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Two-vehicle crash outside Shaw’s this afternoon

in Derby/Newport/News

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DERBY — Two vehicles sustained damage and had to be towed from the scene of an accident on U.S. Route 5 in Derby this afternoon.

Natasha Tynio, 21, of West Charleston, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer while exiting the parking lot of Shaw’s supermarket located off Route 5.

According to police, Susan Johns, of Newport, was driving a 2007 Suzuki SX4 south on Route 5 when her right turn signal accidentally activated.

Tynio failed to yield right-of-way to Johns when entering the intersection, attempting to make a left hand turn.

The collision occurred in the southbound lane of U.S. Route 5.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Ray’s Auto out of Newport.

Both Tynio and Johns were wearing their seatbelts and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Accused Circle K robber arrested on Friday for sale of heroin

in Barton/Newport

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NEWPORT — A 23-year-old man from Oxford, Maine, who is accused of robbing the Circle K in Barton at knifepoint in January, was arrested on Friday for the sale of heroin.

Daniel Dunn, who is currently being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility on charges relating to the Circle K robbery, was cited to appear August 19, to face these two new counts of the sale of heroin.

The Barton robbery in January is also said to have been drug related.

Susanne Champagne, age 27, of Enosburg, is accused of dropping Dunn off at the Circle K store in Barton immediately prior to the robbery.

According to police, both Dunn and Champagne confessed, with Champagne stating, “Okay, yes, Danny robbed the Circle K.” She also informed police that they did it because they needed money to purchase heroin.

It also came out in the confession that the two were in Lyndonville to buy heroin when they were pulled over after the robbery.

Dunn later stated that he fled back to Maine to get cleaned up from his drug addictions.

All photos courtesy of Phil White.

Open water swimming season started Saturday on Lake Memphremagog

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All photos courtesy of Phil White.
All photos courtesy of Phil White.

NEWPORT — Opening day of open water swimming season in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Eastern Townships of Quebec kicked off on Saturday. In all, eight swimmers from Massachusetts and Vermont took part in the first swim of the season.

The “Son of a Swim” courses offered 2, 4, and 6 miles of open water swimming on Lake Memphremagog. The course was set up to allow swimmers the chance to qualify for Kingdom Swim, which takes place in July.

Four swimmers completed their personal bests, swimming the chilly, 59 degree waters under a light drizzle for most of the morning.

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Christina Carrier, 52, of Easthampton, Massachusetts, competed 2 miles without a wet suit and qualified for the 3 mile course at Kingdom Swim.

Sandra Alton, 39, also of Easthampton, completed 4 miles, qualifying for the six mile course.

Galen Broido, 19, of Hinesburg, completed 2 miles, qualifying for the 3 mile course.

Scott Traer, 33, of Woburn, Massachusetts, completed the 4 mile distance, his longest open water swim.

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For Bethany Bosch, 29, of Wallingford, it was just a little training swim. Bethany has completed the ten mile course of Kingdom Swim, twice. Last year she completed the 25 mile, international swim between Newport, Vermont, and Magog, Quebec. And this year she is in training for an attempt to cross the English Channel.

Sue-Ellen Boorer, 60, of Warren, did the two mile swim without a wet suit. She is one of a growing group of NEKOWSA Season Pass Holders, taking advantage of the expanding offerings of lake swims throughout the summer.

Paula Yankouskas, 58, of Hyde Park, did four miles, without a wet suit. Paula is a long time, ten mile Kingdom Swimmer who has transitioned from swimming with a wet suit, to without. She also a NEKOWSA pass holder and is in training for this year’s 25 mile “Search” coming up in September.

Even Guri, a three-year-old chocolate lab from Wallingford, the first dog known to have swum the five mile length of Lake Willoughby last year, took part in the action.

Son of a Swim was limited to 10 swimmers and is offered especially to help those who need to complete a particular distance to qualify for Kingdom Swim in July. It is one of 15 days of open water swims hosted by Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association in the legendary lakes of northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

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Newport Center man denies stabbing pig roast host

in Newport/News/North Troy

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NEWPORT — A Newport Center man who was tasered by police and arrested on June 7, pled innocent on Tuesday to felony charges of disorderly conduct by fighting, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault with a weapon.

Troy Guertin, 29, appeared in court on Tuesday to answer the charges relating to an incident that took place at an annual pig roast in North Troy. Guertin is accused of stabbing the party host in the finger.

Four police officers arrived at the scene of the incident late Saturday night.

According to an affidavit by Trooper Debra Munson, they spoke with the host of the party, Curtis Laramee, who said that earlier he heard Guertin quarreling with another guest. He approached the two arguing men, and told them that he didn’t want any fighting at the event. According to the affidavit, at one point, Guertin was asked to leave, and he grabbed something from out of the waist of his pants, and jabbed it toward Laramee.

Laramee held out his hand to block the movement, and stated that he felt a sharp pain in his hand. He suffered a half, to one inch cut on his ring finger.

When officers went to Guertin’s home to question him about the incident, he denied the stabbing charge.

In an affidavit by Deputy Sheriff Tyler Jacobs, Guertin is reported to have became upset during the conversation with police, and made several “bluff charges” toward Jacobs, and trooper Brian Connor. The affidavit states that Guertin made a grab at a flashlight that Connor was holding, causing him to use his taser on Guertin. Officers were then able to get him handcuffed.

In court on Tuesday, Guertin was released by Judge Michael Pratt.

Airplane crash at Newport State Airport Saturday

in coventry/Newport/News

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COVENTRY — According to the Federal Aviation Administration, nobody was injured after an airplane crashed at the Newport State Airport on Saturday. The FAA also reports that two people were inside the aircraft, while it was practicing takeoff and landing maneuvers, when the accident took place.

Vermont State Police were at the scene of the crash on Saturday when it happened, at around 12:50 p.m., and they were seen at the airport on Sunday as well.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but preliminary reports point toward the pilot loosing control of the aircraft while taking off.

The landing gear was ripped clean off of the plane during the incident.

It has not yet been confirmed who was flying the plane, a small single-engine model, but the aircraft is registered to Luc Quirion.

Authorities are stressing the fact that this does not mean that Quirion was the pilot involved in the crash. More information will be available when the investigation is completed.

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FREE and healthy food for children 18 and under this summer

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NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s newest project, The Lunchbox Mobile Farmers’ Market, is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Starting June 18th the Lunchbox will be serving free meals to kids 18 and under throughout the summer.

Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and younger without charge. The Lunchbox will be at the following locations:


EVERY WEDNESDAY in BARTON
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s School
54 Eastern Ave

EVERY THURSDAY in NEWPORT
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Gardner Park
155 Gardner Park Road

EVERY FRIDAY in ISLAND POND
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Pavilion Park
95 Cross Street

The Lunchbox will also be open to the public and have meals available for purchase. All proceeds from the truck help support their work connecting kids, farms, and communities.

For more information contact Kathryn Hansis at khansis@gmfts.org or 802.334.2044. You can also connect with them on facebook at facebook.com/TheLunchboxVT for updates.

Something for everyone at Aquafest this year

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

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NEWPORT — Aquafest is making its splash on a new date and with a new challenge this year. Moving forward one week to July 11-13, Aquafest is calling all teams for its new amazing race, the VT 105 Challenge.

This fun and exciting new event will include challenges such as eating large amounts of food, counting a large number of items, finding a shop or location, carrying items long distances, assembling a difficult structure, or solving riddles in order to get to the next clue.

Family members, friends, and business colleagues can compete as teams in this wacky, fun event-filled race.

Also new in the line-up of this year’s festivities are:

• A Friday night Street Festival, following the Pet and Swimmers Parade. Be ready to strap on your blue suede shoes and boogie on Main Street to some of the Kingdom’s best entertainers, including DJ Double Trouble and ETA.

• Kid’s entertainment at the Waterfront Festival on Saturday will include Marko the Magician, Captain Radical and Dux the Balloon Man.

• Chowderfest will be making waves to its new location at the Gateway.

This summer celebration on the shores of Lake Memphremagog kicks off on July 11 at Prouty Beach with a 10 mile flatwater race and “expedition” for Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards. The expedition will start from Prouty Beach at 1:00 p.m., head out of Newport Bay north to the Canadian Border, around Black Cove and Bell Islands and back to Prouty Beach.

The fun continues on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the Pet and Swimmers Parade. Join in the fun and march in one of the craziest parades in the nation. Participants from all over the country march along side pets in costume and a host of floats and other participants. Build a float, march in costume and take a shot at winning this year’s John Belushi look-a-like contest. The parade will start at Gardner Park, march to the top of Main Street and end the evening with the new Street Festival on Main Street.

Saturday will bring a full range of events and activities, including the world-renowned open water Kingdom Swim on Lake Memphremagog. The Kingdom Swim is a competitive and recreational charity swim for all skill levels, young and old alike.

The family favorite Aqaufestival will commence at noon along the boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog. This year’s Aquafest family entertainment will feature signatures performances from Marko the Magician, Captain Radical, and Dux the Balloon Man, all live under the lakeside gazebos.

Moo92 will be broadcasting live at the Gateway from noon until 2:00 p.m. while locals compete in the annual Chowderfest competition. Buy a spoon for $5 and dig in to a variety of Chowders entered to win “Best Chowder!”

The Waterfront Festival closes with the new Vermont 105 Challenge starting at the Gateway and ending with the after race party.

Kingdom Aquafest will draw to a close on Sunday following the annual Aquafest Yacht Regatta and Lobster Bake. Watch the race, or join in on the fun with your sailing yacht. This short race, all taking place within view of the Newport Harbor, requires luck along with the technical skills. All is put on the line in this race for a year’s worth of bragging rights.

Aquafest is a collaborative effort of Kingdom Games, Newport Parks and Recreation, and Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce. For a complete listing of Kingdom Aquafest events and activities, to include links to special event websites, please visit www.kingdomaquafest.com or contact Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce at (802) 334-7782. Emails are invited to director@vtnorthcountry.org.

Scott Wheeler to interview Jennifer Barrett in public forum on NEK-TV

in Newport/News

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NEWPORT — This Friday Scott Wheeler is interviewing Jennifer Barrett during a public forum program that will air on NEK-TV in Newport.

Ms. Barrett has recently announced that she plans to run for Orleans County State’s Attorney. The position is currently held by Alan Franklin, who is seeking another term. At least one other candidate, possibly two, plan to vie for the position.

Wheeler is reaching out to the public and seeking comment on some of the pressing legal issues the community sees in Orleans County.

“What are some of the law enforcement challenges facing Orleans county?” Wheeler asked.

He plans to to have Ms. Barrett address some of these issues. Anyone who wishes to contact Wheeler and get their question asked during the interview can contact him through his Facebook page by clicking here.

The show will air on NEK-TV channel 17 on Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m.

In addition, he will post them online. Plans are to eventually welcome other candidates for this position, as well as candidates for other elected positions in Orleans county, onto this public forum program.

You can check out Ms. Barrett’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/barrettfororleans

Wheeler, known for his acclaimed Vermont’s Northland Journal publication, as well as his Northeast Kingdom Voice television show, is doing this interview and possible series as a separate project. He even served in the State House for a few years, so he is no stranger to politics.

Volunteers come together to help fix a roof

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All photos courtesy of Paul Kearse

NEWPORT — Richard and Christine Wojcik who live at 1094 Upper Quarry Rd, Newport, had a roof that closely resembled a sieve. Last Saturday, a group of local volunteers came together to remedy that.

Richard and Christine have a daughter suffering from leukemia and have been spending a lot of time in Boston for her treatment. On Saturday, Richard was there with The Northeast Kingdom arm of Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity to remove the existing asphalt shingle roof.

They removed the old shingles using square edge shovels and pounded down any remaining nails.

Paul Kearse, a contractor, followed along doing the actual roofing. Paul did this for free to help with the effort.

It was a cool day with a comfortable breeze, no rain, and great views of Willoughby Notch and Burke Mountain from the north. The group enjoyed fried chicken and pizza.

Below are some photos from the effort provided by Paul Kearse:

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NEXUS program enrollment event in Newport next week

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NEWPORT — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agency has announced a series of opportunities next week for Vermonters to more conveniently enroll in the NEXUS program. There will be four of these mobile enrollment events across the state, with Newport’s event being held June 5, at the Gateway Center.

NEXUS allows expedited screening for approved enrollees at the northern border and many airports across the country.

Those interested must first complete an online application in order to schedule an appointment at any of the four Vermont mobile enrollment events.

NEXUS Benefits

Expedited processing by U.S. and Canadian officials.

Faster passage with a dedicated lane at peak travel hours at Highgate Springs border crossing.

Provides access to the PreCheck security line at many airports nationwide and at marine reporting locations, including Lake Champlain and Lake Memphramagog.

How to sign up for NEXUS:

Vermonters must apply using the Global On-line Enrollment System. There is a $50 application fee.

Once you have submitted your application online, schedule an interview at one of four Vermont mobile enrollment locations open the week of June 2.

Call 802-524-6527 to schedule an interview. Be ready to provide the application ID number assigned to you when you submitted your online application.

Bring a valid passport and picture identification with you to your appointment at the mobile enrollment site.

Canadians are welcome to sign up for the NEXUS program, and should follow the same procedure.

“55 percent of guests that come to Jay Peak each year are from Eastern Canada,” said Bill Stenger, President and CEO of Jay Peak Resort. “They have a choice in where they go and, while safety and security is a priority, anything we can do to make it more efficient for them to come into Vermont is important. NEXUS is a great example of how we can do that. I have a NEXUS card and use it whenever I can and it really helps. This is a program that I am very pleased is being promoted.”

Vermont NEXUS mobile enrollment events (appointment required):

June 2 – South Burlington at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 228 Aviation Avenue, Suite 100 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

June 3 – Montpelier at the Statehouse, 115 State Street (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

June 4 – St. Albans at the Federal Building, 50 South Main Street (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

June 5 – Newport at Gateway Center, 84 Fyfe Drive (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

“Increasing participation in the NEXUS program is a fast-track solution to shorten the processing time at U.S.-Canadian Customs entries,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Less time parked in line at the border means more time doing business and generating tourism dollars.”

Newport Area Community Orchestra adds new chamber group

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The photo was taken by Lisa C. Erwin. The members are from left to right: Ken Michelli, Howie Arzt, and Lee Story.

NEWPORT — The Newport Area Community Orchestra has recently added a new chamber group. It is called the Newport Area Community Orchestra Piano Trio.

The standard piano trio consists of a piano, violin, and cello, so the group is somewhat non-traditional. Its members are Howie Arzt (clarinet), Lee Story (piano), and Ken Michelli (euphonium).

The group will rehearse every other Monday at the First Universalist Parish in Derby Line, at 10:00 am.

The first public performance will be on September 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport, as part of the Now Playing Newport Concert Series.

For more information, visit the Newport Area Community Orchestra online.

Walmart could be open in Derby by November 2015

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DERBY — The Walmart Superstore that Burlington developer Jeff Davis has been trying to bring to Derby just got one step closer. On Thursday, Davis filed an application for site plan approval with the town. Davis would like to see the store open by November 2015.

Davis’s Company, Shattuck Hill Investments, owns 17.64 acres between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill Road, the site of the proposed Walmart. An access road between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill would have to be built if the project goes forward.

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The store is estimated to cost around $16.75 million to develop, with a footprint of 160,000-square-feet, and 75 feet tall. The parking lot is estimated to hold 657 vehicles.

Walmart Supercenters are hypermarkets that stock everything a Walmart discount store does, and also include a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry. The Derby store would also have a garden center, pet shop, and pharmacy.

Hypermarkets, like other big-box stores, typically have business models focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. They generally have more than 200,000 different brands of merchandise available at any one time.

It’s expected that the store would create 260 new jobs. The people of Derby and Newport in 2010 voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Walmart.

According to a traffic study submitted by Davis, on a regular weekday, the site would see an increase of about 6,000 vehicles. This would result in the need for traffic signals and turning lanes to be built at the Route 5 entrance to the parking lot.

Davis has said that he is willing to pay for this, as well as partially pay for traffic signals to be installed at the entrance onto Route 5, coming off of I-91

Roger Pion held responsible for $195,000 worth of damages

in Newport/News

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NEWPORT — According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the damage they suffered as a result of Roger Pion’s escaped in August of 2012, is $195,000. The figure was calculated and turned over to the court by the department’s attorney Kristin Wright.

Pion is accused of crushing seven police cruisers after driving over them monster truck style with a large farm tractor.

Because Pion has still not answered the complaint, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen granted a default judgement to the department in its lawsuit against him. He was ordered to pay the cost of the damages.

The default judgement entitles the department to recover the $195,000, along with costs relating to the lawsuit as well, such as attorney fees.

Armand and Linda Pion, who were dismissed from the lawsuit, stated that their son had taken the tractor without their permission. Because they were dismissed, they are not held responsible for any of the damages.

The criminal case against Pion will move forward starting in June, when jury selection is set to begin. As of now, the trial will start June 18.

Pion is facing multiple felony charges as a result of the incident.

Newport mourns the loss of a legend, Adrien Patenaude

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NEWPORT — “The way the sky meets the hills and landscape, and the way the seasons change appearance in shapes and light, have played a large role in expanding my perception of the environment. This has helped me to see more than just the reality of the view.”

Adrien Patenaude, the man who will be remembered as Adrien “Yellow,” for his signature use of the color in all of his paintings, passed away on Tuesday. The quote above is taken from the artist’s website.

Like all great art, Patenaude’s work had the ability to make one question the “reality of the view.” What we have is Patenaude’s view, left behind in his work. His paintings teach us how to look at our surroundings in our own personal way. Our own reality.

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“I have a passion for the visual life of Vermont’s landscapes,” Patenaude wrote at his website. “Its mountain views, barns and birch trees leads me to a romantic interpretation of Vermont heritage in the Northeast Kingdom.”

Newport mourns the loss of this great artists, and he will be missed by all who knew him, even if just in passing along the streets of Newport wearing his yellow beret.

He will be missed.

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Below is the artist’s obituary.

ADRIEN R. PATENAUDE

Adrien Rufus Patenaude of Newport, VT, passed away on May 13, 2014, at age 64. He died peacefully at the Fletcher Allen Health Center after a brief and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He is now gone to his heavenly Father.

Adrien was born in Newport, VT on April 10, 1950 to Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude and grew up on their farm in Holland, VT. Adrien attended Holland Central Schools and North Country Union High School and graduated in the class of 1970. He attended the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in graphic design. He had various jobs (and later had his own company) in the Burlington area, worked in Maine and finally returned to run a business in his home town area of Newport, Vermont.

Adrien was a very talented artist with many wonderful paintings and also produced many local signs. He had a passion for nature and landscape scenes and sold paintings locally and internationally. His paintings have been displayed in many different galleries all over New England and are also on display at Jay Peak and many other places. His art work will live on in all of his paintings. He was a long time member of the Saco Bay Artists in Maine.

Adrien was very generous with donations of his paintings to many local worthy causes. He was well known in the Newport and the surrounding area. His signature name was Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude because he loved yellow so much and put it in all of his paintings. He recently finished illustrating a book for the famous poet and author, Jerry Johnson. The name of the book is “Noah’s Song” and will soon have a special edition coming out in Adrien’s memory. There is also a CD with the book with “Noah’s Song” sung by Jon Gailmor.

He is survived by a son, Aaron Patenaude, who is stationed in Fort Drum, NY and Aaron’s mother, Carol Forbes, of Leland, NC. He is also survived by his loving girlfriend of 11 years, Patricia Warner of Newport, her two children Steve (and Jean) Warner with 3 children of Springfield, VT and her daughter Loraine (and Gene) with two children of MA.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude and 3 brothers and 5 sisters. They are George (and Gale) Patenaude of Richmond, Diane (and John) Forcier, of Colchester, Susan (and Bertrand) Letourneau, of Holland, Marcel (and Gaetane) Patenaude, of Holland, Joanne (and Michael) Aulis, of Franklin, NH, Christine (and Gary) Sykes, of Norton, Alan Patenaude, of Rutland, and Anna (and Jeff) Hutchins, of Westford. He is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his twin sisters, Faith and Hope, who died at birth in 1949.

Pat Warner and Adrien’s family wish to express their appreciation and gratitude for all the care that Adrien has received for the last 4 and ½ years during his kidney dialysis, both in the hospital and home dialysis teams and doctors, both at North Country Hospital and at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Also a heartfelt thank you to all the doctors and nurses and other staff at the Fletcher Allen Health Care who helped Adrien in the last 2 extremely difficult weeks of his esophageal cancer. He knew most of you by name and was always sharing his passion for his art with all of you.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Elm St. in Derby Line, Vermont. There will be no calling hours, per Adrien’s request. The burial will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery on Elm St. in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: FAHC Renal Home Program, 35 Joy Drive, So. Burlington, VT 05403 (In memory of Adrien Patenaude).

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.

Newport police chase ends in crash Tuesday night

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NEWPORT — A Lowell man led Newport police on a chase last night at around 6:15 p.m. The man ended up crashing his vehicle, which at one point went airborn after hitting a mound of dirt after leaving the roadway.

Jeffrey Fortier, 39, was traveling at a high rate of speed down City Farm Road in Newport. He was attempting to elude Newport police. The Vermont State Police were called for backup.
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High-speed police chase Sunday night in Irasburg and Lowell

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NEWPORT — A 37-year-old man from Johnson is lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport after leading police on a high speed chase that lasted 38 miles on Sunday night.

Jeremiah Phillips was driving on Route 58 in Irasburg on Sunday night, when a Vermont State Trooper attempted to pull his vehicle over. While the trooper approached the vehicle, Phillips fled.
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Moose-Vehicle Collision in Newport Center

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NEWPORT — Moose are a serious road hazard in northern New England. Many people have suffered extensive vehicle damage and eighteen people have lost their lives in collisions with moose in Vermont. Thankfully, Dennis Parent was not one of them.

Parent, 46, of Sutton, struck a moose in Newport Center at around 10:40 p.m. on Friday night, while traveling south on Vermont Route 100. He was driving a Chevrolet Work Van, which was totaled. The moose died as a result of the collision.
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Three Charged for Assault Outside Troy General Store Plead Not Guilty

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NEWPORT — Three men who were charged in an assault that took place outside the Troy General store on March 6, were in court on Tuesday. All three pled innocent to the charges.

Jonathan J. Degre, 19, of Newport Center, pled innocent to a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Casey Wheeler, 38, of Derby, and Daniel Beaumont, 25, of Newport, each pled innocent to aggravated assault and disorderly conduct by fighting.
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Demolition Permit Issued to AnC Bio Vermont

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NEWPORT — A land use permit to start demolishing part of the old Bogner plant was issued to AnC Bio on Monday. The permit, issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission to Jay Peak Biomedical Park, also known as AnC Bio Vermont, came six days after being issued municipal permits by Newport’s development review board. Demolition could begin as early as June.
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Airport Expansion Will Impact 38 Acres of Forested Wetlands in Coventry

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NEWPORT — Under the Clean Water Act, The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) needs an Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permit to move forward with the proposed construction at Newport State Airport. The construction involves a runway extension and several new buildings and facilities being built. Public comment on the issue is being sought by the ACOE on or before May 8.

According to a draft of the vegetation management plan for the expansion project, approximately 76 acres of tree clearing will take place, half of which is wetland. The 38.4 acres of forested wetlands will be cleared, and subsequently sprayed with herbicide to prevent regrowth.
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Construction of AnC Bio Could Start by June

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NEWPORT — The Jay Peak Biomedical Park, also known as AnC Bio, was issued municipal permits by Newport’s development review board. If not appealed within the next 30 day, the next step will be the Act 250 process.

The development review board stated that developer Bill Stenger, along with his team working on the project, had met the requirements needed for the permits. John Harlamert, chairman of the review board, went as far as to say that:
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Catastrophic Exercise Drill to be Held in Newport

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NEWPORT — It’s a frightening scenario. An illness spreads across the state of Vermont, or a catastrophic disaster occurs, causing mass amounts of people to seek emergency treatment at their local hospital. The hospital will be overwhelmed, and forced to open up a medical surge site. At the same time, there will be people showing up needing a place to stay.
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Rasputitsa Bike Race A Big Success in Newport

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NEWPORT — “Rasputitsa,” is Russian for “the mud season.”

The first annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic, a gravel road bicycle race, came to Newport on Saturday. The race covers 47 miles, 31 of which are gravel. The event raises money for the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, which helps people in Orleans county struggling with the costs of cancer.

About 350 riders came out to Newport to start the race at 9 a.m Saturday morning. The race finished in Newport as well.

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Ansel Dickey, of Woodstock, took home first place, finishing the race in 2:28:27.9. Ted King finished just 5 seconds behind Dickey, and Tim Johnson came in third about a minute later.

Lyne Bessette, from Knowlton, Quebec, finished at 2:48:37.7, taking home first place in the women’s category.

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The race took riders through some of Vermont’s coldest and most barren landscapes. Riders came through Troy, Jay, Westfield, Lowell, and Coventry.

The race was started by Dirty 40 Productions, which was created by Newport area residents, Hiedi Myers and Anthony Moccia. The group is getting ready for another race in August, the Dirty 40 Fall Classic, which will start at Junior High Drive in Derby.

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The upcoming race in August is hailed Vermont’s toughest gravel road race, covering 60 miles. The Dirty 40 will also raise money for the Halo Foundation. For more information on the Dirty 40, click here.

Photos courtesy of Instagram users: cyclosomatic, vincemalo, swinney, morganbps, hbroek, bbeecc56, cppow, anseldickey, philipharwood, rdruttenberg, thomparsons, and Dirt Wire TV.

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Representative Kilmartin Receives Apology for Accusations of Racism

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NEWPORT — Newport City representative Duncan Kilmartin received an apology on Friday after being accused of using racist language on the House floor during a debate last Wednesday.

The apology came from Rep. Jean O’Sullivan of Burlington, who had responded to Kilmartin’s statements while debating on a bill regarding education.

According to an account by the Vermont Press Bureau, Kilmartin had stated:

“We are an all-white population. Texas scores for all-white population in Texas – not the Hispanics and other minority groups – actually do better than Vermont. When you parse the statistics, we are not doing as well as we claim because we compare ourselves continually to other states which have large minority populations.”

According to the Vermont Press Bureau, O’Sullivan responded:

“I don’t want ever to hear a conversation that sounds like it came out of 1838, not 2014. Conflating academic achievement with race is offensive to me and to everybody. I cannot sit in this chamber and listen to that kind of dribble.”

In his remarks on the House floor on Wednesday, Kilmartin was citing statistics that Art Woolf, a University of Vermont economics professor, had published online at VT Digger. You can read Woolf’s article by clicking here.

On Thursday, Kilmartin addressed his remarks from the previous day. According to the Vermont Press Bureau, Kilmartin stated:

“In my entire life, I have never been accused of being a racist and I think the accusation that bothers me the most – notwithstanding years of experience as a trial lawyer where passions can run high – I was accused of conflating race with educational achievement, as if that were some cardinal sin, and it was equated to being dribble. I’m very sorry that I had to do this because to accuse another person or to imply that they’re a racist, based upon a quotation of federal statistics, I think is appalling.”

The spat between the two was short lived, and O’Sullivan apologized on Friday. In fact, the two quickly decided to put the incident behind them, agreeing to meet for dinner.

“I received a genuine apology, and everyone there knew that it was genuine,” Kilmartin said in an interview on Friday. “We can both be passionate, and there have been times that I’ve run across the line, and had to apologize. Like Shakespeare said, “all’s well, that ends well.”

Police Launch Traffic Operation Between Vermont and Quebec

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DERBY LINE — If you thought you noticed an increase in law enforcement and border patrol in the area this morning, you did. The Vermont State Police, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and the Quebec Provincial Police, are announcing that they will be working together over the holiday weekend in a joint traffic enforcement initiative called “Operation Road Safety Without Borders.”

The operation started this morning, kicking off Easter weekend. In a statement issued by the VSP, the initiative is in anticipation of increased traffic for both inbound and outbound travelers between the United States and Quebec. The statement goes on to say:

“This is an opportunity for Canadian and U.S. police to demonstrate that the risk of being intercepted is the same everywhere. Officers will target speeding, seat belt compliance, distracted driving, and impaired driving.”

The initiative will continue through Saturday at 2 a.m, and will be a statewide effort throughout Vermont, with each state police barracks participating.

“High visibility aggressive traffic enforcement can influence driving behavior and reduce traffic crashes,” said Lt. Garry Scott, Vermont State Police Traffic Safety Commander. “The Vermont State Police look forward to working with our neighboring law enforcement agencies during this initiative.”

The Quebec Provincial Police hosted a press conference this morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Champlain/Lacolle border crossing, in Québec, Canada. The New York State Police, New Hampshire State Police, and Maine State Police are all taking part in the initiative as well.

Car Stolen in Newport

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NEWPORT — A car was reported stolen from Newport Center sometime early this morning, and whoever made off with the vehicle did not have to work too hard. The keys were left inside the vehicle.

The police are saying that at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, April 17, they received a call that a car had been stolen from Leadville Road in Newport Center.

The owner of the vehicle, Patrick Corkins, 43, of Newport, stated that his 2007 Ford Escape, color red, had been stolen sometime overnight.

He is reported to have said that it must have been sometime after midnight, and that there was a quarter tank of gas inside the vehicle.

The license plate number is FXY789.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police.

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