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New England Video opens in Derby

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DERBY — No more waiting outside in the cold, flipping through the same limited collection of movies. Now you can come inside and browse the aisles of close to 3,000 movies and video games, because on Friday, New England Video opened its doors in the Ridge View Ninety-One plaza in Derby. For owner Sheryl Fortin,…

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Local FairPoint workers forming a picket line along Route 5 in Derby.

Local FairPoint workers lose health benefits

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DERBY — As of midnight on Friday, local FairPoint Communications workers who have been on strike since October 17, lost their health insurance coverage. The move was made by FairPoint as a way to increase the financial pressure on the workers, who have been seen locally holding picket signs outside the Orleans County Courthouse in…

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(From left to right) Nate Grimm, Tom Streeter, Joe Sequin, Peter Alexander. Photo by John Carpenter

NCUHS Mountain Bike Club work to keep local trails maintained

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DERBY — On Wednesday, members of the NCUHS Mountain Bike Club were found working after school on the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation (MSTF) trails, located on the Primeau property in Derby. Their task was to clean out culverts found along the double track/ski paths, as the winter ski season is fast approaching. The club is…

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Man arrested after driving snowmobile along Route 5 in Derby

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DERBY LINE — Some people just can’t wait for snowmobile season to arrive here in the Northeast Kingdom. A man was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Derby Line, when U.S. Border Patrol and the Vermont State Police questioned him after he was spotted driving a snowmobile on Route 5. According to a statement issued by…

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Runners in this year's Halloween Hustle at the starting line. Photos courtesy of Phil White.

A ghoulish Halloween Hustle through Newport

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NEWPORT — Runners showed up on Saturday in their finest Halloween costumes for the 10K, 5K, and 1 mile runs, in this year’s Halloween Hustle. Participants came to Newport from all over Vermont and New York, as well as Quebec City, Sutton, Waterloo, and Bromont. There was even a strong contingent from Newport Elementary School.…

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Local FairPoint workers forming a picket line along Route 5 in Derby.

Local FairPoint workers take to the streets

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NEWPORT — Local FairPoint workers took to the streets in Newport and Derby this week, after going on strike as of 12:01 a.m., October 17. Workers have gathered holding picket signs outside Orleans County Courthouse in Newport, and along Route 5 in Derby. A union spokesman said that all members are joining in the strike…

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(back row left to right) Marianna Barrett, Justin Bouchard, Cooper Brueck, Ian Applegate, Charlie Thompson, (front row) Frankie Thompson, Corbin Brueck, Arne Bannach, Noah Fortin.

Youth learning to connect with the Clyde River

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DERBY — The Clyde River has a long tradition of kids spending time outdoors along its reach. From paddling its swiftwater sections, fishing for brookies in deep pools, jigging for smelt on winter ice, hunting forest partridge along its wooded margins, or simply skipping rocks after swimming on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, these days…

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Judy Davis speaking about the use of shrubs like blueberries as buffers.

Neighborhood workshop on Lake Memphremagog spreads knowledge and blueberry bushes

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NEWPORT — On a recent beautiful fall morning, neighbors on Derby Bay gathered by Lake Memphremagog to learn about the importance of shoreland buffers. Dr. Perry Thomas, professor of aquatic biology at CCV, spoke with the group about the impressive variety of plant and animal life found by lake shores, helping them understand the value…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Tragic death on bike path in Derby

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DERBY — Authorities believe that cardiac arrest was the cause of the tragic death of a 33-year-old man from Beebe Plain, who passed away yesterday after collapsing on the bike path in Derby. Police say that Michael Scherer, and his wife were out for a run along the bike path Sunday morning, when Michael began…

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Valesquez sentenced to 5 month prison term in Canada

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NEWPORT – The 31-year-old woman from Newport who led police on an international chase after allegedly attempting to break into the Derby Corner Mini Mart, has quickly been sentenced in a Sherbrooke court for her crimes committed in Quebec. Valentina Valesquez was sentenced to serve five months in prison. She pled guilty to the charges…

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Derby woman hits deer and motorcycle on I-93

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DERBY — A 56-year-old woman from Derby struck a deer on I-93 Monday afternoon, causing her vehicle to swerve and collide with a motorcycle. Police say that Cheryl Thwaite was traveling north on I-93 in the left travel lane near St. Johnsbury, when a deer ran in front of her vehicle. She swerved into the…

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Quebec court orders psychiatric exam for international police chase suspect

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SHERBROOKE, QC — Valentina Velasquez, 31, of Newport, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine her ability to face the charges against her in Canada, after she led police on an international chase that started in Derby, and ended near Coaticook, Quebec. The request for the evaluation came through her lawyer who was at the…

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Woman sends police on international chase after attempted burglary in Derby

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DERBY — A woman sent authorities on an international police chase this morning, after an attempted burglary in Derby. Police received a 911 call early this morning from the Derby Corner Mini Mart, located at 3131 US Route 5, reporting that a woman was attempting to break into the store with a long gun. Troopers…

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Newport man injured in crash on Darling Hill Road in Derby

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DERBY — A 41-year-old Newport man was taken to the hospital last night after his car hit a rock ledge on Darling Hill Road. Clinton Mihill, of Newport, was headed south in a 1987 Chevrolet truck, when he appeared to leave the road. Mihill hit a rock ledge head on. Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Fat Bike Demo Day coming to Derby

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DERBY — Think that cold weather is the end of bike riding season? Think again.The Village Bike Shop will be hosting a Demo Day on Sunday September 28, for all those riders who’d like to try a fat bike, mountain bike or even a cyclocross bike. It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new ride…

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A Split-Fire 3255 wood splitter like the one in this photo was taken from Taylor Rental Farm Yard Store in Derby on Wednesday.

Wood splitter stolen from Taylor Rental in Derby

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DERBY — Police are seeking information about a recent theft that took place at the Taylor Rental Farm Yard Store on Route 5 in Derby. On Wednesday, at around 5:45 a.m. police say that someone in an older style truck stole a Split-Fire wood splitter, model 3255. The subjects backed up to the wood splitter…

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Derby man pleads guilty in murder case

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NEWPORT — Peter Lavalette, the man accused of killing George Kouzoujian at his home in Westfield in June of 2013, has entered a guilty plea. Lavalette, 50, of Derby, was in Orleans County Superior Court on Wednesday, where he plead guilty to second-degree murder. State’s Attorney Alan Franklin reduced the charge from first-degree murder. A…

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Will Letendre coming through the finish line to win the Dirty 40 Road Race in Derby on Saturday.

Dirty 40 Road Race brings hundreds of cyclists to Derby

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All photos by Tanya Mueller [slideshow_deploy id=’4034′] DERBY — Around 400 cyclists from all over the U.S. and Canada made their way to Derby on Saturday morning to take part in the Dirty 40 Road Race. The Dirty 40 has been described as being more difficult than the Ironman, or, in comparison to other cycling…

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Vince Illuzzi’s cell phone lifted at McDonald’s in Derby

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DERBY — Vince Illuzzi, the well known lawyer and politician from Derby, is reported to have had his cell phone stolen while visiting McDonald’s on Thursday. Police are reporting that at around 3 p.m., Illuzzi was eating at the McDonald’s in Derby. At some point during his visit, his cell phone, an iPhone 5, was…

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Nobody injured in accident outside Shaw’s today

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DERBY — An accident took place today outside Shaw’s Supermarket in Derby at around 4 p.m. Police are reporting that Patricia Hodgdon, 55, of Derby, was attempting to make a left hand turn onto U.S. Route 5 from the Shaw’s Supermarket entrance, and failed to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle. Hodgdon, driving a…

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Louis Garneau factory opens in Derby

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DERBY — It’s been 30 years since Louis Garneau opened his first shop out of the garage of his parents house in Quebec. Now, after 25 years since opening the Louis Garneau USA factory in Newport, the company has officially opened their new facility in Derby. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was on hand in Derby…

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Crash in Newport Center leaves man with life-threatening injuries

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NEWPORT — A single vehicle crash in Newport Center yesterday evening left one man arrested for suspicion of DUI, and another taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for what authorities are describing as life-threatening injuries. Police say that Nick Brock, 26, of Newport Center suffered life-threatening injuries after a silver 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, being driven…

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