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Newport man charged with 4th DUI

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A 55-year-old man from Newport was arrested on multiple charges, including his fourth DUI.

Police say they noticed a vehicle pulling into a parking lot on Route 5 in Derby at around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The driver exited the vehicle and was identified by police as Dwayne Calloway, whose driver’s license was known to be criminally suspended.

Police say they detected indicators of impairment while speaking with him.

During the investigation, police found that Calloway was in violation of his conditions of release, specifically his curfew and order not to leave his house with alcohol in his system.

He was arrested and transported to the State Police Derby barracks for processing.

He is facing multiple charges which include DUI #4, criminal DLS, and violation of conditions of release.

Waiting out coronavirus, Pronto and Shelton harmonizing NEK music community

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — For Tod Pronto and Cynthia Shelton, nothing can stop the music.

Hunkered down in reaction to the global pandemic, the two have teamed up to form a “Socially Distant Chorus,” inviting the community to harmonize and play along with Pronto on his version of “What a Wonderful World.”

So here are the rules:

You listen to the .mp3 version of Pronto’s song through your headphones and use your cell phone to record yourself singing along.

Shelton will put it all together and everyone will sing along as a chorus in the edited version.

If you want to participate, write to Shelton at: nekgigs@gmail.com and she will send you a copy of the .mp3 as well as provide additional instructions.

“We were looking for a general theme of hopefulness and beauty, as well as a song that is well known enough that everyone could sing along,” Pronto said. “What a Wonderful World has been a staple of my live performances for years. As a songwriter, it’s just one of those rare perfect songs that you wish you were smart enough to write yourself.”

Pronto released a studio version of What a Wonderful World back in 2016 and says it’s one of his favorite songs.

“When Cynthia approached me about doing a virtual sing-along I just couldn’t resist.”

Before COVID-19 interrupted the world as we know it, the two had been talking about several different projects they wanted to do to bring the community together.

Suddenly, anything that could unite the community became even more important than it already was.

“The main concept is just to bring people together and focus on the positive,” Pronto said. “We see every day how heart aching this situation is, but it’s also important to remember how beautiful the gift life is.”

Bear hunt sparks community fun in Newport during quarantine

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Bear hunts are underway in Newport City.

Stuffed bears, puppies, unicorns, and cows are popping up everywhere in the windows of businesses and homes throughout Newport City.

The trend is in response to a call from Newport Parks & Recreation Friday encouraging residents to participate in a community-wide “Bear Hunt,” a socially distant scavenger hunt to help curb boredom.

Families are encouraged to put a stuffed animal in the window of their home, then take a walk, bike ride, or drive in the car to spot as many creatures as they can in other neighborhood windows.

“Everyone is struggling right now to adjust to this new lifestyle,” said Jessica Booth, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Newport. “Cabin fever is a real thing, especially when you have young kids and we thought this would be a great way to encourage families to get out of the house in a safe way.”

Bear Hunts are happening in other parts of the country as well, during a time when social distancing is the norm.

Booth encourages both businesses and residents alike to join in the fun, get creative with their bear display and share pictures of their hunts on the department’s Facebook page.

“Come check out our bear too,” Booth said. “He’s hanging out in the window of the Newport Municipal Building wearing a Parks and Rec t-shirt.”

More information can be found on their Newport Parks & Recreation Facebook page or website www.NewportRecreation.org.

NCH nurses scrub/clean personal protection equipment in preparation for the next patient to be tested in their vehicle. Security personnel Justin Curtis and Vinny Lewis are ready to greet patients with an appointment at the mobile testing site.

North Country Hospital is well prepared, soon adding mobile testing site in Island Pond

in Island Pond/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Healthcare organizations have been turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic, but North Country Hospital says they are well prepared.

Many new protocols have been put into place to protect patients, their families, hospital staff, as well as the public, which include a strict no visitor policy and restricted points of entry into the hospital and campus buildings for employees.

Routine office visits, procedures, and elective surgeries have been postponed, and the hospital is doing its best to keep people away from the hospital at this time.

The North Country Hospital Emergency Department still serves patients 24/7 and clinics are providing some services by phone and telehealth.

“In light of this evolving crisis, I have been so encouraged with the energy and resourcefulness of our leaders, physicians, and staff,” said Hospital CEO Brian Nall.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, a nurse resource line is available weekdays from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. by calling 802-334-4139.

This line can also be reached by calling 802-334-7331, option 7.

You will get a return call by the end of the business day or next business day.

Testing for COVID-19 continues by appointment for suspected positive cases of COVID-19.

North Country Hospital has an appropriately staffed and secure mobile lab site where patients can drive up to be tested in their car by appointment.

It currently operates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-3 p.m.

They will soon be adding a mobile testing site on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Island Pond.

The hospital says staff have been preparing for the possible surge of patients and have speedily transformed the ambulance bay and two operating rooms should they be needed.

Temporary walls were built, screens purchased, and equipment moved with great attention to detail.

In light of the fact that the hospital is not operating at normal levels with services temporarily reduced and, in some cases, suspended, to best manage resources they have had to flex staff and suspend normal work hours for a portion of employees.

The hospital says they want to get all staff back in place as soon as possible.

Generous donations to the hospital’s Foundation by physicians and leaders have helped us create a COVID-19 response fund to assist colleagues in need.

“We are so grateful for the community support that has come our way each and every day during this difficult time,” Brian Nall added. “Thank you for your prayers and your offers of assistance, which include extra personal protection equipment, sewn masks and more. In the meantime, shelter in place, maintain social distancing when you do need to leave home, and wash those hands. Together, we will stay strong.”

Woman robbed at gunpoint in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police say a woman from Orleans was robbed at gunpoint in Barton on Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 11:00 p.m. inside a parking lot at a store on Main Street.

Police say they received a call from an employee at the store notifying them that the victim had run inside asking him to call the police because she was just robbed at gunpoint while sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot.

Amanda Stuart, 41, of St. Albans was arrested for being an accessory to assault and robbery, police say.

Police have not announced any other arrests in this case.

Stuart was released on a citation to appear in court.

Police say they believe this was an isolated, targeted incident, but the case is still under active investigation.

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

Trailers, main office at Barrewood Campground in Westfield burglarized

in Newport/News/Westfield

WESTFIELD — Police say they responded to a number of burglaries in Westfield on Saturday.

The incident took place at the Barrewood Campground on Vermont Route 100 at around 1:30 p.m.

According to the initial police report, a single trailer was broken into and a Go-Pro style camera, as well as a small handheld video recorder, were taken from the trailer.

Following the investigation, police now say 8-10 trailers were broken into by force as well as the main office to the campground.

Police are still investigating this incident.

Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to contact the State Police at 334-8881.

Newport’s Ice Out contest ends, winner just 16 minutes off official time

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The ice is officially out on Lake Memphremagog.

The official time for the 2020 Lake Memphremagog Ice Out contest was announced to be 8:53 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

According to the Newport Parks and Recreation Department website, this year’s winner was Crystal Cook, who guessed March 20, at 8:37 p.m.

She was just 16 minutes off the official time.

By guessing the closest time without going over, she will take home $1,244.50.

Half of the money raised during the contest will benefit the Gardner Memorial Park Playground and Splashpad Project.

This year’s contest ended about three weeks earlier, with the ice going out last year on April 13.

A list of previous times and contest winners is below:

Tues. April 15 2014, 1:06 AM – Winner John Colby (April 14, 5:30 PM)
Wed. April 15 2015, 5:33 PM – Winner Arlan Barber (April 15, 5:07 PM)
Fri. March 18 2016, 3:13 AM – Winner Edward Smith (March 18, 2:30 AM)
Mon. April 10 2017, 11:38 AM – Winner John Colby (April 9, 5:45 PM)
(2018 – No Contest Held)
Sat. April 13 2019, 11:07 AM – Winner Steve Lawson (April 13, 10:05 AM)

Staff member at Newport prison tests positive for COVID-19

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A staff member at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a statement issued by the Vermont Department of Corrections, the staff member last worked on Tuesday, March 17.

The Department says they have obtained a list of all staff who had contact with the individual on their last day of work.

Immediate steps to further protect the employees and inmates at the facility are underway.

The Department of Corrections says they are undertaking a deep cleaning of the areas where the staff member worked.

No more information is currently available at this time.

Newport Municipal Building closed to public

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Only municipal employees will be allowed to enter the Newport municipal building, with the exception of members of the public who have appointments.

Newport police say access to the police lobby window will continue as normal.

In a statement put out by the department today, police, fire, and inspection service members have also been instructed to maintain a social distance of six feet between individuals when responding to calls and avoid unnecessary personal contact when possible.

Local police and fire departments say they are working with dispatchers and ambulance staff to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone calling 911 for police or fire services will find that dispatchers are asking a number of questions about the health of the caller and those in their household to better prepare first responders and keep them safe from possible exposure to the virus.

Community National Bank closes lobbies, drive-up service open

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — In an effort to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, and following established Vermont protocol to limit gatherings, starting today, the lobby at Community National Bank locations will be closed to the general public.

Customers are asked to use drive-thru windows at locations where they are available, night depository, ATM, or online banking services.

Business customers are asked to call ahead with cash and coin orders so they can have orders ready.

Personal deposits can also be easily dropped off in night depositories or at ATMs, the bank says.

Anyone requiring face-to-face meetings for loans, to open deposit accounts, or to access safe deposit boxes, is asked to call and make an appointment.

The bank is also encouraging customers to use electronic banking services, and those in need of assistance signing up or reactivating the service should call.

North Country Supervisory Union schools to provide free student meals during school closure

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — North Country Supervisory Union schools will be providing free meals for pick-up or delivery during the COVID- 19 school closures.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children ages 1-18 without charge.

Meals will be provided at schools for pick-up Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. starting Thursday, March 19.

School officials say meal delivery will be available via bus routes starting Monday, March 23.

NCSU students or parents may pick up meals at any of the schools and are not limited to picking up meals at your hometown school.

NCUHS and NCUJHS students may pick-up their meals at any of the elementary schools or have their meals delivered by one of those schools.

They also say children do not need to be present at the time of pick-up or delivery.

Locations and contact information:

Brighton Elementary 802-723-4373
Charleston Elementary 802-895-2915
Coventry Village School 802-754-6464
Derby Elementary 802-873-3162
Jay/Westfield Elementary 802-988-4042
Lowell Graded School 802-744-6641
Newport City Elementary 802-334-2455
Newport Town School 802-334-5201
Troy Elementary 802-988-2526

NorthWoods and Eden Ciders announce Apple Workshop Series

in Charleston/Newport/News/Outdoors

CHARLESTON — Northwoods Stewardship Center and Eden Specialty Ciders recently announced a series of workshops celebrating one of the most important tree fruits of the northeast.

Apple Tree Pruning, led by Ben Applegate, orchard manager at Eden Specialty Ciders, will be held at NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston on March 29, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will cover the why, when and how to prune apple trees, comparing orchard versus wildlife goals, and giving participants a chance to practice pruning.

Orchard Care on May 31, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. will be a primer on the care and maintenance of an apple orchard.

Ben Applegate will lead participants on a tour through the Eden Orchard in West Charleston, discussing topics such as fertilization, holistic spray materials & schedule, thinning fruit, biological mowing, pests and disease concerns, and winter preparation.

At Intro to Cider making on September 13, participants will join Garrett Huber, cider maker at Eden Specialty Ciders in West Charleston from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. as he discusses the basics of cider making, leading participants through grinding and pressing methods, wild versus inoculated ferments, cleaning and sanitation, carbonation, and bottling.

The cost is $20 per workshop or $50 for all three workshops.

Organizers ask those interested to pre-register online at events.northwoodscenter.org or by contacting NorthWoods at (802)723-6551 ext 302 or emailing forestry@northwoodscenter.org.

Although several recent workshops and walks at NorthWoods have been canceled in light of the developing COVID-19 situation, the March 29 event is still scheduled.

This could be subject to change, depending on the current situation.

NCH to hold screenings and limit entrance to ER

in Health/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Out of an abundance of caution, North County Hospital says they are implementing additional infection prevention measures.

Due to Coronavirus concerns at this time, anyone entering the hospital for any reason is asked to use the Emergency Room entrance.

For public safety, you will be asked screening questions at the Emergency Room entrance and all clinic locations.

Visitors are also now limited or restricted in most locations on the North Country Hospital campus.

Also, at this time no visitors are permitted at Derby Green.

The hospital volunteer program has been suspended and the WindowBox Gift Shop, run by volunteers, is closed until further notice.

Currently, all outside student rotations are on hold unless the student is a hospital employee.

As more limitations and cancellations are put in place at the hospital and in the community, NCH officials say the public should keep in mind that this is to lessen the spread and flatten the bell curve of the pandemic so that the local health system does not get overwhelmed.

“Social distancing 3-6 feet away from others, not shaking hands or touching others, avoiding congested areas, washing hands, not touching your face, staying home when ill, all help prevent or contain sickness and its spread,” a statement issued by the hospital reads.

Newport woman charged with attempted murder following stabbing

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A local woman has been charged with attempted murder following a Sunday morning incident where she allegedly stabbed a man.

Jennifer Foster, 42, of Newport, is facing charges of attempted murder, first degree aggravated domestic assault, and violation of conditions of release.

Newport police say they responded to an apartment on Prospect Street for a reported stabbing on Sunday at around 12:20 a.m.

A 27-year-old male victim was stabbed in the abdomen, police say.

According to police, Foster and the victim were believed to have been fighting about him attempting to get his phone from the apartment before the incident.

The man was brought to the hospital to be treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police say.

According to the report, Foster was taken into custody without incident and was arraigned in court today.

Man killed after snowmobile crash in Essex County

in Essex County/Maidstone/Newport/News

MAIDSTONE — A 61-year-old man from East Barre was killed in a snowmobile crash on Friday.

Authorities say Nelson Craige was operating a snowmobile alone along VAST Trail 98 in Maidstone, at around 10:48 p.m.

He veered off the right side of the trail and struck a tree.

He was found by family members hours later who then contacted police.

Groveton New Hampshire Ambulance and fire services arrived on the scene and assisted with a tracked vehicle.

Police say the crash investigation is ongoing.

Jay Peak Resort shutting down winter operations over coronavirus

in Jay Peak/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Effective at the end of business operations at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Jay Peak will be closing winter operations for the 2019-2020 season.

Tomorrow will be limited to skiing and snowboarding, and limited food and beverage operations.

The Pumphouse Indoor Waterpark, Clips and Reels Indoor Climbing Gym, Taiga Spa, Jay Peak Ski and Ride School, and all regularly scheduled concert events closed today.

“This is obviously a difficult decision for us and one that we have not made without hours and days of deliberation and predicated on hourly updates from federal agencies, state officials and international health organizations,” the resort said in a statement.

Steve Wright, President/General Manager at Jay Peak Resort, said that the most recent tipping point was the announcement by the Quebec government to limit entry into the United States and similar restrictions placed on travelers from Ontario markets.

The resort plans to reopen for the summer season on Friday, May 1, with the reopening of the Pumphouse Indoor Waterpark.

On May 16 they plan to celebrate the opening of their Jay Peak Championship Golf Course.

The resort said it will offer either full refunds or will push vacations to the next year and lock in this year’s rate, so there is no additional cost for guests.

Jasper Hill Farm of Greensboro takes two spots in Top 20 World’s Best Cheeses

in Greensboro/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

GREENSBORO — The World Cheese Championship Contest, held in Madison Wisconsin this week, announced the top 20 final candidates in the running for the top prize out of a record 3,667 international entries.

Jasper Hill Farm of Greensboro made two of these winning cheeses.

The fact that Highlander, Jasper Hill’s newest cheese, was among the finalists was especially gratifying for the company’s growing team.

Highlander is a mountain-style cheese made with goat milk from Jasper Hill’s new collaborative venture, Bridgman Hill Farm.

The cheese has a rosy orange washed rind and a smooth, pliable texture.

Judges said they appreciated its richness of texture, savory complexity and milky sweet character.

Lait Bloomer, also in the Top 20, is a variation of Little Hosmer made by Jasper Hill Creamery, which is sent unripened, to the Murray’s Cheese aging facility in Long Island City, NY.

The affineurs at Murray’s then coat the young cheeses in dried flowers and herbs before letting the cheese’s white flora ‘bloom’ through the coating for a gorgeous, festive appearance and herbaceous aromas.

“It’s a huge honor to be recognized at this high-level competition amongst such excellent cheeses from all over the world, and in the friendly, cheese-rival state of Wisconsin no less,” Said Zoe Brickley, who oversees Jasper Hill’s marketing efforts. “Our young team has demonstrated that curiosity and tenacity in service of a community-focused mission can produce amazing results. I’m so proud to be a part of that team.”

Jasper Hill is an independently owned, working dairy farm with an on-site creamery in the Northeast Kingdom.

Police: East Charleston man assaulted trooper at hospital

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 37-year-old man from East Charleston is facing charges following a crash in Brownington early Tuesday morning.

The single-vehicle crash took place on Hoadley Lane at around 1:13 a.m.

State Police met with the driver, who was identified as Peter Moore-Lamphere, at North Country Hospital.

Police allege they detected indicators of impairment while speaking with him.

While at the hospital, police say he displayed disorderly conduct and also assaulted a trooper.

He was transported to the State Police Derby barracks for processing after being released from the hospital.

Police say he is facing charges of assault of law enforcement, and disorderly conduct.

Prevalence of tumors in fish from Lake Memphremagog sparks public discussion

in Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Raised black lesions observed in 30 percent of the brown bullhead collected from two sites in Lake Memphremagog from 2014 through 2017 have been identified microscopically as malignant melanoma.

This cancer occurrence cluster is raising questions about the cause of the tumors and the implications for the long-term health of fish populations.

Studies suggest that tumor development is likely associated with multiple environmental and genetic factors, and study designs are being developed to test these hypotheses.

Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Secretary Julie Moore is going to hold a public discussion on Tuesday, March 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss a variety of environmental topics, including a discussion on the Lake Memphremagog brown bullhead lesion investigation.

“Lake ecosystems are complex,” said Secretary Moore. “The health of the fish in a lake is an important indicator of the overall condition of the waterbody. When new or novel problems surface, like the discovery of a high incidence of brown bullhead lesions in the South Bay of Lake Memphremagog, the Agency turns to its team of scientists to investigate possible causes and ultimately, identify solutions.”

At the meeting, Rick Levey, an environmental scientist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Pete Emerson, a fisheries biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will provide more information about the investigation.

Together, the two departments surveyed Lake Memphremagog’s South Bay, Hospital Cove and Derby Bay throughout 2014-2018.

The prevalence of lesions and tumors in wild fish has been used as an indicator of environmental quality for many decades.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Department of Environmental Conservation, and USGS National Fish Health Laboratory researchers have been working together to determine the causation of these fish lesions.

The results of this work will be presented at the meeting.

After an initial overview of the health of brown bullhead, Secretary Moore will open the floor to hear thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns from attendees.

The gathering will be held in the Dewey Building at 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier March 17, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

For those not able to make it in person, a Facebook Live stream will be available at https://www.facebook.com/VTANR/

Stretch of Missisquoi in Troy and Westfield protected for water quality

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

TROY — Land along 3.4 miles of the Missisquoi River, which flows through farmland in Westfield and Troy owned by beef farmer Tony Brault, has been conserved for clean water.

Brault worked with the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and The Nature Conservancy to establish a 79-acre ‘river corridor’ area.

Within this area, the Missisquoi is free to meander and change course naturally, and no structures can be built along the banks.

Almost 90 miles long, the Missisquoi travels through northern Vermont and southern Quebec before flowing into Missisquoi Bay in Lake Champlain.

“The Missisquoi is very active on Tony’s farm,” explained Tyler Miller of the Vermont Land Trust. “It moves a lot and cuts into land, causing erosion. With our changing climate, the river is also dealing with more rain than before.”

As part of the conservation, land within 50 feet of the water must be kept naturally vegetated with native shrubs and trees, to help keep the water cleaner and reduce damage from future floods by holding water and helping to slow it down.

To this end, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps planted 925 trees along the river and its tributaries last fall.

Thirty-five acres of wetlands were also protected.

“Wetlands are important in river protection because they slow water, catch debris, and retain soils,” added Miller.

Brault runs a beef farm and the popular Brault’s Meat Market in Troy.

He operates part of his business on 219 acres in Troy and Westfield that were conserved with the Vermont Land Trust in 1995, and the rest on nearby fields in Troy.

NCUHS student-curated exhibit to open at the Red Wall in Newport, March 18th

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Three seniors in the art program at North Country Union High School are curating a new exhibit of Diana Mara Henry’s photographs in color at the Red Wall Meeting Place and Gallery on Main Street, in Newport.

The opening of the exhibit titled “As Yet Unseen,” will take place on March 18, from 4-7 p.m.

The public is invited to a free festive reception that day.

Raiden S. Brown, Tarah Michelle Vasquez, and Lindsay Wiggett, students of April Caspari and Natalie Guillette in the NCUHS Visual Art Program, are gaining experience in their chosen paths for careers in the arts, including art history and criticism.

Raiden, a Presidential Scholar, and accomplished photographer is headed to art school in Edinburgh this fall.

Lindsay, an illustrator, and a graphic artist will be going to SUNY Plattsburgh.

Tarah Michelle Vasquez, is a fine artist who works in charcoal.

All three students contributed to the multi-faceted tasks of choosing and preparing the work for display.

“The Visual Arts Program at NCUHS serves hundreds of students each year within our Visual Arts Enrichment Program,” said Natalie Guillette, co-teacher in the Arts and Communications Academy at the high school in Newport. “Students who become involved may travel to places like Montreal, North Adams, Massachusetts, New York City, Europe, and several other local destinations.

Guillette says she feels that enculturing a global perspective within students helps foster a deeper understanding of the world, a richer educational experience while with us during high school, and a desire to continue their travels as they enter adulthood.

Diana Mara Henry’s images “As Yet Unseen” were first developed as a project during her residency at Vermont Artist’s Week at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson.

Unusual for her work, which is better known for its black and white photojournalism of the women’s movement, politics and the social scene in NYC, the images chosen by the students are all from color slide originals.

They offer intriguing glimpses of people and landscapes, from a boy in the dunes of Cape Cod to a couple going to be wed in Haiti, Carnaval at the Waldorf Astoria, a Parisian grande dame at home, and lush nature scenes.

A portion of the sale of the fine art prints produced by special arrangement with Don Whipple will contribute to the arts program, with pricing on the night of the reception or by advance sale.

The exhibit will be on view through May.

The gallery is open from 3 on weekdays and on Sundays from 10-4.

The artist’s website is www.dianamarahenry.com.

Nikole Brainard of Derby Line promoted to Asset Liability Manager at Community National Bank

in Derby/Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY — Community National Bank CEO Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Nikole Brainard to the bank officer position of Asset Liability Manager.

Brainard was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom and is a graduate of North Country High School.

She started her career with CNB in 1995 working as a Teller in the Derby office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police looking for driver seen racing through Barton, causing pedestrian to fall

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police want to speak with the driver of a truck after it was seen racing through Barton and caused a pedestrian to fall down.

The incident took place on Tuesday at around 4:00 p.m.

Police say a pedestrian was walking south on Route 16 near Stoney Lane when a light gray truck was spotted driving northbound at a high rate of speed.

The truck struck a water puddle causing the pedestrian to fall.

The pedestrian sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

At this time there is no further information as to the driver, or the vehicle involved.

The pedestrian was unable to get a make or model of the truck but says it was gray in color.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have witnessed this event.

You can contact them at 802-334-3333.

Lake Memphremagog “Ice Out” contest underway

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — With ice as thick as 30 inches some winters, Vermonters never tire watching for any indicative sign of the changing season.

To celebrate this time-honored tradition, Newport Parks & Recreation runs the annual “ICE OUT” contest for residents and visitors on Lake Memphremagog.

Each year a weighted Ice Out “mascot” is placed in the bay at Gardner Memorial Park attached to a time clock.

The facade can be seen from the Causeway bridge and stands steadfast through snowstorms until the ice beneath finally gives way to the early warmth of spring.

When the mascot drops, the clock stops and records the official moment that the ice is out in Newport.

“People keep pretty close tabs on the facade as they pass the Causeway,” said Jessica Booth, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Newport.

Parks Foreman Mac McKenny comes up with a ‘theme’ for the contest each year.

This year it’s a math pun. A play on the phrase ‘ice cube,’ by showing an ice chest with an exponent of three, or ice CUBED.

Booth and McKenny say they’re always inundated with calls and emails as soon as the mascot goes under.

“Checking the clock throughout the day is part of the fun while we work around the park,” says McKenny who is in charge of making the official call for ice out time. “But if the ice goes out on the weekend or in the evening when we’re not around, there’s plenty of people ready to report in.”

When the ice finally does go out on Lake Memphremagog, the news is always welcome to one lucky contestant who entered the closest prediction in the annual contest.

The nearest prediction, without going past, to the actual date and time wins 50 percent of the contest pool.

Last year the winning amount was over $1,500.

The other half of Ice Out proceeds will benefit the Gardner Memorial Park Playground & Splashpad Project.

Memphremagog Ice Out tickets can be purchased at Azur’s Liquor Store, Hoagies Pizza & Pasta, Jimmy Kwik, Westside Market & Deli, The Pick & Shovel or at the Parks & Recreation office on Main Street.

Predictions can be submitted online too at NewportRecreation.org/ICEOUT.

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, April 1, 2020, or when the ice goes out, whichever comes first.

No tickets/guesses are accepted after the ice is out.

For more information, call Newport Parks & Recreation at 802-334-6345.

Photo by Julie Raboin.

John Wilson returns to Newport City Council, Charboneau stays on

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — John Wilson is back on the Newport City Council following a five-way race that concluded on Tuesday evening.

A 17-year veteran to the council, Wilson returns after being voted out in 2018.

He won 441 votes, more than any other candidate on the ballot.

Elected to the council two years ago, incumbent Kevin Charboneau won the second-highest number of votes, finishing with 426.

Chris Vachon finished with 346 votes, with newcomer Amy Gillespie bringing in 325.

Carl King finished with only 44 votes.

Only about 26 percent of registered voters turned out to cast a ballot.

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