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March 5th, 2013


March 5, 2013

ALBANY – Townspeople came from all corners of the town – south, east, the Center, and west for the annual Town Meeting, a dying Vermont tradition. Attendance was low again this year – miniscule.
There are 652 registered voters; only 91 showed up for the morning and only 59 returned after lunch. This portion of the day included the school budget and the rest of the original town meeting. 
The school budget of $1,714,384 passed quicker than hot oil through a funnel. But the request for $9,500 for a generator for the Volunteer Fire Department brought hot and heavy discussions. 

Golden Horde Ends Magical Run by the UCA Eight

March 5, 2013

NEWPORT–A fantastic season for the UCA Crusader boys came to a close on Monday evening, as they fell to the West Rutland Golden Horde 68-49 at the North Country gymnasium.
"Though we lost this game, I am proud of the effort my guys played with until the end," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Chris DeLaBruere led UCA with 22 points, and grabbed nine boards.
Marquel Taylor-Webster was also in double-digits, score 13 in limited time while grabbing nine rebounds and recording five blocks.
Jordan Pease led all scorers with 24.

Thomas Huntington Jones

March 5, 2013

Jones–– Thomas Huntington passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Newport, VT, at the age of 82.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.

Clair Albert Chaffee

March 5, 2013

Chaffee–– Clair Albert, 61, of Albany, VT died March 1, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.

March 4th


March 4, 2013

DERBY – A state police scuba team recovered the body of 53-year-old Jacques LeBlanc from Lake Memphremagog late yesterday afternoon.
LeBlanc was using a tractor to move an ice shanty from the lake. It's unclear when LeBlanc went into the water, but family members last saw LeBlanc on the ice Saturday afternoon.


March 4, 2013

DERBY – IROC's executive director, Phil White, went before the court Monday in an attempt to get more time to try and refinance the organization's debt and avoid foreclosure.
But Community National Bank is saying no. The bank decided to give IROC until April 1 and does not want to extend the redemption period any longer. White has filed a motion asking to move the deadline to July 15.


March 4, 2013

COVENTRY – Someday, the North Country Supervisory Union may have a different configuration. Thursday evening, board members and principals from the district met at the Coventry Village School to discuss options for a potential increase in enrollment, including the possibility of a new middle school on the west side of the district and/or expansion of existing facilities.

Donna J. Bryant

March 4, 2013

Bryant–– Donna J., 73, of Westfield, VT passed away on February 26, 2013 in Newport, VT.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.

March 3rd


March 3, 2013

NEWPORT CENTER – A rescue team is searching Lake Memphremagog for a man who fell through the ice and into the frigid waters while pulling an ice shanty behind a tractor.
The Vermont State Police Scuba Team, Newport Center Fire Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol spent much of Sunday searching the west side of the lake near McKinney Drive, off the Lake Road. By early evening, the search was temporarily suspended.


March 3, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport Center woman faces 20 years to life in prison for allegedly trying to kill her husband.
"I hope I killed him," were the words police say Jennifer Ahlquist, 40, used after they took her into custody Thursday.
Ahlquist was reportedly referring to stabbing Sean Ahlquist, 42, with a kitchen knife.
Ahlquist entered not guilty pleas and was held without bail, charged with attempted second degree murder, first degree aggregated domestic assault with a weapon, unlawful trespass, and simple assault.


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