April 4th, 2013
NEWPORTâThe 2013 North Country baseball team is going back to the basics.
Coach Brian Bonvechio's crew will look to get back to the fundamentals of America's favorite pastime as they prepare to face Vermont's top players in the ever tough Metro Division.
"This year we mad a real commitment to improving our defense, as well as our pitching staff," Bonvechio said. "We would like to think we are about five pitchers deep, and although we don't have a lot of depth, we are pretty strong defensively, we have a lot of speed and a little bit of pop in the middle of the order.
SAN JOSE, CA-The Vermont Shamrocks took the first step forward to their goal of winning a national title with a 4-1 win over the East Coast Wizards in their first game of the USA Hockey Girls U-16 Tier II National Tournament on Wednesday.
It looked like the ECW was (were) going to get the early advantage, but Courtney Peyko stood tall in the VT net, turning away an early penalty-shot.
The Shamrocks, motivated by the stop, won the race to the score board when Molly Dunphy kicked off the scoring late in the first period, clanging home the first goal of the game.
DERBY - Karen Jenne has served as the Derby Line Village Clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector for many years, but all that endedÂ Tuesday evening at the annual village meeting.
Sue Best, a Derby Lister, wanted to nominate Claudia Letourneau, but Letourneau was not a registered voter in Derby Line in time to qualify as a candidate. In a surprise move, Best nominated Sharon Booth, a two-year village resident.
NEWPORT - Shortly after getting married and before having children of their own, Sean and Heidi Santaw decided to try out being parents by participating in the Fresh Air Program. The program invites children from New York City to more rural areas for a vacation, a taste of fresh air, and the a look at a different culture.
âMore than anything, it was just giving them what life in Vermont was like,â said Heidi.
They heard about the program through a neighborâs family who had hosted a Fresh Air child. Seanâs grandparents had also welcomed a Fresh Air child into their home.
ORLEANSâFor the Lake Region softball program, the numbers are down in 2013.
Only eighteen players turned out this spring, so while he will not be able to field a JV squad while the varsity is in action, head coach Matt Tinker is excited about the team he has this season.
NEWPORTâWith only one senior and four juniors, the North Country softball team is going to have to rely heavily on their younger players as they set out for the 2013 season.
"I think the beginning of the season is going to be a test for us," said head coach Leslie Dunn. "Hopefully once we get a few games we will get into our groove, but we are still really young.â
Dunn's crew will get a little pre-season test this weekend, weather permitting, when they head over to MVU for a softball jamboree on Saturday.
Lasherââ Patrick O., 54, of Morgan passed away on March 9, 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, after a valiant fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
For the full obituary see Wednesday's and Thursday's Express.
NEWPORT CITY â In an effort to save the so-called Red Barn on Coventry Street from destruction, the city council decided Monday evening to give local resident Frank Knoll, of Northern Views LLC, more time to find another use and location for the structure.
The city owns the barn and has offered to let Knoll take it, if he can move it.
Newport City can't do anything with the barn because of it's location in the city's wellhead protection area and the city has no use for it.
For the rest of this story, see The Newport Daily Express for Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
JAY â Jay Peak Resort is getting ready to take down one of its last old buildings and replace it with larger, more modern structures.
The Stateside Chalet is slated to come down. In its place will go a 67,000 square foot hotel with 84 rooms, along with a restaurant and a Â 22,000 square foot day lodge with ski and rider services including a new rental shop. The development footprint will span from the current stateside chalet location to the ski patrol building.
BARTON â A blaze destroyed a sugarhouse on the East Albany Road last evening.
Firefighters responded around 5:40 p.m. to a fully engulfed building fire. By the time they arrived on the scene, 13-minutes later, the building was already flat, said Fire Chief David Claeys.
For more of this story, see page 8 of Wednesday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for April 3, 2013.