October 11th, 2012
Editorâ€™s note: Filmmaker and arts impresario Jay Craven has been telling his story of the day and night he spent trying to get Chuck Berry to honor his contract and perform in the Northeast Kingdom.
He continues his story this week, where he left off â€” getting Berry to the Burlington airport and headed to Lyndonville.
Time was wasting and Chuck Berry arrived late at the Burlington airport. There was virtually no chance that weâ€™d make it to the Lyndonville fairgrounds in time for the start of the scheduled concert. There was an opening act â€” but the timeline was very tight.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A North Troy man faces 15 years in prison, a $1,000 fine or both on charges of burglary and vandalism.
Isaiah Surdam, 28, entered not guilty pleas to a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief for causing damage greater than $250. Tuesday, Judge Dennis Pearson released Surdam with conditions.
On Jan. 30, 2012, Border Patrol Agent Donald Carmody told state police that someone had broken into a home on Bear Mountain Road in North Troy.
NEWPORTâ€“UCA scored two goals in the opening fifteen minutes and never looked back, defeating Mid-Vermont 2-1 on Thursday.
"It was nice to get a win and break our tie streak," said coach Alyssa DeLaBruere. "I'm glad we scored early because we can rely on our defense to hold a lead."
Justin Limoge and Ji Kim teamed up for the contest's opening tally just ten minutes into the first.
Limoge found Kim, who let a bullet fly, beating goalie Austin Sayers.
"Overall I think we played as a team and guys were passing and trying to set each other up for a goal," said Kim.
NEWPORTâ€“With heavy rains falling and field conditions poor at best, North Country (3-7-1) battled through and defeated BFA St. Albans (2-8-1) 1-0 in a much needed win.
"We are feeling great," said coach James McKenny. "The boys deserved it, bouncing back from Mount Mansfield. Coach (Stanley) and I see these guys every day and we know what they put in to it and it is rewarding to see them get the win in front of the home crowd."
DERBY â€“ Two North Country Union Junior High School teachers brought the Sheffield First Wind Project to their classrooms. Technical education teacher Roger Chaput and science teacher Jessica Tetreault oversaw the two-month unit.
Chaputâ€™s component entailed talking about the parts of a wind turbine. Tetreaultâ€™s taught students how much electricity turbines can produce and how a wind turbine generates electricity, and about parallel circuits and series circuits. Students also discussed the pros and cons of wind turbines.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The planning commission will discuss changing the bylaw for parts of the east side of the city.
Paul Dreher, Newport City Zoning Administrator, said some residential lots near Jackson Street are 10,000 square foot lots, but some are just under 20,000 square feet. As it is now, the owners of the larger lots canâ€™t subdivide their property and build houses on them because the lots would be too small under the zoning laws.
â€śTechnically speaking, I canâ€™t actually give them a permit to put a subdivision lot,â€ť said Dreher.Â
ORLEANS COUNTY - An aerial seeding pilot project is now over for the year, but farmers who participated had their fields seeded with a winter cover crop early by a helicopter.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two downtown businesses are among 28 establishments to receive historic preservation tax credits from the state this year.
Lago Trattoria received $142,200 and the Tasting Center received $118,605. Newport Cityâ€™s designated town status made the two business owners eligible to receive the tax credits.
Sen. Vince Illuzzi of Derby, whose committee has been a strong proponent of the credits, is delighted that some of the money is coming to Newport City. The credits, he said, encourages investments in historic downtown buildings and avoids sprawl.
NEWPORT, VT - Jack McMullen, the GOP candidate for Vermont Attorney General, has been campaigning in the Northeast Kingdom on a platform of fighting violent and drug-related crimes. He believes that Vermont's current attorney general, Bill Sorrell, has done a great job on issues of environment, embezzlement and consumerism, but in doing so has not paid enough attention to street crime.
McMullen wants to establish a set of guidelines for a uniform drug-related crime policy.
NEWPORT CENTER - Brian and Jennifer Cook decided to upgrade a home brewing operation to commercial status after years of Brian honing his craft since he was in high school. Kingdom Brewing held an open house this past weekend and participated in the Bean and Brew Fest at Jay Peak Resort.
Jennifer explained how beer is made, from taking a couple of hundred pounds of grain and turning into mash. After an hour, the liquid is pumped into a brew kettle and the unwanted by-product is fed to the beef herd.