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December 7th

Newport Center Camp Destroyed by Fire

December 7, 2011

By CHRISTOPHER ROY
Express Staff Writer
NEWPORT TOWN – Newport Center Fire Chief Kurk Flynn has high praise for the firefighters who prevented a possible explosion at a camp on the Clark Mountain Road yesterday. Firefighters responded to a fully engulfed structure at around 1:30 p.m. Flynn immediately requested mutual aid from Newport City and Troy. He also asked North Troy firefighters to be on standby.

Say “Cheese!”

December 7, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – For some, there’s nothing better than homemade food. Friday, Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery of Websterville, VT, prepared dishes using recipes from her book "In a Cheese Maker’s Kitchen" at Newport Natural Foods Marketing Café.
The dishes Hooper prepared include Mascarpone and Spanish dip and salad with a special goat cheese called bijou. She used cheeses made by her company. Community members also sampled the cheeses by themselves.

December 6th

From the Old to the New

December 6, 2011

NEWPORT - The Orleans County Sheriff's Department will have a new home soon - before the New Year if everything goes as planned.
Currently the department is located in an old house behind the court building. The house is falling apart, has mold due to frequent flooding in the basement, and has multiple structural problems.
A space on the second floor, which was being used, began to cave in, forcing employees out of the room.
The foundation is collapsing and there are several holes in it.
"You cannot conduct business in this house," Sheriff Kirk Martin said.

NEK Tasting Center Moves Closer to Reality

December 6, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – A Main Street storefront may soon be filled.
Albert and Eleanor LĂ©ger, co-proprietors of Eden Ice Cider Company, want to move their West Charleston company to the site of the former Downtown and Affordable Furniture.
The move would allow the company to develop the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center to support local food enterprises.
On Monday, the Newport City Council gave its support to the Tasting Center to apply for a planning grant from the Vermont Community Development Program.

Changes Coming to Post Office

December 6, 2011

ORLEANS/ESSEX COUNTIES - The United States Post Office has announced far-reaching new plans to streamline services to save millions of dollars and try to stay solvent. Among these changes are the termination of overnight delivery.
There has been talk of suspending Saturday delivery and window and lobby services. Nationwide, post offices will be closed along with some distribution centers. Here in Vermont, there is talk of moving part of the distribution center at White River Junction to Burlington.

December 5th

Seven Arrested on Lowell Mountain

December 5, 2011

LOWELL, VT - Seven people were arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday morning including a local newspaper publisher, a doctor and a college professor.
A group of protesters opposed to the construction of 21 industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain planned the civil disobedience event Monday morning. The group of approximately 11 gathered on the crane path on the ridge line and stopped construction vehicles from advancing to their work sites. The land that protesters stood on is disputed property.

Advocates Want to “Put People First”

December 5, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Last Thursday, about two dozen Newport area residents met at the Emory State Office Building to discuss community needs. Similar meetings have taken place elsewhere in the state. Eventually members of the groups will bring their message to the State House.
Put People First, part of the Vermont Workers' Center, organized Thursday’s meeting. Members are particularly concerned about what will happen to public assistance programs. They also feel everyone has a right to housing, education and dignified work.

High Speed Car Chase Through Coventry

December 5, 2011

COVENTRY – Unconfirmed reports state that the Vermont Sate Police were involved in a high speed chase involving a black Dodge pickup, possibly a Dakota with a broken back window, around 11:25 Monday morning in Coventry. It is believed that the unidentified occupant of the pick-up truck was speeding while going through a construction site and that during the pursuit speeds were in excess of 80 mph.

December 4th

More Smoke than Fire at IROC

December 4, 2011

DERBY – On Friday afternoon, Katy Murray, a manager at the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), started to go to the second floor of the complex and noticed smoke in the sports arena.
IROC staff members evacuated the building and called 911 at 3:30 p.m.

Developer Knows the Joy of Giving

December 4, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Hundreds of local families enjoyed a meal fit for a king at the traditional Tony Pomerleau Christmas Party, held at the East Side Restaurant Saturday. Pomerleau, a Burlington real-estate developer and Newport native, pays for the meal in Newport as well as one in Burlington as his way of giving back to the community.
Besides the meal, the children received a free present, had their photo taken with Santa Claus and had an opportunity to wrap Christmas ornaments to give to family members.

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