January 15th, 2012
BARTON - Thereâ€™s nothing like a small community to rally around someone during their time of need and that is exactly what is happening for the Nicole Matten family.
Mattenâ€™s family is planning a benefit dance and raffle for Feb. 11 at the Elksâ€™ Club. There is also an account set up at Community National Bank.
The family will use the money to cover funeral expenses and for a headstone for their daughter, seven-year-old Kaylynne Matten, who passed away Dec. 6, four days after her Well Child Checkup. Â
NEWPORT, VT - North Country Hospital CEO Claudio Fort sent a letter last week to 500 of Dr. Leslie Lockridge's patients telling them that the popular and much-loved oncologist would be leaving the hospital employ as of Feb. 10. This has angered the doctor's patients, staff, friends and local elected officials, who are all demanding reasons for this action.
One item at issue is the fact that Fort has reported to the hospital's board of directors, the legislators, and the press that the doctor only has 25 patients and that is not enough to support a full-time oncologist.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Lowell woman will not serve any time for using stolen credit card numbers she obtained while working at CRMI.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, Anna Quesnel, 22, entered guilty pleas to two felony charges of identity theft and one misdemeanor charge of false pretenses.
NEWPORT-Down by 8 with under 5:00 minutes left in the contest, the North Country Falcons rallied to forge a 48-48 tie only to see the Tide close out the contest with a 10-3 run. NCU trailed by a mere 52-51 margin with 17 seconds left before the Tide iced it from the foul line, padding the final tally.
NCU got off the opening tap quickly. Anna Bingham drove for a quick two and on the Falconâ€™s next possession Noel Pinard stepped back and drilled a fourteen footer for a quick home team lead.
Cota Lifts Falcons in OT
NORTHFIELDâ€“ Although it would take a almost the entire fifty minutes of regulation and overtime, the North Country girls came away with the 3-2 win over Northfield on Saturday.
"The girls showed their rust early, but they shook it off and played well the rest of the game," said head coach Claude Paul.
Having not had a game in ten days, and limited practice last week due to exams and weather, it is to be expected that the team might be a little slow out of the gate, but it was the Falcons getting out to the early lead in the first.
NEWPORT - In December 2006, Dr. Leslie Lockridge, MD, was hired by North Country Hospital to organize a fulltime oncology department. At that time, oncology was a one-day arrangement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.
Lockridge was hired to provide full-time oncology and hematology services to patients suffering from cancer in the Northeast Kingdom. Patients would not have to travel to Hanover (about 110 miles each way from Newport) to receive their chemotherapy treatments, which are usually three times a week.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is in the middle of launching the Governorâ€™s Career Ready Certificate Program.
The program is free to participants approved by the Department of Labor. The 10-week course will meet three to four hours twice a week. Mercedes Pour, Academic Coordinator at CCV, told the Economic Restructuring Committee, which is part of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), that the school will be able to run a full class. A second class for those who canâ€™t attend an evening one may be held later.
NEWPORT, VT - This has been a tough week for Danielle (Bathalon) Wright of Coventry. It is the week she began to lose her beautiful head of hair to the ravages of her cancer treatment.
â€śMy hair is beginning to fall out in clumps,â€ť Danielle said. â€śWell, at least it will grow back. At least that is what I keep telling myself.â€ť
ORLEANS CO., VT - The lack of snowmobliers in the area is noticeable. As of Thursday, the snowmoblie trails remain closed. However, snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast and many enthusiasts remain optimistic about the weather, even though the snowmobile season has had a slow start this year.