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Scott Perkins remembered for career at North Country Hospital

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NEWPORT — Recently family, friends and colleagues gathered by North Country Hospital’s wood chip facility to remember Scott Perkins and the many contributions he made during his tenure. Perkins began working at the hospital when he was 16-years-old and worked his way up the ladder to become second in command in the facilities department over…

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Bluffside Farm in Newport hunting lottery announced

in Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Following last year’s successful first hunting season on Bluffside Farm in Newport, the Vermont Land Trust has decided to hold a lottery for hunting on the property again this year. The land trust plans to issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during two periods: October 21 to November 3, and November 11…

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NCH building rededicated and renamed after Sidney A. Toll

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Medical Arts Building at North Country Hospital is now the Sidney A. Toll Memorial Building. Referred to by many who knew him as Sid, Toll served the hospital for 30 years, beginning as Controller and then promoted to Chief Financial Officer. In 1987, Toll was appointed President and CEO, where he served…

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Daigle-Farney joins OCRJ Board of Directors

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Lisa Daigle-Farney recently joined the Board of Directors for the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center. Daigle-Farney is no stranger to helping her community or to the idea of restorative justice in general. “I believe my past experience, which is 37 years in the fields of education and human services, has given me the…

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Newport suicide walk raises $17,000

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NEWPORT — The 6th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk took place on Saturday through downtown Newport, hosted by the Vermont chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Starting at Gardner Memorial Park at 10 a.m., this year 200 walkers raised around $17,000 for AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs.…

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NEKLS welcomes Connie Miner and Peter Alexander

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NEWPORT — Peter Alexander may have retired from his physical education work at North Country Union High School, but he certainly hasn’t retired from helping people stay fit. Alexander joined the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) team to run a group of outdoor activities for NEKLS staff and students. He has already set up and…

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Warden Reed of Newport becomes Vermont’s Newest K9 Game Warden Unit

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NEWPORT — Warden Jenna Reed of Newport and her K9 partner, a German shepherd named Moose, recently graduated from a six-week training program to become the state’s newest K9 game warden unit. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department currently has three other K9 units stationed in Wells River, Fair Haven, and Wilmington. Warden Reed and…

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Derby Line man facing charges after police say he punched trooper

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DERBY LINE — A 60-year-old man from Derby Line is facing charges after police say he punched a State trooper in the head. Paul Scalzo faces aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest charges following the incident, which took place on Monday. At around 5:45 p.m. police responded to…

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West Charleston man facing charges

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WEST CHARLESTON — A West Charleston man is facing charges after police say he aided in two controlled purchases of heroin. Michael McFarland, 33, of West Charleston, was arrested on Thursday for two charges of violation of conditions of release and two charges of aiding in the commission of a felony. Members of the Northern…

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Newport Police investigating after child reported being approached by strangers

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they are actively investigating after a child reported a suspicious interaction she had while walking to school this morning. At approximately 4:20 p.m., detectives responded to a report that a child had interacted with a suspicious individual while en route to school. The detective conducted a preliminary investigation…

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Newport City Elementary School starts the year with a walk

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NEWPORT — In the same breath as we say goodbye to summer, we say hello to a brand new school year. Everyone is excited and the energy levels are still running high, so what better way to use that energy than with a walk? Newport City Elementary School is starting the third year of participation…

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Newport community walk to focus on suicide prevention

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — More than 200 people are expected to participate in the annual Newport Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the Vermont chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Saturday, September 9, at Gardner Memorial Park. This fundraising walk supports the AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs, and…

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Eye doctor returns home to Newport

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NEWPORT — Dr. Sean Pinard OD, a graduate of North Country Union High School in 2009, has come back to Vermont and joined the Newport Optical team. Dr. Pinard graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a BA in Biology. In 2017 he earned his Doctorate in Optometry at the Southern College of…

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Police: Guns stolen during burglaries in Newport Center, Derby

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NEWPORT — Homes in Newport Center and Derby were burglarized last week, and police say in both cases firearms were taken. On Thursday, someone unlawfully entered a residence on Lawson Road in Newport Center between the hours of 6:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Two firearms were taken from the residence. On Saturday, police were notified…

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Umbrella offers advocacy training in Newport

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NEWPORT — Umbrella is offering free training for anyone who wants to learn more about intimate partner domestic or sexual violence, how children are affected by violence, and other topics related to making our community a safer one. Starting Monday, August 28, at 5 p.m., The Advocacy Program at Umbrella in Newport will offer seven…

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Flag exchange celebrates two active watershed stewards of Lake Memphremagog

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NEWPORT — Thirty people enjoyed a perfect summer day floating along the US – Canadian border to honor the dual citizenship of beautiful Lake Memphremagog and the anniversaries of the lake’s two active watershed stewards.  Memphremagog Conservation, Inc (MCI), is celebrating 50 years and Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA), 10 years.  On board for the celebration were representatives from MCI…

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Derby man charged after fight on Main Street in Newport

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NEWPORT — A large fight in Newport on Saturday left a 26-year-old man from Derby facing charges. Police say at approximately 1:23 a.m., they were dispatched to the area of Main Street in Newport City for a report of a fight. Upon arrival, police say they witnessed several individuals near the intersection of Central Street…

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Driver busted doing 111-mph on I-91 in Newport

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NEWPORT — A 23-year-old man from Boston was arrested on Sunday after police say they clocked him traveling 111 miles-per-hour on I-91. He Chin Yu is facing charges of excessive speed and grossly negligent operation following the incident. At 5:45 p.m. trooper Daniel Lynch says he was monitoring northbound traffic on I-91, when he measured…

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Woman convicted for 2014 Newport car crash

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced that last Friday, Heather Root, of Caledonia County, was convicted by a jury of three counts of gross negligent operation, serious bodily injury resulting. Root’s charges stem from a motor vehicle crash that took place back on September 24, 2014. On that date, the Newport…

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Newport police announce new hires

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has announced three new hires to their Emergency Communications Department. Dispatcher Scott Bryant, who has over 10 years of emergency communications experience, was brought on full-time. Bryant worked for the Vermont State Police in Derby up until their dispatch communications were transferred to Williston. Dispatchers Jessika Patneaude and Cassie…

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Ground broken on new waterfront path in downtown Newport

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NEWPORT — Pomerleau Real Estate and the City of Newport have broken ground on a new walking path on the waterfront. This new path is an addition to the Newport Recreation Path and opens up over 1,000 feet of waterfront to the public for the first time. The waterfront path, which will also offer docks,…

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Police: Derby man charged after ignoring warnings not to reach for loaded gun

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DERBY — A 30-year-old man from Derby is facing numerous charges after police say he ignored warnings not to reach for a loaded gun during a DUI stop. Jeffrey Charland is being charged with aggravated assault/deadly weapon, DUI, resisting arrest, and grossly negligent operation, following the incident. On Sunday, at around 7:45 p.m. police say…

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