August 29th, 2012
JAY, VT â€“ Bikers from all over New England and New York rallied at the Third Annual Kingdom Thunder held at Cedarwood Resort in Jay, Vermont.
Lead by Road Captains Jason and Gabrielle Renault of Orleans, VT, over 100 riders on 83 bikes took to the roads of the Northeast Kingdom Saturday, Aug. 25, and raised over $7,500 to support IROC, topping last yearâ€™s total by over $1,000. Cedarwood Resort put on a great barbecue with music by the Connecticut band The Bus Drivers, led by Jeff Przech. The event was open to the general public and drew a great crowd.
NEWPORT CITY - Most people try to avoid the devastation and destruction that natural disasters can cause. However, that is not the case for many of the nationâ€™s first responders who are more than willing to rush into the storm.
While Hurricane Isaac headed to the Gulf Coast, rescue, ambulance and first responder teams around the nation geared up to lend a helping hand, even though most may never be deployed. Like the Boy Scouts, these teams are always prepared, just in case.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - On the 7th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's deadly assault on the United States, New Orleans braces for a second volley from Isaac, a tropical storm that has grown to a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds and which may reach Category 2 status.
Katrina was the sixth largest hurricane in recorded history and left over 1800 people dead in its wake. Total property damage was estimated at $81 billion, and the recovery is still on-going.
ORLEANSâ€“The days of the being a ground and pound crew for the Lake Region girls soccer team are all but over.
Coach Brad Urie has taken the rough and tumble teams of the last few seasons, and infused a blend of speed and finesse that he hopes will produce the same kinds of results that his previous squads have.
DERBY â€“ The Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department is rising from the wreckage of the Roger Pion rampage and slowly but surely rebuilding its fleet of vehicles. Monday morning, University of Vermont Campus Security donated a 2008 Crown Victoria cruiser to the department.
Other than registering it, putting on decals and installing a two-way radio, the cruiser is ready to go. The vehicle is already well equipped with police lights, a rifle rack, rechargeable flashlight, a rear seat prisoner cage and a security cage.Â
NEWPORTâ€“Losing one or two key players to graduation can be tough.
Losing the bulk of your starters and top reserves is almost mind numbing.
Be that as it may, that is what Chantelle Bouchard and the rest of the 2012 field hockey Falcons must contend with as they embark on this year's campaign.
"It's hard to fill their positions for sure, but as the season moves on we will be able to tell more," said the coach.
As hard as it is to reboot, North Country is going to go at it full steam ahead and could surprise some folks along their way.
DERBY LINE â€“ A Derby Line manufacturing plant is getting an economic boost from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The help comes in the form of low-interest loans to repair and replace equipment and perform maintenance on the building.
VEDAâ€™s original charter was about increasing employment but now a largeÂ part is about retaining employment in the current economy. About 180 people work at Tivoly.