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Act 250 permit issued to AnC Bio

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NEWPORT — AnC Bio, also known as Jay Peak Biomedical Research Park, was issued a Land Use Permit by the District 7 Environmental Commission. This should allow work to begin on the facility by October. The permit was issued on Wednesday, and states that there will be no work done on vaccines at the facility.…

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Water main break drains 30,000 gallon reservoir in Newport Town

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NEWPORT — Town officials said that an 8-inch water main broke on Tuesday night, causing a 30,000-gallon reservoir to drain. Most residents were without water as a result of the break. Officials have said that repairs are underway, which will allow the reservoir to start refilling, with about two-thirds of the town by noon having…

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Coventry farmer agrees to pay $33,000 for agricultural water quality violations

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NEWPORT — Richard M. Nelson, a dairy farmer in Coventry, has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and has agreed to pay $33,000.00 in civil penalties for the violations. “Vermont’s laws and regulations relating to agricultural water quality help keep our state waterways clean,” said Attorney General William H.…

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Fall Festival Scarecrow Award Winners Announced

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NEWPORT — The Newport Fall Foliage Festival Scarecrow Contest Awards have been announced and several local businesses and organizations are among the best. “The effort, time and creativeness put into this year’s scarecrows was fabulous,” Newport Live event organizer Bruce James said. “It was such a colorful show and exhibition that the judges had a…

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Kingdom Swimmers raise $2,755 for North Country Hospital’s Patient Care Initiative Fund

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NEWPORT — Kingdom Swim and open water swimmers from all over the nation who participated this past July raised a total of $2,755 for North Country Hospital’s Patient Care Initiative Fund. Twenty percent of adult registration fees supported the fund. Swimmers also raised money through a raffle with several significant prizes, including a slot in…

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Bee causes accident in Coventry on Saturday

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COVENTRY — A 19-year-old man from Barton was involved in a single-vehicle crash yesterday in Coventry, after a bee flew inside his window. According to a statement issued by Vermont State Police, Watson Gunnar was traveling south on US Route 5, when he becme distracted by a bee that flew into his vehicle. Watson veered…

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Should we be worried about empty shops on Main Street in Newport?

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This story, titled “Should Newport be Worried About Empty Storefronts?” aired on WCAX on Thursday. The report looks at the empty shops on Main Street in downtown Newport, and the setback that took place when the deal fell through to convert the lakefront property at Waterfront Plaza into the visitor and convention center.

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Barton, Troy, and Jay to benefit from recent NBRC grants

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BARTON — It was announced on Thursday that Vermont will receive $891,679 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds for economic development projects in Northern Vermont. This is a $400,000 increase over funds awarded in Vermont last year. The NBRC funds will be disbursed in five grants to five organizations in Northern Vermont, for targeted…

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Albany man cited for recent thefts from Pete’s Greens farmstand in Craftsbury

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ALBANY — An Albany man was cited for larceny after police opened up an investigation into recent thefts at Pete’s Greens farmstand in Craftsbury. Vermont State police are reporting that Charles King, 57, was questioned regarding the theft of money and vegetables from the farmstand. The investigation showed that King made four separate thefts from…

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Bernard E. Peters, an Independent from Irasburg, is running for Governor of Vermont. Photo courtesy of the Peter's campaign.

Irasburg man running for Governor of Vermont

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IRASBURG — With a campaign slogan of “It’s time to put a working person with common sense in Montpelier,” Bernard E. Peters of Irasburg makes his bid to be the next Governor of Vermont. While Shumlin and Milne are getting a lot of attention in the governor’s race, Peters, an Independent, is doing what he…

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Newport man injured in crash on Darling Hill Road in Derby

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DERBY — A 41-year-old Newport man was taken to the hospital last night after his car hit a rock ledge on Darling Hill Road. Clinton Mihill, of Newport, was headed south in a 1987 Chevrolet truck, when he appeared to leave the road. Mihill hit a rock ledge head on. Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded…

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Walleye stocking returns to Island Pond

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ISLAND POND — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has reinstated a program to stock walleye into Island Pond, stocking 14,350 fish into the waters this summer. The stocking program is being done to bolster what is quickly becoming a walleye fishing destination in Vermont – 20 out of the 28 walleye entered in the…

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Controversial CBP vehicle parked in Derby Line moved

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DERBY LINE — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) vehicle that was parked outside the Port of Entry at Derby Line for over a month has been moved, after locals complained that it was making it unsafe to exit the Derby Line Post Office. The CBP cruiser was parked in a way that created…

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Kingdom Games will again maintain a speed skating track on Lake Memphremagog, as well as host an international speed skating event in Newport. Photo by Phil White.

Newport wins bid to host speed skating marathon on Lake Memphremagog

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NEWPORT — Kingdom Games, in partnership with Marathon Skating International (MSI), has been selected to host the North American Marathon Speed Skating Championships, January 31 and February 1, 2015 on Lake Memphremagog. Each year the event alternates between venues in Canada and the United States. For 2015, the bid was awarded to Kingdom Games, who…

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Local business in Coventry vandalized last night

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COVENTRY — Sometime between 7 p.m. yesterday, and 5:30 a.m. this morning, someone vandalized a local business in Coventry. Police are saying that the incident took place at Calkins Sand and Gravel, located at 3258 Vermont Rte 14 N. The Vermont State Police responded this morning to the call that someone had cut one of…

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Scarecrow contest coming to Newport

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NEWPORT — The Newport Fall Foliage Festival is holding a scarecrow contest this year. The contest is expected to add a lot of fun to this year’s festivities. Families and businesses will make scarecrows and place them outside their homes, businesses, and along Newport’s Main Street. Contest Rules: 1. Prizes will be awarded for the…

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Newport Center woman facing multiple charges after Friday arrest

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NEWPORT CENTER — A 44-year-old woman from Newport Center is facing multiple charges after being picked up by police on Friday. According to a report issued by police, Tina Matten is being charged with Violation of Court Conditions of Release, Violation of Relief From Abuse Order, and Resisting Arrest. Matten had an earlier run-in with…

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A Split-Fire 3255 wood splitter like the one in this photo was taken from Taylor Rental Farm Yard Store in Derby on Wednesday.

Wood splitter stolen from Taylor Rental in Derby

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DERBY — Police are seeking information about a recent theft that took place at the Taylor Rental Farm Yard Store on Route 5 in Derby. On Wednesday, at around 5:45 a.m. police say that someone in an older style truck stole a Split-Fire wood splitter, model 3255. The subjects backed up to the wood splitter…

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Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak at NCUHS postpones football game

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NEWPORT — As of Thursday night, more than half of the North Country Union High School football team was displaying symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease. Six players have confirmed cases, while around 20 players could also be infected. The outbreak has led to Friday’s game against Burr and Burton Academy to be postponed,…

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$8.8 million in grants awarded for Newport State Airport expansion project

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COVENTRY — The Newport State Airport will receive two FAA grants totaling $8.8 million to help with the airport’s expansion. The grants to the airport come on the heels of a Federal Aviation Administration grant of $8.1 million to Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport for safety improvements. “General aviation airports like Newport State are a vital…

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Derby man pleads guilty in murder case

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NEWPORT — Peter Lavalette, the man accused of killing George Kouzoujian at his home in Westfield in June of 2013, has entered a guilty plea. Lavalette, 50, of Derby, was in Orleans County Superior Court on Wednesday, where he plead guilty to second-degree murder. State’s Attorney Alan Franklin reduced the charge from first-degree murder. A…

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Scott Milne enjoying a conversation with Ron Wright on Tuesday morning at Newport Farm and Garden - Agway.

Scott Milne answers questions sent in by Newport Dispatch readers

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On Tuesday, Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for Vermont Governor, was in the Newport area campaigning. He stopped in at Newport Farm and Garden – Agway. Milne took time to answer some questions sent in from our readers through our Facebook page. Below are Scott’s direct responses to these questions, along with some photos by…

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