February 24th, 2013
NEWPORTâ€“After receiving confirmation from athletic Mike Kiser Sunday evening, I was able to speak to former North Country boy's Varsity head coach Brian Bonvechio on Monday, who said he was indeed departing from the program.
Said Bonvechio, "The reason that I am leaving the position is that I have lost my passion for the game as it stands now.
"There is too much emphasis on the one-on-one aspect of the game, and not enough focus on the team aspect.
"If I am not into it, then it is not fair to the players, the school and the administration for to me to still be out there coaching."
NEWPORT CITY - Robert Cote III, 24, of Irasburg, was in criminal court Friday on numerous drug charges, including trafficking of heroin, being in possession of a gun in the commission of a felony, and cruelty to a child under the age of 10 for allegedly leaving drugs and guns in the vicinity of a child. Cote pleaded not guilty.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen, on the request of prosecutor Cathy Norman from Vermont Attorney General's Office, increased Cote's original bail from $100,000 to $150,000, to ensure Cote appears at his future court dates.
COVENTRY - When the United States entered World War II following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, David Reed of Craftsbury was being raised on a small farm and attending school. Little did Reed know that a few years later he would be drafted and end up fighting in perhaps the most brutal battle in the war.
DERBY â€“ The theft Â of political road signs for the upcoming local elections continues. This time culprits took Karen Jenneâ€™s sign and all of Faye Morinâ€™s signs and two banners along the Derby Road.
Morin is the Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer. She is being challenged by the outgoing select board member and Derby Line Village Clerk and Treasurer Karen Jenne for the positions.
The select board race is also heating up as Jenne is leaving a seat open and board member Laura Dolgin, who is up for re-election, is facing a challenger.
CRAFTSBURYâ€“Although the Chargers lost their final game of the season 59-45 to finish the year at 11-9, the bigger story was senior Frank Spiese.
Frank is the only basketball player graduating from Craftsbury this year, and the folks at the Academy gave him one heck of a send off on Friday night.
For the Full Story, See Monday's Express on 2-25-13!
CRAFTSBURYâ€“The Lady Chargers jumped out to 20-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating South Royalton 46-24 to finish the year with a 16-4 record, good for the number three seed in Division IV.
"We like to come out and defend the home court, especially when a team is coming in from a far distance," said CA coach Rick Thomas. "We like to hammer those bus legs. We are a pressing team, that is what we have become and that is how we play the best."
No. Country 5, Middlebury 1
MIDDLEBURYâ€“Five different players tallied for the Falcons on Saturday, as the North Country currently stands tied with CVU in third place in the Metro Division after defeating the Tigers.
Ross DeLaBruere, Logan Fortier and Ryan Paul each had a goal and assist for North Country, who move to 14-41 with the win.
Kody Halikas and Ryan O'Donnell had the other goals for NCU.
The UCA boys finished out their season with a 66-49 win, the North Country hockey girls lost 6-4, and the boys won 5-1.
Plus, changes are underfoot in the world of basketball, find out this week!
Details to come on Monday's Express on 2-25-13.
NEWPORTâ€“With a trip to the Division I boy's basketball play-offs on the line, the North Country Falcons came up a little short, losing to Champlain Valley Union 61-46 to put an end to what has been a trying 2012-2013 season.
"It was very frustrating," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "We have a lot more talent than we showed as a basketball team.
"A lot of it's my fault for not being able to bring the team together and make then work together, but we just never found that chemistry on the court or off."
BROWNINGTON - The reconstruction of Bridge 9 on the Center Road dividing the Towns of Brownington and Barton will be completed this May when expansion joints, which need to be approved by state and federal agencies,Â are finished to allow flexibilityÂ during earthquakes or other events.
The bridge, probably built in the 1950s, was completely destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
The cost to replace the bridge is shared between the two towns, though Brownington is the owner of the project and bills