NEWPORT, VT - Mark Saturday as the day Santa comes to Newport.
Santa and his friends will be hosted by the city as part of the Magic on Main event. The city recreation department and the Renaissance Corporation have lined up wagon rides, shopping fun, activities and even real reindeer. (At least I think they're real.)
Main Street will be closed to traffic, so be prepared to park in the Hebard lot or other areas around town. Businesses will be open.
NEWPORT, VT - Nobody wants to be cold, but with current fuel prices and a poor economy, many Vermonters are finding themselves turning down the thermostat and putting on a sweater or two.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) offers to help low income Vermonters pay their heating fuel bill. Clients may apply for assistance any time during the year. DCF issued benefits from late September to mid-March. Benefits are based on two factors: financial need and energy burden need.
NEK - After extensive work for more than a year, the Northeast Kingdom is now one step closer to having an official "byway." Last Monday, the Vermont Byway Council approved the NEK Byway after meeting with tourism and development officials at Burke Mountain.
The official NEK Byway corridor would stretch from St. Johnsbury through Lyndonville, East Burke and West Burke, Westmore, West Charleston and Derby. Once in Derby, the Byway will split and go north along Route 5 to Derby Line and continue on 105 West to Newport.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A light snow fell on the ground early Saturday morning as members of the Newport Rotary Club and the North Country Union High School Interact Rotary Club, veterans, city officials, Newport City School students and other volunteers loaded more than 1,040 wreaths in the back of a large moving van. Their mission: to place the wreaths on veterans buried in Orleans County.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Vermont Education Health Initiative â€“ a non-profit trust that assists school districts, their employees, and local unions to navigate health care issues â€“ will be entering uncharted seas when the state moves toward a health care Exchange.
Vermont is working toward creating an Exchange, which, among other goals, will set minimum standards for health care coverage for all insurers.
JAYâ€“Well, they came as advertised.
The North Country girls hockey team more than held there own against Division I South Burlington/MMU, but fell just a little short of their goal, losing the contest 3-1.
"I think we skated with them for two, two and a quarter periods, but we just did not finish our chances early," said coach Claude Paul.
With the merger of So. Burlington and Mount Mansfield set to last just one year, the visiting squad took to the ice in their special sky blue commemorative jerseys to face the improved Falcons.
NEWPORTâ€“A hot start by Paul Saaman and a solid team performance from the line in the fourth fueled the UCA boy's 46-41 win over Craftsbury in the two team's season opener on Saturday afternoon.
"I was very happy to start out with a win and the boys definitely deserved it," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "We started out great and basically the first and fourth quarters were one game and the third and the fourth were another.
"I love playing against Craftsbury, their fans are very intelligent and passionate, and like I said, it is nice to start out with a win."
NEWPORTâ€“After a tight start, Craftsburyâ€™s girl's basketball team opened up their play in the second quarter, and handed the UCA Crusaders a 44-20 loss to open up the season.
"The girl's effort was huge," said coach Rick Thomas. "We want to be a pressure-up team, work our defensive sets, and create offense off of our defense. That is our signature, that is how we want to play."
As mentioned, things were close early, as the score was at 3-2 UCA for a while before the girls stated to get into the flow of the game.
JAY â€“ The second of a series of economic development meetings was held at the Jay Peak Resort Wednesday, bringing together a coalition of state officials, educators and other interested parties. The meeting was chaired by Pat Moulton Powden, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, who focused on getting all parties to work together.
â€śIt takes a team to do this and do it well,â€ť Moulton Powden stated in her opening remarks. â€śWe're going to set a template here in the Northeast Kingdom.... If we can do it here, we can do this anywhere in the country.â€ť