May 21st, 2012
DERBY, VT - The Dandelion Festival could not have picked a more beautiful weekend in which to celebrate our area's magnificence.
Canadian marathoner Christian Vachon from Magog, Quebec, was the winner of the half-marathon, completing the course in a time of 1:23:49, well ahead of the competition. Christian's closest competitor was Russell Primeau, who finished second with a time of 1:29:14.
It was a befitting victory for Vachon, considering the generous donation his charity, the Christian Vachon Foundation, made to IROC and the event.
JAY â€“ Expansion and improvements continue at Jay Peak at lightning speed.
The Jay Planning Commission has approved plans for the renovation of the Austria Haus at Jay Peak Resort and is considering plans for the construction of a new learning center on the state side of the mountain.
The proposed learning center would have a primary function of teaching children age two to six how to ski, explained Peter Fina, chair of the Jay Planning Commission. It would also house a cafĂ©.
The Wildcatâ€™s U-14 team was busy over this past weekend.
They had two games to battle, one was a victory and the other a defeat in score only. In the first game Milton came to Wildcat Country and dominated the hometown girls.
As much as the Wildcats battled they could not find the back of the net. Milton is a fast, skilled, and adept soccer team. They moved the ball with a combination of speed and agility that the Derby hadn't seen yet this season. Their passes were precise and they were aggressive going after the ball.
This past week the North Country girlsâ€™ golf team competed in two tournaments, hosting their own on Monday the 14th, and traveling to St. Albans on Thursday the 17th.
Completing at the NC Invitational were Paige Gagnon, Bailey Walker and Eilish Muir.
â€śWhile the team did not finish first, it did not finish last either,â€ť said coach Brian Hampton.
MORGAN â€“ A couple hundred youngsters from five area elementary schools left their classrooms and went down to the farm for the Conservation and Farm Field Day Friday.
The Orleans Country Natural Resources Conservation District sponsored the annual event at the Haywood Farm. The students learned many hands-on techniques.
â€śThe hands-on experience really takes the kids out of the classroom,â€ť said Dayna Cole, manager for the conservation district. â€śIt lets them see it, feel it, do it and get an understanding for it.â€ť
DERBY LINE â€“ An online petition is circulating geared to show the scale of opposition to the Derby Line Wind project. More than three hundred people have already signed the petition, according to the site change.org.
The petition was created by â€śCitoyens de Stanstead,â€ť and is called â€śStop the Derby Line Wind Project.â€ť
EAST MONTPELIER - Friday Gov. Peter Shumlin signed three energy bills.
One would make it easier to develop small scale hydro projects and another authorized a fund to help pay for delivery of telephone services to rural parts of Vermont, such as the Northeast Kingdom.
Present for that signing was Vermont Senator Vince Illuzzi, at the podium, who sponsored the small hydro and telephone bills.
The bills included provisions for promoting the development of alternative energy supplies and allowing citizens with health or privacy concerns to opt out of having smart meters without paying a fee.
NEWPORTâ€“Strong pitching, clutch hitting and an injection of some new blood into the line-up combined to propel North Country's baseball team over Spaulding 12-2 on Friday afternoon.
With some players having recently jettisoned from the team, Bonvechio brought up freshman Bryce Carter and junior Aidan Smith to join the varsity squad.
"When coach Bonvechio asked me to play I was ready to go," Carter said about being asked to suit up for the varsity team.
Neither were in the starting line-up, but that would change as they game moved along.