February 2nd, 2012
DERBY, VT - The annual North Country Union Junior High Career Day was another huge success.
More than 50 individuals from around the community spoke to students about their career fields and answered student questions.
To prepare, students were given a list of the options available and were able to choose the presentations they wanted to visit during the day. They prepared questions to ask the guest speakers. Guest presenters included students from the North Country Career Center.
WATERBURY, VT - Vermont State Police like a joke as much as the next guy, but prisoners at the Vermont Correctional Industries Print Shop may have gone too far.
On Feb. 1, a member of the state police noticed something odd about the new decals on the doors of the police cruisers. The emblem, which features the seal of the State of Vermont, includes a brown and white (actually tan) cow in the right hand bottom corner. The cow is covered with spots of varying sizes and shapes, including a rather large one on the cow's shoulder blade - in the shape of a pig.
Newport, VT - A virus is spreading across the state making people feel miserable, including here in Orleans County. Some people are ending up in the Emergency Department (ED) at North Country Hospital.
â€śIt comes on quickly,â€ť said Allison Sturtevant, MD. â€śNausea and vomiting are the most common symptoms. Generalized achiness and low grade temperature are other symptoms.Â Initially people had diarrhea with the vomiting but that is not as much lately.â€ť Dr. Sturtevant is a doctor in the ED.
NEWPORT - Charges against the two Sterling College students arrested on Lowell Mountain were dismissed by Judge Robert Gerety, Jr. on Wednesday.
The students, David Martorana and Trevor Ring, were charged with contempt of court after they were arrested Nov. 16 while climbing Lowell Mountain during times Green Mountain Power would be blasting for its wind turbine project.
ORLEANSâ€“After finishing the first quarter tied at ten, the Lake Region Ranger boys increased their efforts throughout the rest of the game as they defeated Peoples Academy 59-50 in what ended as a fairly chippy contest.
"The boys are really pulling together, and it was a great team effort," said coach James Ingalls, "And the boys were able to hold their composure for the most part."
ESSEXâ€“The Falcon hockey girls rallied back from a three goal first period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime against the Mount Mansfield Cougars on Wednesday night.
With Tara Langmaid forgetting her jersey and her parents not yet at the game with said jersey, Briana Bocelli got the start for North Country, yielding three goals in the opening period.
"It was not a good period for us. We were sleepwalking out there," said coach Claude Paul.
It would be a much better, much more awake second for North Country, especially for defenseman Meghan Campbell.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, that most awaited of winter days when the famous Punxsutawney Phil is dragged from his warm borrow and into the cold light of day to determine, undeniably, whether or not we will have six more weeks of winter.
If the groundhog spots his shadow, which he did, he returns to his hole and winter continues. If not, spring will come early.
We predicted that the precocious Phil will not see his shadow this year, as the temperature was already 61 degrees in New York City. We were wrong.
COVENTRYâ€“Wrestling season is underway for the Northeast Kingdom Pythons youth wrestling program. The team consists of kids age eleven and younger, and is currently under the tutelage of long time Python member Richie Roberts.
"I have been with the program since 1984. I was helping coach and in 1987 I took it over," said the twenty-eight year veteran.
ST. ALBANSâ€“The North Country Falcons girls basketball team battled hard, but in the end it was the BFA Comets coming out on top by the score of 47-38.
"It was a great game to be a part of," said coach Christiane Brown, "The ladies worked hard both on defense and on offense."
Noelle Pinard had a fantastic all-around game for the Falcons. She netted seven points to go along with 15 rebounds.
Said Brown, "She let the game come to her. She was dominant on the boards, and she was a pleasure to watch."