October 1st, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Lt. Gov. Phil Scott hit the campaign trail yesterday, using the ultimate green method of transportation â€“ a bicycle. Scott sailed through Charleston, Derby and Newport with his entourage close at hand in a pick-up truck with spare bikes and parts.
Scott embarked on the 14-county, 500-mile ride yesterday in St. Johnsbury. Now, he heads to St. Albans then to Malletts Bay in the western part of the state. Scott, who plans to ride between 60 and 90 miles a day, will finish his journey next Tuesday.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM â€“ Last week Bill Stenger and partners unveiled a half-billion dollar development plan and promised 10,000 new jobs, with about 5,000 permanent positions.
â€śWe believe this undertaking will fundamentally alter the economic landscape of the Northeast Kingdom and how the international business community views this region of Vermont,â€ť said Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Imagine a country that allows use of all drugs. Such a law may make some squirm, but thatâ€™s exactly what will happen if members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) have their way.
PeterÂ Christ, vice-director of the Syracuse, NY, organization, recently spoke at the Newport Rotary Club. The former police captain from Tonawanda, NY, does not believe society will ever win the War on Drugs.Â
â€śProhibition is a failed policy in the history of our species,â€ť said Christ. â€śEvery society that has ever tried a form of prohibition has failed at it.â€ť
GLOVER - To the backdrop of Gloverâ€™s historic panted curtains and the sounds of local musicians, Bernie Sanders took the microphone Sunday night to deliver his speech on issues facing America. Sanders is holding 31 Town Meetings during his re-election campaign to talk about his work in Washington.
He discussed Vermontâ€™s move toward a single-payer healthcare system; his fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; the need for decent paying jobs and how to get them; fixing the economy; and his fight to get the top one percent to pay their fair share of taxes.
DERBY LINE â€“ The Haskell Opera House was burglarized over the weekend.
Lynn Leimer, the opera house manager, said someone came in sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning and made off with close to $500 in donations made to the Haskell.
The donation box was destroyed inside the building to gain access to the cash. Somehow the door to the opera house was opened and police say that there is no sign of a forced entry. Haskell officials said Sunday that they do not know yet if security footage reveals the perpetrator.
IRASBURG - Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder in the brain that sends signals to the body without someone's knowledge. It's similar to a wiring system gone wrong. The side effects include such things as having vocal or head ticks, clearing your throat involuntarily, and other involuntary motions.
Neither rain nor cold could dampen the spirits of the Duckies, those hearty souls who put it all on the line for the Newport Rotary Clubâ€™s Annual Duck Regatta.
First place winners and the Peopleâ€™s Choice category for business ducks were Kelsie and Alan Dauphin of Financial Blueprints in Newport Center.
WMOOâ€™s Milkshake joined the celebration with his Ducky date, the Regatta Mascot.
LOUDON, NH-Joe Gibbs got his 100th career NASCAR victory as an owner Sunday when Denny Hamlin took the flag at Loudon, New Hampshireâ€™s Sylvania 300. Hamlin, in a Toyota, recorded his fifth win of year in the second installment of the Chase for the Cup.
That finish improved his position to third in the Chase , a mere seven points behind leader Jimmy Johnson.
Hamlin has run well at Loudon finishing in the top five in the last seven starts here.
He took over the lead on lap number 94, holding the lead for a total of 193 laps overall.
NEWPORTâ€“St. Johnsbury netted two second half goals in what turned out to be a very physical contest as the Hilltoppers blanked the Falcons 2-0.
"It was a 1-0 game and adrenaline was very high. We are still in the game and then on a goofy play they countered and it kind of took the wind out of our sails," said coach James McKenny.
Said St. J coach Stephen Levesque, "We had to match their intensity. They (NCU) came out from the get-go and I wanted our kids to win their individual battles and we did a much better job of that in the second half."