NEWPORT - Wind. Wind. Wind. If there's one issue that dominated the news and the minds of people in the area, it was industrial wind towers. From the battle on the hillsides of Derby Line to the protests and sign waving on the Lowell Mountain ridgeline, wind was the hot issue of the year, and may be for years to come.
NORTHFIELDâ€“The Falcon hockey girls overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to defeat Northfield 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
A late arrival at the Kreitzberg Arena led to more first periods trouble for North Country, as the Marauders (2-4) went up 1-0, putting the Falcons once again behind the eight ball.
"It was one of those typical first periods that seem to be plaguing us as of late," said coach Claude Paul.
In the second the girls played a little better, but still could not find the back of the net, and headed into the third still down a goal.
JAY-Another game and another night of poor road conditions for the boy's hockey team from North Country.
They must really like that holiday favorite 'Let it Snow,' because each of the last two times out, the weather was frightful, but inside was indeed delightful, as the Falcons once again scored five third period goals, besting 1-3 Rice to stay undefeated at 4-0 in the young season.
"We pressured early, controlled the pace, but did not get any return on our efforts in the first two periods," said coach Andrew Roy.
LYNDONâ€“After three close quarters, the North Country girl's basketball team shook loose for seventeen fourth quarter points en-route to a 42-25 win over the Lyndon Institute Vikings.
The Falcons weren't helped out at all by the officials, as they had four players with four fouls by gameâ€™s end.
"It is tough to adjust to officials when they change the way they are calling the game mid-way through," mused coach Christiane Brown.
Early on, the refs were letting the girls play a fairly physical style of B-ball, but by the end, as Brown puts it, "they were calling some real ticky-tack stuff."
NEWPORTâ€“BFA St. Albans completed the season sweep over the North Country boy's basketball team on Saturday, defeating the Falcons 88-63 to move to 2-3 in 2012.
"We struggled in every facet of the game," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "It was a very tough outing to say the least."
At one point the game was tied 11-11, but the Bobwhites went on a mad tear, and at the break, they were up 49-2.
In the second half they salted it away to put the Falcons' record at 1-4.
HYDE PARKâ€“Drew Gallup's nineteen points paced the Lake Region Rangers, as they moved to 5-0 after defeating Enosburg (3-1) to win the Lamoille Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
Shaquille Urie chipped in eight points in the victory, and now the team will ready itself for Matthieu St. Amour's antics on Thursday as they will host Missisquoi at 7:00.
MT. HORâ€“ It was a tough day at the races for the North Country Nordic ski teams this weekend, as both the boys and girls finished last their respective divisions.
JOHNSON â€“ The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors passed a resolution that recommended a moratorium of up to two years on renewable power supply mandates.
The recommendation will be made to the Vermont Legislature.
The board of directors' meeting agenda stated that the topic was geared towards new wind turbine power projects, but the discussion evolved to include all renewable projects as the talks ensued, explained Liz Gamache, spokesperson with VEC.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Nasty! That was the word for many Northeast Kingdom residents who braved yesterday's blizzard to get to work or do shopping. Many people stayed home.
Plow trucks scraped off as much as they could, but at the rate the snow was falling, the work seemed like a futile effort. In the meantime, a number of drivers had a hard time staying on the road.
NEWPORT- Merrilyn Barry, Director of Volunteers at North Country Hospital (and also business manager for the Wellness Center), coordinates dozens of volunteers working in different capacities at the hospital. One group of retired volunteers works in a variety of positions including the gift shop, information desk, stock room, library, dialysis, physical therapy, information systems, and by shredding documents and helping out in the waiting room. Volunteers work four- or five-hour shifts depending on need and the area where they work.