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January 22nd, 2013

TRAIN TAKES OUT TRASH

January 22, 2013

LYNDONVILLE - A southbound train at the Red Village Road Crossing on Route 5 in Lyndonville spilt a 51-foot trailer in half yesterday.
Clement Charbonneau, 54, of Coaticook, Quebec, was towing the trailer with a Freightliner when a car distracted him. By the time Charbonneau looked up, it was too late.
Train crew members Mark Fortin and Dana Cheney told police they were proceeding south when the driver of the semi drove in front of them.
Read the rest of this story in Wednesday's Newport Daily Express for Jan. 23, 2013.

NO DERBY WIND VOTE

January 22, 2013

DERBY - The Derby Select Board decided not to ask voters at Town Meeting about their opinion on wind turbines within the town. Instead, the board will wait and see what the legislature does and possibly mail out a survey to all taxpayers at a future date.
The legislature is considering a moratorium on further industrial wind development.
Monday, at the select board’s regular meeting, the conversation with the public remained somewhat mild, but accusations of impropriety among Derby officials emerged.

FARRAR DENIES MOLESTING CHILD

January 22, 2013

NEWPORT – A man accused of sexually touching a minor child appeared in court Tuesday morning to answer a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen released 32-year-old Craig Farrar of Newport on conditions after Farrar entered a plea of not guilty.
Jennifer Harlow, a detective with the Newport City Police, wrote in an affidavit that Renee Hamel from the Department for Children and Families met with a 42-year-old individual identified in court records as AC. The meeting took place Nov. 30, 2012.

Falcons Fall on the Road to Brattleboro 2-1

January 22, 2013

BRATTLEBORO–Despite putting over twenty shots on net, the North Country girl’s hockey team could only manage to score one goal in their 2-1 loss on Monday afternoon.
“We couldn’t put anything in, and everything we did seemed to be off,” said coach Claude Paul.
“We played down to their level and made another goalie look good.”
Brattleboro would stake themselves a 2-0 lead, and they made it stand up for the entire game.
The lone Falcon goal came in the third period when Whitney Bernier scored, with assists going to Jenna Moss and Savannah Alberghini-Giroux.

Lake Region Outlasts Lyndon to Earn Win Number Six

January 22, 2013

ORLEANS–It wasn't easy, but the Lake Region girls were able to overcome a rough third quarter to pick up the 48-39 win over Lyndon Institute on Monday evening at the Don Harter Memorial Gymnasium.
"When we needed to, the kids gutted it out and picked up their intensity and did the things we had to do, said LRU coach Mark Tinker.
Kayla Jardine would lead all scorers with twenty points for 0-8 Lyndon, and Emily Lawson's twelve were tops for Lake Region.
Drew Neal was also in double digits with eleven for LRU, who improve to 6-2 on the season.

January 21st

$ BUMPY ROADS $

January 21, 2013

NEWPORT - The Secretary of the Agency of Transportation delivered bad news to the House and Senate Transportation Committees last week by projecting a shortfall in funds necessary over the next five years to preserve the state's transportation infrastructure to achieve “good” status.
A report created by the Committee on Transportation Funding estimates the state will require $698.3 million to provide the necessary funds to achieve a “good” repair status, which is much more than the $457 million in revenues that will be generated over the five-year period.

SCHOOL CHOICE CHANGES

January 21, 2013

NEWPORT - Vermont's School Choice law, first enacted in 2000, has been amended this past legislative session to clarify capacity guidelines and set a uniform date to make annual capacity determinations.
Prior to the changes, a school district could establish formal agreements with area school districts to allow students to attend a school outside their home district. NCUHS has such an arrangement with both Canaan High School and Lake Region Union High School, allowing up to 15 students between the schools combined to transfer to North Country.

January 20th

TODAY IS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

January 20, 2013

Today is both the U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day and the day honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All government offices are closed, including the post offices. Banks and schools are also closed.

CANAAN COUPLE BUSTED FOR HEROIN

January 20, 2013

GUILDHALL – Kasey Parsons Sweatt and Aaron Sweatt, both 30, of Canaan VT, entered not guilty pleas in Essex County Court Jan. 8 to charges of possessing 200 milligrams or more of heroin. In addition, Kasey Parsons Sweatt entered a not guilty plea to cruelty of a child less than ten years old.
Judge Mary Miles Teachout released the couple on conditions, including a condition that they not have contact with their three minor children, ages 2, 4 and 10, without DCF approval.

WRESTLING WITH WORDS

January 20, 2013

DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission wants voters polled on their feelings about wind turbines within the town.
Planners had discussed the issue at a meeting weeks ago and had voted to recommend the select board draft a question to poll voters at Town Meeting. But the select board did not settle on a question. Last Monday, planners again discussed a non-binding vote and came up with the question to recommend to the select board.
The question was phrased: “Are you in favor of industrial size wind turbines in the Town of Derby?”

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