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Weather-Related Accident in Irasburg on Wednesday

IRASBURG — The strong winds and blowing snow yesterday afternoon led to an accident in Irasburg. At around 2:20 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to a single car crash on Vermont Route 58, near Houston Heights. Lawrence Monfette, 52, of Newport, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty when he lost control of his vehicle… Keep Reading

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Vermont Businesses Call for Passage of GMO Labeling Legislation

MONTPELIER — Today, business leaders representing a broad cross section of Vermont’s food industry, including suppliers, manufactures, and retailers, gathered at the Statehouse in Montpelier to urge lawmakers to pass mandatory GMO labeling legislation, H.112. Representatives from Ben & Jerry’s, Two Guys in Vermont, New Chapter, Black River Produce, Healthy Living, Liz Lovely, and VBSR,… Keep Reading

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Fire Destroys Home in Greensboro on Sunday

GREENSBORO — On Sunday morning the Greensboro Fire Department responded to 800 Eligo Lake Road for a reported structure fire. First responding fire personnel reported that there was heavy smoke within the residence upon their arrival and the home quickly engulfed in flames when forced entry was made through the front door. Mutual Aid was… Keep Reading

Arts and Entertainment/Feature

QNEK Productions Ready for 21st Season

DERBY LINE — Casting is complete for the 21st season at QNEK Productions. This year QNEK, the international theatre company in residence at the Haskell Opera House, will stage four shows, starting May 2 with the production of Boeing, Boeing. The season will conclude October 18 with Wait Until Dark, directed by Susan-Lynn Johns. QNEK… Keep Reading

Opinion

Kevin Paquet Movie Review: The Lego Movie

“The Lego Movie” is rated PG, and is now showing at Waterfront Cinemas in Newport. by Kevin Paquet When children’s entertainment fails, it’s usually because the people telling the story started with a tale for adults and then stripped away the objectionable bits until only the most inoffensive and disjointed components remain. A good work… Keep Reading

Vermont

Keep Exits Clear of Ice and Snow

NEWPORT — Director Michael Desrochers of the Vermont Division of Fire Safety reminds all building owners and property managers to keep exit doors and fire escapes clear of ice and snow accumulations. The heavy snows we have already seen this winter, and the likelihood of further snowfall, requires greater vigilance to insure that these critical… Keep Reading

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Addressing Homelessness and Housing Issues in Newport

NEWPORT — Wednesday night at the monthly Community Commons meeting at the Gateway Center in Newport, the topic was housing. The meeting was a way to bring together the facts, to identify the need, and to come together to try and come up with a solution. When it comes to addressing the issue of homelessness… Keep Reading

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Vermonters Urged to Check Snow Loads on Roofs

NEWPORT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Public Safety, and Department of Health are urging farm and home owners to diligently monitor their roofs and clear off snow if necessary and if it can be done so safely. Rain and mixed precipitation forecast for parts of Vermont on Thursday night and Friday are… Keep Reading

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Not Your Neighborhood Police Vehicle: VSP Acquire Military Surplus

NEWPORT — The Vermont State Police is one of over 160 law enforcement agencies across the nation that recently acquired an armored tactical vehicle through the Defense Department’s national military surplus program. With the ending of the Iraq War, and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has 11,000 heavily armored vehicles… Keep Reading

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Vermont Electric Cooperative Sounds Alert On Scam

JOHNSON — Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is warning consumers about a telephone scam that preys on utility customers. Like other cooperatives across the country, VEC has received reports from customers who are being contacted by scammers asking for credit card information. The scam involves a phone call to a consumer by a perpetrator posing as… Keep Reading

Newport

AARP Vermont Announces Community Action Grant Winners in Newport

NEWPORT — As AARP Vermont continues to support efforts to make Newport a more “age-friendly” city, they have announced the winners of their 2014 Community Action Grants. The winners are: Fresh Start Community Farm, Jennifer Black ($2,000) Newport Dispatch, Bryan Marovich ($2,000) Cornucopia Program/Umbrella Inc., Lynne Rublee ($1,000) The Vermont Association for the Blind and… Keep Reading

Vermont

Three St. Johnsbury Academy Sophomores Take First Place in Statewide Visual Media Competition

ST. JOHNSBURY — A team of three sophomores from St. Johnsbury Academy placed first in the statewide 2014 Vermont Entrepreneurship Education Visual Media Competition. This year’s theme was “Spreading the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.” The team consisted of Joseph Uyanik, Emma Foley, and Tinky Ding. Lisa Gosselin, Vermont State Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development,… Keep Reading

Vermont

Watch “Organic Matters,” the New Film by NOFA Vermont

RICHMOND — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA) announced the release of a short film, Organic Matters. The film highlights the importance of organic food and agriculture to human and environmental health. The 9 minute film features certified organic farmers across Vermont talking about why they believe in certified organic, how it defines… Keep Reading

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Scenes from Penguin Plunge Newport 2014

NEWPORT — “It was a lot colder getting out,” Matt Smith said. “It almost felt like your skin was freezing. Mr. Smith was one of the brave souls who faced single digit temperatures on Sunday as they jumped into Lake Memphremagog to raise money for Special Olympics Vermont. The Penguin Plunge is a three-part event… Keep Reading

Vermont

Newbury Man Arrested for Cruelty to Animals, Illegal Trapping

NEWBURY — A Newbury man was arrested on charges of illegally setting a trap in which he captured and then shot a neighbor’s dog. State Game Warden Mark Schichtle and State Trooper Chuck Schulze responded to a complaint on Tuesday, February 11 from Amy Emerson of Newbury. Ms. Emerson reported that her dog had gone… Keep Reading

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School Bus and Dog Thief Changes Plea to Guilty

NEWPORT — Adam Page, 23, of Newport, the man who on May 17, 2013, stole a school bus and then crashed and totaled it in Holland, pled guilty in Orleans Superior Court on Thursday. He was facing multiple charges from the incident. Vermont State Police originally became involved with the investigation of a stolen school… Keep Reading

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Columbia Forest Products Employee Injured In Chipper Room

NEWPORT — On Tuesday evening at around 9:30, an individual’s arm was pinched in a belt that is located inside the chipper room at the Columbia Forest Products facility in Newport. Although initial reports of the incident reported that the individual involved in the tragic accident had his arm caught in the chipper, Glenn Foster,… Keep Reading

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Eli Goss Annual Ice Fishing Tournament Ready for Fourth Year

MORGAN — The Fourth Annual Eli Goss Ice Fishing Tournament will take place on Lake Seymour in Morgan, February 21,22,23. The idea for the First Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament came from a meeting of the NCUHS Student Forum after the sudden loss of their friend Eli in a motor vehicle accident on September… Keep Reading

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Arrest Made in Hubbardton Double Homicide

HUBBARDTON — Yesterday at approximately 1:37 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to a shooting at 578 VT Route 30 in Hubbardton. Upon arrival two male subjects were confirmed deceased outside the residence. The identities of both victims are being withheld pending positive identification. Detectives with the Vermont State Police started an immediate investigation, while… Keep Reading

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Susan Dunklee of Barton Finishes as Top American in Biathlon

BARTON — Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It originated as an exercise for Norwegian people, and as an alternative training for the military. It is also the only Winter Olympic sport in which the U.S. has never won a medal. Susan Dunklee, the 27-year-old Olympic athlete from Barton,… Keep Reading

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