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Gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist touring Orleans County on Friday

in Glover/Greensboro/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist will be touring Orleans County this Friday.

She will be at the Eastside in Newport from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at Parker Pie in West Glover from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., and at the Highland Lodge in Greensboro from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

These events are open to the public and organizers say all are welcome.
 
Hallquist, the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, has said that her number one campaign issue is rural economic development.

She also says she advocates for a strong social safety net for Vermonters, universal healthcare, universal broadband, and a $15 minimum wage.
 
“We encourage everyone to come and meet Christine and learn more about what she can do to support the Northeast Kingdom,” said Mimi Smyth, chair of the Orleans County Democratic Committee.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra fall tour coming to Derby Line, Greensboro

DERBY LINE — Kicking off the start to another colorful Vermont autumn, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will be traveling across the state beginning Sept. 27 to celebrate the many sounds and sights of the season.

The ​Made in Vermont Statewide Tour​ will reach six communities throughout the state, sharing well-loved classics as well as an original, unconventional collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.

The tour will reach Orleans County with a visit to the Haskell Opera House on September 30, and the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, on October 7.

The Made in Vermont Statewide Tour will surprise and delight attendees this fall as the VSO welcomes trumpets, timpani, and film to the stage.

Following another successful year of collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, a world premiere composition by the VSO’s Matthew LaRocca will accompany filmmaker Robin Starbuck’s “How We See Water,” making for an unforgettable multisensory experience.

Internationally-renowned violinist Soovin Kim will both conduct the orchestra ensemble and lead listeners through Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1, opening each of the tour’s performances.

Kim is noted as an active recording artist who is dedicated to the Vermont arts community, having spent 5 years playing in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and founding the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

Local barns and historic sites benefit from state grants

in Brownington/Essex County/Greensboro/Island Pond

BROWNINGTON — Governor Phil Scott recognized the recipients of 16 State Historic Preservation Grants and 17 Barn Preservation Grants at a ceremony held at the State House Thursday.

Three of the recipients are located in Orleans County.

Greensboro Barn – $15,000

This large distinctive barn sits on 15.9 acres and was constructed between 1880 and 1900. The upper level is used as a gallery and studio space that is widely visited by the public between May and October. The barn also houses a seasonal farm stand. The south side of the roof was replaced with standing seam metal in 2016 with the help of a matching grant. This second grant will support re-roofing of the north side of the barn.

Grand Trunk Railway Station, Brighton (Island Pond) – $20,000

Built in 1903-1904 in the center of Island Pond, this station was originally used for passenger service before being converted to freight crew and maintenance quarters; it was abandoned in the 1980s. The railroad donated the building to the Town of Brighton in 1990, and it is currently leased to several tenants, including a local bank, police department, and Island Pond Historical Society. Grant funds will offset the costs of replacing building’s failing asphalt-shingled roof.

Eaton House at Old Stone House Museum, Brownington – $14,000

This late Federal-style house was built by Cyrus Eaton, a trustee of the Orleans County Grammar School. It was acquired by the Old Stone House Museum in 1971 for its administrative offices and is now used for collections storage and as the library/research center. This is one of seven buildings owned and maintained by the museum. A matching grant will allow the museum to replace the building’s wood-shingled roof with historically appropriate wood shakes.

“Vermont’s vibrant and rich history is directly linked to the vitality and success of our future,” said Scott. “By investing in our historic buildings, we are acknowledging they remain the cornerstones of our communities and culture. Just as importantly, we are putting people to work restoring our past and creating new opportunities for the next generation of Vermonters.”

Vermont tree farmers of the year to host farm tour in Greensboro

in Greensboro

GREENSBORO — David and Jenny Stoner, the 2017 Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, will be hosting a farm tour on Saturday, August 12.

The Stoner Family Tree Farm is a 361-acre farm in Greensboro. The event begins at 8:30 a.m., with a welcome at 9 a.m.

The tours depart at 9:30 a.m.

The Stoners have implemented a variety of habitat management practices. They have been an educational asset and role model to their community.

This tour will be on easy to moderate terrain with trails.

The tour is $20 for adults and $10/child 14 and younger.

Book discussion at Greensboro Library to take place on June 28

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GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Free Library will host a book discussion of Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro, on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m., at the Greensboro Free Library, 53 Wilson Street, in Greensboro.

The discussion will be led by Stefani Cravedi.

The book is the story of Del Jordan, a young Canadian girl growing up in rural Ontario in the 1940s. It follows her through the carelessness of childhood, uneasy adolescence, the sexual awakening and joy of womanhood.

She is surrounded by women — her mother, an agnostic, opinionated woman who sells encyclopedias to local farmers; her mother’s boarder, the lusty Fern Dogherty; and her best friend, Naomi.

Del explores the dark and brigh sides of womanhood as she grows up.

The book is a statement of political as well as artistic intent.

The public is invited to discuss it with others and learn about the problems of growing up in a rural town of the 1940s.

Lives of Girls and Women is available at the library. Call Librarian Mary Metcalf at (802) 533-2531 for more information.

Kehler Brothers of Jasper Hill purchase and conserve 51 acres

in Greensboro

GREENSBORO — Brothers Andy and Mateo Kehler purchased 51 acres in Greensboro and conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust as part of their effort to expand their cheese businesses at the Cellars at Jasper Hill.

Andy and Mateo started Jasper Hill Farm in 2003, milking 15 heifers in an old tie-stall barn. Thirteen years later, their small dairy has grown into a cheese-making phenomenon, with 85 employees, and millions of dollars in sales both nationally and internationally.

The farm has a herd of about 45 Ayrshire cows that graze the fields in warmer months. An onsite creamery produces Bayley Hazen Blue, Moses Sleeper and Winnimere cheeses from this herd, which is aged—along with cheese from herds on other Vermont dairies—at the state-of-the-art cheese caves built in 2008.

The caves, known as the Cellars at Jasper Hill, are currently at 70 percent capacity, something the brothers are trying to change.

To expand cheese production, Andy and Mateo bought two parcels of adjoining farmland on Country Club Road located on the edge of Greensboro village. The farmland will be home to a new herd and a state-of-the art cheese-making facility, which will produce cheeses that the brothers have been developing.

Andy and Mateo sold a conservation easement on the land to the Vermont Land Trust with funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Greensboro Conservation Fund, the Greensboro Land Trust and the Lookout Foundation.

“We are choosing to conserve this land to help fulfill our business mission of maintaining the working landscape,” said Andy Kehler. “This conservation project will maintain the opportunity for agriculture to exist as a central part of our community.

Andy and Mateo also conserved a portion of their main farm with the Vermont Land Trust back in 2008.

“An important piece of our work is to support a thriving farm economy,” remarked Tracy Zschau of the Vermont Land Trust. “Conserving farmland with Andy and Mateo, along with many other farmers in the Greensboro area has helped ensure there is productive land base to support farms now and in the future.”

Andy and Mateo see the new farm as a place that will allow more people to be trained in the art of high-quality cheese-making. The more artisan cheeses that are produced, the more cheese that can fill the Cellars.

There is still a lot of room for growth. If the caves were full, they would be ripening cheese from about 800 cows. This new farm will bring Andy and Mateo one step closer.

“As we as a culture become further removed from our food supply and agriculture,” remarked Andy, “we are excited to preserve the opportunity for agriculture, and dairy in particular, to be a visible and celebrated part of the activities that occur in the village.”

The conserved land has 40 acres of hayfields, all of which have prime agricultural soils. The rest of the property is wooded wetland, which will be permanently protected for water quality through restrictions in the conservation easement.

The project was the culmination of a three-farm conservation effort in Greensboro that was supported in part by the town’s conservation fund and the Greensboro Land Trust.

The other two farms protected were the former Jaffin Farm on Jaffin Flats Road, owned by Shaun and Darren Hill, and the former Fontaine Farm on Taylor and Garvin Roads owned by Todd Hardie.

“The Town of Greensboro and the Greensboro Land Trust are grateful to the VLT for its initiative in helping return three one-time farm properties to agricultural use and ensuring that they remain in that use indefinitely,” remarked Clive Gray of the Greensboro Land Trust. “The Jasper Hill easement opens up the likelihood that Greensboro villagers will see dairy farming return next door after more than 70 years.”

The Kehlers contributed a portion of the easement value by selling the development rights for less than their full assessed value.

Wonder & Wisdom of Greensboro awarded grant to expand Seniors Program

in Greensboro

GREENSBORO — Wonder & Wisdom of Greensboro, a multi-generational and community-based nonprofit, just received $2,500 from Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) to expand its Seniors Program.

Camaraderie, adventure, education, and fun-filled outings are hallmarks of the Wonder & Wisdom Seniors Program. Monthly outings are offered to local residents age 50 and older. Venues include museums, concerts, theaters, fitness centers, and wellness activities.

“Wonder & Wisdom is tremendously excited to partner with Green Mountain United Way to create new enrichment opportunities for Northeast Kingdom seniors,” said Jim Flint, Executive Director at Wonder & Wisdom. “The GMUW grant will help our Seniors Program continue to grow and build a strong community through gatherings and outings that promote good health, active lifestyles, and lasting social ties.”

According to a recent announcement, GMUW has awarded Community Grants to five nonprofit organizations and Micro Grants to three nonprofits for projects that align with United Way priority areas of education, income and health.

Three Micro Grants of $250 each went to Umbrella in Newport for the purchase of portable food storage containers for their Cornucopia Meals-on-Wheels program, Northeastern VT Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury for brochures for their Smoke Free Cars campaign, and the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic in Barre for dental hygiene supplies.

AWARE of Hardwick, was also awarded $2,500 for their Economic Empowerment initiative, and the Family Center of Washington Co. received $2,500 for their intensive work training program for some of their Reach Up clients with the goal of transitioning troubled parents into successful employment.

Other Community Grant recipients are the Vermont Humanities Council ($2,432) for their Never Too Early early literacy program across the GMUW five counties, and Pathways Vermont ($2,000) for a statewide phone service line that provides specialized mental health support.

Keith Sherwood of Hinesburg with the state record yellow perch he caught while ice fishing on Caspian Lake in 2015.

All-time state record yellow perch caught in Greensboro

in Greensboro/Outdoors

GREENSBORO — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has certified that an all-time state record yellow perch was caught in Greensboro.

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Vermont’s new record yellow perch, which weighed a massive 2.4 pounds, was caught by Keith Sherwood of Hinesburg while ice fishing on Caspian Lake.

The fish was 16 inches in length and had a girth of 12.5 inches. The fish topped the previous record of 2.1 pounds by over 4 ounces.
 
“2015 was another great year for record fish catches in Vermont,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Anglers are really starting to understand the wide diversity of fishing opportunities we have throughout the state. Fishing in Vermont can go way beyond bass, trout and some of the other more commonly targeted species.”
 
New state records were also set in 2015 for redhorse sucker, cisco and bowfin.
 
“The Vermont Record Fish Program continues to serve as a testament to the health and quality of fisheries around the state,” said Good. 

Good says many record fish programs in other states only see new records established every few years. In Vermont, anglers have been setting multiple records each year. Since 2010, 16 new records have been recognized, which is an astounding number.

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    Josh Chase-Renault, 24, of Lyndonville, was arrested today in connection with a series of robberies across Vermont. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
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    27-year old Trisha Bisson was arrested Thursday evening in Hardwick.
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    37-year old Ricky Thompson was arrested Thursday evening in Hardwick.

Lyndonville man arrested in connection with four armed robberies

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LYNDONVILLE — A 24-year-old man from Lyndonville was arrested this afternoon in connection with a series of armed robberies in Washington, Caledonia, and Orleans counties.

Police say Josh Chase-Renault was taken into custody. He is charged with assault and robbery with a weapon at the Cabot Village Store, D & L Beverage in Hardwick, The Barnet Village Store, and Smith’s Grocery Store in Greensboro.

The crime spree goes back to an incident that took place on February 1, when someone entered the Cabot Village Store on Main Street with a firearm and demanded money from the store clerk.

During the Cabot armed robbery investigation, similar armed robberies took place throughout the region.

A lone person would enter a store and demand the clerk to hand over money from the cash registers. The male would have a firearm or a knife displayed as he demanded money.  

An ongoing joint investigation between the Vermont State Police and Hardwick Police Department identified suspects Ricky Thompson, 37, and Trisha Bisson, 27, as being involved in the crimes. On Thursday, they were located in Hardwick and taken into custody.

Police say interviews show that all three are involved with four armed robberies covering three counties.

Bisson and Thompson were lodged at the Northeast Correctional Complex for the crimes of accessory to commit assault and robbery with a weapon.

Chase-Renault was lodged at the St. Johnsbury Correctional Center, and is being held without bail.

[VIDEO] Details emerge in Greensboro murder as suspect appears in court

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Homicide suspect Ryan Bacon, 30, was in Orleans County Criminal Court today to face a first degree murder charge, after the shooting death of Lou Ron Schneider, 68, of Greensboro, on Sunday night.

Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett gave a short press conference after the arraignment, providing new details in the case.

Barrett told reporters that the affidavit indicates premeditation, with witnesses saying that Bacon said that he was going to kill the victim before the incident.

Greensboro murder suspect in custody

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GREENSBORO — Homicide suspect Ryan Bacon has been taken into custody without incident after turning himself in at the Hardwick Police Department on Monday evening.

Bacon will be charged with first degree murder, after the shooting death of Lou Ron Schneider, 68, of Greensboro, on Sunday night.

Police say Bacon is lodged at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility, and is being held without bail.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to a residence on The Bend Road in Greensboro to a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they discovered Schneider suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Witnesses told police there was a dispute between the two men before the incident. Bacon is alleged to have shot Schneider with a rifle.

He was transported to Copley Hospital where he later died.

Police say that the investigation into the death is ongoing.

Murder in Greensboro

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UPDATE: Authorities with the Vermont State Police and Hardwick Police have recovered the truck last seen driven by Ryan Bacon away from the scene following the Sunday shooting incident on The Bend Road in Greensboro.

The truck was recovered in a wooded area on Stannard Mountain Road in Stannard. At this time authorities are still looking for Mr. Bacon.

Police say Search efforts will continue tomorrow. They are advising the public if you see the suspect, do not approach, call 911 immediately.

GREENSBORO — A 68-year-old man was murdered in Greensboro on Sunday night, and a manhunt is underway to locate the suspect, who police say is armed and dangerous.

At around 8:30 p.m., police responded to a residence on The Bend Road in Greensboro to a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they discovered Lou Ron Schneider, 68, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Witnesses told police there was a dispute between the victim and Ryan Bacon, 30. Bacon reportedly went outside the residence and retrieved a rifle and shot the victim who was standing on the porch.

Bacon then left in his vehicle.

Schneider was transported to Copley Hospital where he later died.

Hardwick Police requested assistance from the Vermont State Police to take the lead in the investigation.

A manhunt is underway for Bacon. They are looking for a dark-colored GMC truck with Vermont plates 225A207.

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Two Orleans County men charged in deer poaching case

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NEWPORT — Vermont state game wardens say they recently charged two Orleans County men for allegedly poaching several deer during March and April.

On June 22, game wardens executed a search warrant at the residence of Shawn Bell, 37, of Greensboro, and based on evidence gathered during the investigation charged him with taking deer in closed season during the spring of this year. Arraignment for Bell will be on July 20 in Caledonia Superior Court.

On July 7, Kasey Ainsworth, 22, of Coventry was arrested and charged with possessing and transporting deer taken in closed season. Arraignment for Ainsworth will be held on August 4 in Orleans Superior Court.

Authorities say that additional arrests are anticipated as a result of the investigation.

Each big game violation carries with it the potential for up to 60 days in jail, a minimum fine of $400, $1000 maximum, and an additional $2000 restitution for each of the illegally killed animals.

If convicted, the men will lose their rights to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont and 43 other states for a period of three years and would be required to pass a remedial outdoor ethics course prior to reinstatement.

Nancy Hill of Greensboro elected to Vermont Historical Society Board

in Greensboro/News/Vermont

GREENSBORO — The Vermont Historical Society elected Nancy Hill of Greensboro for a three-year term on its Board of Trustees at the organization’s annual meeting on September 27.

Nancy is a native of Greensboro and a graduate of the University of Vermont. She is active with the Greensboro Historical Society and facilitated their acquisition of a collection documenting the Hill family of Greensboro that had been assembled by her late husband, Lewis Hill.

She also is engaged with environmental issues in her community, working as a commissioner for the District 7 Environmental Commission and serving as a founder of the Greensboro Land Trust.

Nancy is currently married to Clive Gray, who is also involved in many community activities in Greensboro 7.

The Vermont Historical Society preserves the past, informs the present and promotes Vermont’s shared legacy for future generations. Their mission is to reach a broad audience through their outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming.

Metal bar falls off truck, crashes through driver’s window

in Barton/Greensboro/News

derby woman car accidentBARTON — A 42-year-old man from Barton was transported to the hospital after his car was struck by a metal bar that fell off of a tractor trailer on Vermont Route 16 in Greensboro.

John Ullrich was traveling east on Route 16 at around 1 p.m. on Friday, in the town of Greensboro, when a tractor trailer unit being driven by Benjamin Morrison, 32, of Sutton, lost the metal bar that is used to tighten the straps on a load.

This metal bar fell off the flatbed, hit the pavement, then struck the front windshield and pierced it, knocking the rear view mirror off.

The bar then bounced onto the roof slicing open a 12 inch gash in the roof.

Ullrich was transported by Glover Ambulance to North Country Hospital for minor injuries.

Ullrich’s vehicle, a 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer, sustained major damage to the front windshield and the roof.

The incident is still under investigation by the Vermont State Police and the DMV.

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