April 1st, 2012
BURLINGTON â€“ Friday, President Barack Obama sent his condolences to family and friends of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was killed last week.
Obama spoke to thousands of supporters at the University of Vermont. Earlier in the day, the president held a fundraiser luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Supporters paid thousands to have a private lunch with Obama.
Prior to Obamaâ€™s UVM speech, Grace Potter entertained the crowd. However, the press was not allowed to cover the concert or any opening remarks.
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport Rotary Club's 68th Annual Northeastern Vermont Music Festival was held this weekend at North Country Union High School. Students from all over northern Vermont participated.
The event featured a festival chorus and band, a series of ensembles and some great music directed by music teachers from various schools.
BARTON â€“ Demonstrators gathered in Barton Friday to call attention to a number of issues they feel passionately about. About a dozen people turned out and several held signs regarding the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed in Florida late February. Others held signs in memory of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was brutally murdered last week, while others held signs for peace and other issues.
Some demonstrators said they are part of the Peace and Justice Group, some said they are part of the Occupy 99 percent group.
NEWPORT, VT - People throughout the Northeast Kingdom and beyond wore pink Friday to honor the memory of Melissa Jenkins, the single mom and St. Johnsbury Academy teacher and coach who was slain last Sunday evening.
United Christian Academy (UCA) students, faculty and staff joined in the remembrance and brought in donations totaling hundreds of dollars for the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.
UCA Headmaster Dr. Richard O'Hara said that the school wanted to help any way it could. O'Hara noted that UCA can relate, having lost one of their own last year to tragedy.
DERBYâ€“The Northeast Kingdom Roller Derby women made their debut with an exhibition at IROC on Saturday evening.
The seven Busted Cupcake skaters played host to the Upper Valley Vixens from Enfield, NH and the Twin City Riot from Barre, introducing the sport of Roller Derby to Kingdom residents.
"I think it went really well," Ellen "Poison" Apple, Captain of the Cupcakes and League President, said of the evening.
The three squads split into two teams for the friendly exhibition match, and spectators on hand were intrigued by the action.
DERBY - Jim Mulkin, under the name JM & MM Properties LLC, is in the process of buying the Village Pizza building from Erik Lawson.
Plans submitted to Derby include tearing down the building and constructing a new, larger place, which would include space for Village Pizza and a handful of other spaces for retail businesses.
The proposed building is 12,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $875,000. Plans call for a completion date of fall 2012.
DERBY - Lauri Kelly of Lo's Tavern in Newport is calling it quits after four and a half years at her current location and 18 years in the business.
Kelly now lives in Waterford and has been commuting.
She said she is excited about getting done but is really going to miss the place and the functions.
Saturday is the last day the business will be open.
NEWPORT - The 68th annual Northeast Vermont Music Festival, sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club, will be held Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at North Country Union High School.
Students from all over will come and perform in a gala that has become a tradition in the Kingdom.
Students from different schools practice together for the event.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Three Newport men and an unnamed juvenile face multiple charges for allegedly stealing items from parked cars in Newport New Yearâ€™s Eve.
Dereck Collins (20), Robert Knox (21) and Glen Boule (19) entered not guilty pleas in Orleans County Court Tuesday. All three men face felony charges of grand larceny and of having stolen property. They also face multiple misdemeanor charges.
Judge Robert Bent held Boule on $5,000 bail Tuesday. Bent released Collins and Knox on conditions.