NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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.
MORGAN â€“ 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.
â€śI would say this is probably the biggest project,â€ť said Rev. Mike DeSena. Church officials were talking about expanding the building when DeSena arrived at the church 15 years ago. â€śThis has been kind of a work in progress.â€ť
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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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. Thatâ€™s why the staff at the Newport Daily Express named her Citizen of the Year.
â€śIâ€™m really humbled,â€ť said Sears, upon hearing of her award.
DERBY â€“ Local Walmart proponents are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel on getting their very own big box store.
â€śEverything is squared away,â€ť said Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy.Â
Walmart and property owner Jeff Davis of Burlington are happy, Starr said.
Starr is organizing a formal announcement for sometime in early to mid-January. Local and state officials will take part in the announcement, which will most likely take place on the Newport-Derby line.
"Hopefully, it will keep money from going to New Hampshire,â€ť Starr said.
NEWPORT - Enhanced driverâ€™s licenses (EDL) for border crossing are now available in Newport Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), officials announced Thursday. Local and State officials alike are excited about it.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Sometimes writing on city sidewalks isn't childâ€™s play. That's the message the court sent Diane Peel, Jack Rogers and Tom Farrow when it ordered them to pay a fine of $50 apiece for doing just that.
Friday morning, Lamoille County Assistant Judge Karen Bradley handed down the fines.
During an interview last summer, Peel said she wrote things like: â€śBig Corporations donâ€™t care about your health, buy local,â€ť â€śSupport Community Gardens,â€ť â€śItâ€™s your town, take control,â€ť and â€śWhat would you like to see on Main Street?â€ť with an arrow pointing to an empty storefront.
JAYâ€“While the weather outside was frightful, the Falcons were so delightful, firing home eleven goals en route to a 11-0 holiday thrashing of the woeful Burlington Seahorses.
"We had a lot of fun out there tonight," said coach Andrew Roy. "Our upperclassmen played well as did our younger guys, who are finding ways to help out in our offense."
The fun got started right off the bat, errr, uh $200.00 composite stick.
Kody Halikas scored the first of his three first-period goals 1:14 into the game, sniping home a low shot past Stephanie Landry from the slot.
JAYâ€“The North Country girls hockey team continued their pattern of disorganized play in the first period, which eventually led to their downfall, as they lost 3-1 to the Harwood Highlanders on Saturday night.
"Maybe the holiday's started early," quipped head coach Claude Paul. "I don't know what it was, but we couldn't seem to do anything right."
The night started off with starting goalie Mikaella Doran sitting on the bench due to illness, so that opened the door for junior Brianna Bocelli to make her first start of the season.
The Highlanders would not be kind to her.
CRAFTSBURYâ€“Christmas came early to the Craftsbury Academy, complete with a visit from Bill "Santa Claus" Lee, as both the boy's and the girl's teams won their respective divisions of the Stephen Willey Memorial Tournament on Saturday.