June 13th, 2012
DERBY â Voters could see some big changes on the political scene this year.
Republican Rep. Bob Lewis (Orleans-1) of Derby confirmed yesterday that he has filed a petition to run for state senate following on the heels of Sen. Vince Illuzzi's recent statement that he is collecting signatures to run for state auditor.
Lewis declined to comment any further until he issues a press release next week.
Gov. James Douglas appointed Lewis when Loren Shaw stepped down in 2008.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Many area residents are still filling their gas tanks at between $3.60 and $3.80 a gallon, give or take. However, at least two area gas stations are selling fuel at below the local average.
The Troy Country Store, as of Tuesday morning, was selling unleaded regular gas at $3.44 a gallon while the cash price at the Jay Country Store is $3.36.
So how do they do it?
âWe reduce the margins,â explained John Dennison, owner of the Troy Country Store. âWe make a little bit less, but sell a lot more.â Dennison was referring to gas and to the products he sells inside the store.
LOWELL - âNo Windâ was the message of the day at Lowell Mountains Groupâs chicken barbecue and fundraiser held Sunday at Hazenâs Notch Campground.
In addition to food, the event featured games and live entertainment. Don and Shirley Nelson, who have become the public faces of the Big Wind resistance movement in Lowell, displayed the anti-wind tee-shirts and posed with a pinwheel.
One participant arrived in style in a Hummer bearing a telltale Vermont license plate that read "NOWIND."
DERBY, VT â A Derby resident is seeking a public apology from Brian Smith, Chair of the Derby Select Board, for what she considers "false, destructive, and defamatory" comments made to her and about her by Smith.
DERBY â A new restaurant is planned for Derby. The owners of two Newport restaurants are joining forces to open Jrâs Wood Grill in the Price Chopper shopping center.
Scott Shipley owns Habaneroâs Mexican Grille on Main Street in Newport and is joining with Richard DeLarenzo of Juniorâs on Main Street. Juniorâs will close, but Habaneroâs future is uncertain. Shipley may have the restaurant managed by someone else or sell it.
Jrâs Wood Grillâs other owners are Lisa Shipley and Jonathan Webb.
NEWPORT CITY â Anthony "Running Bear" Oxendine is wanted on a charge of aggravated assault for stabbing a Barton man Wednesday, then failing to show up for arraignment yesterday. Robert Bent set bail at $75,000.
The purported victim, Todd Medeiros of Barton, was bleeding from deep gashes to his arm and head when he knocked on doors on Water Street looking for help. Senior Trooper Ben Shelp responded and found Medeiros sitting on the floor of a home and using a blanket to cover his arm. His face was covered in blood and he told the trooper that someone had tried to kill him.
Deslandes Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do Academy is pleased to announce that James Miller received the rank of First Degree Black Belt on June 3, along with two students of another Blue Wave academy. They had a long day full of displaying 10 different memorized patterns, basic techniques, self-defense and board breaking.
Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do International has schools in Newport, Montpelier and Coaticook/Lennoxville, Canada.
NEWPORT, VT - Sunday, June 10, 2012, marked the last day of Rev. Martha Peckâs 23-year tenure at The United Church of Newport.
The church, situated on Third Street, ministers to the Newport areaâs United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church populations.
Though she started with three co-ministers, Rev. Peck has been tending her flock solo for the past four years.
MORGAN - It was a bitter-sweet day for Morgan students Friday, their last day of school. They were sad as the E. Taylor Hatton School is closing, but happy as many are looking forward to attending Derby Elementary School.
Morgan voters decided at the March Town Meeting to send the 34 kindergarten through sixth grade students to Derby rather than keeping the school open.
Principal Miriam Benson said the transition has gone smoothly and now itâs not that big of a deal. "We're all moving on and itâs good, but weâre all going to miss Morgan, of course.â