October 18th, 2012
LOWELL â€“ The final wind turbine in the Lowell Mountain wind project called Kingdom Community Wind is fully assembled. Now 21 wind turbines that are about 450 feet tall each span across three miles of ridge line on Lowell Mountain.
Construction employees worked into the night Wednesday to finish the final turbine. Reed and Reed raised the American flag with their crane once it was assembled.
BARTON - Power was knocked out for 13 hours to nearly 3,000 customers including the Ethan Allen plant on Wednesday.
A utility worker discovered that a bullet was lodged in the main power transformer for Barton and Orleans Electric. The bullet caused oil to leak out. The oil is used to keep the machine cool and, with no oil, the transformer overheated and caused the outage.
The incident is under investigation by the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the Vermont State Police.
Nothing was stolen from the location, police say, and the motive is not yet clear.
NEWPORTâ€“It was a gorgeous fall afternoon yesterday as the North Country field hockey team (3-8-3) played their final game of the regular season against Lyndon Institute (3-5-3).
It was a must win game for both teams, as they are separated by just two index points heading into the contest, but the Falcons and Vikings had to settle for the 1-1 tie.
Before the game got underway, North Country recognized their four departing seniors; Bailey Carter, Mariah Roberts, Danielle Gabucci and Stephanie Jones.
NEWPORTâ€“UCA honored itâ€™s outgoing seniors on Wednesday during a doubleheader against Concord.
In the boys game, Ji Kimâ€™s hatrick set the pace in the Crusaders 5-0 win.
Justin Limoges and Ji Hoon Park, whose birthday was also on Wednesday, had the other goals.
It was a slow start for UCA, with the score tied 0-0 at the half, but the second was the polar opposite of the first, and the boys erupted for five goals to net the win.
The Crusaders also had a special guest appearance in goal as Marc Quirion played goalie for the last fifteen minutes to earn the shut-out with Chris DeLaBruere.
ORLEANS, VT - The town of Orleans is welcoming a new resident business to its community. Friday, Lapierreâ€™s will hold the grand opening of its newest location at 303 Willoughby Ave. (RT 58), on the outskirts of Orleans and only a few miles from Exit 26 off I-91.
The Canadian company, renowned for producing a high quality organic maple syrup, happens to also be the leading producer of equally high quality maple production equipment. Itâ€™s occupying the former Desmarais Equipment building.
NEWPORT - North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern announced to the high school board that a meeting between state officials and area school administrators will be held on October 24th to discuss the economic development plans spearheaded by Bill Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort.
NEWPORT - North Country Union High School faculty member Helen Poulin advised the high school board Tuesday night that she is helping the students form an anti-bullying organization called ABC Quest. Students are raising awareness of the problems associated with bullying.
â€śWe are designing posters with anti-bullying messages,â€ť said Poulin. â€śAnd we are selling pink T-shirts with 'Stood Up' on the front and anti-bullying messages on the back. The phrase 'stood up' is a message that when a person witnesses an act of bullying, rather than ignore it, you should stand up and confront it.â€ť
ORLEANSâ€“Much like the electricity in Barton and Orleans, the power went out for the Lake Region girls as they fell to BFA Fairfax 2-1.
"When you are playing against a team like Fairfax you have to have effort. You have to want the ball as badly as they do," said Lake Region coach Brad Urie. "If your intensity level does not match BFAâ€™s, you are going to get beat every single time."
BFA has been the bench mark upon which the Lady Rangers have measured themselves against, but they lost both outings by identical 2-1 scores.
SWANTONâ€“Going up against 9-2-1 Missisquoi, the North Country field hockey team (3-8-2) gave the Thunderbirds all they could handle in a gritty 2-0 loss.
â€śIt was a great game, cold, but very well played,â€ť said coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Danielle Gabucci shone in the loss, stopping seventeen out of nineteen shots.
â€śShe made a ton of great saves,â€ť said Bouchard. â€śShe was diving to stop the ball, you name it, she did it.â€ť
If the season ended today, the two teams would meet each other in the opening round of the division three play-offs.
NEWPORTâ€“Essex (5-6-2) scored two goals in each half of the Falcons and Hornets match on Tuesday, defeating North Country (3-9-1) 4-0.
"We need to believe that we belong with the better teams in the state. Today we probably don't for a lot of reasons, but deep down we know we do and that we can compete with any team," said coach James McKenny.
It was a physical first half for both teams, with a total of three yellow cards issued.
Logan Fortier was issued one for pushing a guy who moments earlier trampled him, and Chris Bronson had the other for NCU.