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Tod Pronto & Friends this Sunday in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Tod Pronto will play a show this Sunday, February 22, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located on Second Street in Newport. The show, titled Tod Pronto & Friends, starts at 4 p.m. and is part of the The Now Playing Newport Music Series. Pronto will be playing music off his upcoming album “It…

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[VIDEO] Candidates for Mayor and City Council take part in forum

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — On Monday night, candidates for mayor of Newport, and candidates running for the two open slots on the Newport City Council, took part in a forum at the Goodrich Memorial Library. Mayor Paul Monette is being challenged by Susan Davis, Jesse Elliott, and Sharon Stewart. Running for the two City Council seats are…

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Accepting the computer at left is Deb RoseWolf of OCRJC from Madeleine Roy, Marketing Director at Green Mountain United Way.

Orleans County Restorative Justice Center receives small but needed donation

in Newport

NEWPORT — They say that a little can go a long way. At the Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) office in Derby Line, Marketing Director Madeleine Roy is working hard to make sure that every little bit is distributed where it is needed most. Through its Goods and Services Program, the GMUW recently received the…

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Scenes from Newport’s Winterfest

in Newport/News

Despite the cold weather, Newport came alive over the weekend for the annual Winterfest event. The city was filled with everything from pond hockey and snowmobile runs, to dinner jazz at the Ciderhouse Grill. Below are some photos from the festivities.

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Troy man arrested for stealing guns and drugs from Newport Police evidence room

in Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — Police are saying that a 19-year-old-man from Troy broke into the evidence room at the Newport Police Department and stole evidence bags, including drugs and handguns. According to a statement issued by police, Mikeal Rivers is being lodged at the Northern State Correctional Center, and is being charged with burglary, possession of narcotics,…

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The Stanstead students from left to right:  Julia Gou, Pengyi Huang, Bob Chen, Aki Takeda, Ricarda Wingler, Paul Teng, Carson Son, Momo Takaoka.

Newport Area Community Orchestra, an orchestra without borders

in Arts and Entertainment/Eastern Townships/Newport/Stanstead

NEWPORT — The Newport Area Community Orchestra has come a long way since first getting started. The orchestra started five years ago with about as many members. Today, under Music Director Ken Michelli, the group now consists of 50 members, and has truly become an international orchestra. Due to a recent collaboration with Stanstead College…

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Scenes from North American Speedskating Championships held in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

[slideshow_deploy id=’6023′] NEWPORT — A hearty and determined group of speedskaters descended on Newport last weekend to compete in the North American Marathon Speedskating Championships sanctioned by US Speedskating.  The inaugural event drew skaters who ranged in ages from 15 to 77-years-old, traveling from as far away as Berkeley, California, Edmonton, Alberta, various cities and…

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Vandalized groomer costs local snowmobile club thousands

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — What should have been a reasonably quick and easy trailside fix for the Orleans SnowStormers Snowmobile Club of Orleans, has turned into a downtime of up to several weeks and several thousand dollars worth of damage to one of their trail groomers. On Sunday night the group was operating their trail groomer on…

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Jennifer Barrett was sworn in as Orleans County State's Attorney at the State House on Friday. Photo taken from Facebook.

Barrett sworn in as new Orleans County State’s Attorney

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — On Friday Gov. Peter Shumlin administered the oath of office to Jennifer Barrett, the new State’s Attorney for Orleans County. Barrett was one of five new State’s Attorneys sworn in, joining nine State’s Attorneys who have previously served. A local swearing in ceremony took place on Monday at the Orleans County Superior Court.…

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Newport’s Winter Games starts this weekend with speed skating

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport’s Winter Games gets underway this weekend, starting January 31 and February 1, with the North American Speedskating Championships. The event will take place on the 700 meter Hutch Jenness Speedskating Oval on Lake Memphremagog in Newport. On Saturday morning there will be free, short races for youth and novices to try out…

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The Poulos Insurance team celebrating their triumph in last year’s tournament, and the Lyndon Lugnuts during play.

Memphremagog Pond Hockey Classic coming soon, registration open

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Organizers are hard at work clearing the ice near Prouty Beach for this year’s Memphremagog Pond Hockey Classic. The Poulos Insurance pond hockey team will be back to defend their title as Memphremagog Pond Hockey Champions. The event runs February 7 and 8. The Grey Ghosts and several other teams are also returning…

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Mayor Paul Monette receiving a plaque honoring Newport as an Age Friendly City.

Newport recognized for its commitment to be an Age Friendly City

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — At a press conference Thursday, Newport Mayor Paul Monette and the City of Newport were formally recognized for the city’s commitment and progress to date as a participant in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Last year, Mayor Monette, with support from city council and the community, committed Newport to become Vermont’s first city…

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Delivery man falls inside wood chip bin at North Country Hospital

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — There was more action at North Country Hospital on Thursday, after a delivery man fell inside a wood chip bin while delivering a load of wood chips used to power a heating plant at the hospital. The victim’s name has not yet been released, but a representative for the hospital said that the…

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Robbie Burns Event at the MAC a Success

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — On Sunday the MAC Center for the Arts held their first annual Robbie Burns Day Event to great accolades. While the frightful weather forecast hindered some from venturing out, a tribe of brave Scots and Scot patrons came to witness some of the local talent who entertained the crowd. Some of the acts…

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Career Center Students to hold ice fishing tournament for local charities this weekend

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — The North Country Career Center Welding Program students are holding an ice fishing tournament from 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, until 12:00 p.m on Sunday, January 25. The tournament will take place on Lakes Memphremagog, Lake Willoughby, and Crystal Lake, with registration and weigh-in at the South Bay Boat Launch. Ice fishermen…

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Police were looking to identify the man in the photos seen leaving the Jay Country Store in a vest he did not purchase.

Newport man turns himself in after seeing his picture on the evening news

in Jay/Newport/News

JAY — A 54-year-old man from Newport turned himself in to police Tuesday night after he saw images of himself on the evening news walking out of the Jay Country Store wearing a vest he did not pay for. Police had released the photos to the media just hours earlier. Police say Stephen Romprey turned…

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North Country Hospital without water Monday after water line break

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A water line break at North Country Hospital on Monday left certain non-emergency services closed throughout the day while crews worked to repair the damage. The break was discovered at 4 a.m. Monday morning, forcing the hospital to temporarily shut off the water supply while the line was repaired. Work crews located the…

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Charlie Chaplin films to be screened in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — In 1914, Charles Chaplin appeared for the first time in a costume which over a hundred years later is instantly recognizable. During his long life and career, Chaplin famously enjoyed the prestige and wealth that came with his accomplishments. On Sunday, February 1, at 4 p.m., The Now Playing Newport Music Series will…

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MAC Center for the Arts to host Robbie Burns Event

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Break out your tartan (plaid) tammies, tassles, knickers and kilts and come out to the MAC Center for the Arts to celebrate poet Robbie Burns, January 18, 2015, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This celebration includes Scottish piper, Beverly Davis, who will set the mood, with additional music provided by harpist Linda Schneck,…

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Community rallies behind baby Zakeyah

in Newport/News/North Troy

NEWPORT — Days before turning 7 months old, baby Zakeyah was on the verge of learning to crawl. She was a healthy, vibrant, beautiful baby girl from North Troy. All of a sudden, she developed a high fever and refused to eat. Two days later she was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumococcal Meningits…

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Irasburg man pleads not guilty to First Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

in Irasburg/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Aaron Heath, of Irasburg, was arraigned Monday in Newport in the Vermont Superior Court, Orleans Criminal Division, on one felony count of First Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault. According to documents filed with the court, Mr. Heath attempted to cause or willfully or recklessly caused serious bodily injury to his infant son in August…

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Velasquez back in Vermont to face charges

in Derby/Derby Line/Newport/Quebec/Sherbrooke/Stanstead/Vermont

DERBY LINE — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) arrived last week at the Derby Line port of entry with Valentina Velasquez. Velasquez, the suspect in an attempted armed robbery that took place in Derby, who fled the country and illegally entered Canada without inspection in September, was subject to a Canadian Removal Order due…

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Sue Davis runs for Newport City Mayor

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Susan A. Davis announced that she is running for Newport City Mayor. Davis was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, and is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport and Vermont Law School. She has practiced law in Orleans County for over 25 years, and was elected and served as…

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