April 11th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“â€śMark Twain said when you turn your vocation into your vacation, you got to quit, and I haven't worked forever," joked Doug Nelson, who received the Business Person of the Year award during Vermontâ€™s North Country Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Eastside Restaurant yesterday.
The New Business Person of the Year award went to Ruth Sproull from Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast. Chris McFarland from Clyde River Recreation received the Small Business Award. The Business of the Year Award went to Community National Bank.
NEWPORT, VT - Rep. Peter Welch made several stops in the Orleans County area with a final stop at the Eastside Restaurant yesterday. Welch listened in on the Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce awards presentations before giving a 20-minute speech of his own.
In an interview with the Newport Daily Express afterward, the congressman talked about Newportâ€™s ability to have a dynamic tourist industry in such a beautiful setting.
NEWPORT CITY - Anthony Rodriguez, also known as Tattoo Tony, grew up in New York City doing graffiti on trains. Now he has a chance to display his work as community art while also working to build his business.
Rodriguez and a team of artists from TNT Explosive Tattoos, his shop, will be collaborating with Fresh Start Community Farm this summer to draft a paint-by-numbers mural for the fence of the Summer Street Garden that narrates the history of the neighborhood.
ST. JOHNSBURYâ€“The North Country baseball team fell 7-2 to St.Johnsbury in their first game of the season on Tuesday.
After three scoreless innings, St.Johnsbury got to Falcons starting pitcher Joel Lemarche in the fourth, putting up six runs in the inning.
The Hilltoppers added a run in the fifth, making it 7-0 before the Falcons were able to break up the Academy's Lincoln Lemieux's bid for a no hitter.
After Trevor Monty made it first on a strikeout error by the St. J catcher, Nate Stewart singled, followed by Jon Boyer's infield single.
BARREâ€“The Derby Kings basketball team, comprised of mainly 6th and 7th graders, with four 8th graders as well, went 2-0 at the One Day Run Tournament this past Saturday.
The boys competed in the "A" level 8th grade division, and had little difficulty holding their two opponents to an average of just thirty points per game.
The Kings, using a combination of height, speed and quickness to double up their opposition, scoring close to sixty points per game.
Kendrick Gray, Colin Myrick and Trey Azur were the top scorers on the team, but Derby got contributions from everyone on the roster.
VERGENNESâ€“ The NEK Pythons traveled to western Vermont on April 7th for a tournament that featured the K-2 state championships.
All of the Pythonâ€™s K-2 wrestlers are first year competitors, and they showed their growth as athletes at the event.
In the championship portion of the afternoon, Lahna Descheneau and Cazian Comeau-Elman each came in second place. Manny St. Marie came in third, and Dereck Guillette and Jonathan Hunt took fifth place.
For the rest of the team, it was just a regular tournament and the results are as follows;
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Vermont Electric Co-Op (VEC) is working on getting a greener portfolio.
CEO Dave Hallquist told the Newport Rotary Club Tuesday that he and others at VEC learned a lot about what people understood about energy when they did community outreach with Kingdom Community Wind.
Kingdom Community Wind refers to the wind project on Lowell Mountain.
Hallquist, a retired engineer, said there are no easy choices as far as energy goes.
DERBY â€“ Several opponents of the proposed Derby Line Wind Project have stated concerns over potential property value decline and cite, as an example, a Derby property that was listed on the tax roles at a lower value after the owner complained about a wind turbine on a neighboring property.
The George Buzzell property in Derby was reduced in 2008 by approximately ten percent of its assessed value after Buzzell said that the turbine on Sen. Vince Illuzzi's property impacted Buzzell's property.
NEWPORTâ€“When looking at the 2012 North Country track and field season, the biggest star of the program will not be competing in any of the events.
It will be hosting them.
The brand new facility on the campus of North Country Union High cost over $180,000.00 to build, and everyone I spoke with could not be more thankful to the members of the community that helped make this dream come true.