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Burglary in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police say someone broke into a home in Barton and stole several collectibles.

The burglary was reported in the area of Pageant Park Road at around 10:19 a.m. on Wednesday.

Forced entry was made into the home and numerous collectible model cars were stolen, police say.

Police are asking anyone coming into contact with someone attempting to sell collectible model cars or has any information that may help the investigation to call 802-334-8881.

Two-vehicle crash with injury, Irasburg

in Brownington/Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Irasburg this morning.

The crash took place on U.S. Route 5 at around 6:45 a.m.

According to the report, Robert Davignon, 29, of Brownington, was headed north and Wesley Kidder, 30, of Sutton, was headed south.

The vehicles struck as they passed each other.

Police say Davignon sustained “non-life threatening injuries” and was transported to North Country Hospital.

Kidder was not injured during the crash.

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to contact the State Police barracks at 334-8881.

Officer Tanner Jacobs awarded 2019 Officer of the Year

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Officer Tanner Jacobs has been awarded the 2019 Officer of the Year for the Newport Police Department.

Jacobs has been with the department since February 2015.

Since joining, he has become one of the department’s Taser and ATV instructors.

Chief DiSanto says Jacobs had several accolades, high call volume, and was nominated by his supervisors.

Gun stolen from home in Derby Line

in Derby Line/News

DERBY LINE — A gun was stolen from a home in Derby Line last week.

Police were notified of a theft that took place on Valentine Avenue on January 30.

According to the report, a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was stolen sometime between 8:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m.

An investigation into the theft is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at 334-8881.

Driver’s Outdoor Power of West Charleston launches new brand “America’s Logger”

in Newport/News/West Charleston

WEST CHARLESTON — For years Scott Driver, owner of Driver’s Outdoor Power, has been providing repair and sales on new and used outdoor power equipment, forestry supplies, and clothing from his store location in West Charleston.

Now, he’s looking to bring his local brand to the world, recently launching a new website as well as a new line of branded apparel.

The new brand, called America’s Logger, was formed this year.

With the tagline “Clothing and Products to Fit Your Mindset,” Driver says America’s Logger designs strive to let the customer voice what they’re feeling.

Their signature America’s Logger hoodie reads: “Give up one freedom, lose them all.”

The new online shop also sells a lot of the great products the West Charleston store is known for, including Husqvarna and Jonsered brand clothing and accessories, Strikemaster bibs, and forestry accessories.

For more information, visit the new site HERE or at or keep in touch throiugh the Driver’s Outdoor Poweron Facebook page.

Photo by Bradleigh Stockwell.

MAC Center for the Arts celebrates ADA upgrades to facility

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Recently, the MAC Center for the Arts underwent a major upgrade to become ADA compliant.

The facility added a handicap bathroom and changed the blueprint of the floor plan to accommodate wheelchair accessibility.

While the process was costly, they say the results are priceless.

The renovation began January 5 with a concerted effort on the part of the artists to deconstruct the venue of all artwork to allow the construction and overhaul to begin.

The two-week endeavor and redeveloped space greeted customers with a Grand Re-Opening on January 25.

During the entire month of February, a “RAFFLE” is being held to help continue the funding for more ADA upgrades.

Come see the new MAC or take part in the raffle by stopping in during winter hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information call 802-334-1966.

Driver arrested for DUI after high-speed chase in Coventry

in coventry/Newport/News/St. Johnsbury

COVENTRY — A 28-year-old man from St. Johnsbury was arrested early this morning after a police chase in Coventry.

A trooper with the Vermont State Police says he was monitoring traffic on US Route 5 when he observed a white truck traveling at 80 miles-per-hour in a posted 50 miles-per-hour zone.

The trooper attempted to stop the truck, but it fled at a high rate of speed for about five miles.

Police say the driver attempted to evade law enforcement by stopping on a dead-end road and turning off its lights.

The driver was identified as Alan Tanguay.

Police say while being taken into custody, Tanguay resisted arrest.

He was transported to the Derby barracks for processing and lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility.

He is facing charges of attempting to elude, excessive speed, negligent operation, DUI, and resisting arrest.

Brownington couple charged with arson

in Brownington/Irasburg/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A man and a woman from Brownington were arrested and face charges after a fire in Irasburg back in November of 2019.

Police say Teresa Guay, 55, and her husband Roger Guay, 59, are being charged with 1st-degree arson, conspiracy, and insurance fraud.

On November 16, 2019, the Irasburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1754 Covered Bridge Road.

The fire had originally been reported as an accidental fire started by a cigarette falling onto paper towels used to clean a fuel oil spill.

According to authorities, the investigation revealed that the fire had been planned and intentionally set by the homeowners.

Brownington man arrested for 3rd DUI, violation of conditions

in Brownington/Derby/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 30-year-old man from Brownington was picked up for his third DUI on Wednesday, and police say he was in violation of his conditions of release.

Trooper Pennoyer said he conducted a welfare check at around 8:00 p.m. on a driver who was parked on Hinman Settler Road in Brownington.

The driver was identified as Brian Maxwell.

Trooper Pennoyer said he detected indicators of impairment at the scene.

Maxwell was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police barracks in Derby for processing.

According to the report, Maxwell was in violation of his conditions of release, which stated he was not to consume alcohol.

Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network receives $3,000 grant

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network (NEK YPN) recently received a $3,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund.

The grant will help further NEK YPN’s mission of supporting young professionals both socially and professionally by expanding outreach efforts and promoting a new Welcome Wagon Program.

“We are really excited to launch a new chapter of the Welcome Wagon Project here in the NEK,” said Maire Folan. “It will complement our efforts to connect residents and newcomers and build social capital in our communities”

The NEK YPN is a network for young professionals living and working in and around the NEK.

It strives to bring together all professionals that value connection and collaboration in work and play.

They see ‘young’ as subjective and the group encourages everyone to engage.

Visit the group’s Facebook page @Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network or email them at nekypg@nekchamber.com.

The Northeast Kingdom Fund is a permanent philanthropic resource dedicated to supporting the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties.

Crop circles pop up in Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Saturday in Newport, the Recreation Committee hosted another successful fundraiser for the local Playground and Splashpad project.

“Crop ‘til You Drop for Gardner Park” was met with enthusiasm as over 15 participants gathered in the Newport Municipal Gym for a day of crafting and camaraderie.

“Crop events are very popular in other states, especially for those who like to do scrapbooking,” said Jaime Comtois, who led the event for the Newport Recreation Committee. “Since it was our first time hosting an event like this in Newport, we decided to make it open to all crafters whether they wanted to come scrapbook, paint, knit or work on their latest sewing project.”

The goal was to have at least ten participants for this first-time event. On Saturday, almost 20 community members came out, and the group raised almost $500 for the project.

If you’ve never heard of a crop event, it’s essentially a social gathering where participants pay a fee, in this case, a $25 donation.

During long Vermont winter months, locals appreciate an opportunity to get out of the house, meet new people and mingle over common interests.

The day was spent sharing techniques, learning tips and for some, picking up a new art form.

Comtois and her fellow committee members even awarded door prizes and played a few games with participants before enjoying a bountiful potluck lunch.

“I’m always pleasantly surprised with the Rec Committee’s creativity when it comes to community events and fundraisers,” said Jessica Booth, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Newport. “I would have never come up with something like this, but everyone had a great time and kept asking when we could do it again.”

In response to the popular request, the Newport Recreation Committee scheduled another “Crop ‘til You Drop” event on Saturday, March 21, in the Newport Municipal Gym from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to benefit the Gardner Park Playground & Splashpad project.

Community members interested in joining can register online at www.NewportRecreation.org/WHATSHAPPENING or call the Parks & Recreation office at (802)334-6345.

VSP trooper involved in crash on I-91, Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A Vermont State trooper was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Derby early this morning.

Just after 12:00 a.m. trooper Richard Berlandy was on duty operating his assigned 2015 patrol Ford Explorer on I-91 south.

Police say the roadway was covered with about one inch of slush, snow, and ice, resulting in Berlandy losing control of the vehicle.

The vehicle struck a wire guardrail.

Airbags were deployed and the vehicle sustained significant damage to the front end, rear bumper, and side panels.

Trooper Berlandy was uninjured in the crash.

Rays Auto responded to the scene and towed the vehicle, which police say was totaled.

Chainsaw stolen from parked vehicle in Albany

in Albany/Newport/News

ALBANY — Police say a chainsaw was stolen from a truck in Albany today.

According to the report, a Husqvarna 372 Chainsaw was stolen from a truck that was parked at a home on Kingdom Road.

Police say that between 12:00 a.m and 7:00 a.m, an unknown individual walked up to the home and removed the chainsaw from the truck before leaving on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the State Police in Derby at 802-334-8881.

Orleans County Conservation District Annual Plant Sale

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — It’s time to get your orders in for the Orleans County Conservation District Annual Plant Sale.

The group offers a variety of bare-root plants, including fruit trees, berry bushes, native trees, and shrubs.

This year they will be offering a selection of native trees and shrubs known for enhancing pollinator habitat.

Planting on your property with these native plants can provide many benefits including tasty snacks for you and beauty to your land while protecting, enhancing or providing habitat to native pollinators.

They will also have bee nesting blocks and rain barrels for sale.

Bee blocks are being made by North Country Career Center (NCCC) Agricultural Sciences Department students and all proceeds go to Orleans County Future Farmers of America.

You can use barrels to collect and store rainwater from your roof to reduce flow volume and pollution to storm drains and surface waters.

For the full 2020 catalog and order form, visit: https://www.vacd.org/conservation-districts/orleans-county/

Orders are due by Friday, March 27, with pick-up on Saturday, May 2 in front of the USDA office at 59 Waterfront Plaza in Newport.

For questions or to ask for a hard copy of our catalog mailed to you, please contact Sarah Damsell at sarah.damsell@vt.nacdnet.net or at 802-334-6090 ext 7008.

All plant sale profits go towards our many conservation programs.

NEK Day at the Statehouse, Jan. 28

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Artists and educators, organizers and entrepreneurs from the Northeast Kingdom will be hitting the hallways and committee rooms of the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, January 28, for the second annual NEK Day.

The goal is to celebrate recent successes in the three-county region, share the innovative rural community development models that are forming in the NEK and work with legislators on solutions for current and prospective residents and businesses.

“Like many rural communities across the country, the Northeast Kingdom faces significant challenges, but we are coming together as a region and developing innovative solutions to build vibrant rural communities,” said Katherine Sims, Director of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative. “Our future is bright and we’re excited to share our best practices and to work with legislators to support rural communities across the state.”

Advocacy Training with Amy Shollenberger from Action Circles at 9:00 a.m. in the Snelling Room at the Vermont Historical Society Museum.

This training will introduce participants to the legislative process, how to talk to legislators and tips for testifying in front of committees.

Welcome & Press conference at 10 a.m. in the Cedar Creek Room with NEK leaders, Lt Governor David Zuckerman and other key leadership.

Pie Social and NEK Business Showcase in the cafeteria lounge from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Reps from NEK businesses and non-profit organizations including Northern Vermont University, Catamount Film & Arts, Kingdom Trails and HEAT Squad will be in attendance, and available for interviews.

NEK leaders will testify before legislative committees throughout the day:

House Commerce & Economic Development Committee: 9 – 10 a.m.
Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs: 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
House Education Committee: 1 – 2 p.m.
Senate Education Committee: 1:30 – 2 p.m.
House Energy & Technology Committee: 1-2 p.m.
House Agriculture Committee: 11 a.m. – noon
Senate Agriculture & Forestry Committee: 1 – 2 p.m.
Small group discussion with the Rural Caucus: noon – 1 p.m.
House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

The NEK Collaborative has been working to increase coordination and communication
among NEK businesses and nonprofits for more than 20 years.

Since their first NEK Day this time last year, the region has made incredible strides towards building vibrant, thriving communities in the Northeast Kingdom.

The organization has brought together dozens of partners to implement strategic action plans in two key areas:

1. Expanding leadership development
2. Advancing economic growth at the intersection of the creative, recreational and food sectors.

For more information visit: www.nekcollaborative.org/nekday

Jay Peak to host event to raise money for Gardner Park Restoration Project

in Jay Peak/Newport/News

NEWPORT – Jay Peak Resort has partnered with Newport Parks and Recreation to host the Green for Gardner Park Day—an event designed to raise money and awareness for the parks and rec department’s Gardner Park Restoration Project.

On Saturday, February 1, a portion of the proceeds from lift ticket sales will be donated to the initiative, and representatives from the Newport Recreation Committee will be on hand to share concept designs.

Gardner Park is one of Newport City’s most heavily used recreational facilities.

It attracts over 40,000 people annually hosting community events, sports leagues and general recreation visits.

Such popularity though has come with the cost of aging infrastructure in need of restoration to meet safety standards and the contemporary needs of the community.

“My family contributed to many of those 40,000 annual visits,” said Jay Peak’s General Manager Steve Wright. “The plan that the parks and rec department has come up with will evolve the play area so that future generations will be able to enjoy the park, and its surroundings, for years to come.”

Initial improvements to the park are scheduled to begin this fall and will focus on major playground and restroom facility renovations.

Project elements include replacement of all existing play structures in the play area, installation of a 40’x40′ motion-activated splashpad, updated family-style restrooms, and a modest concession area.

“Those of us working on the project have always known it’s cool enough to shout from the mountain top—and now we actually have the chance to,” said Jessica Booth, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Newport.

As the largest independent business and employer in the region, Wright says the resort has a responsibility to support local communities, the people who live within them, and the various causes and opportunities that help them to thrive.

“Our employees and guests live and work in Newport and the surrounding communities,” Wright said. “Having a safe and vibrant place to gather as family and friends is integral to a community’s health, and it’s our responsibility to support these sorts of efforts when we can.”

The Gardner Park Restoration Project is a long term, multi-phase initiative to improve one of Newport City’s most prominent public recreation assets.

Organizations and individuals interested in learning more about the project can call 802-334-6345, and are invited to join project representatives at Jay Peak’s Bullwheel Bar from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1 to learn more.

Visit www.NewportRecreation.org/SPLASHPLAY for project details.

Derby Green Nursing Home announces plans to close

in Derby/Health/Newport/News

DERBY – Derby Green, the nursing home located on US Route 5 in Derby, announced that it will close effective on or before April 30, 2020.

The home, owned by North County Hospital, filed a letter of intent today with the state’s Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living Division of Licensing and Protection, laying out its plans.

Derby Green has traditionally run at high occupancy, filling most of its 23 beds in any given month.

However, as a small facility, the nursing home says it cannot achieve the economies of scale and efficiency necessary to make long-term operations financially sustainable.

They say ongoing workforce shortages and operating losses jeopardize the center’s ability to continue providing the level of care and a safe environment necessary for residents.

Losses have averaged $200,000 annually over the last three years.

This, coupled with future infrastructure needs, has led North Country Hospital to make the difficult decision to close the facility.

Derby Green says they will work with all area nursing homes and community partners to ensure each resident is transferred to the setting of their choice that best meets their individual needs.

“Patient safety and exceptional person-centered care are our top priority,” Brian Nall, North Country Hospital’s President & CEO, said. “We are committed to providing high-quality day-to-day care during this process until our last resident is transferred and Derby Green is closed.”

Nearby, Bel-Aire Center in Newport will be increasing its nursing home beds to preserve some of the capacity that would otherwise be lost with the closure of Derby Green.

Vehicle hits utility pole in Westfield

in Newport/News/Westfield

WESTFIELD — Police say a vehicle hit a utility pole in Westfield yesterday and drove off.

Police were notified of the crash which took place on North Hill Road at around 5:39 p.m.

Police say the vehicle crashed into the utility pole owned by Vermont Electric Coop, causing it to shatter.

The meters that were attached to the pole also received extensive damage.

Police are trying to identify the driver and say the vehicle would have moderate damage to the passenger side front end.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. Amy LeClair with the Derby barracks at 802-334-8881.

MAC Center for the Arts Grand Re-Opening, January 25

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — After weeks of renovations, the MAC Center for the Arts is ready to unveil their new and improved Gallery Space on Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come explore, browse, and rediscover the arts in this delightful redesign.

Thanks in part to grants and fundraising, a new ADA compliant bathroom has been added and redesign of the floor space to accommodate wheelchair accessibility has been accomplished.

To support the ADA continuing efforts, MAC will hold a “Leap Year” raffle beginning January 25 through February 29.

The winning tickets will be pulled on February 29, leap day.

MAC artists have donated pieces that are a celebration of the collaborative.

Featured in the raffle are a painting by Victoria Mathiesen, valued at $300, painting by Pixies Durand, valued at $100, Sterling Silver with Garnet earrings by Ellie Roberts, valued at $78, pottery bowl by Diana Poulin, valued at $60, pottery bowl and plate by Nancy Nash, valued at $56, pottery “face” vase by Arlene Goldberg, valued at $50, photograph on canvas by Nancy Nash, valued at $45, Polymer Pendant Necklace by Isobel Marks, valued at $25, and a Book by author, Susan Sanders, valued at $10.

All money raised will go to the ADA improvements at the MAC Center for the Arts.

For more information, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com or call 802-334-1966.

Winter hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10-5, and closed Sunday-Tuesday.

ATV Statement and Study Committee Proposal | Conrad Bellavance

in Letter to the Editor/Newport/News

This letter was submitted by the Board of Directors Newport City Downtown Development, Chair Conrad Bellavance.

The City of Newport Ordinance #120 Regulating ALL – Terrain Vehicle Use on Town Highways also known as the “ATV ordinance” was approved by the City Council on October 21, 2019, for a trial period commencing May 2020 to October 2020.

The trial period outlined in the approved motion provides a reasonable approach and a measured way to assess the benefits to our Downtown.

The NCDD Board considers this type of exploration in alignment with our efforts to build Newport’s Outdoor Recreation Economy.

ATV ridership is proven to provide substantial positive economic benefits to many communities across the country.

However, it is important for Newport to assess the experience for ourselves in our own community.

NCDD is willing and offers to set up an independent ATV Study Committee charged with developing measurable standards to assess the impact of ATVs on city streets during the trial period.

A report will be generated based on these standards, along with fact-finding and conclusions from this information.

When the committee has reached a consensus on its findings and conclusions it will develop a set of recommendations.

The Committee will present both the full study report and the recommendations to the City Council at the end of the trial period.

NCDD suggests that the ATV Study Committee be comprised of representatives from each of the following groups:

Two Newport City businesses, two resident representatives from Third Street who live on the designated ATV route, two resident representatives from Pleasant Street who live on the designated route, two members from the Recreation Committee, the Newport City Police, two members from the Borderline Ridge Riders ATV Club, and NVDA, with NCDD as facilitator.

The NCDD Board believes that a local committee comprised of people directly impacted by the ordinance is the best way to generate a credible report.

NCDD has been working for several years to build a foundation for Newport’s Outdoor Recreation Economy.

This is based on the community’s support to build on Newport’s incredible natural assets.

This theme has been stated repeatedly at every community meeting about how to develop Newport.

Although the organization has not worked directly with ATV ridership or the creation of Ordinance #120, we are pleased to see that outdoor recreation groups like snowmobilers and ATV riders are beginning to approach the City with opportunities to be part of this economic development strategy.

We are likewise pleased to see that the City leadership is open and willing to try out these opportunities on a limited basis in order to gauge the impact on the City.

As the organization that holds the Downtown Designation and represents the interests of the community in developing Newport’s future, NCDD has the capacity to facilitate and support the ATV Study Committee with the goal of generating a quality fact-based report and recommendations to the City Council at the end of the trial period in October.

Interested candidates who meet the study committee criteria, should contact NCDD Economic Development Specialist Jim Davis at 334-0599 or email him at newportdowntowndevelopment@gmail.com

Sincerely,
Conrad Bellavance

Tracey Paul, first woman in CFO role at North Country Hospital

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital recently announced that Tracey Paul has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

She began her career with the hospital 23 years ago as a staff accountant, having come from employment at Pine Knoll Nursing Home in Lyndonville.

Tracey has held supervisory positions for the last 17 years and has seen opportunities along the way to grow within the organization.

For the last six years, she served as Executive Director ACO, Finance & Specialty Practices.

“The position gave me a lot of great experience on not only the finance side but the operations side as well,” added Tracey.

Tracey was born and raised here in Newport and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Management.

She is married to Claude Paul and they have three daughters.

The hospital’s previous CFO, Andre Bissonnette, who served North Country for 12 years, took a chief finance position at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Dairy Air Wind in Holland announces halt to development activity

in Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — Dairy Air Wind, the last remaining wind energy project being developed in Vermont, today announced the ending of all development activities surrounding the project.

Project partner David Blittersdorf cited a current political environment that is hostile to wind energy as the leading cause for this step.

Dairy Air Wind was intended to be a single-turbine project sited in a cornfield on the Champney family’s 450-acre dairy farm in Holland.

“In 2012, there were over a dozen wind projects in development,” said David Blittersdorf. “Now there are none. This is truly a sad state of affairs for Vermont.”

Dairy Air Wind had received a state standard offer-power contract to sell the project’s electricity in Vermont in 2016, but has been stalled in permitting ever since.

They have been in the process of applying for a Certificate of Public Good, but given the current regulatory and political environment, project leadership no longer believes that acquiring one is possible.

Prior to today’s announcement, Dairy Air Wind was the last wind project still being developed in Vermont.

“If Vermont is saying no to a project like Dairy Air Wind, we are really saying no to everything,” said Blittersdorf. “We are in real trouble as a state if we can’t build a single wind turbine in a flat cornfield, hosted by a dairy farmer that wants the project built to help keep the farm going.”

Newport City votes to allow ATVs on public streets

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — In a vote of 414 to 294, voters in Newport City on Tuesday have decided to keep in place an ordinance to allow all-terrain vehicles on downtown streets.

In October of 2019, the City Council voted 3-1 in favor of a five-month “trial period,” that allows ATVs to be allowed on select routes in Newport, starting May of this year.

When the ordinance takes effect, riders must ride single-file, and ATVs will still be banned on public property.

In November of 2019, a group calling itself FIGHT BACK 05855, submitted a petition opposing the ordinance.

Newport City resident Amy Gillespie, the chief organizer of the group, said that the petition was only a way to allow the community to have a say in whether the ordinance got voted in or voted down.

She said she felt the community wasn’t included in the real discussion and planning process for the ATV routes, nor was the city council.

The sixth month trial period will end in October.

Jennifer Harlow to fill Orleans County Sheriff vacancy

in Newport/News

NEWPORT – Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Jennifer Harlow to become Orleans County sheriff, following Kirk Martin’s resignation last month.

Harlow will be the only female sheriff in Vermont at the time of her appointment.

“I’m confident Jennifer will bring an innovative and dynamic approach towards leading the department,” said Governor Scott. “Her long career in law enforcement and her commitment to her community will serve her well as sheriff.”

Harlow has lived in Orleans County for the last 16 years.

Since 2004, she has worked in the Newport Police Department, where she focused on preventing and investigating crimes against children, school safety, the opioid crisis, domestic violence and domestic violence-related homicides.

Additionally, she is a certified instructor for the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.

“I am honored Governor Scott has appointed me sheriff,” said Harlow. “I take great pride in my work and serving my community. The Sheriff’s Department is comprised of many hard-working men and women, and I look forward to working with them to continue to serve the people of Orleans County and expand upon the services the Sheriff’s Department provides.”

Harlow graduated from the Agawam Police Academy in 1999 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Johnson State College.

She is an active board member for several organizations, including the Domestic Violence Task Force, the school boards for North Country Union Junior High School and High School, and the Northeast Kingdom Human Services Board.

Outgoing sheriff, Kirk Martin, was elected as a Republican, so keeping with tradition, the Governor received nominations from the Orleans County Republican Committee to fill the vacancy.

Harlow will be sworn in later this month.

Vermont Welcome Wagon comes to the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – The Vermont Welcome Wagon has landed in the Northeast Kingdom with its second chapter in the State open and ready for participants.

The VT Welcome Wagon Project (VTWWP) is a program where new arrivals or returnees are connected with current residents, or ‘hosts’ through an informal meet and greet.

It provides new folks with the opportunity to learn more about the region and ask honest questions with honest answers about the ins and outs of the community—where’s the nearest laundromat? Where do you go out to eat? What’s there to do on a rainy day? What’s the childcare situation like?

The goal is to accelerate the time it takes to “figure out” Vermont and get connected to the community in meaningful ways.

The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network (NEK YPN) decided to take on this initiative last spring upon learning about the program that began in Chittenden County.

“We are simply thrilled that the NEK YPN has partnered with VWWP to launch a local chapter of the program,” VWWP co-founder Krysta Sadowski said. “Their commitment to connecting and serving their community combined with the energy and skills of their leadership team makes them an ideal partner for leading this program in the NEK.”

While the VT Welcome Wagon Project is for all ages, the NEK YPN was thrilled to take on the leadership of this program and offer it to all community members and new arrivals in the NEK.

Thanks to grants from both the Vermont Community Foundation and the NEK Collaborative, the NEK YPN has been able to secure a part-time administrative staff member to oversee the unveiling of the project.

This program is open to anybody new or returning and there are no age limits or restrictions.

The NEK YPN manages the program but participants do not need to be a member to utilize it.

Materials and sign up information can be found at https://www.vtwelcomewagon.org/

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