December 11th, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ The six protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain last December were in court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing.
Judge Martin Maley issued the sentence but delayed execution pending an appeal before the Vermont Supreme Court. If the defense loses the appeal, the sentence will be a $250 fine or 25 hours of community service.
Deputy Stateâ€™s Attorney Sarah Baker asked for a $250 fine or two to three days on a work crew because it cost the state money to send deputies to Lowell Mountain to arrest the protesters.
GLOVER â€“ Looking for a little Christmas Cheer? Then join Deveney Choquette and Tod Pronto from WMOO-FM. Between now and Friday, Dec. 21, the pair will be going to area nursing homes, one each day, to sing Christmas carols to the residents.
Yesterday the duo sang at the Union House in Glover.
Marie Guertin, social services director for Union House, said Pronto and Choquette brought Christmas cheer to the residents. â€śI think itâ€™s good for their well being and I think it will make them happy,â€ť said Guertin. â€śI really thank them (Pronto and Choquette) for coming."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“The moment I walked into the brand new World War II Memorial Gymnasium at Craftsbury Academy, the electricity was palpable.
Principal Merri Greenia was greeting fans at the door, dispensing tickets and programs with an extra twinkle in her eye.
And who could blame her.
After months of hard work, and weeks of anticipation, this was the big night, the night the entire community had waited for; The first home games of the 2012-2013 Craftsbury Academy basketball season.
And what a night it was.
NEWPORT, VT - Mark Saturday as the day Santa comes to Newport.
Santa and his friends will be hosted by the city as part of the Magic on Main event. The city recreation department and the Renaissance Corporation have lined up wagon rides, shopping fun, activities and even real reindeer. (At least I think they're real.)
Main Street will be closed to traffic, so be prepared to park in the Hebard lot or other areas around town. Businesses will be open.
NEWPORT, VT - Nobody wants to be cold, but with current fuel prices and a poor economy, many Vermonters are finding themselves turning down the thermostat and putting on a sweater or two.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) offers to help low income Vermonters pay their heating fuel bill. Clients may apply for assistance any time during the year. DCF issued benefits from late September to mid-March. Benefits are based on two factors: financial need and energy burden need.
NEK - After extensive work for more than a year, the Northeast Kingdom is now one step closer to having an official "byway." Last Monday, the Vermont Byway Council approved the NEK Byway after meeting with tourism and development officials at Burke Mountain.
The official NEK Byway corridor would stretch from St. Johnsbury through Lyndonville, East Burke and West Burke, Westmore, West Charleston and Derby. Once in Derby, the Byway will split and go north along Route 5 to Derby Line and continue on 105 West to Newport.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A light snow fell on the ground early Saturday morning as members of the Newport Rotary Club and the North Country Union High School Interact Rotary Club, veterans, city officials, Newport City School students and other volunteers loaded more than 1,040 wreaths in the back of a large moving van. Their mission: to place the wreaths on veterans buried in Orleans County.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Vermont Education Health Initiative â€“ a non-profit trust that assists school districts, their employees, and local unions to navigate health care issues â€“ will be entering uncharted seas when the state moves toward a health care Exchange.
Vermont is working toward creating an Exchange, which, among other goals, will set minimum standards for health care coverage for all insurers.
JAYâ€“Well, they came as advertised.
The North Country girls hockey team more than held there own against Division I South Burlington/MMU, but fell just a little short of their goal, losing the contest 3-1.
"I think we skated with them for two, two and a quarter periods, but we just did not finish our chances early," said coach Claude Paul.
With the merger of So. Burlington and Mount Mansfield set to last just one year, the visiting squad took to the ice in their special sky blue commemorative jerseys to face the improved Falcons.