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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 2014 Jeep Compass, collided into the rear-end of a 1999 Chevy pickup truck being driven by Andy Rowell, 38, of Albany.

Rowell’s vehicle was traveling south on U.S. Route 5 at the time of the accident. There were no reported injuries.

Both vehicles were able to be driven away from the scene, with the Chevy sustaining rear-end damage, and the Jeep being damaged in the front-end.

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 on Friday to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new facility sits on a piece of land located on Route 5, that Garneau purchased in 2011. A little over a year since breaking ground, the new building, totaling 60,000 square feet, and representing an 8 million dollar investment, is complete.

The Derby facility will house the production, distribution, marketing, sales, and administration activities of Louis Garneau USA. It even has an exercise room available to all employees.

Garneau opened the old Newport factory in 1989, which consisted of only 12 employees.

“I especially want to thank my employees,” Louis Garneau said. “Thanks to their hard work over the years, we have outgrown our previous facility and had to build this new factory. I also want to give special thanks to my family, who supported me every step of the way, no matter the project.”

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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 by Cole Montague, 32, of Newport, left the roadway and rolled several times.

The accident took place on Searles Road in Newport Center, Saturday, at around 4:30 p.m.

According to the Vermont State Police, upon investigation of the crash, speed and alcohol appeared to be a factor.

Montague was treated at North Country Hospital for his injuries, and then transported to the Derby Barracks where he was processed for the offense.

There is no more information available at this time as to the nature or extent of Brock’s injuries.

Osteoporosis education and support group to start in September

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NEWPORT — Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom, a National Osteoporosis Foundation support group, has recently been established and meetings will begin next month. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The aim of the meetings is not only to provide a forum of support to those in the community with osteoporosis, but to provide the latest, most up-to-date information to anyone interested in learning more about osteoporosis, including young adults interested in prevention, family members of someone suffering from the disease, and the medical community as well.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It occurs when someone loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from simple actions, like sneezing or bumping into furniture.

Surprisingly, approximately 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. In fact, approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. It is a serious disease and one that often necessitates support from others.

Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom meetings will take place in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby (across from Price Chopper) on the first Saturday of most months at 1:00 p.m., beginning with the first meeting on September 6th.

The Community Room is a comfortable conference room with convenient parking. The meetings will run for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. The first half of the meeting will be educational with a speaker, followed by a break with refreshments.

The second part of the meeting will be a support group. Participants are welcome to attend just the first part or stay for the whole meeting.

There is an accomplished panel of guest speakers and medical specialists scheduled to present at the meetings on a number of osteoporosis related topics. A complete listing of meeting dates, topics, and speakers can be viewed at their website

It is anticipated that this will be a well-attended group and it is suggested that those who are interested in attending take a moment to register for a particular meeting with a topic of interest to them. Seating is limited. Registration can take place by phone, email, or on the website.

For more information, please contact founder and group coordinator, Mary King, RN, BSN. She can be reached by email at, or by phone (802) 535-2011 or visit the website at

Warden Jenna Reed recently was awarded with the 2014 Torch Award in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

Warden Jenna Reed wins 2014 Torch Award

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Warden Jenna Reed recently was awarded with the 2014 Torch Award in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
Warden Jenna Reed recently was awarded with the 2014 Torch Award in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

NEWPORT — Warden Jenna Reed of Newport was recently in Las Vegas to accept the 2014 Torch Award. The Torch Award is designed to acknowledge wardens with less than 5 years of service who demonstrate excellence in the field.

Presented annually to an officer from each region, the awards encourage the professional development of recently appointed officers.

Nominated by her peers, Reed was one of six recipients of the award, which is judged nationally.

Wardens, like Reed, work to find people lost or injured in the wilderness, help residents with rabid or dangerous animals, protect endangered wildlife, help biologists with research and management, and assist state and local police with general law enforcement.


All photos by Phil White.

Athletes swim, bike, and run their way through Kingdom Triathlon

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All photos by Phil White.
All photos by Phil White.

DERBY – They came from places like Utah, Texas, Connecticut, and Quebec, just to name a few, to take part in this year’s Kingdom Triathlon.

Saturday’s event saw contestants ranging in ages from 13 year old Kayla Audette of Northfield, doing the 1.75 mile swim in Seymour, to 75 year old Dominique Amyot, of Rivière du Loup, Quebec, doing the Ollie, a 1.75 mile swim, 15 mile bike, and a 10 K (6.2 mile) run/walk.

It was a perfect day from start to finish. The rain and thunderstorms held off until long after everyone had crossed the finish line.

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Petey Valentin posted his third consecutive win of The Sprint in a time of 1:21:08.

Home town girl Laurie Durivage, 50, of Derby, finished fastest woman in The Sprint with a time of 1:39:53.

Doing her fist ever triathlon, Mary Ellen Griffen, 48, of Danville, finished 4th among the women with a time of 1:54:18.

The Ollie set up a great horse race between Natalie Lang, 37, of Watertown, Mass, finishing with a time of 2:41:07, just 4 minutes ahead of Doreen Audette, 41 of Northfield.

The overall winner, running away from the field, was Craig Thomspon, 41, of Framingham, Mass, with a time to 2:25:23.

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Chuck Kreger, 45, of Salt Lake City, Utah, led from start to finish in the Aquaman, posting a time of 4:57:41.

Not far behind in the women’s division was, Elizabeth Campbell, 32, of Mystic, Connecticut, with a time of 5:14:00 and Deb Battaglia, 46, also of Salt Lake City, with a time of 5:23:57.

“I’m a triathlete who swam competitively in high school,” said Margaret Harlow, 22, of Austin, Texas. “I love the even-up distance of the swim in the Aquaman Triathlon.”

Margaret was fast out of Seymour, but her bike malfunctioned and she was forced to pull out, winning her a free entry to next year’s Aquaman Even-Up Triathlon. In good spirits, she stuck around for the award ceremony, and came back and did the run anyway, just for the fun of it.

Families running, biking, and swimming together has become one of the sleeper themes of this year’s Kingdom Games, and the Kingdom Triathlon was no exception. Many teams consisted of family members, and even a few couples took part in the challenge together.

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[VIDEO] Pickleball craze invades Derby Line this summer

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Newport Dispatch stopped by Baxter Park in Derby Line to talk with Al Loukes of Derby, and find out more about pickleball. Please watch the video above.

DERBY LINE — If you drove past Baxter Park in Derby Line this summer, you may have noticed that the tennis courts are often packed with a group of people playing something other than tennis. You my have wondered what that new racquet sport going on in Derby Line is all about.

Well, it’s actually an old sport that is experiencing a revival, and it’s called pickleball.

Think badminton, combined with tennis and ping-pong, and you’ll get the idea.

The ball, a Wiffle ball, is served underhand from behind the baseline, diagonally to the opponent’s service zone. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults, very similar to tennis.

The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least two points wins.

Al Loukes, of Derby, is responsible for promoting the sport locally. The village trustees in Derby Line approved his request to paint pickleball lines within the existing tennis lines at Baxter Park. Derby has also recently agreed to paint pickleball lines within the tennis courts.

Loukes is always looking to share the sport with others. Contact him at 802-334-5475. The group usually plays Monday and Wednesday morning.

Newport man killed in motorcycle crash in Derby

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DERBY — A 50-year-old resident of Newport was fatally injured on I-91 in Derby last night, after his motorcycle struck another vehicle from behind.

Authorities are saying that Gaetan Delabruere was traveling southbound on I-91 near mile marker 171/55 at around 5:50 p.m., when he struck the right rear corner of a 2011 Subaru Outback, being driven by Joseph Gresser, 65, of Stannard.

Vermont State Police began investigating the crash, and are reporting that Gresser was traveling at around 60 to 65 miles per hour when the motorcycle, a 2003 Yamaha FJR, collided with his vehicle.

According to a statement by police, after impact Delabruere was separated from the motorcycle and slid down the roadway until colliding with a set of guardrails.

The motorcycle slid off the west side of the roadway, and Gresser came to a controlled stop in the passing lane.

The crash is still under investigation, however, police say that the initial investigation revealed that it was raining and the road was wet at the time, with speed and visibility appearing to be factors in the tragic crash.

The Subaru only had minor rear-end damage as a result of the collision, and it appears Gresser was uninjured.

VIDEO: NBC’s “Meet the Press” features Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” aired a segment on the possibility of Vermont exploring a Canadian-style health care reform.

The segment was part of the “Meeting America” series, and NBC correspondent Kevin Tibbles talked with residents of Derby and Derby Line. Featured in the segment were locals Buzzy Roy, Steven Wheeler, Jerry Schneider.

If you missed the segment on Sunday, please watch below:

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Derby Line Community Day to take place August 9

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Derby Line Vermont Community Day

DERBY LINE — The second Saturday of August is upon us, and that means it’s time to come up to Derby Line. The 13th annual Derby Line Community Day and Village Wide Yard sale will be held on August 9.

The event is an old style community day with free music, entertainment, activities from the Montshire Museum and Northwoods Stewardship Center, demonstrations, an antique car show, face painting, bounce houses/inflatable slides for all ages, Disney princesses, Star Wars stormtrooper, and fireworks at dusk.

There will also be lots of vendors to shop from and bingo at the village hall.

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In 2001, Community National Bank celebrated their 160th anniversary by hosting a community day in the town where they opened their first branch, Derby Line.

The village thought the first community day was quite a success and every year since then, they have hosted the Derby Line Community Day and Village Wide Yard Sale in Baxter Park every second Saturday of August.

The community day is organized by volunteers and is funded by generous donations from the Village of Derby Line, Town of Derby and via numerous donations from local businesses.

For all the info about the community day, visit

Newport Area Community Orchestra kicks back into gear with fall rehearsals


NEWPORT — The Newport Area Community Orchestra is ready to begin their fall rehearsals, starting Tuesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Parish on Main Street in Derby Line.

The orchestra will begin preparing the music for their fall concert which will take place November 1, 2014 at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport.

The concert will include the following music:

Concerto for Harp by Handel (Abigail Stockman, soloist)
Concertino for Horns and Orchestra by Witt (Marc Semprebon, Ros Semprebon, and Anna Shelow, soloists)
Nocture for Cello and Orchestra by Tchaikovsky (Thurmond Knight, soloist)
Haydn Symphony No. 100.

This concert will feature the largest orchestra since the orchestra’s inception in February 2011. They will have around 34 members for the concert.

Music Director Ken Michelli, is reminding everyone that anyone is welcome to join in.

If interested, contact them through their webpage at: or call 802-766-3021

Fred’s Plumbing and Heating in Derby catches fire

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DERBY — Fred’s Plumbing and Heating in Derby had its offices struck by lightning during the thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon, causing the building to go up in flames.

There was a tower on the building that fell during the blaze, which almost hit a Newport City firetruck.

Fire crews from the surrounding areas, including Stanstead, Quebec, were called onto the scene.

These images from the fire were sent in by Margarita Brown:

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The following image was taken by Becky Deyo:

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The following photo by Rachel Laplume:

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Dollar Tree being sued for selling jewelry with toxic amounts of lead at Derby/Newport store

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DERBY — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has filed suit against Dollar Tree, for violating a 2010 settlement with the State to stop selling jewelry.

The settlement resolved claims that Dollar Tree sold products containing high amounts of toxic lead and cadmium in violation of Vermont law, and was intended to protect Vermont’s children from exposure to those and other toxic substances.

According to the State’s Consumer Protection Complaint, Dollar Tree violated a provision in the 2010 settlement prohibiting it from selling any items “commonly understood to be jewelry,” by subsequently selling over 30,000 individual items of jewelry, including rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces through its stores in Barre, Bennington, Burlington, Derby/Newport, and Rutland.

The Complaint noted that there was a growing awareness in the United States that many consumer products imported from China and other countries contained toxic substances, especially children’s products, including children’s jewelry.

This awareness led to the passage of federal and state laws regulating the sale of products containing certain toxins, and to law enforcement actions against the companies that sold the products to consumers.

The Complaint also states that lead and other toxics have recently been found in children’s products which, like the ones sold by Dollar Tree, were made of plastic, and that although Dollar Tree routinely requires the testing of products it purchases for resale to consumers, its testing protocol does not ensure that all items of jewelry sold in its stores are free of toxic substances.

When children put the tainted plastic products into their mouths, they are exposed to lead entering their bloodstream. Even at low levels, this can cause learning problems, behavior issues, lower IQ, hyperactivity, hearing problems, and anemia.

The State is seeking a court order barring Dollar Tree from offering or selling any items of jewelry in Vermont; appropriate relief to affected Vermont consumers; civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation of the Consumer Protection Act; and the award of investigative and litigation costs and fees.

Orleans man airlifted to hospital after crash in Derby this morning

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DERBY — An Orleans man was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a single vehicle crash on Vermont Route 191 this morning that took place in Derby.

Police are saying that the driver has been identified as Joshua McAllister, age 24, of Orleans.

At 9:50 a.m., Vermont State Police arrived at the scene of the crash. According to a statement issued by police, McAllister was transported to North Counrty Hospital with major injuries.

McAllister was later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock via D.A.R.T helicopter for further care. The crash is still under investigation.

According to an eyewitness account, McAllister’s vehicle, a 2005 Subaru Legacy, was off the road, flipped over on its roof. Police have said that the car was totaled.

We will update this story as more information is released.

Derby apartment raided, stolen items recovered

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DERBY — On Tuesday, authorities executed a search warrant at an apartment in Derby, which resulted in the recovery of several stolen items.

Police are saying that Maria Chagnon, 24, was issued a citation for possession of stolen property following the search at her apartment, located on Hinman Settler Road, in Derby.

The search warrant was issued for stolen property as a result of a lengthy investigation. During the search numerous stolen items from a local burglary were recovered.

Vermont State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Department of Fish and Game all took part in the raid.

The investigation is ongoing.

All photos courtesy of Phil White.

Runners exercise freedom in this year’s Harry Corrow Freedom Run

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All photos courtesy of Phil White.
All photos courtesy of Phil White.

NEWPORT — This year’s Harry Corrow Freedom Run raised $355 to be split evenly between the Gardner Park Restoration Project and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation.

Stan Walden, 20, from St. Johnsbury, “took home the jerky,” and the top honors this year with a blistering time of 1:09:22 in the ten mile run along the Newport / Derby Bike Path, and along the trails of the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation. A cedarwood “woodal” and a big bag of Breault’s Beef Jerky were his prize.

Close behind in the men’s division were Bruce Schlatter, 49 of Victoria, BC, at 1:10:49, and Matt Breton, 36, of West Charleston, at 1:12:56. They also claimed a bag of jerky for their speed as did all of those who placed in the three races.

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Leading the women in the 10 mile course was Liba Hladek, 49, of East Thetford, with a time of 1:21:50, followed by Lindsey Owen, 30 of Montpelier, at 1:23:17, and Haley Joseph, 52, of Coventry at 1:25:47.

Erin Gallant, 50, of Newport, was the overall winner of the 10K division with a time of 1:01:10.

Mike Moore, 43, of East Haven, led the men with a time of 1:12:15.

The best race of the day had to be the 5K run, with Maggie Auger, 12, of Franklin, IN, winning first place overall by a nose ahead of her cousin David Auger, 17, of Lake St. Louis. MO.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing how many families were participating in the Freedom Run. In addition to The Auger Family, The Waldens of St. Johnsbury, the Luciers, of Woodstock, GA, the Burroughs, of East Montepelier, the Farnhams of Plainfield, the Comes of Newport, the Maurices of Newport, as well as Stan Chop, 64, of Newport, running the 10K with his daughter, Kathryn Nicolai, 30, from Yorktown, VA, all participated.

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The youngest runner of the day was Eoin Comes, age four, of Newport, running with his dad in the 5K.

The Freedom Run lived up to its name when several runners chose mid-course to switch it up from the 10K to the 10 Mile course.

“I got through the woods and back to the bike path,” Mary Jo Frawley, of Newport said. “I was feeling great, so I went right instead of left, did the 10 miles, and paid the extra $15 when I got back.

At least three other runners made the same mid-course correction.

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Homes in Derby and Troy burglarized on Tuesday

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DERBY — Two homes were burglarized in Orleans county on Tuesday. Both break-ins occurred during the daytime, but police have not yet said if the crimes appear to be committed by the same subjects.

Police are saying that during the day on Tuesday, unknown subjects entered a residence located at 25 Derby Pond Road, in Derby. Lori Collins, the victim of the crime, discovered that the subjects stole a 48 inch 3D flat screen TV, an older style air conditioner, a PS 3 and accessories, and 5 WII games.

Police responded to another break-in later in the day.

Roland Mayhew, of Troy, called police to report a burglary on the Loop Road, in Troy. The break-in occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the Derby State Police Barracks at 334-8881.

Derby man found dead after police respond to a fight in Newport

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NEWPORT — A Derby man was found dead in Newport on Saturday after police were called out to the scene regarding a fight.

On July 5, at approximately 1:27 p.m., the Vermont State Police in Derby received several 911 calls regarding the fight at 123 Lake Road in Newport. Members from the Vermont State Police, Newport Police Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol were dispatched immediately.

Upon arrival officials found Isaac Hunt, 35, of Derby, deceased.

At the request of the Newport Police Department, members of the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to investigate the incident. Hunt’s body was transported to the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Police are saying that there were three people involved in the altercation, and that they are interviewing them as they continue to investigate Hunt’s death. No names have been released as of yet.

The Vermont State Police have assumed primary in the investigation in conjunction with Newport Police Department. Investigators are working closely with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.

At this time there is no indication of an increased risk to public safety.

No other information is available at this time, but authorities are saying that more information will be released in the coming days.

Echo Lake Road Race and Lake Region Century Ride to continue

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DERBY — The Echo Lake Road Race and the (Claussen) Lake Region Century Ride, will continue thanks to an agreement between Orleans County Citizen Advocacy and Kingdom Games.

“We had had some operational issues, some decreasing participation, and shrinking revenues,” said Board President Ann Stannard of OCCA. “We had not planned to run these events this year. Then we decided to ask Phil White of Kingdom Games if he was interested in taking over these events and he agreed.”

Kingdom Games will be donating 20 percent of all registration fees related to these two events to OCCA and facilitating additional fundraising to support its mission.

“Connie Daigle is one of my heroes. She quietly, and without fanfare, helped start OCCA back in 1989,” Phil White said. “When I knew she was behind the request, there was no way I could say no.”

The Echo Lake Road Race will be run on Saturday August 23. The run and walk will be held in the morning. The double loop bike event will be held in the afternoon.

Plans are in the works for an all new swim on Echo Lake on Sunday, August 24, for the benefit of the Echo Lake Association. Taken altogether, participants will have the opportunity to enter just one event or do all three as a staged triathlon.

“One of the things that makes this weekend very exciting is the opportunity to partner with Tom Wagner and The Echo Lake Association on Sunday’s swim,” White added. “Echo is a great body of pristine water. Sunday’s Echo Lake Swim should be wonderful on its own. And, it means that the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association is now able to offer fifteen swims in the legendary lakes of Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, over the course of the summer.”

Kingdom Triathlon is now able to expand its multi-sport offerings with this staged triathlon. They now include, The Willoughby Tri on July 26, Aquaman and Ollie Even-Up and Sprint on August 2, and Echo Lake Stage Tri on August 23-24.

As to the Lake Region Century Ride, it will be incorporated into the Tour de Kingdom’s five-day Fall Foliage Tour which will offer a Double Century Gran Fondo timed event on the weekend of September 27 and 28, as well as shorter, more leisurely options that are so well liked.

On line registration for Echo Lake Road Race and Swim will be open soon at

Online registration for the Tour de Kingdom Fall Foliage Tour, including the Lake Region Century Ride, is now open at

For more info contact or by phone at 802-249-9100.

Motorcycle collides with trailer on Beebe Road in Derby

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DERBY — A motorcycle collided with a trailer in Derby on Friday morning, leaving a man with minor injuries and damage to his bike.

Kevin Renaudette, 32, of Beebe Plain, Vermont, was riding his 1994 Harley-Davidson on the Beebe Road in Derby, when he struck a utility trailer that was being pulled by Gareld Burnor, 69, of Newport.

According to police, Burnor had been backing up the trailer in the south bound lane of travel, when Renaudette, who was also traveling south on the Beebe Road, collided with it.

Although Renaudette only suffered minor injuries, his bike had damage to the front brakes, rims, windshield, forward controls, handlebars, clutch, and saddlebags.

The trailer had damage to the left wheel and fender.

Burnor was ticketed for backing up the south bound lane of travel in an unsafe manner, interfering with traffic.

The accident took place at 8:39 a.m.

Two-vehicle crash outside Shaw’s this afternoon

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DERBY — Two vehicles sustained damage and had to be towed from the scene of an accident on U.S. Route 5 in Derby this afternoon.

Natasha Tynio, 21, of West Charleston, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer while exiting the parking lot of Shaw’s supermarket located off Route 5.

According to police, Susan Johns, of Newport, was driving a 2007 Suzuki SX4 south on Route 5 when her right turn signal accidentally activated.

Tynio failed to yield right-of-way to Johns when entering the intersection, attempting to make a left hand turn.

The collision occurred in the southbound lane of U.S. Route 5.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Ray’s Auto out of Newport.

Both Tynio and Johns were wearing their seatbelts and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Water system upgrade underway in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — The water system upgrade that voters in both Derby Line and Derby voted to bond for in January has been underway over the past few weeks. The project was needed because there was not enough water flow to aggressively fight a fire at the Derby Elementary School if one ever broke out.

At a meeting last Tuesday, the trustees reported that the project is going great and residents are happy with the way the construction is going.

The Elm Street paving will take place after the water project in that area has been completed.

In January, voters in Derby voted to borrow $410,000 needed to help split the cost with the village of Derby Line for the new waterline to the Derby Elementary School. The town agreed to contribute to the cost of the new waterline extension because it was a safety issue.

The village of Derby Line voted to bond for the $1.2 million needed for the entire cost of the project.

The average Derby Line resident pays about $370 per year for water. The village portion of the annual loan payment will be around $53,000, increasing the water rate an extra $85 dollars per year.

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Derby woman arrested for domestic assault and resisting arrest

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DERBY — A 27-year-old woman from Derby was arrested early this morning after police received a report of a domestic disturbance. The woman is reported to have kicked officers while they attempted to place her under arrest.

Police arrived at the scene and met with the victim at around 12:30 a.m. They observed bite marks and cuts on the victim and obtained a statement advising Nicole Columbia had bit the victim in the arm and punched the victim in the face several times.

Upon waiting for her to return, police observed Columbia drive into a parking lot from off U.S. Route 5. When speaking with her, police say that the odor of intoxicants was detected and field sobriety exercises were issued.

After completing field sobriety tests, Columbia was informed she was being placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and Domestic Assault.

According to police she became upset when troopers tried to explain the situation and even attempted to leave. They are also saying that Columbia began kicking the troopers and thrashing her body.

She was taken into custody and transported to the Derby Barracks, where she was processed for DUI, Resisting Arrest, and Domestic Assault.

She is being held at Northern State Correctional Facility on lack of $750.00 cash or surety bond, and is scheduled to appear in Orleans County Court on June 10, 2014.

Derby man crashes into utility pole and flees the scene on foot

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DERBY — A 29-year-old Derby man was arrested Monday evening after his vehicle collided with a telephone pole outside the entrance of the Derby Trailer Park.

Following the crash, Tyrell Sykes was charged with Driving While License Suspended, Careless and Negligent Operation, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The incident took place at around 5 p.m.

Police were first informed of a black car driving erratically on I-91 in the Coventry/Derby area after someone following behind called police to report that they had seen a black car drive off the interstate several times, colliding with several guard rails.

The driver was able to get the vehicle, a Ford Fusion, back onto the road each time he drove off. The driver who called police continued to follow the car, staying on the phone with them and relaying information regarding the location of the vehicle.

The driver followed as the black car got off I-91 at Exit 28 in Derby, traveling on US Route 5 toward Derby Center. Outside the Derby Trailer Park, the vehicle again traveled off the road, this time striking a telephone pole.

The driver then fled the scene on foot, running behind the Champlain Equipment store.

Shortly after the crash, Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene. Sykes was taken into custody by Deputy Kyle Ingalls, after he was located running near the wood line off the west side of the Beebe Road.

Sykes required medical treatment for injuries relating to the crash. Newport Ambulance was called to transport him to North Country Hospital.

The utility pole at the entrance of the Derby Trailer Park sustained extensive damage and will need to be replaced.

Walmart could be open in Derby by November 2015

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DERBY — The Walmart Superstore that Burlington developer Jeff Davis has been trying to bring to Derby just got one step closer. On Thursday, Davis filed an application for site plan approval with the town. Davis would like to see the store open by November 2015.

Davis’s Company, Shattuck Hill Investments, owns 17.64 acres between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill Road, the site of the proposed Walmart. An access road between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill would have to be built if the project goes forward.

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The store is estimated to cost around $16.75 million to develop, with a footprint of 160,000-square-feet, and 75 feet tall. The parking lot is estimated to hold 657 vehicles.

Walmart Supercenters are hypermarkets that stock everything a Walmart discount store does, and also include a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry. The Derby store would also have a garden center, pet shop, and pharmacy.

Hypermarkets, like other big-box stores, typically have business models focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. They generally have more than 200,000 different brands of merchandise available at any one time.

It’s expected that the store would create 260 new jobs. The people of Derby and Newport in 2010 voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Walmart.

According to a traffic study submitted by Davis, on a regular weekday, the site would see an increase of about 6,000 vehicles. This would result in the need for traffic signals and turning lanes to be built at the Route 5 entrance to the parking lot.

Davis has said that he is willing to pay for this, as well as partially pay for traffic signals to be installed at the entrance onto Route 5, coming off of I-91

Dunkin’ Donuts seeking site plan approval in Derby

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DERBY — The Town of Derby Planning Commission will host a public meeting on Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. to consider two proposals from businesses that want to build in Derby.

One is Dunkin’ Donuts, the other is a financial institution.

Applying for approval under the business name Abbott Equities, the site plans include a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant that will seat 28 people. The location of the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts would be at 4584 Route 5. See the map below:

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The other proposal that will be considered at the public meeting comes from Yankee Farm Credit.

The company plans to open a branch on Commerce Way in Derby.

Austin Giroux, third place male overall and winner in the 12 and under category on the 10K course. All photos courtesy of Phil White.

Runners gather for the 6th annual Dandelion Run

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Austin Giroux, third place male overall and winner in the 12 and under category on the 10K course. All photos courtesy of Phil White.
Austin Giroux, third place male overall and winner in the 12 and under category on the 10K course. All photos courtesy of Phil White.

DERBY — With a tornado warning passing the night before, and rains letting up just one hour prior to the start, nothing was going to get in the way of another successful Dandelion Run. This year marked the 6th time the annual event has taken place.

On Saturday, runners from age 6 to 70 took to the back roads of Derby, Holland, and Morgan. This year the youth let their feet do the talking as they laid down some strong times. The two person Falcon relay team of Andrew Franklin, 17, of Newport, and Travers Parsons-Grayson, 17, of Lowell, set the fastest time of the day, finishing the half marathon course in a time of 1:22:56. 

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This year’s solo winner was Chip Pierce, 53, of Newport. Pierce posted a winning time of 1:27:13.

The overall female winner was Janelle Ralph, 32 of Gold Hill, OR, with a time of 1:39:13. Vermont is the 43rd state in which she and her husband, Benjamin Ralph, have run a half marathon. She even wore bib number 43 as she posted her winning time.

Four youth took on the half marathon distance as solo runners, led by Sophia Webb, 16, of Hinesburg, with a time of 1:49:40. Sophia has been running the half marathon as a solo each year since she was 12. She says the Dandelion Run is her favorite course.  

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Leading the boys was Andreya Zvonar, 15, of Boston, MA, with a time of 1:50:58.  Andreya and his 23 year old brother, Ivan, ran solo as their parents teamed up for a two person relay.

Elena Doty, 16, of Westford, came in second among the girls and third among the youth with a time of 1:58:43. Rounding out the youth, Daniel Bevacqui, 14, of Fayston, posted a very respectable time of 2:09:06. 

The 10 K course was flooded with youth relay teams from Troy, Newport, Brighton, and Derby Elementary School, as well as relay teams posted by North Country Union Junior High, and Turning Points. 

All in all, there were 22 youth relay teams competing in the 10K course, with just about 100 youth running either solo, in relays, on both courses.


Music at each of the relay stations and throughout the weekend was made possible by the support of Newport City Renaissance Corporation.

Over $1,000 was raised to support Umbrella and $94 was raised for the Christian Vachon Foundation from Canadian registrations. 

Runners travelled from California, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and all over Vermont. International runners came down from Quebec City, Montreal, and the Eastern Townships.

Field Marshall Kristian Pearson and a core staff of Peter Channell, Faith Landry, Howie Lockamy, worked the event with the help of over 30 volunteers and 15 youth chaperones, who made this year’s Dandelion Run possible. 

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Derby Line Man Cited in Manure Truck Crash in Derby

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DERBY — According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the driver of the manure truck that crashed in Derby on Thursday morning is facing charges for leaving the scene of the accident.

In a release issued by police, Jason Jewer, 33, of Derby Line, was issued a citation to appear in court on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving while his license was suspended.

Police are also saying that Jewer was treated and released from North Country Hospital for a concussion he suffered as a result of the accident.

The 1994 Western Star manure truck was carrying a load of liquid manure that spilled after the truck rolled over at around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday. The accident happened on Elm Street, near the Beebe Road in Derby. There have been three similar accidents involving commercial trucks in the last two years in this location, due to the steepness of the hill.

Manure and diesel fuel spread downhill toward a waterway that runs along Beebe Road, reaching a local driveway and lawn in the process. The spill had to be dammed up with dirt that was brought in.

The Derby Line Fire Department worked with the Agency of Natural Resources and a hazardous materials team to control the spill.

Manure truck crash in Derby causes spill, driver flees the scene

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DERBY — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the driver of a truck carrying liquid manure that crashed Thursday morning on Elm Street in Derby, just up the road from the intersection with Beebe Road.

The driver fled the scene, and has yet to be located by police.

According to a press release issued on Thursday, police are following a possible lead in the case, but are not able to locate the suspect. They are not saying that they have identified anyone involved, just that they are searching for someone they think may be to blame.

The vehicle, a 1994 Western Star manure truck, was owned by Gray’s Farms. It was carrying a load of liquid manure that spilled after the truck rolled over.

Manure and diesel fuel spread downhill toward a small waterway that runs along Beebe Road, reaching a local driveway and lawn in the process. The spill had to be dammed up with dirt that was brought in.

Area firefighters worked with a hazardous materials team to control the spill.

Authorities are asking that anyone who has any information regarding the accident contact the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at 802-334-3333.

Three Charged for Assault Outside Troy General Store Plead Not Guilty

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NEWPORT — Three men who were charged in an assault that took place outside the Troy General store on March 6, were in court on Tuesday. All three pled innocent to the charges.

Jonathan J. Degre, 19, of Newport Center, pled innocent to a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Casey Wheeler, 38, of Derby, and Daniel Beaumont, 25, of Newport, each pled innocent to aggravated assault and disorderly conduct by fighting.
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Domenic’s Story: Helping to Build a Digitally Literate Community

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DERBY — When Hurricane Sandy hit in October of 2012, Domenic Laurenzi lost everything. For nearly a month he found himself living in his car. He was working for someone who flat out refused to pay him, and finally the heater in his car went out. He spent the next five days grinding it out, sleeping in the cold, and trying to decide what to do.

Originally from Long Island, Domenic had family living in the Newport area, and he had spent some time here earlier, studying massage therapy at the Community College of Vermont. When the program was dropped, he went back to New York.

Sick of sleeping in his car, Domenic called a relative and asked if he could come back up to Vermont. They were happy to help. On November 17, 2012, Domenic was back in the area, and he immediately decided to continue his studies at CCV. He switched his major to Business.

It was a difficult start for Domenic, but he never let the obstacles he had to face get in his way. As the new guy in town from the big city, he persevered. He has gone on not only to excel as a student, but to give back to the community that welcomed him in.

photoDomenic now runs a digital literacy program offered through the state of Vermont, where he provides free computer help to anyone visiting the library during designated hours. Anyone needing assistance can make an appointment, or just come in during the hours that Domenic is there. He can help you with the most basic issues, or tackle more technical problems if needed.

“It all started at CCV,” Domenic said. “I was taking a class that needed an internship, and it just so happened that the libraries needed someone to help them with their computers.”

The internship led to the digital literacy grant, which has been recognized as a huge success.

“Once the grant went through, and the state saw that people were utilizing this system that was put in place, that people were learning and benefiting from it, they decided to keep it going through July of 2014.”

While offering his services, Domenic has seen the full spectrum of computer related issues pass through the program.

“Things have ranged. From the most basic steps like how to use a tablet, to just the other day I helped someone set up a mobile hot spot from his Samsung Galaxy phone.”

Coming from New York, there are things about the area that have been a bit foreign to Domenic, but he has embraced most of it.

“Everything is so different up here,” he said. “Coming from New York, I’m used to being able to get anything I want, anytime of day. But, it’s absolutely beautiful, and there is no traffic up here which is nice.”

The computer help Domenic provides is available for anyone who needs it, and with the extension, Domenic encourages anyone who needs his services to come out to the library during the following hours:

The Goodrich Memorial Library

Monday – 10:00 to 12:30
Thursday – 3:00 to 5:00

The Dailey Memorial Library
Tuesday – 10:00 to 12:00
Saturday – 1:00 to 3:00

The Haskell Library
Thursday – 12:00 to 2:30
Saturday – 10:00 to 12:30

Domenic will graduate from CCV this summer, and although he will not continue on with the digital literacy program, it will most likely continue past July.

[AUDIO STORY] Discovering Mary Cofran with the Derby Historical Society Museum

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Newport Dispatch came out to the old-fashioned Christmas celebration at the Derby Historical Society Museum, and put together this audio story, where we learn about a resident of Derby who in 1940 drew a series of prints on muslin cloth of local buildings. It was like stepping back into 1940. To listen, press play below.

Please enjoy the photography below while you listen. All photos by Tanya Mueller.











Snowmobiling is Alive and Kicking in the Northeast Kingdom

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DERBY — Every few years it happens that hunting season ends on Sunday, and snowmobiling season begins on Monday. With hunting season over, yesterday was the first day the trails were officially open. The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, which serves 62 miles of trail in the Derby, Holland, and Morgan area, spent opening day out on the trail with their groomer, getting ready for what should be a great season.

“We haven’t sent our groomer out on the first day of the season in a few years,” Roger Gosselin, Vice President of the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, said Monday night. “So, we’re off to a great start. The temperatures are down and the snow is here.”

Gosselin started maintaining the trail on Monday using the tracks of the groomer to pack down the snow that has accumulated. It froze overnight, and should provide a good base.

The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club out packing snow on Monday in the Holland area. All photos courtesy of Roger Gosselin.
The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club out packing snow on Monday in the Holland area. All photos courtesy of Roger Gosselin.

For snowmobile trails, a snow grooming machine works by pulling what is called a “drag,” behind it. However, at the start of the season, you have to make sure the conditions are right before using it.

“You usually don’t bring the drag out first because you don’t want to literally drag the snow off,” Gosselin said. “At the start of the season, what you want to do is just pack the existing snow down. Once you have a well established trail, then the drag works really well.”

The rule is that you need a four inch base of packed snow to start snowmobiling. Currently, parts of the local network at higher elevations have that already. Gosselin believes that all the early signs indicate that this year should be a good season.

“The upper elevation areas of the trails are open, but they are hard to get to,” he said. “Give us a couple of days. We’re supposed to get more snow, and that will put most areas into better shape.”

Snowmobiling in the area has recently had some bad press, being called a “dying sport,” by a local paper. For Gosselin, and many who have been involved in the sport for nearly a lifetime, statements like that are the result of not looking at the big picture.

“First of all, snowmobiling is a large part of our economy. Yes, some years are better than others, but, if you go through and look at the trends over the years, a few bad years are generally followed by great seasons.”

The groomer owned by the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club based out of Derby, out on the trail packing snow on opening day.
The groomer owned by the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club based out of Derby, out on the trail packing snow on opening day.

When it comes to the sport of snowmobiling in the area, Gosselin has paid his dues. He has been involved as a director of the Drift Dusters since 2003, having previously held the position of president for the maximum term of four years, and served as vice president off and on since.

The Drift Dusters are also one of the top clubs in the state. Started in 1970, the group usually has between 800 and 1100 members. In August they were awarded the Vermont Snowmobile Club of the Year. Previously they have won awards for best groomed, and best signed trails.

“This year it was a combination of good grooming, good signing, and a social media presence that is much more active than other groups in the state,” Gosslin said. “It was a big achievement for us.”

Gosselin also serves as the website administrator for the Drift Dusters. Their website was one of the first ever to sell trail passes through the internet. He has been working to creatively engage snowmobile enthusiasts online, as well as keep everyone informed of trail conditions through the website and social networks. Through Twitter, he even started an account for the Drift Dusters’s groomer.

Gosselin, along with Scott Jenness, who serves as president of the club, working with all the club’s directors, have made the 62 miles of track they maintain a spot that brings in riders from all over New England.

For more information about the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, visit them online. If you are on Twitter, you can follow the club at: @DriftDustersSC and at

Below is a killer promotional video that the club put out, which just goes to show that snowmobiling is not a dying sport. It is alive and well, and with the season underway, and clubs like the Drift Dusters working hard to keep the trails maintained, Newport Dispatch hopes all riders have a safe and fun winter.

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