October 6th, 2011
DERBYâ€“ The main pool at IROC is back. Itâ€™s cold, but itâ€™s open. And there could be no better group to test it out than the IROCKET Swim Team which started its season tonight doing laps in the 66 degree water. For some like Eric Gauvin, Eli McFarlane, and Adam Lodewik, 66 degrees was no different than what they took on during the 6 mile open water swim this summer at Kingdom Swim. For others, it was â€śNothing but Chilly.â€ť
NORTHEAST KINGDOMâ€“UCA ended its annual Spirit Week with a pair of varsity soccer matches. Once again, this years Spirit Week is in memory of former UCA student Eli Goss, who lost his life in a motor vehicle accident one year ago.
Varsity Boy's Coach Alyssa DeLaBruere said, "Even though he his not here, we can still feel him around us." While originally scheduled for a double-header at Gardner Park, the girl's game was moved to the North Country Junior High School, with the boy's remaining at Gardner.
WASHINGTON â€“ Vermontâ€™s congressional delegation â€“ Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch â€“ and Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that over $200,000 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds will go to support two economic development projects in Lyndon and Brighton.
The town of Brighton will receive $78,190 to construct a new 2,100 foot walking path along a section of Island Pond Lake, connecting it to the downtown area. This project resulted from a year-long study aimed at enhancing tourism and recreation in the community.
NEWPORTâ€“The Champlain Valley Union Red Hawks came into the Kingdom with an impressive 7-1 record in 2011, and put on a display of technical soccer wonderment as they defeated the North Country Falcons 3-0.
"These are kids who play a lot of soccer together," said Assistant Coach Andrew Roy of the Red Hawks, "They are a talented group and they are skilled and are always thinking five passes ahead."
From the opening kick-off CVU were masters of their domain, displaying a very quick and high-finesse style, and, as Coach Roy said, seemed to be thinking several moves ahead.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Despite previous reports, enrollment in the North Country Supervisory District is not as gloomy as previously thought.
Last week Superintendent Robert Kern reported a decrease in student enrollment. However, figures printed earlier this week indicate that this is not necessarily the case.
â€śEnrollment changes from day to day,â€ť Kern said on Wednesday. Figures in late August and early September indicated numbers were down. â€śWhen we went back and looked at the most recent numbers, it looks like we increased almost one percent.â€ť
BARRE â€“ Coventry Town Clerk Cynthia Diaz will serve no prison time for failure to file tax returns. Diaz entered a plea of guilty to two misdemeanor charges in Washington District Court on Wednesday. The state dismissed eight felony counts of failure to pay or file tax returns greater than $500 and six counts of filing false or fraudulent returns.
Diaz was sentenced to 15 days to six months, all suspended. She was placed on probation, will have to perform 100 hours of community service and file truthfully and correctly tax returns for 2003 through 2009.Â
NEWPORT, VT - Area activists came out in the cold Wednesday in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is spreading across the United States.
The protest seeks to call attention to the influence of big money on Washington politics and has drawn supporters from all political persuasions.
Many have complained that the federal government is spending tax dollars bailing out big businesses and â€śtoo big to failâ€ť financial institutions while the working class is left economically stranded and paying the bill.
DERBY, VT - The Coutts Moriarty Summer Campâ€™s new Education Lodge and Dining Hall is under construction at the upper camp level.
A foundation has been poured and workers are busy moving dirt. Donations are still being accepted to help with the project.
Coutts Camp has merged with non-profit, Siskin Ecological Adventures and provides 500 educational programs to over 10,000 school children each year.
ALBANY, VT - Sometime last weekend, two pickup trucks vandalized the ballpark in Albany Village.
Deep tire marks are shown here with tracks leading all around the park. The damage is believed to be in the thousands of dollars to repair. Although there are suspects, the Vermont State Police in Derby are investigating the incident and request your help.
Please call 334-8881 with any information that may help catch the perpetrators.
DERBY - The Derby Selectboard unanimously decided to sign a document addressed to the Public Service Board (PSB) requesting that they hold hearings on the Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) statewide radio project.
Beula- Jean Shattuck was absent from the meeting Monday evening.
The hope, according to selectboard member Karen Jenne, is that the hearings are held locally for public comment.
The motion to sign the document came with some controversy and negotiations. Jenne presented the letter to the board, which included the phrase, "The town wishes to comment further."