January 2nd, 2013
COVENTRY â€“ With the price of milk down and plenty of space to work with, the Maxwell Family Farm in Coventry has diversified. They have built a 70-foot by 30-foot greenhouse.
The structure has been up since August and the results have been good.
Stuart Maxwell explains, "We heat the greenhouse with our digester building's heating system. We have radiant heat in the ground and heaters powered by the digester. We had the space and heat so we decided to do something with it. Milk prices are low so we needed to diversify."
This time of year, the Maxwells are growing lettuce and greens.
DERBY LINE â€“ World renowned chefs and entrepreneurs have proposed plans to turn a Derby Line historical mansion into a restaurant and inn. Paulitta and Fritz Halbedl, under the name FriPaulita Inc., unveiled plans for a farm-to-chefâ€™s-table restaurant with an international flair, drawing on their culinary experience from around the world.
WESTMORE - It takes courage and perhaps more than a little chutzpah to jump into the icy water of Willoughby Lake on one of the coldest days of of the year, and yet that's what people were doing Tuesday as they donned bathing suits, trudged barefoot across the snow-covered ground, and dove in, all for a good cause.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Alex Tabor, 32, of Newport, was arrested by Newport City Police Monday after he allegedly fired off a shotgun within city limits. Tabor is scheduled to be arraigned today.
City police responded to the intersection of Pleasant and Third streets just before 1 AM Monday after receiving a complaint that Tabor had fired a gun over someone's head. Someone driving by at the time reported that their vehicle may have been hit but no injuries were reported.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ New Yearâ€™s Day will forever be memorable for Darlene Gilchrist and Cody Reynolds of Island Pond.
Not only did the couple have the first baby of the New Year to be born at North Country Hospital, they also had the first baby of 2013 to be born in the state.
Sayge Reynolds came into the world at 1:59 a.m. Her weight was six pounds, five ounces and she was 20 inches long.
â€śItâ€™s exciting,â€ť said Gilchrist. â€śJust to know I was the first one in all of Vermont to have a baby of the New Year.â€ť
Cody Reynolds, who wasnâ€™t sure how to react, said he was taking it all in.
December 30th, 2012
NEWPORT - Inmates at the Vermont Correctional Print Shop altered the seal emblem placed on police cruisers to include an imbedded pig on one of the cow spots. The emblem was put on about 30 cruisers before anyone detected the alteration.
Construction crews dove into work on the Long Bridge in Newport City at the same time the state was busy paving in the area, which caused numerous traffic jams. Work on the bridge has been efficient and, despite one worker falling into the water, has proceeded on or ahead of schedule.
NEWPORT - Wind. Wind. Wind. If there's one issue that dominated the news and the minds of people in the area, it was industrial wind towers. From the battle on the hillsides of Derby Line to the protests and sign waving on the Lowell Mountain ridgeline, wind was the hot issue of the year, and may be for years to come.
NORTHFIELDâ€“The Falcon hockey girls overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to defeat Northfield 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
A late arrival at the Kreitzberg Arena led to more first periods trouble for North Country, as the Marauders (2-4) went up 1-0, putting the Falcons once again behind the eight ball.
"It was one of those typical first periods that seem to be plaguing us as of late," said coach Claude Paul.
In the second the girls played a little better, but still could not find the back of the net, and headed into the third still down a goal.
JAY-Another game and another night of poor road conditions for the boy's hockey team from North Country.
They must really like that holiday favorite 'Let it Snow,' because each of the last two times out, the weather was frightful, but inside was indeed delightful, as the Falcons once again scored five third period goals, besting 1-3 Rice to stay undefeated at 4-0 in the young season.
"We pressured early, controlled the pace, but did not get any return on our efforts in the first two periods," said coach Andrew Roy.
LYNDONâ€“After three close quarters, the North Country girl's basketball team shook loose for seventeen fourth quarter points en-route to a 42-25 win over the Lyndon Institute Vikings.
The Falcons weren't helped out at all by the officials, as they had four players with four fouls by gameâ€™s end.
"It is tough to adjust to officials when they change the way they are calling the game mid-way through," mused coach Christiane Brown.
Early on, the refs were letting the girls play a fairly physical style of B-ball, but by the end, as Brown puts it, "they were calling some real ticky-tack stuff."