September 23rd, 2013
BARTON â€“ Dave McCausland and Sue Stenta, owners of Needless Things Vermont, are pickers with a good cause. While they do operate a for profit company, much of the focus is to sort out items that can be donated to people in need.
â€śWe collect unwanted items all over Vermont, even down south,â€ť said McCausland. â€śPeople call and we'll pick it up. Most of the material we collect is in the area.â€ť
Read about this couple and the way they help others in Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 24. 2013.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Phyllis Joy Hammond is an artist and a naturalist, and it's her love of nature that dominates her many sketches and paintings, including those in her books "Traveling with Wildflowers from Newfoundland to Alaska" and "Through the Eyes of the Children - Traveling with the Artist."
In her latest work, "Through the Eyes of the Children," Phyllis marries her sketches of mountains, rivers and plains to the poetry and prose of local elementary school students from Coventry, Holland, Newport Center, Newport City, and Troy.
BARTON â€“ In 1997, the Legislature passed a new education funding mechanism, Act 60, which ensures, â€śAll Vermont children will be afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal in quality.â€ť Act 60 also includes the School Quality Standards (SQS), which governed class size, required programs, hours needed to complete an accredited program, and other criteria.
For more of this story, read Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 23, 2013.
DERBY â€“ Ronney Lyster, owner of Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the Auto Saver Group, kicked off the 2013 Hungerfest Friday by donating $10,000 to Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA).
Proceeds will benefit NEKCA's Hungerfest, a food drive for the local food shelf. Other businesses such as Fred's Plumbing and Heating donated to NEKCA as well. NEKCA is planning a variety show at the Haskell Opera House Saturday, Oct. 19 to raise money. As of Friday, committee members had lined up Mark Shelton, Tony O'Connor, Tod Pronto, Deveney Choquette, and Wayne Warner.
NEWPORTâ€“In a rematch of their second game of the season, the North Country soccer boys once again fell at the hands of the BFA St. Albans, this time by the score of 3-0.
"We came out flat, it is as simple as that," said NCU coach James McKenny. "We missed a lot of chances, a lot of set pieces we had inside their defensive third and we weren't able to capitalize on any of them.
"Hats off to BFA, they played eighty minutes of soccer and we didn't."
For the full story, see the Express on Monday 9-23-13.
NEWPORT-Briana Bocelli's first-half hat trick was all the Falcons would need, but they added one more, defeating Montpelier 4-1 in their long-awaited home debut on Friday.
Bocelli scored the first three goals of the game before Montpelier's Samantha Ringer broke up NCU keeper Myrriah Gonyaw's bid for a second straight shut-out.
Brittany Fortier had the fourth goal for the Falcons who improve to 3-0-1, good for second place behind Bellows Falls in Division III.
They will look to keep the ball rolling next Thursday when they travel to Waterbury to take on Harwood.
NEWPORT-Both the UCA boys and the North Country girls soccer clubs picked up losses at home, while the Lake Region girls earned a win on the road in Friday's high school soccer action.
UCA got underway first against Trinity Baptist, and the visiting squad unloaded six goals on the home club before Justin Limoges broke the shut-out with a penalty kick goal late in the second half.
6-1 was the final in the contest as the Crusaders move 0-4 on the year.
Over at North Country Union High School, the Falcons were hosting the BFA Comets in a rematch from their first game of the season.
COVENTRY â€“ Things will by flying at the Newport State Airport this weekend as Dan Gauvin, owner of Lake View Aviation, presents a mini air show in conjunction of the Parker Pie Wings Restaurant grand opening. Dan Marcotte and Hugh Shickle will perform aerobatic tricks in the mid-afternoon to celebrate the opening of the restaurant.
For the rest of this story, see Friday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 20, 2013.
DERBY LINE â€“ Fernando Beltran is on the hunt. He turns his Chevy Tahoe from a main road in Holland, Vermont, onto a narrow, winding dirt road that runs along the Vermontâ€“Quebec border, a road that many people probably donâ€™t even notice as they speed past.
Although deer and deer hunters are a common sight along the rural, forested border region, Beltran is not hunting for deer. Instead, he is hunting for drug smugglers and other people trying to enter the United States illegally. He is a United States Border Patrol agent.
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen met with neighboring town officials Wednesday to discuss fire coverage.
Coventry doesn't have its own fire department. Instead, it pays Newport City, Newport Center, Orleans, and Irasburg per firefighter who responds to a scene. It also pays per piece of apparatus used at a scene. Now Coventry officials hope to pay an annual base fee to help the department with its operating budget.