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Champlain College students deliver boxes of food they collected in a food drive to the Newport Food Shelf.

A day of learning and giving in Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A busload of Champlain College students studying social work and psychology came to Newport on Thursday, November 13, for a daylong event organized by Professor Kim Quinn-Smith and Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) staff members Lisa Daigle-Farney and Suzanne Pelletier. The day included a unique blend of learning about future careers in the…

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Tractor-trailer collides with salt truck on I-91

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A State of Vermont salt spreading vehicle and a tractor-trailer were involved in a crash on I-91 early Tuesday morning. Police report that at around 5:35 a.m., Mark Lamotte, 47, of Newport, was traveling south on I-91 spreading salt on the highway, when he attempted to make a left hand turn at a…

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Orleans logger ordered to pay $60,000 in civil penalties

in Albany/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A logger from Orleans has been ordered to pay $60,000 in civil penalties for violating Vermont’s water quality and heavy cut timber laws. A court-approved settlement requires Reginald Riendeau to comply with a harvest plan for any new logging activity and to give notice to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation…

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Tracie Stevens (right), and April Lapierre stop for a quick photo at Revive your Style, located behind Village Pizza in Derby.

New women’s clothing store in Derby celebrates grand opening week

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A new women’s clothing store in Derby has been celebrating their grand opening this week. The store is Revive your Style, and it’s located behind Village Pizza. For owner Tracie Stevens of Orleans, Revive your Style is a continuation in a career spent helping people look and feel good, having worked for 23…

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This photo taken during the incident, has been altered to remove nudity.

Naked man enters Newport convenience store

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Many stores have signs out front that say “No shoes, no shirt, no service.” Well, Jimmy Kwik Store in Newport might soon be putting up a sign saying, “Clothing mandatory.” On Wednesday, at around 1:30 p.m., a man walked into the local convenience store wearing nothing at all. A store employee who was…

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Rifle deer season starts Saturday in Vermont

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and ends Sunday, November 30. “Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at approximately 135,000 this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project…

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First snowfall causes single-vehicle crash on I-91

in Barton/coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — The first real snowfall this season was the cause of at least one accident in Orleans County on Friday, after a 33-year-old woman from Barton lost control of her vehicle on I-91. Police are reporting that they responded to a single-vehicle accident northbound on I-91 in Coventry at around 3:25 p.m. They say…

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International Games Day at the Goodrich Library

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — On November 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport is teaming up with Border Board Games to host International Games Day at your library. Stop by to play a variety of games for all ages. There will be five laptops available for Minecraft, board games for all…

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

Local FairPoint workers lose health benefits

in Derby/Newport

DERBY — As of midnight on Friday, local FairPoint Communications workers who have been on strike since October 17, lost their health insurance coverage. The move was made by FairPoint as a way to increase the financial pressure on the workers, who have been seen locally holding picket signs outside the Orleans County Courthouse in…

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Hungerfest 2014 just around the corner

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — There’s nothing fun about not having enough food in your refrigerator or cupboard, but the organizers of Hungerfest know there’s no reason not to have a little fun while helping people get the food they need. Hungerfest 2014 takes place this year at the East Side Restaurant in Newport on November 7, from…

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(From left to right) Nate Grimm, Tom Streeter, Joe Sequin, Peter Alexander. Photo by John Carpenter

NCUHS Mountain Bike Club work to keep local trails maintained

in Derby/Newport/Outdoors

DERBY — On Wednesday, members of the NCUHS Mountain Bike Club were found working after school on the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation (MSTF) trails, located on the Primeau property in Derby. Their task was to clean out culverts found along the double track/ski paths, as the winter ski season is fast approaching. The club is…

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Three from Newport held in New York after local auto theft

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Three people from the Newport area are currently being held in Essex County, New York, after being caught traveling in a vehicle that was stolen in Newport Center, earlier in the week. Police are saying that Adam Tatro, Samantha Shephard, and Kevin West, were taken into custody on Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the…

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Winners of the 2nd annual Hunger Bowl, "Boys and Girls Club of the Northeast Kingdom.

Everyone wins in 2nd annual Hunger Bowl

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — About three hundred people attended the second annual Hunger Bowl flag football tournament at the Lyndon Town School’s soccer fields on Sunday. According to Hunger Bowl organizers Vaughn Cloney of Newport and Jason Royer of Lyndonville, the event raised about $1000 more than last year’s maiden games, bringing in $3128 in cash and…

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Local musician Tod Pronto is seeking the help of his fans and the community to allow his new album, "It Can't All Be Wrong," to be completed.

Tod Pronto reaches out to fans and community to help produce new album

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Local singer-songwriter Tod Pronto is going the crowd-funding route in his quest to bring his latest album It Can’t All Be Wrong, a project he’s been working on since 2010, to his fans. Born and raised in Newport, Pronto first found his musical voice as the front man in the rock band Foozle,…

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Country radio 94.5 FM comes to Newport area

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport and Orleans County’s first FM country music radio station is now playing over the airwaves on 94.5 FM. The station is playing Hot New Country from its studio in the WMOO/WIKE building on the Derby Road. The new country music radio station broadcasts from a tower in central Orleans County, which provides…

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Car stolen in Newport Center – Vandalism in Irasburg

in Irasburg/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Police are looking to speak to anyone who may have information about two separate incidents that occurred in the past few days, where one man had his vehicle stolen, and another his payloaders vandalized. Yesterday, Terry Verdon, 39, of Newport Center, called to report his 2005, blue Hyundai Elantra taken from his residence…

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A successful first season for Now Playing Newport music series

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Now Playing Newport music series has successfully completed its first season. Over 100 artists provided a wide spectrum of music and over 650 people attended the 9 programs presented. All in all it was a great start to a great series. Now Playing Newport is the only regular year-round music series in…

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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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