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Concerns grow over surveillance towers in Orleans County, public comment period extended

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DERBY LINE — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period related to the proposed construction of massive surveillance towers in Derby Line and North Troy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in February that they were planning to construct two new video surveillance towers 120 feet high along the…

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Unwarranted surveillance, privacy concerns raised over proposed CBP towers in Derby and Troy

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DERBY — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan submitted comments yesterday expressing his concerns about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s recent proposal to place Remote Video Surveillance Systems towers in Derby, Franklin, Richford, and Troy. Donovan stated that he is concerned about unwarranted surveillance or potential interference with the privacy interests of Vermonters. “CBP has failed…

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Rep. Welch calls for change to US-Canada border policy to allow families to reunite

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DERBY LINE — After being separated for more than ten months, families and international couples impacted by the closed US-Canada land border are hopeful that changes are on the way to allow them to safely reunite. The Congressional Northern Border Caucus recently issued a bipartisan letter making several recommendations to the Biden Administration supporting opportunities…

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Man sentenced for smuggling 6 endangered tropical birds into Derby Line from Quebec

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DERBY LINE — A 40-year-old man from Pennsylvania was sentenced after pleading guilty to smuggling tropical birds into Vermont. Jafet Rodriguez, 40, of Hazleton, was sentenced to a two-year term of federal supervised release. Rodriguez previously pled guilty to unlawfully smuggling six tropical birds into Vermont from Canada, in violation of the Endangered Species Act…

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Man suspected of killing woman arrested in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — A man wanted in connection with the killing of a woman in Connecticut was nabbed in Derby Line on Monday. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection notified the Vermont State Police at around 2:25 p.m. that a fugitive had been apprehended at the border by Canadian authorities after attempting to flee the…

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Police investigating property damaged at Derby Line park, elementary school

in Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information regarding damage to multiple properties in Derby Line. Employees from Derby Line village initially reported damage to Baxter Park on Monday afternoon. Sergeant Jacobs then observed additional damage at the Derby Line Elementary school property. Witnesses describe a younger male operating an older,…

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Driver crashes into Derby Line Cemetary fence

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DERBY LINE — Someone crashed through a fence at the Derby Line Cemetary, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver. Police say the vehicle was traveling east on Baxter Avenue when it left the road and drove through the fence. The vehicle caused significant damage to the fence and at…

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RTC shuttle service to operate on dial-a-ride basis due to coronavirus

in COVID-19/Derby/Derby Line/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Starting on Wednesday, April 8, RCT says they will be implementing changes to its shuttle bus service in an effort to maintain the highest levels of safety for drivers and passengers during this time. The Jay-Lyn/Jay-Lyn Express and Highlander shuttle bus services will operate on a dial-a-ride basis for access to essential goods…

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Nikole Brainard of Derby Line promoted to Asset Liability Manager at Community National Bank

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DERBY — Community National Bank CEO Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Nikole Brainard to the bank officer position of Asset Liability Manager. Brainard was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom and is a graduate of North Country High School. She started her career with CNB in 1995 working as a Teller in…

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Borderline Players to hold auditions for The Addams Family, March 7

DERBY LINE — Auditions for The Addams Family: The Musical will take place Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the First Universalist Parish Hall in Derby Line. Borderline Players will present this production in the Haskell Opera House on August 7-8-9 and 14-15-16, 2020. In the kooky world of the Addams Family,…

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Man charged with smuggling endangered tropical birds in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — Jafet Rodriguez, 39, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, has been charged with unlawfully smuggling tropical birds into Vermont from Canada, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the federal anti-smuggling statute. Rodriguez appeared before United States Magistrate Judge John Conroy yesterday and was released on personal recognizance. According to court documents, on December…

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Gun stolen from home in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — A gun was stolen from a home in Derby Line last week. Police were notified of a theft that took place on Valentine Avenue on January 30. According to the report, a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was stolen sometime between 8:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. An investigation into the theft…

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Shooting scare in Derby Line sends school into lockout

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DERBY LINE — An active shooter scare in Derby Line this afternoon caused a local school to go on “lockout,” but police say that there is no danger to the public at this time. It started at around 1:09 p.m. when the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department received a call to their dispatch reporting a shooting…

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Border humorist Ross Murray releases new collection “A Jerk in Progress”

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STANSTEAD, QC – Eastern Townships writer Ross Murray will release his third collection of humor, A Jerk in Progress, at Black Cat Books in Lennoxville on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. Subtitled “Various Nonsense,” the collection features more than 80 columns and essays that originally appeared in The Sherbrooke Record and Life in Quebec…

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Emerald Ash Borer detected in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that insects collected from ash trees in Derby Line are emerald ash borers (EAB). This is the first detection in Orleans County. Landowners and other residents of Derby and surrounding towns are urged to look for signs and symptoms of the insect…

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