Maple Grove line-worker and heart attack victim Bonnie Ricci, 67, met her rescuers in March and said she remembered nothing about the heart attack she had suffered at work one month earlier.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The Athenaeum welcomed the return of its signature piece of artwork, the Domes of the Yosemite painting by Albert Bierstadt, on July 13, 2018.
Seven term Republican state representative Richard “Dick” Lawrence of Lyndon announced in March that he would not seek re-election to his seat in the legislature.
In March, the North Country and Northeast Kingdom community mourned the loss of Ronney Lyster, co-founder of Littleton Chevy and the Autosaver Group, who helped build a business that today employs more than 500 people and whose generosity improved communities.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The St. Johnsbury Distillery owners signed an agreement in June to buy the shuttered St. Johnsbury Hardware building on Eastern Avenue.
The day after the Nov. 6 general election, Tim Wennrich, owner of Meadowstone Farm in Bethlehem, gathered campaign signs (Republican and Democrat), cut them up, and used them to winterize his greenhouses. He thought he was being a frugal farmer, re-using signs bound for the landfill. He proudly posted his handiwork on social media.
A Sutton couple, Colleen and Chuck Belanger, suffered an unspeakable loss in February, when their only child, Peter, 46, and their only grandchild, Andrew, Peter’s son, perished in a tragic tractor trailer crash on I-89 in Middlesex.
A Newport lawyer accused of committing lewd acts around two female employees and violating conflict of interest rules by engaging in a sexual relationship with a divorce client had his license to practice law suspended for two years in April by the state’s professional responsibility board.
Keith Baird was convicted in April for his role in the drug-fueled late night home invasion that ended with the murder of 78-year-old Sheffield resident Pat O’Hagan in her kitchen in 2010.
Jon Bouffard was hired as St. Johnsbury’s new fire chief on July 23.
LYNDONVILLE — Family, friends, coworkers and patients of beloved hometown physical therapist Ben McCormack in June were reeling at the news of the 41-year-old’s sudden death.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Armed men and women paraded through town before stopping at Depot Square Park to hold a gun rights rally on April 21, 2018.
Sugar Ridge Campground in Danville featured everything that David Orrell needed on July 6: a couple of 11-year-old boys capable of keeping their heads in an emergency… and an off-duty school nurse hung up at the campground’s laundry room.
BEEBE PLAIN — Vermonters living on a unique international street called Canusa Avenue - where the northern side is in Quebec and the southern side is in Vermont - complained in 2018 to U.S. Homeland Security and federal politicians that life on the border has gotten tougher.
Nine-year-old Tyson Poulton returned to the baseball field in May following a heart transplant.
NEWPORT CITY — Randall Swartz, 58, of Orleans, faced charges in 2018, accused of shooting to death his wife Thea.
NEWPORT CITY — Another fatal shooting case heard in Orleans Superior Court ended in 2018 when Judge Robert Bent on Dec. 10 sentenced Ryan Bacon of Greensboro to eight to 15 years with five years to serve in the shooting death of Lou-Ron Schneider.
Five years into his involvement in the proposed $175 million redevelopment of the Balsams, now closed for more than seven years, lead developer Les Otten said he has less confidence in the success of the project, but has a new plan.
It was a roller coaster year for the state’s biomass plants, two of which in the North Country alone employ about 40 residents and indirectly support hundreds of jobs and many small, local businesses providing them services and products.
There was a palpable wave of panic and indelible roar of terror that rushed up the street well ahead of the desperate runners and raging bulls.
EAST CHARLESTON — Thieves stole four legal marijuana plants from two properties in East Charleston during the early morning on Aug. 16.
NEWPORT CITY — The Newport City Council at first voted to stop treating leachate from the landfill in Coventry at the city’s waste water treatment plant, and then reversed its decision this December.
A Miami businessman accused of massive fraud involving foreign investors’ money in two Vermont ski areas in early February agreed to pay back more than $81 million and give up ownership of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain ski resorts, in a settlement reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In April, Four-time Paralympian and former World Cup overall champion Tyler Walker retired from competitive sit-skiing.
After a more than seven-year fight between residents and Eversource Energy, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee on Feb. 2 denied a certificate of site and facility for Eversource’s proposed $1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission line.
State Trooper Resigns After Arson Accusation
Antonio B. Pomerleau of Burlington, known to many Vermonters simply as “Tony,” died Feb. 8, 2018, at the age of 100.
BRIGHTON — Members of American Legion Post 80 and Island Pond history buffs in 2018 mourned the loss of one of their own.
For the second consecutive year, Bethlehem voters at March town meeting rejected a push by Casella Waste Systems to expand its landfill, and did so by a wider margin, about 60 percent, than in 2017.
Popular St. J Co-Principal Jenna O’Farrell’s Resignation
BARNET — An international scandal rocking the Shambhala Buddhist community earlier this year included allegations of sexual misconduct at the Karme Choling center in Barnet, compelling the nonprofit to respond in recent months.
Lyndon got a new fire chief in March.
SUTTON — A homeowner got a rude but life-saving awakening about midnight as his neighbor alerted him to the raging inferno threatening his home on Route 5 on May 31.
NEWPORT CITY — On March 9, 2018, Judge Robert Bent sentenced Jeffrey Ray of Brownington to 20 years to life in prison for the shooting death of his neighbor and ex-wife’s husband Rick Vreeland on Memorial Day 2015.
Lyndonville Trustees voted to ban smoking in Bandstand Park and three other village-owned parks in May.
ST. JOHNSBURY — 1,701 people helped put St. Johnsbury on the map this past summer, setting a new Guinness world record for the largest astronomy lesson ever. The previous record was 1,104, set in 2015 in Kalamunda, Australia.
Numerous Northeast Kingdom fire departments faced a dramatic and dangerous fire on the afternoon of May 13, when what started as a reported garage fire spread and put an entire neighborhood at risk.
Police said a St. Johnsbury pastor pulled a gun on a suspected church burglar on June 28.
St. Johnsbury Police sought three men last March suspected of cutting trees to make way for their snowboarding in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
For over a decade Hungerfest has raised awareness, food and funds to help food insecure Northeast Kingdom residents, but this year’s effort will have a long-lasting impact on the community.
In April, St. Johnsbury Fire Chief Troy Ruggles accepted a new position with the Burlington Fire Department.
MONROE — MaKenzie Sheehan has some advice for those facing life-threatening situations.
HOLLAND — Voters on Sept. 11, 2018, overwhelmingly decided to close Holland Elementary School at the end of the current school year and tuition students to Derby Elementary School.
Two restaurants that had become widely popular in Littleton and St. Johnsbury closed this year, and unexpectedly for many.
In March, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Caledonia Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) Superintendent Martha Tucker against the Vermont State Trooper who investigated her.
Newport City celebrated its centennial in a big way in 2018, thanks to the late Tony Pomerleau and a dedicated crew of volunteers.
On Sept. 18, 73-year-old Al Moskal was struck while walking along Main Street shortly after 5 a.m. and was transported with serious injuries to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He died eight days later on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
In April, State Rep. Janssen Willhoit, R-Caledonia-3, announced he would not seek re-election to a third term in the Vermont House of Representatives.
- Todd Wellington
EDITOR’S NOTE: The latest in a series of stories looking at the biggest news of 2018. Be sure to get our Year In Review supplement in Saturday’s edition.
- Robert Blechl
If there was one curve ball no one saw coming in 2018, it might be the November election.
- Amy Ash Nixon
EDITOR’S NOTE: The first story in a series looking back at the year’s top stories. Be sure to pick up our Year-End special edition on Saturday.
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