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April 4th, 2012

Illuzzi Fights Utility Merger

April 4, 2012

MONTPELIER, VT - Some Vermont lawmakers are outraged at a proposed utility merger that now has the backing of the Shumlin administration.
Gov. Peter Shumlin recently gave his support to an amended agreement that would merge Vermont's second largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), with Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS). GMP is owned by Canada-based Gaz Metro.

Team Sweden Eyes Medal Round

April 4, 2012

JAY PEAK - With the Ice Hockey Women's World Championship just a couple days away, Sweden’s women’s hockey team is working hard. The team, housed at Jay Peak’s golf course condos, is getting prepared for the eight-team tournament that starts Saturday at UVM’s Gutterson field House. The tourney will feature the best eight women’s hockey teams on the planet.
For Team Sweden, it’s another chance to keep building a program that has become a contender for the medal rounds over the last few years. The team is generally acknowledged as a top five club on the world ratings chart.

Lady Rangers Expect to Keep Playing at a High Level

April 4, 2012

ORLEANS–Coming off of a season where they reached the quarter-finals, the Lake Region softball team is looking to maintain that same level of play in 2012.
"We have set the bar pretty high over the last three years, and the group we have coming back this year is a veteran group, so they know what is expected," said head coach Matt Tinker.
Depth has been an asset for the Rangers in recent seasons, and they will have to utilize that depth again this year to fill some holes in the line-up.
Lake Region lost four players to graduation last year, all four being major contributors to the team.

Ernest A. Gibeault

April 4, 2012

Gibeault–– Ernest A., 73, of Phelan, California passed away on March 29, 2012. There will be a memorial service in California April 14th.

For the full obituary see Wednesday's Express.

April 3rd

Police Seek 911 Caller Following Report of Gunman

April 3, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Six people were evacuated from their homes and police closed off a Newport City street after they received a 911 call about a man with a gun at 65 Pleasant Street last evening.
However, an extensive search turned up no gunman.
The Vermont State Police, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office and Border Patrol assisted at the scene. Anyone with information about the identity of the caller is asked to call city police at 334-6733.

Jay Peak on Track for Health Clinic

April 3, 2012

JAY - Jay Peak Resort would like its own health clinic.
The resort is in the process of buying the Snowline Lodge, located just east of the resort entrance on VT Route 242. Potential plans are to turn it into a health clinic.
Jude and Ursula Smith have owned the property for 26 years, and Jude said they are very happy about the sale. The closing is scheduled for May 1.

New life for Barton restaurant

April 3, 2012

BARTON, VT - The Candlepin Restaurant has been well known in Barton for over 50 years. Once a restaurant, bar, and bowling alley, the business has had many problems over recent years. From the loss of the bowling alley to a string of new owners, the restaurant has suffered from a common problem with many long lasting businesses, a loss of identity. That is a problem Dave and Barbara Prue are trying to fix.

Wind Committee Appointed in Derby

April 3, 2012

DERBY - The Derby Select Board appointed a committee Monday evening to gather information on what the town wants and to articulate its concerns regarding the proposed Derby Line Wind project. The committee would give the information to the town’s attorney, Richard Saudek, who is working on drafting a contract between the town and the developer.
David LaBelle stated his concern that a committee was being appointed without the matter being on the agenda.

Balanced Falcon Boys Ready for 2012 Tennis Campaign.

April 3, 2012

NEWPORT–With the season getting underway this afternoon, the North Country boys tennis team is ripe with promise.
"We've got a good blend of upper and underclassman this year," said head coach Gary Atchinson.
Said senior Maoz Knight, "It looks good. A lot of the guys have gotten better, and we have all improved. I think we should be pretty good."
The team finished 4-9 and missed the tourney last season, but with a very balanced team in 2012, Atchinson is feeling good about this year's chances.

Pythons Face Stiff Competition in St. Johnsbury

April 3, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY–The NEK Pythons traveled forty miles south on Interstate 91 this past Saturday for a wrestling event held at the St. Johnsbury Academy.
The team faced some very talented wrestlers, but still came home with a first place finish as well as several second third honors.
Cazian Comeau-Elman was lone wrestler to take home the gold, wrestling in the 44 lb. weight class.
This is Comeau-Elman’s first year with the program, and the first grader pinned all the opponents he faced.
Here is how the rest of the team fared on Saturday:

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