January 2nd, 2012
NEWPORT - Newport merchants are reporting positive news for the holiday shopping season. Some say they did about the same as last year, but others say sales were way up.
Jim McKimm with the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC) said business was up this season 60 percent over last year. â€śThe artists are very excited about it,â€ť he added. The MAC stayed opened later hours in December leading up to Christmas and that decision was a good one, McKimm said, one that paid off with extra shoppers.
DERBY, VT - Well over 600 revelers from all over Orleans and northern Essex County participated in IROCâ€™s 6th Annual New Yearâ€™s Eve Bash with fun and games throughout the afternoon and evening. Mark Shelton and his Captain Radical Pirate Show highlighted the event.
We brought the arcade and the ping pong, pool, and air hockey tables down to the main floor and Wilsonâ€™s Entertainment provided play without charge for the entire day and night. They were busy as were the bounce houses and the water slide.
WESTMORE - It was a splish-splashing good time as 71 brave souls stripped off their winter weather gear and took a brief dip in Willoughby Lake Sunday. Fred Laferriere of St. Johnsbury started the event nine years ago. Each participant was asked to pay a minimum $100 entry fee. Most people obtain sponsors. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Two years ago, the swimmers teamed up with the St. Johnsbury Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
December 31st, 2011
NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons finally put away visiting BFA St. Albans after halting several Bobwhite runs to take a 71-66 win at Falcon Gym. The last contest played during the 2011 calender year gave NCU their third triumph of the season, one more than they achieved all last winter.
BFA fought to the end, erasing a 16 point Falcon lead down to three with 8 seconds to go. Their attempted tyingÂ three pointer caromed off the back iron.
NEWPORTâ€“Revenge is a dish best served cold. With temperatures hovering around the single digits on Thursday night, the Falcon basketball girls avenged their season opener loss to Lyndon Institute with a resounding 61-35 beat down of their neighbors from the south.
Signs pointed to a rough and tumble rematch for North Country. Emma Joslin was on the bench early with two fouls, but the team rallied around her by spreading out the offense to build a 13-7 first quarter lead.
JAYâ€“After a magnificent game the last time these two teams met back in March (albeit the post game stuff was not so great), the anticipation level was high when the Essex Hornets came in to square off against the North Country boys hockey team Friday night at Jay Peak.
Instead, despite a revamping of the lines in hopes of generating more offense, the Falcons fell 5-2 to the boys in gold and blue.
However, in the loss, coach Andrew Roy was quick to talk about the positives from the game.
ORLEANSâ€“Lake Region dropped itsâ€™ 5th straight contest Friday night in a match-up against the Lyndon Institute Vikings by the score of 49-39.
The Rangers looked determined to end the losing streak and started off the contest better than their last matchup against the Vikes. In their previous meeting, the blue and white found themselves trailing 19-4 after the first 8 minutes of play.
This yearâ€™s Newport Daily Expressâ€™ Citizen of the Year Award goes to 84-year-old Bill Graham of Newport City.
Graham, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, moved with his family to Cambridge, MA, and then to Concord, N.H. While in high school, Graham joined the Sea Scouts. Graham briefly left high school to do a two-year stint in the Navy.
Back then, it was very common for young men to quit school to join the service during the World War II era, said Graham.
If there was ever a year for extremes, this was it: Record snowfall was followed by record rainfall, which lead to massive flooding and damage in April. Then May brought more rain, and more rain, and more rain, making it the wettest spring on record with 18.14 inches by May 28. The old record of 15.46 inches was set in 1983.