May 13th, 2012
DERBY, VT - It's no secret that IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County) has had a struggle to establish itself and survive, especially in an economy that has dried up much of its funding and drained its supporters.
Nevertheless, IROC has continued to offer much needed services to area communities. Few people want to see it go.
But that is just what might happen, as the organization faces foreclosure proceedings from Community National Bank and Rural Development.
DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD, QUE. â€“ Stanstead can now officially intervene on the proposed Derby Line Wind project, according to an order by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued May 9.
Stanstead residents and town officials are in an uproar over the proposed project and have held rallies against it. Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil even threatened to shut off the water to Beebe Plains, VT, if Vermont towns and villages on the border support the project.
The Town of Stanstead requested to intervene because of the proximity of the project to Stanstead residents, according to the motion.
DERBY â€“ Itâ€™s business as usual for WMOO-FM and WIKE-AM, even though its parent company, Nassau Broadcasting, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy filing includes all stations the company owns in New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Â Â
Rumors that the stations have been sold have been circulating for the past couple of weeks.
â€śThereâ€™s been an offer on them, but they havenâ€™t been sold,â€ť said general manager Michael Waggoner, â€śMOO will always be MOO.â€ť
NEWPORT, VT - It was Derby Day at Lago Tratoria, where ladies and gents were dressed in their finery to celebrate the most famous horse race in American history, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
This yearâ€™s race at Churchill Downs was won by #19, Iâ€™ll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez of Vancouver.
The Newport event was a fundraiser for the Renaissance Corporation. Participants paid a door fee, engaged in a silent auction, and even had a Derby hat contest, with the ladies appearing in their finest millinery.
BRIGHTON, VT - The Brighton Baptist Church sits along Rt. 114's southern shoulder as it slopes into the town of Island Pond.
A railroad town with a rich history, Island Pond was once a bustling hub marking the halfway point on the Portland-Montreal railroad line. It was and still is in many circles regarded as â€śthe gateway to the Northeast Kingdom.â€ť
NEWPORTâ€“Lake Region played host to North Country at the Prouty Beach tennis courts on Wednesday, but the Falcons still felt that home town advantage and defeated the Lady Rangers 7-0.
"We needed this win. We have played some very difficult matches lately, especially ones against Montpelier and Middlebury," said North Country coach Marie George. "The 3-4 loss to Mount Mansfield on Monday really prepared the team for this win."
Unfortunately for Lake Region it was a very one sided affair as the Falcons allowed only two sets to go the Rangersâ€™ way.
ORLEANSâ€“Fairfax freshman fireballer Kayla Mathieu stymied Lake Regionâ€™s bats, tossing a no-hitter, while her teammates gave her more than enough support in a 20-1 schoolgirls softball game Wednesday night.
â€śOur first two games against them, they threw (senior pitcher) Ruby (Bushey), and we knew we could hit her,â€ť said Ranger coach Matt Tinker. â€śWe were actually pretty confident coming in. But we werenâ€™t prepared for this girl (Mathieu). She was just phenomenal.â€ť
Testut–– George Nelson, 79, of Island Pond, VT, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in his winter home in Brooksville, Florida, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with kidney disease. A Catholic graveside ceremony and internment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Island Pond, which will be determined at a later date.
For the full obituary see Thursday's Express.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Vermont Department of Tourism is holding five press events throughout the week.
Each conference showcases the attributes of a community. Yesterdayâ€™s event took place at the Gateway Center.
Jen Butson, director of communications for Vermont Tourism and Marketing, said the state welcome 13.7 million visitors a year, which amounts to $1.5 billion in revenues and supports 11.5 percent of jobs in the state.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) power lines and poles in the area may not up to safety standards and potentially out of compliance. A proposed work schedule is underway and VELCO is planning to file for a Certificate of Public good this month.
VELCO officials held an informational public meeting Monday at the Newport Municipal building. The meeting included a VELCO team, but few others showed up. Members of the Jay Planning Commission, Developer Tony Tanguay, and members of the press attended to hear about plans and ask questions.