June 19th, 2012
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.
St. Onge–– Madeleine, (Maddie) passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey at the age of 50 after a short courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
GLOVER â€“ The Bread and Puppet Theater kicked off its season with various theatrical acts Saturday.
Actors started by waking up the guard of the puppet museum. The big piece of the day included Bread and Puppet theater members and members from Concordia University Montreal.
Bread and Puppet Director Peter Schuman founded the theater group on New York Cityâ€™s Lower Eastside in 1963.Â â€śWe combined weekly bread baking with theater,â€ť said Schuman.
That tradition of giving bread during the performances continued Saturday.
NEWPORT - Longtime local music teacher Persis Ensor is moving. After more than 13 years of teaching students, she is heading to New Hampshire this summer to live closer to her grandchildren, whom she misses.
She will miss her Northeast Kingdom students, but says they will be fine without her. â€śI love the Northeast Kingdom but Iâ€™m drawn to be with my grandkids.â€ť
Ensor will continue teaching music in New Hampshire.