February 1st, 2012
JAY - Jay Peak Resort continues to expand into an all-weather destination place. Plans for multi-million dollar expansions and revitalization of the State Side area of the mountain are underway.
Those plans call for an 84-room hotel and improvements to the base facility, lifts, a new ski shop, a learn to ski center, and a childcare facility.
Bill Stenger, co-owner and president of the resort, said that plans continue to develop quickly. There is no exact price tag on the project yet, but Stenger said it will be several million dollars and that investors are being actively sought.
NEWPORT, VT - Two North Country Union High School graduates who are making names for themselves in the film world are hosting a double feature at the Waterfront Cinemas in Newport on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The award winning films being shown are â€śSoul Keeperâ€ť and â€śTin Can.â€ť
The two producers and actors are Tim Kavanagh (1984), the son of James and Judy Kavanagh of Newport, and Steve Maas (1996), the son of Dr. James and Billie Maas of Derby. They will be joined at the showing by prominent Vermont author Joseph Citro of Burlington and other members of the cast and crew.
DERBY - Few people can turn down a heaping plate of homemade spaghetti, but about 270 people who had their fill of this Italian dish at Brendaâ€™s Home Style Cooknâ€™ in Derby Jan. 22 had the benefit of knowing they were eating not only to fill their stomachs, but for a good cause.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Travis Parenteau, 29, of Newport, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of burglary, violation of conditions of release and driving with a suspended license.
Judge Robert Bent placed Parenteau essentially under 24/7 house arrest in the custody of his grandmother. He can only leave the house in her company or to attend counseling. Parenteau's charge of violating conditions of release stemmed from him allegedly failing to abide by a similar order.
JAY â€“ Twelve-year-old Nicholas Prue had a very strong bond with his grandfather, John Young, who lost his battle to cancer Nov. 8, 2010. Prue will participate in Hope on the Slopes in New England, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
BARTON - Paul Denton of Barton contacted the Newport Daily Express to report that his vehicle had also been vandalized recently.
The vehicle was parked in his driveway, on US RT 5, the night of Jan. 26. When he awoke in the morning, he found the back window smashed in and totally destroyed.
Denton reported the matter to the State Police.
Denton said his neighbor heard some noise in the night, but didn't see anything and couldn't tell what time it was.
NEWPORT, VT - Joshua Sabens, 25, of Blairsville, Penn., plead no contest Tuesday to a charge of felony possession of stolen property, amended down from an original charge of burglary.
The charge stems from the theft of over $10,000 worth of tools from a construction site on Farrar Road in Newport. The site was under the control of Piette Construction.
The North Country Cheerleaders were on hand to perform at halftime on Tuesday. From their inception last fall to right now they have grown leaps and bounds.
Their routines are becoming increasingly more complex, and head coach Danielle Gage has a simple answer as to why.
â€śLots and lots of practice and the girls are working really hard. There is no one to really single out because the work hard as a team.â€ť
Their first competition is on the horizon, and if they continue to work hard and put in the time, they should be able to turn some heads at the event.
NEWPORTâ€“The Rice Green Knights built a fourteen point lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated the North Country boys basketball team 80-52 on Tuesday night.
Rice was hot right from the opening tip, going on a seven point run to kick off the game. Caleb Prue scored the Falcons first points of the contest when he grabbed a rebound and nailed the short jumper making it 7-2.
Casey Tipson picked a Falcon pocket and made the easy two to get the lead back to seven, but Devon Martin cut it down to four with nice three ball.