October 19th, 2011
DERBY LINE â€“ On a warm day last month, Dave and Kelley Robinson were one of a handful of old car enthusiasts who went on a cruise throughout the state. As they entered the Hartford area, the Robinsons saw the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene, which had hit the region a week earlier. A little further in town, the couple saw young children searching the fields for their lost toys.Â
â€śThat hurt,â€ť said Dave Robinson. â€śIt reminded me of things back in the 1950s. A lot of kids grew up around here with nothing.â€ť
DERBY - There was standing room only at the Derby Select Board meeting Monday night, with people overflowing into the hallway. The hot topic of the night was the new adult novelty store on US 5 in Derby.
Rick Dubois, a trustee for the Village of Derby Center, said those present want a bylaw amendment that would not allow a novelty shop, adult book store, adult video, adult entertainment, etc., and would restrict such enterprises to Derbyâ€™s industrial zone.
LOWELL â€“ Lowell wind project opponents gathered on Lowell Mountain Tuesday, all day, to show their disapproval of the wind project now under construction.
Blasting occurred at approximately 12:30, but it was on the other side of the ridge, far from the protesters.
Opponents reported that signs were being posted in the area to prevent them from getting to close to the blasting zone.
NEWPORT, VT - Co-defendants Christopher Lakin and Ty Morrison Jr. entered not guilty pleas at their arraignments in Newport on Oct. 18th. Both are being held on outstanding warrants and on bail of $50,000 each.
Lakin pleaded not guilty to four counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, careless or negligent driving, driving on a suspended license, and attempting to elude a police officer. In related matters, Morrison plead innocent to four counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.
ISLAND POND - A 15,000 square foot building located on 1.99 acres on Meadow Street in Island Pond has been offered to the Town of Brighton free of charge.
At the last Brighton Select Board meeting two weeks ago, the board began researching the cost to maintain the building.
Joel Cope, town administrative assistant, said, "We collect $10,000 in taxes on it a year."
A recent tax bill shows only about $2767 of that amount is received by the town in municipal taxes, while $7267 is paid in non-residential education tax.
NEWPORTâ€“On a gray and chilly afternoon, the North Country field hockey team paid tribute to their twelve departing seniors on Tuesday before their well played 2-0 loss to the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds.
"I'm really going to miss them," said Coach Bouchard of her outgoing seniors, "They have been my backbone ever since I started coaching here."
Three girls in particular hold a special place in Bouchard's heart; Kelsey O'Donnell, Lindsay Cotnoir and Molly Manning.
"Those three have always been on their game. They are my leadership group, and it is really sad to see them go."
NEWPORT - Nestled in the backwoods of the Northeast Kingdom, far from the hustle and bustle of city life, lives Kevin Harkey. He moved his family from Long Beach, CA to the Green Mountain State 10 years ago.
Harkey has worked on such animated films such as The Lion King, Mickeyâ€™s Christmas Carol, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and many others.Â
Much of Harkeyâ€™s work has been aÂ storyboard artist. A storyboard artist, explained Harkey, puts the script to visuals.Â
LOWELL - Construction on the ridge line of Lowell Mountain for the large wind turbine project is on schedule following a week of heated controversy that included the threat of a lawsuit by Green Mountain Power (GMP) and protesters occupying an area near the construction site in an attempt to stop the project.
Turner–– John Henry, Jr., 74, of Brownington, VT passed away suddenly on October 12, 2011 in Newport, VT. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. On-line 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.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.