December 2nd, 2013
NEWPORT CITY - As the holiday season ramps up green houses that are used to grow plants convert to wreath manufacturing buildings. And at this time of year a new economy takes shape with hundreds of people throughout the Northeast Kingdom making wreaths, garland, swags, kissing balls, and centerpieces, or cutting brush for cash.
Spates The Florist is an area icon for producing holiday greens, though they also rely on a flower shop, garden
Robert and Jill Gosselin purchased the business in 2002, where Jill had already been working for several decades.
NEWPORT CITY - Forty years ago Kathy McQuillen started working full-time at her parentsâ€™ business, Farrantâ€™s Flower Shop, on Main Street in Newport City. To mark that the milestone, Newport resident Rick Desrochers, presented McQuillen with 40 balloons and gift certificates to local businesses.
NEWPORTâ€“When UCA announced that they would not be fielding a basketball program for the 2013-2014 season, it left multiple players without a venue to display their love of the game.
One athlete in particular was hit especially hard by the news; UCA senior Paul Saaman.
The high-flier, whose ariel assaults at the opposition's baskets have been known to leave jaws on the floor, had just endured a rough a soccer season where the team struggled to find a win, and now he was being grounded before he could take off for his final season on the hardwood.
Callowayâ€“â€“ Roger W., Sr., 72, of Newport, VT passed away on November 28, 2013 in Newport, VT surrounded by his loving family.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
Maloneyâ€“â€“ Lorraine J., 84, of Newport Center, VT died early Friday morning November 29, 2013 at Bel-Aire Nursing Home after a very long battle with Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
Canaan â€” A 51-year-old Canaan man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle crash at 12:45 a.m. Sunday on Route 102.
Sgt. Larry Smith of the Vermont State Police wrote in his police report that Randall Riley lost control of his 2007 Dodge pickup on icy roads. Heading south out of town, he went off the west side of the road and hit a culvert before flipping over. The truck rolled onto its side and back onto its wheels.
Please see The Newport Daily Express Monday for the complete story.
NEWPORT CITY - Newport Furniture Parts has increased emphasis on showing the companyâ€™s appreciation of veterans and has ramped up a campaign to encourage veterans to apply for work. Human Resources Manager Kevin Deslauriers recently attended a roundtable discussion in Washington D.C. with the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.
Newport Furniture Parts was the only Vermont firm represented at the committee hearing and it was also the smallest firm.
JAY â€“ A five-year-old girl was severely injured at Jay Peak last season and now her father is suing. The child was in a group ski lesson at the resort in April on a trail called the Interstate. A snowboarder, William Vincent, came down the hill at about 50 mph and slammed into the girl, a witness said according to court records.
â€śWhile maintaining this speed, defendant Vincent snowboarded straight into the ski school class and collided violently with plaintiff, â€ť the lawsuit states.
SOUTH BURLINGTON - A Canaan teenager who traveled to Hawaii with his family six years ago, courtesy of Make-a-Wish Vermont, showed his appreciation to the organization that covered the cost of the trip.
Luke Belleville, 16, went to the Healthy Living Market and CafĂ© in South Burlington to sell Christmas trees with his father Friday. Proceeds from the sale of the trees, which came from the familyâ€™s tree farm, will benefit Make-a-Wish Vermont so other children can have wishes fulfilled.
BARTON - A group of area veterans visited St. Paulâ€™s School in Barton last week to show appreciation to a group of students who sent them cards in the days leading up to Veteransâ€™ Day.
Jennifer Wilsonâ€™s class sent 100 cards to about 50 local veterans. In response, Wilsonâ€™s father John Wilson, who spent much of his life in the military including a tour in Vietnam, and a handful of other veterans went to the school to personally thank the students for their thoughtfulness, answer their questions, give them American flags, and give them gift certificates to McDonaldâ€™s.