Firefighters Injured
Two Firefighters were injured in Monday’s firefight of 135 acres in Norwich. Norwich Fire Chief Stephen Leinoff said that both firefighters received heat related injuries, with one was treated at the scene and the other was treated and released from the hospital. Over 20 Upper Valley fire departments joined forces to control the massive blaze on Tigertown RD near the Hartford/Norwich town line. The fire started when a tree fell onto a power line at the Mark McCrackin residence on Tigertown RD. Over 70 firefighters and 40 pieces of apparatus operated at this fire until 9:00 PM. In addition the DHART helicopter picked up Steve Locke, who served as the Operations Section Chief during the incident.

US Postal Service Food Drive
The U.S. Postal Service is once again collecting food in the country’s largest food drive. On Saturday, May 9, White River Junction letter carriers will be collecting nonperishable food items from residents. Residents can place nonperishable food items such as canned soup, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal or canned vegetables in a sturdy bag and leave it by the mailbox on Saturday.
Last year 72.5 million pounds of food was donated, feeding 30 million people. This is the 11th year for the collection; the food collected will be taken to the local food bank.

Passenger Given to Border Patrol
The Bellows Falls Police Department gave custody of a passenger in tractor-trailer to the US Border Patrol on Wednesday. Police say Just after 7 am on Wednesday officers stopped a tractor-trailer on Rockingham Street for failure to maintain its lane. An investigation revealed the passenger was the United States illegally. The passenger also had an active arrest warrant issued for him from the US Boarder Control.

Springfield Receives Two Grants

Springfield VT Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) announced Wednesday that they received two $15,000 grants. The grants will support two business projects in the region. The first is to assist the Vermont Beer Shapers space at One Hundred River Street in the home of the former Trout River Brewery, to construct a local brewing operation. The other grant will help Drew’s LLC in Chester install a membrane bioreactor filtration system for waste water needs at their facility.