February 18th, 2013
NEWPORT - On Sunday afternoon, Ron Wright addressed hundreds of enthusiastic participants at the 9th Annual NEK Ice Fishing Derby, thanking everyone, including sponsors, for their support.
â€śYou did a great job,â€ť Wright said to the packed audience. â€śI can't do this by myself.... The vendors, the local sponsors, everyone stepped up. We went out to check several lakes and had a great time. This event takes a lot of work to put it on, and I have to thank my family for their support.â€ť
CRAFTSBURY - In January 2011, Pete's Greens of Craftsbury was in ruins after a fire destroyed the production facility. A new, 160,000-square-foot facility stands in its place with with freezers, a large root storage room, the washing and packing floor, the seed starting area, a small visitorâ€™s room, the kitchen where employees get their meals and the extra summer produce is canned and stored, and expanded office space.
Pete's Greens has taken the lead in Vermont's changing agricultural industry, with a focus on buying local, fresh food.
NEWPORT CITY - Are you looking for adventure, action, comedy, and romance books for a low price? Then just make your way to Twice Told Tales.
Twice Told Tales sells new and used books, textbooks and books on tape and compact discs. Owner Marie Westlake also sells books to local schools and the Northern State Correctional Facility library.
"We can get anything anybody wants," she said, including out of print books.
Westlake opened the store in Derby in 1998. Since then, she moved several times between Derby Line and Newport City. This last move put her next to the Waterfront Cinema.
Wrightâ€“â€“ Ruth of Derby Line, VT passed away February 13, 2013 in Newport, VT.Â
For the full obituary see Monday's Express.
DERBY â€“ Nothing warms the heart like ice fishing, especially when it's done to raise money for cancer victims.
This year marked the 9th Annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Tournament hosted by Wright's Enterprises in Derby. A host of sponsors signed up for the event, tickets sold like the proverbial hot cakes, the youth portion of the derby netted quite a catch, and those brave enough to endure the event met Sunday for a lively feast and to watch the winners receive their much prized awards.
JAYâ€“Saturday night's boy's hockey game had a little bit of everything in it, as North Country was able to come from behind twice to defeat Rutland 5-3 to move to 12-4-1 on the season.
"The guys picked it up in the third period, came out firing and with a lot of determination, corrected some of the mistakes we were making earlier in the game," said NCU coach Andrew Roy.
Saturday was also senior day for NCU, as the team honored their four seniors, Adam Viens, Chris Bronson, Kody Halikas and Logan Fortier before the start of the game.
JAYâ€“The North Country girls exacted a measure of revenge on the Brattleboro Colonels Saturday night, defeating their opponents 4-0 to even the season series at 1-1.
"It was a good solid win," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "I don't think we gave too many chances for them to score, and we shut down their top player Maddie Rollins."
Mikaella Doran recorded her ninth shut-out of the year, stopping seven shots as the Falcons move to 14-3-1.
Alex Fellows had eleven saves for 4-12 Brattleboro.
NEWPORTâ€“In between the Crusaders' doubleheader with Mid-Vermont Christian Academy, the United Christian Academy was presented with the 2012 Mona Gerome Award.
The winner of the award is determined by basketball referees throughout the state who vote on which school most exemplifies an excellence in sportsmanship throughout the season.
No. Country 43, St. Johnsbury 36
NEWPORTâ€“ The Falcons got out to a 19-9 lead in the first half and never looked back, exacting a little revenge on the Hilltoppers for defeating them earlier this season.
"It is nice to see the kids be happy," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "When you win you are happy, when you play well, you're happy. It was nice to see them go out and execute our game plan, playing at our tempo."
Shafferâ€“- Roger L., 74, of Barton, VT passed away at his home on February 12, 2013.
For the full obituary see Friday's Express.