March 10th, 2013
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Anyone who has experienced a fire, even a small one, knows the devastation it can cause. Thatâ€™s what happened to a Spring Street family about two weeks ago when a fire broke out at a Coventry family home. Damage was minimal but left the homeowners with the task of cleaning up.
Thanks to Coventry Village School (CVS) eighth grade students, the family had the home refurbished quickly.
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“The last time North Country and South Burlington met in the play-offs at the Cairns Arena, the game went into double overtime and the Falcons came away victorious.
This time around, the game went into triple overtime, and unfortunately for the maroon and blue, the Rebels were able to avenge their 2012 loss, winning 3-2 to advance to the Division I state championship game against CVU.
Said NCU coach Andrew Roy, "They gave everything they had, and I could not have possibly asked for more, and I am very proud of the performance they gave.
WHITE RIVERâ€“Hartford got off to an 11-0 start in the first, and although Lake Region would battle back, making it 26-26 in third, the Hurricanes were just too strong, as they cruised to the 60-39 quarter-final win.
"They played tough defense, and as much as we tried to prepare the girls for it, we struggled early in the game before settling down," said LRU coach Mark Tinker. "Hopefully it is a good learning experience for the ones coming back, and an unfortunate ending for the ones that are graduating."
Aikenâ€“â€“ Kermit Philman, 53, of Newport, VT passed away on March 5, 2013 in Lebanon, NH.
For the full obituary see Friday's Express.
While both games ended with identical 3-2 scores, the fortunes of North Country's two hockey teams were as different as night and day.
The good news is that at least one team will make an appearance at the Gutterson Field House, as the girls won their semi-final game against Middlebury.
For the boys, they fell just short in their journey to the finals, losing a heartfelt game in triple overtime to South Burlington.
Updates to come online, and the full stories will be in Monday's Express on the 11th of March, 2013.
WHITE RIVER-The Lady Rangers lost to Hartford 60-39 in the Division II quarter-finals on Friday night.
The full story will be in Monday's Express on March 11, 2013.
For updates of the NCU boy's semi-final game against South Burlington on Saturday March 9th, follow me on Twitter at @nekdrums.
DERBY â€“ Phil White, executive director of IROC, released a press statement yesterday in which he said the organization is pleased with the "steady growth of town support" evident on Town Meeting Day. IROC submitted appropriation requests to 14 towns, and while many failed to come to a vote or failed to pass, IROC received $32,000 in support, up from the $4000 it received in 2011.
Support came largely from Derby, along with Coventry, Craftsbury, Glover, and Brighton.
TROY â€” Piping tar sands through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont may pose a threat to the environment and area residents, but no NEK town took up the issue on Town Meeting Day. Instead, 29 towns in other areas of Vermont voted against tar sands, leaving some area local legislators saying that other towns should stay out of NEK business.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council wants more information before agreeing to jump on board with AARP to designate Newport City as an "age friendly city."
JAYâ€“Whitney Bernier scored twice, and Cassidy Webster notched her first career varsity goal as the North Country Falcons advanced to the Lake Division semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Stowe on Wednesday night.
Mikaella Doran had 5 saves to earn her 10th shut-out of season, while Danielle Mayo turned away 36 shots for Stowe, who finish the year at 6-14.
With the win, the 15-6-1 Falcons will host fifth ranked Middlebury who upset Rutland 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday.
Game time is set for 2:00 on Saturday afternoon at the Jay Peak Ice Haus Arena.