April 16th, 2013
DERBY LINE, VT - Authorities continue to investigate the bombings that occurred Monday during the Boston Marathon and are actively seeking suspects.
In Vermont, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are stopping all north-bound vehicles for inspection while helicopters buzzed Derby Line Village close enough to kick up dirt along the driveways. When asked if this activity is in response to the bombing in Boston, an agent on the scene replied, "Yes."
NEWPORT CITY - Monday, the Newport City Council decided to provide $2,000 in financial assistance to the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) event known as the Kingdom Swim, even though Community National Bank foreclosed on the organization's building in Derby. The council also granted IROC's request to use city facilities this summer at no charge.
Phil White, executive director of the organization, jokingly called IROC "Outdoor Recreation of Orleans County."
DERBY, VT â€“ The Derby Line Trustees along with Water Commissioner Gilles Blais joined the Derby Town Select Board at the table Monday night to present an update of the water line infrastructure project and ask if the town is willing to assist.
Trustee Keith Beadle said the Agency of Natural Resources had told him that the water line is in violation of its permit and the state agency has given the village until the end of 2014 to take action. The current situation could impact insurance protection rates, some pointed out, as water pressure is critically low for fighting fires.
BOSTON â€“ Bombs blasted Boston during its annual Patriot's Day marathon yesterday. At least four bombs either exploded or were detonated by police, including one in the John F. Kennedy Library and one in a sports shop. Two of the blasts were about 100 yards apart near the race finish line. The blasts shattered windows, knocked people to their feet, and sent heavy smoke in the air and over the streets.
By 6 p.m., at least 50 people were reported injured, many seriously, and at least two people were reported killed.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ There are no plans to increase the number of hours state police patrol despite extensive burglaries and thefts in the Northeast Kingdom. As it is now, officers go off duty at 2 a.m.
Budgets are tight, said Sen. John Rodgers, one of three featured speakers at Monday's Legislative Breakfast.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls tennis team underwent a lot of changes in this past off-season, and it started at the top of the program with the retirement of long-time head Marie George.
George, who had been with the program since its inception thirty years ago, decided to step down so she could spend more time in Florida before heading north for the summer.
So, with no George in the mix, the search was on for a new coach.
The school found that coach from within, as one of the North Country's guidance counselors, Jody Driscoll, has taken the reigns, and is ready for his new challenge.
Nadeauâ€“â€“ Myrna R., 74, of Coventry, VT passed away on April 11, 2013 in Newport, VT, surrounded by her loving family.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
NEPWORT - Developer Bill Stenger is hoping to get a U.S. Port of Entry at the waterfront hotel he is proposing on the shores of international Lake Memphremagog in Newport.
He made the announcement at a press briefing last week to present an update on all the projects planned in the $600-million economic revitalization effort for the Northeast Kingdom.
Stenger is in talks with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to make it happen and hopes to allow float planes, which can land on water, to come in at the hotel.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Modern day firefighting is more than spraying water on a burning building. This past weekend, hundreds of area firefighters from 24 departments attended the Regional Fire School at the North Country Career Center.
ORLEANS â€“ The Orleans American Legion held it's annual breakfast to kick off fishing season in Orleans County. Over 150 avid fisherman gathered, ready to tackle the elements and renew old acquaintances while focusing on fishing local waters.
American Legion Post 23 put on a huge spread at the anti-inflamary price of $6 per person. As the throng enjoyed a great breakfast of ham, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes and the trimmings, Orleans Rod and Gun Club President Brian Haley, who has led the organization for 25 years, emceed the gathering.