April 8th, 2012
FAIRFAXâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers opened their 2012 softball season much like they did in 2011. With snow still twirling around the air and temperatures straddling the 40-degree mark, the Rangers could not overcome first-game jitters, falling to perennial powerhouse Fairfax, 8-3.
Fairfax got things rolling in the first inning, pushing across four runs (three of which were unearned), as Lake Region generously assisted their hosts with four errors.
ORLEANS â€“ â€śThe goal for the season is to compete, be productive and have an athlete compete in every event.â€ť Those were the words of Coach Auclair during a preseason workout.
This seasonâ€™s squad will be larger than usual, with 20 girls and 16 boys making up the 36 member team. 10 freshmen have also made the jump to the track and field team.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A summer tradition is about to end for good. North Country Federal Credit Union wants to tear down the well-known LB Snack Bar on the Derby Road and replace it with a new branch building.
The Newport Development Review Board will take up the permit request Wednesday, April 11. The sale of the property is contingent on the issuance of the permits. According to the application, the project involves demolishing the snack bar and surrounding buildings and constructing a new 2,750 square foot facility with two drive-through lanes and an ATM.
DERBY LINE â€“ The Village of Derby Line is getting new sidewalks. Voters at the annual village meeting Tuesday gave a unanimous yes for village officials to move forward on the project.
The sidewalks are crumbling in many places in the village and near the Haskell Library; walkers are forced to cross the street in one area. But that's about to change.
The village is expecting a $300,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Transportation for the project; the village must contribute 20 percent or $60,000. Half of that amount, or $30,000, can be in the form of in-kind services.
JAY PEAK - Team Canada womanâ€™s coach Dan Church is in his first year as head man of the national team. He has been around the block in terms of hockey experience however and knows the pressure that is on his team.
â€ťWe tell our team that pressure is a privilege," he said. "When you represent Canada, you are expected to play well. That pressure is a good thing. I donâ€™t know if I agree that we are the favorite since we have had trouble winning the Worldâ€™s lately. But we expect to play well each time out.â€ť
The rivalry with the USA has made both teams better.
NEWPORTâ€“A cold day with a mix of sun and clouds greeted the North Country boys tennis team as they kicked off their season against Mount Mansfield Wednesday afternoon.
With the Falcons and Cougars splitting the six matches, it came down to total games won, and with a 61-57 advantage, North Country picked up the win.
Dave Durivage dropped the first set 2-6, but rallied to take the next two 6-1, 7-5, defeating Dave Poleson in the number one slot.
"Dave's match was all about ebb and flow," said coach Gary Atchinson. "He fought his way through it and toughed it out in the end."
NEWPORT CITY â€“ There are thousands of new fish in the Clyde River this week, thanks to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The department dumped three truckloads of fish off the Clyde Street Bridge Monday and Tuesday.
The hatchery stocks 30,000 salmon smolts in the Clyde River every spring. The hatchery stocked another 3,000 fish total in Seymour and Willoughby lakes Tuesday afternoon.Â
DERBY LINE â€“ At the Derby Line Annual Meeting Tuesday voters were asked if they support the proposed Derby Line Wind Project. Voters said no by a wide margin. However, only 33 people voted. The results were 24 no and nine yes by paper ballot straw vote. There are 401 registered voters in the village.
The chair of the board of trustees, Keith Beadle, is not sure if the vote reflects the true sentiment of village residents considering the low turnout. He thinks those who oppose something are more likely to be vocal than supporters.
MONTPELIER, VT - Some Vermont lawmakers are outraged at a proposed utility merger that now has the backing of the Shumlin administration.
Gov. Peter Shumlin recently gave his support to an amended agreement that would merge Vermont's second largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), with Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS). GMP is owned by Canada-based Gaz Metro.