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December 14th

New Airport Hangar

December 14, 2011

COVENTRY, VT - A new hanger, to be used to store an eight-passenger Citation Jet, is well on its way to being completed.
Jason Poginy Building from Coventry is constructing the 4,900 square foot hanger at the Newport State Airport.
It will be finished in three to four weeks.

Funds Embezzled From Umpires Association

December 14, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Scott Wing, 41 of Morgan, entered a not guilty plea Monday to a charge that he embezzled somewhere in the neighborhood of $900 from the Northern Umpires Association checking account for his own purposes.
On Sept. 21, Reginald Shafe told city police officers that he believed Wing had misappropriated the money. Shafe had been approached by Gary White, who shared responsibility with Wing for the association's account. White was concerned about discrepancies.

December 13th

A Holiday Tradition

December 13, 2011

ORLEANS, VT - Bill Asack, from Asack and Son Tree Farms, and Eric Mosher, Santa's Helper, are busy preparing trees for their many customers this season.
The tree farm and stand on Leblanc Road in Orleans will be open until Christmas Eve. Just take the left turn after the railroad overpass as you head towards Lake Region Union High School.
The family has been in the Christmas tree business for 17 years. They also sell wreaths and serve hot chocolate.

Break-In at St. Mary’s

December 13, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Two men pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple charges following a break-in at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Newport.
Nathan Ladieu, 30, denied charges of felony burglary, felony unlawful mischief, misdemeanor unlawful trespass and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of someone younger than 16.
Based on the same incident, Hunter Uhlendorff, 18, denied charges of aiding in the commission of a felony, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of someone younger than 16 and misdemeanor unlawful trespass.

VELCO Gets Certificate of Public Good

December 13, 2011

DERBY, VT - The Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) has the green light to move forward on its proposal to build a new telecommunications tower on Nelson Hill in Derby but some area residents have requested reconsideration.
The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) to VELCO on November 16 and refused to hold a public hearing locally on the matter despite requests from residents and the Derby Select Board.

December 12th

Surfs Up at VT’s Largest Indoor Waterpark

December 12, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Jay Peak Resort President and Co-Owner Bill Stenger,along with his grandaughters Anna and Emma Grasso, joined Co-Owner Ari Quiros to officially open the floodgates of the new indoor waterpark at Jay Peak. About 500 children from area schools received free passes to join the party.

Protesters Return to the Mountain

December 12, 2011

LOWELL, VT - A group of about 20 protesters met on the Lowell Mountain ridge line yesterday to protest “Environmental Destruction” on the site where 21 industrial sized turbines are being constructed.
Some protesters were clad in bear costumes and held sings that read, “I can’t find my den.” The costumes signified the disruption to wildlife habitat, said Steve Wright of Craftsbury in a press release. Wright is an active opponent of the project.
Protesters stopped construction Monday morning for two hours before leaving the site.

Charleston School Clears the Air After Smoke Alarm

December 12, 2011

CHARLESTON – A defective furnace motor caused the Charleston Elementary School to fill with smoke yesterday.
Firefighters responded to the school at 8:44 a.m. in response to a report that smoke in the school had set off the alarm, Charleston Fire Chief Duane Moulton said. Firefighters found sparks coming from the motor and shut power to the furnace room.
Buses transported students and staff to the Charleston Town Clerk’s Office while firefighters dealt with the problem. The only person to remain at the school was Principal Sharon Gonyaw.

December 11th

Watch Out for Slippery Roads

December 11, 2011

NEWPORT CENTER, VT - It wouldn’t be December without early winter accidents as drivers become accustomed to icy road conditions.
Vermont State Police reported no injuries in a two-vehicle crash on the Collins Mill Road in Newport Center Sunday.
Senior Trooper Andrew Jensen reported that Danielle Gabucci, 16, of Westfield, lost control of her 1999 Toyota Camry while attempting to negotiate a sharp curve and collided with a 2000 GMC pick-up truck being operated by David Heath, 59, of Newport Center.

Vermont Family Theater Performs The Nutcracke

December 11, 2011

BARTON, VT - This past weekend, Vermont Family Theater put on two performances of the Nutcracker with a cast made up up of children and one adult.
The classic story was a perfect addition to the Christmas season.
Both the young and the old flocked to the theater to enjoy the tale. With a nearly packed house for both performances, the kids danced their hearts out to the delight of the audiences.

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