January 27th, 2013
DERBY - Nine years ago, motivated by a family member's idea, Ron Wright decided to start an ice fishing derby with a goal of attracting 100 entries.
â€śIt first started with no sponsorships; I gave away prizes and did all of the advertising,â€ť Wright recalls. â€śWe got 76 entries the first year.... I had no idea it would take off like this.â€ť
â€śThisâ€ť refers to the 900-plus entries received last year, with Wright anticipating 1,000 participants this year.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two city men accused of holding a loaded gun to the heads of two different people and threatening to kill them were lodged at the Northern Correctional Facility over the weekend and were held for lack of bail, according to Newport City Police.
Mathew White, 20, and Jared Cross, 24, each face charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
Newport City Police Officer Corey Marcoux said the victims were able to get away without being harmed and reported the incident to police.
JAY-North Country was without two key forwards when they hit the ice on Saturday morning to take on the Rutland Red Raiders, but coach Claude Paul made the necessary adjustments, and the Falcon girls came away with the 3-0 win to improve to 9-3-1 this season.
"I thought we played a disciplined, defensive game... after the first," said coach Paul after the game. "I liked the way the D played and I liked the way we were moving the puck up the ice quickly."
JAY-Kody Halikas had three goals and an assist and Ryan O'Donnell returned from his two game suspension to score his first career varsity goal as the North Country boys dispensed with the Stowe Raiders 7-1 to conclude an excellent afternoon of Falcon hockey on Saturday.
"I think we moved the puck around well and some guys buried the pucks when they had the opportunity to do so," said coach Andrew Roy.
Chase LaCourse and Chris Bronson combined to stop fifteen shots for the Falcons. Dylan Whitaker was a very busy man in this game, blocking thirty out of thirty seven shots for Stowe.
WINDSORâ€“The Lake Region girls defeated Burr and Burton Academy on Saturday afternoon to improve to 8-2 on the season.
"Our team defense showed improvement with better rotations and strong help D," said coach Mark Tinker. "With the better defense we were able to hold them to just twenty-two percent shooting for the game."
This is the third win in a row for Lake Region.
After defeating Lyndon Institute a week ago, they had a fine comeback win over Enosburg on Thursday evening at the Don Harter Memorial Gym.
There is no two ways about, the Champlain Valley girls basketball team is a force to be reckoned with.
Coming into Friday's game with North Country, their record stood at 9-0.
Heading out of the Falcon gym it was 10-0, as they handed North Country a 63-22 loss to improve on their already impressive record.
Sadie Otley, on the strength of her four three's, led all scorers with sixteen points.
Desiree Coffin and Hollie Smith each had a team-high four points as the Falcons dip below .500 at 4-5.
Tuesday will see the NCU host BFA St. Albans with tip-off scheduled for 6:30.
The Falcons swept their Saturday Matinee Doubleheader with the girls winning 3-0 and the boys 7-1.
The story will unfold in Monday's Express 1.28.13.
NEWPORT- An incident on Union Street Wednesday prompted the Newport City Police to call North Country Union High School, North Country Hospital, and RDI, the call center on Lakemont St., among other entities, advising they lock down their facilities.
When the call came in to NCUHSâ€™s Principal Bill Rivard, he wasn't given a reason for the directive, but quickly followed protocol, locked all exit doors and had staff stationed at each exit to control who entered and left.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Thursday was day three of testimony in a case where the City of Newport is going head to head with the Village of Derby Center regarding a contract over water. Both sides have completed testimony. They will return in three weeks for closing comments.
The city and village entered into a contract in 1997 that said the village would supply water to the City Center Industrial Park. As part of the agreement, the city invested $800,000 to $900,000 for the construction of a water main with the understanding that the village would provide 10,000 gallons of water a day to the city.
DERBY â€“ Karen Jenne has officially announced her candidacy for Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer.
Jenne is a Derby Select Board member and will not seek re-election to the board at Town Meeting. She is ready for a change, is well-qualified, and many people have asked her to seek the position, she said. A special election was held for the town clerk in November, but Jenne said she wanted to finish her term on the board before going in a new direction.