July 15th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - For those who have been waiting for the paving project to hit Newport City, today is your day.
The Frank W. Whitcomb Construction Corp. will begin repaving U.S. 5 from the Coventry-Newport line to the Newport-Derby line starting at 7 AM today. The project is expected to be completed around Thanksgiving. So make sure you plan for the extra time in and around Newport City during your travels.
Construction will include grinding the existing pavement, resurfacing, signs, sidewalk and guardrail work, signal light improvements and other items.
NEWPORTâ€“Thursday marked the opening round of the inaugural four-course, four-day Northeast Kingdom Golf Tour.
The event features kids ages 8-15 taking on four of the area's premiere golf courses.
Not only does the tour allow some of the area's more established youngsters a chance to compete with other players, it serves as a way to potentially instill a love for the game that will stick with the kids as they get older.
Action began at the Newport Country Club, and the tour will feature stops at the golf courses in St. Johnsbury, Orleans and will wrap up at Jay Peak.
DERBY - Derby Town Clerk Nicole Daigle has accepted a job offer with a private company. Daigleâ€™s plan is to train a person in her position.
Come Town Meeting in March, Daigle will have fully prepared a viable candidate for the job and will not seek re-election.
Daigle has worked for the town of Derby for 19 years and as town clerk for 18 years. She has also served as town treasurer and school treasurer for many years.
NEWPORT, VT - Performing surgeries, including hip surgeries, are nothing new for Dr. Durward Starr of North Troy. Before retiring he performed more surgeries than he can remember, but as a retired veterinarian, all of those surgeries were performed on animals.
NEWPORT - Terry Hitchcock of Prior Lake, Minn., has been called Minnesotaâ€™s version of Forrest Gump. He earned the title when, in 1996, he ran the equivalent of a marathon (26 miles) for 75 straight days, running from St. Paul, Minn. to the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
His 2,000 mile journey has been transformed into the subject of a book and two movies. Among other honors, he has received the Distinguished Medal of Merit, bestowed upon him by President Ronald Reagan for his good works to humanity.
GLOVER â€“ Rep. Sam Young, who lives on the land his ancestors moved to just after the Civil War, is looking forward to serving the people of the Northeast Kingdom.
Young, a Democrat, has served the voters in the Orleans-Caledonia district for one term alongside Republican Vicki Strong in the two-member district.
â€śI like the work and Iâ€™ve learned a lot,â€ť said Young. Young said voters invested two years in him and it took him that long to get good at it. â€śIf I spend two years of my life doing something, I want to get good at it.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Derby is one of the top runners for the Pet Safe dog park contest and is teetering with one other town, Mountain House, CA, between first and second place.
Derby entered the contest last year and did not win, but did well competing against other towns with much larger populations. Now there is a per capita contest with a $25,000 winner.
COVENTRY â€“ Resident Pedro Grondin met with the select board Tuesday evening in an attempt to get Coventry to start its own fire department.
Last month, select board chair Mike Marcotte and selectman Brad Maxwell met with the Newport City Council to see if there is interest in getting in a contract for fire coverage. As it is now, Coventry pays per call. A contract would mean Coventry pays a flat fee, which would make budgeting easier for fire coverage.
After a brief discussion, the Newport City Council gave the okay for representatives to start discussions.Â
KILLINGTONâ€“"That was probably the most solid 18 holes of tournament golf I have played in quite a while."
That is what Matt Morin said of his first round at the Vermont State Amateur Championship on Tuesday.
The recent Lake Region graduate, along with Matt Stakus, shared the lead with a one under par 70 heading into Wednesday's 2nd round at the Green Mountain National Golf Course.
Said Morin of the keys to his success on Tuesday, "I did not make any big numbers.
"I was calm and cool on the course, I did not three-putt and I did not shoot anything higher than a bogey."
CASTLETONâ€“The Vermont Softball Coaches Association, partnering with Castleton State College, gave the opportunity of a lifetime to thirty-six of the top softball players and coaches in the state when the group gathered for a weekend of softball at the North-South All-Star Series.
Catcher Chelsey Thibeault from Lake Region was the sole representative from Orleans County at the event.
The best of three series got underway on Friday as the players battled not only each other, but the gruelling heat as well.
The North swept the double-header, winning by the scores of 9-7 and 6-4.