June 20th, 2012
LOWELL - The strong storms that tore through the area May 29 caused problems at the Lowell wind site. Repair work began as soon as the rain stopped.
Several silt fences, ditches, and culverts were in need and a plugged culvert caused several problems and overwhelmed other systems. Some significant erosion occurred in some areas that needed restoring. Sediment was found in streams and wetlands.
Some discharge is allowed by the permit.
NEWPORT, VT â€“ The Newport Rotary Club celebrated a â€śdream come trueâ€ť moment with the installation of the new Northeast Kingdom Rotary Interact Club at a recent celebration and â€śpinningâ€ť event held at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport. Rotary Interact promotes community involvement and international awareness among young people, providing opportunities to make a difference in their community and the world. The event celebrated the charter of the new club and induction of the nearly 45 high school student members.
This weekend the Green Mountain Classic was held at Newport Country Club. This tournament was a 36 hole two-person best ball gross event. On Saturday we had Brian Cook Brew Master of Kingdom Brewing on our tenth tee giving samples of his beer.
The Championship Flight was won by Steve Fisher and Tyler Colter, playing out of Newport CC. They shot 65&70 for a 7 under par 135. Shawn Smith and Dan Griffiths from Newport took second with a 2 under 142.
BROWNINGTON - The Old Stone House Museum in Brownington is offering classes in old fashioned blacksmithing for the strong at heart - and arms. In photo blacksmith instructor Courtney Mead pounds away at red hot metal
Classes will be offered through the summer and information can be obtained by calling the museum at 754-2022.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Monday the Newport City Council named Newport Police Sergeant Seth DiSanto as the cityâ€™s new chief of police.
DiSanto was vying for the chief position against Joseph Alaimo of Methuen, MA. Alaimo retired from the Methuen, MA, Police Department as deputy chief and works for Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.
DiSanto will replace longtime Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who retires Aug. 1.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Newport City Manager John Ward threw cold water on a request from the Coventry Select Board to contract for Newport Fire Department Services.
Coventry is hoping to change their "on call" agreement for fire protection to one based on a contract in hopes it will save Coventry money, and the city council seemed open to discussing the idea.
Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte and select board member Brad Maxwell attended Mondayâ€™s city council meeting.
Williams–– Sylvio J., 91, of Brownington, VT passed away on June 15, 2012 in Newport, VT. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Brownington Center Cemetery with full military honors. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.
BROWNINGTON - The Old Stone House Museum hosted its annual steam and antique engine show this weekend, with loyal enthusiasts coming from all over New England.
Among those presenting were Herb and Dan Lewis, father and son, of Derby, who, along with Robert Calhoun of Charleston, worked for seven years to restore a late 1800â€™s steam engine, which was originally manufactured by Gillie Engine & Machine Co. of Tonawanda, NY. The engine is an 8-horsepower, vertical, 2-cylinder model that is wood fired.
LOWELL, VT - The trucking route for the wind turbine parts for the Lowell wind project has changed. A total of 126 oversized and over-weight trucks are expected to roll through Derby on their way to Interstate 91.
Parts of the turbines are now going to be brought in by rail to Island Pond. From there they will be transported along routes 105 and 5 through Charleston and Derby. The trucks will enter Interstate 91 in Derby and head south to Orleans, to Irasburg, and then Lowell, where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing its wind farm.
NEWPORT - In an effort to encourage Vermonters to be healthy, the Department of Health has kicked off a campaign to encourage shoppers to make wise decisions.
Healthy Retailers promotes "Small Change, Big Impact."
Jen Black, of Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, is facilitating the local program aimed at independent food stores. Jimmy Kwik, Rayâ€™s Market, and Westfield General Store are working with the program and more independent stores are expected to come on board later this year.