March 26th, 2012
LYNDON â€“ Sorry Kermit, but it's easy to be green.Â
Forty-five exhibitors proved that fact at the NEK Energy Expo held at Lyndon State College Saturday. The Northeastern Vermont Development Association sponsored the fourth annual event. Exhibits included hybrid and electric cars, biomass burn trailers, a solar contractor and everything else thatâ€™s environmentally friendly.Â
Renewable energy and energy conservation is very important. As Lorna Higgs, project manager for NVDA pointed out, fuel oil prices continue to rise and most energy experts believe that will continue.Â
NEWPORT â€“ The Green Mountain Farm to School (GMFS) program is taking to the roads this summer with a mobile unit allowing for easy access to locally grown, affordable foods.
This project comes through support from Senator Bernie Sanders and the USDA Farmersâ€™ Market Promotion Program.
In October, Sanders announced two grants totaling $165,555 for the Green Mountain Farm Direct and the Northeast Organic Farming Association to expand access to locally-produced food for Vermont seniors, low-income families and others.
BARRE/MONTPELIERâ€“The 7/8 grade NEK Blue Devils took part in the 5th annual Vermont Sting IceBreaker this past weekend, and came home with a perfect 4-0 record, claiming the 8th grade division title.
In the opening game, the Blue Devils battled back against the Littleton Crusaders to force overtime on an Austin Roberge 3 with 2 seconds on the clock. Noah Racineâ€™s 3 to start OT gave the blue and white the lead that they never looked back from, winning 62-58. Roberge led the way with 34 points and Danny Epinette chipped in with 17 points and 13 boards.
Young–– Wilfred Alton, Jr., 63, of Brownington passed away at his home on March 21, 2012. Funeral services will be held at the Brownington Center Church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Judge Robert Bent held 30-year-old Adam Verge on $10,000 bail, Friday. Verge faces felony aggregated assault charges on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief. Verge entered not guilty pleas on all charges.
Verge, his attorney Gertrude Miller, and Essex County Stateâ€™s Attorney Vince Illuzzi appeared in Orleans County Court Friday. Judge Robert Bent, who was out of town, heard the case on speakerphone.
DERBY - The record warm weather caused the maple sap to stop flowing early in the season, but many producers still participated in the annual Maple Open House Weekend event, which provides an opportunity for visitors to get an up-close tour of boiling sap into syrup.