March 6th, 2013
NEWPORT CENTER - Voters decided to go green by appropriating not more than $200,000 of unreserved funds for the purpose of a community energy solar garden. The fund currently has $339,108.
A solar panel array will provide electricity to town owned buildings, reducing electricity costs by as much as $7,500 annually for the first two years. Savings increase from there.
The town has two different proposed locations on Vance Hill for the panels. The panels are warranted to provide power at 100 percent for 25 years. After that, they will diminish in power two percent per year over time.
ORLEANS-It hasnâ€™t always been pretty.
But it has been effective. And you are, in sports, what you are in terms of record.
With that said the Lady Rangers are a pretty good little ballclub as they advanced Tuesday thru their playoff bracket.
Lake Region withstood a late Springfield rally to advance to the Division Two quarter-finals after a 51-48 play-down victory.
LRU got 18 points from Drew Neal and some clutch play in the waning moments from senior Sarah Burnham, as the blue and white achieved their 17th win against 4 defeats this winter.
CONCORDâ€“The Lady Crusaders were ready, they were rested and they were prepared.
Then they ran into Kasey DeGreenia.
The Concord Wildcat forward single-handedly out-scored the entire UCA roster, going for 27 en-route to the 55-23 play-down win on Tuesday evening.
"I am very pleased with how hard the girls worked, despite the score," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "It didn't come as a surprise though, because that is how they have played all season."
UCA was led by Hannah Piette, who had 12 points, followed by Laura Libby who had five and two boards.
COVENTRY - Voters by a very tight margin, 89 yes to 86 no, gave the go head for a Coventry Fire Department. Voters also approved the first year budget of $515,000, 85 yes to 72 no, re-elected Cynthia Diaz to the position of town clerk, and approved an appropriation request from IROC.
The annual expense of the fire department will be about $26,000. New England Waste Services of Vermont currently pays the town's municipal taxes so the fire department, at least for now, will cost the taxpayers nothing.
DERBY â€“ Voters of Derby approved a $21,652 appropriation to support IROC by a margin of more than two to one. The appropriation provides membership to all Derby youth up to age 18, access to the padded walking path for all residents, and discounted rates for adult and couple memberships. The vote was 104 in favor to 46 opposed.
When the article was announced, a resident immediately asked for paper ballot voting.
Executive director of IROC Phil White said that town support is needed in the refinancing process. Fourteen towns were asked for appropriations.
ALBANY â€“ Townspeople came from all corners of the town â€“ south, east, the Center, and west for the annual Town Meeting,Â a dying Vermont tradition.Â Attendance was low again this year â€“ 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.Â
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.Â
NEWPORTâ€“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.
Jonesâ€“â€“ 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.
Chaffeeâ€“â€“ 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.
DERBY â€“ 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.