Oberg 111, and Derik Rodgers 120. For North Country Nick Kincaid shot a team low 80, good for fifth place overall, and Evan Clark came in at 113.
DERBYâ€“Lake Region's tennis team picked up their first win of the season as they defeated Spaulding 6-1.
"The girls stayed focused and never let their nerves interfere with the chance to win their first match of the season," said coach Laura Laramee.
Every singles player picked up a win on Wednesday despite the threat of rain under ever darkening skies.
Kelly Leblanc won 8-7, Desirae Colorado 8-2, Miranda Beaudry 8-3, Cassie Desmarais 8-0 and Brianna Fontaine 8-0.
The lone loss came from the number one doubles pair, Shaylyn Beatton and Araceli Derbyshire, as they fell 8-5.
December 22, 1928-May 14, 2012
Barbara J. Stetson, 83, of Bradenton, FL and Derby, VT passed away Monday, May 14, 2012. She was born in Barton, Vermont on December 22, 1928. She is the wife of the late Clair A. Stetson.
COVENTRY â€“ Republican Michael Marcotte of Coventry is seeking his fifth term for the House of Representatives for District Orleans-2, which consists of Newport City, Newport Center, Irasburg and Coventry.
Marcotte said heâ€™s enjoyed the past eight years in Montpelier. â€śItâ€™s been a great learning experience,â€ť he said. â€śI enjoy working for constituents in my district.â€ť
Marcotte is vice-chair of the Economics Committee and has an excellent working relationship with the chair of his committee, Bill Botzow, and with Speaker of the House Shap Smith.
NORTH TROY â€“ Tuesday, Troy voters appropriated $23,450 for ambulance services from Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service (MVAS). MVAS had requested that amount at Town Meeting but voters had rejected the request.
Tuesday's vote passed 53 to 21.
On Town Meeting Day, residents voted to pay $18,585 instead of the requested amount. Scott Rappold, MVAS president, reacted by sending a letter to the Troy Select Board that stated the service could not provide coverage for the approved amount.
DERBY - Two Derby residents are taking heat for asking questions about how Derby Line Ambulance operates. An attorney now working with the ambulance calls the residents' actions "inappropriate."
Nathan Pickard and Roger Gosselin have attended the last few Derby Select Board meetings to state their concerns.
The select board has allowed limited discussion. Questions on whether or not the service is public or private and whether conversations should take place at a select board meeting have come up.
NEWPORT, VT - Bullying and harassment of students are coming under greater scrutiny, says Orleans Essex North Supervisory Union Superintendent Dr. Robert Kerr at the recent North Country Union High School Board Meeting.
Responding in part to the school's disciplinary process for student offenses, Kerr noted that, under law, schools can be held liable if they do not report and intervene when a charge of bullying occurs.