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December 9th

HEALTH CARE REFORM HITS MUDDY WATERS

December 9, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Vermont Education Health Initiative – a non-profit trust that assists school districts, their employees, and local unions to navigate health care issues – will be entering uncharted seas when the state moves toward a health care Exchange.
Vermont is working toward creating an Exchange, which, among other goals, will set minimum standards for health care coverage for all insurers.

Falcons Give D I Rebel Cougars a Scare in 3-1 Loss

December 9, 2012

JAY–Well, they came as advertised.
The North Country girls hockey team more than held there own against Division I South Burlington/MMU, but fell just a little short of their goal, losing the contest 3-1.
"I think we skated with them for two, two and a quarter periods, but we just did not finish our chances early," said coach Claude Paul.
With the merger of So. Burlington and Mount Mansfield set to last just one year, the visiting squad took to the ice in their special sky blue commemorative jerseys to face the improved Falcons.

Crusaders Open Season With 46-41 Win Over Chargers

December 9, 2012

NEWPORT–A hot start by Paul Saaman and a solid team performance from the line in the fourth fueled the UCA boy's 46-41 win over Craftsbury in the two team's season opener on Saturday afternoon.
"I was very happy to start out with a win and the boys definitely deserved it," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "We started out great and basically the first and fourth quarters were one game and the third and the fourth were another.
"I love playing against Craftsbury, their fans are very intelligent and passionate, and like I said, it is nice to start out with a win."

Second Quarter Scoring Sends Craftsbury Over UCA 44-20

December 9, 2012

NEWPORT–After a tight start, Craftsbury’s girl's basketball team opened up their play in the second quarter, and handed the UCA Crusaders a 44-20 loss to open up the season.
"The girl's effort was huge," said coach Rick Thomas. "We want to be a pressure-up team, work our defensive sets, and create offense off of our defense. That is our signature, that is how we want to play."
As mentioned, things were close early, as the score was at 3-2 UCA for a while before the girls stated to get into the flow of the game.

December 6th

EYES ON THE PRIZE

December 6, 2012

JAY – The second of a series of economic development meetings was held at the Jay Peak Resort Wednesday, bringing together a coalition of state officials, educators and other interested parties. The meeting was chaired by Pat Moulton Powden, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, who focused on getting all parties to work together.
“It takes a team to do this and do it well,” Moulton Powden stated in her opening remarks. “We're going to set a template here in the Northeast Kingdom.... If we can do it here, we can do this anywhere in the country.”

AS THE WHEEL TURNS

December 6, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – On any given day, the sound of soothing music comes from the speakers of a nearby MP3 player and the low hum of a potter’s wheel fills the air. It’s just a typical day for Diana Poulin of Muddy Water’s Pottery on Elm Street.
Prior to opening her Elm Street workshop and retail shop six months ago, Poulin rented space from Doug Hamblett off East Main Street.
“I decided that I really loved it. It was time to build my own studio, so here I am,” said Poulin.

THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL

December 6, 2012

DERBY LINE, VT - The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) notified customers of the Border Lodge Credit Union by letter yesterday that the NCUA placed the credit union into "involuntary liquidation" on Nov. 30, 2012.
The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) insures each member account up to $250,000 and certain retirement accounts up to an equal amount. The insurance is good for 18 months following the seizure.
Because of the liquidation, customer accounts are now held by NCUA.

Falcons Reload for Big 2012-2013 Campaign

December 6, 2012

JAY–After a fantastic season in his first year at the helm of the North Country girl's hockey team, coach Clause Paul's squad has added even more horsepower to an already potent line-up.
The Falcons have gotten stronger in every facet of the game, from defense, to offense, but most notably, in goal.
Last season Tara Langmaid did an admirable job of stepping into Meghan Simpson's skates after Simpson went down due to injury, but at times her inexperience showed.

December 5th

WIN FOR THE PRESS

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT – It's a win. The Orleans County State's Attorney has dismissed the charge of trespassing against Barton Chronicle publisher Chris Braithwaite.
In a statement published on the Barton Chronicle website (http://bartonchronicle.com/), Braithwaite said: "It is my hope that journalists who find themselves in a similar situation will bear this case in mind when they are ordered to leave the scene of important public event."
Attorney Phil White had filed a new motion to dismiss the case after receiving documents subpoenaed from Green Mountain Power (GMP).

HIGLEY HOLDS SEAT IN RECOUNT

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A recount that took place at the Orleans County District Court House yesterday showed the Republican Mark Higley did retain his House seat in Montpelier.
Results after November’s election showed Higley had won over his Progressive opponent Katherine Sims 920 to 887.
This time results showed that Higley won 924 to Sims’ 892.
“I respect the results and I congratulate Mark on a successful campaign and wish him the best of luck,” said Sims, who had called for recount. “With a race that close, I think it’s prudent to follow things all the way through.”

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