September 7th, 2011
BRIGHTON - At the Brighton Selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening, the issue of abandoned "eyesores" and cluttered properties, which may be creating possible public hazards, drew a small crowd that turned out to ask the selectboard to take some action. The town health officer held the floor for the first part of the meeting. He had reports on several inspections he had done recently at the request of the board.
WATERBURY, VT - The Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) has filed for reconsideration of the Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission.
Kirstin Sultan, the District 7 Coordinator, issued the JO on August 8. It states that the existing telecommunications towers located on Nelson Hill in Derby need Act 250 permits. However no one seems to know when the towers were built. Neighbors provided conflicting reports and USDA photos do not identify the year the photos were taken.
SWANTONâ€“North Country's buys soccer team got under the eight ball early, and could not find a way out, as MVU topped the Falcons 3-0 in the boy's first game of the 2011 season.
The Falcons could only muster three shots against a stingy Thunderbird defense, while Logan Fortier faced sixteen shots against.
North Country will look to even up their record as they play host to MMU this Saturday at 10:00 AM in the teamsâ€™ home opener
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“ Despite a strong effort from rookie goaltender Danielle Gabucci, the Falcons field hockey team dropped their first contest of the season by the score of two to nothing to the Rice Green Knights.
"We played awesome, very defensively," said Coach Chantelle Bouchard, "Rice is a very tough team."
After a Megan Simpson goal was disallowed in the first half due to contact with a foot, Rice's Erika Gonyaw would score the official opening goal of the game on a penalty corner after time had expired in the first half.
Former Falcon Houston Judd will be making a return to the Green Mountain State when the St. Lawrence football Saints travel to Norwich to take on the Cadets. Kick if is scheduled for 1:30 at Norwichs' Sabine Field.
This will be Judds' first return to his home state since he started with the Saints in the fall of 2009. He is currently playing on the right side of the offensive line after he started his college career as a defensive end.The move to the O line occurred during Judds' sophomore year.
ORLEANSâ€“The second game of the season didnâ€™t follow the same script as the first one did, as the Ranger boys fell to the Lamoille Lancers by a 3-2 score.
The Rangers came out of the gate strong as Josh Thibault corralled a Caleb Royer throw-in and banged it in the back of the net for a 1-0 Lake Region score, just 24 seconds into the contest. But the rest of the contest wouldnâ€™t be as easy for the Rangers. The Lancers would score twice in the first half to go into halftime leading by a score of 2-1.
Those who suffered any damage as a result of Tropical Storm Ireneâ€™s wrath should report damage by calling 211. Vermontâ€™s 211, through the United Way, is working in cooperation with Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) and Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Vermont VOAD).
NEWPORT - Within the next three years, school lunch programs across the country, including those in the Northeast Kingdom, may have to start charging more for their lunches. The increase is part of the national legislation known as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
Schools charging on average $2.46 or more per student per meal for a paid lunch would not be required to adjust the lunch cost for the 2011-2012 school year, but those charging less, will.
GLOVER - Last Saturday, the Glover Volunteer Fire Department held a 5k walk/run to raise money for a college scholarship fund. The newly formed group and the participants didn't let the storm or weekend rain dampen the spirit of the event. Though participation wasn't as high as they would have liked, the auxiliary was able to put away $300 towards their scholarship.
LOWELL - Construction is now underway on the controversial Lowell Mountain wind project after three years of planning and preparation. On Friday, J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center started construction on a staging area and access road in the foothills of the mountain range.
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is spearheading the construction project called Kingdom Community Wind. The 63-megawatt wind energy project will be up and running by December 2012, Dotty Schnure, spokesperson for GMP, said Tuesday.