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Drive-in movie night at Prouty Beach on Friday

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

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NEWPORT — Grab your lawn chairs, swimsuit, blankets and towels for open swim and a movie under the stars at Prouty Beach.

Lifeguards will be on duty for the first half, then at dark, everyone will settle on the beach for a PG movie on the 16 foot outdoor cinema. Popcorn and movie concessions will be available for purchase to benefit Newport Parks & Recreation. Feel free to pack a cooler and snacks, but do not bring any glass.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, children 3 and under are free.

Admission: $5 per person, 3 & under free. No pets
Tickets are purchased at the Prouty Beach Ticket Booth

THIS FRIDAY 7/18: The Lego Movie (PG)

8:00 p.m.: Open swim at Prouty Beach
8:30 p.m.: Concession stand opens
8:45/dusk: Movie begins
10:30 p.m.: Movie ends


Don’t miss the other Dive-In Movies this summer….

Dive-in Movie Schedule 2014

July 18 – The Lego Movie, 8 p.m.
August 22 – Grease, 7:30 p.m.

Occasionally Dive-in Movies are cancelled if it rains to heavily or is too windy for the equipment. In the event of an inclement weather forecast, watch our Facebook page for updates or call (802) 334-6345. Cancellations will be announced by noon in most cases.

This event is made possible with help from NEKCA.

Alarm raised over 60-year-old oil pipeline running through the Northeast Kingdom

in Newport/News/Vermont

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By Susan Davis

NEWPORT — Conservationists are raising the alarm about a 60-year-old oil pipeline running through the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, and the thick, “peanut butter,” highly corrosive and chemically treated sludge called tar sands that could be pumped through it.

About 25 people gathered at the Hebard Building Tuesday night for a panel discussion hosted by the Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) and the National Wildlife Federation.

The watershed encompasses about 700 square miles of waterways and wetlands throughout Orleans and Essex County, including the Missisquoi, Barton, Upper Connecticut, Passumpsic, Clyde, Lamoille and Black rivers, over 20 lakes, and about a dozen municipalities and gores.

Although about 75 percent of Lake Memphremagog is in Canada, about 75 percent of the waters flowing into the lake come from this watershed, so any threat to the watershed is a direct threat to the lake, explained Don Hendrich, a former North Country High School teacher and member of the MWA board. A threat to the lake is a threat to the economic viability of the Northeast Kingdom, he stated, since this area relies so heavily on tourism dollars.

Panelist Annie Mackin, of the Vermont Tar Sands Project, National Wildlife Federation, said the existing pipeline runs from Portland, Maine, to Montreal, through North Troy, Irasburg, Orleans, Sutton, Burke and Victory Bog. Various stretches of the pipeline were built in 1940, 1950 and 1960 and reportedly have a lifespan of 60 years.

Two things make tar sands particularly dangerous to the watershed, Mackin explained: the thick, goopy, tar quality of the oil itself, which sinks to the floor of waterways during a rupture of the line; and the chemicals, used to make the tar sands fluid enough to run through the pipe, which contain high amounts of toxic metals and carcinogens that have been linked to everything from birth defects to emphysema to cancer.

Tar sands spills in Kalamazoo, Mich. (July 2010), and Mayflower, Ark. (March 2013), demonstrate the potentially damaging impact of an oil spill in the Northeast Kingdom, Mackin said.

Mackin and Hendrich were joined by David Stember, U.S. National Organizer of the environmental group, and by Greg MacDonald, a member of the board of directors of Sierra Club Vermont. Panelists discussed the history of the pipeline; the political battle in South Portland, Maine, around a controversial waterfront protection ordinance that would bar expansion of petroleum facilities that could handle tar sands; past breakdowns of the pipe; and the large investment and momentum behind the push to complete the pipeline.

Stember also spoke about his trip to the tar sands oil fields of Alberta, Canada and the devastation being done to the boreal forest there. That forest is “one of the Earth’s lungs,” he explained.

In February of 2013, Larry Wilson, CEO of the Portland Pipe Line Corp., told the Vermont Legislature’s House Fish and Wildlife Committee that there are no current plans to pump tar sands through the pipeline, but the company is opposing any legislation to prohibit such a move.

Tuesday’s panelists stated that actions speak louder than words. Tar sands oil has already reached Montreal, said Mackin, and the South Portland ordinance comes to a vote Monday, July 21.

“The industry is talking out of both sides of its mouth,” MacDonald said.

VT 105 Amazing Race Challenge a crowd favorite at Newport’s Aquafest

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Vermont

VT Route 105 Amazing Race Challenge Newport

NEWPORT — With a slogan of “Bring your cleverness and ingenuity…leave the six pack abs at home,” it was clear that The Vermont Route 105 Challenge, part of Newport’s Aquafest, was going to be a crowd favorite this year. This annual event, in its first year, proved to be a huge success over the weekend.

The fun and exciting NEW Amazing Race included challenges such as:

Eating large amounts of food, counting a large number of items, finding an item/items or people, finding a shop or location, carrying items long distances, assembling a difficult structure, or solving riddles in order to get to the next clue, while protecting your balloon at all costs.

It was all about family fun and a great after race party at the Gateway with the band Below Zero. The event was a lot of work to organize, but event coordinators didn’t seem to mind.

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“Yes this was a ton of work, but so worth getting this first Vermont Route 105 Amazing Race Challenge set up with Lynne Bertrand from Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Johansen from the Northern Star,” said Rick Desrochers.

Mr. Desrochers was quick to acknowledge the role that the event sponsors played in making this event a success. Some of the sponsors included:

The Great Outdoors, North Country Hospital, TD Bank, RCT, Monette’s Computer Solutions, Jed’s Maple, Suzie-Lynn’s Gifts and 1/2 Off Cards, Hoagies Pizza, Sugar Mountain Fudge & Candy Shoppe, Brown Dog Bistro, Wendy’s, Vermont Pie And Pasta Company, Sticks and Stuff Home Center, The Farmyard Store and Taylor Rental Center, Cow Palace Derby, Olympia Sports, Chili’s, The Pick & Shovel, Northern Star Cruises, Primitive Place, and the Army National Guard.

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Art in Bloom at the MAC Center for the Arts

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

MAC Center for the Arts Newport Vermont

NEWPORT — On July 24, 4 Seasons Garden Club and the MAC Center for the Arts will present their fifth annual Art in Bloom.

Over twenty floral arrangements will be matched to artwork, photography, or handcrafts currently on display in the MAC center.

Both gallery spaces will be used, with flowers remaining at the center until Saturday, July 26.

Art in Bloom has grown in scope since its inception and has become one of Newport’s most popular events and provides a major fundraiser for both organizations.

Tickets are available at the MAC, open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are priced at $10 each. The opening reception is from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday July 24, 2014.

For more information visit the MAC online at: or by phone at 802 334 1966.

Double your dollars at Newport Farmers’ Market

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

Newport Vermont Farmers Market

NEWPORT — When you use your 3SquaresVT benefits at the Newport Farmers’ Market this year, you will double your money with Harvest Health coupons, allowing you to buy more fresh food from local farmers. This new program, which started in July, is called the Harvest Health Coupon Project.

Currently, the Newport Farmers’ Market is the only market in Orleans county to offer the coupons.

The system works like this:

Vermonters go to the booth at the market designated with the “EBT and Debit Accepted Here” sign to swipe their EBT card. They say how much of their benefits they would like to spend and then swipe their card.

They will be given wooden tokens worth $1 each to use at any vendor that sells 3SquaresVT eligible foods. As a bonus for shopping at the market, they will also be given fuchsia Harvest Health coupons to match their EBT purchases, up to $10 per market day.

The Harvest Health Coupon Project has proven to be a win-win for both 3SquaresVT households who are able to purchase more farm-fresh food and local farmers who are able to market their products to more Vermonters.

There are currently over 90,000 Vermonters who receive 3SquaresVT benefits to help them buy more food for their families.

The Newport Farmers’ Market is open Wednesday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All photos courtesy of Phil White.

Runners exercise freedom in this year’s Harry Corrow Freedom Run

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Newport
All photos courtesy of Phil White.
All photos courtesy of Phil White.

NEWPORT — This year’s Harry Corrow Freedom Run raised $355 to be split evenly between the Gardner Park Restoration Project and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation.

Stan Walden, 20, from St. Johnsbury, “took home the jerky,” and the top honors this year with a blistering time of 1:09:22 in the ten mile run along the Newport / Derby Bike Path, and along the trails of the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation. A cedarwood “woodal” and a big bag of Breault’s Beef Jerky were his prize.

Close behind in the men’s division were Bruce Schlatter, 49 of Victoria, BC, at 1:10:49, and Matt Breton, 36, of West Charleston, at 1:12:56. They also claimed a bag of jerky for their speed as did all of those who placed in the three races.

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Leading the women in the 10 mile course was Liba Hladek, 49, of East Thetford, with a time of 1:21:50, followed by Lindsey Owen, 30 of Montpelier, at 1:23:17, and Haley Joseph, 52, of Coventry at 1:25:47.

Erin Gallant, 50, of Newport, was the overall winner of the 10K division with a time of 1:01:10.

Mike Moore, 43, of East Haven, led the men with a time of 1:12:15.

The best race of the day had to be the 5K run, with Maggie Auger, 12, of Franklin, IN, winning first place overall by a nose ahead of her cousin David Auger, 17, of Lake St. Louis. MO.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing how many families were participating in the Freedom Run. In addition to The Auger Family, The Waldens of St. Johnsbury, the Luciers, of Woodstock, GA, the Burroughs, of East Montepelier, the Farnhams of Plainfield, the Comes of Newport, the Maurices of Newport, as well as Stan Chop, 64, of Newport, running the 10K with his daughter, Kathryn Nicolai, 30, from Yorktown, VA, all participated.

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The youngest runner of the day was Eoin Comes, age four, of Newport, running with his dad in the 5K.

The Freedom Run lived up to its name when several runners chose mid-course to switch it up from the 10K to the 10 Mile course.

“I got through the woods and back to the bike path,” Mary Jo Frawley, of Newport said. “I was feeling great, so I went right instead of left, did the 10 miles, and paid the extra $15 when I got back.

At least three other runners made the same mid-course correction.

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Newport death ruled homicide by stab wound to the leg

in Newport/News

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NEWPORT — The results of the preliminary autopsy by the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner were released on Monday. The autopsy indicates that Isaac Hunt, died as a result of a incised wound to the leg.

The death has been ruled a homicide. Detectives will continue the investigation into the July 5 incident at 123 Lake Road in Newport.

Detectives have so far learned that Hunt and his girlfriend, Kayla McCullough, age 25 of Charleston, went to the residence on Lake Road in Newport as a result of an on-going dispute with Christian Cornelius, age 31, and Garrett Cornelius, age 24, both of Newport.

Upon arrival a physical altercation ensued. It was learned that during the confrontation Christian Cornelius wounded Hunt in the leg with a knife.

The Vermont State Police continue to work with the Newport Police Department on the death investigation, which will be reviewed by the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.

No other information is available at this time pending further investigation, completion of the final autopsy report, and review by the Orleans County State’s Attorney.

Derby man found dead after police respond to a fight in Newport

in Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Derby man was found dead in Newport on Saturday after police were called out to the scene regarding a fight.

On July 5, at approximately 1:27 p.m., the Vermont State Police in Derby received several 911 calls regarding the fight at 123 Lake Road in Newport. Members from the Vermont State Police, Newport Police Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol were dispatched immediately.

Upon arrival officials found Isaac Hunt, 35, of Derby, deceased.

At the request of the Newport Police Department, members of the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to investigate the incident. Hunt’s body was transported to the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Police are saying that there were three people involved in the altercation, and that they are interviewing them as they continue to investigate Hunt’s death. No names have been released as of yet.

The Vermont State Police have assumed primary in the investigation in conjunction with Newport Police Department. Investigators are working closely with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.

At this time there is no indication of an increased risk to public safety.

No other information is available at this time, but authorities are saying that more information will be released in the coming days.

Havana, Cuba comes to Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Vermont

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NEWPORT — Newport Natural Cafe and Arts Amica of Boston are presenting “Havana Comes to Newport II,” for the month of July. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 5 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Holliey White of Arts Amica will introduce the exhibit, with a special guest appearance by international jazz singer Eileen Kennedy.

For those Americans fortunate enough to have traveled to Cuba or to have seen an exhibit presented in the U.S. by various galleries and institutions, the quality of fine art from the Republic of Cuba comes as no surprise.

For most Americans, however, little is known about the diversity of style and media, technique. and subject matter Cuban artists are creating. And there is good reason for that. Although there are some limited travel exemptions in the embargo, and it is permitted to import and exhibit Cuban art here, the task of bringing the art here is tedious indeed.

Each piece needs to be registered with the Registry of Fine Arts before leaving Cuba, unpacked at Jose Marti Airport in Havana for inspection and to validate that the appropriate registration fee was paid for each piece, and that no national treasures are leaving the country, then re-packed and hand carried into the United States.

Few galleries are willing to engage in such labor intensive activity.

Art is often the first voice of change in a society, and Cuba is no exception. Much of Cuban art reflects the attitude and spirit of the people, the struggle, and their hopeful resolve. The number of exhibits devoted entirely to Cuban art presented in the U.S. in recent years by the art schools, universities, museums, and other institutions and galleries attest that the art world acknowledges the talent of Cuba’s contemporary artists.

This exhibit of original works and photographs of present day Havana promises to provide a tantalizing peek at some of the talent from this island nation whose rich cultural history extends back through the centuries, including being home to the second oldest art school in the New World.

Fourth of July guide for Orleans County

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Island Pond/Newport/Westmore

Fireworks Newport, Vermont Orleans County Forth of July times

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and unless you’re planning to wow your neighbors with a massive display of sparklers and drop pops this year, you better have a permit. Just about all fireworks are illegal in Vermont. Don’t worry, snakes and sparklers are still okay, but, if you want to see some real fireworks, head out to one of the local displays.

First, if you plan to set off your own, here is a quick reference:

Illegal fireworks:

Toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used; balloons that are propelled by explosives; firecrackers; torpedoes; sky rockets; Roman candles; cherry bombs; or other fireworks of like construction are all prohibited in Vermont unless a permit has been obtained from the local municipality (Fire Chief, Police Chief, Select Board or City Council) depending on the governing body.

Legal fireworks:

Novelty items such as; sparklers, snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers, or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture do not require a permit and can be purchased in many stores throughout the State.

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If you want to see the real fireworks, head over to Newport, Barton, or Island Pond.


The Independence Day Celebration in Newport will feature an afternoon of music and fun competitions including the Bed Races and Hula Hoop competition. There will be tons of food and family fun. The fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.


The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again this year. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and will proceed from Main Street to Glover Street, Elm Street, Park Street, Roaring Brook Road, and end at the fairgrounds. The fireworks will be held at the fairgrounds at dusk.


The 4th of July Celebration in Island Pond will start Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4 – 6. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. with fireworks Saturday night at dusk. There will be events throughout the weekend.


Or, head over to Westmore for the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. There will be a line up off Crescent Beach at Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m.

Former police chief killed in motorcycle crash following weekend visit to Newport

in Newport/News/Vermont

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NEWPORT — A group of four friends were riding their motorcycles back to Massachusetts after a trip to Newport over the weekend, when a car crossed the centerline of the roadway, colliding with two of the motorcycles.

The crash killed former chief of the Kingston, Mass., Police Department, Joseph Rebello, age 55, and severely injured the former chief of the Hudson, Mass., Police Department, Richard Braga, age 57.

The tragedy took place at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Police responded to the motor vehicle and motorcycle collision on Vermont Route 14 in the Town of Woodbury.

Rebello was pronounced dead at the scene, and Braga was taken to Fletcher Allen Hospital for his injuries. The two other motorcyclists were able to avoid being hit by the motor vehicle.

Rebello was a married father of two, who had just retired last year.

According to police, the preliminary investigation indicates that Frank Sargent, 52, of Woodbury, was traveling north, when he crossed the centerline of the roadway.

His 1996 Subaru Legacy collided with the two motorcyclists as they headed south.

Sargent was also taken to the hospital for his injuries.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the collision, with the State Police Crash Reconstruction Team assisting in the investigation.

The Boston Globe reports Hudson Mass., Selectman Scott Duplisea as stating that the riders were all returning from a trip to Newport, at the time of Sunday’s crash. He had been invited to go but could not attend.

Albany volunteer firefighter sentenced to 4 to 6 years for arson

in Albany/Newport
A piece of fire equipment that was destroyed after the fire at the Albany Fire Station last August. Photo by Jane Peters.
The remains of a fire truck that was destroyed after the fire at the Albany Fire Station last August. Photo by Jane Peters.

NEWPORT — The man who pled no contest to second-degree arson and reckless endangerment charges relating to the Albany Fire Station fire last August, was sentenced to serve four to six years in jail.

Elmer Joerg, 46, pled no contest in April, and faced sentencing earlier in the week.

On August 11, 2013, the Albany Fire Department suffered a total loss. The fire station was engulfed in flames, leaving one fire engine completely destroyed. Joerg was later arrested.

Joerg, who was a member of the Albany Volunteer Fire Department, helped fight the fire at the station the night he started the blaze.

He also had a criminal history before the incident, including an earlier conviction of arson.

Joerg was identified as the arsonist through surveillance footage that captured photographs of the incident.

Illustrated history of Lake Memphremagog coming soon

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NEWPORT — Georgeville Press has announced the upcoming release of Memphrémagog: An Illustrated History / Une histoire illustrée, written by Louise Abbott.

The book will be the first landscape history of Lake Memphremagog and its surroundings. The book launch will take place August 9 in Newport.

Abbott spent three years doing meticulous archival research, on-site explorations, and oral history interviews, in order to trace the origins of the Memphremagog region and to examine the ways in which natural and man made forces have altered it.

This bilingual coffee table book will be 308 pages with 175 richly illustrated reproductions of historical photos, paintings, maps, as well as ninety contemporary photos by Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen.

The retail price is expected to be $49.95, with the Memphremagog Conservation Incorporated receiving a portion of the proceeds from sales.

Book launches will take place in various locations around the lake from late July to October, including July 20 in Georgeville, July 24 in Austin, August 2 in Mansonville, August 9 in Newport.

Harry Corrow Freedom Run coming July 5

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — What better way to celebrate July 4th and our nation’s independence than a trail run along the shores, and in the woods of Lake Memphremagog? The Harry Corrow Freedom Run will cover the Newport-Derby Bike Path and Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation Trails.

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

The race is a celebration of freedom…freedom from asphalt…and freedom to choose the distance you want to cover. You are also free to run or walk.

The race also offers a 10K option, so there’s a run for every level of runner in the mix.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 5, on the bike path in the pines of Prouty Beach. A light lunch will follow, and walkers are welcome.

This event is run in collaboration with Newport City Parks and Recreation Department and Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation. Twenty percent of all registration fees will be donated to the Gardner Park Restoration Project and The Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation.

For more information or to register, CLICK HERE.


Motorcycle collides with trailer on Beebe Road in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

Motorcycle accident Derby Vermont

DERBY — A motorcycle collided with a trailer in Derby on Friday morning, leaving a man with minor injuries and damage to his bike.

Kevin Renaudette, 32, of Beebe Plain, Vermont, was riding his 1994 Harley-Davidson on the Beebe Road in Derby, when he struck a utility trailer that was being pulled by Gareld Burnor, 69, of Newport.

According to police, Burnor had been backing up the trailer in the south bound lane of travel, when Renaudette, who was also traveling south on the Beebe Road, collided with it.

Although Renaudette only suffered minor injuries, his bike had damage to the front brakes, rims, windshield, forward controls, handlebars, clutch, and saddlebags.

The trailer had damage to the left wheel and fender.

Burnor was ticketed for backing up the south bound lane of travel in an unsafe manner, interfering with traffic.

The accident took place at 8:39 a.m.

A sneak peek at the Waterfront Plaza redesign

in Newport/News

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NEWPORT — Burlington developer Tony Pomerleau, who owns the Newport Waterfront Plaza, has apparently ended a deal with Jay Peak President Bill Stenger to sell him the property. Newport Waterfront Plaza was slated to become the Marina Hotel and Convention Center.

The leases that tenants at the shopping center signed include a contingency plan in case the property is sold, however, all signals from Pomerleau indicate that it is not going to happen.

What is supposed to happen now, is that this fall Pomerleau is planning to work on the facade of the shopping center. Pomerleau is saying that it will look like a new building. Vista will stay where it’s at, and both Waterfront Cinemas and Wendy’s will see some improvements.

Below is a series of drawings by architect Mark Stewart, which provide a sneak peek into what is to come.

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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

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News
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

Plane crash Newport State Airport Vermont Coventry

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

in Barton/Island Pond/Newport/News
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Photo courtesy of The Lunchbox

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:

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

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Gardner Park
155 Gardner Park Road

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 or 802.334.2044. You can also connect with them on facebook at for updates.

Something for everyone at Aquafest this year

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

Aquafest Newport Vermont

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 or contact Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce at (802) 334-7782. Emails are invited to

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

in Newport/News

Scott Wheeler interview NEK-TV

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:

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

in Newport/News

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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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