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February 28th, 2013

DIAZ CHALLENGED FOR COVENTRY TOWN CLERK

February 28, 2013

COVENTRY – At least two residents are vying for the office of town clerk and treasurer. Deb Tanguay is facing off against incumbent Cynthia Diaz. Each title is considered a different position but the same person usually holds both offices.
CYNTHIA DIAZ
Diaz first became clerk and treasurer in 2004.
"I'm running again because I really enjoy the people," said Diaz. "I really enjoy helping the residents of Coventry."

February 27th

I’M SORRY

February 27, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - A Newport City man will serve two concurrent 5-10 year prison sentences plus a current 6-12 month prison sentence following a Newport City assault in which the victim was bashed in the head with a frying pan.

A BRAVE NEW WORLD IN EDUCATION

February 27, 2013

DERBY CENTER - The face of education is changing, Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern told members of the North Country Union Junior High School Board recently, as they discussed the possibility of a middle school on the west side of the supervisory district. “The issue of equitable education is being addressed and may at some point be mandated,” he said.
“If a middle school is built on the west side, we are considering including grades six through eight; that will free space at the elementary schools for pre-kindergarten programs, which the state may someday mandate.”

February 26th

JOURNALIST SETTLES WITH GMP

February 26, 2013

NEWPORT - Green Mountain Power (GMP) has reached a settlement agreement with local journalist Chris Braithwaite.
GMP will pay Braithwaite $22,500 to cover his legal expenses for the defense of the criminal case he faced as a result of an alleged trespass onto GMP property. That case was dismissed.
Braithwaite's civil suit against GMP will be dismissed with prejudice. GMP says this is the quickest resolution to the case and is not admitting any wrongdoing.

BEHIND BARS

February 26, 2013

BURLINGTON – One of 13 defendants charged in federal court with contributing to the operation of a meth lab in Island Pond has been sentenced.
Kevin Dodge, 45, was ordered to serve to 33 months in a federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, also ordered that Dodge serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends. In addition, Dodge agreed to forfeit $5,000 in lieu of forfeiture of a vehicle used in the conspiracy.

VOLUNTEERS READY TO MAN COVENTRY FIRE DEPARTMENT

February 26, 2013

COVENTRY - Coventry voters will be asked at Town Meeting if they want to have their own fire department. If they say yes, the town will be asked to approve a budget of $515,000. If they do, the department already has a crew. Local residents are ready and willing to man the pumps for Coventry.
The money includes constructing a building and equipping the department.

OLD PUMPER LIMPS ALONG

February 26, 2013

IRASBURG – The Irasburg Fire Chief says it is time for a new fire truck. The current 1984 pumper truck needs approximately $84,000 in repairs to bring it up to the required standards. The new truck is estimated to cost up to $225,000.
Four dealers are in a bidding war over the truck, Fire Chief Robin Beaton said Tuesday. The town has not had good luck with purchasing used trucks in the past, Beaton said. A used truck would cost about $180,000 and could be without a warranty or near the end of it, and Beaton is worried about spending on repairs, as the town has in the past.

February 25th

REPS OPPOSE DEATH BILL

February 25, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Physician assisted suicide, known as the Death with Dignity Bill, continues to be a hot button issue in Vermont.
Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City said during Monday's Legislative Breakfast that some lawmakers are calling the bill physician prescribed suicide, because physicians are ones who will give the "lethal cocktail."

PETITION AGAINST WALMART

February 25, 2013

DERBY – An online petition is circulating asking Gov. Peter Shumlin to not allow Walmart to build in Derby.
As of Sunday, more than 1,200 people had signed the petition.
Chairman of the Derby Select Board Brian Smith criticized the effort and said most who have signed it are not from Orleans County and some are from out of state.

NEW LIFE FOR OLD SHOES

February 25, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Everybody has a pair of shoes that either don't fit, are too worn out or are just plain too ugly to wear.
STOP! Before you throw them away, donate them.
Between Friday March 1 and Friday April 5, the North Country Union High School Interact Club will be collecting shoes of all shapes, sizes, types, and conditions to donate to Soles4Souls.

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