September 17th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The state auditorâ€™s office needs more transparency and more accountability, said Democrat Doug Hoffer who is challenging Vince Illuzzi for the position of state auditor in November.
â€śI think people have the right to expect that the auditorâ€™s office audit itself," Hoffer said. â€śRight now, if you were curious about the auditorâ€™s budget, you could never find the details because he doesnâ€™t post them.â€ť
Hoffer stressed that current auditor Tom Salmon, who is not seeking reelection, does not keep the information a secret and will provide it upon request.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The November General Election is about eight weeks away and Democrats are moving full speed ahead in an effort to outdo their Republican counterparts. Friday evening, local Democrats held a launch party at the Gateway Center where area residents had the chance to meet party candidates, enjoy refreshments and take in breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog.
The message Orleans County Chair Judy Bevans took away from the Democratic National Convention earlier this month is that the party has a message: â€śPress it Forward.â€ť
July 12, 1920-September 15, 2012
Barrett Skoll, 92, of Huntington, WV passed away September 15, 2012 in Lexington, KY. He was born on July 12, 1920 in Newport, VT, son of the late Oscar and Celia Skoll.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elaine Rose Skoll and his sister, Sera Skoll.
Carr–– “Dick” Richard Powell passed away peacefully in his sleep March 31, 2012 at his home in Mesa Arizona. His children will host a memorial celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, 2012 beginning at 10:49 a.m. The gathering will take place at “Railroad Camp” in Brunswick, Vermont. Parking will be in the Sylvio Conte NWR Visitors Center parking lot in Bloomfield, VT (formally Bear Mountain) with just a short walk to the camp. Any and all are invited to attend.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
LOWELL â€“ The final oversized truckload shipment destined for Green Mountain Powerâ€™s wind turbine farm on Lowell Mountain will roll through today, but will take a different route.
The final truckload will contain the repaired tower base, which was damaged in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 in mid-July.
At the time of the accident, the truck driver reportedly got too close to the shoulder of the road and the trailer rolled causing some damage to the component. Roadwork was occurring on the Interstate at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.
DERBY - Some residents of Derby experienced a temporary power outage Sunday when a motor vehicle ran into and snapped a utility pole, downing lines on RT 5 in Derby.
Joannalynn Robishaw of Derby, VT, was north of Walt's Sales and Service and headed towards Derby in this Dodge Caravan when she went to reach for an item and her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane of travel, said police. To avoid hitting an oncoming car, Robishaw crossed the northbound lane and struck a telephone pole, snapping it in half.
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen and Coventry Treasurer Cindy Diaz will meet at the Community Center tonight to discuss a situation report, submitted by Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon in August, that raises some questions about accounting practices in the town office.
Diaz is also the town clerk.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is enough in that report to really say there is any wrongdoing or not,â€ť said Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte. â€śI think we need to continue on with this report and an audit of our own that will work off this.â€ť Â
NEWPORTâ€“Eighth grader Caleb DeLaBruere score his first career varsity goal with 22:00 left to play in the first half, and that is all UCA would need as they one the second game of the UCA/Craftsbury Academy doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
"I was just really, really excited," said DeLaBruere about his tally. "I didn't think it was going to go in at first."
The win was a huge one to say the least as it puts UCA over .500 for the first time in a couple of years.
NEWPORTâ€“The first match of the year between the UCA and Craftsbury Academy girls went down to the wire as it took 89:26 of play before Craftsbury's Meghan Brown was able to get one past UCA's Lydia Saaman in overtime to give the Chargers the win.
"I was really happy when the ball crossed the line and we won," said an enthusiastic Brown after the game. "I thought our team worked really well together and we moved to the ball a lot better today."
"It could have gone either way," said Craftsbury coach Ashley Maxfield. "It was just dumb luck that the ball went in for us first."