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Havana, Cuba comes to Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Vermont

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…

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Albany volunteer firefighter sentenced to 4 to 6 years for arson

in Albany/Newport

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…

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Illustrated history of Lake Memphremagog coming soon

in Arts and Entertainment/Eastern Townships/Newport

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…

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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. The race is a celebration of freedom…freedom from asphalt…and freedom to…

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Motorcycle collides with trailer on Beebe Road in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

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,…

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A sneak peek at the Waterfront Plaza redesign

in Newport/News

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…

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Two-vehicle crash outside Shaw’s this afternoon

in Derby/Newport/News

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…

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Accused Circle K robber arrested on Friday for sale of heroin

in Barton/Newport

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…

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All photos courtesy of Phil White.

Open water swimming season started Saturday on Lake Memphremagog

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

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…

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Newport Center man denies stabbing pig roast host

in Newport/News/North Troy

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…

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Airplane crash at Newport State Airport Saturday

in coventry/Newport/News

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…

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FREE and healthy food for children 18 and under this summer

in Barton/Island Pond/Newport/News

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…

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Something for everyone at Aquafest this year

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

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,…

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

in Newport/News

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,…

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Volunteers come together to help fix a roof

in Newport/News

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…

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NEXUS program enrollment event in Newport next week

in Newport/Vermont

NEWPORT — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agency has announced a series of opportunities next week for Vermonters to more conveniently enroll in the NEXUS program. There will be four of these mobile enrollment events across the state, with Newport’s event being held June 5, at the Gateway Center. NEXUS allows expedited screening…

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Walmart could be open in Derby by November 2015

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — The Walmart Superstore that Burlington developer Jeff Davis has been trying to bring to Derby just got one step closer. On Thursday, Davis filed an application for site plan approval with the town. Davis would like to see the store open by November 2015. Davis’s Company, Shattuck Hill Investments, owns 17.64 acres between…

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Roger Pion held responsible for $195,000 worth of damages

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the damage they suffered as a result of Roger Pion’s escaped in August of 2012, is $195,000. The figure was calculated and turned over to the court by the department’s attorney Kristin Wright. Pion is accused of crushing seven police cruisers after driving over them monster…

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Newport mourns the loss of a legend, Adrien Patenaude

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — “The way the sky meets the hills and landscape, and the way the seasons change appearance in shapes and light, have played a large role in expanding my perception of the environment. This has helped me to see more than just the reality of the view.” Adrien Patenaude, the man who will be…

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Newport police chase ends in crash Tuesday night

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Lowell man led Newport police on a chase last night at around 6:15 p.m. The man ended up crashing his vehicle, which at one point went airborn after hitting a mound of dirt after leaving the roadway. Jeffrey Fortier, 39, was traveling at a high rate of speed down City Farm Road…

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