June 13th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Crews continue to rebuild the Long Bridge that may reopen to traffic by the end of the year, even if it's not quite finished. That was the word Wednesday from Francine Perkins, public relations officer for Reed & Reed Inc., the company working on the bridge.
â€śThe schedule moves around quite a bit with any kind of construction like this,â€ť she said. â€śThe bridge work may not be done, but theyâ€™ll get it to a point where they can hopefully get traffic on it.â€ť
For awhile, traffic will probably be one way while crews work on the bridge.
DERBY â€“ Sen. Vince Illuzzi said Wednesday that he will be filing the paperwork with the Secretary of State today to run for state auditor. However, he wonâ€™t make a formal announcement until later this year.
â€śIt may be later this month or it may be in September,â€ť said Illuzzi, who is running as a Republican. â€śIâ€™m still talking with folks about when to do that.â€ť
Illuzzi is facing off against Doug Hoffer, a Burlington Progressive who is seeking the Democratic nomination.
A group of students recently tested for their Yellow Belts in Tae Kwon Do at Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy in Newport. The students were tested on their verbal knowledge, technical skills, memorized patterns, self defense, sparring and board breaking in front of a panel of Black Belts. Prior to receiving their new belts the students had two weeks to learn the definition and pattern of their new belt.
For more information about Dunlaveyâ€™s Black Belt Academy which offers classes for ages 3 and up, three nights per week, please call Master Rick Dunlavey at 279-4847.
DERBY â€“ Voters could see some big changes on the political scene this year.
Republican Rep. Bob Lewis (Orleans-1) of Derby confirmed yesterday that he has filed a petition to run for state senate following on the heels of Sen. Vince Illuzzi's recent statement that he is collecting signatures to run for state auditor.
Lewis declined to comment any further until he issues a press release next week.
Gov. James Douglas appointed Lewis when Loren Shaw stepped down in 2008.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Many area residents are still filling their gas tanks at between $3.60 and $3.80 a gallon, give or take. However, at least two area gas stations are selling fuel at below the local average.
The Troy Country Store, as of Tuesday morning, was selling unleaded regular gas at $3.44 a gallon while the cash price at the Jay Country Store is $3.36.
So how do they do it?
â€śWe reduce the margins,â€ť explained John Dennison, owner of the Troy Country Store. â€śWe make a little bit less, but sell a lot more.â€ť Dennison was referring to gas and to the products he sells inside the store.
LOWELL - â€śNo Windâ€ť was the message of the day at Lowell Mountains Groupâ€™s chicken barbecue and fundraiser held Sunday at Hazenâ€™s Notch Campground.
In addition to food, the event featured games and live entertainment. Don and Shirley Nelson, who have become the public faces of the Big Wind resistance movement in Lowell, displayed the anti-wind tee-shirts and posed with a pinwheel.
One participant arrived in style in a Hummer bearing a telltale Vermont license plate that read "NOWIND."
DERBY, VT â€“ A Derby resident is seeking a public apology from Brian Smith, Chair of the Derby Select Board, for what she considers "false, destructive, and defamatory" comments made to her and about her by Smith.
DERBY â€“ A new restaurant is planned for Derby. The owners of two Newport restaurants are joining forces to open Jrâ€™s Wood Grill in the Price Chopper shopping center.
Scott Shipley owns Habaneroâ€™s Mexican Grille on Main Street in Newport and is joining with Richard DeLarenzo of Juniorâ€™s on Main Street. Juniorâ€™s will close, but Habaneroâ€™s future is uncertain. Shipley may have the restaurant managed by someone else or sell it.
Jrâ€™s Wood Grillâ€™s other owners are Lisa Shipley and Jonathan Webb.