January 17th, 2013
BARTON â€“ On Dec. 6, 2011, Nicole and Justin Mattenâ€™s seven-year-old daughter Kaylynne Matten died. Nicole Matten blames her daughterâ€™s death to a reaction from the flu vaccine she received days before.
Since Kaylynneâ€™s passing, the Mattensâ€™ world has been turned upside down. The couple is going through a divorce and Nicoleâ€™s home is in foreclosure.
â€śWeâ€™re just trying to raise enough money to stop the foreclosure proceedings and get a loan modification so we can keep the house so the kids donâ€™t have to go through any more devastating changes,â€ť Nicole said Wednesday.
NEWPORT - Vermont State Collages have teamed up with the Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development with a goal of filling the thousands of positions expected locally in the near future.
Jay Peakâ€™s Bill Stenger and partners announced major development plans last fall for the Northeast Kingdom. Who will fill these jobs, and what training is required remains in question.
Tyler Tinker is like many recent college graduates, he is looking to move on, find gainful employment and begin the next phase of his life.
Tyler wrapped up his collegiate career, for now, as he says he may pursue a masters degree at a later date, and will be heading to Florida to see if he can make his professional dreams come true.
Only he will not be going there just with a degree the exercise sciences, oh no.
He will be going there to make his mark in the world of professional wrestling, for you see it is not just Tyler Tinker that is making the 1,500 mile journey south.
JAY PEAK â€“ Jay Peak Resort can now boat that it hosts the worldâ€™s first Burton Board Training Center.
Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort, and Jeff Bolida, vice president of Global Resorts for Burton Snowboards, cut the ribbon at the opening of the all new Jay Peak Burton Board Training Center.
As Stenger stated, â€śIt's not often you can say you are the first of its kind in the world, but we can with this opening.â€ť
Bigger than life carved figures from "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" welcomed children to the center.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In the wake of the Newtown, CT, school shooting last month, lawmakers across the country are considering stricter gun regulations. However, Vermont legislators, at least the local ones, say such regulations need to come from the federal government.
â€śThatâ€™s a federal domain, I believe,â€ť said Sen. Robert Starr from North Troy. â€śThey dictate what happens and when it happens.â€ť
NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. â€śThe trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.â€ť
â€śMany of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,â€ť Prue observed. â€śThat in itself was quite an experience.â€ť
CONCORDâ€“Chris DeLaBruere had 21 points, and two other Crusaders were in double-digits as UCA defeated Concord (1-6) on Tuesday evening to move to a Division IV best 8-1.
"We didn't shoot as well as we wanted to but Marquel Taylor-Webster had another strong game inside with 13 pts and 18 boards, while Chris added 8 boards to go along with his 21," said coach Tony DeLaBruere. "Defensively we still have much work to do, but some adjustments offensively at half time really seemed to work for us and allowed us to take advantage of our inside game which seems to be clicking right now."
ORLEANSâ€“Ten days in between games is a long stretch for any team, and it showed on Tuesday night as Lake Region fell for the first time this season, losing 38-35 to the Lamoille Lady Lancers.
Casey Machia and Drew Neal each had 10 points to lead their respective teams in scoring.
Next up for 5-1 Lake Region is a visit from Hazen this Friday. Tip-off is at 7:00.
For the full story, check out Thursday's Express on 1/17/13.
DERBY â€“ Itâ€™s official. The Northeast Kingdom will soon have its first Walmart, as soon as the project can obtain its permits.
Developers along with local and state political leaders announced plans Tuesday to build a Supercenter Walmart on the Derby Road, across from The Tavern.
â€śThis is an example of how we create jobs in the Kingdom,â€ť said Gov. Peter Shumlin. â€śThis region of the state has always suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ John Matten, 78, sat quietly in a wheelchair yesterday as Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a three-year deferred sentence.
Prior to sentencing, Matten entered a guilty plea to gross and negligent operation with fatality resulting. Matten was the driver of a motor vehicle that struck and killed Zachariah Brown, a flagger at a road construction site on VT RT 14 in Newport Center. The accident occurred Aug. 13, 2010.