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Derby resident awarded life-changing car

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DERBY — A Derby resident has been awarded a car by the Good News Garage organization. The Burlington-based charity announced this week that Megan Tattersall was given the keys to a 2008 Nissan Versa, donated by a generous Vermonter. Tattersall is one of over 5,000 recipients of a vehicle from Good News Garage since the…

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Dailey Memorial Library honors Fran Batchelder, welcomes 2 new board members

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DERBY — The Dailey Memorial Library recently honored longtime board member Fran Batchelder as she ended her tenure. During a monthly meeting the trustees, and the director of the library recognized Batchelder’s service over the years. She served as a member of the board for 40 years. She will still be active at the library…

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Derby Select Board supports efforts to get Lake Memphremagog designated lake in crisis

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DERBY — The Derby Select Board voted unanimously on Monday night to lend their support toward getting Lake Memphremagog declared a “lake in crisis.” The vote authorizes Select Board Chairman Grant Spates to draft a letter supporting a petition put out by local conservation group Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP). The petition, which currently has…

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Fire destroys Derby Tire and Service Center

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DERBY — A fire destroyed the Derby Tire and Service Center on Shattuck Hill Road in Derby yesterday. The fire broke out at around 10:15 p.m. and both the Derby Line Fire Department and Newport Fire Department were on scene. Firefighters say they found the building completely engulfed in flames, and were hampered by 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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CBP plans to build surveillance towers in Derby, North Troy

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DERBY LINE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to construct two new video surveillance towers 120 feet high along the U.S.-Canadian border in Derby and North Troy. Through the use of these towers, they say they will be able to survey rural areas and classify illegal entries without committing numerous agents in…

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Winter swim on Lake Memphremagog going virtual this year

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DERBY — The Seventh Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival will be going virtual this year. During the last week of February, winter swimmers from Alaska to Ireland will be joining in. Organizers say in total around 120 winter swimmers will be participating. “Since our first winter swim festival in 2015, clans of cold water swimmers…

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Police: Slingshot used to break windows in Derby, Charleston

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DERBY — Police are investigating a series of vandalism incidents that took place on Sunday. Lauri Stonebreaker reported the front window of her home on Main Street in Derby was broken at around 2:00 p.m. Investigation revealed the projectile that penetrated her window was a marble that was shot from a slingshot. Approximately 30 minutes…

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Merry Hamel of NEKCA, Dennis Percy, Fred’s Energy General Manager, and Rachel Twofoot of Northpoint, on December 15th with toys collected for the “Toys for Kids” toy drive at the Fred’s Energy main office in Derby. (R) Merry Hamel of NEKCA selects a name from all the entries as Fred’s Energy General Manager, Dennis Percy, assists.

Fred’s Energy toy drive helps local kids, 3 families receive 100 gallons of heating oil

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DERBY — Each of the three Fred’s Energy offices collected toys again this year for local non-profit programs. The Lamoille Family Center’s “Holiday Project,” the St. Johnsbury Fire Department’s “Santa Fund,” and the NEKCA & Northpoint “Toys for Kids” toy drive all benefited from this year’s donations. With the current pandemic and many still out…

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Divers spent 160 hours cleaning milfoil from Lake Salem this summer

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DERBY — Salem Lakes Association, in partnership with the town of Derby, completed a busy season managing an invasive aquatic plant. Eurasian Water Milfoil was first found in Big Salem in 2017. Over the summer, divers worked 160 hours during 45 dives in the lake between June and September. The association says divers pulled over…

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Police: Man arrested after injuring family member, neighbor

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DERBY — Police say a 33-year-old man is facing charges following an incident in Derby on Saturday. Authorities responded to a residence on Main Street after being alerted of a physical altercation at around 8:15 p.m. According to the report, Jordan Lewis caused bodily injury to a family member and a neighbor. Lewis was arrested…

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Local snowmobile club helps Border Patrol repair bridge in Holland

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HOLLAND — The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, in cooperation with US Border Patrol, recently repaired a bridge on the international boundary in Holland. In 2018, Drift Dusters opened the nation’s first internationally shared snowmobile trail in Holland. This is the only known trail that is shared by two separate snowmobile clubs in different countries. Since…

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Derby Elementary School closed after COVID-19 case reported

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DERBY — There is no school today for students at Derby Elementary School after a member of the school has tested positive for COVID-19. The school says they have met with the Vermont Department of Health to plan their response, and have started identifying and contacting those who may have been exposed to the virus.…

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Over 1,100 receive flu vaccine at NCH clinics

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NEWPORT — The North Country Hospital Flu Clinic task force didn’t let the pandemic stop them from creating an ideal venue for providing the flu vaccine to community members of all ages. Over the course of three separate clinics, at various times of the day, more than 1,100 people took advantage of the opportunity at…

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Driver injured during crash on Hinman Settler Road, Derby

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DERBY — An 84-year-old woman from Brownington was injured during a single-vehicle crash in Derby this afternoon. Emergency workers responded to Hinman Settler Road at around 2:00 p.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash with entrapment. The driver was identified as Virginia Davis. Police say Davis was traveling south on Hinman Settler when her…

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Former trooper from Derby pleads not guilty to new charges

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DERBY — A former Vermont State Police trooper from Derby who was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor back in 2012, was ordered held without bail after appearing in court this week. On Monday, Mark Beezup, 63, of Derby, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon…

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Vera Rivard of Derby swims the English Channel

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DERBY — On Tuesday, 16-year-old Vera Rivard from Derby, Vermont, and Springfield, NH, finished her English Channel solo swim in 14 hours and 10 minutes. She started out from Samphire Hoe beach in Dover England at 9:38 a.m. and set foot on Wissant Beach in France at 11:48 p.m. “That was a swim of a…

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Police: Driver in early Sunday morning crash vandalized several lawns on North Derby Road prior

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DERBY — Police say a 20-year-old man from Charleston who crashed his vehicle in Derby early Sunday morning, was the same driver who tore through and damaged several lawns in the area prior to the crash. Travon Colburn is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident, unlawful mischief, and negligent operation following the…

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Police investigating hit-and-run incidents in Derby, Glover

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DERBY — Police are looking for two drivers involved in two separate hit-and-run incidents this weekend. The Vermont State Police were advised of a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105 in Derby at around 6:00 a.m. this morning. The vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Caravan, was traveling west when it left the south side of the…

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Man breaks into home in Derby, locks himself in bathroom

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DERBY — A 38-year-old man was arrested following an incident in Derby yesterday. Police were notified of a home invasion reported on Bushey Hill Road at around 10:35 p.m. The caller reported that a man, later identified as Conrad Labor, of Coventry, entered their home and locked himself in their bathroom. One of the parents…

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Police: Truck intentionally set on fire at Derby Trailer Park

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DERBY — Police say a truck was set on fire at the Derby Trailer Park early this morning. Authorities were notified of a truck on fire parked outside a trailer at around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The Derby Line Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. According to police, the truck was intentionally set on…

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Local marathon swimmer completes swim around Manhattan

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DERBY — A local open water swimmer recently completed one of the triple crowns of marathon open water swimming. On July 5, 2020, 16-year-old Vera Rivard of both Derby, Vermont, and Springfield, New Hampshire, completed the world-famous 28.5 mile 20 Bridges Swim in New York City. This swim is a circumnavigation swim around the island…

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