The United Christian Academy Lady Crusaders enter the 2011-2012 campaign in a rebuilding mode. Gone are the likes of Gina Clark and Ashley Bonin, and replace them with a group of ladies, with no senior leadership, and some with little to no basketball experience.
Sarah Roy will once again be at the helm of the UCA squad. It is her 2nd year as head coach of the Crusaders, but she is no stranger to the sidelines, having spent years as a North Country assistant, as well as an AAU and Border Hoop coach.
NEWPORTâ€“Change is in the air for the North Country basketball boys, but it is not so much a change on the court or in personnel as it is a change in attitude. When I walked into the gym last week to speak with the team and it's head coach Brian Bonvechio, I could sense that things were different with this group.
Multiple members of the senior leadership group addressed this issue before I even had a chance to speak to Bonvechio.
"We've got much better chemistry than we have had in years, and that's helped tremendously," said Taylor Prue.
The United Christian Academy Crusaders enter the 2011-2012 campaign under the guidance of Tony DelaBruere. This is Coach DelaBruereâ€™s first foray into the coaching world, and about this season, â€śWe are going to go out and try our best, but the most important thing is for the boys to have fun.â€ť
NEWPORT CENTER, VT - It wouldnâ€™t be December without early winter accidents as drivers become accustomed to icy road conditions.
Vermont State Police reported no injuries in a two-vehicle crash on the Collins Mill Road in Newport Center Sunday.
Senior Trooper Andrew Jensen reported that Danielle Gabucci, 16, of Westfield, lost control of her 1999 Toyota Camry while attempting to negotiate a sharp curve and collided with a 2000 GMC pick-up truck being operated by David Heath, 59, of Newport Center.
BARTON, VT - This past weekend, Vermont Family Theater put on two performances of the Nutcracker with a cast made up up of children and one adult.
The classic story was a perfect addition to the Christmas season.
Both the young and the old flocked to the theater to enjoy the tale. With a nearly packed house for both performances, the kids danced their hearts out to the delight of the audiences.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Americans across the country took time to recognize World War II Veterans, also known as the Greatest Generation. Saturday, about a dozen area residents gathered in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Alfred Pepin Post #798 to honor the veterans from that era.
Holding such events is important so nobody forgets what happened on Dec. 7, 1941, said Floyd Ellis, post commander. â€śI was just a child at the time. I can just imagine what they went through.â€ť
World War II veterans are rapidly dying and soon they will become a thing of the past, said Post Trustee Rick Kelley.
JAYâ€“ It was a exciting way to start of the season for the North Country girls hockey team on Saturday at the Ice Haus, as they defeated Harwood 4-3 on the second goal of the game by freshman Whitney Bernier.
Bernier took a feed from Kerrianne Little and was able to glide down the left side of the ice before sending a high shot over Highlander goaltender Siena Damon.
"I was pretty nervous," said the freshman, "I was hoping it would go our way. We kind of started off weak, but as the game went on we got stronger."
NEWPORT, VT - Area artists and artisans have been busy creating paintings on eight-foot tall panels to enhance the Community Christmas Dinner.
Tim Daley, who is the host and producer of the event, had a vision to make this year's dinner spectacular. Working in collaboration with the Wooden Horse Arts Guild, well known artist Adrien "Yellow" Patenaude of Newport, a host of volunteer artists, the Area Agency on Aging, and area businesses, the vision is becoming a reality.