In November of 2013 WNTK reported on the riffles/muskets missing from Newport’s Civil War Memorial. The muskets went missing in 60’s and one was found by the Claremont Police Department, which is in the possession of the Newport Historical Society. The other two were never recovered. However, the muskets will again grace the stately statute this Memorial Day thanks to a Towle High School Alumni. Newport Select Board Chair, Gary Nichols said Bruce Maxham from the class of 1955 offered to donate whatever was needed to bring the muskets back to the memorial. Thanks to the efforts of Bruce Maxham, Larry Cote, Paul Brown, Ken Dennis and Sturm Ruger the muskets were reconstructed and will be put in place on Memorial Day. Newport’s Soldier’s Monument was dedicated 103 years ago to commemorate the patriotism and sacrifices of the town’s men who fought in America’s wars up until the date it was constructed, 1912.
A Newport NH man was taken to New London Hospital after crashing his 2003 Chevy Cavalier into several large trees on Cheney St. Police they received several calls just before 7:30 pm on Wednesday about the crash. Corbin Simoneau 23, was extracted from the car by the Newport Fire and EMS using the jaws of life and was taken to New London Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses told police Simoneau was traveling at a high rate speed prior to the collision. An additional investigation showed that alcohol might have also been a contributing factor to the crash. Mr. Simoneau was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operation and Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle. He will be arraigned on April 28 at 8:30 A.M. at the Newport Circuit Court.
The collision remains under investigation by the Newport Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team.
Vermont State police arrested a Newport NH woman for embezzlement. Police say they arrested Barbara Stone 57, after an investigation requested by the town of Plymouth VT. According to police, Stone cashed several checks written to herself on the Town of Plymouth account from April 2014 to January 2015 totaling $20,000. Stone resigned from her position as Plymouth’s Town Clerk and Treasurer on January 3 of this year. She will appear in Windsor County Court on March 17, 2015 for arraignment on the felony charge of Embezzlement by a municipal official. The investigation is ongoing.
Newport Town Manager Paul Brown announced at Monday’s Selectboard’s meeting that he will not seek a renewal of his contract at the end of June. Brown stated that he will be returning to his previous position as Finance Director and Assistant Town Manager for the town. For the past three years Brown has served as Newport’s Finance Director as well as Town Manager and a search for a part time finance director was unsuccessful. Brown reflected on his work as town manager and said “We have had success in the last three years with stable budgets, infrastructure investment and the passage of contracts with both unions. We have achieved these successes while providing the level of services expected by the citizens of Newport. I look forward to working to continue those successes as we move into the future.”
The Town of Newport, the Economic Corporation of Newport (ECON) and the Newport School District, is creating a Local Workforce Task Force. The group want the task force is to determine the needs of local businesses in hiring, keeping qualified employees and to implement training and education programs to meet those needs.
An information gathering meeting to get input from local businesses as to their employment and staffing needs. Accordingly, Businesses are invited to the Sugar River Bank Community Room from 4:00 to 6:00 on November 6, 2014 for the information gathering meeting. If you have any questions, or cannot attend the meeting and would like to provide input, please contact Paul Brown at 863-1877.
Writer, environmentalist, and founder of the 350.org, Bill McKibben is the 2014 recipient of Hale Award Medalist. McKibben is a Middlebury College professor and a Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies.
In 2013 he won the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Award for his environmental activism. McKibben is the author of several books including: The End of Nature , Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007), Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet , Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist and his latest, Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape . His articles have been in the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, Harpers, Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone.
For over fifty years, the Sarah Josepha Hale Award has been given by the Trustees of the Richards Free Library in recognition of a distinguished body of written work in the field of literature and letters. The award honors author, poet, and essayist, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Magazine shaped the opinion of nineteenth century American women. The list of Hale Award winners includes the finest writers of our times from Robert Frost in 1956 to Richard Russo in 2013.