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Scenes from Penguin Plunge Newport 2014

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NEWPORT — “It was a lot colder getting out,” Matt Smith said. “It almost felt like your skin was freezing. Mr. Smith was one of the brave souls who faced single digit temperatures on Sunday as they jumped into Lake Memphremagog to raise money for Special Olympics Vermont. The Penguin Plunge is a three-part event…

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Columbia Forest Products Employee Injured In Chipper Room

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NEWPORT — On Tuesday evening at around 9:30, an individual’s arm was pinched in a belt that is located inside the chipper room at the Columbia Forest Products facility in Newport. Although initial reports of the incident reported that the individual involved in the tragic accident had his arm caught in the chipper, Glenn Foster,…

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Snowmobiling Weekend Starts Today

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NEWPORT — Starting today and running through Sunday, snowmobilers from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are taking part in a three-day weekend when riders who are registered in any one of these states can ride the trails of the other two states for free. The states have agreed to allow trail access without having to…

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I Heart Newport Collects Clothing for Lyndon State College Graduates

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NEWPORT — For young people trying to enter the workforce without a job, it can sometimes be difficult to afford the clothes you need to “dress for success.” Lyndon State College has the answer. A “Dress for Success” clothing drive. The goal is to provide a free business-ready outfit for each junior or senior who…

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January’s Third Thursday Open Mic in Newport

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NEWPORT — The word is out. Newport has an open mic, and there is no shortage of talent in the area. It was the first Third Thursday Open Mic of 2014 at Montgomery Cafe, and the monthly event continues to draw a crowd. “I marvel at the talent that such a small area produces,” Beth…

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$21 Million Military Contract to Bring 43 Jobs to Newport

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NEWPORT — In October, Revision Military laid off 35 its 57 workers in Newport when it didn’t get the government contract that company official had counted on. On Monday, the company announced that they had won a new contract worth $21 million, that will bring 43 jobs back to Newport. The contract is to supply…

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[AUDIO] Saturday Night Swing in Newport

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A wise man once said, “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” Saturday night at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the 18 piece Swing North Big Band played their Swinging Epiphany Celebration. The show was part of the Now Playing Newport music series. Press play below to hear the story. For more…

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Ice Ice Baby: Views from VT Ice Storm 2013

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NEWPORT — Vermont Ice Storm 2013, or #vtice2013 as it was called on Twitter, has come and gone. Newport Dispatch put together this collection of photographs taken from the Newport area by photographer Tanya Mueller. The images capture the eerie beauty of the storm, as ice glazed everything in sight.

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Sound Bites: Newport’s Third Thursday Open Mic Night at Montgomery Cafe [AUDIO]

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Newport Dispatch visited the Third Thursday Open Mic Series at Montgomery Cafe in Newport. Thursday’s event brought together local poets and musicians. Started by Beth Barnes three months ago, word of Newport’s open mic has quickly spread, with musicians coming out from Lyndonville just to participate. Please press play below to hear some of the…

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Newport Moving into the Future: Two Wheels and Two Feet at a Time

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Photo Left to Right – Jeff Manning, owner of The Village Bike Shop, Gary White, local marathon runner, and Dr. Peter Harris, shared their personal stories and expertise in order to educate and invite discussion at Saturday’s community forum “Streets, Sidewalks, and Bike Paths,” co-hosted by the he HealthWorks ONE Coalition and the Newport City…

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All photos by Tanya Mueller.

A view from Saturday’s Santa Festival in Newport

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NEWPORT — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Santa Clause is coming to town. Saturday’s Santa Festival in Newport let everyone in town know. Festivities kicked off downtown at 11 a.m. If you were not able to make it out Saturday, here is a collection of photographs taken by Tanya Mueller that…

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Community Action Grant Applications Sought in Newport

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Deadline Approaching NEWPORT — AARP Vermont is encouraging groups and citizens to submit applications for the 2014 Community Action Sponsorship Program — a program to provide modest grant funds and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the recently adopted Age Friendly Communities initiative aimed at preparing Newport for the…

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Newport to Become an Age-Friendly Community

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NEWPORT — With the support of Newport Mayor Paul Monette, Newport City Council and developer Bill Stenger, Newport is poised to become Vermont’s first city to join AARP’s nationwide Network of Age Friendly Cities. As such, the city embraces the changing demographics of an aging population by focusing on safe, walkable streets, better housing and…

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Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture says that Vermont is leading the country in terms of Agriculture, but faces challenges from the Food Safety Modernization Act

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NEWPORT — Chuck Ross, the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, was in Newport on Tuesday to listen to the concerns of local farmers. The meeting was the first in a series of listening sessions, the rest of which will take place over the next few months throughout the state. The low turnout in…

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Christmas Tree Shops in Newport Are Open For Business

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NEWPORT — Thanksgiving is behind us. Next stop, Christmas. What better way to start the season than with a locally grown tree? Within a few miles of each other on Main Street in Newport, you have your choice of two great spots to grab a wonderfully fragrant tree or wreath for the holidays this year.…

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“Surreal,” A Surrealist Art Exhibition in Newport Starts December 7

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — On Saturday, December 7, there will be a wine and cheese reception for the opening of “Surreal,” an exhibit of surrealist and otherwise weird paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video. On display will be the works of Vermont artists Bradleigh Stockwell, Mary Brenner, Diana Mara Henry, Chris Hudson, Sam Thurston, Mandee Roberts, Phyllis Hammond,…

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Newly Formed Piano Sextet Will Play Friday Nov. 22 at MAC

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NEWPORT – The newly formed Newport Area Community Orchestra Piano Sextet will be performing at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative on Friday, November 22nd from 5-7 p.m. for their annual Holiday Reception. The group will be playing a variety of music including traditional Christmas carols. The members are from left to right: Ken Michelli, Mark Violette,…

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Images From Newport Fire Thursday Afternoon

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All photos by Manfried Starhemberg NEWPORT — The fire which blazed Thursday afternoon on Central Street in Newport left three families without a home. The apartment building, owned by Memphremagog Rentals, was completely destroyed. Nearby homes were evacuated by the Newport City Fire Department and Police Department due to the thick, noxious smoke which filled…

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The Vermont Movie: Exploring the Identity of Vermont

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NEWPORT — Part three of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, a six-part collaborative documentary exploring Vermont’s history and culture, was screened Wednesday night at the Gateway Center in Newport. The episode, titled Refuge, Reinvention, and Revolution, explored the back-to-the-land and activist communities that sprung up in the state during the sixties and seventies. A…

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State Senator Robert Starr Offends Arab-American Group

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NEWPORT — At a Vermont Transportation Board public hearing on October 30, Vermont State Senator Robert Starr made a remark which angered the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). In a letter sent to Senator Starr the group requested that he address the matter publicly. During the public hearing, Senator Starr was addressing members of the Vermont…

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Newport Area Community Orchestra Fall Concert Draws a Crowd

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NEWPORT — The Newport Area Community Orchestra played their annual Fall concert Saturday afternoon inside the assembly room at the Goodrich Memorial Library. Around 75 people came out to hear the orchestra play selections and excerpts from Mozart, Mussorgsky, Brahms, and Witt. With the annual Fall concert behind them, and all the hard work leading…

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