November 29th, 2012
ST. JOHNSBURY - Country legend Clint Black performed before an appreciative crowd at Fuller Hall on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy Wednesday.
Black performed 90 minutes and played 21 songs from his long and successful career. He also held a meet and greet.
The native Texan spoke about the cold Vermont temperatures but was willing to weather the storm. This is the farthest north he's been in the United States.
Massachusetts' native Ayla Brown met with fans after opening for Black.
NEWPORT, VT- Actuaries for the Vermont National Education Association working with the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) and Blue Cross Blue Shield are recommending a 14% increase in health care costs this next fiscal year. The increase is due in part to implementation of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly knows as â€śObama Care.â€ť There are several factors driving the highest rate increase proposal since FY '04, which are outlined in a VEHI letter to the business offices of Orleans Central Supervisory Union and North Country Supervisory Union.
The Northeast Sports Network, an online home for local sports in the lower region of the NEK since 2005, is making their way up Interstate 91, and will begin covering games at North Country, Lake Region and United Christian Academy high schools starting in 2013.
"We have covered North Country and Lake Region games before, and both schools were very receptive to the idea of having us cover them," said founding member Eric Berry.
Beginning with the winter sports season, NSN will feature twenty games, covering the three schools listed above in the next calendar year.
NEWPORT â€“ The Barton Chronicle owner and publisher Chris Braithwaite was in court Wednesday morning for a pretrial conference.
Braithwaite was arrested and charged with trespassing last December while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain.
His attorney, Phil White of Newport, told the court that he is waiting for information from Green Mountain Power and once received is ready to move forward with the trial. Jury draw is scheduled for today and the upcoming trial is expected to last just one day.
DERBY - In an impromptu election that could only be called a slam dunk, Faye Morin was officially elected Derby Town Clerk Tuesday night, at least until Town Meeting Day in March.
Morin was unofficially appointed by outgoing town clerk Nicole Daigle when Daigle left to take another job. Even though the board had no problem with Morin, discontent over the way Morin got the position lead some residents to petition for an election.
DERBY â€“ Across the world, families will wake up to a sparkling tree on Christmas morning. Staff from Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram have teamed up with Northeast Kingdom Community Acton (NEKCA) to make sure some local children experience the magic every youngster deserves.
The drop boxes for the â€śToys for Kidsâ€ť campaign are at Orleans County area businesses. The last day area residents can drop a new, unwrapped present is Tuesday, Dec. 18. Staff at the dealership, formerly known as Mulkinâ€™s, have sponsored the drive for several years. Staff from NEKCA will distribute the presents.Â
TROY â€“ The school board is back to the drawing board to come up with a renovation and improvement plan with a price tag that will please voters enough to pass a bond. Earlier this month, voters rejected a $1.3 million bond. Earlier this year, voters rejected a $2.2 million bond.
School board members and Principal Chris Young have maintained the school faces code violations if nobody addresses problems at the facility.Â
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Victor Comtois, a volunteer with Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce, drew the names of seven winners during a raffle held on Small Business Saturday.
Each customer who made a purchase at a participating store could enter his or her name for a cool prize.
Winners include: Mary Perry, Patty Thomas, Maria Perry, Kate Linton, Joe Fransworth. Judy Gilman and Cole Montague.
LOWELL - The 21st and final wind turbine in Green Mountain Powerâ€™s (GMP) wind project on Lowell Mountain was commissioned November 20, effectively securing $44-million in Federal Production Tax Credits. The tax credits will go to GMP over a ten-year period and every penny is a cost savings to the consumers, GMP spokesperson Dotty Schnure said.
The power produced will cost about 9 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) with the tax credits. But GMP will also likely sell renewable energy credits (RECS) for additional income, which will allow them to drop the price further.