March 14th, 2012
COVENTRY â€” Newport City Firefighters responded to the New England Waste Services landfill at 9 a.m. yesterday for a structure fire.
Newport City Chief Fire Chief Jamie LeClair said the fire was in a small utility building. LeClair requested mutual-aid from the Orleans Fire Department but ended up canceling the call.
Landfill staff extinguished much of the fire prior to the fire department's arrival.
Lenny Wing of the landfill said company engineers and members of the safety department will investigate the fire.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ The sugaring season is off to an early start this year with the unseasonably warm weather. The boiling is going strong, but how the season will turn out is a mystery, completely dependent on Mother Nature. Temperatures are forecasted to be well into the 50s in the days ahead, and this concerns producers.
â€śWeâ€™re at the mercy of the weather but off to a good start,â€ť said Carolyn Collins.
TROY â€” Firefighters saved the farmhouse at the former Judd Farm from being destroyed by fire yesterday.
Jamie Rivers and Laura Clark now own the property now known as Jay View Sugaring Equipment.
The family believes a shorted out extension cord in the basement caused the fire. The cord was powering a fan to dry children's clothes in the basement of the home. The home sustained smoke damage. The children's clothes were destroyed.
NEWPORT â€“ Paul Bruhn, Executive Director of Preservation Trust of Vermont, wants a WalMart in the Northeast Kingdom, but not in Derby. His vision is to put it at the corner of Coventry Street and Main Street in Newport City, where the People's United Bank (formerly the Chittenden Bank), the back parking lot and the U.S. Post Office is now. Right across from Pick & Shovel.
Chris Hamblett, president of the Pick and Shovel, has heard rumors about the possibility of a WalMart across the street from his business.
NEWPORT, VT - Retired Sgt. Doug James, a 30-year veteran of the Vermont State Police and a founding member and the most recent fire chief of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, was laid to rest Tuesday, escorted by state troopers and members of the fire department.
Two fire trucks extended their ladders to display a huge flag over the entrance to the Curtis-Britch-Converse Rushford Funeral Home where funeral services were conducted.
James also served on the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and as a member of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol.
COVENTRY â€“ Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon and Deputy State Auditor Joseph Juhasz told the select board Monday evening that the town needs better internal financial controls.
The biggest concern is that select board members don't know the answers that Salmonâ€™s office says they should know. There are also concerns that one person handles all of the townâ€™s finances. Salmonâ€™s office discovered the weaknesses after sending the select board and clerk and treasurer Cindy Diaz a list of questions that had a yes, no, or I donâ€™t know response.
OKEMOâ€“The North Country Snowboard teams' wrapped up their season with the state meet at Okemo Mountain on Friday.
The boys took home fifth place, combining a 61 in Giant Slalom, 54 on the Half-pipe, and a Slope Style score of 76 for a total of 191 points.
Josh Brien's twenty-second place finish was the high-water mark for the Falcons in the slope competition. Justin Christopher was thirty-second, Nick Kincaid thirty-eighth, Mike LeMay forty-sixth, and Chuck Norton fifty-fifth.
DERBY, VT - A recount was held Monday night for the position of Derby Delinquent Tax Collector after Assistant Town Clerk MaryAnn Tetreault beat out Town Clerk Nicole Daigle by two votes at March Town Meeting.
The final tally added one vote to Tetreault's total for a final count of Tetreault - 518 and Daigle -515.
Daigle was the incumbent.