April 19th, 2012
ORLEANS COUNTY, VT â€“ The annual Green Up Vermont day is a long-time annual tradition of communities coming together to pick up roadside rubbish and keep Vermont beautiful. The event also serves to promote awareness of the environment, the problems associated with litter, and helps prevent people from throwing trash where it doesnâ€™t belong. Green Up Day is always on the first Saturday in May.
May 5, all counties across the state and nearly all towns are joining together to participate. More than 15,000 volunteers participate every year picking up around 40,000 bags of rubbish.
BARRE â€“ Some toe taping music will come to the Barre Opera House Sunday afternoon to raise funds for the Orleans/Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice.
The annual Magic of Master Fiddlers event will be headlined by Ottawa Valley native April Verch and Vermont native Scott Campbell.
During a telephone interview Thursday, Verch said the different groups will perform individual sets and collaborate as a group as well. Verchâ€™s band will perform two 30-minute sets.
NEWPORT, VT - At North Country Union High School's recent meeting, Vice Chairperson Peter Moskovites reported unanticipated revenues of $391,000 from the sale of the bus fleet and the award of an Education Jobs Funds grant.
Supervisory Union Director of Business Glenn Hankinson stated that the sale of the bus fleet netted $200,000 and the grant pulled in $191,000.
Unlike surplus funds, which are revenues budgeted for this fiscal year and have to be returned to the taxpayer, unanticipated funds can be spent by the school board for other purposes.
BURLINGTON, VT - Thirteen Northeast Kingdom defendants have been indicted by federal grand jury with methamphetamine-related drug crimes following a raid on an Island Pond house in November of 2011.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington will be prosecuting Carl Dewayne Coker, Charles Thomas Amerine III, Mandy Darlene Johnson, Frank Santaw, and Kevin Dodge with conspiring to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine from Spring 2011 to November 2011.
March 24, 1921-December 14, 2011
On December 14, 2011 Ruth Champagne, lovingly known as "Nanny," passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Ruth was born on March 24, 1921 in Irasburg, Vermont where she enjoyed long walks and skipping stones.
In her early twenties, she moved to Newport and married Henry Champagne, Jr., who predeceased her in 2002.
Ruth was an original founding member of the VFW Post 798 Ladyâ€™s Auxiliary.
NEWPORT, VT - During the public comment period at Tuesday's North Country High School Board meeting, recently-elected member Maggie Griffith spoke to the board as a public citizen about discipline issues that had been brought to her attention. Griffith read a statement about her love for the school, which opened in 1967, but expressed concern that over the past few years there is a lack of discipline on the part of the administration handling student issues.
â€śI came before the school board three times last year,â€ť she stated. â€śBut there was no discussion about the problems that I raised.â€ť
HOLLAND â€“ The Holland Select Board held a special meeting Tuesday evening for a question and answer session with Derby Line wind project developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment.
Residents seemed to hold nothing back when expressing their concerns over the project.
Farrell remained diplomatic while he attempted to provide thorough answers to all questions and concerns raised.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Newport City Council took no action Monday on a request to renew Griffâ€™s Pub Class 1 and 2 liquor license.
The council renews such liquor licenses every year. Normally licenses sail through the council with ease, but some city officials are concerned about recent problems with the popular downtown hangout.
Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who reviews all liquor licenses before the council looks at them, said there had been some serious incidents at the pub over the past year.
ORLEANS, VT - Desmarais Equipment of Orleans is closing its doors after 49 years.
Brothers Rene and Roger Desmarais owned the farm equipment and power sports store and are now ready to retire. The business was opened by their father Rio Desmarais in 1963. Rio Desmarais had been a farmer and then went to work at farm equipment stores. He developed a dream to open his own store. The place that has housed Desmarais for all these years became available and Rio Desmarais fulfilled his dream.