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August 23rd, 2012

Wildflower Inn Settles Lesbian Discrimination Suit

August 23, 2012

LYNDONVILLE – Two New York women and a Vermont country inn have settled a lawsuit that accused the business of refusing to host the couple's wedding reception.
Both sides are claiming a victory.
The American Civil Liberties Union says The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.
Kate and Ming Linsley contacted the ACLU after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that the inn didn't host "gay receptions" due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings."

August 22nd

CHALK=DISORDERLY CONDUCT

August 22, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Writing on the sidewalks has gotten three area residents in trouble with the city.
Diane Peel and Tom Farrow of Newport City and Jack Rogers of Irasburg were ticketed for writing in chalk between Second Street and Central Street. The three plan to fight the tickets in court.
After the group finished their project, Peel walked home, got into her car and passed by where the group had been 15-minutes earlier. There she saw a police officer taking pictures but she did not stop to question why. An hour later, Peel passed by again and the artwork was gone.

School Board Gets a Lesson in How to do Its Job

August 22, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board and school administrators went “back to school” Tuesday night as the monthly meeting focused on the school board's role as it relates to the community, students, administration and each other in their role managing an educational institution.
Harry Frank, Associate Director of Board Development for the Vermont School Boards Association, presented a series of topics that define the role and goals of a high school board.

August 21st

SMASH AND HAUL

August 21, 2012

BARTON – A thief wearing a wolf mask broke into Barton’s Memory Lane during the very early hours Tuesday morning and stole between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of merchandise and a 400-pound safe.
The thieves stole gold and sterling silver jewelry, diamond earrings and other things.
It took years to build up the lost stock, store owners Dan and Catherine McMaster said. Most of the jewelry came from estates and many of the pieces were one of a kind. Some of the pieces were 100 years old.

COUNCIL SCRAMBLES TO APPROVE NEW CRUISERS

August 21, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Council Monday scrambled to sign a resolution for the police department’s new 2013 Ford Interceptor cruisers – both of them, even though the council had initially approved the purchase or lease of only one.
“We need to approve it because the police cars have already been delivered,” said city manager John Ward Jr. “They were ordered in January.”
The department also had to order a new cage for the cruisers because the existing ones don't fit the new cruisers.

GOING... GOING...

August 21, 2012

DERBY – Close to 100 people packed into the Derby Town Office Monday evening for the select board’s regular meeting. Most were there to hear about and discuss the pending resignation of town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle.
During the meeting, Daigle announced that Sept. 30 will be her last day.
Daigle told the select board during an executive session several weeks ago that she had found a new job.
Daigle said she did not want to leave the town in a bind so she hired and was training Faye Morin so that come Town Meeting Day a candidate would be ready to take over Daigle's job.

August 20th

Battle to the Death

August 20, 2012

BARTON – The Orleans County Fair ended with a battle to the death during the long-anticipated Demolition Derby Sunday. Fans cheered while mud, dust, smoke and the sound of crunching metal filled the air.
This year’s Demo Derby fielded 96 cars: 59 four cylinders and 37 six and eight cylinders. The drivers of the four cylinders faced off against each other as did the drivers of the six and eight cylinders.

Protesters Vow to Keep Fighting Despite Verdict

August 20, 2012

NEWPORT – The protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain for unlawful trespass were found guilty by a jury Wednesday evening after a day-long trial. The protesters were on Lowell Mountain where Green Mountain Power (GMP) is constructing a wind turbine farm.
The self-proclaimed “Lowell Six” say they are disappointed by the verdict but will continue their advocacy for Vermont ridgelines.

August 19th

Solar panel array isn’t a ray of sunshine for everyone

August 19, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Roderick and Irene Ames of Morgan did not get all the necessary permits before installing a solar panel array at their Bobbin Mill Road property in Newport City and now the neighbors are wondering what they can do about it. 
The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) is considering sanctions against the couple for starting the project without the certificate of public good. The couple will meet with the public service board tomorrow.

National Guard Armory Gets Upgrade

August 19, 2012

NEWPORT - The Armory building is among several National Guard facilities in Vermont that will receive upgrades this year.
The first order of business it to expand parking to include secured parking for vehicles and equipment. The secured parking area will at least double in size and will be fenced in with security lighting added. Additional parking will allow for visitors to not have to park on the lawn as the upgraded area will be paved. The secured parking lot will accommodate more Humvees and trucks.

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