September 27th, 2011
IRASBURG - Steve Baraw is busy maneuvering his skidder while on a logging job in Irasburg. Despite the economic downturn in other areas, logging seems to be holding steady.
Vermontâ€™s wood industry goes back 250 years. The first sawmill was built in Westminster around 1739, and by 1840, there were over 1,000 sawmills in Vermont.
Vermont's forest products industry contributed about $1 billion in value of shipments to the Vermont economy in 2001 and employed almost 12,000 people. Over 78% of the land area of the state is forested.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport Center man already on probation for aggravated domestic assault entered a not guilty plea to another charge of aggravated domestic assault. Monday, Judge Robert Bent ordered John Heath held on $7,500 bail.
Based on the affidavit filed in the case by Senior Trooper Callie Field, the following allegedly occurred.
EAST MONTPELIERâ€“The North Country boys and girls cross country teams both took home 3rd place overall at the U32 XC Invitational last Saturday. In an odd coincidence both teams ended up with a total of 113 points in their respective finishes.
Middlebury (65 pts) set the pace in the girls division, Bellows Free Academy (80 pts) coming in second and the NC girls (113pts) in third.
In the boys race it was Middlebury (47 pts) again at the top of the pack with host team U32 (78 pts) in second followed by the Falcons (113pts).
NEWPORTâ€“On a beautiful warm and sunny day, the North Country field hockey team played host to the Highlanders of Harwood for a rare Monday afternoon contest.
The Falcons played much better than in their previous outing against Spaulding, but still came out on the short side of the stick with a 4-0 loss.
"This is a much better game than Spaulding. They (Harwood) are a D2 team and we can walk off the field with nothing to complain about," said Coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Gosley–– Charlena Mary, 92, of Newport died peacefully on September 21, 2011 at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the North Troy Village Cemetery with Rev. Chris Barton officiating. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.Â Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes, locally family owned and operated.
On Sept. 24, around 7:45 a.m., the clerk at the TD Bank in Waitsfield unlocked the front doors for customers. A few minutes later, an unknown male or female suspect entered the bank and went to one of the tellers, handing the teller a note indicating the suspect had a gun and to hand over all the money.
The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and placed the money into a black, hard leather case with a shoulder strap. A firearm was not displayed and the only communication was through the note.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The medical field apparently has its eyes on Newport in a big way.
First, AnC Bio has plans to open a research facility in the former Bogner Plant. On Friday, a separate company, Numia Medical Technology of Lyndonville, purchased the former Vermont Teddy Bear Factory on Farrant Street from Bob Miller for an undisclosed amount of money.
SOUTH BURLINGTON-While the North Country Falcon offense has made the big headlines this fall, the rock ribbed defensive unit of NCU showed its teeth Saturday afternoon. The Falcons raised their record to 4-0 as they steadily wore down the home team and defending state champion Rice Green Knights on their turf.
NEWPORTâ€“A talent laden Montpelier team paid a visit to North Country Friday night, and defeated the Falcon girls in hard fought overtime soccer contest 2-1.
The Solons controlled play for the majority of the game with a combination of accurate passing and a mid field regroup that the Falcons had a hard time defending.
"They have a very skilled team, we knew that, and we let them cycle around mid field," said Coach Peter Alexander, "They are so quick on the ball. We are used to trying to possess, but they were right on us."