ORLEANS/ESSEX COUNTIES - The United States Post Office has announced far-reaching new plans to streamline services to save millions of dollars and try to stay solvent. Among these changes are the termination of overnight delivery.
There has been talk of suspending Saturday delivery and window and lobby services. Nationwide, post offices will be closed along with some distribution centers. Here in Vermont, there is talk of moving part of the distribution center at White River Junction to Burlington.
NEWPORTâ€“Despite graduating only one senior last season, it is a year of change for the North Country girls hockey team, and it starts at the top of the program.
The coaching staff has under gone a makeover that has former North Country player and long time Boarder Hockey coach Claude Paul taking the head coaching reigns from four year veteran Tracy Muzerall. Muzerall will continue to be a part of the staff, serving as an assistant to Paul, but realized she needed to focus on other aspects of her life.
NEWPORTâ€“Sports memorabilia enthusiasts gathered at the Municipal Building in Newport on Saturday to buy, sell, trade, and admire a wide variety of sports collectables.
Put on by long time collector Gary Thomas, the event featured collections from Thomas as well as a host of other local collectors.
"We've tried the show here a couple of times, and hoped to get people who have cards to bring them in and try to sell them or just display them," says Thomas, "But I have been in the hobby for at least twenty-five years."
LOWELL, VT - Seven people were arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday morning including a local newspaper publisher, a doctor and a college professor.
A group of protesters opposed to the construction of 21 industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain planned the civil disobedience event Monday morning. The group of approximately 11 gathered on the crane path on the ridge line and stopped construction vehicles from advancing to their work sites. The land that protesters stood on is disputed property.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Thursday, about two dozen Newport area residents met at the Emory State Office Building to discuss community needs. Similar meetings have taken place elsewhere in the state. Eventually members of the groups will bring their message to the State House.
Put People First, part of the Vermont Workers' Center, organized Thursdayâ€™s meeting. Members are particularly concerned about what will happen to public assistance programs. They also feel everyone has a right to housing, education and dignified work.
COVENTRY â€“ Unconfirmed reports state that the Vermont Sate Police were involved in a high speed chase involving a black Dodge pickup, possibly a Dakota with a broken back window, around 11:25 Monday morning in Coventry. It is believed that the unidentified occupant of the pick-up truck was speeding while going through a construction site and that during the pursuit speeds were in excess of 80 mph.
As James Ingalls enters the 2012 campaign, his 9th at the helm of the Rangers, he will look to rebound from a tough 2011, in which his team went 9-13, including a 2nd-round playoff exit at the hands of Leland and Gray High School. This was after the team won an impressive 70 games combined in the previous 3 seasons.
In order to turn around the program, Coach Ingalls will need to rely on his group of seniors, to provide leadership both on and off the court. His seniors include: Caleb Royer, Tony Stuart, Seth Lawson, James Margola, and Darik Messier.
COLCHESTER-Itâ€™s been a winding road for the last two years for former Lake Region standout Abbey Lalime. The Orleans native has landed at her second school in as many years playing now for Division Two Stonehill, located some 30 miles outside Boston.
DERBY â€“ On Friday afternoon, Katy Murray, a manager at the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), started to go to the second floor of the complex and noticed smoke in the sports arena.
IROC staff members evacuated the building and called 911 at 3:30 p.m.