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Northern Counties Health Care recognized nationally for high-quality care

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ORLEANS — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently recognized Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) for its outstanding commitment to quality care based on its performance last year. HHS grants quality awards to the highest performing Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) nationwide and health centers with significant quality improvement gains compared to…

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Asphalt production equipment stolen in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police are investigating a theft that took place in Irasburg this morning. A piece of equipment was reported stolen at Northeast Sand and Gravel on Vermont Route 58. Police say a hot oil enclosure box used in asphalt production was taken sometime between February 27 and April 22. Anyone with information regarding this…

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Gov. Scott outlines phased restart of Vermont economy

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MONTPELIER — Governor Phil Scott today outlined an approach for the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, emphasizing the state’s modeling indicates initial steps can be taken while the Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect. To begin to execute this strategy, Governor Scott today signed an addendum to Executive Order 01-20, which, in order…

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Police: Missing Stanstead man’s death not considered suspicious

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STANSTEAD, QC — A body that was discovered in a field in Stanstead on Sunday has been identified as 70-year-old Garry Ellis, police say. According to SQ Information officer Aurélie Guindon, an autopsy was performed on Monday, and at this time his death is not being considered suspicious. Ellis was a resident of Stanstead and…

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Red Cross blood drive at Elk’s Lodge in Derby tomorrow

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DERBY — An American Red Cross blood drive will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Newport Elks Lodge. The Lodge is located at 3736 US Route 5, in Derby. The drive is being hosted by the Newport Elks, with the meal sponsored by Fred’s Energy.  To encourage participation,…

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Fatal shooting in St. Johnsbury

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place in St. Johnsbury on Wednesday. Yesterday at 9:48 p.m. police responded to 170 Pearl Street for a report of a shooting. Police located a deceased man inside an apartment at that address. Investigators with the Vermont State Police were called to assist with…

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Newport police investigating counterfeit $100 bills

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they are actively investigating incidents involving counterfeit money, and are encouraging business owners to take care to ensure cash they receive is authentic. The department, along with the United States Secret Service is actively investigating several cases in which counterfeit $100 bills were provided to area businesses. Community…

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Celebrate the Arts in March at First Universalist Parish of Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — First Universalist Parish of Derby Line’s March line up of speakers and events focus on celebrating what the arts bring to the human experience. Each Sunday service begins at 10:00 a.m. On Sunday, March 3, Andrew Bouchard, the producer/promoter of Borderline Entertainment will explore the importance DIY music has on creating community,…

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Newport police looking for man charged with armed robbery

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NEWPORT — Police in Newport say they are charging a man in connection with an assault and robbery that occurred on Thursday. Lucas Putvain, 31, of Newport is charged with assault and robbery, unlawful restraint in the first degree, armed with a deadly weapon while committing a crime, and operating on a criminally suspended license…

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Lyster recognized for outstanding community service

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WESTFIELD — Community National Bank’s Troy Office Supervisor Julie Marquis and Marketing Assistant Anne Quirion recently presented Denny Lyster with the bank’s Community Service Award. The award was created to recognize remarkable people who give back to our communities making them better places to live, work and grow. Lyster is an active member of the…

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Young runners shine at Dandy 2018

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DERBY — This year’s Dandy saw beautiful weather, fields halfway to peak, some powerful running, and a lot of great buddy running and walking groups out on the courses. Dandy lovers came from all over Vermont, Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island. New Hampshire, Quebec, and Ontario to run and walk on dirt…

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Beware of IRS phone scams, Orleans County sheriff warns

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NEWPORT — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a continuing fraud scheme involving calls reportedly from the Department of the Treasury, informing callers that they owe money to the IRS and giving them a return phone number to call back. Police say the phone numbers commonly used have a California area code.…

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