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Victims identified in fatal NEK crashes

in Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Details are emerging in the two fatal car crashes that took place in Orleans County this morning.

Police responded at around 6:00 a.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 100 in Newport Center by Tetreault Road.

A 2015 Ford Edge was fully engulfed in flames when police arrived.

According to the police report, the driver of the Ford, identified as James Robitaille, 33, of Montgomery, was killed during the crash.

Police say the second vehicle, a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, was located on its roof and the sole occupant was also pronounced deceased.

The driver was identified as Rex Starr, 68, of Lowell.

Police say the crash remains under investigation, but it appears as though Robitaille was traveling southbound and began to pass another vehicle at the crest of a hill, and collided with Starr, traveling in the northbound lane.

Police say during the initial investigation, the report of the second crash in the town of Morgan was received.

This was a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 111 by Barter Road.

The operator, identified as Daniel Frascoia, 27, of Newport, was also pronounced deceased.

The vehicle was located off of the westbound travel lane when police arrived.

“Based on evidence at the scene, the crash likely occurred during the early morning hours and is estimated at around 5:00 a.m.” Trooper Abigail Drew said in a statement.

Both crashes remain under investigation at this time.

Police: 2 killed in Newport Center crash, 1 killed in Morgan

in Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Police say that three people have died in two separate car crashes in Orleans County this morning.

First, a two-car collision at around 6:00 a.m. killed both drivers on Vermont Route 100 in Newport Center.

The second incident took place on Route 111 in Morgan.

Police say this was a single-vehicle crash, that took the life of one person.

Police have not released any more information regarding these incidents.

Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament expecting record turnout this year

in Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — As the Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament enters its ninth year, the tournament has seen a substantial increase in fisherman interest and a record number of area businesses stepping up as sponsors.

The 2019 tournament will be held February 15-17 on Seymour Lake, Echo Lake, and Lake Memphremagog. 

Registration will be at the Public Fishing Access in Morgan.

Fishing begins at 7:33 a.m. Friday and ends at 1:33 p.m. Sunday. 

The closing ceremony, tournament games, silent auction, and raffles will be at 2:33 p.m. on Sunday.

A $15 donation to the Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund will get you into the competition with a chance to win a custom designed ice shack donated and built by Limlaw Family and Friends.

Additional tickets will be sold at the registration area.

Awards include a cash prize for first place along with Eli Trophy Bomber Hats and several prizes donated by local businesses for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place fish from each lake. 

There will be separate categories and prizes for youth and pike.

A raffle and silent auction will again be held, with all proceeds going directly to student scholarships.

The Eli Scholarship Fund is also collecting bottles and cans for their annual bottle drive.

Complimentary hot food will be offered to participants each day at the registration area, compliments of the Eli Fund.   

Community support has rallied behind this year’s tournament with 50 local sponsors backing the event.

Official tournament sweatshirts are on sale now and will contribute in large part to scholarship funds.  

In 2018, The Eli Goss Memorial Fund decided to expand its tournament to include Lake Memphremagog in attempts to enhance the competition and increase attendance.

The result was an unprecedented turnout, allowing The Eli Fund to increase the amount of individual scholarship awarded to 10 Graduates of NCUHS and UCA in memory of Eli.

Since 2011, the Eli fund has awarded 48 Scholarships, totaling over $29,750.00 to graduates of UCA and NCUHS.

“I just love this event,” said Stephanie Goss, who helps the committee organize the event. “I am astounded by the generosity of local people and the spirit of reunion that has developed over the years. It allows us to remember Eli’s kind heart by supporting the dreams of students and helping them realize their dreams.”

The Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund has a mission to expand scholarship opportunities to include students who did the work while balancing academics, sports, jobs, friends, and family. 

They recognize students who are involved in life, courageous in their attempts and caring in their relationships. 
 
With any donation of $40.00 or more, you can receive your own Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament Hoodie. 

Visit www.EliGossMemorialFund.com  and www.Facebook.com/EliGossIceFishing for more information. 

Two-car crash sends vehicle into Seymour Lake

in Island Pond/Morgan/News

MORGAN — A 72-year-old Island Pond man escaped uninjured after a car crash in Morgan on Monday sent his vehicle into Seymour Lake.

The incident took place at the intersection of Vermont Route 111 and Valley Road at around 6:30 p.m.

According to the report, Rosaire Marcoux was attempting to turn left on Route 111, when he pulled too far up and out into traffic.

David Howe, 73, of New Hampshire, told police that he slammed on the brakes and steered away from Marcoux, however, he was not able to avoid the collision.

Marcoux continued traveling straight and traveled off the roadway, into the lake.

Howe was able to assist Marcoux to get out of the vehicle and out of the water.

There were no injuries during the crash.

[VIDEO] Political Forum: Orleans-1 House District

in Brownington/Charleston/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Last night a political forum was held in the Goodrich Memorial Library.

It featured three candidates running in the Orleans-1 House District, which represents Brownington, Charleston, Derby, Holland, and Morgan.

The candidates are Independent Frank Davis of Derby Line and Republican incumbents Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line and Brian Smith of Derby.

Each candidate received time to introduce themselves and make closing arguments.

Morgan resident urged Congress to support full U.S. funding for the United Nations on Capitol Hill

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — A number of Americans, including Morgan resident Parker LaCourse, showed their support for the United Nations on June 12, in Washington DC.

The gathering took place on the final day of the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Leadership Summit, a conference that trained and mobilized Americans who support the work of the UN.

The convening took place at a pivotal moment for the world and the U.S.-UN relationship.

During in-person meetings with members of Congress and their staff, advocates collectively called for full U.S. funding for the UN Regular Budget and UN Peacekeeping dues in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

To demonstrate there overwhelming support for a strong U.S.-UN engagement, more than 600 Americans from across the country, including LaCourse, converged on Capitol Hill to petition Congress to maintain robust U.S. support for vital UN agencies and programs and discuss global issues like climate change, peace and security, the refugee crisis, and more.

They also called on their members of Congress to stand up for the rights of all people by presenting them with a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that embodies a key pillar of the UN’s work.

Police in Orleans County looking for mailbox vandals

in Brighton/Charleston/Holland/Morgan

HOLLAND — Local police are seeking the public’s assistance after a number of mailboxes were vandalized in five towns over the weekend.

On Friday, police were alerted to several mailboxes that were vandalized and a few that were missing from the Holland, Morgan, and Charleston towns sometime during the night.

Then on Saturday, police responded to several more reports that mailboxes were vandalized in the Newark, Brighton, and Charleston areas.

The victims say they thought they heard something at around midnight.

The Vermont State Police is asking for the public to assist in solving these crimes.

Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law makes it a crime to vandalize them. Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.

If anyone has any information about the individuals or vehicles involved, or perhaps someone was able to capture something on their surveillance or game cameras, contact the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

Sey­mour Lake gets $17,248 to help keep invasive species out

in Morgan/Outdoors

MORGAN — A $17,248 grant has been awarded to the town of Mor­gan from Ver­mon­t’s De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

The grant, in part­ner­ship with the Sey­mour Lake As­so­ci­a­tion, will go to as­sist with the Aquatic In­va­sive Species Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram.

According to the association, the pro­gram at Sey­mour Lake has been suc­cess­ful in pre­vent­ing the spread of in­va­sive species since 2000.

They’ve done so through in­spect­ing boats en­ter­ing the lake, and ed­u­cat­ing lake users to the meth­ods in­va­sive species spread.

The pro­gram op­er­ates seven-days per week, 12-hours per day at the Sey­mour Lake fish­ing ac­cess from Memo­r­ial Day week­end un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

In ad­di­tion, a boat wash sta­tion will be in use to de­con­t­a­m­i­nate wa­ter­craft and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment en­ter­ing Sey­mour Lake com­ing from “at-risk” wa­ter bod­ies.

The process includes running water that is heated to over 140 degrees through live wells, outboard motor intakes, inboard motor intakes, fishing equipment, anchors and any other part of the watercraft that may be considered at risk.

Driver injured in single-vehicle crash in Morgan

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — A 17-year-old driver was transported to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash in Morgan this morning.

Emergency workers responded to the scene on Route 111, at around 10:30 a.m.

Police say their initial investigation revealed that a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling westbound when it went off the road.

According to police, the driver was found to be traveling too fast for road conditions and subsequently lost control of the vehicle.

The driver was transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for possible injuries sustained during the crash.

Free barbecue in Morgan tomorrow

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — For seventeen years, the people of Morgan and surrounding communities have come together for a free chicken and hot dog barbecue hosted by the Morgan Church.

This year the event will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Over 200 people showed up last year, an enthusiastic mix of Northeast Kingdom folks, vacationers, and some who were just driving by and saw the tents set up by the church.

There will be a bouncy house for the children as well at tomorrow’s event.

The Morgan Church is located at 14 Mead Hill Road.

The event is open to everyone, so come on out.

23-year-old Charleston man facing charges after hit-and-run in Morgan

in Charleston/Morgan/News

MORGAN — Police say a 23-year-old man from Charleston was involved in a hit-and-run on Wednesday, leading police on a search that ended in some woods near the crash scene.

Taylor Parenteau, 23, of Charleston, is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation, following the incident.

At around 6:20 p.m. state troopers and Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that a truck operating at a high rate of speed had struck another truck which was parked on Dumas Road in Morgan.

It was reported that the driver then fled the scene.

Upon arrival, police say signs were observed that the vehicle had been operating recklessly for a significant distance on Hayward Road and Dumas Road before striking the parked truck.

Witnesses told police they attempted to follow the driver but he had fled on foot through a nearby field.

A K-9 unit was deployed in the area to track the suspect, which led police through the field to a wooded area.

Parenteau was located in the woods after a brief search.

He was detained and released with a citation to appear in court for suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation.

According to police, the crash investigation revealed that Parenteau had been “driving at an imprudent speed,” when he lost control around a corner, “striking the victim’s parked truck before leaving the roadway and coming to a point of uncontrolled rest in a ditch.”

The truck Parenteau hit is reported to have been owned by William Manning, 72, of Island Pond.

Morgan man accused of stealing from roommate, snatching purse from woman at Vista Foods

in Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A 32-year-old Morgan man is facing larceny charges after police say he stole several items from someone he was staying with, and snatched a woman’s purse at Vista Foods in Newport.

Police say on April 16 they were called to Derby Line after an individual alleged that Troy Guertin had stolen some items located at his residence while Guertin was staying with him.

The stolen items were estimated to be valued at $7,448, and included a computer, guns, ammunition, and tools.

Police were shown text messages from Guertin to the victim that said “I got your tools,” and “got all your stuff,” after the man confronted Guertin about the stolen items. Guertin allegedly told him he would help him get his stuff back for a price.

Just two days after police were notified about the incident in Derby Line, they were called to Vista Foods in Newport to review video survellience that showed a man steal a purse from a shopping cart, while the victim was looking at some chicken.

The video showed the man put the purse inside his coat while he quickly exited the store. The purse contained an estimated $565 worth of cash and other tiems.

Police say they recognized the man in the video as Troy Guertin, and troopers located him in Newport.

In court he pled innocent to a misdemeanor petty larceny charge, and a felony grand larceny charge.

9th Annual Dandelion Run to be held May 20

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport/News/Outdoors

DERBY — The Dandelion Run is back on May 20, 2017. The run offers varying distances from one mile to a half marathon on dirt roads through the “world famous” dandelion fields of Morgan, Holland, and Derby.

It’s held in honor and memory of Terri Weed, a 15-year-old girl who tragically lost her life due to domestic violence on May 21, 1981.

For each adult registration, 20 percent will be donated to support Umbrella and its advocacy and support of victims of violence.

“The Dandy” is held in conjunction with the Dandelion Fiddlefest celebrating “High Spring” in the Northeast Kingdom, a time when the dandelions are at their peak.

As in previous years, Reckless Breakfast, a contemporary bluegrass band will be playing at the corner of Dumas and Hayward Hollow Roads.

Champion master fiddler, Scott Campbell will be playing at Route 111 and the North Gore Road. Patti Casey of Montpelier will be back at the corner of Route 111 and Dumas Road. Courtney Drew, an 18-year-old fiddler from Quebec, will be playing at the one mile turnaround.

Rick Geisel, Don Houghton, and Terri Churchill will be playing at other locations along the course.

The running and walking options include a 13.1 mile, 10 km, 4 mile, 2 mile and 1 mile. The ages of runners and walkers typically range from 4 years old to 80 years old. Each year many local schools field teams of young runners.

Last year, Community National Bank helped organize the first 4 mile walk, which was very popular and which we expect will grow.

The bank’s Community Circle members put on their walking shoes and enjoyed the event festivities with the other “Dandy” participants from many other states.

The Dandy is widely recognized as one of the top running races in Vermont. It has been featured several times in Vermont Sports Magazine and was named one of the best events in Vermont by Yankee Magazine in 2011.

Already runners have been signing up from California, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, all over Vermont, The Eastern Townships of Quebec, Quebec City, Montreal, and Ontario.

Online registration is open at www.dandelionrun.org.

Lake Seymour Farm to protect over 500 acres for agriculture

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — Jim and Sharlyn Jordan’s farm is well-known, with its extensive fields running along both sides of Route 111 for 1.5 miles, just east of Lake Seymour. The land has long been used as a dairy farm.

Jim’s father, a veterinarian, started the family business in the 1950s. He bought 500 acres and built a barn for 65 Jersey cows. Jim worked alongside him, and took over the business when his father passed away.

Jim and Sharlyn have since owned and operated Lake Seymour Farm, expanding it by 100 acres and adding onto the barn with a milking parlor and bunker silos. Their herd now has 240 mature cows, plus young stock.

The Vermont Land Trust recently purchased a conservation easement from the Jordans with funding from the Freeman Foundation. This legal agreement protects the land for agriculture by limiting development and subdivision.

The Jordans are also working with the Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access program to find a buyer who will keep the land in active agricultural use. This program connects farmers with affordable farmland for new and growing businesses.

Since 2004, the program has helped nearly 60 farm businesses emerge, create local products, and add jobs.

“Jim and Sharlyn have always taken a lot of pride in their land, and they’re not the only ones who want to see it remain a farm,” said Jon Ramsay, the Farmland Access Program director for the Vermont Land Trust. “It’s one of those keystone farms that everyone in the area knows.”

When the farm originally went on the market, many in the community were concerned about what would happen to it. The Lake Seymour Association is happy with the conservation outcome, as are many who live near the lake or enjoy swimming, walking, fishing, and boating there.

“The water in the lake is clean right now, and we’d like to see it stay that way,” said Jim Jordan. “It’s good to keep this land in farming and not see it developed because it’s so close to the lake.”

Jim also said people know the farm if they ride the VAST trail, which passes through the woods on his property.

Judd’s Wayeeses Farms, Brunelle Farms, and Couture’s Maple Shop take home top prizes this year

in Barton/Brownington/Morgan/Northeast Kingdom

BARTON — The Orleans County Maple Producers held their annual maple contest at the Orleans County Fair on Wednesday, August 16.

There were 68 entries in 8 classes.

Best of Show for maple syrup was awarded to Judd’s Wayeeses Farms of Morgan for their Very Dark Strong maple syrup.

Best of Show for maple products was awarded to Brunelle Farms of Brownington for their black raspberry maple sauce which was entered in the Maple Specialty class.

Producer of the Year award went to Couture’s Maple Shop for winning three Best of Class and three Excellent awards.

For a full list of all of the class winners and excellent awards CLICK HERE.

Inmates hold correctional officer from Morgan hostage inside Newport prison

in Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A correctional officer was taken hostage by two inmates inside the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on Thursday afternoon.

At 1:00 p.m. authorities responded to the Northern State Correctional Facility after being notified that a correctional officer, identified as Malcolm Brown, 51, of Morgan, had been taken hostage by two inmates inside the facility and was being held against his will inside one of the rooms in one of the units.

Police say one of the inmates was armed with a bladed object.

Local law enforcement agencies worked together to secure the facilities exterior perimeter, while facility staff inside handled the situation through negotiations.

After approximately two hours of negotiating, Brown was released unharmed and the two inmates were taken into custody by correctional staff without further incident.

The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are conducting the criminal investigation, which is ongoing.

Second victim killed in Morgan house fire identified

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — Authorities have identified the second victim in the fatal fire that broke out at a residence in Morgan back in February.

The second victim has been positively identified as 64-year-old Mary M. Stone.

Investigators say the fire at this time is not suspicious and appears to have been the result of improper use of a kerosene heater indoors.

The fire took place on February 26 at around 11 p.m., claiming the lives of two people.

The other victim was identified last week as Jeffrey Doba, age 58.

One of two victims killed in Morgan house fire identified

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — One of the victims in the fatal fire in Morgan has been positively identified as Jeffrey Doba, age 58, of Morgan.  

Police say that the second victim has not yet been positively identified.

The Vermont State Police is still conducting an investigation into the identity of the second victim, and say the cause of deaths are still pending the results of the final report of autopsy.   

When rescue workers arrived at the location on February 26 at around 11 p.m., they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Through their efforts the fire was extinguished and in the process fire fighters discovered a body inside.
 
Investigators discovered a second body amongst the ruble while investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Two killed in Morgan house fire

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — Two people are dead after a fire broke out at a residence in Morgan last night at around 11:00 p.m.

Authorities say the Charleston Fire Department was toned out and responded to the location and found the home fully engulfed in flames. Through their efforts the fire was extinguished and in the process fire fighters discovered a body inside.

Arson Investigators from the Vermont State Police and Arson Investigators from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety were contacted and responded as well as Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
 
Investigators discovered a second body amongst the ruble while investigating the cause and origin of the fire. Both bodies are reported to have been severely burned.

The victims were removed and transported to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington.
 
The identities of the deceased are unavailable at this time pending positive identification and notification of family.

Police say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 

Guns stolen during overnight burglary in Morgan

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — Police say that two handguns were stolen during a burglary last week.

The incident happened Thursday night or early Friday morning, at a home in Morgan.

Police are not releasing the location of the break-in or the name of the victim, because they say that it is part of an ongoing investigation.

Orleans County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan MacFarlane said that the stolen guns were both .38 caliber revolvers.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident or the stolen revolvers to call 802-334-3333.

Photo courtesy of Community National Bank.

Community National Bank Promotes Kathy Austin of Morgan to President

in Morgan/News

DERBY — Chairman, President and CEO of Community Bancorp. and Community National Bank Stephen P. Marsh has announced the promotion of Kathy M. Austin to President and Chief Operating Officer of Community Bancorp. and Community National Bank.

Her promotion will take effect on January 1, 2016.

Ms. Austin has worked at Community National Bank for over 35 years, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with oversight of the bank’s retail operations.

“Kathy has a long history of increased responsibility and has played a substantial role in the bank’s continued growth,” Marsh said. “She has unique leadership qualities that will serve her well in her new position.”

Austin is a graduate of the New England School of Banking at Williams College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

She also is a past recipient of the Outstanding Community Banker Award presented by the Vermont Bankers Association.

Austin currently serves as Board Chair of North Country Health Systems and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northwoods Stewardship Center and the Newport Age-Friendly Advisory Council.

Austin and her husband Shawn reside in Morgan.

Photo courtesy of Community National Bank.
Photo courtesy of Community National Bank.

Morgan man ejected from Jeep in rollover crash Monday morning

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — A Morgan man was ejected from his Jeep during a single-vehicle crash that took place on Monday morning.

The incident happened at around 10:00 a.m., on Route 111, near the intersection with Hayward Hollow Road in Morgan.

Police say that 59-year-old Kip Blindow was traveling in a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, when his vehicle veered off the right-hand side of the road.

The Jeep rolled multiple times after the tires struck the soft shoulder.

Blindow was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

Kathleen Blindow, 54, of Morgan, was the only passenger at the time of the crash. She was not ejected from the vehicle. 

Both were transported to North Country Hospital for treatment.

Derby Line Ambulance and Fire responded to the scene. 

Police: 15 mailboxes smashed in Morgan

in Morgan/News

MORGAN — Police say that they are investigating reports of several mailboxes being vandalized in Morgan early this morning.

The incidents took place on Toad Pond Road, sometime around 3 a.m.

A total of fifteen separate mailboxes were smashed with what police say appears to be a baseball bat.  

Some mailboxes were completely destroyed, while others received only minor damage.  

Damaging, destroying or tampering with mailboxes is a federal crime, punishable by a fine and up to three years of imprisonment.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Sgt. Sean Selby VSP Derby at 334-8881.

Scenes from the Dandelion Run 2015

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport

DERBY — A total of 291 runners took to the dirt roads on a sunny and cool Saturday morning at the height of dandelion season in the fields of Derby, Holland, and Morgan. Over 100 area youth stormed the Dandelion Run, having a blast and laying down some impressive times.

Meanwhile, locals reasserted their “home road” advantage fending off some stiff competition from all over New England and all over North America to claim the fastest times in the Half Marathon and 10 K Runs.

The Half Marathon

Local Physician Bob Primeau, 53 of Derby, claimed the win in the half with a time of 1:30:22, fending off 37-year-old Corey Puryear of Sudbury, Mass, by less than a minute and Seppo Rinne, 35, of New Haven, Connecticut by less than two minutes. Bob took home a Season Ski Pass at Q Burke Mountain Resort, along with some Couture’s maple syrup and Brault’s beef jerky.

All photos by Phil White.
All photos by Phil White.

Heather Durkel, 28 of Norwich, laid claim to the title in the women’s division, with a time of 1:42:40, also winning a Q Burke ski pass, syrup, and jerky. There were five women finishing within 10 minutes of her, including Ella Ryan (19) of Hanover, New Hampshire who finished second among the women, and Larissa Kunz, (21) of Cambridge, Mass, finished third, both just about 7 minutes behind the winning pace.

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Twelve-year-old, Atticus Phinney-Anderson, of Westford, won the youth division with an impressive time of 1:58:41. To break the two hour mark at his age with these hills spoke volumes about his training, discipline, and perseverance.

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Fifteen-year-old Michaela Forty, of Westford, Mass showed up and claimed first place among the female youth with an equally impressive time of 2:06:06.

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10 K Course

Our very own Chris Shaffer, 39, of Newport took the 10 K with a time of 0:40:49. Mike Nolan, also of Newport, finished just 33 seconds behind, with Brian Terhear, 35, of Lyndonville just 2 minutes off the winning pace.
Chris is a teacher at NCUHS, and coach of its very talented cross country team.

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Lucca Abele was the overall winner among females of the 10 K with a time of 0:48:31, narrowly beating out Chelsea Daigle of Derby Line who came in second overall, less than a minute ahead of Wendy Puryear of Sudbury, who was first among adult females.

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The Dandies are Coming: The Seventh Annual Dandelion Run May 23

in Derby/Holland/Morgan

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DERBY — The Seventh Annual Dandelion Run will be taking place on May 23rd through the world famous dandelion fields of Morgan, Holland, and Derby. Runners will be traveling from all over New England and from around the country to join a strong group of local runners, young and old.

They’ll be representing the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Tennessee, Colorado, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as the City of Quebec and towns all over Vermont, to Run with the dandies and join our celebration of high Spring in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom.

Runners will be taking on the challenging 13.1 mile half marathon and the “friendlier” 10K Run. Relay options are available on both courses.

Reckless Breakfast, a great contemporary bluegrass band, will be playing at the Hayward Hollow Relay Station on the day of the run, at the picnic following the run, and on Friday evening at The EastSide Restaurant, the night before the run. Patti Casey, folk singer from Middlesex, Vermont will be playing at the North Gore Relay station.

Organizers are still looking for one more musician, or group, to play at the top of Bates Hill.

The male and female winners of the half marathon will be getting a Q Burke Season Pass.

Registration is on line at www.dandelionrun.org

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