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December 18th

IN THE ZONE

December 18, 2012

 NEWPORT CITY – Bill Stenger, co-owner and president of Jay Peak Resort, the driving force behind efforts to renovate downtown Newport, met with the Newport City Council Monday to report on his progress.
Some residents at that meeting expressed concern that plans for the new Renaissance Block, which will replace the Spates Block on Main Street, won't meet the form-based code for setbacks.
Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher said that Stenger, architects and others working on the Spates Block consult with him regularly over any changes, and to date they have stuck by the form-based code.

Brighton Board Backs Big Wind Moratorium

December 18, 2012

BRIGHTON - The Brighton Planning Commission is expected to vote to support the Northeastern Vermont Development Association's (NVDA) call for a three-year moratorium on industrial wind development in the area. Two industrial wind projects are already operating in Lowell and Sheffield. The draft letter under consideration was suggested by commission member Billy Hawkins in light of the proposed Seneca Mountain Wind project consisting of three dozen wind turbines in Brighton, Newark, and Ferdinand.

Irasburg Man Denies Fraud Charge

December 18, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Eugene Menard Jr., 27, of Irasburg, pleaded not guilty in Orleans County Court Tuesday to a charge of home improvement fraud.
According to the complaint, the defendant met Shirley Donovan at a yard sale and discussed doing some carpentry work for her. At that time, Menard reportedly told Donovan that the work would cost $12 per hour and that he would begin after Labor Day.

December 17th

Local Schools Respond to Connecticut Tragedy

December 17, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY – In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead, local schools and administrators are taking action. As a first step, Dr. Robert Kern, superintendent of the North Country Supervisory Union, has issued an open letter to the community that addresses concerns and policies in place. Doug Westin, principal of Derby Elementary School, is also working on a letter to parents of Derby and Morgan students.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY

December 17, 2012

DERBY LINE – Looking for a bit of Christmas cheer? Look no further than the Louis and Gerry Barber residence where the couple has taken decorating to a new level.
Like many families, the Barbers decorate the exterior of their home with lights. On the inside of their home, the family has a Christmas village complete with tiny illuminated houses and a model railroad train set. Some of the decorations are even animated.

NEW BRANCH ON FAMILY DOLLAR TREE

December 17, 2012

DERBY – The Family Dollar Store, with locations in Newport City and Orleans, is expanding its Northeast Kingdom territory once again. This time the company is opening a store on US RT 5, across from McDonald’s.
The store will be in a new building on property owned by Jim Mulkin.
The new store will be about 8,000 square feet, the same as the store on Main Street in Orleans. The store in downtown Newport is 10,000 square feet.

December 16th

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS

December 16, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Over a 100 families with young children had a chance to put the trials and tribulations of everyday life aside for a few hours Saturday and enjoy a real hometown Christmas, thanks primarily to Newport City native and Burlington real estate developer Tony Pomerleau. The dinner was for families who may not have had the Christmas they’d like to have.

HISTORY IN RUINS

December 16, 2012

NEWPORT– In 1995, the Orleans County Sheriff's Department closed the jail situated behind the county courthouse in Newport and moved next door to the Daley House during a transition period before moving to their current Derby Road location.
Built in 1903, the mail order jail (Literally – the cells were built by Pauly Jail Company of St. Louis, Missouri, and shipped by train to Newport.) was created to eventually hold 45 prisoners. But the jail house and administrative offices have sat idle for 17 years and are starting to show signs of neglect.

WOMAN CHARGED IN DOUBLE FATALITY

December 16, 2012

NORTH TROY, VT - Vermont State Police have charged Alexis Gabree, 26, of St. Albans, with careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle and driving while under the influence, both resulting in the deaths of 82-year-old Edmund Moran and his 76-year-old wife Margaret, of Jay.
The crash occurred on Aug. 5, 2012, around 9 AM, on VT RT 105 in North Troy, VT. Police reported that Gabree had "failed to maintain her lane of travel" and crossed the centerline before striking the Moran's vehicle.
Edmund Moran died at the scene and Margaret Moran died later at North Country Hospital.

December 13th

SHOP JAY

December 13, 2012

JAY – Guests coming to Jay Peak Resort now are traveling from far and wide to see what the buzz is all about. If travelers happen to forget to bring something they need, no problem. Or if guests want to shop for souvenirs, clothing, or even food, they don't have to travel further than the resort.
The new Vermont country store, called Provisions General Store, just opened on the mountain.

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