August 5th, 2012
NEWPORT - Thought traffic could not get any worse in Newport? Well, Thursday afternoon a bizarre course of events made traffic far, far worse. In a bit of redirection that would make David Copperfield proud, most drivers and pedestrians alike were distracted by the sight of a 10 1/2 foot high, Case MX 255 Tractor being pursued by police officers, many of whom were on foot.
BARTON - The Orleans County Fairgrounds were vandalized during the overnight hours Wednesday. The vandals poured buckets of paint on the floors, smashed various structures, emptied several fire extinguishers, and painted profanity on several walls, inside and out. The profanity consisted of vulgar language and some racist slurs.
The North Country 15-U Heat will be hosting two teams this weekend for their summer baseball invitational tournament. The team will be looking to rebound from last yearâ€™s tourney in which they bowed out in the semi-finals.
All games will be played at Gardner Park starting at 10:00 on Saturday morning and going through until Sunday evening.
There will also be a home run derby Saturday evening at 7:00.
DERBYâ€“The staff at IROC is getting ready for Saturday's 5th Annual Kingdom Triathlon and Seymour Swim.
"We are expecting around one-hundred and fifty people this year," said Sue Engel.
The event draws people from all over the United States and internationally as well.
Staff members spent Thursday gathering materials in preparation for Friday's jaunt around the NEK to set up for the event.
There will be an early registration and sign in at IROC Friday from 1:00-7:00 PM and the "Crazy Nuts Dinner" that evening from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Eastside Restaurant.
Archer–– Alan passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the age of 67. Resting at the Cass Funeral Home, 545 Dufferin, Stanstead, on Thursday, August 2, 2012, where friends may visit from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and also on Friday, from 9-10 a.m., followed by a celebration of his life in the chapel with Rev. Doreen Moffat officiating. Interment will take place in Marlington Cemetery. As a tribute to his memory, donations made to C.A.B. Rediker, 112 Principale, Stanstead, QC. JOB 3E5, would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Mosher–– Elizabeth (Betty) Frances, 93, of Newport, VT, passed away July 27, 2012 in Newport, VT. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, VT, with the Rev. Tim Wilcox officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to: Children's Literacy Foundation at clifonline.org. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.
NEWPORT - In a ceremony lacking frills or attention, Newport City made a quiet transition Wednesday as Seth DiSanto was sworn in as the new Chief of Police.
The event occurred in the city council chambers with Newport City Clerk and Treasurer James Johnson doing the honors.
DiSanto replaces Paul Duquette who served as chief for 15 years.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ After being vacant for several months, the former Landing Clothing store on Main Street will have a tenant.
Building owner Tony Pomerleau said yesterday that Mill River Furniture will move into the downtown location from the Waterfront Plaza, which Pomerleau also owns.
Pomerleau has owned the downtown location for less than a year.
NEWPORT - New blooms of Cyanobacteria (known as â€śblue-green algaeâ€ť) were spotted on the Canadian side of Lake Memphremagog several times recently. The blooms covered a large area and were spotted in several locations.
Memphremagog Conservation Inc. photos from July show a thick, scum-like, bright greenish-blue substance on the water.
Cyanobacteria blooms are of serious concern because they could be toxic and harm humans or animals who bath or swim in the water or who drink it. Cyanobacteria is found worldwide and is most prevalent in clam-nutrient rich waters. (World Health Organization)