September 14th, 2011
NEWPORT CITY â Once again the Newport City Council, on Monday night, got flooded with comments, concerns and questions over installing water meters in every home. This was the second of the three public hearings that are required before residents vote on the issue in November. Most apartment units, commercial buildings and some homes already have water meters installed.Â
NEWPORT CITY â On Saturday, Sept. 24 downtown Newport will be the hub of a festival celebrating the most colorful time of the year â fall. Phil White and Chris Johansen, representing Vermontâs North Country Chamber of Commerce, pitched the idea of a foliage festival to the city council Monday evening.
White said the plan is to organize a foliage festival in the place where Vermont's foliage starts, the Canadian Border. The festival part of the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Tour will start on Monday, Sept. 26.Â
ORLEANS --- A seemingly routine game, turned intense over the final 10 minutes of regulation, as the Lake Region Rangers battled to a 1-1 draw against the Lyndon Institute Vikings Tuesday afternoon.
âWe need to play the full game with more intensity,â Coach Brad Urie said after the game.
Over the first 40 minutes both teams played solid soccer. Each side had opportunities to score, but neither team could capitalize and put the go-ahead goal in the back of the net. It looked as if neither team wanted to take control of the game, and stake their claim as the team to beat.
St. JOHNSBURYâThe North Country girls soccer team played a strong game against a good sized Hilltopper team and came away with a 2-1 victory, their second win of the season.
"It was a total team effort," said coach Joe Batisita.
In a game dominated early by the Academy, Batista's team had dig deep and find a way to forge through the early barrage of Hilltopper pressure.
DERBYâ With beautiful conditions at the Primeau Farm holding out long enough to complete all of Tuesday's races, the North Country Falcons took home a first place team and individual finish on the girls side and a second place team finish and second individual place finish in the first and only home meet of their young season.
Senior Captain Steph Watson won the meet in a time of 20:30.Â Haley Jo Tetreault was 3rd and Caitlin Smith finished 4th overall.Â Erika Fortin (14th) and Jordan Howell (17th) rounded out the scoring for North Country.Â
September 30, 1940-August 19, 2011
Ronald H. Twombly, 70, of Durham, CT passed away at his home on Friday, August 19, 2011. He was the husband of Laurie Mester. He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT on September 30, 1940 and was the son of Herbert D. and Elsie âSallyâ (Wilkie) Twombly.
NEWPORT CITY â For years, Newport had grand, beautiful hotels on its Main Street, as seen in the yellowed photos from the Richardson-Cartee photo collection that have been printed on paper placemats and distributed throughout the area.
If Frank and Michelle Richardi, owners of Lago Tratoria, have their way, a hotel will once again grace Newport's downtown.
The Richardis want to open a 20-room hotel and restaurant on top of their existing restaurant.
DERBY - The Derby Planning Commission was split on a motion to grant Bill Simendinger a demolition permit to tear down two commercial Derby Line buildings.
The hearing on the issue, which had been tabled, was reopened Monday evening and then closed following brief testimony. Planners went into deliberative session, emerged, and a motion to grant the demolition permit with a condition was made by planner Dave LaBelle and seconded by planner Jim Bumps.
MORGAN â They were literally up to their knees in mud! Thatâs the kind of day a group of volunteers from the Morgan Church spent working to restore homes and yards for families devastated by the storms two weeks ago in Hartford, VT.
Pastor Michael DeSena put out a call at the Saturday night and Sunday services and 16 people showed up the next day, Labor Day, to make the 90 mile trip to help any way they could. The pastor said a colleague let him know there was a need for help in Hartford and Waterbury.
NEWPORT CITY â In 1958, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House, a home sold for $30,000, the first Pizza Hut opened and Yvette Deslandes started her medical career in Orleans County.
Deslandes, who retires from North Country Hospital at the end of this week, started working as a nurseâs aide at the former Orleans County Memorial Hospital. When she started, her uncle told her she would not last at the hospital more than a week.