February 2nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, that most awaited of winter days when the famous Punxsutawney Phil is dragged from his warm borrow and into the cold light of day to determine, undeniably, whether or not we will have six more weeks of winter.
If the groundhog spots his shadow, which he did, he returns to his hole and winter continues. If not, spring will come early.
We predicted that the precocious Phil will not see his shadow this year, as the temperature was already 61 degrees in New York City. We were wrong.
COVENTRYâ€“Wrestling season is underway for the Northeast Kingdom Pythons youth wrestling program. The team consists of kids age eleven and younger, and is currently under the tutelage of long time Python member Richie Roberts.
"I have been with the program since 1984. I was helping coach and in 1987 I took it over," said the twenty-eight year veteran.
ST. ALBANSâ€“The North Country Falcons girls basketball team battled hard, but in the end it was the BFA Comets coming out on top by the score of 47-38.
"It was a great game to be a part of," said coach Christiane Brown, "The ladies worked hard both on defense and on offense."
Noelle Pinard had a fantastic all-around game for the Falcons. She netted seven points to go along with 15 rebounds.
Said Brown, "She let the game come to her. She was dominant on the boards, and she was a pleasure to watch."
ORLEANS-The Lake Region girls came off their most emotional victory at Lamoille last Saturday, rallying to win after being down 14 late. That looked like a possible season changer for the Blue and White as they settled into a home stand. That never played out however as visiting Enosburg hit 18 of 24 free throws en-route to a 53-46 win.
The inconsistent Ranger girls started sluggishly in a foul filled sloppy first quarter.
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.