May 21st, 2012
MORGAN â€“ A couple hundred youngsters from five area elementary schools left their classrooms and went down to the farm for the Conservation and Farm Field Day Friday.
The Orleans Country Natural Resources Conservation District sponsored the annual event at the Haywood Farm. The students learned many hands-on techniques.
â€śThe hands-on experience really takes the kids out of the classroom,â€ť said Dayna Cole, manager for the conservation district. â€śIt lets them see it, feel it, do it and get an understanding for it.â€ť
DERBY LINE â€“ An online petition is circulating geared to show the scale of opposition to the Derby Line Wind project. More than three hundred people have already signed the petition, according to the site change.org.
The petition was created by â€śCitoyens de Stanstead,â€ť and is called â€śStop the Derby Line Wind Project.â€ť
EAST MONTPELIER - Friday Gov. Peter Shumlin signed three energy bills.
One would make it easier to develop small scale hydro projects and another authorized a fund to help pay for delivery of telephone services to rural parts of Vermont, such as the Northeast Kingdom.
Present for that signing was Vermont Senator Vince Illuzzi, at the podium, who sponsored the small hydro and telephone bills.
The bills included provisions for promoting the development of alternative energy supplies and allowing citizens with health or privacy concerns to opt out of having smart meters without paying a fee.
NEWPORTâ€“Strong pitching, clutch hitting and an injection of some new blood into the line-up combined to propel North Country's baseball team over Spaulding 12-2 on Friday afternoon.
With some players having recently jettisoned from the team, Bonvechio brought up freshman Bryce Carter and junior Aidan Smith to join the varsity squad.
"When coach Bonvechio asked me to play I was ready to go," Carter said about being asked to suit up for the varsity team.
Neither were in the starting line-up, but that would change as they game moved along.
NEWPORTâ€“Coach Leslie Dunn was forced to shuffle her line-ups last week due to missing personal, and after a loss on Thursday to Middlebury, she found success on Friday as the softball Falcons defeated the Tide of Spaulding 5-4.
The player that made the most of her call up was freshman catcher Tori Kinney.
In her second game with the big club she she had a key double, two RBI's and scored the eventual game winning run.
"I am getting some real good experience for next year," said Kinney after the game.
MONTPELIERâ€“North Country's boys tennis team refuses to lose.
The self-appointed "Junk Yard Dogs" were on the prowl against the Montpelier Solons this past Friday, and once again they took a bite out of their opponents, winning the match 5-2.
In the number one slot Dave Durivage tried and tried and tried again to find a weakness to exploit, but Jackson Watson did not offer one, and Watson took the match 6-0, 6-1.
Travers Parsons-Grayson had what coach Gary Atchinson called "too much game" for Matt Cerce and won easily 6-0, 6-2.
DERBYâ€“Lake Region's tennis team earned their second win of the season on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon as they defeated U-32 5-2.
The team relied on the play of the singles players to get the win. They did not dissapoint, going 5-0 on the afternoon.
The only losses came from the doubles matches, one by forfeit, the other by defeat during play.
Here are the results from a strong day of tennis by the Lady Rangers.
1. Kelly LeBlanc vs. Erin Connor 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
2. Desirae Colorado vs. Claire Puleio 6-4, 6-1
3. Miranda Beaudry vs. Phina Sances 7-5, 6-1
WINOOSKIâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers used a balanced attack to dispose of Winooski Thursday in schoolgirl softball action, 15-3.
Nine different Rangers got hits, while LR scored in six of seven innings to back the 6-hit pitching of Michelle Thibeault.
The Rangers got things rolling right out of the gates, dropping three runs on the Spartans in the top of the first inning behind Callie Cashinâ€™s two-run double down the right field line. The Spartans came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to make it a 3-2 ballgame, but after that it was all LR.
WILLIAMSTOWNâ€“The Rangers fell to Williamstown 13-7 this past weekend. Lake Region only gave up four hits in the contest, but eight walks, three hit batsmen, six wild pitches and four errors were the teamsâ€™ undoing.
On the other side the boys in blue had a great offensive performance, getting thirteen hits, but they could not string enough together to get more than seven runs.
Standouts on offense for the Rangers were Darik Messier who tripled, had 2 doubles and a single, Matt Messier had a double and a single and Alex Menard had 3 singles.
Matt Messier took the loss in the contest.