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Newport Mayor Paul Monette Announces Re-election Campaign

in Letter to the Editor/Newport/News

Mayor Paul Monette recently announced his decision to run for re-election as Mayor of the City of Newport. He released the following statement today: Much has been accomplished over the past several years under my leadership and in 2020, despite the Covid pandemic, the City continued to see successes. Newport City continued to operate and…

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Police: Slingshot used to break windows in Derby, Charleston

in Charleston/Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Police are investigating a series of vandalism incidents that took place on Sunday. Lauri Stonebreaker reported the front window of her home on Main Street in Derby was broken at around 2:00 p.m. Investigation revealed the projectile that penetrated her window was a marble that was shot from a slingshot. Approximately 30 minutes…

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Police investigating fatal fire in Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Authorities say one person is dead after a fire broke out in Newport on Christmas night. Newport Police and Fire responded to 58 Pleasant Street for a structure fire that was reported at around 9:15 p.m. Responding officers say they found heavy flames coming from the second floor. The flames were intense, and…

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Cow dies after being hit by truck in Irasburg

in Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — A truck hit a cow that wandered onto the road in Irasburg on Wednesday. Authorities were notified of the incident on Vermont Route 14 at around 5:00 p.m. Jeffrey Shatney told police that he was traveling south and struck an all-black cow that was in the travel portion of the road. The cow…

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MCM and the Northern Star awarded $50,000 grant

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Preservation Trust of Vermont has awarded Memphremagog Community Maritime (MCM) and the Northern Star a $50,000 community revitalization grant that will help preserve and support the activities of the local cruise ship. MCM is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote and provide educational, research, and tourism opportunities that bring people together…

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Merry Hamel of NEKCA, Dennis Percy, Fred’s Energy General Manager, and Rachel Twofoot of Northpoint, on December 15th with toys collected for the “Toys for Kids” toy drive at the Fred’s Energy main office in Derby. (R) Merry Hamel of NEKCA selects a name from all the entries as Fred’s Energy General Manager, Dennis Percy, assists.

Fred’s Energy toy drive helps local kids, 3 families receive 100 gallons of heating oil

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Each of the three Fred’s Energy offices collected toys again this year for local non-profit programs. The Lamoille Family Center’s “Holiday Project,” the St. Johnsbury Fire Department’s “Santa Fund,” and the NEKCA & Northpoint “Toys for Kids” toy drive all benefited from this year’s donations. With the current pandemic and many still out…

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Cumberland Farms in Newport robbed at gunpoint

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Police are investigating an early morning armed robbery in Newport. An employee at Cumberland Farms on East Main Street reported that they had been robbed at around 4:12 a.m. The clerk told police that a male suspect had entered the store and displayed a handgun and began demanding money. The suspect received an…

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Newport City Inn and Suites robbed

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Authorities are actively investigating a robbery that took place in Newport last night. Police say they were notified of an alleged robbery at the Newport Inn and Suites on Main Street at around 11:00 p.m. A man is said to have approached an employee demanding cash and claiming he had a gun. Police…

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Divers spent 160 hours cleaning milfoil from Lake Salem this summer

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Salem Lakes Association, in partnership with the town of Derby, completed a busy season managing an invasive aquatic plant. Eurasian Water Milfoil was first found in Big Salem in 2017. Over the summer, divers worked 160 hours during 45 dives in the lake between June and September. The association says divers pulled over…

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Man sentenced for smuggling 6 endangered tropical birds into Derby Line from Quebec

in Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — A 40-year-old man from Pennsylvania was sentenced after pleading guilty to smuggling tropical birds into Vermont. Jafet Rodriguez, 40, of Hazleton, was sentenced to a two-year term of federal supervised release. Rodriguez previously pled guilty to unlawfully smuggling six tropical birds into Vermont from Canada, in violation of the Endangered Species Act…

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Ambulance transporting patient crashes in Morgan

in Morgan/Newport/News

MORGAN — An ambulance that was transporting a patient was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Morgan on Tuesday. The ambulance, owned by Newport Ambulance/Northern EMS and operated by EMT Joseph Whitehill, crashed at around 11:15 a.m. on Champigny Hill Road. The ambulance was headed towards Route 111 with its emergency lights activated with a…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Over $115K in grants awarded to 27 NEK nonprofits

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $115,800 in grants to 27 organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties in fall 2020. This year’s awards represent a combination of grants to organizations supporting education, food access, the arts, and outdoor engagement. “In this challenging year, the Foundation and our donors…

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East Charleston woman nearing $20K raised for Make-A-Wish

in East Charleston/Newport/News

EAST CHARLESTON — Judy Moulton of East Charleston, who has been volunteering as a wish granter with Make-A-Wish Vermont for more than 20 years, is now just $1,000 shy of activating a matching grant that will bring her fundraising efforts up to $20,000. Moulton, who is one of the non-profit’s biggest fundraisers, each year writes…

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NEK Council on Aging announces new Options Counselor

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging recently announced that Linda Caamaño will join as Options Counselor. The Options Counselor is responsible for both office and field-based work, management of calls sent from the information and referral helpline staff, and the delivery of person-centered options counseling to clients in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.…

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Newport Center man arrested following police chase

in Newport/News

NEWPORT CENTER — A 33-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges following an incident in Newport Center early Sunday morning. Police say they observed a vehicle doing donuts in the middle of the intersection of Vermont Route 14 and Vermont Route 100 at around 1:52 a.m. According to police, they initiated a traffic stop and…

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Public meeting to discuss research into tumors found on bullhead in Lake Memphremagog

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The public is invited to join a virtual meeting next week to discuss fish health in Lake Memphremagog. The meeting will be hosted by the Agency of Natural Resources on Wednesday, December 9, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Rick Levey, an environmental scientist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Pete Emerson,…

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Armed robbery in Orleans

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police are investigating after an armed robbery was reported in Orleans last night. The incident took place at the Family Dollar on Main Street at around 9:15 p.m. Police say an unknown individual entered the Family Dollar, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The suspect is described as a thin white male approximately…

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Newport police seeking shooting suspect, 2 facing charges

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Police arrested and charged two Connecticut men in connection with a shooting that took place yesterday morning in Newport. Investigators say they have identified the alleged shooter and are seeking to bring him into custody as well. According to the report, Wilfredo Cerpa, 23, of Hartford, was charged with accessory after the fact…

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Shooting at Waterfront Plaza, 2 people in custody

in Newport/News/Orleans

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place earlier today at Waterfront Plaza. Police responded to the parking lot at 11:30 a.m. where a male victim was located with a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center and is reported to…

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Despite COVID, Kingdom Games raises over $8K for local charities in 2020

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

DERBY — Despite being limited to only three events this year, Kingdom Games still managed to help raise $8,678 for two local charities. The two local charities included Umbrella, which serves and advocates for survivors of domestic and interpersonal violence, and The Halo Foundation, which provides support for cancer patients and their families. At the…

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River corridor and wetlands in Westfield protected

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

WESTFIELD — Land along three miles of the Missisquoi River and its tributaries, as well as 50 acres of wetlands in Westfield have been protected. This is the latest in an ongoing effort by the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy to improve water quality in Vermont’s rivers that are a priority for clean…

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