January 10th, 2013
NORTH TROY â Voters went to the polls for a third time to vote on a $1.07 million bond to make renovations to the school, and rejected it by a vote of 92-84. For over a year, school officials and board members have maintained the argument that renovations are necessary. However, voters didnât buy it and rejected the bond, sending board members back to the drawing board.
The actual construction now is about $890,000. The school board added $182,000 for contingency costs. However, board members hoped they wouldnât need the extra money.
DERBY â Derby Select Board member Karen Jenne has taken out petitions for Derby Â Clerk, town treasurer, and school treasurer. She has also taken petitions out for the Derby select board for both two- and three-year terms. Jenneâs seat on the board is up for grabs at Town Meeting in March.
However Jenne is keeping a tight lid on which petition she is circulating for signatures. She says she will make a public announcement soon. The deadline for filing is January 28 and 30 signatures from registered voters are required.
NEWPORT â Rick Burroughs and Heidi Davis of Black River Designs (BRD) gave an overview Wednesday evening of the facility needs for North Country Union High School's A and B wings to an advisory committee composed of school administrators, school board members, and members of the community. BRD worked with the high school board for the North Country Career Center renovation known as C Wing.
The overview is based on a master planning effort by BRD, which focused on facility needs, code compliance, and educational issues.
JAYâDespite playing with a bad back, Taylor Morley had a goal and an assist as North Country rallied to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Rice Green Knights on Wednesday evening.
"From the end of the second period on, it was our game, and I think with a little more puck-luck we would have won in overtime,â said coach Claude Paul. âThat is how I want to see us play, the way we did in the third period. It was good to see them come back and get a positive out of a negative start."
Boys UCA 55, MV 29
Girls MV 59, UCA 31
NEWPORTâNineteen first quarter points combined with some tenacious defense fueled the UCA boys, as they defeated Masse Vanier in an international contest Monday afternoon at the Newport municipal building.
âIt is a different kind of game on such a small court,â said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. âThis win was because of the stellar defense in the 1st half, holding them to 9 pts.â
Marquel Taylor-Webster had his best game of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 20 rebounds while disrupting many shots in the paint.
NEWPORT CITY â Mark Shaw Jr., the man known on the Howard Stern Show as Bigfoot, appeared in Orleans County District Tuesday for a competency hearing.
Shaw recently underwent an inpatient psychiatric examination that found him incompetent. He is being held at the Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center on $50,000 bail. Shaw faces charges of attempted first degree arson, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
NEWPORT CITY â Based on medical records and a stipulation by State's Attorney Alan Franklin, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said Tuesday that Roger Pion is currently incompetent to stand trial.
Pion, 34, is accused of demolishing seven vehicles parked behind the Orleans County Sheriffâs Department. He appeared in Orleans County District Court Tuesday for a competency hearing. He is currently in the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health and is being held at Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center in Burlington.
NEWPORT CITY â Two city landlords showered the city council Monday evening with complaints that owners of apartment buildings are not charged the same for water and sewer use as owners of single family homes.
Owners of single family homes pay a fixed cost while many owners of apartment buildings pay their water bills according to their water meters plus a per-living unit fee. Typically, each living unit has its own meter.
DERBY â An upscale inn proposed for the Village of Derby Line is getting wide-spread support, although there are some concerns due to its location.
At a Derby Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing Monday, about 20 people turned out to voice their thoughts on the proposal by Paula Fiorenza and Fritz Halbedl, who own the historic mansion located on Main Street.
During the meeting, a couple of individuals who live next to the home said they did not want a restaurant in a residential area and they were concerned about the potential for additional noise and headlights in their homes at night.
NEWPORTâThe North Country Falcons' girl's basketball team managed to hang with the Colchester Lakers for two and two-third quarters before the visitors pulled away in the Lakers 45-33 win on Monday night.
"The biggest picture that affected us tonight was the fact that we could not get the ball inbounds on out of bounds plays," said coach Christiane Brown. "Our offense was also very hot and cold. Sometimes we could run it, sometimes not. When we ran it we looked good, when we didn't run it and it became more of a one man show, it was not a very fluid offense."