September 18th, 2011
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Thursday, the Vermont Public Service Board held a public hearing over the Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) Network to give Vermonters input on Smart Meters and Smart Grid technology.
Smart Meters enable utility companies to read electric meters without the need of going to the customerâ€™s house. Smart meters can send data over the utility line or wirelessly over the airwaves.
ORLEANS COUNTY - A rash of burglaries and thefts have prompted state police to provide 24-hour coverage in this area.
Normally, local state police sign off at 2 a.m. and don't come back until several hours later. That is unless something major happens.
Sgt. Larry Smith from the Derby barracks said local state police added 24-hour patrols after a gunman fired shots into the windows of mini-marts in Orleans and Lyndonville on Thursday Sept. 8. Smith said no more shootings occurred and police ceased that practice for a few days but started again after the recent burglaries.
NEWPORT-The North Country Falcons got down by ten points in the first half before rallying for a 28-26 decision over Fair Haven Friday night.
The Falcons senior power back Adam Pothier carried two Slater defenders on his back into the end zone with under five minutes remaining to clinch the win. The Falcons, now 3-0 on the season, showed great resilience and a never say die spirit to complete the comeback.
The contest started on a bad omen early as the Falcons promptly fumbled their first play from scrimmage on their own 35.
NEWPORTâ€“When a team is squaring off against a heated rival, and yes MMU has become a rival as of late in the world of North Country girls soccer, the words you do not want to hear are;
"Coach I'm sick and can't play."
While those are not the exact words spoken to the coaching tandem of Joe Batista and Peter Alexander, that is the situation they faced as starting goaltender Lindsay Geoffrey was unable to go on Thursday afternoon against the Cougars.
DANVILLEâ€“The Lake Region Lady Rangers traveled to Danville on Saturday, and they didnâ€™t disappoint the fans that made the trip down to see them play. The Blue and White walked away with a 3-1 victory, much to the pleasure of their Head Coach Brad Urie.
NEWPORTâ€“An ugly first half that saw the undefeated Essex Hornets put a four spot on the board set the stage for a 5-1 win over the Falcons in boys soccer action on Friday.
"In this game we learned what works for us as a team," said head coach James McKenny.
And perhaps what doesn't, as things did not get off to a good start at all. Essex was issued a penalty kick early in the game, and while waiting for said kick to take place, NC netminder Logan Fortier was issued a yellow card for taunting the Hornets' Said Gosto.
NEWPORTâ€“ The Falcon field hockey girls, despite not playing at their best, should have picked up an easy win over the Solons of Montpelier. Instead, they were unable to to get their offense going and fell by the score of 1-0.
"I thought this wasn't our game, honestly I am at a lost for words," said Coach Bouchard after the game.
The Falcons clearly were the better team on the field, and that is even with all the errors that they made, but it was the little things that bothered the coach so much.
ORLEANS COUNTY- After more than 50 years, an organization of womenâ€™s groups, who worked to better themselves as well as their communities, is now coming to an end.
The Orleans County Extension Homemakers, which provided support to various groups throughout Orleans County, is officially no longer in existence.
The Derby Homemakers also disbanded. The Extension held its final annual meeting Tuesday evening in Derby Line where they enjoyed a meal and were entertained by local attorney and violinist Gertrude Miller.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For 42 years, Vermonters turned to WCAX newsman Marselis Parsons for the latest and in-depth news. For 25 of those years, Parsons served as news director and anchor.
Even though he retired in 2009, Parsons continues to report the occasional story.
On Wednesday, Parsons spoke at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series held at the Goodrich Memorial Library.
Parsons, 67, who has an obvious passion for news and storytelling, spoke about his time as a journalist and anchor. Part of his presentation included anecdotes of his time at the station.Â