October 30th, 2011
MILTON-The North Country Falcons jumped all over the Milton Yellow Jackets 22-0 in the first stanza before settling in to a tight 30-25 victory. The triumph clinches the number one seed in Division Two football and produced the first undefeated regular season in the 46 years of North Country football.
SWANTONâ€“The Falcons put it all on the line on Friday afternoon against the Missisquoi Thunderbirds, but MVU was just too good, topping North Country 3-0.
"They had the game of their life," said Coach Bouchard, "They knew it could potentially be their last game, so they gave it their all."
Despite losing by a larger margin than in their previous bout with MVU, North Country played a much better game. They were significantly more aggressive, and had several forays into T-Bird territory, compared to their limited time spent in the blue and white's end the first time out.
EAST MONTPELIER â€“ The 7 seed Lake Region Rangers traveled to face off against the 2 seed U-32 Raiders in the Quarterfinals of the Division 2 playoffs Saturday afternoon. After a physical, well fought game, the Raiders eventually prevailed with a goal in the 73rd minute.
After being bounced in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Rangers were out to prove that they belong at a higher division of competition.
The game started off with a bang as U32â€™s Zach Elmore and Cole Cacico sliced through the Rangersâ€™ D, with Elmore missing the target on the shot attempt.
HARTFORD â€“ The Lady Rangers traveled to Hartford Friday afternoon to face off against the #2 seed Hurricanes, they battled hard, but in the end it wasnâ€™t enough as they fell 1-0.
The game started off rough as a communication breakdown inside the Rangerâ€™s 18 was cleaned up by Mariah Palmer, putting her team on top 1-0, just 90 seconds into the contest.
On the ensuing kick-off however, the Rangers went up the field with Tyrah Urie feeding Caitlyn Bernier, for what was thought to be the tying goal. But, the goal was waived off because of an offside call.
ORLEANS - If many people care about the Vermont House Seat reapportionment in the state, it wasnâ€™t evident at a hearing conducted by the House Committee on Government Operations. The hearing, held at Lake Region Union High School Wednesday evening, only drew about 15 local residents, most of whom were politicians or connected to politics.
EAST BURKE, VT - On the same day that two other local controversial wind projects were front and center in the media statewide, a small ceremony marked the installation of a 123-foot tall wind turbine at the top of Burke Mountain.
There were no protesters, although a Caledonia County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy was on the scene. About 25 people made up the crowd and the Tamarack Grill from Burke served hot cocoa, brownies and cookies.
Ballou–– Thomas S., 72, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 22, 2011 at his home. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held Saturday, October 29, at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction from 2-4 p.m. A second celebration will be held in Newport to be announced in the spring. Condolences may be expressed at www.knightfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Domestic Violence Services of Central Middlesex, Inc., P.O. Box 1556 , Concord, MA 01742-6556.
ORLEANSâ€“Well what can you saw about Tyrah Urie. 19 regular season goals, and in game one of the play-offs, the freshman netted two more to give Lake Region the 2-1 win against Woodstock on Wednesday afternoon.
However, things are not all sugar and spice and everything nice in Coach Urie's mind, and he had no problem letting me know that his girls were not 100 percent in the game yesterday.
"We did not seem to be playing a very good mental game, which, when you get into the play-offs, you have got to be prepared. You can't make as many mental mistakes as we just did and expect to win."
SHEFFIELD, VT - The Sheffield Wind Project is up and running - officially. The huge blades have actually been turning in the wind for a week now, but Wednesday politicians, dignitaries, representatives from Green Mountain Power and about 500 people were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and celebratory barbecue.
Some of those people, of course, included protesters who have been adamantly opposing the development of mountainous ridgeline wind farms for some time. They have argued that the turbines are inefficient, bad for the environment, and just plain ugly.