March 24th, 2013
DERBY â€“ Saturday night at the Elks' Lodge the lights were turned down low and music from the Bad Luck Band was pumping as a huge crowd shook the night away at the Cabin Fever Dance All Night.
The Mary Wright Halo Foundation sponsored the event. The family of Mary Wright founded the organization after her death in 2011 to help cancer patients as the community had helped Mary's family during her time of need.
For more of this story, see Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 25, 2013.
DERBY â€“ Maple producers across the state opened their doors to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend.Â About a thousand people traveled to Jed's Maple Products on Saturday at their new location in Derby for the event.
For photos of Jeb's Maple Products open house, see page 5 of Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 25, 2013.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ On any given morning, approximately 65 individuals make their way to the Behavioral Health Services (BAART) clinic on Union Street for their daily dose of methadone before going about their day.
Until Feb. 25, BAART dispensed methadone from a van parked at the recycling center on Coventry Street. BAART moved the dispensing site to the office site because of security and safety concerns for staff and clients, despite the fact that, in January, a gunman tried to rob the office for drugs.
DERBY - When Amy Jacobs was expecting a child two years ago, she knew she was at risk but made a choice to have her child and love and support him no matter what. Now Amy and Bart Jacobs have a beautiful boy, James, who will turn two in April.
James was born with Down Syndrome, a condition caused by an extra chromosome. The condition is associated with mild to moderate intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance, and weak muscle tone in infancy according, to the governmentâ€™s genetic reference webpage.
NEWPORT - The University of Vermont Extension Office in Newport has found a new home in a large historic building on Main Street in Newport. The office was formerly located in the old hospital located on Highland Avenue. That building is slated for an apartment development complex and current tenants are relocating.
NEWPORT TOWN â€“ Wayne's Snackbar is celebrating five years of good food and family fun - and nearly 47 years of a successful family business.
The crew give special discounts Wednesday as part of the anniversary.
For photos of the gang at Wayne's, see pages 1 and 8 of Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 22, 2013.
TROY - Officials and friends of the Troy Elementary School are asking voters for a fourth time on March 28 to approve a bond for renovations and repairs to the school. The school board will hold an informational meeting at the school 7 p.m. March 27. Voters will accept or reject the vote by Australian ballot. Â Â
NEWPORT CENTER - Thomas Snay, 66, owner of Bear Mountain Sports and Crafts on Farrar Road in Newport Center, walked out of his home yesterday to plow his driveway and saw footprints going to his business. Inside of the business, he saw that several of the guns he had for sale were gone.
The burglary happened sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 21, 2013.
MORGAN â€“ The annual release of brook trout fingerlings will have to wait a few extra weeks as the fry this year are smaller than normal. Hurricane Irene, which tore through the state in August 2011, damaged several of the Fish and Wildlife Department's fish hatcheries. Consequently, the Morgan hatchery received only 45,000 eggs from a hatchery in Virginia last year, but this year were given 92,000 eggs by Fish and Wildlife.
NEWPORT CITY - In an effort to send a strong message to Trish Sears, CEO of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), the city council declined her request to write a letter of support for a Rural Business Enterprise Grant Proposal.
The council has been firm that it wants information well before grant application deadlines. This time the council brought the firmness to a new level by refusing to support the grant.