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December 6th

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.”

NCU PITCHES RENOVATIONS TO LEGISLATORS

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT – Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy and Senator elect John Rodgers brought some good news and bad news to the North Country Union High School Facilities Planning Committee Tuesday evening.
The committee, which is comprised of board members, community members and project officials, is studying potential “no frills” renovations, as well as work to bring the school in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Principal Bill Rivard emphasized the needs with a Powerpoint presentation that showed photographs of some of the troubled areas. 

Increased Numbers Heighten Expectations for Falcon Wrestling

December 5, 2012

NEWPORT–After a seventh place finish in their return to full time varsity status last year, the North Country wrestling team is hoping that this season's team can build on that success and do even better during the 2012-2013 campaign.
"I think we have a good chance of doing a lot better this year than last," said coach Chris Mandigo. "Last year we won a couple of dual meets, this year I expect to do a lot better."

December 4th

SHIP AHOY

December 4, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – In the dark of the night, a large cruise ship made its way from Burlington to its new home on Lake Memphremagog Tuesday.
The 42-ton ship, soon to be renamed The Northern Star, will begin offering tours on the lake in the spring of 2013.
The boat is 65 feet long and holds 49 passengers.
Prior to operating on Lake Champlain, it ran on waterways in Virginia.
“What a project,” said Chris Johansen, president of the Memphremagog Navigation Company, as crews skillfully hoisted the ship off a large trailer.

NORTHWOODS FIRE DESTROYS BUILDING

December 4, 2012

CHARLESTON - A rapid moving fire destroyed a building at NorthWoods Stewardship Center Thanksgiving weekend.
Flames broke out in the boiler building around 8 p.m. Saturday November 24, and luckily someone was there to take action.
Northwoods Executive Director Jayson Benoit saw the fire, went for the fire extinguisher and called for help. The Charleston Fire Department responded and found the building fully engulfed in flames, said Duane Moulton, Charleston’s fire chief.

MONEY RAISED FOR JUNIOR HIGH WALKING PATH

December 4, 2012

DERBY, VT - The North Country Union Junior High School has embarked on an ambitious project to create a walking path that will start behind the school and will border the soccer fields, providing a nice view of the elk farm and Derby Pond.
With a $10,000 fund available through a VEHI Path to Wellness program, which awards matching funds to schools for innovative projects, the Wellness Committee is engaged in fund-raising to pay the balance of the costs.
Total cost for the project is estimated at $31,500, which works out at $9 per foot of pathway.

Excitement’s the Name of the Game for NCU This Season

December 4, 2012

NEWPORT–When was the last time you saw a member of the North Country basketball team dunk a ball?
In the three years since I have been covering the team I had yet to see it happen, but when I stopped by the NCU gym to chat with coach Brian Bonvechio, I finally saw it.
Freshman Kendrick Gray soared down the lane, went up, and came down with a thunderous one-handed slam, ushering in a new era and attitude of Falcon basketball.

 

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