SOUTH BURLINGTON - A Canaan teenager who traveled to Hawaii with his family six years ago, courtesy of Make-a-Wish Vermont, showed his appreciation to the organization that covered the cost of the trip.
Luke Belleville, 16, went to the Healthy Living Market and CafĂ© in South Burlington to sell Christmas trees with his father Friday. Proceeds from the sale of the trees, which came from the familyâ€™s tree farm, will benefit Make-a-Wish Vermont so other children can have wishes fulfilled.
BARTON - A group of area veterans visited St. Paulâ€™s School in Barton last week to show appreciation to a group of students who sent them cards in the days leading up to Veteransâ€™ Day.
Jennifer Wilsonâ€™s class sent 100 cards to about 50 local veterans. In response, Wilsonâ€™s father John Wilson, who spent much of his life in the military including a tour in Vietnam, and a handful of other veterans went to the school to personally thank the students for their thoughtfulness, answer their questions, give them American flags, and give them gift certificates to McDonaldâ€™s.
Raffertyâ€“â€“ Brenda J., 57, of Derby, VT passed away suddenly on November 24, 2013 in Newport, VT.
For the rest of the obituary see Friday's Express.
BARTON â€“ More than 300 participants braved frigid temperatures Thursday morning to take part in the annual Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk to benefit the 98-Mile Foundation.
In all 136 walkers and 197 runners took part. This year was the first time ever it had more runners than walkers.
Robin and Gail Robitaille started the event 12 years ago to benefit Melissa â€śMissyâ€ť White who suffered from cystic fibrosis. Whiteâ€™s mother, Kathy White, explained Thursday morning that back then her daughter needed a double lung transplant.
DERBY - Dozens of volunteers gave up time away from their families Thursday to make sure others had a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The Derby Elks Club, Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, and The Unitarian Universalist Church sponsored the free dinner at the Elks Lodge.
The Derby Elks Club started the dinner 10 years ago. Several years ago it joined efforts of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Derby Line that also had a dinner. Yesterdayâ€™s dinner served around 400 people both at the Elks Lodge and at their homes.
DERBY- The North Country Union Junior High School board voted to propose a bond for up to $1.9 million for major upgrades to the school. There will be several public hearings for the taxpayers in Derby, Holland, Jay, Morgan and Newport City before the bond vote. The bond would be paid off over a 20-year term at 4 percent interest, although the interest rate may be lower, according to Vice-Principal Colleen Storrings. There is an opportunity to get a lower rate, but she is still investigating the possibility.
COVENTRY â€“ Plans are underway by Bill Stenger and business partners to develop the Newport State Airport in Coventry. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is holding a public hearing on the proposals Thursday December 19 at 6 p.m. at the Coventry Community Center. According to the public notice, VTrans is considering the proposed plans. The meeting will provide an update for the public and government officials and allow for questions to be answered.
COVENTRY â€“ The state authorized the garbage dump in Coventry to accept a lot more trash. The Environmental Commission #7 issued a Land Use Permit to New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSVT) to take in up to 600,000 tons per year compared to the previous 370,000 per year. The increased rate per day went from 2,500 to 5,000 tons.
There were numerous concerns by individuals and organizations over the increase of waste coming into the area, including additional truck traffic.
NEWPORT CITY - There may be a legal difference between bullying and harassment but as a victim of either, the definition is irrelevant. In either case itâ€™s not legal and school administrators must enforce the law. One way to create awareness about the issue was an idea by former NCUHS faculty member Sylvia Brewster to start a student committee to combat harassment and bullying. The ABC Quest (Anti Bullying Committee) is comprised of volunteers who address the issue through presentations, positive peer pressure, and talking to elementary school students.
NEWPORT CITY - A near tragic accident has left a young lady in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the man who abandoned her incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility.
Zachary Labor was charged Monday with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury resulting. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.
At about 11 p.m. Sunday, November 23, State Trooper Debra Munson responded to a 911 call regarding a one-vehicle crash on May Pond Road in Barton.