TESTING, TESTING...

NEWPORT – The Northern Star is in the final stages preparing for its maiden voyage on Lake Memphremagog. Yesterday, an engineer, under the watchful eye of the U.S. Coast Guard, put the vessel through a series of mandatory stability tests.The tests, which entail having large barrels of water that weight over 500 pounds each, determine the boat's safety and how many passengers it can hold.For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 18, 2013.