February 4th, 2013
As I was watching all of the commercials during this year's Super Bowl, I was thinking there were not that many that completely wowed me. But there were a few that stood out this year, not necessarily because they were really funny, but because they were well put together and delivered a great message.
I sat with a notebook in hand, viewing every single ad, and here is my take on the 2013 commercial spots.
First let's look at the ones that would fall into the serious, think-piece category.
DERBY - Vicky Farrand-Lewis is seeking a three-year seat on the Derby Select Board, a position that has opened up after long-time member Karen Jenne decided to run for the town clerk and treasurer position instead.
Lewis began attending more town meetings and speaking up when the town was discussing the proposal to erect industrial sized turbines on Derby Line farms. Lewis supports a moratorium on future wind developments because she feels more research is needed on their effects on surrounding areas.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ This year's Winter Carnival was all about fireworks and ice.
The Newport Recreation Department sponsored the event that took place in Gardner Park Saturday.
The day started with three teams battling to the finish in the Orleans County Citizen Advocacy Winter Golf Challenge. The team SSMC, which consisted of a foursome from Haverhill, N.H. came in first place. Rusty's Electric came in second place and the team from Passumpsic Savings Bank came in third place.
For more about the carnival, see Monday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 4, 2013.
NEWPORTâ€“After going almost two long months since their last win, the North Country boys basketball team rallied from an eleven point first quarter deficit to defeat the Colchester Lakers 57-52 on Thursday evening.
"This feels great and it has been a long time coming," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio. "We played these guys to a two point game at Colchester and we thought that we could play with them tonight and we did. We played tough defense and got some great performances out of these young men."
ORLEANS-Strong defense leads to good offense, and with a smothering press combined with some lights out shooting, the Lake Region boys ran all over the Stowe Raiders en-route to a season-high 93-38 win on Friday night.
â€śIt was an all-around great effort out there, one through eleven. We were missing Clint, but everyone played well," said LRU coach James Ingalls. "We just wanted to work out the kinks on defense, as last few games we have been letting up the last few minutes, but they brought the intensity for 32 minutes tonight."
No. Country 3, Middlebury 1
MIDDLEBURYâ€“Trailing 1-0 after one period, the Falcons were able to rally behind two goals from Crystal Moss to earn a big road win over a much improved Tiger team.
"The girls are starting to learn how to bounce back after a tough first period," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "Overall we had a good second and third, really taking over the game in the final period."
Heading into the second down 1-0, Emily Doty hooked up with Moss for the first North Country goal of the game.
The Lake Region boys basketball team defeated Stowe 93-38 while the North Country girls hockey team rallied to win 3-0 against Middlebury. The UCA boys defeated Canaan 61-21 to get a needed bounce-back win. Full details in Monday's Express on 2-4-13.
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NEWPORT-The North Country Boys defeated Colchester 57-52 in Metro Division Basketball action tonight. Big game for Tyler Jenne with 17 points, also Connor Hogan was a monster on the boards for the Falcons.
Full details to come soon.
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DERBY â€“ Working for the Town of Derby is something that Faye Morin always wanted to do. She gave the town clerkâ€™s office her resume several years ago and continued to check in with the hope of coming on board.
When former town clerk Nicole Daigle found a new job and resigned before her term was up, she brought in Morin and trained her in the positions of town clerk, town treasurer and school treasurer.
Morin says she is a â€śpeople personâ€ť and is well organized. So far she has worked on two elections and an audit and everything has gone smoothly.
BNEWPORT CITY â€“ When a life is in the balance, having the right equipment at the right time can make all the difference. That's why Newport Ambulance Service (NAS) wants to add two Lucas CPR devices to its fleet. Jay Wood, division manager for NAS, said the service has been in the process of obtaining federal grants to purchase the equipment.
â€śThey are machines that do CPR very, very efficiently,â€ť said Wood. â€śThat is the big thing now when we talk about cardiac arrest.â€ť