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December 30th

Round-up: LR Boys Win Lamoille Tourney, Nordic Falcons Struggle at Mt. Hor

December 30, 2012

BOYS BASKETBALL
HYDE PARK–Drew Gallup's nineteen points paced the Lake Region Rangers, as they moved to 5-0 after defeating Enosburg (3-1) to win the Lamoille Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
Shaquille Urie chipped in eight points in the victory, and now the team will ready itself for Matthieu St. Amour's antics on Thursday as they will host Missisquoi at 7:00.
NORDIC SKIING
MT. HOR– It was a tough day at the races for the North Country Nordic ski teams this weekend, as both the boys and girls finished last their respective divisions.

December 27th

OUT OF THE WIND

December 27, 2012

JOHNSON – The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors passed a resolution that recommended a moratorium of up to two years on renewable power supply mandates.
The recommendation will be made to the Vermont Legislature.
The board of directors' meeting agenda stated that the topic was geared towards new wind turbine power projects, but the discussion evolved to include all renewable projects as the talks ensued, explained Liz Gamache, spokesperson with VEC.

Nor’easter Hits Region

December 27, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - Nasty! That was the word for many Northeast Kingdom residents who braved yesterday's blizzard to get to work or do shopping. Many people stayed home.
Plow trucks scraped off as much as they could, but at the rate the snow was falling, the work seemed like a futile effort. In the meantime, a number of drivers had a hard time staying on the road.

North Country Hospital Volunteers: A Fountain Of Youth

December 27, 2012

NEWPORT- Merrilyn Barry, Director of Volunteers at North Country Hospital (and also business manager for the Wellness Center), coordinates dozens of volunteers working in different capacities at the hospital. One group of retired volunteers works in a variety of positions including the gift shop, information desk, stock room, library, dialysis, physical therapy, information systems, and by shredding documents and helping out in the waiting room. Volunteers work four- or five-hour shifts depending on need and the area where they work.

December 26th

Journalist Sues GMP

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT – Chris Braithwaite and The Chronicle filed a civil complaint against Green Mountain Power (GMP) Wednesday.  
Braithwaite, the 68-year old publisher of the Chronicle, was arrested December 5, 2011, while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain. He faced a criminal trespass charge for a year and racked up more than $20,000 in legal fees.

TRAINING FOR THE WORST

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Members the Newport City Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Department, and Vermont State Police took part in a refresher course on "active shooter" at the North Country Career Center Wednesday.
The career center and the attached North Country Union High School make the structure one of the largest complexes in Orleans County.
Each training session lasted two and a half hours. Close to three dozen law enforcement officers took part.

NEW LIFE FOR OLD CHURCH

December 26, 2012

MORGAN – The Morgan United Church, built in 1843, is about to undergo major renovations.
Plans include adding 30 feet to the back of the church. The expansion means more room in the sanctuary and fellowship area. It also means adding two classrooms. The church currently has no classrooms.
“I would say this is probably the biggest project,” said Rev. Mike DeSena. Church officials were talking about expanding the building when DeSena arrived at the church 15 years ago. “This has been kind of a work in progress.”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT THE GOODRICH

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - Christmas cheer was in the air recently as children of all ages attended a holiday celebration at the Goodrich Memorial Library, one of the region's architectural gems.
Local performer Mark Shelton, also known as Captain Radical, dressed in his pirate outfit and sang holiday tunes and other favorites.
One big hit was when Shelton sang the Village People's "YMCA" while Rudolph, the Grinch and a gorilla performed the dance moves. During other pieces, children dance in the aisles, swirling cowboy hats and laughing.
"This is fun," said one child.

2012 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Trish Sears, CEO of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), is full of energy and always looking for ways to make her beloved city even better. That’s why the staff at the Newport Daily Express named her Citizen of the Year.
“I’m really humbled,” said Sears, upon hearing of her award.

 

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