June 17th, 2012
BARTONâ€“Thursday evening yielded the kind of conditions conducive to playing a little baseball.
Good thing too because it was indeed baseball on the menu as the Barton Dodgers and the Newport Orioles squared off in the Orleans County Cal Ripken Majorsâ€™ championship game.
It was a close game that had a little bit of the sublime and the surreal.
Both teams fielded a strong combination of quality pitching and timely hitting, but on this day Newport was just a little bit better, defeating their opponents to the south 6-4.
LYNDONâ€“The Lake Region Sun Devils 16-U girls softball team extracted a bit of revenge Friday night, posting a 12-6 victory over the Lyndon Rays.
Earlier in the week these same two clubs locked horns in Orleans, with the Rays coming away with the 11-9 win. But this time around, the Sun Devils rode the pitching of Michelle Thibeault and Hannah Leroux to garner their third victory on the summer season, with Thibeault racking up 8 strikeouts and allowing just 4 hits in five innings of work, before Leroux picked up the save, fanning four batters in two innings of relief.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Newport City is putting its money into tourism. Bicycle racks will soon adorn city streets, walking maps have been made, the Tasting Center is taking hold and the airport is on track for expansion.
Bill Morison, chair of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) Economic Restructuring Committee, said during committee meeting yesterday that the committee switched gears from grant funding to community funding so the city can install 10 bicycle racks in June.
Trish Sears, NCRC executive director, placed an order for the racks Wednesday.
GlOVER â€“ If John Rodgers has his way, he will once again grace the front steps of the state capital.
Rodgers, a Democrat, served as a member of the House for eight years. He lost his seat to Sam Young in 2010.
Rodgers said that in 2010 he took a risk by doing no campaigning and lost by one vote. Rodgers said he and his wife Brenda voted for himself and Young for the two-seat district.
NEWPORT â€“ Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Memphremagog is a busy business that many locals may not know much about: Newport Marine Services.
The business has weathered the economic storm and continues going strong, but it isnâ€™t quite as busy as it was at other times, explained owner Bob Kerr.
Orleans-The Lake Region Sun Devils picked up their second victory of the season in girls 16-U Babe Ruth softball action Wednesday night with a 15-0 victory over the Hardwick Wildcats.
Lake Region plated two in the first inning and eight more in the second to jump out to an early insurmountable lead.
Michelle Thibeault smacked a triple for the host Sun Devils, and after an injury reduced Hardwick to two outfielders, Sabrina Roberge took advantage and sent a liner down the left field line that she legged out for a home run.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Crews continue to rebuild the Long Bridge that may reopen to traffic by the end of the year, even if it's not quite finished. That was the word Wednesday from Francine Perkins, public relations officer for Reed & Reed Inc., the company working on the bridge.
â€śThe schedule moves around quite a bit with any kind of construction like this,â€ť she said. â€śThe bridge work may not be done, but theyâ€™ll get it to a point where they can hopefully get traffic on it.â€ť
For awhile, traffic will probably be one way while crews work on the bridge.
DERBY â€“ Sen. Vince Illuzzi said Wednesday that he will be filing the paperwork with the Secretary of State today to run for state auditor. However, he wonâ€™t make a formal announcement until later this year.
â€śIt may be later this month or it may be in September,â€ť said Illuzzi, who is running as a Republican. â€śIâ€™m still talking with folks about when to do that.â€ť
Illuzzi is facing off against Doug Hoffer, a Burlington Progressive who is seeking the Democratic nomination.