May 23rd, 2012
Editorâ€™s note: Tuesday, Jay presented the first part of his dedication speech presented at a recent edition of the Burlington Book Festival. The Festival celebrated the work of the Irasburg writer during an opening night tribute. This weekâ€™s installment concludes Jayâ€™s presentation.
I was raised by a Texas grandmother who turned me on to movies, but the films she took me to were westerns and Tennessee Williams pictures. So while my 7 year-old peers were watching â€śDumboâ€ť and â€śLady and the Tramp,â€ť I was checking out â€śRed Riverâ€ť and â€śCat On A Hot Tin Roof.â€ť
DERBY â€“ About 160 sixth grade students throughout the North Country Supervisory Union met at Indoor Recreation of Orleans Country (IROC) yesterday for the annual Medieval Fair.
The fair was a year end activity for the students who studied the Renaissance. Newport City School teacher Gina Miller and Derby Elementary School teacher Jeanne Beaudry organized the event, which also served as a transitional meeting for the students who will be attending North Country Union Junior High School in the fall.
DERBY - A Derby man reported being bit by a rabid raccoon in Derby yesterday.
Stan Davis, of Nelson Hill Road, arrived at home to find the animal hanging around his house, "acting strange, making pathetic noises and growling," Davis said.
Davis described the animal as three-fourths grown.
Davis' wife kept an eye on the creature as Davis went for a gun, but before Davis could shoot the animal, the raccoon bit Davis in the leg. Davis then chased the coon and eventually killed it.
NEWPORTâ€“It was senior day at Prouty Beach for the North Country girls tennis team. Members of the class of 2012, Kelsey O'Donnell, Carlie Diette and Rhiannon Rosamillia were honored by their coach before the game with framed pictures of themselves as a memento for their four years with the team.
The seniors were not the only ones that will be departing from the team, head coach and co-founder of the program Marie George has decided to hang up her coaching racquet after twenty-five years with the team.
NEWPORTâ€“The home portion of a trying season came to a close for the Falcons on Tuesday.
Mount Mansfield came into North Country's ball yard and defeated the home team 15-3 on senior day.
The Cougars jumped out to leads of 1-0, 4-0, 9-0 and 13-0 before the Falcon offense got going in the fifth.
The Falcons plated three runs in the inning to cut the lead to ten, but Mount Mansfield added two more runs late to finalized the win.
NEWPORTâ€“Things were looking promising for the North Country softball team on Tuesday afternoon.
After paying tribute to their departing seniors, junior Anna Bingham staked her team to a 1-0 lead in the first, going yard off of MMU's pitcher Colleen Davis.
In the second the Cougars decided to crash the party, scoring two runs in the frame to take the lead.
North Country continued the fight in the bottom of the frame with Mariah Roberts singling, scoring and knotting the contest at two.
MMU took back the lead in the third on Autumn Hallock's double that scored Sydney LeBourveau.
The Lake Region Rangers softball team was clearly in the giving mood Tuesday, as ten errors in the field combined with a handful of mental mistakes led to a 10-9 extra-inning loss to Enosburg.
While the defense did everything they could to give the contest away, the offense kept coming back, tying or taking the lead on three different occasions after falling behind.
Ranger starter Michelle Thibeault also did her part, striking out a career high 7 batters, but in the end could not overcome a porous Ranger defense that made a least one error in every inning of play.
COVENTRY - Sunday, the Newport City Police, Vermont State Police, Newport Ambulance Service and the Newport City Fire Department responded to Acrash on Route 105 by Reed Road in Coventry.
The road is under construction and dirt.
Police released no details as of Tuesday evening.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Phil White, executive director of Indoor Recreation of Orleans (IROC), asked for money from the Newport City Council Monday evening.
IROC, for the past two or three years, raised $85,000 so that area youth could enjoy the facility at no cost. Next March, IROC officials will ask area towns to support the Youth Initiative Program. The goal is to establish a sustainable source of revenue for youth programming at IROC.