December 4th, 2012
DERBY, VT - The North Country Union Junior High School has embarked on an ambitious project to create a walking path that will start behind the school and will border the soccer fields, providing a nice view of the elk farm and Derby Pond.
With a $10,000 fund available through a VEHI Path to Wellness program, which awards matching funds to schools for innovative projects, the Wellness Committee is engaged in fund-raising to pay the balance of the costs.
Total cost for the project is estimated at $31,500, which works out at $9 per foot of pathway.
NEWPORTâ€“When was the last time you saw a member of the North Country basketball team dunk a ball?
In the three years since I have been covering the team I had yet to see it happen, but when I stopped by the NCU gym to chat with coach Brian Bonvechio, I finally saw it.
Freshman Kendrick Gray soared down the lane, went up, and came down with a thunderous one-handed slam, ushering in a new era and attitude of Falcon basketball.
NEWPORTâ€“This year it is going to be about the doing the little things right for the North Country girl's basketball team.
"I emphasized to the girls that the little things are going to make a difference this season," said coach Christiane Brown. "Making our lay-ups, pushing the ball forward, not losing who we are guarding and finding a body to box out. The little things are going to be what puts us over the top this season.
"I want us to put points on the board, but it is going to be all of the things that lead up to that are what's important to me."
DERBY â€“ Late Monday morning, local, state and federal authorities took two men into custody, whom police believe to be either witnesses or possible suspects in a shooting in Nashua, N.H.
Peter Hinckley, Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General, identified the men as Daniel DeGrace and Benjamin Mayberry.
Police have not released specific details of the shooting, which occurred Sunday night. Hinckley said the shooting victim, a man, was alive and in the hospital.
JAY - What seemed to be just a magnificent and almost unbelievable dream on paper has turned into a reality in just a couple of years.
Four years ago, Bill Stenger, co-owner and President of Jay Peak Resort, unveiled plans for development that called for hundreds of millions of dollars. Stenger and his team were steadfast in their dream and it quickly began taking shape and became a huge success story.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Fran and Melanie Azur have donated a large amount of grass-fed beef to area food shelves.
The donation comes just in time for the Christmas holidays. Joe Patrissi, executive director for Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), said at least 300 families went to NEKCA for Thanksgiving baskets, but the organization only had enough for about half of the requests.
DERBY LINE - Federal and state officials have seized the inventory, assets and accounts of a credit union operated out of a home in Derby Line.
Investigators remain tight-lipped on why they seized Border Lodge Credit Union and how they discovered a problem. However, the Credit Union Times (CU Times), an industry publication, reports that the entity was experiencing higher delinquencies recently as well as decreasing protective measures on loan losses.
NEWPORT, VT - The North Country Union High School Board met briefly Thursday and touched on several subjects of interest, notably that negotiations for a new teachers' contract had been concluded with attorneys for both sides reviewing the document.
Superintendent Robert Kern said an earlier agreement had been reached but a last second objection over the interpretation of some language in the contract proposal sent the matter back to the negotiating table.
Dr. Kern said the major issue was language regarding early retirement and insurance benefits.