December 30th, 2012
LYNDONâ€“After three close quarters, the North Country girl's basketball team shook loose for seventeen fourth quarter points en-route to a 42-25 win over the Lyndon Institute Vikings.
The Falcons weren't helped out at all by the officials, as they had four players with four fouls by gameâ€™s end.
"It is tough to adjust to officials when they change the way they are calling the game mid-way through," mused coach Christiane Brown.
Early on, the refs were letting the girls play a fairly physical style of B-ball, but by the end, as Brown puts it, "they were calling some real ticky-tack stuff."
NEWPORTâ€“BFA St. Albans completed the season sweep over the North Country boy's basketball team on Saturday, defeating the Falcons 88-63 to move to 2-3 in 2012.
"We struggled in every facet of the game," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "It was a very tough outing to say the least."
At one point the game was tied 11-11, but the Bobwhites went on a mad tear, and at the break, they were up 49-2.
In the second half they salted it away to put the Falcons' record at 1-4.
HYDE PARKâ€“Drew Gallup's nineteen points paced the Lake Region Rangers, as they moved to 5-0 after defeating Enosburg (3-1) to win the Lamoille Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
Shaquille Urie chipped in eight points in the victory, and now the team will ready itself for Matthieu St. Amour's antics on Thursday as they will host Missisquoi at 7:00.
MT. HORâ€“ It was a tough day at the races for the North Country Nordic ski teams this weekend, as both the boys and girls finished last their respective divisions.
JOHNSON â€“ The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors passed a resolution that recommended a moratorium of up to two years on renewable power supply mandates.
The recommendation will be made to the Vermont Legislature.
The board of directors' meeting agenda stated that the topic was geared towards new wind turbine power projects, but the discussion evolved to include all renewable projects as the talks ensued, explained Liz Gamache, spokesperson with VEC.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Nasty! That was the word for many Northeast Kingdom residents who braved yesterday's blizzard to get to work or do shopping. Many people stayed home.
Plow trucks scraped off as much as they could, but at the rate the snow was falling, the work seemed like a futile effort. In the meantime, a number of drivers had a hard time staying on the road.
NEWPORT- Merrilyn Barry, Director of Volunteers at North Country Hospital (and also business manager for the Wellness Center), coordinates dozens of volunteers working in different capacities at the hospital. One group of retired volunteers works in a variety of positions including the gift shop, information desk, stock room, library, dialysis, physical therapy, information systems, and by shredding documents and helping out in the waiting room. Volunteers work four- or five-hour shifts depending on need and the area where they work.
NEWPORT â€“ Chris Braithwaite and The Chronicle filed a civil complaint against Green Mountain Power (GMP) Wednesday. Â
Braithwaite, the 68-year old publisher of the Chronicle, was arrested December 5, 2011, while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain. He faced a criminal trespass charge for a year and racked up more than $20,000 in legal fees.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Members the Newport City Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Department, and Vermont State Police took part in a refresher course on "active shooter" at the North Country Career Center Wednesday.
The career center and the attached North Country Union High School make the structure one of the largest complexes in Orleans County.
Each training session lasted two and a half hours. Close to three dozen law enforcement officers took part.
MORGAN â€“ The Morgan United Church, built in 1843, is about to undergo major renovations.
Plans include adding 30 feet to the back of the church. The expansion means more room in the sanctuary and fellowship area. It also means adding two classrooms. The church currently has no classrooms.
â€śI would say this is probably the biggest project,â€ť said Rev. Mike DeSena. Church officials were talking about expanding the building when DeSena arrived at the church 15 years ago. â€śThis has been kind of a work in progress.â€ť