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Police: DUI crashes in Troy and Coventry

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NEWPORT — Police say two drivers are facing DUI charges after separate single-vehicle crashes that took place last night in Orleans County.

At around 9:15 p.m. police received a call of a crash in the town of Troy.

While speaking with the operator, Gilles Desjarlais, 71, of Troy, police say an odor of intoxicants was detected.

Desjarlais willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was transported to Newport Police Department where he was processed and released.

Later in the evening, just before midnight, police received another call of a single-vehicle crash in the town of Coventry.

Police say an odor of intoxicants was detected emitting from the driver, Gaetan Corderre, 25, of North Troy.

According to the report, Corderre also willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.

He was transported to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks, where he was processed and released.

Car stolen during burglary at White Mountain Auto in Newport

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UPDATE: Police say they have recovered the stolen vehicle, and have collected new evidence in the investigation.

COVENTRY — White Mountain Auto in Newport was burglarized overnight, and a car was stolen from off the lot.

Police say they were notified of the burglary at 8:00 a.m. this morning.

The vehicle that was stolen is a 2010 slate blue Hyundai Sonata.

The key to the vehicle had been taken from inside the business during the break-in.

At the time it was stolen, the Hyundai was bearing a White Mountain Auto plate on the front and no plate on the rear.

Police say the break-in and theft occurred sometime between 5:00 p.m. Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Anyone with any information about this incident is being asked to contact police at 802-334-8881.

Police: Brownington woman facing numerous charges

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COVENTRY — A 26-year-old woman from Brownington is facing charges after an incident that took place in Coventry this afternoon.

At approximately 1:00 p.m. police responded to a reported vandalism on Nadeau Park Road.

Police say witnesses reported Sarah Ray, 26, of Brownington, was the operator of a vehicle at the time of the incident and drove onto a lawn where children were playing.

Ray has court ordered conditions not to operate a motor vehicle, and her driver’s license is criminally suspended, police say.

She is facing charges of violation of conditions of release, unlawful mischief, negligent operation, and driving with a criminally suspended license.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Locals win at Fly to Pie marathon and bike race

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GLOVER — A 52-year-old athlete from Canaan defended home turf and won the fourth annual Fly to Pie, Kingdom Marathon with a time of 3:05:11.

David Herr, 52, of Canaan, took home first this year. He has run in all four marathons and is a three-time winner.

Winning among the women was Karen Benway, 45, of Williston, with a time of 3:50:25.

The vista riddled course is run on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom, from the airport in Coventry through Brownington, over Barton Mountain, through Barton, over Burton Hill into Irasburg, and back to Parker Pie in West Glover.

It is described by many as the most beautiful and toughest road marathon in the east.

Winning the 26.2 mile bike race, Doin’ the Dirt, were locals Chad Harden, 42 of Newport Center, and Tamsin Durand, 40, of Derby.

The run, bike, walk, was held on Sunday, October 8. Fall foliage was at its peak. The weather was warm, and the mix of sun, rain, and wind added to the excitement of the day.

Runners, bikers, and walkers who participated in this year’s Fly to Pie ranged in age from 7-year-old Jonah Matte of Barton, to 75-year-old Newton Baker, of Montpelier, running the marathon for the fourth straight year.

Participants came from California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Montreal, Magog, and Sherbrook, Quebec.

The event raised $815 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Fly to Pie and Kingdom Games to support American Red Cross disaster relief

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WEST GLOVER — On Sunday, October 8, Fly to Pie’s 6-mile run, bike, or hike from Irasburg to West Glover will be dedicated to supporting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The $25 fee for the walk, run, or bike will be dedicated in its entirety to the Red Cross.

Parker Pie is offering up all the pizza you can eat, with Hill Farmstead beer on tap. Music will be provided by Hardwick Granite.

Fly to Pie also offers 13.5, 17, and 26.2-mile distances for running and biking on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom, starting at Lakeview Aviation in Coventry and also ending at Parker Pie.

Normally, Kingdom Games donates a portion of its proceeds to local charities. However, organizers say this year it seems the right thing to do to support recovery efforts in Florida and Texas.

Runners and bikers are coming from California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and around Vermont to savor the fall foliage, fine pizza, excellent beer on tap, and great music.

Online registration for all courses is open at www.kingdommarathon.com.

Locals killed in New Hampshire car crash, driver charged

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NEWPORT — Police in New Hampshire say they have charged a woman with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated, after a car crash over the weekend took the lives of two Orleans County residents.

The head-on collision took place at around 11:15 p.m. Friday night on Route 10 in Croydon, New Hampshire.

The crash killed 20-year-old Michelle Fenimore of Brownington and 18-year-old Nicholas Carpenter of Coventry.

Police say Kristine Lake, 22, of Sharon, Vermont, drifted into the southbound lane before crashing into the car driven by Fenimore, in which Carpenter was a passenger.

Lake suffered minor injuries and was later charged.

She was released on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 3.

Newport police looking for suspect after break-in at West Side Deli

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly broke into a business early this morning.

Police say they are actively seeking Daniel Greenwood, 41, whose most recent known addresses are in Troy and Coventry.

At approximately 4:42 a.m. an officer was dispatched to the West Side Deli on Highland Avenue for a report of a person inside the store.

The officer began searching the area and was joined by an off-duty officer who was passing through the area.

The officers located a man, later identified as Greenwood, on one side of the building and attempted to establish a perimeter.

Greenwood then allegedly emerged from a bush where he had been hiding and ran toward a gold SUV parked nearby.

One of the officers attempted to subdue Greenwood and ordered him to stop, but he allegedly revved the SUV’s engine and eventually accelerated onto Highland Avenue, reaching a speed of approximately 70 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The officer retreated to his cruiser and began pursuing him, but ultimately lost sight of his vehicle.

A short time later, officers located a piece of the vehicle’s front end, including a license plate registered to another vehicle owned by Greenwood.

A search of his two previous known addresses proved unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about Greenwood’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact Newport Police at 802-334-6733.

He is wanted on charges of attempted burglary, unlawful mischief, attempting to elude, gross negligent operation, excessive speed, and resisting arrest.

Single-vehicle crash in Coventry leads to charges

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COVENTRY — A Westfield man is facing charges after a single-vehicle crash in Coventry on Thursday afternoon.

At around 4:11 p.m. police were notified of the wreck on US Route 5, just south of Airport Road.

The driver was identified as 29-year-old Frank Villegas.

Police say Villegas traveled off the traveled portion of the roadway while headed north in a 2005 Ford Focus.

He was found to be “under the influence of intoxicants and was subsequently arrested for DUI,” a statement issued by police reads.

Troopers were later notified that Villegas was under conditions of release, one of which was he could not drink alcohol.

He is scheduled to appear in Orleans County court to answer to the charges of DUI and violation of conditions of release.

30-day lane closure in Coventry to start July 24

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COVENTRY — Construction crews working on ledge stabilization along Route 5 in Coventry will continue construction tasks to prepare for the scaling of the ledge.

The project is located approximately 2.5 miles north of the Coventry line where the roadway occupies a narrow corridor between the subject rock cut on the west and the Black River to the east.

Travel will be reduced to one lane at the project site with alternating one-way traffic. Traffic control personnel will be present to maintain traffic flow.

The contractor says they are making every effort to complete as much work as possible prior to the closure period.

A 30-day closure of Route 5, at the project site, is scheduled to start Monday, July 24.

An offsite detour will be marked with signs.

Stolen truck found abandoned, crashed in Coventry

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COVENTRY — Police say that a truck that crashed on Wednesday morning, had been stolen earlier from a parking lot in Derby.

At around 9:50 a.m. police responded to calls of a white Ford pick-up truck that had gone off the roadway by the intersection of Coventry Station Road in the town of Coventry.

Police say the vehicle crashed as a result of traveling too fast for the road conditions.

It was later learned that the truck had been stolen from a parking lot on Route 111, near Main Street in Derby, sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from local businesses in the area that the theft occurred.

According to the report, the truck owner was identified as Ronald Patenaude, 49, of Derby Line.

Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact Corporal Amy LeClair at 802-334-8881.

Derby man ejected from vehicle after crash in Coventry

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NEWPORT — A 34-year-old man from Derby was injured after being ejected from his vehicle during a crash in Coventry early Friday morning.

At around 12:30 a.m. police responded to the single-vehicle crash on Messier Farm Road. When they arrived they found a man on the ground approximately 20 feet from the vehicle with a head injury.

The driver was identified as Wayne Broe, 34, of Derby.

Broe was rushed to North Country Hospital for his injuries.

Police say observations made at the scene show the vehicle was traveling northwest when it went off the northeast side of the road and was then brought back onto the road quickly, causing the vehicle to flip multiple times.

The crash is still under investigation, police say.

Medical emergency causes single-vehicle crash on I-91 this morning

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NEWPORT — A 52-year-old woman from Barton was injured in a single-vehicle car crash this morning.

At around 9:00 a.m. police responded to the crash on I-91 north, near mile marker 167 in Coventry.

Police say the driver, identified as Deanna Simpson, was experiencing a medical emergency, which caused her to veer off of the roadway and lose control of the vehicle.

Simpson was transported to North Country Hospital.

According to the police report, Simpson suffered “non-life threatening injuries.”

The crash is still under investigation.

Steelhead runs happening now in Orleans, Coventry

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ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Orleans. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds.

The best place to spot steelhead is at Willoughby Falls just outside downtown Orleans. Another great place to see migrating steelhead is Coventry Falls on the Black River in Coventry.

“When people think of wildlife watching, they typically think of moose or birds, but I would guess that most people don’t think of fish,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “This is a rare opportunity to watch fish in nature. Images of salmon or trout hurling themselves up scenic waterfalls are typical from places like Alaska, but many people may not realize we have these same wildlife viewing opportunities right here in Vermont.”

Steelhead can be spotted moving up the falls during warmer days in mid to late April and sometimes into early May during years with late winters. The best times to spot the fish leaping the falls are in the late morning and early afternoon as the sun is hitting the waters.

Willoughby Falls and a section of river upstream are closed to fishing until June 1 to protect the fish while they are spawning, although there are great fishing opportunities a short way downstream from the falls.

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    Photo by Jax Willey.

Teenager taken to hospital following Thursday morning crash in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A 16-year-old driver from Newport Center was taken to the hospital yesterday after a single-vehicle crash in Coventry.

The accident took place on Route 14.

Police say Andrew Matten was headed toward Alderbrook Road in a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck when the vehicle left the roadway.

The truck slid and hit a tree, causing it to roll and come to rest on its roof.

According to a statement issued by police, Matten had his seatbelt on and suffered lacerations to his head and arm.

He was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was treated, and later released.

Newport City Fire and Newport Ambulance, as well as the Newport City Police Department, were all at the scene Thursday morning.

The vehicle was totaled in the crash.

Man rescued in Coventry after trying to save his dogs from burning home

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COVENTRY — A man was rescued from his home in Coventry after he passed out trying to save his dogs during a house fire early Thursday morning.

At around 2:00 a.m. the Newport City Fire Department was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire on Main Street.

While en-route the fire department learned that a resident, identified as Douglas Rounsevelle, was still inside the home.

Capt. Kevin Lacoss and firefighter Ryan Abel found Rounsevelle passed out on the kitchen floor and managed to pull him out to safety.

He was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and a few other minor injuries.

State police say that after getting out, Rounsevelle re-entered the building to try and rescue his three dogs. All three dogs died in the fire, but authorities say that some cats managed to escape.

“The amount of fire throughout the house made it difficult to gain entry, so defensive operations were done to extinguish the fire,” a statement issued by the Newport City Fire Department reads.

The fire was under control by 4:00 a.m. and fully extinguished at 11:30 a.m.

The Orleans Fire Department and Irasburg Fire Department were called in for mutual aid.

There is no word as to what caused the fire, but it is not deemed to be suspicious at this time.

VSP: Woman caught in Newport driving with BAC almost three times over the legal limit

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NEWPORT — A 56-year-old woman from Coventry is facing charges after police said she was driving Thursday evening near Newport with a blood-alcohol level almost three times over the legal limit.

At around 5:00 p.m. police say they observed a Subaru Outback commit a motor vehicle violation on Coventry Street in Newport City and conducted a motor vehicle stop.

The driver was identified as Sheila Macfarlane, 56, of Coventry.

“While speaking with the operator, I noticed she had bloodshot watery eyes and her speech was slurred,” VSP trooper Pohlman said.

Pohlman said he asked Macfarlane to perform field sobriety exercises, and she willingly provided a sample of her breath.

According to police, her BAC was .201 percent.

She was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and taken to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks where she was processed, fingerprinted, and photographed.

Macfarlane was issued a citation and released.

Police car hit by mailbox thrown from overpass on I-91 in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A police cruiser was hit Monday night by a mailbox still attached to the wooden post and cement block after it was thrown from an overpass on I-91.

Deputy Tyler Jacobs was headed north on I-91 in Coventry when he saw a man with the object throw it off of the overpass and onto I-91 below as he approached.

He swerved into the passing lane but was unable to avoid hitting the mailbox.

The police cruiser sustained damage to the undercarriage and front tire, but Jacobs was uninjured.

Both the north and southbound lanes of I-91 were littered with debris from the incident.

Police say the mailbox was reported stolen on Monday.

Anyone with information on this incident should call the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at 802-334-3333.

Newport man passed out inside vehicle in Coventry arrested for DUI and DLS

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COVENTRY — A 52-year-old man from Newport was arrested on Wednesday when police say they found him passed out drunk inside a vehicle in Coventry.

At around 7:00 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of an unresponsive male in a motor vehicle on Maxwell Road.

Police say their investigation indicated that the driver, identified as Donald Rockwell, 52, of Newport, had been operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

According to the report, he blew a BAC of 0.129 percent at the scene.

Rockwell’s license was also found to be criminally suspended.

He was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and DLS.

He was transported to Derby where he was processed and released with a citation to appear in court.

Car crash in Coventry sends two to hospital

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COVENTRY — Two people were injured during a car crash in Coventry this afternoon.

At around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, police were dispatched to the two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105.

Both drivers, Rose Blais, 75, of Troy, and Shirley Kasanoff, 67, of Troy, were headed east, when police say Kasanoff decreased her speed to enter a parking lot.

According to the report, Blais rear-ended Kasanoff in the eastbound lane.

Both drivers were transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for what police describe as “minor injuries.”

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    All photos courtesy of Heather Matten.
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Two injured during crash in Coventry this morning

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COVENTRY — A section of VT-105 was closed for a short time after a crash took place this morning that sent two people to the hospital.

The accident happened at around 10 a.m. in the area of Petit Road.

Police say Judith Boucher, 61, of Newport, and Beverly Minnie, 47, of Newport Center, were transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Boucher had her 2006 Subaru Legacy totaled in the crash.

The other vehicle, driven by Amy Lepage, 30, of Troy, had significant front end damage.

Due to the positioning of both vehicles, a small section of VT-105 was closed for a short amount of time.

Judith Jackson of Irasburg announces candidacy for Vermont house

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IRASBURG — Judith Jackson, a member of the Irasburg Planning Commission, announced on Thursday her candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives to represent the citizens of Irasburg, Coventry, Newport Town, Newport City, and Troy.

Jackson, running as a Democrat, joins her neighbor and fellow Irasburg Ridge Alliance (IRA) organizer Dr. Ron Holland on the ballot for State Representative for the district of Orleans.

“I’ve seen the huge impact of policies and decisions made in Montpelier on almost every aspect of life in Vermont towns,” Jackson said. “With our Northeast Kingdom towns facing so many critical issues, from energy siting to education to our economy, it seemed like a good time to speak up.”

Before moving to Irasburg with her husband Peter Limon in 2010, Jackson spent most of her professional life as the communication director for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located near Chicago and dedicated to research in particle physics, the science of the fundamental nature of the universe.

“From the western suburbs of Chicago to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont was quite a change,” Jackson said. “My work at Fermilab took me to countries all over the world. However, I grew up on a Vermont dairy farm, so moving to Irasburg felt like coming home. I do know from personal experience the effect of the price of milk on a farm family’s livelihood. Now I’d like to put my Vermont heritage and a lifetime of experience in communication to work on behalf of my neighbors in Orleans County. ”

Besides serving as the clerk of the Irasburg Planning Commission, Jackson is a trustee of Irasburg’s Leach Public Library and a founding member of the Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance, a citizens’ group dedicated to the responsible development of renewable energy and the preservation of Irasburg’s ridgelines.

She is the mother of three children, including her daughter Annie Jackson, who lives at Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick.

Dr. Ron Holland of Irasburg announces candidacy for Vermont House of Representatives

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IRASBURG — Dr. Ron Holland, the senior emergency physician at North Country Hospital, announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives to represent the citizens of Irasburg, Coventry, Newport City, Newport Town and Troy.

He filed the required petition with the District Clerk in Newport yesterday.

“I’ve been practicing medicine since 1972, and every day I see both the successes and failures of the health-care system,” Holland said. “A revolution in healthcare is impossible. Instead, we need a health care system that can learn and gradually decrease costs and increase effectiveness. With my years of experience in both medicine and policy analysis, I have decided that it is time to reframe the debate so that health care providers, not politicians, can improve the system.”

Dr. Holland began practicing medicine in Orleans County in 1979. After completing an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Vermont, he opened a primary care practice in Barton.

Since 1989 he has practiced emergency medicine and completed a graduate program in health policy at Harvard University and a National Library of Medicine Fellowship in decision and policy analysis at Tufts University.

He has professional publications on the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions.

His analysis on the placement of dialysis facilities in Vermont was the basis for state approval for the “Ron Holland, M.D. Community Dialysis Facility” at North Country Hospital that garnered federal, state and community support.

The facility celebrated its tenth anniversary this week.

He also performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Lowell Wind Project that demonstrated that this project is eight times more costly than other options to reduce carbon emissions.

He says ridgeline wind projects generate generous profits for developers but are far too expensive as options for meaningful carbon emission reduction, even without consideration of the damage they do to ridgeline ecosystems.

Dr. Holland and his wife Laurie live in Irasburg. Their family includes four children, Abe, Larson, Jesse, and Althea.

He also has five horses, two dogs, and a barn cat.

Steelhead Rainbow Trout runs are happening now at Willoughby Falls

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ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds.

The best place to spot steelhead is at Willoughby Falls just outside downtown Orleans in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Other places to see migrating steelhead include Coventry Falls on the Black River in Coventry and Lewis Creek Falls in North Ferrisburgh, though Willoughby Falls remains the best viewing opportunity.

“When people think of wildlife watching, they typically think of moose or birds, but I would guess that most people don’t think of fish,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “This is a rare opportunity to watch fish in nature. Images of salmon or trout hurling themselves up scenic waterfalls are typical from places like Alaska, but many people may not realize we have these same wildlife viewing opportunities right here in Vermont.”

Steelhead can be spotted moving up the falls during warmer days in mid to late April and sometimes into early May during years with late winters. The best times to spot the fish leaping the falls are in the late morning and early afternoon as the sun is hitting the waters.

Willoughby Falls and a section of river upstream are closed to fishing until June 1 to protect the fish while they are spawning, although there are great fishing opportunities a short way downstream from the falls.

“Watching these fish move upstream is a great way for people to connect with nature,” said Kratzer. “But it’s also a powerful reminder of the importance of habitat for fish and other wildlife. Fish need places to spawn, to hide, and to feed, and they need access to these resources at the appropriate time. We’re looking to continue to conserve these resources so future generations can continue to witness this incredible fish migration each spring.”

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    Andy Titus age 5. All photos by Diana Poulin.
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    Brianna and Kailee Herman with mom, Melissa Herman.
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    Carter Vallieres age 3.
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    Bianca Davis.

MAC Center for the Arts works with local school

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COVENTRY — The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative recently participated in the creative adventures at Coventry Elementary School called “Dabble Day,” sponsored by Building Bright Futures with the support of area businesses and organizations.

Children up to the second grade and their favorite adult companions were invited to enjoy a day filled with activites. Many youngsters “dabbled” with Diana Poulin and Patty Oliver-Smith from the MAC to make unique, colorful and imaginative fish puppets.

These puppets were made to tie in with the presentation of “Swimmy,” based on the book by Leo Lionni, a story about a little fish who shows his friends, with ingenuity and teamwork, how to overcome danger.
 
NEKPA and Community National Bank presented a puppet show by PuppeTree, an Artist-in-Residency program through the Vermont Arts Council.

PuppeTree is a nontraditional puppet theater company that was created by Ann Legunn in which various community venues, from school to senior centers, become active participants in all aspects of theatre arts.

PuppeTree is unique in that the participants not only build the puppets, but are encouraged to handle those made by Ann Legunn, the way you would handle props, costumes and scenery.

For more information about MAC Center for the Arts, a local non-profit, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

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