August 9th, 2012
BARTON â€“ Keegan Nolan, who has been compared to Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, produced the youth-oriented talent show "Young Guns Tailgate Tour," which played in Newport's Gardener Park Wednesday.
Children of all ages from Franklin County sang, danced, played musical instruments and performed stand up comedy to an intimate crowd.
Audience members raved about the performance, saying the children's voices sounded like angels in the park.
The show is always looking for new talent and performs mostly in the summer.
DERBY â€“ The Northeast Kingdom is getting closer to having more development between the Derby Road and Shattuck Hill Road.
Jeff Davis, president of JL Davis in Burlington, confirmed yesterday that in June his firm purchased 10 acres from local developer Tony Tanguay for $600,000. The land adjoins the 19 acres Davis has owned since about 2005. The site is across from the former Loâ€™s Tavern on the Derby Road.Â
â€śWe feel good about the development potential of the property and wanted to have some more land over there,â€ť said Davis.
NORTH TROY â€“ Sen. Bobby Starr wants to return to the State House.
Starr, a democrat, has served Vermonters for 34 years, eight years in the senate and 26 years in the house of representatives. He said it seems every year has its challenging moments.Â
Last year, legislators were able to continue property tax relief for IROC. Starr said IROC is no different from the YMCA in Burlington with the exception that the YMCA has a permanent property tax exemption. Lawmakers are trying to get the same exemption for IROC.
ORLEANSâ€“Horace Archer, the golf pro at the Orleans Country Club, did not take the unusual path to becoming a golf pro.
For him, turning a hobby into a full-time occupation happened later in life than many of today's professionals who head into college knowing they want to be involved in the game as a career.
"I was brought up as an engineer and I worked for twenty-five years for IBM after which I decided I needed to continue to be doing something before I die. I decided I should go into golf."
NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the man accused of smashing seven Orleans County Sheriff's cruisers demolition style with a tractor, has posted bail.
He still remains in custody, however, while he serves a couple more weeks of time on a February conviction for disorderly conduct.
Judge Robert Bent ordered Pion held on $50,000 at his Aug. 7 arraignment, but Pion's friends and family have been raising money through an online website. Pion pleaded innocent to the charges, with the judge dismissing a count of impeding a police officer.
DERBY - Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer Nicole Daigle announced Monday that she is not yet ready to resign from her positions even though she has already started a new job.
Daigle had been on the agenda to offer her resignation Monday, when the board would have been faced with appointing an interim clerk and treasurer until the March Town Meeting. Later, Daigle asked to be removed from the agenda, but the request came late and the item remained.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City vows, if re-elected, to put together a coalition of legislators to develop monetary resources to pay off IROCâ€™s capital debt.
â€śIROC is probably the most significant asset we have in this community,â€ť said Kilmartin. â€śIt saves lives. I see the people who are in the pool exercising or in for rehabilitation. I see the people in the weight room. I see the people walking on the track.â€ť
DERBYâ€“Some athletes slow up their pace in the off-season. Some join travel teams and play sporadically, maybe twice a month with a few practices thrown in to keep the players sharp.
Members of the North Country Wrestling Club (North Country Wrestling Team during the season, as the club got back its' varsity status last season) prefer to take a different approach.
Instead of less, they prefer more.
As in five days a week, and we are more than three months away from wrestling season and over a month away from the next tournament on the schedule.
March 23, 1925-August 4, 2012
Eunice R. (Bowen) Konieczny, 87, of Live Oak, FL passed away peacefully on August 4, 2012. She was born March 23, 1925 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and was the oldest child of Fred H. and Asenath Bowen.
E. Arthur â€śArtâ€ť and Margaret â€śPeggyâ€ť Moran of Jay passed away in a car accident of the morning of August 5, 2012.Â Â
Art was born on July 15, 1930 in Burlington to Arthur Moran and Georgiana Chastenay Moran. Although Peggy was born in New Haven, CT (we tried not to hold it against her) to Bill and Eileen (Galvin) McGinley, she was a lifelong Vermonter and spent much of her childhood in Essex Junction. They were married in 1962 and are survived by five children.Â Â