Newport Moves Forward with Financial District
financial districtA financial district for Newport is one-step closer to becoming a reality according to Sullivan- District 09 Representative Virginia Irwin. The town had requested legislation from its state reps but the final request from the town came to too late for representatives to submit, but not too late for the Senate.
Irwin said there are lot of districts and towns that are interested in the legislation.
The legislation will be for the January session. If passed it will be called enabling legislation so that at any town and school district could take advantage of the law if they need it. Currently finances for school districts are under education law and town finances are under municipal law.

Budget Forum in Windsor
Windsor is holding a budget forum Tuesday, December 15, 7pm, at the Welcome Center. The forum is to provide an overview of the town finances and the general direction of the community, while taking questions and comments. The Selectboard and Budget Committee will use information that is gathered when they deliberate the budget during meetings in January.

VT Men Charged with Heroin Possession
Two VT men were arrested and charged with heroin possession on Friday evening in Bellows Falls. Police say they stopped Todd D. Benson 39 of Weston VT for a traffic stop and after an investigation, they found him in possession of heroin. Benson’s passenger Tyler Kinsley 21, of South Londonderry VT was also found possessing heroin. Both Benson and Kinsley were issued a citation to appear in court.

Paula Johnson Receives Pamela Gay Award
Paula Johnson and Barbara Kvetcovsky volunteers at Richards Library in Newport were honored at Thursday’s Volunteer Tea. Paula Johnson received the Pamela Gay Award for Volunteerism. Paula’s activities as well as her family’s, stretch from assisting with children’s programs to her current position as Vice President of the Friends of the Richards Free Library. Barbara Kvetcovsky, a past recipient of the Pamela Gay Award, was honored for the many volunteer services she has provided the library for over fifty years. Most notably is Kvetcovsky’s integral role she plays in the yearlong preparation for the library’s annual Book Fair. Library staff, trustees, the public and patrons – young and old – joined in celebrating both of these admirable women.