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Burglary at Verizon store in Derby

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DERBY — Police say the Verizon store in Derby was burglarized last night.

Police were notified of the burglary at around 11:02 p.m.

A Verizon employee told police that he responded to the store after an alarm activated, and he observed the building to have been forcefully entered.

Police say the employee, Angus Gluck, said that he was contacted at home by his supervisor who was originally alerted to the alarm.

He then immediately contacted state police.

According to the police report, there was Verizon property missing as well as evidence left at the scene.

Police were still investigating this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 802-334-8881.

Newport Police investigating burglary at Harvest Equipment

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department is investigating a weekend burglary at Harvest Equipment.

Police were dispatched to 29 Industrial Drive, for a report of a break-in on Sunday, at 8:44 p.m.

Police say the building’s glass front doors were shattered using a tractor hitch.

A variety of items had been stolen from the facility, including 13 chainsaws, a set of four John Deere Gator rims, and tires and a guitar.

Newport Police are actively investigating this incident and ask that anyone with information call Officer Colin Sykes at 802-334-6733.

Police: 16 arrested during month-long NEK drug sweep

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

NEWPORT — Authorities say a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort has been focusing on drug trafficking in the areas of Newport and Saint Johnsbury.

During the month-long operation conducted by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences, and seized approximately 700 bags of fentanyl and heroin, 100 grams of cocaine base, 2 firearms, and $4,000 in drug proceeds.

Those charged in federal court include:

Jen Thompson, 39, of Newport, Vermont, for maintaining a drug-involved premises and distribution of cocaine base.

Juliana Graves, 49, of Newport, Vermont, for possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base.

Elijah Wheeler-Watson, 23, of Clinton, Massachusetts, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin.

Adis Djozo, 26, of Essex Junction, Vermont, for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Alicia Parenteau, 36, of Newport, Vermont, for distribution of cocaine base.

Chakeshia Watts, 40, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Jerry Watts, 62, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Randy Devoid, 50, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for distribution of cocaine base.

Shaquille Carter, 26, of New York, New York, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin.

Christina Thompson, 42, of Lyndonville, Vermont, for distribution of cocaine base.

Morgan Cleveland, 39, of Newport, Vermont, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Those arrested on state warrants and violations include:

Soloman Little, 26, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested and cited for fraud.
Christopher MacKay, 52, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested on an extraditable warrant for violation of probation in Maine, and multiple failures to appear in Vermont court proceedings.

Mark Houston, 30, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested twice in the same day for violating the conditions of his release by breaking curfew restrictions.

Michael Barry, 26, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested for failure to appear in Vermont court proceedings.

Michelle Churchill, 34, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested for violating conditions of furlough and returned to correctional custody with the Vermont Department of Corrections.
Defendant Carter is currently a fugitive.

Defendant Cleveland is at large. All other defendants were arrested during the operation.

“Today, as we did earlier this year in Brattleboro, we announce the results of a team effort by law enforcement to combat drug trafficking in one of the hardest hit areas of the state,” United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan said. “The Northeast Kingdom is suffering greatly under the weight of the drug crisis, and we deployed a sustained surge of enforcement resources to bring consequences to those selling deadly drugs in the area.”

Authorities say this operation stemmed from careful planning and collaboration by Vermont law enforcement at all levels.

Sarah Barrup promoted to Special Asset Officer at Community National Bank

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Sarah Barrup to Special Asset Officer.

Sarah started her banking career with CNB in 2003 as a Teller in Derby Line and in 2005 she was hired as an Administrative Assistant in the bank’s Finance Department.

In 2008, she took a position in the Loss Mitigation Department as an Assistant and then was promoted to Specialist.

For the past 10 years, Barrup has worked helping customers find ways to avoid foreclosure and establish plans to continue paying obligations.

Sarah attended the Northern New England School of banking in 2015, and she has taken several banking courses.

She makes her home in Derby with her husband Tom, daughter Bella and son Mason.

Burglary at Portland Glass in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who broke into a building this morning in Derby.

Police responded to Portland Glass, located at 32 Community Drive, for the reported burglary at around 6:54 a.m.

Police say forced entry was made into the building sometime overnight.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact State Police at 802-334-8881.

Police were still investigating this case.

Barton native Darren Perron named Vermont Broadcaster of the Year

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — WCAX-TV News anchor and reporter Darren Perron will receive the Broadcaster of the Year award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.

Though anchoring takes much of his time and energy, Perron remains one of the top investigative journalists in the state.

His ground-breaking investigation into military burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan this past year shined a light on the lasting health impacts to Vermont guard members and American soldiers from breathing in smoke from those fires.

Perron’s stories helped spawn a congressional investigation and garnered a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Series.

This past year, Perron also led the WCAX news team to a first-ever New England Emmy for outstanding newscast.

“I am truly honored by this,” Perron wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. I am fortunate to live in a state where journalism matters and to be surrounded by many talented journalists in both broadcast and print, who work hard to get at the truth and tell important stories that impact our communities.”

Perron, a native of Barton, attended Lake Region Union High School.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from Castleton University and was inducted into the Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame in 2017.

James Davis named Newport City Downtown Economic Development Specialist

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – Conrad Bellavance, Chair of Newport City Downtown Development Board of Directors, recently announced that James Davis has accepted the position of the Downtown Economic Development Specialist.

Davis is the former Director of Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), and an active youth sports coach for hockey and soccer for many years.

“Jim has many years of experience in business and in the nonprofit sector,” said Bellavance. “He has a proven track record of fundraising, organizational management, and development.”

NCDD is Newport’s downtown management organization, funded with major financial support from the City of Newport.

It is responsible for promotion, marketing, design and economic development in Newport’s designated downtown district.

“I am excited to get started,” said Davis. “The NCDD Board of Directors has laid a great foundation with their commitment to promote and preserve historic downtown Newport to be a vibrant economic, social and livable community.”

Local environmental group reaches deal regarding Coventry landfill expansion

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COVENTRY — Local environmental group Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP) say they will dismiss their appeal of state permits in Environmental Court after reaching an agreement with New England Waste Services of Vermont.

The agreement will allow N. E. Waste Services of Vermont, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Management, to move forward with the planned 51-acre expansion of the Coventry landfill.

The company agreed not to run leachate from Coventry landfill including the sewage-disposal facility in Newport, into the watershed unless there are changes in State or Federal regulations, or massive advances in science and technology, until 2024.

The company also agreed to work with a third-party engineer to assess odor control and to consider whether there should be improvements in facilities or practices to improve odor control.

“This settlement is a huge win for the Newport area and all communities that border the lake,” the group said in a statement.

The group says they are welcoming new members at this time to continue efforts to protect Lake Memphremagog and the environment.

NEK summit in Burke this Thursday to spotlight impact of local leadership

in Burke/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

BURKE — The first annual NEK Leads Gathering will offer stories of leadership in communities across the region and provide tools for people interested in getting involved.

The day-long event, organized by the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, will take place on November 14, 2019, at Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center.

“The most important resource we have in the Northeast Kingdom are individuals working together to solve local and regional challenges,” said Katherine Sims, NEK Collaborative’s Director. “Connecting those leaders and inspiring others to engage is how we grow that resource to get things done.”

The conference will feature nonprofit, business and political leaders on panels and in breakout workshops.

Topics include Creating Vibrant Community Hubs, Engaging Young People in Community Change, Fundraising for Community Projects, and Welcoming and Supporting New Leadership in Your Organization and Community.

There will also be an opening talk by Northern Vermont University historian Paul Searls, author of “Repeopling Vermont,” and time for small group discussion and networking.

To sign up now visit: nekcollaborative.org/nekleads.

The need for an annual gathering was identified last summer through three public forums.

More than 150 people participated either in person or via electronic survey, answering questions about how to support emerging leaders and to develop and promote new leaders from under-represented groups.

Their input fed into the work of the NEK Collaborative’s Leadership Development Task Force, which in December 2018 produced a six-part platform for action.

One component of the plan was to strengthen organizational and interpersonal connections through an annual NEK regional summit.

“We heard from people across our region that they are hungry for the chance to meet and learn from each other,” Sims said. “We’re so pleased to be able to put on this gathering and excited to see what comes from it.”

Glover man dies after crash in Barton last Saturday

in Barton/Glover/Newport/News

BARTON — A 37-year-old man from Glover involved in a car accident in Barton last Saturday has died.

Richard Poginy died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center today, police say.

Poginy was transported to Dartmouth after the crash and had remained at the hospital since then.

The single-vehicle crash took place on Hollow Road at around 1:30 p.m. on November 2.

Poginy was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

According to the police, his vehicle left the road when traveling south on Hollow Road.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Newport man arrested for burglary

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Police say they recently arrested a man in connection with a home burglary in Newport.

Joshua Mandigo, 23, of Newport, was arrested and charged with burglary.

Back in October police were dispatched to Glen Road for a report of a burglary.

Police say several items had been stolen, including a rifle, jewelry, gold coins, and cash.

During a separate investigation, Newport Police took possession of a suspicious firearm magazine, which was subsequently identified as one of the magazines stolen from the burglary victim.

The victim’s in-home surveillance system captured the burglary and investigating officers were able to identify Mandigo, who was known to police, as the suspect.

Officers located Mandigo at a home on Outlook Street, where he was located and taken into custody without incident.

Police say a search of the home yielded many of the items described as having been stolen from the victim’s residence, as well as another firearm that was reported stolen following a car break-in a week prior in Newport.

Mandigo had also removed a court-ordered GPS tracking device, and as a result, was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the Vermont Department of Corrections.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, and Mandigo remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Police: Coventry man arrested for abuse of a vulnerable adult

in coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — Police say a 71-year-old Coventry man was arrested yesterday.

According to the report, Raymond Gadreault is facing charges of aggravated domestic assault, abuse of a vulnerable adult, and cruelty by a person having custody of another.

State police say they conducted a search warrant at Gadreault’s residence on Community Farm Road in Coventry at around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Geadreault was wanted for outstanding arrests warrants, police say.

NCUJHS, Brighton Elementary join CFES Brilliant Pathways to increase college and career readiness

in Brighton/Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Two local schools have joined CFES Brilliant Pathways’ growing network of programs across the US and Ireland in support of students becoming college and career ready.

Brighton Elementary and North Country Union Junior High have signed on as CFES schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

They join new schools from Texas, Hawaii, Florida and Pennsylvania and an overall network of 25,000 students in 150 schools from 30 states.

The addition of these schools supports a statewide initiative known as Advance Vermont, focused on 70 percent of working-age residents attaining a postsecondary degree or credential of value.

Launched in 2017 by Gov. Phil Scott, leaders in business, education, government, nonprofits and philanthropy, the initiative addresses a shortfall of qualified candidates to fill the high-growth, high wage jobs over the next decade that the McClure Foundation says will require education or training beyond high school.

Despite having one of the nation’s highest high school graduation rates, only 60 percent of Vermont’s seniors choose to attend college – a college-going rate that ranks last in New England and 42nd nationally.

Relying on research-driven methods and best practices, CFES has sent 95 percent of its students to college or certified training programs.

CFES gives students an opportunity to forge their own route to a bright future that places an emphasis on college and career readiness through a framework that allows schools to customize the implementation of three core practices – mentoring, essential skills (perseverance, agility, goal setting, networking, teamwork and leadership) and pathways to college & career.

“Every student with the desire and ability should have the opportunity to attend college and post-secondary training programs,” said US Senator Bernie Sanders. “I am pleased to learn that more Vermont students will have access to counseling and programs to help them make post-high school decisions.”

Brighton Elementary is currently developing comprehensive plans to engage students in the core practices with support from CFES program directors who will work with staff and students.

MAC Center for the Arts presents Elinor Osborn this Friday

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts will be showing a new exhibit in the Downstairs Connection entitled “Owls Talking to You,” by renowned award-winning nature photographer, Elinor Osborn.

The opening is Friday, November 8, 5-7 p.m.

Osborn’s stunning work will also include a 30-minute talk, Owl Vocalizations, and a Q&A.

This is free event and open to the public.

In her own words, “Photography enables me to see details of nature which remain hidden from casual observation. There are so many exciting aspects of plants, animals, weather phenomena etc. to find and learn about, that I enjoy being outdoors more than anything else, especially here in Vermont….My photography includes a variety of outdoor subjects, including natural history, scenics and outdoor sports—cross country skiing and sled dogs.”

Using a digital camera and computer, she enjoys creating both traditional photo prints and creative “Art Image” prints.

All are giclée prints that she brings to life on glossy, fine art or metallic papers.

She was the 2009 winner in Nature’s Best Photography Backyards Contest sponsored by Nature’s Best, the most prestigious nature photography magazine in the U.S. Magazines, such as Vermont Life, Click, Cross Country Skier, Stowe Guide, Northern Woodlands, Vermont Sports, Vermont magazine, VT Sports and many books have published my photos.

Watersheds United Vermont just used her river photo for a cover for Living in Harmony with Streams.

Project UltraSwan, (a children’s book published by Houghton Mifflin), which she wrote and photographed, tells the story of the trumpeter swan migration project following ultralight aircraft.

Her pictures have been published in a plethora of books including Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, Peterson-Hummingbirds of North America, Ortho-All About Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies, Weisel-Cross Country Ski Vacations, The Nature Conservancy National and many more.

Come meet this fascinating world-class photographer at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, Newport, November 8th.

The exhibit runs through December 7th.

For more information, www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

Newport man sentenced to 3-5 years in prison

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A convicted sex offender from Newport was recently sentenced to serve three to five years in prison.

The Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office says that on October 22, 2019, 27-year-old Ryan John was in court for a sentencing hearing.

John pled guilty to a felony charge of aggravated domestic assault, a misdemeanor charge of sex offender registry failure, and a misdemeanor charge of false information to a law enforcement officer.

He was also facing two misdemeanor charges of violating conditions of release.

According to court records, the assault charge stems from an incident in 2018 when John allegedly shot a woman with a BB gun inside a vehicle.

Court records state that the BB was lodged 2 inches into her skin, and she needed to contact a surgeon to have it removed.

Fatal crash in Orleans

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — A 31-year-old Westfield man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Orleans last night.

Police responded to the crash on Willoughby Avenue at around 7:11 p.m.

The driver was identified as Shaun Greene.

Police say Greene was traveling east and failed to negotiate a right-hand corner, traveling off the road and hitting a tree.

The passenger in the vehicle was transported to North Country Hospital with what police describe as “serious injuries.”

Police are still investigating the crash.

Single-vehicle crash in Barton

in Barton/Glover/Newport/News

BARTON — Police say a 37-year-old man from Glover may have suffered a medical event prior to a single-vehicle crash in Barton this afternoon.

Rescue workers and the state police responded to the scene on Hollow Road at around 1:30 p.m.

The driver was identified as Richard Poginy, and police say he was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

According to police, Poginy left the roadway when traveling south on Hollow Road.

Poginy was transported to North Country Hospital, and later to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for further treatment.

According to Trooper Ferrier, it is believed he sustained an unknown medical event prior to leaving the roadway.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Sacred Heart Alumni Association donates to St. Paul School in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — As part of its mission to help further Catholic education in Orleans County, the Sacred Heart Alumni Association recently made a donation of $2,000 to St. Paul School’s Tuition Assistance Program.

Contributing to the Tuition Assistance Program will assist more families in sending their children to St. Paul School in Barton.

Pictured above accepting the donation is Rev. Curtis Miller, Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish, and Joanne Beloin, Principal of the school.

Representing the Sacred Heart Alumni Association are Jane Forcier, President, and Rosemary Hall, Vice President.

Young professionals invited to discuss future during November 11 meeting in Newport

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — If you’re 22- 40 years old, The Vermont Futures Project and the Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network would like to learn your insights about Vermont’s current economic challenges, your personal economic and work aspirations, and your recommendations on how to secure Vermont’s future to be a great place to work, live and play.

At the Work Commons in Newport on November 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., facilitators Sunny Noelle Naughton, Vice-Chair of the NEK YPN and head of Sunshine Silver Lining Consulting and Lori Smith, Executive Director of the Vermont Futures Project, will be there to discuss your future and that of Vermont for the younger generation.

Space is limited to 15 for each session, so organizers ask that you reserve your spot by emailing Lori Smith at: lsmith@vtfuturesproject.org

Another meeting will be held on November 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Passumpsic Bank, in St. Johnsbury.

The Vermont Futures Project, in partnership with the Statewide Young Professionals Groups, is planning several focus groups around Vermont this fall.

As the project works to create an actionable statewide plan for sustainable economic growth, they say they want to hear from young professionals currently living here, about what is most important for a thriving future.

The Vermont Futures Project works to promote the long-term economic health of Vermont through leadership, research and education.

Photos by Lucy Cannon Neel, and Scott Wiesen, Facebook.

Shooting scare in Derby Line sends school into lockout

in Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — An active shooter scare in Derby Line this afternoon caused a local school to go on “lockout,” but police say that there is no danger to the public at this time.

It started at around 1:09 p.m. when the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department received a call to their dispatch reporting a shooting at a residence on Caswell Avenue in Derby Line.

The male caller stated that he had just shot a family member, giving police a physical address on Caswell Avenue, which was confirmed by the dispatcher.

While attempting to gather further information, the caller hung up and gave no return phone number.

Police say the phone number was not recorded by their caller ID.

A multiagency response took place at the residence on Caswell Avenue included Deputies from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the Vermont State Police, US Customs and Border Protection, US Border Patrol, Newport Police Department, and the Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

Police say the large presence of federal agents was due to the proximity of the reported scene to the United States Port of Entry on 1-91 and the fact that Caswell Avenue runs along the US-Canadian border.

Officers made a tactical approach to the house and met the owner who stated that it was not him that had called and he was alone in the residence.

The residence was searched by a responding team of officers and nothing was found.

Police say while officers were beginning to clear from the scene, three distinct gunshots were heard nearby.

At this time, officers regrouped to a safe area and a decision was made to check several nearby houses.

The Derby Elementary School was notified and school officials placed the school on lockout until the end of the school day.

Neighboring homes were checked and nothing further was found, police say.

According to a statement issued by Sheriff Kirk Martin, there were no injuries to any party at this time.

By 2:30 p.m. all units cleared the scene and Caswell Avenue was re-opened to traffic and residents were let back to their home.

The school was also notified and opted to remain in their current status until the end of the school day.

Photo by Rick Desrochers.

Governor Scott visits Orleans County

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Yesterday, to kick off Orleans County Capitol for a Day, Governor Phil Scott took a tour of Ready Set Grow and Newport Head Start.

The Governor and his staff were welcomed by community partners who helped get the innovative early childcare center off the ground.

Meeting with staff members, touring the playground and even stopping to color for a bit with some of the children, Governor Scott and his team said they were impressed with the facility.

“The Newport Early Childhood Center shows us what’s possible when local partners come together and think outside the box to serve their community,” Gov. Scott shared on social media.

Scott started his visit to Orleans County with a cabinet meeting at the Northern Star at the Gateway Center, before heading to the Newport Early Childhood Center.

He then went our a tour of the Northern State Correctional Facility, before lunch at the Coventry Village School.

After lunch, there was a presentation of the Spirit of the ADA Award to EM Brown & Son, in Barton, and a tour of Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend.

State recognizes community building efforts in Newport: Tracy Zschau celebrated for her leadership

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — At a recent statewide conference, The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board honored Tracy Zschau with the John Nutting Community Catalyst Award for her work on Bluffside Farm on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in Newport, and for her conservation work in the Northeast Kingdom over 22 years.

“Bluffside is very special for the community of Newport, for Vermont’s recreational economy, and for the ecology of the lake,” said Gus Seelig, Executive Director of VHCB.

In partnership with the City of Newport, VLT has been raising funds to build a bridge and bike path on the farm, connecting it to downtown Newport and with a recreational corridor that extends to the Canadian border.

“VLT’s involvement in Bluffside Farm was a turning point for Newport’s emerging outdoor recreation economy,” said Jessica Booth, Newport Parks and Recreation Director. “Tracy’s involvement has been a key to our success in developing connected bike paths around the lake.”

Facing a foreclosure auction in 2015, the Scott family, who had owned and cared for the property for many years approached VLT in hope of protecting the land.

After news of the foreclosure became public and the community spoke out in support of conservation, VLT purchased the farm.

With several large fields, mature forest and ecologically important sites, the 129-acre property sits between two unconnected recreational paths inside the city limits.

Given its significance, Zschau and others at VLT have worked tirelessly to collaborate with the community in establishing a vision for its future that protects the fields and forest while advancing community goals around recreation, education and economic development.

“This award is a shared honor with so many at VLT and the City of Newport who have played roles in our evolving and expanding work at Bluffside Farm,” said Tracy Zschau. “This project has taught us so much about the power of collective impact.”

North Country Hospital employees receive awards for years of service

in Health/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Each year North Country Hospital celebrates and awards those employees from five to 40 years of service in five-year increments.

In 2019, years of service totaled 1,255 years by 88 employees.

Earlier this fall hospital staff gathered at the Elks Club in Derby to honor each other and celebrate the many years of service.

Hospital VIP of the Year was awarded to Ken Dufour in their Information Systems department.

The VIP is selected by a committee of 12 employee peers who received ‘VIP of the month’ during 2018.

Earlier this year Lisa Wilson was awarded Derby Green Employee of the Year.

Master of Ceremonies Bill Perket, the Vice President of Human Resources, kept the evening rolling with such a big crowd of awardees, colleagues and guests.

Congratulations to the following hospital awardees:

40 Years: Nancy Carter, Ann Edgerley, Gigi Gobeil-Judd

35 Years: Julie Carrier

30 Years: Pauline Arnold, Joan Wheeler, Ron Holland, MD, Cheryl Demers, Lianne Kramer

25 Years: Wendy Hornby

20 Years: Carl Roberts, Pam Wilkins, Joanne Fedele, Susan Maxwell-Thompson, Karen Goodwin, Amanda Pratt, Paula Bean, Julie Taylor, Rizwan Haq, MD, Darcy Hammond, Heather Moulton, Connie Rath Kruszyna, Janellen Parker-Goodwin, Peter Stuart, MD, Gina Lyon, Deborah Brown, Penny Major, Amy Barrup, Amber Lucas.

15 Years: Jennifer Piette, Raymond Lucas, Lisa Anderson, Lori Tatro, Ann-Marie Dohn, Carmen Boudreau, Teri Fitzpatrick, Steven Hurd, Lucie McDaniel, Tracy Guillette

10 Years: Janet Blais, Sheb White, Katie Hadvab, Deborah LaMadeleine, Emily Jewett, Patricia Hughes, Kevin Lamere, John Pellizzari, Bobby Jo Rivard, Christie Aldrich, David Bourgeois, MD, Debora Gabucci, Megan Garrigan, Nancy Green, Amy Leroux, Elaine Wright, Pauline Mackey, Patrick Heaney, Tara Martinez, Rory Carr, Larry Sisson, MD, Kimberly Blanchard, Kristal Ohlinger-Wilson, Tammy Greene, Alicia Larose, Denise Currier, Sarah McIntosh, Matthew Tremblay, Chrstine Trees-Neuberger, Shelly Starr

5 Years:
Katrina Bennett, Laurie Geoffrey, Avril Cochran, David Gonthier, Cassandra Cota, John Harrington, Shanna Fortin, Leona Fitsch, Janice Christino, Suzanne Gibeault, Holly Converse, Michelle Gonthier, David Cunningham, Kayce Jones, Katelyn Meunier, Misty-Anne Koloski Umair Malik, MD, Andrew Torkelson, MD, Kathleen LaFratta.

Police: Man arrested for hitting two vehicles while fleeing attempted theft in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A Derby man will face a judge tomorrow morning for charges of aggravated assault and driving with a criminally suspended license following an incident that took place earlier in the month.

Police say they received a call from a victim at a residence on Hinman Settler Road on October 10, advising they had an attempted theft at their barn.

The vehicle left the scene after striking both of their vehicles in the process and headed back onto Hinman Settler Road, where they lost sight of it.

The victims were able to identify the operator as 41-year-old Aaron Horner, of Derby.

Horner was taken into custody and released on a citation to appear in Orleans County court tomorrow.

Route 5A in Westmore closure extended

in Newport/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — The closure of Vermont Route 5A in Westmore to stabilize a rock ledge along the road next to Lake Willoughby, will be extended until Friday, November 1.

The rock stabilization project involves scaling loose material from the ledge face and pinning blocks in place to prevent future failures.

The site has a history of rockfall failures, including one that occurred in March affecting travel on Route 5A until large rocks that fell into the road could be removed.

It is anticipated additional failures will occur this winter if remediation is not completed.

Contractor JP Sicard’s crews have finished scaling and removing the rock debris from the site.

One-third of the rock dowels have been installed, and the contractor says crews will work on installing rock dowels through the weekend.

During the course of this work and removal of loose material from the rock slope, there was bedrock material exposed that provided the opportunity to deliver a longer-term fix than the original stabilization measures that were outlined in the project scope.

As a result, VTrans authorized the contractor to complete additional stabilization measures which required more time.

The road is expected to re-open by the end of the day on Friday, November 1.

Travelers will need to continue to use Route 5 and Route 16 as a detour during the closure period

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