July 16th, 2012
LOWELL - More than 100 people turned out to protest the Lowell Mountain Wind Project, stop trucks loaded with turbine parts from entering the Green Mountain Power construction site, and make a statement about future industrial wind projects in the state.
Monday morning, when the first oversized truckload of the day approached the turn to the construction site in Lowell, protesters moved in front of the truck and stopped it in its path for about two hours. Many protesters said blocking the road was not part of the original plan, however.
WESTFIELD, VT - The community of Westfield gathered together to celebrate the contributions of Richard and Pat Shover who are moving to Winterville, GA.
The Shovers moved permanently to Westfield in 1998. Richard was elected town lister in 2000 and served in that job for 12 years. He was known for being fair and working well with other listers and with the public.
Over the years, he attended many meetings and made hundreds of phone calls concerning tax bills and the current use program.
After making a two tire versus four stop during the last caution period Kasey Kahne hung on Sunday afternoon in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over a hard charging Denny Hamlin to post his first career win at the â€śMagic Mileâ€ť and his second of the season. Kahne seized the lead from Hamlin following a restart on the 240th lap of the 300-lap race at the 1-mile track on Sunday afternoon. He was facilitated by a team miscommunication between Hamlin, who wanted two tires changed, and crew chief Darian Grubb, who thought his driver wanted four.
May 29, 1979-June 29, 2012
James (Jim) Joseph Raftery III, 33, passed peacefully from this world on Friday, June 29, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, after a long battle with cancer. On that day our world suffered the loss of a kind and gentle soul, a young man with compassion, courage and a fearless love of life.
ORLEANS COUNTY- The delivery of wind turbine sections to the Lowell Mountain wind site is underway.
This is a key milestone for the construction of Green Mountain Powerâ€™s wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain. The 21 industrial sized turbines' components are being transported via more than 100 trucks.
An oversized load rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby Friday before continuing on through Irasburg and to Lowell. Other deliveries are also heading to Lowell following a different route from Albany, NY.
LOWELL - Katherine Sims, a strong supporter of local decision making and local school boards, hopes to serve voters in the Orleans-Lamoille district for the Vermont House. Sims is going up against Republican incumbent Mark Higley.
Sims, a Progressive, hopes to be on both the Progressive and Democratic tickets.
â€śI am passionate about making a difference for our community," said Sims.
NEWPORT, VT - For those who have been waiting for the paving project to hit Newport City, today is your day.
The Frank W. Whitcomb Construction Corp. will begin repaving U.S. 5 from the Coventry-Newport line to the Newport-Derby line starting at 7 AM today. The project is expected to be completed around Thanksgiving. So make sure you plan for the extra time in and around Newport City during your travels.
Construction will include grinding the existing pavement, resurfacing, signs, sidewalk and guardrail work, signal light improvements and other items.
NEWPORTâ€“Thursday marked the opening round of the inaugural four-course, four-day Northeast Kingdom Golf Tour.
The event features kids ages 8-15 taking on four of the area's premiere golf courses.
Not only does the tour allow some of the area's more established youngsters a chance to compete with other players, it serves as a way to potentially instill a love for the game that will stick with the kids as they get older.
Action began at the Newport Country Club, and the tour will feature stops at the golf courses in St. Johnsbury, Orleans and will wrap up at Jay Peak.
DERBY - Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle has accepted a job offer with a private company. Daigleâ€™s plan is to train a person in her position.
Come Town Meeting in March, Daigle will have fully prepared a viable candidate for the job and will not seek re-election.
Daigle has worked for the town of Derby for 19 years and as town clerk for 18 years. She has also served as town treasurer and school treasurer for many years.
NEWPORT, VT - Performing surgeries, including hip surgeries, are nothing new for Dr. Durward Starr of North Troy. Before retiring he performed more surgeries than he can remember, but as a retired veterinarian, all of those surgeries were performed on animals.