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Letter to the Editor: Hal Newman, Haskell Opera House Director

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My name is Hal Newman. Officially, I am the Haskell Opera House Director, however the title I like the most is Chief Dreamer. I am leading a band of dreamers who volunteer their time, wisdom and passion to ensure The Haskell can fulfill its role as a cultural and performing arts gateway between two communities,…

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Connie Knaggs receives CNB’s Community Service Award

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DERBY — When faced with a large issue or an emergency situation Connie Knaggs often says, “We’ll figure it out.” And, she usually does. Community National Bank Chief Executive Officer Stephen Marsh presented Knaggs with the bank’s Community Service Award. The award was developed to recognize the “unsung heroes” that make our communities better places…

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    Photo by Alain De La Bruere.

Truck causes section of I-91 closed this afternoon

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BARTON — A tractor-trailer caused a section of I-91 in Orleans County to be closed Tuesday afternoon. The incident took place near the Barton-Glover exit, after slick road conditions this morning caused a tractor-trailer unit to slide off the road and into the median. The Vermont State Police say they had to shut down Interstate…

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Nearly 3,000 acres of Forestland protected in the Town of Westmore

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WESTMORE — Last week the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy announced that 2,965 acres of forestland surrounding Long Pond, in an area designated as a National Natural Landmark, was conserved. The property is owned by Vincent and Louisa Dotoli. This parcel has more than a mile of undeveloped frontage on 90-acre Long Pond…

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Newport City Flower Pot Program seeking sponsors

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NEWPORT — A few years back Penny Thomas went door-to-door seeking money to kickstart a beautification program in Newport City. Now, the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) is overseeing the project, and they are seeking community sponsors to continue to keep the project going. NCRC is happy to present The Newport City Flower Pot Program. The…

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Scenes from Kingdom Swim 2015

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NEWPORT – A total of 146 swimmers and 125 kayakers hit the water for the 7th Annual Kingdom Swim. They came from 22 different states and Canadian provinces as well as Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. After a fog delay, the conditions were perfect for the 15 Mile Border Buster, the 10 Mile…

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Applicant briefings for disaster declaration scheduled for Orleans county

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NEWPORT — A public assistance disaster declaration was signed this week. The declaration covers public infrastructure damage suffered in Orleans county during the flooding that took place from April 15th through the 18th. Applicant briefings will be held the week of June 16. The declaration allows communities and other eligible entities in Orleans county to…

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More Border Protection Officers Coming to Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — On Monday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced that they will be bringing in 2,000 additional border protection officers to further enhance security and improve service at ports of entry across the country. In a letter the agency sent to congressional lawmakers, Derby Line is among the ports of entry…

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Winning Numbers Announced in Housing Survey

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NEWPORT — The winning numbers to the housing survey done by the 99 Gallery in Newport are in. The number was randomly drawn, and the winner will receive a $100 grocery gift certificate. The 99 Gallery in Newport wanted to know just how serious the problem of the lack of affordable housing was in the…

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3 Men to be Charged in Pat O’Hagan Murder

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Authorities are saying they believe that they now know who killed Pat O’Hagan, the 78 year old Sheffield resident who was abducted from her home in September of 2010. State police say Keith Baird, 33, will be charged with first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping. Richard Fletcher, 27, will face first-degree murder, kidnapping…

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Dangerous Road Conditions Cause Two Accidents Yesterday

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NEWPORT — Strong winds and blowing snow yesterday created dangerous road conditions in the area. Two accidents were reported. Yesterday at around 1 p.m. a Vermont Agency of Transportation highway maintenance truck was involved in a two vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105 in Newport. Jason Kerr, 38, of Newport, was traveling east at about…

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Local Photographer Makes Albany Fire Department Calendar

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All photos by Jane Peters ALBANY — Jane Peters, a local photographer and freelance writer, has a strong connection with the Albany Fire Department. Donald Peters, Jane’s brother, is the fire chief. She also has a niece and a nephew on the department. As a photographer she has been documenting the department for years. On…

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Free Ice Fishing Day on Saturday, Jan. 25

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NEWPORT — Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has found that excuse for you: a “free ice fishing day” on the fourth Saturday in January. Saturday, January 25, is Vermont’s new free ice fishing day. This will be a day…

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North Country Union High School to Present Falcapalooza Friday Night

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NEWPORT — Move over Lollapalooza, this Friday night North Country Union High School is proud to present Falcapalooza. On January 28, starting at 6 p.m. inside the auditorium, seven local student bands will take the stage. One of the bands to perform will consist of North Country Union High School teachers. There is a $5…

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Car Overturns on VT Route 105 in Newport Center Thursday

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NEWPORT — At 7:40 a.m. Joseph Tito of Lancaster, NH was operating a 2007 Subaru Outback west on VT Route 105 in Newport Center. Tito lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway when attempting to negotiate a curve. The Subaru traveled off the south side of the highway where it overturned. Tito…

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Kevin Paquet Movie Review: Frozen

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By Kevin Paquet Disney’s princess movies are, in many ways, a trick of time dilation. Despite the ubiquity of princess-branded products in toy aisles across America, Disney only made three “princess” movies in its first 60 years of animation: “Snow White” (1937), “Cinderella” (1950) and “Sleeping Beauty” (1957). You’d be forgiven for forgetting that, since…

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