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Newport spring clean-up postponed, city services reduced

in COVID-19/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport residents will notice a temporary reduction in city services from the public works department, recreation department, city landscaper, city clerk/treasurer, zoning, and city manager’s offices. Essential services, which include the police and fire department, as well as the wastewater treatment facility, are still fully functional. City Manager Laura Dolgin said in a…

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Newport airport gets $30,000 in COVID-19 federal relief

in COVID-19/Lyndonville/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Vermont airports have received more than $9 million from the federal government to deal with the fallout related to COVID-19. Locally, Northeast Kingdom International Airport in Newport will receive $30,000. The funds are part of $10 billion in federal assistance for airports included in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress and…

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Office of the Orleans County State’s Attorney. Attorney Danielson is on the far left.

Deputy State’s Attorney Phil Danielson retires

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office recently announced the retirement of Deputy State’s Attorney Phil Danielson. Attorney Danielson served the people of the State of Vermont as a prosecutor for the last 32 years. He worked as a prosecutor in the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Attorney General, and…

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Newport police union voted “no confidence” in Chief DiSanto

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — In a letter submitted to city officials on March 10, twelve members of Newport’s police union expressed their concerns about Chief Seth DiSanto, encouraging them to consider their views before extending his contract. The union told officials that the majority of their members had voted “no confidence” in DiSanto. In the letter, the…

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Driver crashes into Derby Line Cemetary fence

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DERBY LINE — Someone crashed through a fence at the Derby Line Cemetary, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver. Police say the vehicle was traveling east on Baxter Avenue when it left the road and drove through the fence. The vehicle caused significant damage to the fence and at…

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Newport’s Easter bonnet contest goes digital

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — An annual contest for festive headwear has been a tradition at the annual Prouty Beach egg hunts in Newport for decades, but this year things looked a little different. Newport Parks & Recreation, who hosts the spring celebration every year at the park, decided to take the contest digital after making an announcement…

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Pam White retires after 42 years at Columbia Forest Products

in Brownington/Newport/News

NEWPORT — After 42 years of service, on March 31, Pam White retired from Columbia Forest Products. Born in Newport, White graduated from L.R.U.H.S. and joined Columbia Forest Products on September 27, 1977, as a line grader. She held the following positions: salvage clipper operator, unspliced grader, cutter-taper-piler and patcher. She held the marker/breaker position…

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Cow sign stolen, 4 cited for theft in Coventry

in coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — Four people were cited for stealing a custom sign from the Maxwell Neighborhood Farm in Coventry. William Whitehouse, 18, Brandon Croteau, 22, Michael Leaker, 20, all of Coventry, as well as Gabriel Lowell, 19, of Irasburg, were issued a citation into court for the theft. Police say they were notified on Monday that…

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Orleans County Sheriff’s Department doing their part to make birthday memories for kids

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department has announced a program in which police officers will visit children celebrating a birthday during the COVID-19 crisis. The program is offered in lieu of large parties for children that are essentially restricted during the coronavirus pandemic because of precautions and social distancing requirements in place. The program…

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Derby man seriously injured during single-vehicle crash

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A 66-year-old man from Derby was seriously injured during a single-vehicle crash on Saturday. According to police, Michael MacFarlane was headed south on Quarry Road at around 5 p.m. MacFarlane crossed the center line into the opposite lane of traffic and failed to yield at the intersection, crashing into the traffic and signal…

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RTC shuttle service to operate on dial-a-ride basis due to coronavirus

in COVID-19/Derby/Derby Line/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Starting on Wednesday, April 8, RCT says they will be implementing changes to its shuttle bus service in an effort to maintain the highest levels of safety for drivers and passengers during this time. The Jay-Lyn/Jay-Lyn Express and Highlander shuttle bus services will operate on a dial-a-ride basis for access to essential goods…

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West Burke fire considered suspicious

in Burke/Newport/News

WEST BURKE — A fire that broke out in West Burke early Thursday morning is considered suspicious, investigators say. The West Burke Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 268 School Street at around 2:30 a.m. The residence had previously been damaged due to a fire in July of 2019. Since…

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Newport man charged with 4th DUI

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A 55-year-old man from Newport was arrested on multiple charges, including his fourth DUI. Police say they noticed a vehicle pulling into a parking lot on Route 5 in Derby at around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. The driver exited the vehicle and was identified by police as Dwayne Calloway, whose driver’s license was…

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Waiting out coronavirus, Pronto and Shelton harmonizing NEK music community

in Arts and Entertainment/COVID-19/Newport/News

NEWPORT — For Tod Pronto and Cynthia Shelton, nothing can stop the music. Hunkered down in reaction to the global pandemic, the two have teamed up to form a “Socially Distant Chorus,” inviting the community to harmonize and play along with Pronto on his version of “What a Wonderful World.” So here are the rules:…

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Bear hunt sparks community fun in Newport during quarantine

in COVID-19/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Bear hunts are underway in Newport City. Stuffed bears, puppies, unicorns, and cows are popping up everywhere in the windows of businesses and homes throughout Newport City. The trend is in response to a call from Newport Parks & Recreation Friday encouraging residents to participate in a community-wide “Bear Hunt,” a socially distant…

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NCH nurses scrub/clean personal protection equipment in preparation for the next patient to be tested in their vehicle. Security personnel Justin Curtis and Vinny Lewis are ready to greet patients with an appointment at the mobile testing site.

North Country Hospital is well prepared, soon adding mobile testing site in Island Pond

in COVID-19/Island Pond/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Healthcare organizations have been turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic, but North Country Hospital says they are well prepared. Many new protocols have been put into place to protect patients, their families, hospital staff, as well as the public, which include a strict no visitor policy and restricted points of entry into…

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