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January 6th, 2013

BEWARE BAD ICE

January 6, 2013

NEWPORT, VT - Scott Britch and his son Justin call it a day of ice fishing on South Bay on Lake Memphremagog. Scott said he started fishing when he was five years old – over 40 years ago. 
"My grandfather use to fish off the Long Bridge," he recalls. 
The pair are fishing for perch and at some point during the season will fish for Northern Pike. 
Ice conditions were not as good Saturday as they were three weeks ago, according to Scott, "There was 1 1/2 inches of black ice. It was better than it is now. There's 4 inches of ice now, but it's bad, white ice, it's not safe." 

January 3rd

LOVING WINTER: PIECES AND PARTS

January 3, 2013

COVENTRY – Few will argue that one of the happiest places on earth, as far as snowmobiling is concerned, is the Northeast Kingdom. 
Al’s Snowmobile Parts Warehouse in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom is well prepared to fill the needs of the snowmobile enthusiast, not only in Vermont but worldwide as well.

BIG SNOW, BIG BUCKS

January 3, 2013

ORLEANS COUNTY - Locally, snow sports enthusiasts are rejoicing with the near perfect conditions of packed powder snow. The cold temperatures and snowfall are a huge welcome for many after last year’s lackluster season of little snow coupled with warmer temperatures.
The unusually warm weather hit the local economy, especially those who depend on outdoor winter activity seekers for their businesses. The slow tourism for snow sports tends to have a ripple effect on other businesses.

ARREST WORRIES HOLLAND PARENTS

January 3, 2013

HOLLAND – This week, families received a letter from Linda Phelan, Holland Elementary School’s principal, informing them that the husband of a school employee had been arrested on felony charges associated with the sexual assault of a child.
Phelan’s letter identifies the person arrested as Robert Stacey. According to court records, Stacey is charged with inappropriately touching a five year old child in January of 2007 and with having repeated, nonconsensual sexual contact for two years with a girl under 16 years of age from January 1998 to June of 2000.

January 2nd

SHOOTING UP

January 2, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Alex Tabor, the Newport City man accused of firing a shotgun in city limits Monday, was held at the Northern State Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail after entering not guilty pleas to reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief in Orleans County Court Wednesday.
The gun was a double barreled, 12 gauge Stevens Model 311.
If Tabor makes bail, he will have to abide by numerous conditions.

Growing Green in the Dead of Winter

January 2, 2013

COVENTRY – With the price of milk down and plenty of space to work with, the Maxwell Family Farm in Coventry has diversified. They have built a 70-foot by 30-foot greenhouse.
The structure has been up since August and the results have been good.
Stuart Maxwell explains, "We heat the greenhouse with our digester building's heating system. We have radiant heat in the ground and heaters powered by the digester. We had the space and heat so we decided to do something with it. Milk prices are low so we needed to diversify."
This time of year, the Maxwells are growing lettuce and greens.

FOOD WITH FLAIR

January 2, 2013

DERBY LINE – World renowned chefs and entrepreneurs have proposed plans to turn a Derby Line historical mansion into a restaurant and inn. Paulitta and Fritz Halbedl, under the name FriPaulita Inc., unveiled plans for a farm-to-chef’s-table restaurant with an international flair, drawing on their culinary experience from around the world.

January 1st

FREEZING!!!

January 1, 2013

WESTMORE - It takes courage and perhaps more than a little chutzpah to jump into the icy water of Willoughby Lake on one of the coldest days of of the year, and yet that's what people were doing Tuesday as they donned bathing suits, trudged barefoot across the snow-covered ground, and dove in, all for a good cause.

SHOTS FIRED ON THIRD STREET

January 1, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Alex Tabor, 32, of Newport, was arrested by Newport City Police Monday after he allegedly fired off a shotgun within city limits. Tabor is scheduled to be arraigned today.
City police responded to the intersection of Pleasant and Third streets just before 1 AM Monday after receiving a complaint that Tabor had fired a gun over someone's head. Someone driving by at the time reported that their vehicle may have been hit but no injuries were reported.

STATE’S FIRST BABY BORN HERE

January 1, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – New Year’s Day will forever be memorable for Darlene Gilchrist and Cody Reynolds of Island Pond.
Not only did the couple have the first baby of the New Year to be born at North Country Hospital, they also had the first baby of 2013 to be born in the state.
Sayge Reynolds came into the world at 1:59 a.m. Her weight was six pounds, five ounces and she was 20 inches long.
“It’s exciting,” said Gilchrist. “Just to know I was the first one in all of Vermont to have a baby of the New Year.”
Cody Reynolds, who wasn’t sure how to react, said he was taking it all in.

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