July 24th, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“At 8:00 on Thursday morning former North Country football standouts Cody Collins and Adam Fortin will be on the campus of Dartmouth College.
That is when the two former Falcons and the rest of their Vermont teammates, led by coach Mike Norman of Rutland, will begin training for the 2012 Maple Shrine Bowl scheduled for Saturday August, 4th.
In anticipation of the final of game of these two linemen's high school career, I caught up with them to get their reaction to the upcoming game as well as talk a little bit about the 2011 football season.
NEWPORTâ€“It may still be July, but the fall sports season is inching its' way closer to being upon us.
A sure sign that the high school athletic season is just around the corner is the North Country field hockey players starting to get into game mode at the high school.
Every Wednesday varsity coach Chantelle Bouchard and junior varsity coach Nicole Ludwig are putting the girls through their paces in order to get ready for the 2012 season.
The Newport Country Club Ladies League Susan B. Komen Invitational will take place on Thursday, July 26th at the Newport Country Club. Between 80 and 100 participants are expected to take part in this yearâ€™s event. Last year the event raised $ 7,000 for North Country Hospital.
DERBY LINE/STANSTEAD - Criminal activity has increased on Church Street, an open road that connects Derby Line, VT and Stanstead, Quebec. According to Canadian authorities, there is an increase in illegal entry into Canada.
Now the international border on Church Street is lined with large flower pots, a temporary solution to a growing problem.
GUILDHALL â€“ Escorting large tractor-trailers from Island Pond to Lowell means extra money for the Essex County Sheriff's Department.
The department is responsible for escorting trucks of Lone Star Transportation, which are hauling the wind tower parts that came into Island Pond by rail. Other law enforcement agencies are escorting trucks that come in from neighboring states.
The trucking company estimates just over 120 trips will be made between Island Pond and Lowell.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Question: Whatâ€™s blue, white, yellow, and comes with flashing lights? Answer: Newport Ambulance Serviceâ€™s newest ambulance.
The 2012, Ford E-450 chassis with a Demers box arrived in Newport yesterday. Demers made the box at the Beloeil, Quebec, factory.
The new ambulance replaces Newport Ambulance #2, made in 2003, that got into an accident on the Causeway last November.
â€śIt was damaged beyond repair,â€ť said Jay Wood, divisional manager for Newport Ambulance Service. â€śThatâ€™s why we got another one.â€ť
STANSTEAD, QC - Vermonters who commute through the north end of Stanstead may have recently noticed a familiar establishment no longer exists on Fairfax Street. The Imperial Motel, a landmark that overlooked Autoroute 55 since the 1960s, has been demolished. Plans to tear down the vacant motel were announced in early 2012 and the building finally came down in late June.
All that now stands is a mass of rubble.
NEWPORT - Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care law, called the Affordable Care Act, one of the most anticipated and controversial decisions in many years. The new law, dubbed â€śObama Care,â€ť which includes many changes, prohibits insurance companies from withholding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, allows children to stay on their parentsâ€™ policy until the age of 26, and requires that all individuals will have health insurance coverage or faces a new tax.
What does this mean locally?