January 10th, 2012
MONTPELIER - The first day the State Legislature met this year, they had a new kind of delegate, from a constituency as old as the Earth itself. Up in the Visitor's Gallery, watching the proceedings, a polar bear looked down on the legislative chamber below. A group of students were on tour and one of them looked up and saw the bear, pointed to his classmates, and dispatched a teacher's aid to find out what was going on.
DERBY - The developer of the Derby wind project provided an update Monday at the Derby Select Boardâ€™s regular meeting. Chad Farrell, of Encore Redevelopment of Burlington, was on hand to provide the information and answer questions and concerns. Farrell said he wanted to make the community comfortable with the project.
DANVILLEâ€”When Lake Region traveled to Danville Monday night, they were looking for a way to knock off the Indians and run their win streak to 3. After a close first half that found the Rangers winning by only 9, they were able to pull away in the 2nd half to a convincing 24 point win.
Caylin Gallup gave the Lady Rangers their first lead of the contest, when she connected on a long 3 to put LR on top 9-6 at the end of 1.
Drew Neal extended the lead to 9 for the blue and white at the half when she received a nice no-look pass from Gallup and buried it to run the score to 20-11.
NEWPORTâ€“A slow start against the CVU Red Hawks spelled doom for the North Country boys basketball team on Wednesday, as they fell to Champlain Valley 44-41.
"This is two games in a row where we failed to deny three point shooters shots," explained coach Bonvechio, "Last time in Essex we gave their big guy four threes in the first quarter and today we gave up five of those in the first half without getting a hand out on them."
Cunningham–– James Arthur passed away on December 24, 2011 at the age of 77. A mid-spring service will be held by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. Send cards to: Phyllis McKinney, 25 Church St., Apt. 2, Orleans, VT 05860.
Routhier–– Valmore "Val", 93, of Lantana, Florida, passed away December 29, 2011 peacefully after a long illness. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Vermont this coming spring. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, Newport, VT and Gary Panoch Funeral Home, Boca Raton, FL.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Bill Davies, moderator for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association's Legislative Breakfasts, brought some sad news to the first one of the season. Mary Paull, who founded the legislative breakfasts about 20 years ago, died last Wednesday.
Following a moment of silence, legislators discussed the numerous complex issues before them in the coming session.
NEWPORTâ€“ Plans were unveiled Monday afternoon for a variety of improvements and expansion plans for the Newport Airport in Coventry. The announcements included plans for a new manufacturing facility.
Guy Rouelle, the Vermont Aviation Administrator, and Patricia Sears, the Executive Director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, announced that a composite airplane manufacturing facility has its sights on land at the airport. Plans are hush hush, but a detailed announcement is expected in 45 to 60 days.
MONTPELIER - The 2012 Legislative session is only a week old and Sens. Vince Illuzzi, R-Essex/Orleans, and Hinda Miller, D-Chittenden, are working on a bill that would make some changes to the healthcare reform bill enacted into law last year.
Â Illuzzi is concerned the 2011 law, which sets up the federally required health exchange, will effectively eliminate all but one insurance provider, leaving only Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Other private companies that have substantial health insurance businesses in Vermont, MVP and CIGNA, would most likely be forced out of the state.