February 7th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - Are you a Penguin Plunger? Do you dare to dive into the frigid waters of Lake Memphremagog in February? Are you the kind of person who finds roughing it - in a beat-your-chest, caveman kind of way - exhilarating? What are you doing Saturday?
With Lake Memphremagog's temperature hovering in the mid-30's (or lower), anticipation is building for the annual Penguin Plunge, Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1 PM at the Gateway Center in Newport.
DERBY- A Public Service Board (PSB) Pre-hearing Conference on the proposed Derby Wind Turbine development is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Montpelier.
Derby Select Board member Karen Jenne asked the board if she could attend the meeting as a board member, but not all board members were comfortable with the idea. Jenne has expressed her opposition to the project and many residents have also contacted Jenne expressing their concerns with the proposal.
Jenne has taken time to research the issues and has developed a list of questions for the developers of the project.
BRIGHTON - Mrs. Helen Wasuck shares her story, her time, her knowledge and her artifacts about Africa with the 7th and 8th grade Brighton Elementary School students.Â
This is how she tells her story:
â€śIn 8th grade, a missionary who had worked in the Philippines came to my school to teach. She told the class stories about life in a far away country. I think that is when I decided that I would like to learn languages and work overseas.
During my university years, I studied French, Spanish, Russian and political science.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country boys basketball team is in a state of flux right now. The team has been trying to establish an identity as a defensive minded physically and mentally tough group, but with a stream of players going in and out of the line-up as of late, it has been tough.
"We started off 4-3 and we are now 4-9. We are on a six game losing streak and we are frustrated," said coach Brian Bonvechio, "We feel like we are playing hard enough, but we are not getting things done that we need to."
ORLEANS-With a four game wining streak under their belts, the Lake Region Rangers looked to continue the trend. Visiting Danville had other ideas as they pulled away late for a 63-57 victory. The Indian backcourt had their way with the Rangers guards as Kyle Johnson and Scott Remick combined for 41 points for Danville. The tandem forced numerous turnovers, laying the groundwork for the Indiansâ€™ eleventh win of the year.
WESTMOREâ€“With perfect weather conditions and lightly falling snow to accent the mood, the North Country Nordic teams had a great day at the races on Saturday.
The Falcon girls won the race with a score of 22, besting hosts St. Johnsbury and two other teams to earn the win. The NCU boys came in third with a score of 49 behind St. Johnsbury in first and Burlington in second.
DERBY â€“ A routine oil delivery at a home in Derby yesterday turned out to be anything but routine when the truck slid off a private driveway and tipped over.
Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam identified the driver as Paul Gervais of Irving Oil in Littleton, N.H.
The Derby Line Fire Department responded to the scene around 11:22 a.m. Property owner David LaBelle arrived at his home, located on Route 111, just after the truck flipped over. LaBelle, who is on automatic oil delivery service, was not aware he would be getting an oil delivery and didnâ€™t prepare his driveway.