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Stretch of Missisquoi in Troy and Westfield protected for water quality

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

TROY — Land along 3.4 miles of the Missisquoi River, which flows through farmland in Westfield and Troy owned by beef farmer Tony Brault, has been conserved for clean water.

Brault worked with the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and The Nature Conservancy to establish a 79-acre ‘river corridor’ area.

Within this area, the Missisquoi is free to meander and change course naturally, and no structures can be built along the banks.

Almost 90 miles long, the Missisquoi travels through northern Vermont and southern Quebec before flowing into Missisquoi Bay in Lake Champlain.

“The Missisquoi is very active on Tony’s farm,” explained Tyler Miller of the Vermont Land Trust. “It moves a lot and cuts into land, causing erosion. With our changing climate, the river is also dealing with more rain than before.”

As part of the conservation, land within 50 feet of the water must be kept naturally vegetated with native shrubs and trees, to help keep the water cleaner and reduce damage from future floods by holding water and helping to slow it down.

To this end, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps planted 925 trees along the river and its tributaries last fall.

Thirty-five acres of wetlands were also protected.

“Wetlands are important in river protection because they slow water, catch debris, and retain soils,” added Miller.

Brault runs a beef farm and the popular Brault’s Meat Market in Troy.

He operates part of his business on 219 acres in Troy and Westfield that were conserved with the Vermont Land Trust in 1995, and the rest on nearby fields in Troy.

Woman airlifted to hospital after snowmobile accident in Troy

in News/North Troy/Troy

TROY — A 54-year-old woman from Montpelier was injured during a snowmobile accident in Troy on Saturday.

According to the report, Lynn Commo was headed south on a snowmobile trail near Routhier Road when she sustained an injury stemming from an impact with the snowmobile she was operating.

Police say it occurred while she was traversing an elevated portion of the trail.

After evaluation by emergency workers, Commo was transported to UVM Medical Center via helicopter to be treated for her injuries.

Amanda Pepin promoted to Credit Administration Officer at CNB

in Derby/Newport/News/Troy

DERBY — Community National Bank President Kathy Austin recently announced the promotion of Amanda Pepin to Credit Administration Officer.

Pepin joined the bank’s Credit Administration Department in 2008 as a Credit Analyst, and in 2015, she was promoted to Senior Credit Analyst.

She has continued her education by taking classes through the Center for Financial Training and Education Alliance, and she has taken several financial statement analysis and risk management courses through the Risk Management Association.

In 2013, she attended the Northern New England School of Banking.

Throughout her career, the bank says Pepin has worked to develop her skills and knowledge in commercial credit and has assumed more responsibility in the Credit Administration Department.

She resides in Troy with her husband Mike, son Travis, and daughter Ashley.

Localized flooding in parts of Orleans County

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

NEWPORT — Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms last night resulted in localized flooding in parts of Orleans and Essex counties, closing some roads.

Rainfall in parts of the region exceeded 2-3 inches.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Missisquoi River Near North Troy.

This morning the river was 9.5 feet, with the flood stage at 9.0 feet.

In Westfield, all lanes on Route 100 between Buck Hill Road and the Lowell town line were closed.

In Lyndon, VT 122 is currently closed between the I-91 exit 24 interchanges and the intersection of US Route 5.

Water is over the road near the US 5 intersection and at the Miller’s Run Covered Bridge.

There is water on the edge of the road on US Route 5 in Lyndon, near Lyndonville Hardware.

VTrans says the water is receding and traffic flow is not affected at this time.

Officials say there will be some additional rainfall this morning, but with no additional impacts expected.

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ATM machine stolen in Troy, attempted ATM theft at Jay Peak

in Jay Peak/Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — Police are looking for two suspects who went on a crime spree, attempting to steal local ATM machines.

This morning at around 5:10 a.m. police received a report of a theft at Boutin’s Mini Mart in the town of Troy.

According to police, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night, two unknown subjects forced entry into the store and stole the ATM inside.

The subjects were seen driving a Chevrolet Silverado away from the scene with the ATM in the bed of the truck.

Police say it was later reported the same individuals attempted to take an ATM at Jay Peak Resort during the early morning hours this morning.

The ATM at Jay remained on scene but suffered significant damage as a result.

Anyone with information in regards to the theft is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

Free Discover Girl Scouts events Jan. 30 and 31 in Orleans County

in Irasburg/Troy

NORTH TROY — Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will be hosting two free information sessions for girls and parents in Orleans County.

The first will be on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Troy School, located at 126 Main Street in North Troy.

The second event will be on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Irasburg Village School, located at 292 Vermont Route 58, in Irasburg.

Girls and their families will meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers, as well as learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs.

Participants will also enjoy fun, girl-led activities, explore programs, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register to become a Girl Scout.

Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

The organization offers hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered activities in STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, visit, or call 1-888-474-9686.

[VIDEO] Meet the Candidate event: Kendall Lambert

in coventry/Irasburg/Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — Kendall Lambert is an independent candidate seeking to represent the residents in the towns of Coventry, Irasburg, Newport, Newport Center, and a portion of Troy in the Vermont House of Representatives.

Lambert hosted a Meet the Candidate event last week at Kingdom Brewing in Newport.

During the event, she talked politics and enjoyed some craft beer.

Newport Dispatch shot this video to allow those who were unable to attend the opportunity to hear from the candidate.

Car stolen in Troy

in News/Troy

TROY — Local police are seeking the public’s help in locating a vehicle stolen in Troy.

On Thursday morning police responded to East Main Street to take the report of a stolen vehicle.

The owner, identified as 26-year-old Anthony Mead, told police he noticed his car was missing at approximately 5:30 a.m.

The car was last seen parked in the driveway at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say the vehicle is a black, 1995 Chevy Lumina, with Vermont plates GRE527.

The Chevy has red pinstriping down both sides and two stickers on the windows, one of the brand “Chrome Head,” the other of pigs.

Police: Troy man facing numerous charges

in News/North Troy/Troy

TROY — A 32-year-old man is facing numerous charges after an incident that took place in North Troy on Friday morning.

Police say at around 9:40 a.m. they received a report of a suspicious vehicle with an unconscious operator parked in the caller’s driveway.

The driver left when confronted and was followed to a vacant building in the area of Main Street in North Troy.

He was confronted by residents again, before allegedly fleeing the scene in an unsafe manner, striking and damaging a telephone pole and nearly striking the witnesses.

The vehicle was located shortly after by a trooper on Kennison Road in Westfield, where the driver was stopped and identified as Adam Gallant, 32, of Troy.

While speaking with Gallant, police say they observed indicators of drug activity and drug impairment.

“Subsequent investigation and DUI screening indicated Gallant was operating a vehicle while under the influence of depressant drugs,” the report reads.

A K9 was deployed and the vehicle was seized pending a search warrant application.

Gallant was placed under arrest and processed in Derby, where he was released with a citation to answer to the charges of DUI drugs, leaving the scene of an accident, negligent operation, reckless endangerment, as well as numerous moving violations.

Two-car crash in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Three people were injured during a crash in Troy on Sunday.

Police responded to the scene on VT Route 100, just north of Loop Road at around 5:35 p.m.

The crash took place near the top of a hill and a sharp corner.

The drivers were identified as Amos Cassidy, 20, of Newport, and Stanley Cota, 65, of Troy.

Police say Cassidy was headed south, driving left-of-center of the road. The vehicles collided causing severe damage to both.

All three occupants in Cassidy’s vehicle were uninjured.

All three passengers traveling with Cota suffered what police describe as minor injuries.

They were taken to North Country Hospital for treatment.

According to police, speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Troy couple find purpose and spirit in restorative justice

in News/North Troy/Northeast Kingdom/Troy

TROY — Annie and Irv Fellows of Troy have long sought to make a difference in the world. For more than 30 years, Irv and Annie worked for the government, attempting to bring their passion for helping people through that venue.

“When I retired, Annie and I made a commitment that we would seek other ways to help people in need,” Irv said.

Then, about 4 years ago, Irv met Orleans County Restorative Justice Center’s Executive Director, Barbara Morrow during an effort to set up a Newport area warming shelter.

“She asked me if I would like to be on a ‘Circles of Support and Accountability’, called CoSA for short,” he said. “I initially had no idea what that was, but I found the concept challenging and well aligned with my spiritual principles. At first, I had little confidence that I could contribute anything, but, as time went by, I realized my perspective and life experiences could be supportive. Annie saw that I was finding CoSAs rewarding, and she decided to do volunteer as well.”

A CoSA is a team of usually three volunteers who, with a trained facilitator, work with someone called a “core member,” a person reentering the community from incarceration, for a year.

The team works with the person to figure out what problems they face and how they might address those problems. The team and the core member come up with a plan for the future and identify skills the core member has or could develop that will help them overcome present or future barriers. The CoSA group also acts as a source of accountability and a sounding board.

The Fellows said there are many rewards and frustrations to volunteering as a CoSA team member, but that the rewards are worth it.

“I’ve become aware of many bureaucratic barriers a person faces when they are trying to successfully reenter the local work environment,” Irv said. “For instance, a person needs to have their social security card to get a job. Seems like a simple thing, unless their card has been lost and they have no transportation. Obtaining a new copy of that card often involves seeking a copy of a long-misplaced birth certificate and a long bus ride to Montpelier. The lack of a driver’s license can also be a barrier. Without public transportation in the area, a person trying to get back on his or her feet often has to settle for a minimum wage job within walking distance. They often end up living on a financial knife’s edge, and even a small unexpected expense can make them vulnerable to frustration and depression, and the temptation to return to old ways.”

With that said, Irv Fellows said there are beautiful successes, often helped along by a core member with a good attitude about the process and support their receiving.

It can happen, the Fellows say, that amazing things take place in a person’s life through the process.

“My first CoSA involved a person who had alcohol and anger issues. When he started, he was adrift. He did not know how to handle money, he was isolated and he had very few prospects for employment. He worked very hard to avoid alcohol and completed training to control his anger. We taught him how to handle his money, and he listened to our advice. Soon, he began to bloom. He gained confidence in himself and his ability to control his own life. We sought people willing to give him a chance as an employee, and his work ethic soon convinced them he was a valuable worker. It has been more than a year since his CoSA ended, and his hard work continues to bring him success.”

Irv and Annie have served on a number of CoSA teams, and they say each one is a very different experience. What isn’t different, they said, is the caliber of volunteers they share this work with.

“There is a real reward in getting to know other CoSA volunteers,” Irv Fellows said. “I find them to be remarkable people.”

The Orleans County Restorative Justice Center’s Executive Director, Barbara Morrow, shares Fellow’s outlook on the volunteers, and welcomes interested people to find out how they can take part too.

“We will have a Circles of Support and Accountability training in Lyndonville May 3rd and 4th,” Morrow said.

This is required of all CoSA volunteers, has received rave reviews, and is a great orientation to work with our clients. We invite people to attend even if they’re not sure yet that they would volunteer, but are thinking about it.”

To learn more about OCRJC services, visit their website at, email or call 802-487-9327.

Rollover in Westfield, single-vehicle crash in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

NEWPORT — State police say they responded to a few car accidents on Sunday evening.

At around 5:30 p.m. troopers were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle rollover at the base of North Hill Road in Westfield.

The vehicle was off the roadway and at rest upright in a snow bank. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Kylie Kellard of Jay.

Police say Kellard was headed south when she lost control of the vehicle at a curve and struck a snow bank, causing the vehicle to overturn.

According to the report, there were no injuries during the accident.

Crash in Troy

At 6:15 p.m. police received a report that a vehicle had slid through the stop sign at Route 242 and 101 in Troy, striking the guardrail and causing damage.

An AOT truck was following the vehicle and police caught up with the driver on 101 in Troy village.

He was given a ticket for driving at speeds unreasonable for conditions with an accident resulting.

Lyndon State College men’s basketball team tours local schools

in Brighton/Charleston/coventry/Troy

NEWPORT — The entire LSC men’s basketball team met with junior high students at Coventry Village School, Troy Elementary School, Brighton Elementary School and Charleston Elementary School last week.

They met with over 263 students and talked about the transition to college, moving away from home, financial aid, scholarships, the recruitment process and the importance of working hard in school so they are prepared for college.

Coach Dave Pasiak talked with students about focusing on academics in high school and their own personal development to strive to be a good teammate, family member, and community member.

The junior high students had the opportunity to ask the players questions about their majors, why they chose Lyndon State, and how they developed their skills as basketball players.

While at Brighton Elementary School, the LSC student-athletes also met with younger students in preschool and third grade.

There will be free admission for students and their families to attend the LSC home game on January 20, when they play Husson University.

The women play at 1 p.m. and the men play at 3 p.m.

Police: DUI crashes in Troy and Coventry

in coventry/Newport/News/North Troy/Troy

NEWPORT — Police say two drivers are facing DUI charges after separate single-vehicle crashes that took place last night in Orleans County.

At around 9:15 p.m. police received a call of a crash in the town of Troy.

While speaking with the operator, Gilles Desjarlais, 71, of Troy, police say an odor of intoxicants was detected.

Desjarlais willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was transported to Newport Police Department where he was processed and released.

Later in the evening, just before midnight, police received another call of a single-vehicle crash in the town of Coventry.

Police say an odor of intoxicants was detected emitting from the driver, Gaetan Corderre, 25, of North Troy.

According to the report, Corderre also willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.

He was transported to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks, where he was processed and released.

Derby man racks up charges after incident at Troy General Store

in Derby/Newport/News/Troy

TROY — A 44-year-old man from Derby racked up a list of charges after a drunken outburst at the Troy General Store on Thursday.

At around 7:20 p.m. State Police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call that an intoxicated male was threatening patrons at the store.

Police say their investigation revealed that Stephen Heath, 44, of Derby, was under the influence of alcohol, which was a violation of his conditions of release.

They say Heath was engaging in violent and threatening behavior in a public area. He was placed under arrest.

While in custody, police say Heath made two attempts to assault members of the State Police.

He was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility.

He is facing charges of violation of conditions of release, disorderly conduct, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Drunk driver leaves crash scene in Newport Center with another drunk driver, both arrested

in Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — Two men from Troy were arrested for DUI after a crash in Newport Center on Thursday.

Police say they responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole near 1665 Cross Road at around 4:00 p.m., and that the driver had left the scene.

Police identified the driver of the crashed vehicle as Casey Bonneau, 24, of Troy.

Shortly afterward, police spotted Bonneau in the passenger seat of a black, 2003 Nissan Maxima, pulling out of a local service station.

The vehicle was subsequently stopped and Bonneau identified himself as the operator of the motor vehicle that crashed on Cross Road.

Police say he provided a preliminary sample of his breath and his BAC measured at .206 percent.

The driver of the Nissan, identified as Francis Beveridge, of Troy, provided a preliminary sample of his breath and his BAC measured at .087 percent.

Both men were placed under arrest.

Bonneau was issued a citation to appear in court to answer to the charge of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Beveridge was issued a citation to appear in court to answer the charge of DUI.

Sandy Hilliker receives Community Service Award

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Community National Bank’s (CNB’s) Marketing Assistant Tia Drake recently presented Sandy Hilliker with the bank’s Community Service Award.

The award was developed to recognize “unsung heroes” that make our communities better places to live, work and play.

Hilliker has poured her heart and soul into helping the Newport Center Methodist Church thrive. She has been part of the church’s Handbell Choir for over 10 years.

Her keen musical ear and caring personality have made her a successful director. She holds practices once a week to prepare the choir for monthly church service rings, orders music, makes weekly calls to remind choir members of practice sessions, and schedule changes.

As a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group, Hilliker plays an active role in the Church’s fundraising dinners. She organizes food donations and is always onsite to help serve food and stays to clean up.

Due to the shortage of ministers in our area, she has recently been working with a group of church members to seek out a minister. Despite the difficulty of finding someone to lead Sunday services, she always remains positive and finds a way to make sure Sunday services are held.

To celebrate Sandy’s commitment and dedication to her community, we are proud to present her with the Bank’s Community Service Award for the fourth quarter of 2016.

CNB’s Community Service Award honors and recognizes recipients by making a $500.00 contribution to a local, non-profit organization of the recipient’s choice.

Hilliker has requested that her donation is made to the Newport Center United Methodist Church.

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Conley Country Real Estate | 448 Brown Road | Troy, Vermont

in Troy

End of the road, picture-perfect 90 acre parcel. Town maintained to the brick house.

No visible neighbors. Minutes to Jay Peak. Three separate houses including a 19th century brick home with attached garage.

A three bedroom home that was a horse stable. Both with two baths. Huge swimming pond.

Pastures and wood land. Some is in current use.

Main home has three bedrooms and three baths.

Also, a 30 cow dairy barn that was most recently an art studio.

Stanchions are still there.

Brown Road looks more like a private drive way but is town maintained.

For more information on this listing, CLICK HERE.

Troy farmers help protect Missisquoi River water quality and flood resilience

in Troy

TROY — Young dairy farmers Ben Moulton and Amanda Taylor worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation to protect more than a mile of Missisquoi River frontage by selling conservation restrictions on 38 acres abutting the river.

The strategy employed on their farm includes protection and restoration.

The conservation restrictions create a buffer where the river can meander naturally. In addition, more than 2,300 trees and shrubs were planted along the river’s edge. This will create a section of natural vegetation that will stabilize the banks and decrease erosion while providing habitat for wildlife that lives in and near the river.

Many of the trees suffered during the drought this year, but there will be a replanting in the coming week.

This buffer area is located on a 70-acre parcel of cropland that Moulton and Taylor bought two years ago to grow more feed for their dairy herd.

Formerly part of the Judd Farm, the land was conserved with the Vermont Land Trust in 1997. The original conservation easement also protects public pedestrian access along the river, which is restricted only during hunting season.

“Amanda and Ben have been great to work with,” said Bruce Urie of the Vermont Land Trust. “This is a beautiful piece of land that grows tremendous crops. It serves as a spillway for the Missisquoi River during high rain events, so that the water can slow down and lose momentum before it flows through the town of Troy.”

The couple milks 60 cows at their home farm just down the road, and have been certified organic for close to 10 years. Moulton works closely with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and knew that selling heightened protections along the river would allow his farm to comply with water quality standards.

“This project makes it possible for the next generation to be able to have the use of the land,” said Moulton. “We’re using funds from selling conservation restrictions to contribute towards water-quality improvements on our home farm.”

With funding from NRCS, the couple has enclosed a barnyard with a cement base, installed two manure pits and added gravel to roads leading to the paddocks. These infrastructure additions will help improve local water quality.

Car crash in Coventry sends two to hospital

in coventry/News/Troy

COVENTRY — Two people were injured during a car crash in Coventry this afternoon.

At around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, police were dispatched to the two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105.

Both drivers, Rose Blais, 75, of Troy, and Shirley Kasanoff, 67, of Troy, were headed east, when police say Kasanoff decreased her speed to enter a parking lot.

According to the report, Blais rear-ended Kasanoff in the eastbound lane.

Both drivers were transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for what police describe as “minor injuries.”

Cindy LaGue of Troy promoted to Senior Vice President at Community National Bank

in Troy

NEWPORT — Community National Bank announced the promotion of Cindy LaGue, of Troy, to Senior Vice President of Retail Banking.

LaGue started her banking career at the bank in 1989 as a part-time Teller in the Troy office, where she later assumed responsibilities as Head Teller.

She worked at the Newport office from 1995 until 1999, when she accepted the Derby Office Supervisor position. In 2003, she was promoted to an Officer of the bank and in 2005, promoted to Assistant Vice President. In 2007, LaGue was promoted to Vice President of Branch Administration.

LaGue plays an active role in her community serving on several boards. She is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, serves on the Northeast Kingdom Human Services Standing Committees and is the Chairperson of the Auditing Committee for the American Legion Jay Peak Post 28.

She resides in Troy with her husband Rene.

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    Jennifer Daigle (L) and Tracy Roberts (R) were recently promoted at Community National Bank.

Local businesswomen promoted at Community National Bank

in North Troy/Troy

DERBY — Community National Bank announced the recent promotions of Jennifer Daigle, of Troy, to Vice President and Credit Administration Officer, and Tracy Roberts, of North Troy, to Vice President and Marketing Director.

Daigle joined the bank in February 2005 as a Commercial Credit Analyst, and in 2006 became Supervisor of the Commercial Credit department. In 2009, she was promoted to Credit Administration Officer, and in 2012, to Assistant Vice President.

She is responsible for analyzing commercial loan activity and oversees the Credit Administration department.

Successfully continuing her education, Daigle has completed the Principles of Banking course through the Northern New England Center for Financial Training. She has attended the Northern New England School of Banking and has taken several financial statement analysis and risk management courses through the Risk Management Association (RMA) and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the Vermont Bankers Association (VBA).

She is an active member of the Vermont Chapter of RMA serving as the organization’s board chair, and resides in Troy with her husband Rene, daughter Ashley and son Travis Letourneau.

Roberts was hired by Community National Bank in March 1993 to fill the Newport Office Supervisor position, and in January 2000, she was chosen to be the bank’s Marketing Coordinator.

In 2001, Roberts was promoted to the position of Marketing Director and Bank Officer.

Throughout her career, Roberts has worked diligently to build her knowledge of banking, marketing and communication. She holds diplomas from the American Bankers Association (ABA), and the American Institute of Banking for General Banking and Consumer Credit.

She is a graduate of the Northern New England School of Banking and the ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management. Roberts also received an Associate of Science degree from Community College of Vermont.

As the Bank’s Marketing Director, she gets involved with many community-oriented events and initiatives.

She currently serves as a trustee of the William H. and Lucy F. Rand Memorial Library and teaches Zumba classes.

Roberts and her husband Dennis reside in North Troy.

Judith Jackson of Irasburg announces candidacy for Vermont house

in coventry/Irasburg/Newport/News/Troy

IRASBURG — Judith Jackson, a member of the Irasburg Planning Commission, announced on Thursday her candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives to represent the citizens of Irasburg, Coventry, Newport Town, Newport City, and Troy.

Jackson, running as a Democrat, joins her neighbor and fellow Irasburg Ridge Alliance (IRA) organizer Dr. Ron Holland on the ballot for State Representative for the district of Orleans.

“I’ve seen the huge impact of policies and decisions made in Montpelier on almost every aspect of life in Vermont towns,” Jackson said. “With our Northeast Kingdom towns facing so many critical issues, from energy siting to education to our economy, it seemed like a good time to speak up.”

Before moving to Irasburg with her husband Peter Limon in 2010, Jackson spent most of her professional life as the communication director for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located near Chicago and dedicated to research in particle physics, the science of the fundamental nature of the universe.

“From the western suburbs of Chicago to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont was quite a change,” Jackson said. “My work at Fermilab took me to countries all over the world. However, I grew up on a Vermont dairy farm, so moving to Irasburg felt like coming home. I do know from personal experience the effect of the price of milk on a farm family’s livelihood. Now I’d like to put my Vermont heritage and a lifetime of experience in communication to work on behalf of my neighbors in Orleans County. ”

Besides serving as the clerk of the Irasburg Planning Commission, Jackson is a trustee of Irasburg’s Leach Public Library and a founding member of the Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance, a citizens’ group dedicated to the responsible development of renewable energy and the preservation of Irasburg’s ridgelines.

She is the mother of three children, including her daughter Annie Jackson, who lives at Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick.

Dr. Ron Holland of Irasburg announces candidacy for Vermont House of Representatives

in coventry/Irasburg/Newport/News/Troy

IRASBURG — Dr. Ron Holland, the senior emergency physician at North Country Hospital, announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives to represent the citizens of Irasburg, Coventry, Newport City, Newport Town and Troy.

He filed the required petition with the District Clerk in Newport yesterday.

“I’ve been practicing medicine since 1972, and every day I see both the successes and failures of the health-care system,” Holland said. “A revolution in healthcare is impossible. Instead, we need a health care system that can learn and gradually decrease costs and increase effectiveness. With my years of experience in both medicine and policy analysis, I have decided that it is time to reframe the debate so that health care providers, not politicians, can improve the system.”

Dr. Holland began practicing medicine in Orleans County in 1979. After completing an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Vermont, he opened a primary care practice in Barton.

Since 1989 he has practiced emergency medicine and completed a graduate program in health policy at Harvard University and a National Library of Medicine Fellowship in decision and policy analysis at Tufts University.

He has professional publications on the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions.

His analysis on the placement of dialysis facilities in Vermont was the basis for state approval for the “Ron Holland, M.D. Community Dialysis Facility” at North Country Hospital that garnered federal, state and community support.

The facility celebrated its tenth anniversary this week.

He also performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Lowell Wind Project that demonstrated that this project is eight times more costly than other options to reduce carbon emissions.

He says ridgeline wind projects generate generous profits for developers but are far too expensive as options for meaningful carbon emission reduction, even without consideration of the damage they do to ridgeline ecosystems.

Dr. Holland and his wife Laurie live in Irasburg. Their family includes four children, Abe, Larson, Jesse, and Althea.

He also has five horses, two dogs, and a barn cat.

Pigs killed during barn fire in Troy

in News/Troy

TROY – A fire broke out Sunday night at 3490 Loop Road, in Troy.

The incident occurred at around 8:10 p.m.

When firefighters arrived they discovered a small barn fully engulfed in flames.

Crews were able to successfully keep the fire from spreading to another nearby barn, but the structure was fully involved and police say several pigs were consumed by the fire.

There were no other injuries.

Detectives from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit in conjunction with an investigator from the Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene the following morning, and say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this fire to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-524-5993 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32-ARSON.

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