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Smash and grab burglary at Family Dollar in Orleans

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police are still investigating after the Family Dollar in Orleans was robbed early Sunday morning. At around 5:00 a.m. forced entry was made inside the building when someone smashed through the glass door. Police say when they arrived the building was checked but the suspect had already fled the scene. A glass display…

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Newport prison declared free of Covid-19

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Vermont Department of Corrections says that the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport is clear of COVID outbreak response and is back to standard modified operations. This full status change is the result of testing conducted Thursday, April 15, in which no incarcerated individuals tested positive for the fifth consecutive time. There…

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Bank in Orleans robbed at gunpoint

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — A bank was robbed at gunpoint in Orleans this afternoon. Police responded to the North Country Federal Credit Union on Main Street at around 3:00 p.m. A man dressed in dark clothing was reported to have robbed the credit union, during which time he displayed a firearm. The man was seen leaving the…

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With 3,800 signatures, petition submitted to have Memphremagog designated a “Lake in Crisis”

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Local conservation group Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP) recently submitted a petition to the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, requesting Lake Memphremagog be designated a Lake in Crisis. The group says this designation will provide resources to help identify the causes of environmental contamination, and develop a comprehensive response plan…

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Concerns grow over surveillance towers in Orleans County, public comment period extended

in Derby Line/Newport/News/North Troy

DERBY LINE — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period related to the proposed construction of massive surveillance towers in Derby Line and North Troy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in February that they were planning to construct two new video surveillance towers 120 feet high along the…

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Driver charged with DUI after crashing through Maplefields window

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A 58-year-old man from Coventry will face charges after driving his truck through a window at Maplefields. Police say Timothy Cicio Sr. was identified as the driver after reports of a crash at the store came in at around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Cicio was attempting to park his truck before the crash,…

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Rollover crash on I-91, Sheffield

in Lyndonville/Newport/News

SHEFFIELD — A 31-year-old woman from Newport was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Sheffield yesterday. The crash took place on I-91 at around 1:35 p.m. According to police, Nicole Kennedy was headed north when her vehicle traveled off of the road, causing it to roll. Police say there were no injuries reported during…

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NorthWoods, MWA awarded over $340K for improvements to the Memphremagog Watershed

in East Charleston/Newport/News

EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center and the Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) have each been awarded grant funding through the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to improve stream habitat restoration and public water access in the Memphremagog watershed. The NorthWoods Stewardship Center received $290,991 in grant funding to be apportioned to restoration, accessibility, enhancement,…

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The trout are jumping at Willoughby Falls

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is taking place in Orleans. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds. Steelhead can be spotted moving up the falls during these warmer days in mid-to-late April…

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Derby resident awarded life-changing car

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A Derby resident has been awarded a car by the Good News Garage organization. The Burlington-based charity announced this week that Megan Tattersall was given the keys to a 2008 Nissan Versa, donated by a generous Vermonter. Tattersall is one of over 5,000 recipients of a vehicle from Good News Garage since the…

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Craftsbury Community Care Center raffling gravel bike

in Craftsbury/Newport/News

CRAFTSBURY — Just in time for mud season’s end, the Craftsbury Community Care Center is launching its spring fundraiser by offering, in collaboration with Chuck’s Bikes in Morrisville, a chance to win a Marin DSX2 gravel bicycle. Gravel bikes, also known as adventure bikes, are similar to road bikes but designed to tackle a variety…

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MAC Center issues a call for local poets

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts in Newport is inviting local poets to submit a poem for “MAC Community Poetry in Motion.” This will be their first annual exhibition of original poetry from community members. This year, MAC has retooled their annual April poetry reading event into a COVID-inspired socially distanced exhibit of…

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Fatal ATV accident in Holland

in Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — A 75-year-old resident of Holland has died following an ATV accident on Monday. Emergency workers responded to the area of Gore Road in the town of Holland at around 7:30 p.m. Police say Dale Nadeau was working in his sugarbush when he traveled through a steep area of uneven terrain. While traveling through…

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From Quebec leaders on treating landfill leachate in Lake Memphremagog

in Letter to the Editor/Newport/News

The Members of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, Sherbrooke and Compton-Stanstead, the Members of the National Assembly for Orford and Sherbrooke, the Reeve of the Memphremagog MRC, the Mayor of Magog, and the Mayor of Sherbrooke, make the following statement: Whereas Lake Memphremagog is a natural treasure and a source of drinking water for 175,000 residents of…

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NEK community and economic development nonprofit hires new leader

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Following the transition of Katherine Sims to the legislature and a rigorous three-month search process, the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative (NEKC) has named Jennifer Carlo as its Executive Director. Carlo, former Executive Director for NEK staple Circus Smirkus, had been on the hunt for her next calling and was drawn to the hands-on community-building…

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Senior Officer Royce Lancaster awarded 2020 Officer of the Year

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — After 23 years of service with the Newport Police, the department recently recognize Senior Officer Royce Lancaster with the Officer of the Year Award in 2020. Each year, the Newport Police Department gives its Officer of the Year Award to a well-rounded officer who has exceeded the duty requirements of his or her…

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Attempted armed robbery in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Police are looking for a man who tried to rob the Dollar General in Troy last night. Authorities were alerted to the attempted armed robbery at around 9:00 p.m. Investigators say a white male entered the store, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The man then fled the scene without being given money…

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Left to right: Recreation Committee Vice Chair Jaime Comtois, Contest Winner Jason Patenaude, Recreation Committee Chair Jennifer Smith.

The ice is out on Lake Memphremagog, winning guess only 7 minutes off

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Spring finally made its appearance in Newport this past Saturday, at 4:09 a.m. to be exact. The Lake Memphremagog Ice Out Contest, now in its 7th year, brought in a record 1,876 guesses and the largest ever cash prize. “Last week’s warm spell was possibly one of the most climactic endings the Ice…

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DUI crash in Charleston, driver flees scene without tire

in Brighton/Charleston/Newport/News

CHARLESTON — A 56-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on multiple charges following a two-vehicle crash in Charleston yesterday. Police say Kevin Guckin is facing charges of DUI#2, leaving the scene of an accident, and negligent operation. The incident took place on Vermont Route 105 at around 9:45 p.m. when police were alerted that a…

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Pictured are (left to right) Librarian Maureen Badger , and Trustees Meredith Augustoni, Mickey Morelli, Sue Birchard, Christine Moseley, Ginette Provost, and Fran (sitting)

Dailey Memorial Library honors Fran Batchelder, welcomes 2 new board members

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — The Dailey Memorial Library recently honored longtime board member Fran Batchelder as she ended her tenure. During a monthly meeting the trustees, and the director of the library recognized Batchelder’s service over the years. She served as a member of the board for 40 years. She will still be active at the library…

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Derby Select Board supports efforts to get Lake Memphremagog designated lake in crisis

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — The Derby Select Board voted unanimously on Monday night to lend their support toward getting Lake Memphremagog declared a “lake in crisis.” The vote authorizes Select Board Chairman Grant Spates to draft a letter supporting a petition put out by local conservation group Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP). The petition, which currently has…

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