October 12th, 2011
NEWPORT CITY â€“ According to state officials, work on replacing the Long Bridge will probably start in February, several months later than originally thought. Construction is expected to last nearly a year, during which time the state will also be paving US 5 through the city, including Main Street.
Both the city and state say the bridge is safe. â€śIf it werenâ€™t safe, we would have it closed,â€ť said Carolyn Carlson, project manager.
The state will be finalizing the plans between now and January. Contractors will be able to bid on the project in January.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Police are looking for the person who stole an Army Ruck Sack from a U.S. Veteran who served in Afghanistan last year. Kurt Geib noticed the pack missing from his home Tuesday. The bag, issued by the Army, contained mostly warm weather gear.
Geib, a chaplain, said the bag also contained a personal Bible. The items have a â€śprice tagâ€ť but he wasnâ€™t sure of the exact value. The items are property of the Army, not Geib. The bag was located in Geibâ€™s garage and the thief stole nothing else.
CHARLESTON - A White Cane Awareness walk will be held this Saturday morning in West Charleston. The purpose of the walk is to promote awareness regarding those who are visually impaired or blind, and their dependence on canes and seeing eye dogs.
Among those participating will be some young members of the Free Will Baptist Church who will be blindfolded and have a guide.
IRASBURG - Rumors are circulating on Facebook that Pete the Moose is in hiding or missing. A number of people have gone looking for him to no avail, but no one could be reached to confirm his disappearance.
Have you seen Pete today?
LYNDONVILLE - FEMA officials are again warning that time is quickly running out for interested individuals to file applications for emergency aid.
The Lyndonville office on Park Avenue, which serves Caledonia and Orleans counties, will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
After that, applicants will still be able to call the Help Line at 1-800-621-3362. The deadline for all applications is October 31st. FEMA urges people to apply soon.
DERBY - Some members of the local community are outraged by the news that an adult novelty store is planning on setting up shop in Derby next door to Roasters Deli and CafĂ©.
Among those upset is Rick Dubois, a Village of Derby Center Trustee. He said he does not think a store that sells adult novelty items should be located anywhere near where children could come into contact with it.
MONTREAL, QUE. - Canadian federal authorities are presently coping with the problems of replacing the half-century-old Champlain bridge, which links the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the Island of Montreal. Replacing the bridge could take as long as 10 years.
RICHFORDâ€“UCA hit the road to take on Richford on Monday, and despite the 1-0 loss, Coach DeLaBruere was thrilled with her teamsâ€™ efforts.
â€śWe played an unbelievable game! 7 minutes into the 1st half, we lost center striker Ji Kim for the remainder of the game when he collided with 2 Richford players and hyperextended his knee. Loosing Ji on the field was a big loss for us, but my boys were up for the challenge!â€ť
On Friday, September 30th, the NCUHS Girls Varsity Soccer team ran a training session for the Junior High program in Derby. The session started with an overview of the high school program, expectations for the pre-season, and the fall try-out procedure explained by Varsity coaches Peter Alexander and Joe Batista. Both coaches Steve Farrow (7th grade) and Amanda Blaisdell (8thgrade) had their players participate in the dynamic stretch routine that mimics the soccer warm-up at UVM.