July 11th, 2012
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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A boat ride can be a very tranquil thing to do on a warm sunny day, but donâ€™t let a delightful trip have a tragic ending.
â€śYou have to be safe when youâ€™re boating,â€ť said Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair Monday.
Boaters should know the water they are in and should tell someone where they are going. Boaters should not go out alone. They should be aware of the weather, which includes having a radio that receives broadcasts from the National Weather Service.
DERBY â€“ Another discussion over the Derby Line Ambulance quickly grew heated and led to foul and vulgar language at the Derby Select Boardâ€™s regular meeting Monday.
A group of people formerly associated with the ambulance service have shown up several times at select board meetings to express their concerns over how the ambulance is run. Leading the charge is Roger Gosselin, a former member of the ambulance service, and Nathan Pickard, who went on a few calls with Gosselin.
ALBANY â€“ Republican Rep. Vicki Strong (Orleans-Caledonia-1) hopes that voters in her district will send her back to Montpelier.Â
Strong, who is seeking her second term, called her first year a learning experience.
Part of her education in Montpelier included learning about the legislative process, what it takes to see a bill happen and why Vermont even needs a legislature.
â€śLearning the whole process was a big, big step for me,â€ť she said. â€śI still have a lot to learn. Just being part of that was exciting and interesting.â€ť
The Lake Region Sun Devils 16-U girls softball squad continued their summer season with three thrilling games this past week.
On Friday evening, the Sun Devils traveled to the campus of Lyndon State College for a twi-night doubleheader against the Lyndon Orioles.
In the opener, each club battled back and forth in a tightly contested game, with Lake Region eventually pulling out an 8-7 victory.
Kahlstrom–– Douglas McArthur, age 70, of Lampasas, TX, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at his home. A memorial service for Mr. Kahlstrom will be held at a later date. Sign our online guest book at sneedfuneralchapel.com. Sneed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.
NEWPORT CITY, VT â€“ A sailing trip on Lake Memphremagog turned tragic for 58-year-old John Connell of Calais, VT, Sunday afternoon.
Connell jumped off the sailboat he was on in an attempt to retrieve a canoe his boat had in tow, Police Chief J. Paul Duquette said. Duquette said Connell took a few strokes away from the boat and hollered back to his friend that he was having breathing difficulties. Connellâ€™s friend, who was still on the boat in clothes, went below to change but, by the time he returned to the main deck, Connell had disappeared.