March 22nd, 2012
ORLEANS, VT - It's been a rough year for maple sugaring, according to Rene Desmarais.
He should know. His operation, known as Black Sheep Sugarhouse, produced about half as much syrup as it did last year - 4,530 gallons to last year's 9,013.
He said that's not unusual for the county.
"Most sugarers are doing 25 to 35%," he said. But others, with better equipment, have reached the 50% mark.
The season has been unusually short due to record-breaking warm temperatures.
NORTH TROY â€“ Owners of Appalachian Flooring are not letting a bleak economy prevent them from moving forward. Earlier this year, the Cowansville, QC, company opened a second plant in North Troy.
Workers at the North Troy factory, known as Appalachian Engineered Flooring, produce engineered hardwood for concrete slabs. Workers at the Cowansville plant produce flooring for unfinished plywood.
ORLEANS COUNTY - A combination of record warm weather with sunny skies and a lack of precipitation has led to a fire weather watch alert issued yesterday for northern and central Vermont, according to Chris Bouchard, a meteorologist with the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury.
The unusually small amount of snowfall and warmth from a large high pressure system spanning from Bermuda have brought record breaking warm temperatures five days in a row. The temperatures, which have climbed to near or over 80 degrees for the last several days, are about 30 degrees above normal.
BRIGHTON, VT - An Island Pond man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly put a state trooper in a headlock and choked her until she couldn't breathe.
The trooper, Debra Munson of the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks, was able to break the hold, chase the man down and take him into custody.
Thirty-year-old Adam Verge is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, burglary and unlawful mischief. He was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The North Country Union High School board came under fire from Newport City Council President John Wilson at Tuesdays board meeting. Wilson, speaking as a city resident not a council member, was upset that a mailing encouraging voters to vote on the high school budget arrived after Town Meeting Day.
Wilson received the mailing three days after the vote and other residents received it later than that.Â
NEWPORT CITY - Through a collaborative effort among district wide teachers, area students have created art work on postcards and the cards, after a showing at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, will be sent to troops overseas.
Art teachers from the North Country District met at the beginning of the year and wanted to do a project that would encompass all schools and students who attend art classes. The meeting evolved into the idea of creating postcards for military troops serving overseas.
NEWPORT, VT - Construction on the Lakebridge project in Newport City, where Sleeper Place once stood, is expected to be complete by October.
Spates Construction is working on the project and the following subcontractors are also on the job: New Hampshire Demo, SSXcavating Corp., Roger G. Gosselin Inc., Giroux Masonry, LWI Metalworks, Village Builders, Nicom Coatings Corporation, Benoure Plumbing & Heating Inc., Alpine Sprinkler, Jourdan's Electrical Contracting, Brodeur Construction LLC, Conrad Construction Inc., and Magog Roofing.
DERBY - Vicky and Dan Lewis of Derby, along with other Derby residents, continued last Monday to push the Derby Select Board to take action in the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
Vicky Lewis said she would like the town to sign a comprehensive contract with the developer that would address the issues of concern including potential health effects, noise, and property values.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Tuesday Judge Robert Bent held a West Burke man on $25,000 bail for allegedly chasing his former girlfriend, Diane Mansfield, down with his car and threatening to kill himself in front of her.
William Wray, 47, faces a felony charge of burglary, misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, gross or negligence operation of a motor vehicle and domestic assault.
Wray entered not guilty pleas on all charges.
March 2, Wray allegedly broke into Mansfieldâ€™s house and waited for her to return home.