May 16th, 2012
COVENTRY â€“ Republican Michael Marcotte of Coventry is seeking his fifth term for the House of Representatives for District Orleans-2, which consists of Newport City, Newport Center, Irasburg and Coventry.
Marcotte said heâ€™s enjoyed the past eight years in Montpelier. â€śItâ€™s been a great learning experience,â€ť he said. â€śI enjoy working for constituents in my district.â€ť
Marcotte is vice-chair of the Economics Committee and has an excellent working relationship with the chair of his committee, Bill Botzow, and with Speaker of the House Shap Smith.
NORTH TROY â€“ Tuesday, Troy voters appropriated $23,450 for ambulance services from Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service (MVAS). MVAS had requested that amount at Town Meeting but voters had rejected the request.
Tuesday's vote passed 53 to 21.
On Town Meeting Day, residents voted to pay $18,585 instead of the requested amount. Scott Rappold, MVAS president, reacted by sending a letter to the Troy Select Board that stated the service could not provide coverage for the approved amount.
DERBY - Two Derby residents are taking heat for asking questions about how Derby Line Ambulance operates. An attorney now working with the ambulance calls the residents' actions "inappropriate."
Nathan Pickard and Roger Gosselin have attended the last few Derby Select Board meetings to state their concerns.
The select board has allowed limited discussion. Questions on whether or not the service is public or private and whether conversations should take place at a select board meeting have come up.
NEWPORT, VT - Bullying and harassment of students are coming under greater scrutiny, says Orleans Essex North Supervisory Union Superintendent Dr. Robert Kerr at the recent North Country Union High School Board Meeting.
Responding in part to the school's disciplinary process for student offenses, Kerr noted that, under law, schools can be held liable if they do not report and intervene when a charge of bullying occurs.
Lake Regionâ€™s boysâ€™ golf team is playing quite well these days. Matt Morin picked up where he left off last year and was the Medalist in his last two meets. The first at the Country Club of Vermont where he shot a 39 and again Monday at the Orleans Country Club where he put up his lowest round of the season, a 33.
The team also got some reinforcements as they welcomed back Devin Morley during Mondayâ€™s meet after he missed some time with a hand injury. In his first meet back he shot a respectable 46 for the Rangers.
Carl Oberg also shot his low round of the season on Monday with a 41.
DERBY- Derby Townâ€™s attorney Richard Saudek attended the select board meeting Monday evening to discuss where the town stands on the Derby Line Wind project. The meeting was delayed while the board waited for Saudek to show up. The board spent the time handling other matters.
Approximately 75 people, including the United States and Canadian media, Stanstead residents and town council members, and Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil crowded into the meeting room with some standing in the halls trying to hear the discussion.
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.