May 15th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Mayor Paul Monette is seeking a seat at the House of Representatives in Montpelier. Monette is running as an Independent.
â€śThe time is right,â€ť said Monette. â€śI feel we need some changes, some new blood in Montpelier.â€ť
Monette feels he can bring some new ideas and thoughts to the Statehouse. Heâ€™s running as an Independent because heâ€™s never belonged to a political party and feels the two party system isnâ€™t working well.Â
â€śYou need it more at the national level,â€ť he said. â€śI think people forget they should compromise.â€ť
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport, Boundary, and Sherbrook Rotary Clubs met at the Eastside Restaurant on Monday evening to introduce five South African professionals who were selected to visit and learn about business practices in the United States and Canada. The three Rotary clubs are a part of a district that includes southern Quebec and northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Approximately 60 Rotarians attended the dinner meeting and learned more about each of the five visitors.
NEWPORTâ€“When a team is mired in a one win season they need someone or something to rally around.
For the North Country baseball team, that someone is pitcher Joel Lemarche.
Nicknamed "Sheldon" for his resemblance to the character played by Emmy award winning actor Jim Parsons on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Lemarche came out and threw a masterful eight inning game for a shorthanded Falcon team on Monday against Champlain Valley.
Even though North Country lost the game 6-4 Lemarche's performance was topic of conversation after the game.
"It was a heck of a job," mused Tyler Sanville.
NEWPORT- The Falcons girls' tennis team played a doubleheader against U-32 on Monday, as part of a make-up from an early season cancellation.
Playing under "Pro-style" rules to speed up the game, the Falcons won the first match 5-2 and then finished off the Raiders 4-3 in the second.
"These matches were really important to us," said coach Marie George. "The victories gave us wins number three and four on the season, and we really needed them."
In singles play, Erin Connor defeated Rhiannon Rosamillia 8-4 for the Raidersâ€™ only singles win as the rest of the Falcons all won their matches.
NEWPORTâ€“This one was not even close.
The Falcons scored sixteen runs on fourteen hits, six walks, two hit-by-ptches and eight wild pitches, defeating CVU 16-0.
"This was a big win. I feel it got our confidence up. Getting hits and laying down the bunts when I asked them to was key," said coach Leslie Dunn. "Defensively we didn't make any mistakes and we looked really good."
North Country got off to an interesting start, as Maddie Mosher scored the game's first run without the benefit of a hit.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country girls' golf team hosted the 28th Annual North Country Invitational on Monday. It was orginally posted as the 25th, but was actually the 28th.
31 girls competed in the 18 hole tournament with 11 school sending players. On a day that had rain and possible thunderstorms predicted, it turned out to be a fantastic day for golf. Teeing off at noon, the tournament was completed in 4 1/2 hours, a good pace. Â Team scores are determined by the best total of two players (details below).
JAY â€“ â€śService above selfâ€ť has long been Rotary Internationalâ€™s motto. Now, with the assistance of the Newport Rotary Club, that tradition is moving to a new generation of Rotarians, with North Country Union High Schoolâ€™s Interact Club.
Members of the Interact Club and the Newport Rotary Club met at Jay Peak Resort Friday for Interact Clubâ€™s official kickoff. The day included inspirational speeches, time at the resortâ€™s water park and a luncheon.
DERBY â€“ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NEKHS) is moving forward on its plan to construct a facility in Derby's commercial district on the Crawford Road.
Currently, NEKHS has three locations in the Newport area: one on Dutchess Street in Newport, one on the Lake Road, and the other on Citizens Road in Derby. These locations will be combined into one location in Derby.
Plans are to construct a 30,200-square foot facility with approximately 132 parking places on five acres. A new water and sewer line will be installed along with a fire hydrant.