March 12th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€” Fire didn't knock Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast out of business.
Firefighters responded to the business on Prospect Street at 4 p.m., Sunday, for a report of a fire in the window well. Upon arrival, they found heavy smoke coming from the second floor and flames around the window. They prevented the fire from entering the attic space and contained the fire to the second floor bedroom.
ORLEANS, VT - Chief Lone Cloud, also known as Ralf Swett, reported that the Feathers store on Main Street in Orleans was burglarized last Thursday night.
The culprits broke one of the front doors and ransacked the place. An estimated $10,000 in items was taken, including all the computers. The store was also trashed.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A new state hospital is on the minds of many Vermont lawmakers. Both Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Orleans/Essex) and Rep. Lynn Batchelor covered the topic in detail during yesterdayâ€™s Legislative Breakfast held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Last year floodwaters caused extensive damage to the Vermont State Hospital as well as other buildings at the state complex in Waterbury. Legislators now have the task of finding replacement facilities.
HARTFORD â€“ 2 points is all that separated Lake Region from their 6th consecutive trip to the Barre Aud for the Final Four. With the Hartford Hurricanes on top 43-41 and under 10 seconds on the clock, Drew Nealâ€™s 3-ball wouldnâ€™t fall, sending the Hurricanes to the semi-finals.
Rooney–– John E. (Jack) passed away at the VA hospital in White River Jct., VT on March 3, 2012 with his nephews by his side. There will be calling hours 4–7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls, VT. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at St. Charles Church with burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT.
For the full obituary see Friday's Express.
JAY, VT - "We have over-delivered. We're very proud of that." That's the word from Jay Peak's Bill Stenger.
Jay Peak Resort recently had a contract falling out with their E5 agent and broker, Rapid USA Visas. The firm shot out a widely-circulated email criticizing Jay Peak Inc. and it's affiliates.
Jay Peak Resort's CEO, Bill Stenger, said he was "hurt" by the accusations and called them "factually incorrect."
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Some residents reacting to crimes in the region have started a community watch.Â Individuals are mostly concerned with burglaries.
Would-be robbers start by checking a home. â€śIf nobody is home, they try the door to see if it is unlocked,â€ť said Newport Police Chief J. Paul Duquette. â€śIf itâ€™s unlocked, they go in. If itâ€™s not unlocked, lots of time they boot the door, go in, do a quick smash and grab and get out.â€ťÂ
Some homes have been robbed even while people are sleeping in them.
Police are particularly concerned with thieves stealing guns from area homes.
DERBY - The race for the Derby Tax Collector was very close with the challenger winning by two votes.
Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle, who has served the town as the Delinquent Tax Collector since 2006, has officially asked for a recount. Normally a request for a recount would go to the town clerk, but in this case it went to Assistant Town Clerk Nancy Gosselin, who is the presiding officer.
The townâ€™s board of civil authority, which is the justices of the peace, will conduct the recount Monday evening.