NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board met briefly Thursday and touched on several subjects of interest, notably that negotiations for a new teachers' contract had been concluded with attorneys for both sides reviewing the document.
Superintendent Robert Kern said an earlier agreement had been reached but a last second objection over the interpretation of some language in the contract proposal sent the matter back to the negotiating table.
Dr. Kern said the major issue was language regarding early retirement and insurance benefits.
DERBY â€“ State Senator Vince Illuzzi might be out of the political game, at least for now, but apparently he will continue to serve Vermonters.
Illuzzi, who served the people of Orleans and Essex Counties, decided not to seek re-election for the senate but instead ran unsuccessfully against Doug Hoffer for state auditor. Now Illuzzi is considering acting as a lobbyist.
During an interview Sunday, Illuzzi said three organizations offered him a contract to do part-time lobbying. After 32 years of being in the state senate, it would be nice to stay involved in some capacity, he said.
It is no secret that the many of the athletes that adorn the pages of local and statewide newspapers come from team-based sports.
Everyone loves football, soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball etc..., and those sports do help sell papers, mainly due to the sheer volume of players that can be featured from game-to-game.
On any given day, someone new can be the hero.
In individual sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, you can either be the hero or the goat, depending on what kind of day you have.
A few great runs, someone else misses a slalom, and you win.
JAY, VT â€“ Jay Peak Resort has partnered with Disney and Burton Snowboards and is creating a snowboarding theme park for kids.
Giant pieces of Disney's "Toy Story" theme equipment and statues began arriving at Jay Monday. The park will be a one of a kind: Playtime Burton Riglet Park.
The five-acre park is slated to open mid-January and is for new snowboarders ages three to 12. According to the deal with Disney, statues of familiar â€śToy Storyâ€ť characters will appear in the park along with other features.
ST. JOHNSBURY - Country legend Clint Black performed before an appreciative crowd at Fuller Hall on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy Wednesday.
Black performed 90 minutes and played 21 songs from his long and successful career. He also held a meet and greet.
The native Texan spoke about the cold Vermont temperatures but was willing to weather the storm. This is the farthest north he's been in the United States.
Massachusetts' native Ayla Brown met with fans after opening for Black.
NEWPORT, VT- Actuaries for the Vermont National Education Association working with the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) and Blue Cross Blue Shield are recommending a 14% increase in health care costs this next fiscal year. The increase is due in part to implementation of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly knows as â€śObama Care.â€ť There are several factors driving the highest rate increase proposal since FY '04, which are outlined in a VEHI letter to the business offices of Orleans Central Supervisory Union and North Country Supervisory Union.
The Northeast Sports Network, an online home for local sports in the lower region of the NEK since 2005, is making their way up Interstate 91, and will begin covering games at North Country, Lake Region and United Christian Academy high schools starting in 2013.
"We have covered North Country and Lake Region games before, and both schools were very receptive to the idea of having us cover them," said founding member Eric Berry.
Beginning with the winter sports season, NSN will feature twenty games, covering the three schools listed above in the next calendar year.