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Motorcycle crash in Westmore sends 75-year-old man to hospital

in Barton/News/Westmore

motorcycle crash newport vermontWESTMORE — Roy Gero, a 75-year-old man from Barton, was tossed from his motorcycle after traveling down an embankment in Westmore on Tuesday.

The motorcycle accident took place at around 4 p.m., on Route 16.

Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and found Gero sitting near his motorcycle which had severe damage.

Gero suffered multiple lacerations as well as bumps and bruises from the crash, and was taken to North Country Hospital by Orleans Ambulance.

After an investigation of the accident, it is believed that Gero was traveling north when his motorcycle traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and down an embankment. The motorcycle overturned, ejecting Gero from the drivers seat.

Currently there is no information available as to Gero’s condition.

Perron picks up another award

in Barton/Glover/Westmore


NEWPORT — Darren Perron, the WCAX anchorman with local roots, received another award this week, this time being voted the “Best Local TV Journalist,” by Seven Days Vermont readers.

By now Perron is probably used to winning awards. Throughout his career, he has already picked up an Emmy Award, and been nominated for an Emmy Award nine times. He has recieved ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a dozen Associated Press Awards. He is also the only non-network reporter in the U.S. to be nominated for a GLAAD Award.

This most recent award is part of the Seven Days Vermont best of Vermont awards called “the Daysies,” where readers cast their votes in categories ranging from best shoe store, to best new restaurant, to best meteorologist.

More than 10,000 Vermonters weighed in on the state’s 2014 awards, with 650,000-plus individual votes in 177 categories. This was the 12th year that Seven Days has organized the awards.

Darren anchors the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. on WCAX. He attended Lake Region Union High School, and has family in Barton and Glover. He responded to the good news through Twitter.


Westmore town garage burglarized

in News/Westmore

westmore town garage broken into vermont

WESTMORE — Police are reporting that the Westmore town garage and the Vermont Agency of Transportation District 9 Garage were broken into on Monday.

On Tuesday, Vermont State Police responded to the burglary, located at 5712 Vermont Route 16, in the town of Westmore.

Authorities say that numerous items were taken, including a 500 watt generator. Also missing were:

Hand tools
Impact wrenches
Chipping hammers
Hammer drills
Sump pumps

The crime is still being investigated, but police are saying that the incident took place between 3 p.m. on 7/28/14 and 7 a.m. on 7/29/14.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Derby at (802)-334-8881.

All photos courtesy of Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games.

First ever Willoughby Triathlon a success

in Arts and Entertainment/Westmore
All photos courtesy of Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games.
All photos courtesy of Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games.

WESTMORE — The inaugural Willoughby Triathlon is now in the books. Nine adventurous solo triathletes and two relay teams took on the challenge on Saturday under sunny skies and light winds. The overall winner was Daniel Porier, 42, of Magog, Quebec.

Daniel took down the 7 mile bike on the CCC and Bartlett Mountain Roads, the 1.2 swim from South Beach to Devil’s Rock and back, and the 2.5 mile run from the beach and up the South Trail to the finish at the summit of Mount Pisgah, with a time of 1:34:22.

Willoughby Triathlon Westmore Vermont

Not far behind was Martin Ladouceur, 44, also from Magog. Win Whitcomb, 51, of Northhampton, Mass, took third.

Leading the ladies was Rebecca Ryan, 57, of Huntington, with a time of 2:06:12, followed closely by Jill Mathers, 48, of Newark, and Hayley Joseph, 52, of Newport.

Fastest time of the day was posted by the Relay Team of Carter Stowell, 42, Peter Hirschfeld, 36, and Eileen Hee, all from Worcester, with a time of 1:32:30. It made for a great race to the finish between the boys of Magog versus the fresh legs from Worcester.

Daniel Poirier said he knew he would like the race when one of the safety warnings was to watch for falling children jumping off Devil’s Rock.

Willoughby Triathlon Westmore Vermont

All the reviews following the finish and the walk back down the mountain were overwhelmingly positive.

In the afternoon’s Willoughby Youth Tri, three children took on the 100 yard swim, the 0.6 mile bike, and the 1 mile run up to Pulpit Rock with impressive times.

Anna Betz, 11, of Jericho, finished in time of 0:27:40. Taylor Carlson, 8, also from Jericho won the boy’s division, just one minute behind Anna. The youngest contestant of the day, walk-on 6-year-old Aubriella Holden, was just 4 minutes behind Taylor.

Organizers intentionally kept the numbers low this year, to try out the course, and to make sure it worked for the athletes. During the days leading up to the event and during race day itself, a wonderful relationship evolved with the owners at White Caps Campground, whose support Organizers said made all the difference.

Westmore Fire and Rescue helped with coverage as did volunteers, Gordon and Cindy Chafee, Karin Doane, Laura Dolgin.

Willoughby Triathlon Westmore Vermont

With the first race such a success, organizers have already declared that the race next year will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The event next year will be capped at 50 adults and 25 kids to see how things go with those numbers, before organizers consider opening things up to a larger field of contestants.

Twenty percent of all US adult registration fees from the event were split between Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation and Northwoods Stewardship Center, and twenty percent of Canadian registrations are dedicated to the Christian Vachon Foundation.


CBP expands Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center in Derby Line

in Derby Line/News/Quebec/Stanstead/Westmore

us port of entry derby line vermont

DERBY LINE — On July 15, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials expanded the programs and hours offered at the Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center located at Interstate 91, in Derby Line. The CBP center will offer travelers in the Vermont area the option to choose a program that best fits their individual travel needs and accommodates their busy schedules.

New hours of operation will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9 p.m. The Enrollment Center is for processing applicants for CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs for Global Entry, NEXUS and FAST.

“Expanding the Enrollment Center in Derby Line not only provides a convenient, easy-access location for new applicants to complete their interview and finalize their membership,” said Derby Line Port Director Daniel Mattina. “This location also expedites the Trusted Traveler process and is proof of CBPs continuing commitment to improve processing and wait times and the traveler’s experience.”

The Trusted Traveler Programs provide expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk international travelers and members of these programs can expect expedited processing when entering the United States through dedicated vehicle lanes at many land borders or by using automated kiosks at airports.

Members are also eligible to expedite their domestic travels by using TSA’s pre-check trusted traveler security screening lines.

Travelers interested in enrolling in one of CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs can learn more about the programs and apply online using the CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).

Fourth of July guide for Orleans County

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Island Pond/Newport/Westmore

Fireworks Newport, Vermont Orleans County Forth of July times

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and unless you’re planning to wow your neighbors with a massive display of sparklers and drop pops this year, you better have a permit. Just about all fireworks are illegal in Vermont. Don’t worry, snakes and sparklers are still okay, but, if you want to see some real fireworks, head out to one of the local displays.

First, if you plan to set off your own, here is a quick reference:

Illegal fireworks:

Toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used; balloons that are propelled by explosives; firecrackers; torpedoes; sky rockets; Roman candles; cherry bombs; or other fireworks of like construction are all prohibited in Vermont unless a permit has been obtained from the local municipality (Fire Chief, Police Chief, Select Board or City Council) depending on the governing body.

Legal fireworks:

Novelty items such as; sparklers, snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers, or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture do not require a permit and can be purchased in many stores throughout the State.

snakes and sparklers newport vermont

If you want to see the real fireworks, head over to Newport, Barton, or Island Pond.


The Independence Day Celebration in Newport will feature an afternoon of music and fun competitions including the Bed Races and Hula Hoop competition. There will be tons of food and family fun. The fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.


The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again this year. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and will proceed from Main Street to Glover Street, Elm Street, Park Street, Roaring Brook Road, and end at the fairgrounds. The fireworks will be held at the fairgrounds at dusk.


The 4th of July Celebration in Island Pond will start Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4 – 6. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. with fireworks Saturday night at dusk. There will be events throughout the weekend.


Or, head over to Westmore for the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. There will be a line up off Crescent Beach at Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m.

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