August 19th, 2012
NEWPORT - The Armory building is among several National Guard facilities in Vermont that will receive upgrades this year.
The first order of business it to expand parking to include secured parking for vehicles and equipment. The secured parking area will at least double in size and will be fenced in with security lighting added. Additional parking will allow for visitors to not have to park on the lawn as the upgraded area will be paved. The secured parking lot will accommodate more Humvees and trucks.
ORLEANSâ€“The Orleans Country Country Club could not have asked for better conditions for this year's Arthur Mandros Memorial Member/Guest Golf Tournament.
"It turned out to be a great event," said
O.C.C. Club Pro Horace Archer with a smile.
"We had two days of great weather and we had people who enjoyed themselves, had dinners and played great with great sportsmanship. What else can I say."
After a fantastic Saturday of action and another great round Sunday morning, the eight teams were divided into two flights for the shoot-out to determine the winners of the tournament.
DERBY LINE - Phil Gosselin, originally from Newport, moved to New York City, after graduating from North Country High School, and pursued his dreams in theater. Now he's returned to the area to direct a musical at the Haskell.
Gosselin is directing the longest running musical in the world: "The Fantasticks." This is Gosselin's first endeavor with directing and it's going great; Gosselin could not be happier, he said.
â€śThere is just something about live theater,â€ť he said.
RUTLAND â€“ Republican Wendy Wilton, a former state senator from Rutland County and current treasurer for the City of Rutland, hopes voters will elect her as the next state treasurer.
Wilton faces off against incumbent Democrat Beth Pearce of Barre City and Progressive Don Schramm of Burlington in the November election. All candidates are running unopposed in their respective parties.
Wilton, a University of Vermont graduate, is a mother of two college age children. She is very concerned about the stateâ€™s fiscal future and the younger generation.
NEWPORT - The Lowell Six - protesters charged with trespassing on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power is building a wind turbine farm - were found guilty by jury at 8 PM last night. The state has asked for a restitution hearing and no sentence has been handed down.
The jury trial was held before a packed house made up mostly of supporters and opponents of industrial wind development, media personnel and protesters who were arrested at the same location this month. The protesters held a rally outside the courthouse where they beat drums and symbols.
BARTON/GLOVER - Surprise!
The children's librarian and a volunteer were stunned Tuesday morning when they walked through the door of the Barton Public Library.
Someone had been busy stacking chairs, ladders, and tables â€“ on top of each other â€“ almost to the ceiling. Even the potted tree made it to the top of a shelf.
Included among the items moved was an antique victrola, which weighed so much, according to Library Director Toni Eubanks, that she knew a single perpetrator could not have done the job.
"It took two firefighters to retrieve the victrola," she said Wednesday.
BARTON, VT - This year marks the 145th anniversary of the Orleans County Fair in Barton, VT. Steeped in history and rich with agricultural tradition, the fair provides a jam packed week of exhibits, competitions and entertainment for all ages.
Harvey Cleveland, the fair association president, said, â€śThe association is always working to keep our rich agricultural history, and we also have to keep up with the demand for new features and innovative ideas.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ â€śI couldnâ€™t do it without you. You are my backbone and you are a gift.â€ťÂ
Those were the words Jessica Blais, community executive for the American Cancer Society, brought to Columbia Forest Products employees Monday. Blais was reading from a statement given by someone she identified as Judy, a cancer patient at the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington.
â€śShe told me that because of our financial assistance, navigation and transportation to treatment, that she wakes up in the morning,â€ť said Blais of Judy. Blais told the employees Judy was speaking to people like them.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ Nearly two weeks after Roger Pion, 34, went on a rampage pulverizing sheriffâ€™s vehicles in the department's parking lot with a huge Case tractor, the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department is well on its way to recovery, but not fast.