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Chasing a Dream: Stanstead bull rider headed to Oklahoma to compete at the International Finals Rodeo

in Newport/News/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC — An 18-year-old man from the border community of Stanstead is headed to Oklahoma later this month to compete at a championship bull riding event. Mirko Martineau has qualified for the International Finals Rodeo (IFR), the championship event of the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA). The IPRA is the second-largest American rodeo organization,…

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Border humorist Ross Murray releases new collection “A Jerk in Progress”

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC – Eastern Townships writer Ross Murray will release his third collection of humor, A Jerk in Progress, at Black Cat Books in Lennoxville on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. Subtitled “Various Nonsense,” the collection features more than 80 columns and essays that originally appeared in The Sherbrooke Record and Life in Quebec…

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Body found in Stanstead

in Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC — The Sûreté du Québec have located a body in a field off Rue Dufferin in Stanstead. Police say the cause of death is unknown at this time. The body has not been identified yet, but police in the area have been looking for a 70-year-old man who went missing on August 6.…

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    Rugby Major S Emily Willis, Newport, with coaches Eryn Hessian and Emily Norris
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    Patrick Young, Derby Line, (second from left) earned a Major S for rugby
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    Andrew Bouchard, Newport, (centre) was the top male points earner on the SC tennis team
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    Bradley James “BJ” Roy, Derby, (right) earned the Sportsmanship Award for lacrosse
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    Ryan Young, Derby Line, (second from left) earned a Senior S for rugby

Local student-athletes honored at Stanstead College

in Derby/Newport/News/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC — A number of local student-athletes were honored for their achievements during a recent athletic assembly at Stanstead College. Patrick Young, grade 12, was a first-time “Major S” winner for senior boys rugby. Emily Willis, grade 12, of Newport, won her first “Major S” for senior girls rugby and her second of the…

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After 174 years, the Stanstead Journal closes its doors

in News/Quebec/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC — The Stanstead Journal, an English weekly newspaper published since 1845 in Stanstead, Quebec, published its last weekly edition this week. It was the oldest weekly newspaper in Quebec. In Wednesday’s edition, the paper put out a notice stating that “it is no longer a viable business and no real government help is…

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Borderline Players to hold auditions for 2019 spring, summer shows in Derby Line

DERBY LINE — After a highly successful debut season, Borderline Players will hold auditions for its spring and summer productions on Friday, January 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m and Saturday, January 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the First Universalist Parish Hall in Derby Line. The first show of the season will…

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Man injured, calves killed in Holland barn fire

in Holland/News/Stanstead

HOLLAND — A man was injured, and several calves killed after a barn fire broke out late Tuesday morning in Holland. Firefighters were notified at around 11:40 a.m. of the incident at the Champney farm, located on School Road. Cows were seen wandering the area after being herded out of the barn. While trying to…

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Agatha Christie’s classic The Mousetrap opening at the Haskell October 12

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — One of the most popular plays of all time, the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, The Mousetrap, will be showing at the Haskell Opera House October 12-14 and 19-21. This Borderline Players production of The Mousetrap is directed by Thomas Perry, who most recently directed the troupe’s sold-out summer production of Little…

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Border Curling Club hosting two free learn to curl clinics

in Newport/News/Stanstead

BEEBE — If you ever wanted to try out the sport of curling, now’s your chance. The Border Curling Club is hosting two free Learn to Curl Clinics. Curling is a popular, low-impact, life-long sport for all ages and genders. It’s not weather dependent or cost prohibitive. Clinics will be held Wednesday evening October 3,…

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Stanstead College breaks ground on new residence

in News/Quebec/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC — Stanstead College Head of School Michael Wolfe joined with Property Committee members Judith Cowen and Ellen Bounsall along with students and faculty this morning to break ground for a new residence exclusively for Grade 12 students. The school says the residence will meet the growing demand for accommodation and provide graduating students…

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Borderline Players presents dark comedy Fuddy Meers at the Haskell starting May 11

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — Borderline Players, a new theater company registered in Vermont and Quebec, will present Fuddy Meers at the Haskell Opera House stage for four performances on May 11, 12 and 13. Written by American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Fuddy Meers tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who starts each morning with no memory,…

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Truck catches fire on I-91 in Glover

in Glover/News/Stanstead

GLOVER — A tractor-trailer burst into flames on I-91 south in Glover this morning. At around 6:45 a.m. police responded to reports of the vehicle fire near mile marker 153. Police say the left rear tires of the flatbed trailer were fully engulfed in flames while parked in the breakdown lane. The truck was detached…

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Borderline Players to hold auditions for spring comedy

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — Auditions for Borderline Players’ premiere production, Fuddy Meers, will take place on Saturday, January 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the First Universalist Parish Hall in Derby Line. Performances are scheduled for May 4-6 and 11-13, 2018 at the Haskell Opera House. Written by American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Fuddy Meers tells…

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Free Vermont Symphony Orchestra Halloween concert coming to Haskell Opera House

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — The Haskell Opera House recently announced they will host a kid-friendly, free Halloween concert on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. The concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. The highlight of the performance is a narration with music based on the book, “A Symphony of Whales,”…

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New York woman swims the length of Lake Memphremagog

in Newport/News/Outdoors/Stanstead

NEWPORT — On Monday, Jaimie Monahan, of New York, NY, swam the 25-mile distance on Lake Memphremagog between Newport, Vermont, and Magog, Quebec in 14 hours and 18 minutes. She left the Newport City Dock at 5:53 a.m. under cloudy skies and arrived in Magog as the sun was setting at 8:11 p.m. Winds were…

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Quebec man accused of smuggling guns through Haskell Free Library bathroom

in Derby Line/Eastern Townships/Newport/News/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — A 40-year-old man from Montreal was recently extradited from Quebec to face multiple federal firearms charges, including exporting firearms from the United States into Canada without a permit through the Haskell Free Library. Authorities say that from July 2010 to April 2011, Alexis Vlachos, 40, of Montreal, working with Annette Wexler and…

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Derby Elementary School third graders sweep into Canada

in Derby/Stanstead

STANSTEAD– Mrs. Jeanne Beaudry’s third graders from Derby Elementary School took their classroom across the border this holiday season to learn about the Olympic sport of curling at the Border Curling Club located in Stanstead, QC. “I learned the students were studying the Olympics and Mrs. Beaudry and I thought having them come to the…

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