April 2nd, 2012
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) â Vermont lawmakers are dealing with a sticky issue â a bill that would change the grading system for maple syrup.
The Senate has passed a bill that would, for example, change Grade A Fancy syrup to "Golden Delicate." Grade A Medium Amber would be called "Amber Rich."
WCAX-TV reports proponents say the changes would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada.
The House would need to approve the bill. Similar bills are pending in Maine, New Hampshire and New York.
NEWPORT CITY â Rotary Internationalâs well known motto is âService Above Self.â In an effort to expand that tradition, members of the Newport Rotary Club are helping to start an Interact Club at North Country Union High School.
Interact is a service club for 14 to 18 year olds. There are 11,000 such clubs worldwide. They get guidance and support from individual Rotary Clubs. North Country Teachers Helen Poulin and Meg Norman will oversee the club.
NEWPORT CITY - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the plans for the bio-technology facility slated for Newport City. The facility is planned for the former Bogner building location. The building was purchased for the project more than a year ago.
Bill Stenger, the co-owner and president of Jay Peak Resort, is working with AnC Bio of Seoul, South Korea, to create a similar facility at the location. AnC Bio Vermont would conduct stem cell research and make artificial organs, among other work. The company is expected to create 200 jobs at all levels.
Greenfield–– Sonya Rose “Sonny” Diamond died March 28, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family and caregiver. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if contributions were made in Sonny’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 5430 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75240. Service information: Funeral Service Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel at 1 p.m. Burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
BURLINGTON â Friday, President Barack Obama sent his condolences to family and friends of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was killed last week.
Obama spoke to thousands of supporters at the University of Vermont. Earlier in the day, the president held a fundraiser luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Supporters paid thousands to have a private lunch with Obama.
Prior to Obamaâs UVM speech, Grace Potter entertained the crowd. However, the press was not allowed to cover the concert or any opening remarks.
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport Rotary Club's 68th Annual Northeastern Vermont Music Festival was held this weekend at North Country Union High School. Students from all over northern Vermont participated.
The event featured a festival chorus and band, a series of ensembles and some great music directed by music teachers from various schools.
BARTON â Demonstrators gathered in Barton Friday to call attention to a number of issues they feel passionately about. About a dozen people turned out and several held signs regarding the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed in Florida late February. Others held signs in memory of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was brutally murdered last week, while others held signs for peace and other issues.
Some demonstrators said they are part of the Peace and Justice Group, some said they are part of the Occupy 99 percent group.
NEWPORT, VT - People throughout the Northeast Kingdom and beyond wore pink Friday to honor the memory of Melissa Jenkins, the single mom and St. Johnsbury Academy teacher and coach who was slain last Sunday evening.
United Christian Academy (UCA) students, faculty and staff joined in the remembrance and brought in donations totaling hundreds of dollars for the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.
UCA Headmaster Dr. Richard O'Hara said that the school wanted to help any way it could. O'Hara noted that UCA can relate, having lost one of their own last year to tragedy.
DERBYâThe Northeast Kingdom Roller Derby women made their debut with an exhibition at IROC on Saturday evening.
The seven Busted Cupcake skaters played host to the Upper Valley Vixens from Enfield, NH and the Twin City Riot from Barre, introducing the sport of Roller Derby to Kingdom residents.
"I think it went really well," Ellen "Poison" Apple, Captain of the Cupcakes and League President, said of the evening.
The three squads split into two teams for the friendly exhibition match, and spectators on hand were intrigued by the action.