October 16th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â With less than a month until the general election, local politicians are going head to head to represent Vermonters at the State House. Monday evening, Jay Dudley (R), John Rodgers (D), Bob Lewis (R) and incumbent Bob Starr (D) faced off in a senatorial debate at the Eastside Restaurant.
The four candidates are vying for two open seats in the Essex/Orleans District. Despite opposing views, the candidates treated each other with respect.
The Newport Daily Express, The Chronicle, The Orleans County Record, WMOO-FM, NEK-TV and the Northland Journal sponsored the debate.
NEWPORT CITY â On the morning of Aug. 5, 2004, the phone rang in the Greensboro home of former Vermont State Senator Mike Metcalf. On the other end was the youngest son, Keyes, who was serving in the Middle East. He told his mother that he had been shot in the head. Keyes told his family he wouldnât have called but the Army made sure he notified his family.
With the exception of a headache and a few stitches, Keyes was okay, a miracle the family credits to his helmet â made by workers at the Revision Military plant in Newport City.
DERBY â A special election will be held Nov. 27 to elect the Derby Town Clerk and Town Treasurer.
Those wishing to run for the position need to circulate a petition and receive enough signatures from registered voters by October 22. The select board Monday evening did not know if 30 or 35 votes are required, but assistant clerk Nancy Gosselin said Tuesday that 30 signatures are needed.
ORLEANSâThe fifty racers at the Lake Region Relays barely missed getting completely drenched as the rain held off while they competed in two-person teams, racing around the LRUHS campus on Monday.
The North Country boys and girls had a fine showing at the event.
Led by the duo of Ross DeLaBruere and Sam Brunnette (1st place, 19:48), the Falcons had four of the top five finishes in the boy-boy division, and race, to take first place overall.
NEWPORTâThe UCA Lady Crusaders (2-7-3), behind Moriah Lafoe's goal, stayed unbeaten in their fourth straight match, tying Rochester (4-3-1) 1-1 on a rain-soaked mess of a field on Monday afternoon.
Rochester got on the board first when Michaela Sterling knocked one in past Lydia Samaan.
Lafoe tied the contest up when she delivered a long-range shot from near mid-field catching the visiting keeper out of position.
"It was kind of a weird goal and I did not think it was going to go in, but it did and we tied the game," said Lafoe.
NEWPORTâIn the second half of the Crusader doubleheader, UCA's boys (5-4-3) came out with a defensive strategy aimed at stopping the high-scoring Cabot Huskies (9-2-1).
Their plan was executed quite well in the first half, allowing just a goal, but in the second, Cabot tacked on four more, winning the contest 5-2.
"They gave me absolutely everything they had," said coach Alyssa DeLaBruere. "When we into this game I told them they would need to give everything they had to beat this team and they did that. Although we didn't win, I think it was a very evenly matched game."
NEWPORTâThe members of the Newport Rotary Club had special visitor at their weekly meeting yesterday.
Legendary wrestler and promoter Paul "The Butcher" Vachon was Tuesday's guest, and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer entertained the crowd with stories about his wrestling past, his family and his ties to the local community.
Paul grew up in Dunkin, Quebec, which lies just over the Canadian border to the north of Newport area, more specifically on route 243, which connects to Vermont Highway 105.
NEWPORT CITY â A Burlington developer wants to turn his commercial building on Highland Avenue in Newport City into a residential housing complex.
Bob Miller, president and owner of R.E.M., said his firm is talking about turning the former Slalom Building, also known as the Old Hospital, into an apartment building.
NEWPORT â The Executive Director of the North Country Chamber of Commerce retired last week.
Donna Higgons, now of Hyde Park, said it was time. She wants to enjoy the Northeast Kingdom with a paddle, on a bike, on snowshoes or skis, and by hiking. She is 68 years old, and with all the development and changes coming to Newport, Higgons says it is time for someone more energetic to take the reins.
Higgons described the recent proposals by developer Bill Stenger and partners as âvery exciting.â
NEWPORT CITY â Wednesday evening, area residents are invited to North Country Union High School (NCUHS) for a community forum entitled âIt Canât Happen To Me!â
The Community Forum Coalition is sponsoring the event, which starts at 7 p.m. and continues to 8:30 p.m. It will feature personal stories of substance abuse, drinking and driving, DUI accidents and fatalities and the people left behind to pick up the pieces.
Local recording artist Wayne Warner will perform.