October 21st, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ John MacGovern, a Republican from Windsor, is vying for the U.S Senate seat held by Bernie Sanders.
MacGovern is travelling around Vermont and meeting with farmers to hear about their concerns and about the challenges they face, and is working towards solutions.
MacGovern grew up on a New England dairy farm, but says today's farmers are facing different problems from the past. The most common concerns he has heard are problems with labor, the high cost of grain, and other rising costs.
NEWPORT, VT - The high school board has agreed to enter into a contract with Missisquoi River Hydro to purchase power from the North Troy generation plant. The agreement is expected to save the high school 10% of their electric costs or up to $1800 per month.
The State of Vermont has a â€śnet meteringâ€ť program that encourages the development of green energy sources by allowing, in this instance, the hydro company to partner with power users to make the energy more affordable.
The high school will purchase electricity at a 10% discount versus what they would have paid VEC for the same usage.
ORLEANSâ€“To say it has been an interesting couple of days for the 11-3 Lake Region girls soccer team would be an understatement.
As was reported on our website this past Friday, head coach Brad Urie was suspended from coaching his team for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Filling in for him since Thursday's practice was athletic director Eric Degre, who along with boyâ€™s varsity coach Tom Evans, were calling the shots on a gorgeous Saturday morning for the Lady Rangers regular season finale.
NEWPORTâ€“This past Friday, it took the Stowe Raiders (7-5-2) all of four minutes to dash the North Country girls soccer team's hopes of a home play-off game, as the Raiders scored a pair of goals in said time frame to defeat the Falcons (8-5-1) 2-1 in the regular season's closing contest.
"I thought we played really hard and I thought there were a lot of fouls called, and I know you can't blame that, but they had a lot more then we did, but that is just how the game goes," said coach Joe Batista.
ORLEANS-Brad Urie, the head coach of Lake Regionâ€™s girls' varsity soccer team, has been suspended and will not be on the sideline for Saturday October 20th's season finale against Hazen.
Urie, in his sixth year with the program, had coached the team to a 10-3 record thus far.
The Rangers are the third ranked team in Division Two and have a senior day prepared prior to their contest with the Wildcats.
Â According to LRUHS Athletic Director Eric Degre, â€ťCoach Urie will not be on the sideline Saturday. He is not fired. This is a personnel decision and I cannot say anymore at this time.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Thanks to Gilman Property Management, the affordable housing crunch is about to improve.
Gilman is nearing completion of the Lakebridge Project at the former Sleeper Place site. During of tour of the complex Wednesday, Diana Beleau, marketing specialist for Gilman, said the project is set to be ready Nov. 1. It will hold a community open house Friday, Nov. 2, from 1-6 p.m.
Construction crews have been working hard at replacing and renovating the former complex, which used to have 14 units, with 21 energy efficient units in five buildings.
LOWELL â€“ The final wind turbine in the Lowell Mountain wind project called Kingdom Community Wind is fully assembled. Now 21 wind turbines that are about 450 feet tall each span across three miles of ridge line on Lowell Mountain.
Construction employees worked into the night Wednesday to finish the final turbine. Reed and Reed raised the American flag with their crane once it was assembled.
BARTON - Power was knocked out for 13 hours to nearly 3,000 customers including the Ethan Allen plant on Wednesday.
A utility worker discovered that a bullet was lodged in the main power transformer for Barton and Orleans Electric. The bullet caused oil to leak out. The oil is used to keep the machine cool and, with no oil, the transformer overheated and caused the outage.
The incident is under investigation by the Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the Vermont State Police.
Nothing was stolen from the location, police say, and the motive is not yet clear.
NEWPORTâ€“It was a gorgeous fall afternoon yesterday as the North Country field hockey team (3-8-3) played their final game of the regular season against Lyndon Institute (3-5-3).
It was a must win game for both teams, as they are separated by just two index points heading into the contest, but the Falcons and Vikings had to settle for the 1-1 tie.
Before the game got underway, North Country recognized their four departing seniors; Bailey Carter, Mariah Roberts, Danielle Gabucci and Stephanie Jones.