February 13th, 2013
NEWPORT - It took seven hours to retrieve Paul Lavalette's truck from the bottom of Lake Memphremagog last Sunday.Â
The truck was located at a depth of 25 feet.Â The first step in retrieving the truck was locating it. Will Jennison, owner of JD Company of Johnson, VT, said the truck's front end was buried in several feet of mud.Â
The truck was lifted from the bottom using air bags and pulled to a hole near the shore before being pulled out.
LOWELL â€“ The Vermont Energy Generation Siting Commission toured the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell Tuesday. Later that evening, the five-member commission held its third public hearing at the Lowell Village School to a crowd of several hundred people.
Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed the commission to recommend best practices for improving how power generation sites are chosen and how to get public input.
The commissionâ€™s next session will be Feb. 20 in Montpelier. Attendees could speak about anything related to energy; most stuck with the topic of wind.Â
NEWPORT â€“ Bill Stengerâ€™s Q-Resorts does not yet own the Spates Block in Newport City, but will likely very soon.
Q-Resorts has an agreement with Doug and Vivian Spates to buy the block, which stretches from Central Street to Second Street, but the closing has yet to occur. It was scheduled for the end of December, and then the end of January, but it didnâ€™t happen, and Doug Spates said he does not know why or when it will.
Spates speculates that there are hold-ups somewhere and said he thinks it could have to do with an environmental certificate, but doesn't know the details.
NEWPORTâ€“In the second game of a back-to-back, the North Country girls fell to second-seeded Rice Memorial on Tuesday night at the Falcon Gymnasium.
Said NCU coach Christiane Brown on playing two nights in a row, "It was not tough for us because we were the underdogs. If we had been the favorites in the game, then it might be a different story."
Friday night will wrap up a busy week for the 5-10 Falcons, as they welcome in 3-12 St. Johnsbury.
Abbottâ€“â€“ Jerry Dean, 59, of Newport, VT passed away February 9, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
For the full obituary see Wednesday's Express.
NEWPORT â€“ The St. Albans woman charged in the fatal car crash that killed a local couple was once the subject of a Burlington Free Press article about her struggle with addiction. Alexis Gabree pleaded innocent Tuesday to two counts of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, death resulting.
The head-on crash, which occurred August 5, 2012 on VT 105 in North Troy, killed retired husband and wife Edmund and Margaret Moran. Gabree is currently in custody on $50,000 bail.
COVENTRY â€“ Pedro Grondin, during last yearâ€™s annual Town Meeting, lit the flame that sparked the interest for Coventry to start its own fire department. This year, residents will vote if they want to continue with the process or extinguish the idea.
Voters will also be asked if they want to authorize the select board to spend no more than $515,000 for the purpose of building, equipping and establishing the first year's budget. If approved, the department would be part of the townâ€™s operating budget. Since the town doesnâ€™t have a municipal budget, property taxes wonâ€™t be affected.
NEWPORT - Bill Stenger has an agreement with Doug Spates to take over and demolish the rundown block on the south side of Main Street in Newport. But what that means for all the building tenants and business owners is not yet certain.
The Family Recipe Restaurant, owned by Carol Bonneau, has a long history of serving Newport City residents and is on the block slated for demolition. Bonneau does not know what the future will bring and is a bit concerned. Bonneau wants everyone to know she is still open for business.
Caouetteâ€“â€“ Margaret L., 89, of Holliston, MA, formerly of Island Pond, VT passed away February 10, 2013 in Framingham, MA.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.
NEWPORT â€“ Turing Points is experiencing a surge in student population and is outgrowing its current location.
The program's directors now have their eyes on the former Mogan Elementary School, E. Taylor Hatton, as a possible future location.
Morgan decided last year to close the school and send students to Derby. What to do with the building remains a question. Â The possibility of locating Turning Points to the Morgan facility will be discussed at Town Meeting in March.