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Lynn Leimer, accompanied by Janice Luce, leads the crowd in a farewell sing along of Shine On, Harvest Moon. Photo Courtesy of Catherine Holm

A night of music and readings at the MAC raises money for scholarship fund

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — On Friday, the MAC Center for the Arts held the Muse-ical Harvest event. More than 50 people attended and enjoyed diverse performances by several area performers and writers. The MAC Center, located in downtown Newport, was filled with instrumental music, vocal music, and readings throughout the night. The event was a huge success,…

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Runners in this year's Halloween Hustle at the starting line. Photos courtesy of Phil White.

A ghoulish Halloween Hustle through Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Runners showed up on Saturday in their finest Halloween costumes for the 10K, 5K, and 1 mile runs, in this year’s Halloween Hustle. Participants came to Newport from all over Vermont and New York, as well as Quebec City, Sutton, Waterloo, and Bromont. There was even a strong contingent from Newport Elementary School.…

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Man pleads not guilty after allegedly running over woman’s arm after fight

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Newport man pled not guilty in Orleans County Superior Court on Wednesday to charges of first-degree aggravated domestic assault and second-degree aggravated domestic assault with a prior conviction, after he allegedly ran over his girlfriend’s arm on the Airport Road in Coventry, after the couple had a fight. Police received a 911…

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Newport Dispatch News celebrates one year up and running

in Newport/News/Vermont

It all started in Derby Line last October. I was driving in my 1991 Saab, coming across the border on Route 5, when I heard Native American drumming. As I pulled into Irving, I saw a group of protesters gathered outside, banging drums and holding up signs saying “We stand with the Mi’kmaq Nation.” They…

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Local social enterprise looking for support

in Newport/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom has the highest poverty rates in the state and a population where nearly one in five residents is age 65 or older. Cornucopia, a social enterprise launched last year by nonprofit social justice organization Umbrella, addresses two of our region’s most pressing problems, hunger and unemployment, through creativity, empowerment, and…

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Local FairPoint workers forming a picket line along Route 5 in Derby.

Local FairPoint workers take to the streets

in Derby/Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Local FairPoint workers took to the streets in Newport and Derby this week, after going on strike as of 12:01 a.m., October 17. Workers have gathered holding picket signs outside Orleans County Courthouse in Newport, and along Route 5 in Derby. A union spokesman said that all members are joining in the strike…

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Four exciting “Winter Games” planned in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Winter Games, the colder counterpart of Kingdom Games, has several exciting events and initiatives planned for this winter. They include: The North American Speedskating Marathon Championships on January 31 – February 1, 2015. As part of this event, weather and ice conditions permitting, they will be clearing and maintaining a 700 meter speedskating…

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Judy Davis speaking about the use of shrubs like blueberries as buffers.

Neighborhood workshop on Lake Memphremagog spreads knowledge and blueberry bushes

in Derby/Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — On a recent beautiful fall morning, neighbors on Derby Bay gathered by Lake Memphremagog to learn about the importance of shoreland buffers. Dr. Perry Thomas, professor of aquatic biology at CCV, spoke with the group about the impressive variety of plant and animal life found by lake shores, helping them understand the value…

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Victoria Young and Mary Hoadley keep the audience on the edge of their seats during Sunday's show.

The wait is over: Wait Until Dark opens at the Haskell

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Island Pond/Newport/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — Wait Until Dark, the suspenseful thriller that ends QNEK’s 21st Mainstage season at the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line, finished up its first run of shows over the weekend. The story centers around Susy Hendrix (Mary Hoadley, Newport), a blind housewife who is first manipulated, and then terrorized inside her apartment…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Tragic death on bike path in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Authorities believe that cardiac arrest was the cause of the tragic death of a 33-year-old man from Beebe Plain, who passed away yesterday after collapsing on the bike path in Derby. Police say that Michael Scherer, and his wife were out for a run along the bike path Sunday morning, when Michael began…

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Valesquez sentenced to 5 month prison term in Canada

in Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT – The 31-year-old woman from Newport who led police on an international chase after allegedly attempting to break into the Derby Corner Mini Mart, has quickly been sentenced in a Sherbrooke court for her crimes committed in Quebec. Valentina Valesquez was sentenced to serve five months in prison. She pled guilty to the charges…

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Police say they were tipped off before I-91 heroin bust

in coventry/Newport/News

NEWPORT — According to court documents, police were tipped off that the two women from the Newport area who were arrested in Brattleboro with over 900 bags of heroin, were making a trip to Hartford, Connecticut, to pick up a substantial amount of heroin that would be resold in Vermont. State Police Sgt. Eric Albright…

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QNEK’s “Wait Until Dark” begins Friday

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/News/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions, the Award-Winning International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House, finishes its 21st Mainstage Season with the highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller, Wait Until Dark, directed and designed by Susan-Lynn Johns with a set built under the guidance of Tom Rooney by the North Country Union High School…

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Community coming together to help woman battling cancer

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport Car Wash, and members of the community are coming together to help a local woman who is battling cancer. The Newport Car Wash, located next to the fire station, is having a bake sale, bottle drive, pumping for tips, and more, all to help raise money for Terry Corr. The fundraising event…

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Newport and Coventry residents arrested with over 900 bags of heroin

in coventry/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Two residents of Orleans County were arrested in Brattleboro on Friday after police discovered they had over 900 bags of heroin in their possession. Police are reporting that Kirby Davis, 30, of Coventry, and Ashley Geoffroy, 26, of Newport were both arrested and lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. The…

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Missing Dog: Newport

in Newport/News

UPDATE: The dog was located. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out and locate the animal so quickly. Below is a flyer for a dog that went missing this morning, last seen in Newport. He may have been put in a tan truck. Please contact owners if you know where the dog…

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Hunt homicide ruled justifiable.

in Newport/News

No charges will be filed against Christian Cornelius in the fatal stabbing incident that took place at his home in July. Prosecutors say that 31-year-old Cornelius acted in self-defense. The statement below was issued by Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin. It has been posted in its entirety. We do apologize for the awkward formfitting…

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

Quebec court orders psychiatric exam for international police chase suspect

in Derby/Eastern Townships/Newport/News/Quebec/Sherbrooke

SHERBROOKE, QC — Valentina Velasquez, 31, of Newport, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine her ability to face the charges against her in Canada, after she led police on an international chase that started in Derby, and ended near Coaticook, Quebec. The request for the evaluation came through her lawyer who was at the…

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Woman imprisoned for embezzling from Newport employer

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Manon Cote, 47, of Newport, was sentenced on Monday in United States District Court in Brattleboro to 15 months of imprisonment, following a forgery charge which stemmed from Cote’s embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a car dealership in Newport. Cote was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following…

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