NEWPORT CITY - The freezers at the Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) food shelf are full this week, due in large part to a donation of meat and cheese totaling around $3,000 from Fran and Melanie Azur, owners of the Vermont Highland Cattle Company. The meat was a mixture of ground beef, assorted cuts and selections along with several pounds of cheese. The meat comes from animals that were grass fed and locally raised. It is high quality and low in fat.
DERBY - Firefighters battled a fire that completely destroyed a garage on Grumpy Drive in Derby yesterday afternoon.
No official details were available at press time, however there were unconfirmed reports of at least one explosion.
The Derby Line Fire Department responded.
BURLINGTON â€” Hundreds of athletes from across the state will converge at the University of Vermont this weekend for the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games.
Special Olympic games provide a competitive sporting atmosphere in a fun and friendly atmosphere for individuals with disabilities. Games will include aquatics, track and field, bocce, and softball. Events start this morning and continue through Sunday.
Opening ceremonies included law enforcement officers and other public safety officials carrying the the "Flame of Hope" from all four corners of the state.
ALBANY, VT - The storm on Tuesday afternoon whomped Albany with downed trees, power lines, and flooded pastures and roads. The Albany Volunteer Fire Department responded to several calls. A tree pulled down a power line near the Hayden House on Route 14.
Phil, Jason, and Tim Rowell's pasture was flooded to the top of fence posts. The water spilled over the road and gushed down into a pasture on the other side with a loud sound of gushing water and newly made waterfalls.
Debris, pieces of wood, and even green plastic Mountain Dew soda bottles were flushed out and rode the stew of mud.
NEWPORTâ€“Coming into the opening round of the play-offs, the North Country boys tennis team was ranked fourth overall in Division I.
Their opponent, Champlain Valley was slated as the thirteenth seed.
How very misleading these numbers turned out to be.
The Falcons came out, gave everything they had, but still ended up on the losing end of things, falling 6-1 to bow out of the opening round of the play-offs.
LYNDONâ€“ It didn't take long for Lyndon Institute to set the tone.
After roping an inside-the-park home run in the game's first at bat, No. 3 Lyndon Institute cruised to a 15-4 victory over 14th-seeded Lake Region in high school girls softball Division II playdowns Wednesday afternoon.
The Vikings' (14-3) early dominance earned them a 9-0 lead after the first two innings, a comfortable margin for a veteran club looking to return to the state championship game after falling in that contest a year ago.
JERICHOâ€“After performing well in her final two regular season starts, coach Leslie Dunn opted to go with Taylor Blake out of the shute for the Falcons opening round game against Mount Mansfield.
â€śShe was great against Essex and MVU, so I figured we might as well go with her as she performs much better as a starter than as a reliever,â€ť said Dunn.
Blake gave it her all, but MMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, so the coach brought in the ever-reliable Kayla Descheneau mid-way through the second to finish out the contest.
WATERBURYâ€“Harwood was the best team while Matt Morin of Lake Region was the top individual at the Division II sectionals on Wednesday.
Morin shot a 1 over 73 to earn the win.
The highlight of Morinâ€™s round was a 17th hole Eagle to pull ahead of Harwood's Brooks Curran who finished 2nd with a very nice 76.
Another Lake Region score of note was Carl Obergâ€™s very respectable 88.
It was not quite good enough to send him to States as an individual but still a very good effort on his part.
Team Results were as follows:
Harwood 1st with a total of 326.
Lyndon Institute 2nd with total of 343.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Some Northeast Kingdom residents had tense moments when thunderstorms, hail and a tornado warning moved through the region.
The storms were part of a front that brought hard rain and lightning in the morning. By midday, a cold front with severe thunderstorms moved in and lasted until the evening hours.
Southern Orleans County and Lamoille County were some of the hardest hit areas.
National Weather Service officials were in the region yesterday to determine if any tornadoes touched down.Â