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Beth Morin promoted to Vice President and Senior Loan Operations Officer at CNB

in Newport/News/Westmore

DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Beth Morin to Vice President and Senior Loan Operations Officer.

Morin started working for CNB in 1985 and has served the bank in many lending capacities.

Most recently, she held the position of Vice President and Special Asset Officer.

In her new role, she will oversee residential and consumer loan processing and underwriting, loan servicing, loss mitigation, and special asset administration.

“Beth’s exceptional skill set and experience make her well-suited to take on her new responsibilities,” Austin said.

During her career, Morin has completed many courses and programs related to banking, finance, and lending.

She makes her home in Westmore with her husband, Jim.

Revision’s Newport facility awarded development grant, looking to grow to over 200 employees

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A manufacturer of protective helmets, armor, and other equipment for military, law enforcement, and special operations in Newport, has been awarded a workforce development grant, and the company says they are looking to grow to more than 200 people in the near future.

The Vermont Training Program grant Revision was recently awarded totaled $160,967.

The funding will support the cross-training of existing employees in manufacturing steps to increase capacity and productivity at the company’s Newport facility.

Revision Ballistics says they are seeking to evolve production to reduce waste while still ensuring top-quality products.

The training will be led by in-house employee experts and will last eight months.

“This training will have a transformational effect in providing our customers world-class protection, growing the vitality of our operations here in Vermont, and expanding career opportunities for Vermonters,” Scott McClure, plant operations director said.

To date, Revision Ballistics has sold more than 1.1 million helmets to the U.S. military, an additional 300,000 helmets internationally and more than eight million units of spectacles, goggles, and Rx carrier adapters worldwide.

The company has recently begun manufacturing power management and integrated systems as well.

The Newport facility is the primary site for helmet and armor manufacturing.

Between 2013 and 2016, the facility expanded by 16,000 square feet and the number of employees more than doubled.

In 2017, the Newport facility had 186 employees and is looking to grow to more than 200 people in the near future.

Newport votes yes to ATVs on city streets

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — With a 3-1 City Council vote in favor of a five-month “trial period,” ATVs will be allowed on city streets in Newport starting May of 2020.

The ordinance was approved at a meeting held last night, with the majority of attendees in favor of the measure.

Those who opposed the ordinance said they feared ATV riders would not obey the speed laws and create an unneeded danger for motorists.

They also voiced concerns over the noise the machines will bring.

When the ordinance takes effect, riders must drive single-file. ATVs will also still be banned on public property.

Mayor Paul Monette who supported the ordinance said he hopes it will boost the local economy.

He also alluded to the fact that a trial basis leaves room to revisit the decision, or completely do away with it if issues arise at a later time.

Julie Raboin was the only council member to vote against the ordinance.

The sixth month trial period would end in October of 2020.

Five retire from Columbia Forest Products

in Derby/Newport

Five Orleans county residents have retired from Columbia Forest Products since early September. Below is a brief bio for each:

Darlene “Winky” Crowe

Friday, September 6, 2019, marked the retirement of Darlene “Winky” Crowe from Columbia Forest Products, after 27 combined years of service. Born in Holland, VT, she attended N.C.U.H.S. and later earned her G.E.D.

Winky held her first job working as a caretaker for an elderly woman for approximately 3 months. She also held the following jobs: laborer at Ethan Allen for 6 weeks, chambermaid at the Border Motel for 6 months, teacher’s aide at the Grace Brethren School in Coventry for 1 year, maintained horse stables at Hob & Knob Farm for 1 year, store clerk at B & B Enterprises for a couple years and also stripped and finished furniture while being self-employed.

Winky joined Columbia Forest Products on July 18, 1983, as a splicer operator of which she held until May 10, 1984. She rejoined Columbia on June 8, 1993, as a part-time pre-sorter. She later held the following jobs: splicer operator, grader/piler and panel grader. Winky held the marker job for the last 7 years, up until her retirement.

Winky lives in Newport. She raised 2 daughters; Jessica and Killey and was blessed with four grandchildren; Kendra, 17; Holly, 15; Hunter, 14 and Aron, 12 and one great-granddaughter, Gracie, 11 months old!

She enjoys watching the Hallmark channel, wine-tasting parties, working with animals, furniture stripping, maintaining her flower gardens, attending country auctions, swimming and walking. She plans to travel to Virginia to visit her daughter.

Gary White

Friday, September 20, 2019, marked the retirement of Gary White from Columbia Forest Products, after 37 combined years of service. Born in
Newport, VT, he graduated from L.R.U.H.S.

He held his first job working on the family logging business for a couple of months.

Gary joined Columbia Forest Products on July 16, 1982, as a janitor until he quit in February ’93. He relocated to Florida and worked the night shift at Burger King for 2 months, after which he decided to return to VT.

Gary rejoined Columbia Forest Products on April 23, 1993, as a part-time janitor. He also held the following positions: piler, overhead crane operator, salvage clipper operator, jointer operator, booker, pre-sorter, jointer service, drag saw operator and debarker operator. Gary held the lathe operator position for the last 14 years, up until his retirement.

Gary lives in Derby, VT. He raised two daughters; Amanda and Cassandra and has 6 grandchildren; Hailey, 9; Baylin, 6; Lukis, 6; Kallie, 4; Dawson, 1 and Levi, 2 months old.

His retirement plans are to continue his part-time umpire job for baseball and softball games of which he’s done for 10 years. He also will continue to officiate soccer games of which he’s done for 6 years.

During his first several years at Columbia, he played on the company softball team along with his brothers; Brian, Bruce, Jerry, Paul and Randy. He is an avid Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan. Gary plans to purchase a camper and visit his brother, Wayne in Marion, NC. He will continue to enjoy his time in the Dominican Republic.

He hopes to purchase a Spyder motorcycle to enjoy rides with his sister, Brenda.

Henry Pion

Friday, September 20, 2019, marked the retirement of Henry Pion from Columbia Forest Products, after 34 years of service. Born in Newport, VT, he graduated from N.C.U.H.S.

He held his first job as a sander at Ethan Allen for 6 months, then relocated to Manchester, NH where he held the following jobs; a utility doffer (extracted bobbins of yarn from a spinning machine) at Waumbec Mills for 8 years, then to Velcro USA where he held the utility job for 4 years and crew leader for 1 year. During this 5 year stint he also worked part-time at K-Mart in the following jobs; sales/utility, merchandiser and temporary Assistant Manager.

Henry joined Columbia Forest Products on July 23, 1985, as a piler of which he held for a couple of years. He also held the following positions: jointer operator, patcher, round-up and booker. Henry held the unspliced grader position for the last 16 years, up until his retirement.

Henry lives in Derby. His retirement plans are to take up exercising again, complete some much-needed home improvements and to go back to sugaring in the Spring. He enjoys vegetable gardening, hunting, fishing and raising chickens. Henry is an avid New England’s Patriot and Red Sox fan. He also enjoys woodworking crafting birdhouses & feeders, nature walks, cutting firewood and maintaining the forest lands.

Laurette Riendeau

Friday, September 6, 2019, marked the retirement of Laurette Riendeau from Columbia Forest Products, after 20 combined years of service. Born in Chesterville, Quebec, and graduated from N.C.U.H.S.

Laurette held her first job as a seamstress at Slalom Skiwear in Newport for approximately 3 years until she was needed at home to raise her family. She later decided to return to work as a seamstress at Bogner’s Skiwear in Newport for 5 years.

Laurette joined Columbia Forest Products on April 9, 1979, as a grader for 5 months, until she decided to stay at home to raise her family. Laurette rejoined Columbia Forest Products on June 11, 1999, as an unspliced piler. She also held the following positions: booker, marker/helper, break giver, defect clipper operator and utility. She held the panel grader position for the last 5 years, up until her retirement.

Laurette and her companion, Art Lucas live in Coventry. She raised 4 children; Chantal, Paul, Marc and Robert and has 4 grandchildren; Reagan, 10; Liv, 8; Waylon, 5 and Weston, 4.

She enjoys sewing, building wood projects in her workshop, maintaining her flower and vegetable gardens, playing cards and lots of fishing! She hopes to spend more time with her family.

Shelley Sargent

Thursday, September 5, 2019, marked the retirement of Shelley Sargent from Columbia Forest Products, after a combined 40 ½ years of service. Born in Newport, VT, attended N.C.U.H.S. and later earned her G.E.D.

Shelley held her first job working part-time at A&W Snack Bar and Ames Dept. store while attending high school. She later babysat for multiple families for several months.

Shelley initially joined Columbia Forest Products on November 5, 1976, as a Diehl splicer operator for 3 years, then was rehired on June 10, 1981 and worked for 6 months, later was rehired on Jan. 28, 1982 and worked 1 year, rehired again on February 15, 1983, and worked 1 year.

She quit each time to try to be a full-time stay at home mom, but it didn’t work out. She was rehired again on July 16, 1984, as a splicer operator and during this most recent stint, she held the following positions: piler, patcher and unspliced grader, Drying Dept. Crew leader Assistant position for 1 ½ years, Splicing Dept. crew leader for 13 years. She held the special order line position for the last 10 years, up until her retirement.

Shelley and her husband, Richard live in Newport Center. She raised 2 children; Nathan and Megan and has 3 grandchildren; Grace, 12, Gwen, 10 and Benny, 2. Shelley belongs to the Faith Lighthouse Assembly of God church.

Shelley’s retirement plans are to work on some home improvements and cleaning, help family members with house chores and hopes to get back into attending more church activities such as singing. She enjoys maintaining her flower gardens, camping and going for walks. She plans to spend more time with her grandchildren and hopes to visit her sister in Tennessee and her brother in Florida.

Vermont folk horror film tour coming to Greensboro October 27

in Greensboro/News/Northeast Kingdom

GREENSBORO — The Vermont Folk Horror Roadshow will be bringing Transformations (1972) and Walter Ungerer’s The Animal—two eerie films shot and set in Vermont—to Brattleboro, Greensboro, Montpelier, and Woodstock just in time for Halloween.

The tour will visit the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro on October 27.

The term folk horror describes films that draw elements of folklore into the conventions of horror cinema.

Often used in reference to British films that explore rural landscapes, paganism, witchcraft, and other sources of fear, the Vermont Folk Horror Roadshow emerged through pondering the question, is there such a thing as Vermont folk horror?

In search of an answer, folklorist and VT Folklife Center Associate Director Andy Kolovos turned to the collection of Vermont-made films preserved by the Vermont Archive Movie Project.

Kolovos was already familiar with the short film Transformations, preserved by VAMP in 2015.

“More than anything else, Transformations is a celebration of the 70s women’s movement and the importance neo-pagan spirituality within it,” said Kolovos. “At the same time, it is filled with night fires, music, and ritual, and permeated by the presence of hidden power, it soundly fits the folk horror bill.”

Kolovos and VTIFF executive director Orly Yadin then began to explore the idea of staging a Vermont folk horror film tour for Halloween.

The pair reached out to Vermont film historian, horror authority and cartoonist Stephen R. Bissette for his thoughts on other Vermont films that could fit the folk horror bill.

Bissette’s answer was immediate and brief, Walter Ungerer’s “The Animal.”

Ungerer’s haunting, avant-garde film The Animal highlights rural isolation and the winter landscape as sites of loss and terror.

The Vermont Horror Roadshow will make stops at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro on October 26, the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro on October 27, the Savoy Theater in Montpelier on October 29, and Pentangle Arts in Woodstock on October 30.

Bissette will introduce the films and lead a question and answer session at the Brattleboro, Montpelier, and Woodstock screenings.
Filmmaker Walter Ungerer will be at the Woodstock screening.

North Country Hospital earns ‘Most Wired’ recognition for fourth consecutive year

in Health/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced that North Country Hospital has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7 again for the fourth consecutive year.

NCH is also the only Vermont facility to receive this award.

The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in our communities.

“At North Country Hospital, we are continually working to improve our technology solutions in support of the organization’s mission of providing exceptional care that makes a difference in the lives of our patients and community,” said North Country Hospital Executive Director of Informatics/IT, Kate Pierce. “This award is especially meaningful in 2019, as we made significant changes to our systems over the past year. Being recognized as Most Wired validates the exceptional teamwork and dedication by the entire organization during this transition.”

North Country Hospital’s level seven certification is recognized as a Quality Award under the prestigious Most Wired program which evaluates the use of technology in multiple areas, including clinical quality and safety, interoperability, population health, patient engagement, and analytics and data management.

“We are honored to receive this award for the fourth consecutive year and are grateful to have a premier IT department that offers a tremendous impact on the way we approach and deliver patient care,” said Tom Frank, North Country Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer.

More than 16,000 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program.

The surveys assessed the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in health care organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry-leading.

Public input wanted for Bluffside Farm trail connector, meeting tomorrow

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Construction of the final car-free link in the seven-mile, recreational trail connecting downtown Newport with trails in Canada is on track, but planners are first seeking residents’ input.

A project update is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m.

The update will be held in the Newport Municipal Building, located at 222 Main Street, in the Council Room.

The car-free trail would reroute the existing Newport bike path across Scott’s Cove with a bridge.

The proposed bridge will connect Prouty Beach and Bluffside Farm, owned by the Vermont Land Trust.

The Bluffside Farm trail will also connect to the Beebe Spur Rail Trail, a four-mile rail-trail that spans the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog toward Canada.

The project is on track, and construction is scheduled to start in Spring 2020.

However, VLT and project consultants are seeking public input on the trail before moving forward.

The presentation and input session will be part of the Newport Recreation Committee meeting, and it will be open to the public.

In 2018, VLT raised the $1.2 million to build the Bluffside Farm section of the trail.

Currently, trail users must travel vehicular roads to get from one of these trails to the other.

In July 2019, VLT contracted with DeWolfe Engineering Associates to develop the engineering plans for the proposed bridge and bike path.

In August, geoengineers from S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc., took soil samples from around Scott’s Cove.

The results show that it is safe to build the bridge and boardwalk across the waterway.

VLT purchased Bluffside Farm, a former dairy farm located on Scott Farm Road on Lake Memphremagog, in December 2015.

Following public meetings and farm tours, VLT and community members identified recreation, farming, and nature as priorities for the land.

The farm has been open to the public since its purchase and is used by community members for walking, skiing, and hunting, local schools as an outdoor classroom, and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to grow vegetables for North Country Hospital and Northern Vermont Regional Hospital.

For more information, visit vlt.org/announcements/trailconnector.

Fatal three-vehicle crash in Lowell

in Lowell/Newport/News

LOWELL — A 66-year-old man from Lowell was killed in a three-vehicle this morning.

Police were notified of the crash in the town of Lowell at the intersection of Vermont Route 58 and Vermont Route 100, at around 8:30 a.m.

According to the report, Michaela Dizazzo, 26, of Lowell, was traveling on Hazen’s Notch road headed towards Route 58.

The vehicle crossed the intersection of Route 100 where it was struck by Craig Sears, 66, of Lowell, who was traveling north on Route 100.

After impact, Dizazzo collided into Brian Wright, 40, of Burlington.

Police say Sears was unconscious when EMS arrived on scene and was transported to North Country Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Route 5A in Westmore closed for two weeks, starting today

in Newport/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — Vermont Route 5A in Westmore will be closed for two weeks, starting today.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has closed the road to stabilize a rock ledge along the road next to Lake Willoughby.

The rock stabilization project will involve scaling loose material from the ledge face and pinning blocks in place to prevent future failures.

This site has a history of rockfall failures, including one that occurred in March affecting travel on Route 5A until large rocks that fell into the road could be removed.

It is anticipated additional failures will occur this winter if remediation is not completed.

The Barton-based contractor J.P. Sicard will perform the stabilization work.

In preparation for the closure, the contractor started placing detour signs along roads leading to the project area to alert motorists about the project.

Ted Ropple promoted to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CNB

in Charleston/Newport/News

DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced the recent promotion of Edward “Ted” Ropple to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Ropple joined the bank in the fall of 2017.

He has worked in the field of Information Security and Technology for over 30 years, spending the last 16 years working in the financial industry.

Prior to entering banking, Ropple held leadership and consulting roles in the civil construction and health care industries.

he attended the University of Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts and holds many technical and industry certifications.

Ropple and his wife Debbie reside in West Charleston.

Memphremagog Watershed Association completes design for stormwater project

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) is pleased to announce the completion of the design for a largescale stormwater remediation project located in Newport City.

The project was completed in partnership with Newport City and Watershed Consulting Associates and with Ecosystems Restoration Program funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VDEC).

This project began back in 2017.

That year, VDEC released the Tactical Basin Plan for the Memphremagog Watershed, which indicated that the concentration of phosphorus in Lake Memphremagog exceeded state standards.

“Knowing that we need to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering our lake from the watershed, MWA applied for a grant from VDEC to design a large scale stormwater retrofit,” said Kendall Lambert, MWA Administrative Director. “This project, when installed, is intended to be a high impact project that will stop a significant amount of phosphorus from entering our lake year after year to help us meet our clean water goals.”

The project site is located on West Main Street in Newport at the city-owned parking area adjacent to the entrance to Built by Newport.

This location is downhill from city neighborhoods and right on the edge of Lake Memphremagog.

During rainstorms, runoff from the storm floods down the hill carrying with it sediment and phosphorus which directly enters the lake.

With the grant funding, MWA hired Watershed Consulting Associates in 2017 to design a stormwater retrofit for this location.

Watershed Consulting Associates was tasked with analyzing the existing development, slope, and conditions, and then designing a stormwater practice that will slow and sink the stormwater, removing the sediment and phosphorus from the runoff before it enters the lake- all while fitting into that small parking area.

The final design was completed in October of 2019.

The project will consist of a series of underground chambers buried under the parking area that will act as filters to remove sediment and phosphorus.

Based on VDEC’s Stormwater Treatment Practice Calculator, it is estimated that this project will remove 8.04 lbs of phosphorus per year once installed.

“One of the really nice things about this project is that once it is installed, the casual observer will not know there is a stormwater practice there- the area will still be a parking turnoff- but underneath there will be a stormwater practice that is improving our water quality,” Lambert said.

Currently, the City of Newport and MWA are working together to identify funding sources to move forward with the implementation of this project.

Pending funding, the project will likely be installed by 2021.

Newport and MWA are also currently working together on a similar design project by Newport Marine Service with the design expected to be completed by early 2020.

Let’s Murder Marsha at the Haskell Opera House

in Arts and Entertainment

DERBY LINE — Borderline Players is getting ready to present the comedy Let’s Murder Marsha! by Monk Ferris at the Haskell Opera House.

The show will run October 18-20 and 25-26.

In this madcap romp of murderous plots, a happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to crime thrillers, overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator…or are they planning foul play?

With the help of her maid and neighbor, Marsha schemes to turn the tables.

The play is directed by Todd Cubit and stars Mary S. Hoadley as Marsha Gilmore, Roderick J. Owens as Tobias Gilmore, Kathryn Maurice as the maid Bianca, Ross Murray as neighbour Virgil Baxter, Jessi Sackett as designer Persis Devore, Jaime Comtois as Lynette Thoren, Marsha’s mother, and Raiden Brown as Ben Quade, Bianca’s boyfriend.

Showtimes are 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.

Prices are $15 for adults (18-64), $12 seniors (65+) and $12 students.

Tickets are available at the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead and at the door, or reserve by contacting borderlineplayers@outlook.com.

Tickets also available online (U.S. funds) at https://borderlineplayers.org.

Two killed in motorcycle-bus crash on Shattuck Hill Road, Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Two Orleans county residents were tragically killed in a motorcycle crash in Derby this afternoon.

Emergency workers responded to Shattuck Hill Road after a call came in regarding a two-vehicle crash at around 3:11 p.m.

Police say 23-year-old Ronald Kennedy of Newport was traveling west on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle before the crash.

Steven Lawson, 64, of Newport, pulled out of the Derby Trailer Park in a bus and was turning east on Shattuck Hill Road when Kennedy struck his vehicle on the driver’s side.

Kennedy was pronounced dead on the scene, police say.

Kyra Birchard, 20, of Derby, was transported to North Country Hospital by EMS, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say the investigation into this tragic incident is still ongoing.

Lt. Col Mark C. Biron posthumously honored by Vermont Historical Society

in Island Pond/Newport/News
Mark with the late Manfried Reider.

ISLAND POND — Lt. Col Mark C. Biron was posthumously honored with an Individual Achievement Award by the Vermont Historical Society.

Every year the Vermont Historical Society presents the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards.

These awards recognize the exceptional work being done by individuals and community heritage organizations throughout the state to collect, preserve and share Vermont’s rich history.

Biron’s award was one of three individual awards presented this year at the Vermont Historical Society Annual Meeting held September 29 in Montpelier.

Individual Achievement awards honor a person’s work and commitment to local history over an extended period of time.

Biron served as president of the Island Pond Historical Society twice.

Once for a period of twelve years, and the second time for one year before he passed away.

In 2007, Biron served in Afghanistan but still remained president of the society.

While in Afghanistan, Biron thwarted a nighttime Taliban raid on his remote mountaintop compound and was able to rouse the other U.S soldiers.

A huge firefight broke out, but all American lives were saved. He received an award and was promoted to Lt. Col.

At the age of 15, Biron got involved with the historical society through his interest in photography.

Early on he realized the importance of preserving the history of the NEK, and so since his twenties served the Island Pond Historical Society in various ways.

He worked as the newsletter editor, writer, photographer, as well as secretary, treasurer, website creator, and president.

He loved the idea of retiring from all his previous roles to become the curator in the museum, and he managed to complete a lot of work during this time.

He arranged displays and drove all over Vermont with his wife Sharon to collect unwanted display stands from other museums.

Biron had a strong vision for the Island Pond Historical museum. He wanted the museum to be fully interactive, to have light and sound, not just static exhibits.

Sharon was made president only twenty days before Mark died in an airplane crash in Island Pond.

Sharon immediately got to work at making sure Biron’s vision for the museum continued.

He wanted the museum to transform into a learning center, and Sharon has been working with Craig A. Goulet to see this through.

Despite the massive tragedy of Biron’s death, they have kept the museum running, developing outreach programs, and have succeeded in strengthening the society, enlarging it, attracting more members, and turning it into a high profile success with a massive NEK presence.

Shelly Morey joins Community National Bank as Community Circle Director

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced that Shelly Morey was chosen to serve as the next Community Circle Director and bank Officer, as the bank prepares for the upcoming retirement of current Director Linda Cloutier.

Morey is a native of the Northeast Kingdom and attended Lake Region Union High School.

“I’m grateful to join a great organization with such strong community ties, and I am excited to meet and get to know the Community Circle members,” Morey said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the bank and the club’s members.”

During high school and after graduation in 1986, she was employed by Vermont Travel Service where she booked leisure and business trips for individuals and groups, including Community Circle.

In 2002, she took an Administrative Assistant position at North Country Hospital, and, for the last 10 years, worked as the Executive Assistant to the President.

Morey makes her home in Newport with her husband Michael.

Fatal ATV crash in Brownington

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 76-year-old man from Waterbury was killed in an ATV crash in Brownington this afternoon.

Police say they received a report of a two-vehicle ATV crash with injury at around 3:00 p.m.

According to the police report, a Yamaha Rhino collided with a road grader while coming off an ATV trail onto Ticehurst Road.

The operator of the side-by-side, identified as Keith Stone, suffered significant injuries as a result of the crash.

Stone was transported to North Country Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash.

The investigation remains ongoing, however, police say at this time it does not appear as though speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby barracks.

Northeast Kingdom October fishing report

in Newport/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Department fisheries biologist Pete Emerson who works in the St. Johnsbury office said landlocked Atlantic salmon fishing on the Clyde River should be picking up this week, as we’ve finally received enough rain to fill the waterbodies upstream.

Salmon are starting to show up in the Clyde River trap, so they’re on the move.

If you want to try some salmon viewing, check out the Clyde Street Bridge or the pool just downstream of the bridge, the so-called “Fair Chase Pool”.

Emerson says you can often see adult salmon and even walleye holding in the pool in both spring and fall.

The recent rains and falling temperatures in the Kingdom have also cued the brook trout, and Emerson says they’re moving upstream into the headwater spawning reaches now.

NEK bass and pike anglers have been reporting good fishing in the shallower waters of the Memphremagog main lake, Seymour Lake and Norton Pond.

As summer stratification and thermoclines break down in lakes and ponds across Vermont these species roam more freely, and aggressively feed in the cooler waters.

It’s also a time on some of these lakes when you have a real shot at a lake trout in shallow water, often in the same areas as you’re catching bass and pike.

St. Johnsbury fisheries biologist Jud Kratzer fished the Passumpsic River right in the Village of St. Johnsbury the other day, and he says the river has many deep pools where stocked trout can survive the summer.

Kratzer caught four rainbow trout and spotted a couple of fairly large brown trout but was unable to get them to bite.

He also said he fished West Mountain Pond for wild brook trout and reports that pond brook trout are starting to feed again.

He landed one 9-inch brookie and lost a nice 12-incher at the net.

Fishing on remote brook trout ponds can be very good in the fall.

Good ponds to try include Jobs, Martins, West Mountain, Unknown (Ferdinand), Unknown (Avery’s Gore), South America, and Notch.

Remember using fish as bait is prohibited at most of these ponds to prevent the introduction of other fish species that could be detrimental to wild brook trout populations.

Orleans County woman wins first-ever Pumpkinhead Half Marathon in Maine

in Craftsbury/Newport/News
Left to Right: Susie Fitzpatrick, Lindsay Weigel, Heidi Caldwell. Photo courtesy of Shipyard Brewing Co./Three Rivers Whitewater.

CRAFTSBURY — Last Saturday, over 500 entrants competed in the Pumpkinhead Half Marathon/Festival Days 5K in Eliot, Maine, and a local woman from Orleans County took home first place.

Heidi Caldwell of Craftsbury Common placed first for the women’s division with a time of 1:17:37.

Visitors from across New England and as far as Arizona ran a 13.1-mile course through rolling hills and along the Piscataqua River.

Eric Ashe of Boston, Massachusetts, placed first for men’s with a time of 1:09:29.

The top finishers split a purse of $3,000.

During the festival, members of the community came together to celebrate their town and the start of autumn.

The Second Annual Pumpkinhead Half Marathon will coincide with the 40th Annual Eliot Festival Days on September 26, 2020.

Registrations will open in the spring of next year.

Letter: Correcting Casella “Facts” about the Coventry Landfill by DUMP

in Letter to the Editor/Newport

DUMP LLC is a group of local residents who have been researching volumes of documents relating to the Coventry Landfill expansion for over a year now. We currently are appealing the permit that Casella received for this expansion. John Casella wrote a letter to all the local papers with a bunch of “facts” to support his company. Although much of what he wrote is technically correct, it is what he didn’t include in his facts that is disturbing. This letter is also fact-based to explain to readers what Casella failed to tell us.

1. He states that his company just ‘finished” the process to expand the landfill. What he didn’t tell you is that this permit is being appealed. He also didn’t tell you that they still need to acquire a Pre-discharge permit to treat the 11 million gallons of PFAS laden leachate that they collect at the bottom of this dump. It is NOT finished.

2. He praises his company for being the only solution and a necessity because the consumer uses so much. He even says that we can pretend landfills should not exist and we are just emotional. What he fails to tell you is that many other countries are moving to greener waste to energy plants that do not landfill the garbage. Landfills are old technology and not the best way to dispose of what consumers throw away.

3. Casella says that Vermonters need to do more to reduce waste by recycling and repurposing. Although we agree with that – what he doesn’t tell you is that his company is permitted to take 600,000 tons of waste per year and 30% of that comes from out of State and contains primarily asbestos, contaminated soil, construction debris, coal ash and sludge. If Vermonters reduced their waste by 50% or about 225,000 tons, Casella would simply get more of the really bad stuff listed above to fill the gap. Coventry would still get 600,000 tons a year. Just more of it would be the asbestos, contaminated soil, construction debris, coal ash and sludge from out of State. That is an even worse situation for our area. And Casella profits would increase because they charge more for out of state refuse.

4. Casella states that “landfills do not manufacture PFAS”. That is true. What he doesn’t tell you is that they do consolidate it in one area to the tune of 11 million gallons of landfill leachate which reports show contain the highest concentration of PFAS. Then they send it to Wastewater Plants throughout the state to go untreated into our rivers and lakes. And Casella states “the State of Vt has studied volumes of data to determine the safety of Wastewater Plants throughout Vermont”, Casella fails to tell you that the ANR has determined that “Wastewater treatment facilities do NOT effectively treat PFAS”. Furthermore, Mr. Casella does not tell you that the District 7 ACT 250 board ruled not to allow leachate to be treated in Newport WWTF or the Memphremagog Watershed because it has not been proven safe.

5. Casella goes on to blame our Canadian neighbors and our group DUMP LLC for being the real risk to the lake. Fact: our waters flow north. Canadians are not polluting Lake Memphremagog. That statement is absolutely ridiculous. We are the ones committed to protecting the area from not only water pollution but also polluting the air we breathe (which Casella failed to address). We have no profit to gain but we have future generations to protect. We are doing our part. We do agree with Mr. Casella that you all need to educate yourselves. Read our ACT 250 filing on our website. www.nolakedump.com It also has the documents to support our opposition.

Anyone can give you their opinion as Mr. Casella did. He is not entitled to his own facts.

Water is Life and Air is precious.

Sincerely,

DUMP LLC (Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity)
PO Box 1402 – Newport, VT 05855

Driver leads police on high-speed chase through Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A 39-year-old man is facing charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through Derby yesterday afternoon.

James Castrogiovanni, of Derby, is being charged with driving with a criminally suspended license, attempting to elude a police officer, negligent operation, and excessive speeds.

The Sherrif’s Department says at around 1:30 p.m. Corporal Jacobs attempted to pull over Castrogiovanni on Hinman Settler Road for a motor vehicle violation.

Castrogiovanni failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour.

Corporal Jacobs pursued Castrogiovanni onto Route 105 in Derby where Castrogiovanni continued to travel at a high rate of speed in an attempt to flee from law enforcement officers.

Castrogiovanni eventually stopped on the Salem Derby Road where he was then taken into custody.

Castrogiovanni has a criminally suspended license in the State of Vermont for multiple prior operating under civil suspension convictions.

He was later transported to court where he was then ordered into the custody of the department of corrections for lack of bail.

Castrogiovanni was also issued multiple traffic tickets as a result of the incident.

Localized flooding in parts of Orleans County

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

NEWPORT — Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms last night resulted in localized flooding in parts of Orleans and Essex counties, closing some roads.

Rainfall in parts of the region exceeded 2-3 inches.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Missisquoi River Near North Troy.

This morning the river was 9.5 feet, with the flood stage at 9.0 feet.

In Westfield, all lanes on Route 100 between Buck Hill Road and the Lowell town line were closed.

In Lyndon, VT 122 is currently closed between the I-91 exit 24 interchanges and the intersection of US Route 5.

Water is over the road near the US 5 intersection and at the Miller’s Run Covered Bridge.

There is water on the edge of the road on US Route 5 in Lyndon, near Lyndonville Hardware.

VTrans says the water is receding and traffic flow is not affected at this time.

Officials say there will be some additional rainfall this morning, but with no additional impacts expected.

Letter: The facts on the Coventry Landfill by John Casella

in Letter to the Editor/News

This letter was submitted by John W Casella, Chairman and CEO, Casella Waste Systems.

As a lifelong Vermonter I have been a staunch advocate of the environment for my entire life. Over the last 45 years I have surrounded myself with the most forward thinking, hardest working, and intellectually capable people in the waste management industry and together we have worked every day to build a world class environmental services company.

Today it is one of the largest resource management companies in the country. Our team spends their days focusing on helping our customers meet their sustainability goals through our substantial investments in recycling, organics, and environmentally sound management of municipal solid waste.

Our company just finished a six-year process to expand our landfill in Coventry, Vt. This is the only landfill in the state that meets the solid waste needs of all Vermonters. This operation is critical to the health and safety of Vermonters and without it we would be putting ourselves and our natural environment at great risk.

Americans are monumental consumers who have moved further down the path as a disposable society. As consumers we are constantly seeking new and better products, the latest and greatest gadgets, and the convenience of a modern lifestyle.

As such, companies across the country and the globe race to produce products and provide conveniences that leave us in search of answers at the end of their collective lifecycles.

We can pretend that landfills shouldn’t exist, but that’s emotion rather than clear-eyed fact. Emotions aside, the inescapable fact is that modern landfills—highly regulated, extensively engineered, relentlessly permitted—play an important role in how our society currently manages the waste it produces and are a crucial part of the infrastructure necessary to manage public and environmental health.

We may not like them—we may even loathe them—but they make modern life possible, and safe. And, they are a bridge to the future as we make greater and faster progress towards conservation, renewal, and regeneration of resources.

If you really stop and think about it, our company lives at the end of the life of products and materials. Society consumes products and then we either recycle, repurpose, or dispose of those items.

With that in mind, I would argue that Vermonters need to do more at the beginning of the product lifecycle to combat the impacts of emerging contaminants to ensure that these new products are safe for our families and the environment. That is not the case today. There is intense scrutiny and regulation at the death of products, and much less so at the birth of products.

During the latest permitting process at the Coventry landfill the process bogged down as regulators shifted from traditional environmental reviews to studying emerging contaminants, or “forever chemicals” as some like to call them, such as PFAS, which have gained national attention in recent years.

While it’s tempting—and too easy—to point the finger at landfills, the truth is that for decades many of the products and day-to-day items used in our society contain these compounds and end up in our environment through many sources.

Landfills do not manufacture PFAS compounds—it is a social and environmental challenge that has been flowing from our modern lifestyle. It is everyone’s responsibility to find ways to get PFAS out of water and other sources.

We continue to do our part—and do it well—at the end of the waste stream using advanced technologies.

The Act 250 Commission and the Agency of Natural Resources have reviewed volumes of data to determine the safety of wastewater treatment plants throughout Vermont.

One of their most interesting findings?

Wastewater treatment facilities that accept landfill leachate and those that do not, produce similar test results. In other words, whether or not a plant processes landfill leachate, they discharge PFOA and PFAS—it is that persistent of a compound.

In fact, if the members of Memphremagog Conservation Inc. (MCI), and Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP) are serious about addressing the purity of Lake Memphremagog, they have to be willing to confront the fact that wastewater being discharged into the lake from the Canadian side has the potential to be significantly more harmful.

Canadian wastewater discharge standards for PFAS—and I use that term very loosely—are vastly less stringent than Vermont’s.

In fact, Quebec has no standards as they have failed to adopt even Canadian national wastewater discharge standards. So, sadly, our Canadian friends at MCI (and their US allies at DUMP) may be the real threat to this important body of water.

Their focus on the already stringent Vermont standards is taking time and resources away from addressing the real issues that are putting this natural resource at risk.

A determination was made by ANR that treated effluent from the Newport Wastewater Treatment Plant would have no adverse impacts to human health or to the environment.

Regardless, we will continue to work with our wastewater treatment plant partners as new treatment solutions emerge.

We urge you to do your research and understand the science before believing the scare tactics of anti-landfill groups.

Reach out to ANR and the Department of Health to get the facts about leachate and its treatment in Vermont.

If you want to change as a society, everyone needs to look in the mirror. What are we consuming? What do we throw in our garbage can each day? Have you ever cooked an egg in a Teflon Pan? Do you own a waterproof coat?

Do you have stain proof carpets? If you answered yes to these questions, you are part of the problem as all of these products used PFOA/PFAS.

I respect my fellow Vermonters who are passionate about protecting the environment. I am as well.

However, I challenge you to refocus your efforts on the true source of these emerging contaminants—the products that are coming into our state—and not on the infrastructure designed to protect us at the end of their lifecycle.

Let’s refocus our passion and resources on making sure that we have safe and environmentally sound products entering our state, and that our neighbors in Canada do their part to protect the environment.

Police: Newport woman arrested following break-in, property damage

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they arrested a woman Monday night following a break-in.

Jennifer Foster, 42, of Newport has been charged with burglary, resisting arrest, unlawful mischief, false reports to law enforcement, and disorderly conduct.

Police responded to a report from a Lake Road resident that a woman had come to his door with blood on her hands.

She allegedly left when the resident stated that he would be calling the police.

After investigating, police allege that Foster had broken into another man’s West Main Street residence directly behind the reporting party’s home before.

Police say she approached the reporting party’s door with injured hands and had damaged various furniture, including a bedside table, door, and shelves inside the West Main Street home.

Police believe it was in damaging the furniture the woman sustained injuries to her hands.

After leaving the reporting party’s home, Foster returned to the victim’s home, where officers found her not long after arriving on West Main Street.

The resident of the home indicated that she did not have permission to be inside the home and that he had not been home for several hours.

Police confirmed that the man had not been in the area until very recently, although Foster claimed in a statement to police that the man had injured her hands and stolen her cellphone.

Police say as they began to place her under arrest, she resisted by throwing an object at an officer and initially refused to be handcuffed before officers successfully restrained her and took her into custody.

EM Brown & Son in Barton receives Spirit of ADA award

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — The Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities recently announced the employer award recipients for the 2019 Spirit of the ADA awards.

EM Brown & Son in Barton was one of the employers recognized for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.

The award was presented to Art LaPlante and Mark Royer

The awards are given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices.

Awardees successfully met the following criteria:

1. Recruitment outreach and equal accessibility in the application, interviewing and hiring procedures for people with disabilities.

2. Use of on-the-job accommodations, modifications, progressive employment methods, and/or creative solutions for successful training and employment of people with disabilities.

3. Accessible physical structures, buildings, work stations and equipment, and services.

4. Support for the employment of a person(s) with a disability as an overall employment strategy.

Police investigating trespassing incident in Craftsbury

in Craftsbury/News

CRAFTSBURY — Police are investigating an incident where someone was seen attempting to open a door at a residence in Craftsbury.

On September 14, police say they were notified of a possible trespassing complaint.

They say an unknown male drove up to a residence on S. Albany Road and made an attempt to open a side door to the residence before leaving the premises.

The male was seen leaving in a black Chevrolet SUV.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Derby.

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