February 13th, 2012
TROY â€“ Next Tuesday, voters will be asked to approve a bond about $2.2 million for renovations and improvements to the town school. An informational meeting about the bond will be held tomorrow night, 6 p.m., at the Troy Elementary School.
The money is to replace the sprinkler system and make the school more energy efficient, which includes upgrading the 34-year-old heating system that doesnâ€™t even provide heat throughout the building.
Marsh–– Barbara, 80, of Orleans passed away in her home on February 10, 2012. At Barb's request, there will be no services but anyone who would like can honor her with a donation to their local animal shelter.
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
Smith–– Franz Austin, formerly of Newport, died at home on February 10, 2012 in Lyndonville after battling cancer. Graveside services will be held in the spring. Notification with time at a later date. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes, locally family owned and operated.
NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Firefighters check over a car that rolled over the bank on East Main Street yesterday.
The accident occurred on the Ledges.
Newport Ambulance Service transported one victim to North Country Hospital. The identity of the driver has not yet been released.
Newport City Police also responded to the crash.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Forty-two snowmobile enthusiasts had a need for speed at the sixth annual Fire and Ice Radar Run.
KLW Productions sponsored the event that took place on Lake Memphremagog behind the Eastside Restaurant Saturday. It entailed traveling down a 600-foot track with a 400-foot slow down lane. Speeds reached well over 100 miles per hour.
Promoter Ken Wells said Pat Sicard of Derby reached the top speed of 133 miles per hour.Â
NEWPORT, VT - This year's Penguin Plunge was a huge success. An estimated 175 participants brought in about $26,000 to benefit the Vermont Special Olympics.
The water was freezing, the air was worse, yet these brave souls risked it all for the cause.
Among those participating was a team from North Country Hospital who dived in with white lab coats on. The Lake Region Team, which had been practicing for the event, danced slowly into the water to the beat of loud music played from the Newport Gateway building.
Onlookers wrapped in warm coats, mittens and hats, cheered their teams.
CRAFTSBURYâ€“With the sun shinning outside a packed Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, the Chargers took home the inaugural Stephen Willey Memorial Tournament Championship with a 55-32 win over Mid-Vermont Christian School.
The event honors the late Stephen Willey, a former Craftsbury player who passed away in 2010, and according to the Academy's athletic director Joe Houston, the event could not have gone any better.
BARREâ€“North Country's girls basketball team gave Spaulding all they could handle on Friday before finally succumbing to the Tide 50-41 in overtime.
It was a very evenly matched game, but the difference came down to free throws for the Falcons.
The team was an overall 7/15 from the line, including a dismal 3/8 in the fourth quarter. Making any one of those eight freebies could have keyed a win, and coach Christiane Brown knows it.
"We had plenty of chances to seal the win, but we we did not finish and that is something we must tighten up."
JAYâ€“In the second game of the doubleheader, the Falcons boys went up against one of the more surprising teams in division one this year, the Stowe Raiders.
Stowe made the jump to the top level of hockey this season and have done well, accruing only four loses on the season to date.
The Raiders feature one of the best players in the state, Ross Mandigo, but the electrifying forward almost missed the game as he forgot his jersey at home.
However, teammate Connor Meehan gave up his sweater and watched the game in street clothes to help bolster his team's chance of winning.