February 11th, 2013
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Over the past few years, Mayor Paul Monette has been in the forefront of developing his beloved Newport and the surrounding area.
Monette, who has been mayor since 2009, is seeking to retain his seat on Town Meeting Day next month. He is running unopposed.
Before becoming mayor, Monette was a member of the Newport City Council. Monette said he is running for mayor again because "The job is not done.... More needs to be done as far as development in the city. I want to see all of the positive changes actually happen.â€ť
NEWPORT- A new security system is now in place at the entrance to North Country Career Center (NCCC) where students, school personnel, and visitors must pass to access the center and high school.
The system was first used by the high school for students who arrive late or leave early from class.
Interim NCCC Director Eileen Illuzzi said the system is used to make sure that no one with a criminal background that precludes them from being on campus, or someone with a restraining order in effect, will be allowed entry.
NEWPORT - A public meeting will be held Feb. 20, starting at 6 p.m. at the North Country Career Center in its first step toward planning for the future vocational needs of young and adult students.
â€śI don't want to lead this process,â€ť states Illuzzi. â€śThe community's input will be the basis for developing a plan for everyone to use the facility. It is important to articulate goals, to develop new learning skills, learn what future courses may be offered, what businesses are looking for.â€ť
Floryâ€“â€“ AlbertÂ A.Â , Sr. formerly of Newport, Vermont, a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, Vermont, died at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
ORLEANS - A late night fire displaced a family Saturday.
Firefighters responded to 33 Irasburg Street at 11:23 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the back end of the home. Firefighters had the blaze under control in two and half hours and out at 4:30 a.m. They cleared the scene at 5 a.m.
For more of this story see Monday's Express.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The thunderous roar of engines and hundreds of cheering fans could be heard for miles around Lake Memphremagog for the annual Fire and Ice Radar Runs. Snowmobile enthusiasts with a need for speed raced on the lake behind the Eastside Restaurant Saturday for the annual event.
Typically the event brings out a few dozen racers and a couple hundred spectators.
For more of this story see Monday's Express.
JAY-North Country out-shot U-32 38-9, but had to rely on some last second magic by Whitney Bernier to come away with 3-2 win.
"We worked really hard, and got it done," said Emilie Paul, the team's leader in on-ice minutes.
Mikaella Doran had seven saves for the 13-3-1 Falcons while Cheyenne Smith stopped thirty-five for 2-12 U-32.
The girls have a week off before their next contest, a 5:00 rematch on Saturday with Brattleboro, who upset the Falcons 2-1 last month.
For the full story, check out Monday's Express on 2-11-13.
JAY-Essex coach Bill O'Neil has seen a lot of things in his forty-plus year career as a coach, so while it was not a surprise when his Hornets overcame a two goal third period deficit to defeat North Country 3-2, it was pretty touch and go for his charges on Saturday night.
"I thought they gave us a hard time for two and three-quarter periods and we just got the bounces," said O'Neil. "The league is like that this year. Anybody can beat anybody on any given night, and we knew coming in that it was going to be a battle."
NEWPORTâ€“A strong inside presence and the ability to force turn-overs helped the Burlington Seahorses take down the North Country Falcons on Thursday night.
Despite the loss, NCU coach Brian Bonvechio saw some really positive things from his players.
"I am really happy with the intensity were are playing with on defense. We are really hustling, and I saw some great minutes from Jesse Breault and Chris LePage.
DERBY â€“ The new voice on the radio that many are waking up with every day across the Kingdom is that of Val Davis, the new operating manger and morning host with WMOO.
Davis has 40 years of broadcasting and technical experience with numerous radio stations and ABC television news. He is enthusiastic about the community.
â€śThereâ€™s something magical about being part of peoplesâ€™ lives. I want to be here for the people,â€ť he said.
â€śThere is wonderful community involvement,â€ť Davis said about the changes at MOO 92 under the new ownership of NEK media mogul Bruce James.