April 10th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Vermont Electric Co-Op (VEC) is working on getting a greener portfolio.
CEO Dave Hallquist told the Newport Rotary Club Tuesday that he and others at VEC learned a lot about what people understood about energy when they did community outreach with Kingdom Community Wind.
Kingdom Community Wind refers to the wind project on Lowell Mountain.
Hallquist, a retired engineer, said there are no easy choices as far as energy goes.
DERBY â€“ Several opponents of the proposed Derby Line Wind Project have stated concerns over potential property value decline and cite, as an example, a Derby property that was listed on the tax roles at a lower value after the owner complained about a wind turbine on a neighboring property.
The George Buzzell property in Derby was reduced in 2008 by approximately ten percent of its assessed value after Buzzell said that the turbine on Sen. Vince Illuzzi's property impacted Buzzell's property.
NEWPORTâ€“When looking at the 2012 North Country track and field season, the biggest star of the program will not be competing in any of the events.
It will be hosting them.
The brand new facility on the campus of North Country Union High cost over $180,000.00 to build, and everyone I spoke with could not be more thankful to the members of the community that helped make this dream come true.
ORLEANSâ€” â€śSenior leadership and senior contribution,â€ť are what coach Laura Laramee says will be the key to Lake Regionâ€™s run during the 2012 Tennis season. â€śWe are a very senior heavy team and I am looking for those girls to carry the load,â€ť she would go on to add.
While tennis may not be as popular as the Big 3 of Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball, the blue and white still have 12 girls willing to test their skill on the blacktop.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Maine resident who led police on a 22.5-mile chase Easter Sunday will undergo a psychiatric examination to determine her competency and sanity. Until then, Judge Robert Bent ordered Kimberly Saunders, 46, of Portland, ME, held on $15,000 bail.
Saunders faces a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement officers and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, and operating a motor vehicle in a reckless or grossly negligence manner.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Hundreds of Vermonters plan to converge on the steps of the State House, Tuesday, May 1, for Workerâ€™s Rights Day.
Diane Peel, a member of the Northeast Kingdom 99 Percent, said there is minimum wage and there is livable wage. During Mondayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant, Peel said, â€śFor a single person with no children, the livable wage in a rural area is $16.41, the livable wage in an urban area is $17.08. The average is $16.75.â€ť
DERBY - Steve Gendreau is stepping down as the Derby Road Commissioner as of June 1.
He made the announcement at the Derby Select Board last week.
Gendreau has served in the position over the last several years without pay.
He said he was on-call 24-hour as day, seven days a week, and no longer has time for the job.
Gendreau also serves as a member of the Derby Select Board.
That's all folks, just four core players from the 2011 North Country Varsity baseball team are returning in 2012.
The Falcons lost a whopping eighty-three percent of their roster to graduation. The veteran four, the only members of the this yearâ€™s with significant time at the varsity level are the two seniors, Nate Stewart and Jon Boyer, and two juniors, Mike McCarthy and Jason Hatin. these guys will be expected to provide the team with leadership.