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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 the Derby office.

After a short leave from banking, she rejoined the bank’s Teller line in Derby, and in 2012, joined the Finance Department.

During her banking career, Brainard has earned the Certified Teller designation, General Banking Diploma and Bank Operations Diploma from the Center for Financial Training Education Alliance.

She is a graduate of the Northern New England School of Banking and holds a BS in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.

“Community National Bank has always given me the opportunity to learn, grow and advance while working in a supportive family environment,” Brainard said.

Involved in giving back to the community, Brainard serves as a Board Member for Derby Elementary School, Treasurer for North Country Union High School Band Booster Club, a member of the Derby Line Community Day committee and a member of the Derby Line Cemetery Board.

She resides in Derby Line with her husband Lindsay, her daughter Maya, and her son Chase.

Icy roads blamed for 2 crashes on I-91, Derby

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DERBY — Icy roads on I-91 in Derby are to blame for two separate crashes involving tractor-trailers headed north yesterday.

A 57-year-old driver from Maine was involved in the first incident, which was a single-vehicle rollover.

The crash took place at around 9:07 p.m.

According to the police report, Dana Jameson, of Houlton, ME, lost control of the tractor-trailer unit due to icy road conditions.

The rig traveled onto the median and rolled on its side.

Police say nobody was injured during the crash.

At 9:45 p.m. police responded to another tractor-trailer crash on I-91 north in Derby.

Police say Parminder Sangha, 41, of Brampton, Ontario, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a snowbank.

Icy road conditions were the cause of this crash as well, police say.

There were also no injuries during this incident.

Children’s Librarian Joanne Pariseau reading at the Dailey Library in Derby.

Dailey Memorial Library awarded grant for new children’s reading supplies

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DERBY — The Dailey Memorial Library in Derby will be able to get new reading supplies for young children thanks to a grant from the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s Community Fund.

The grant provided $750 in funding for the purchase of special books and storytelling kits to help the library’s children’s librarian, for both library use and visits to local childcare facilities.

The books and kits will be used for storytime sessions, and they will also be available to check out.

Families can bring them home so parents can work with their children on literacy activities, and daycare facilities can also borrow and utilize them with their preschoolers.

“This exciting project will be paramount in building children’s literacy in our community, thereby increasing the chances of success in school and ultimately in life,” said Maureen Badger, the library’s director.

The Community Fund is a voluntary program supported by VEC members who choose to round up their electric bills, donate their patronage capital dollars, or make one-time donations to the fund.

The fund then makes grants to local organizations that support economic security, energy education, emergency and disaster relief, and community development.

DUI crash on U.S. Route 5, Derby

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DERBY — Police say a woman was arrested for DUI following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 5 in Derby today.

Vermont State Police, Newport Police, and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash at around 5:10 p.m.

Police say Darlene Rutherford, 51, of Derby, was attempting to turn left out of the parking lot of Thompson’s Redemption, and failed to yield for an oncoming vehicle.

Her vehicle was struck while attempting to turn.

Police say indicators of impairment were detected, and Rutherford was placed under arrest and transported to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks for processing.

Snowmobile causes car to crash into telephone pole, Derby

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DERBY — A 62-year-old man was from Derby Line hit a telephone pole after a snowmobile crossed his path yesterday.

The crash took place on U.S. Route 5 near Beebe Road at around 5:22 p.m.

Police say Richard Blais was headed north when Nicholas Adams, 34, of Colchester, was driving a snowmobile west along the VAST trail, approaching the Route 5 road crossing.

Adams told police that he slowed and came to a stop to look for traffic but did not see Blais approaching from the south and continued into the road to cross.

Police say Blais swerved his vehicle to avoid a collision with Adams, crashing into a telephone pole.

Adams was issued a ticket for violation of operation across highways.

Blais was not injured during the incident, police say.

Brownington man arrested for 3rd DUI, violation of conditions

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BROWNINGTON — A 30-year-old man from Brownington was picked up for his third DUI on Wednesday, and police say he was in violation of his conditions of release.

Trooper Pennoyer said he conducted a welfare check at around 8:00 p.m. on a driver who was parked on Hinman Settler Road in Brownington.

The driver was identified as Brian Maxwell.

Trooper Pennoyer said he detected indicators of impairment at the scene.

Maxwell was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police barracks in Derby for processing.

According to the report, Maxwell was in violation of his conditions of release, which stated he was not to consume alcohol.

VSP trooper involved in crash on I-91, Derby

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DERBY — A Vermont State trooper was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Derby early this morning.

Just after 12:00 a.m. trooper Richard Berlandy was on duty operating his assigned 2015 patrol Ford Explorer on I-91 south.

Police say the roadway was covered with about one inch of slush, snow, and ice, resulting in Berlandy losing control of the vehicle.

The vehicle struck a wire guardrail.

Airbags were deployed and the vehicle sustained significant damage to the front end, rear bumper, and side panels.

Trooper Berlandy was uninjured in the crash.

Rays Auto responded to the scene and towed the vehicle, which police say was totaled.

Derby Green Nursing Home announces plans to close

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DERBY – Derby Green, the nursing home located on US Route 5 in Derby, announced that it will close effective on or before April 30, 2020.

The home, owned by North County Hospital, filed a letter of intent today with the state’s Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living Division of Licensing and Protection, laying out its plans.

Derby Green has traditionally run at high occupancy, filling most of its 23 beds in any given month.

However, as a small facility, the nursing home says it cannot achieve the economies of scale and efficiency necessary to make long-term operations financially sustainable.

They say ongoing workforce shortages and operating losses jeopardize the center’s ability to continue providing the level of care and a safe environment necessary for residents.

Losses have averaged $200,000 annually over the last three years.

This, coupled with future infrastructure needs, has led North Country Hospital to make the difficult decision to close the facility.

Derby Green says they will work with all area nursing homes and community partners to ensure each resident is transferred to the setting of their choice that best meets their individual needs.

“Patient safety and exceptional person-centered care are our top priority,” Brian Nall, North Country Hospital’s President & CEO, said. “We are committed to providing high-quality day-to-day care during this process until our last resident is transferred and Derby Green is closed.”

Nearby, Bel-Aire Center in Newport will be increasing its nursing home beds to preserve some of the capacity that would otherwise be lost with the closure of Derby Green.

Fatal crash on Route 105, Derby

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DERBY — A 71-year-old man from New Hampshire was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Derby on Thursday.

At around 7:00 p.m. Reginald Gray, of Brookline, NH, was traveling west on Vermont Route 105 near Cross Road when his vehicle gradually veered off of the right side of the road.

The vehicle traveled down a small embankment where it collided with a tree.

Police say Gray was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was transported to North Country Hospital.

He was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

The crash investigation is ongoing, however, police say it does not appear that speed was a factor at this point.

The Derby Line Fire Department and Newport Ambulance responded to the scene to assist.

B&B Towing responded to retrieve the vehicle.

A section of Route 105 was closed down as rescue workers responded.

Fred’s Energy helped collect toys for local holiday toy drives

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DERBY — This holiday season, Fred’s Energy once again helped support local area toy drives.

Each of their three offices was a toy donation site and for every toy donated, Fred’s Energy offered individuals the chance to win100 gallons of propane or oil, and a 3 ft. tall snowman gift tower filled with holiday treats.

The Fred’s Energy main office in Derby helped collect toys for the NEKCA & Northpoint “Toys for Kids” toy drive, the Morrisville office helped collect toys for The Lamoille Family Center’s “Holiday Project,” and the Lyndonville office helped collect toys for the St. Johnsbury Fire Department’s “Kingdom Santa Fund.”

Each of these organizations was selected because all toys donated would be distributed right back into our local communities.

“This time of year can be a struggle for many, yet numerous local families were helped because of your incredible thoughtfulness,” Fred’s Energy said in a statement. “Your toy donations brought such JOY to so many children and brightened everyone’s holiday.”

Ryan Pelow of the St. Johnsbury Fire Department pulled Donald Raboin’s name from all the entries received at the Fred’s Energy Lyndonville office.

Raboin, in the true spirit of the holidays, gifted the fuel to a parent.

Wendy Chauvin of the Lamoille Family Center drew Sarah Denis’ name from all the entries received at the Fred’s Energy Morrisville office.

Denis, too, gifted it forward by donating the fuel to the Lamoille Family Center for someone in need.

Michaela Fields was the winner in the Fred’s Energy Derby office toy drive drawing.

Rachel Twofoot from Northpoint selected Michaela’s name when she and Mary Hamel from NEKCA arrived to pick up the toys for distribution.

Police looking for wanted man thought to be in the Derby area

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DERBY — The Vermont State Police say they are looking for a man who was last known to be residing in the Derby area.

Police say 56-year-old Mark J. Marsden has several confirmed in-state arrest warrants for offenses ranging from criminal threatening, violation of conditions of release, and failure to appear.

Although he is thought to be living in the Derby area, police say he has had past ties to Island Pond.

The Vermont Department of Corrections is also looking for Marsden after he recently absconding from furlough.

Police are asking the public to help locate Marsden, and say information concerning his whereabouts can be relayed through the tip line at or by contacting the barracks directly at 802-334-8881.

Amanda Pepin promoted to Credit Administration Officer at CNB

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DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Amanda Pepin to Credit Administration Officer.

Pepin joined the bank’s Credit Administration Department in 2008 as a Credit Analyst, and in 2015, she was promoted to Senior Credit Analyst.

She has continued her education by taking classes through the Center for Financial Training and Education Alliance, and she has taken several financial statement analysis and risk management courses through the Risk Management Association.

In 2013, she attended the Northern New England School of Banking.

Throughout her career, the bank says Pepin has worked to develop her skills and knowledge in commercial credit and has assumed more responsibility in the Credit Administration Department.

She resides in Troy with her husband Mike, son Travis, and daughter Ashley.

Two arrested in Glover after stolen property, drugs found

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GLOVER — Two people were arrested on Tuesday, and police say they located several items believed to have been stolen from businesses in the Derby area inside their vehicle.

Police arrested 49-year-old Brian Short and 39-year-old Sarah Romanowski after they were found inside a vacant home at 65 Trucott Place, in Glover.

The home was on the market for sale.

According to police, Short and Romanowski did not have permission to utilize the residence, police say.

Police say as their belongings were removed from the residence, they located a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine.

Their vehicle was seized, and after a search warrant was conducted police say several items believed to have been stolen from SSXcavating and Walmart, were located inside.

Short and Romanowski were held on $200 cash or surety bond for the night and appeared in court on Wednesday to answer to charges of unlawful trespass, possession of stolen property, possession of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine.

There have been numerous burglaries reported in the Derby area over the past couple of weeks.

Police say this case is still under active investigation and additionally any ties to other recent burglaries are being looked into.

Burglary at Tractor Supply in Derby

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DERBY — Police are investigating yet another burglary of a Derby business that has similarities with more than five other recent break-ins.

Police say a burglary was reported yesterday at Tractor Supply at around 10:00 p.m.

According to the police report, entry was gained through the locked back gate.

After speaking with staff, police say both wood pellets and pelletized animal bedding were stolen.

State police are again requesting the public’s assistance in an attempt to identify the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Mikkola at 802-334-8881.

Police looking for driver who took out several mailboxes in Derby

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DERBY — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying an individual who fled the scene after hitting mailboxes in Derby yesterday.

Police were notified of several mailboxes that had been struck and damaged by a vehicle on US Route 5 at around 2:20 a.m.

Police say the vehicle was a Dodge pick up truck, royal blue in color.

The truck will be missing a passenger side headlight and have substantial damage to the front bumper/fender area on the passenger side.

Evidence was collected from the scene, police say.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Corporal Amy LeClair at 802-334-8881.

Burglary at Verizon store in Derby

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DERBY — Police say the Verizon store in Derby was burglarized last night.

Police were notified of the burglary at around 11:02 p.m.

A Verizon employee told police that he responded to the store after an alarm activated, and he observed the building to have been forcefully entered.

Police say the employee, Angus Gluck, said that he was contacted at home by his supervisor who was originally alerted to the alarm.

He then immediately contacted state police.

According to the police report, there was Verizon property missing as well as evidence left at the scene.

Police were still investigating this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 802-334-8881.

Sarah Barrup promoted to Special Asset Officer at Community National Bank

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DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Sarah Barrup to Special Asset Officer.

Sarah started her banking career with CNB in 2003 as a Teller in Derby Line and in 2005 she was hired as an Administrative Assistant in the bank’s Finance Department.

In 2008, she took a position in the Loss Mitigation Department as an Assistant and then was promoted to Specialist.

For the past 10 years, Barrup has worked helping customers find ways to avoid foreclosure and establish plans to continue paying obligations.

Sarah attended the Northern New England School of banking in 2015, and she has taken several banking courses.

She makes her home in Derby with her husband Tom, daughter Bella and son Mason.

Burglary at Portland Glass in Derby

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DERBY — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who broke into a building this morning in Derby.

Police responded to Portland Glass, located at 32 Community Drive, for the reported burglary at around 6:54 a.m.

Police say forced entry was made into the building sometime overnight.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact State Police at 802-334-8881.

Police were still investigating this case.

NCUJHS, Brighton Elementary join CFES Brilliant Pathways to increase college and career readiness

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DERBY — Two local schools have joined CFES Brilliant Pathways’ growing network of programs across the US and Ireland in support of students becoming college and career ready.

Brighton Elementary and North Country Union Junior High have signed on as CFES schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

They join new schools from Texas, Hawaii, Florida and Pennsylvania and an overall network of 25,000 students in 150 schools from 30 states.

The addition of these schools supports a statewide initiative known as Advance Vermont, focused on 70 percent of working-age residents attaining a postsecondary degree or credential of value.

Launched in 2017 by Gov. Phil Scott, leaders in business, education, government, nonprofits and philanthropy, the initiative addresses a shortfall of qualified candidates to fill the high-growth, high wage jobs over the next decade that the McClure Foundation says will require education or training beyond high school.

Despite having one of the nation’s highest high school graduation rates, only 60 percent of Vermont’s seniors choose to attend college – a college-going rate that ranks last in New England and 42nd nationally.

Relying on research-driven methods and best practices, CFES has sent 95 percent of its students to college or certified training programs.

CFES gives students an opportunity to forge their own route to a bright future that places an emphasis on college and career readiness through a framework that allows schools to customize the implementation of three core practices – mentoring, essential skills (perseverance, agility, goal setting, networking, teamwork and leadership) and pathways to college & career.

“Every student with the desire and ability should have the opportunity to attend college and post-secondary training programs,” said US Senator Bernie Sanders. “I am pleased to learn that more Vermont students will have access to counseling and programs to help them make post-high school decisions.”

Brighton Elementary is currently developing comprehensive plans to engage students in the core practices with support from CFES program directors who will work with staff and students.

Police: Man arrested for hitting two vehicles while fleeing attempted theft in Derby

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DERBY — A Derby man will face a judge tomorrow morning for charges of aggravated assault and driving with a criminally suspended license following an incident that took place earlier in the month.

Police say they received a call from a victim at a residence on Hinman Settler Road on October 10, advising they had an attempted theft at their barn.

The vehicle left the scene after striking both of their vehicles in the process and headed back onto Hinman Settler Road, where they lost sight of it.

The victims were able to identify the operator as 41-year-old Aaron Horner, of Derby.

Horner was taken into custody and released on a citation to appear in Orleans County court tomorrow.

Five retire from Columbia Forest Products

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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.

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

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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.

Shelly Morey joins Community National Bank as Community Circle Director

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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.

Driver leads police on high-speed chase through Derby

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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.

Fire in Derby caused by smoking material placed in an aluminum can

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DERBY — Authorities say smoking materials placed in an aluminum can is what caused a fire that broke out at a single-family home on Main Street in Derby yesterday.

The fire was noticed at around 6:20 p.m.

The home was being used as an Airbnb rental and was occupied by three people, but nobody was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the fire on the porch and were successful in limiting the fire’s extension into the house.

The home sustained significant damage to the front and side porch and smoke and heat damage to the interior.

Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam contacted fire investigators to demine the area of origin and the cause.

The investigation concluded that the fire began on the side porch in a sitting area where there were a table and some chairs.

“The cause of the fire was smoking materials placed in an aluminum beverage can,” Paul Cerutti, Assistant State Fire Marshal, said in a statement.

Cerutti says that the house did not have working smoke or CO alarms.

“I found the bases where the alarms had been, but no alarms,” he said.

The Derby Line Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Newport City Fire Department.

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