January 18th, 2012
BARTON, VT - Tuesday, Barton Town voted two new members to its select board in a special election. Two of the three board seats were left empty by resignations, leaving the town without a functioning board since the beginning of December. With the seats filled by the end of Tuesday night, the new board held its first meeting last night.
NEWPORT - "I'm super disappointed with North Country Hospital. They never even talked with the patients." This was the opening remark by Gabbie Bolton concerning the decision by North Country Hospital to replace Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the oncologist, with two part-time Dartmouth-Hitchcock oncologists working two days a week.
LOS ANGELES - With a Golden Globe award in hand, Vermonter Julie Frost is still glowing from the experience of being on the same stage that has seen the best and brightest in film and television.
Frost, originally from Tulsa, OK, moved to New Haven, VT, when she was a baby and considers herself a Vermonter.
Frost won the award for Best Original Song, â€śMasterpiece,â€ť which she co-wrote with Madonna and Jimmy Harry for Madonnaâ€™s film â€śW.E.â€ť and which will be on Madonna's upcoming album.
COVENTRY - Improvements to the Newport Airport have begun. A new hangar was just built and completed this week and it will accommodate a second homeowner who skis frequently in the area.
There are plans to build a â€ścondo hangarâ€ť that would accommodate approximately 16 aircraft. The construction may begin as early as spring.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport woman accused of embezzling from her former employer pleaded not guilty to the felony charge in Orleans Court yesterday.
Jennifer Messier, also known as Jennifer Stace, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $500.
Sept. 8, 2011, George Azur told Newport City Police Sgt. Seth DiSanto that Messier had embezzled money while employed at his business. Azur said he fired Messier when he found out she took money from the storeâ€™s cash register.
WESTMOREâ€“It was cold and bitter day at the races for the North Country Nordic teams on Saturday. Moved from Friday due to conditions, the teams competed in the Lyndon Institute Carnival's Free Technique race. Despite being shorthanded due to All-State music try-outs and illness, it was the Falcon girls having another strong day, taking home second place at the event while the boys placed fifth.
BROWNINGTON - Winter in Vermont does have its beauty. Here, bitter cold and an icy wind sweep across a field adjacent to the Old Stone House in Brownington, VT. Imagine those students, many years ago, looking up from their chalkboards at this scene outside the window.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ North Country Union High School, built in the late 1960s, has seen little changes, with the exception of a recent complete overhaul of the North Country Career Center.Â School officials are now turning their attention to other areas of the complex.
Last Wednesday, during a Business Operations Committee meeting, Principal Bill Rivard talked about remodeling plans. Part of the upcoming discussion will be if school officials want to phase the project in over several years.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Not having a front license plate on his pickup truck left a Newport Center man facing a felony charge of driving under the influence.
Dale Chaput, 42, pleaded not guilty in Orleans County Court Jan. 10, to a felony charge of third offense driving while intoxicated.
Newport City Police Officer Corey Marcoux was watching traffic Dec. 24, 2011, when he saw a pickup truck without a front license plate traveling west by the intersection of East Main Street and Western Avenue.
Falcons Dump U-32 5-1
MONTPELIERâ€“After going into overtime against Northfield on Saturday, the North Country girls hockey team had a much easier go of it Monday, defeating U-32 5-1.
"We played a much more intellectual game," said coach Paul, "Our systems are really starting to pay off, the cycle was good, and we were getting pucks where they needed to be."
Taylor Morley was the top performer for the the Falcons, as she would net three to earn her first varsity hat-trick.