May 10th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - It was Derby Day at Lago Tratoria, where ladies and gents were dressed in their finery to celebrate the most famous horse race in American history, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
This yearâ€™s race at Churchill Downs was won by #19, Iâ€™ll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez of Vancouver.
The Newport event was a fundraiser for the Renaissance Corporation. Participants paid a door fee, engaged in a silent auction, and even had a Derby hat contest, with the ladies appearing in their finest millinery.
BRIGHTON, VT - The Brighton Baptist Church sits along Rt. 114's southern shoulder as it slopes into the town of Island Pond.
A railroad town with a rich history, Island Pond was once a bustling hub marking the halfway point on the Portland-Montreal railroad line. It was and still is in many circles regarded as â€śthe gateway to the Northeast Kingdom.â€ť
NEWPORTâ€“Lake Region played host to North Country at the Prouty Beach tennis courts on Wednesday, but the Falcons still felt that home town advantage and defeated the Lady Rangers 7-0.
"We needed this win. We have played some very difficult matches lately, especially ones against Montpelier and Middlebury," said North Country coach Marie George. "The 3-4 loss to Mount Mansfield on Monday really prepared the team for this win."
Unfortunately for Lake Region it was a very one sided affair as the Falcons allowed only two sets to go the Rangersâ€™ way.
ORLEANSâ€“Fairfax freshman fireballer Kayla Mathieu stymied Lake Regionâ€™s bats, tossing a no-hitter, while her teammates gave her more than enough support in a 20-1 schoolgirls softball game Wednesday night.
â€śOur first two games against them, they threw (senior pitcher) Ruby (Bushey), and we knew we could hit her,â€ť said Ranger coach Matt Tinker. â€śWe were actually pretty confident coming in. But we werenâ€™t prepared for this girl (Mathieu). She was just phenomenal.â€ť
Testut–– George Nelson, 79, of Island Pond, VT, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in his winter home in Brooksville, Florida, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with kidney disease. A Catholic graveside ceremony and internment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Island Pond, which will be determined at a later date.
For the full obituary see Thursday's Express.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Vermont Department of Tourism is holding five press events throughout the week.
Each conference showcases the attributes of a community. Yesterdayâ€™s event took place at the Gateway Center.
Jen Butson, director of communications for Vermont Tourism and Marketing, said the state welcome 13.7 million visitors a year, which amounts to $1.5 billion in revenues and supports 11.5 percent of jobs in the state.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) power lines and poles in the area may not up to safety standards and potentially out of compliance. A proposed work schedule is underway and VELCO is planning to file for a Certificate of Public good this month.
VELCO officials held an informational public meeting Monday at the Newport Municipal building. The meeting included a VELCO team, but few others showed up. Members of the Jay Planning Commission, Developer Tony Tanguay, and members of the press attended to hear about plans and ask questions.
LOWELL - Ten elementary school students were congratulated on winning a $250 college savings account through the Reading is an Investment Program. The program is now in its second year and was used this school term by 124 Vermont elementary schools.
Last year, 108 schools participated. The program promotes both financial literacy and reading literacy through classroom and library instruction and through a personal reading program.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Legislators continue to face the public even though the 2012 session ended Saturday. Healthcare and energy were some of the topics of discussion during Northeastern Vermont Development Associationâ€™s Legislative Breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant Monday morning.
Pouliot–– Michel I., 67, of Holiday, Florida, died April 16, 2012 at the Marliere Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey, Florida.
For the full obituary see Wednesday's Express.