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Ce­cilia Za­bala to per­form in West­more next Wednesday

in Arts and Entertainment/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — Argentinian musician Cecilia Zabala will play a concert at the Westmore Community Church on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. There will be a reception after the show.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear music from an accomplished world music artist. A $10 suggested donation is asked.

Zabala, born in Buenos Aires, is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. She expresses her musical creativity using her guitar and voice, creating original compositions that blend sen­si­tiv­ity, emo­tion, and in­tu­ition with her vir­tu­os­ity on the gui­tar.

Her mu­sic draws on a rich mix­ture of in­flu­ences, from Ar­gen­tin­ian folk­lore, jazz, tango, and Brazil­ian mu­sic.

Over the course of a 20-year ca­reer, she has re­leased nine al­bums with her own com­po­si­tions and arrange­ments in var­i­ous mu­si­cal styles. She will be record­ing her tenth later this year, a live al­bum in Buenos Aries.

Since 2006, Zabala has toured ex­ten­sively through­out Eu­rope, North Amer­ica, and Latin Amer­ica.

Search continues for missing Westmore man

in Newport/News/Westmore

NEWPORT — Authorities say there is no new evidence in the search for the Westmore man who went missing last week.

So far this week, search and rescue workers have used K-9 teams to search the wooded areas around 47-year-old Christopher McCarthy’s residence in Westmore.

Officials say the search did not yield any new evidence or tips as to McCarthy’s whereabouts.

“Based on the circumstances of the case and the ongoing missing persons investigation, foul play is not suspected at this time,” a statement issued by police reads.

The Vermont State Police is urging the public to report any tips regarding the whereabouts of McCarthy.

With the start of hunting season in the next few days, officials are also asking hunters to report any suspicious items or circumstances that might assist in locating McCarthy.

The search will continue and police say resources will be distributed as necessary, based on the nature of tips that are received.

Search underway for missing Westmore man

in Newport/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — Authorities say they have been looking for a missing Westmore man this weekend.

On Saturday evening police were advised by family members that 47-year-old Christopher McCarthy had not made contact with friends or family since Thursday.

Police responded to his residence and searched the immediate area and were unable to locate him.

Today, members of the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue team, Westmore Fire Department, Orleans Fire Department, Newark Fire Department, Sutton Fire Department, as well as family and friends searched for McCarthy in several locations where he was known to frequent. He was still not located.

“Search efforts will continue, though at this time all resources that will be utilized have been identified,” a statement issued by police reads.

Anyone with any information regarding McCarthy’s whereabouts should contact the Vermont State Police, Derby Barracks, at (802) 334-8881.

Irasburg man arrested in Westmore moose poaching case

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IRASBURG — Vermont State Game Wardens arrested a suspect in a high-profile moose poaching case this weekend.

Gerin Fortin, 20, of Irasburg, was arrested on Sunday and charged with six counts of big game violations, including taking game by illegal means and in a closed season, and two counts of shooting from a motor vehicle.

Fortin allegedly shot a cow moose from his pickup truck on Saturday, September 23 in Westmore.

According to a witness, Fortin then struck it with his truck and shot it again in the head.

The moose was killed out of season and at night.

Fortin allegedly chained the moose up to his truck and dragged it more than 11 miles to the town of Orleans, where it was left to rot by the side of the road.

The moose was lactating, indicating that she likely had a calf with her.

Vermont’s regulated moose hunting seasons are in October, and are limited to a small number of hunting permits that are allocated through a lottery system.

Authorities say Fortin did not possess a moose hunting permit.

Fortin’s Ford F150 pickup truck was seized as evidence, along with his rifle, ammunition and truck chains. These items stand to be forfeited upon conviction.

Fortin is due in Orleans County Superior Court on December 26, 2017.

He faces fines and restitution of up to $8,000 and up to one year in jail.

Community raises reward money to help solve Westmore moose poaching case

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Westmore

WESTMORE — A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to raise reward money for an unsolved moose poaching case that took place in Westmore.

The campaign was started by Craftsbury Common resident Cindi Bollettieri.

Bollettieri has personally donated $2,000 to the effort, both through the Go Fund Me campaign and to Operation Game Thief, a program that pays rewards to citizens who identify poachers by calling a toll-free number or submitting information online.

A cow moose was shot from the road out of season at night on Saturday, September 23. Vermont’s regulated moose hunting seasons are in October, and are limited to a small number of hunting permits that are allocated through a lottery system.

After the moose was shot, it was attached to a vehicle and dragged on the road more than 11 miles to the town of Orleans. The animal was left by the side of Hollow Road off Route 58 in Orleans.

Officials say the cow moose was lactating, indicating that she likely had a calf with her.

“This action was particularly heinous, so I can understand why people are outraged,” said Col. Jason Batchelder, Vermont’s chief game warden. “The fact that people are giving to this campaign shows that Vermonters will not stand for poaching in our state.”

The fundraising campaign is available at www.gofundme.com/moose-poacher-reward.

“These poachers demonstrated tremendous disrespect for the law and for this moose,” said Col. Batchelder. “We’re asking for anyone with information about this incident to come forward so that we can hold the people who did this accountable.”

Westmore Mountain Challange offers marathon-length hike

in News/Outdoors/Westmore

WESTMORE — On Saturday, October 14, the NorthWoods Stewardship Center will be hosting a marathon-length hiking event through the Northeast Kingdom.

The Westmore Mountain Challenge is a one-day hike traversing 26 miles of trail from Westmore to East Charleston.

Participants will hike Moose Mountain, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Haystack Mountain and Bald Mountain, before finishing up at NorthWoods Stewardship Center.

Organizers say that participant response to the event has been huge, and with almost 120 participants taking part, the trails will be full.

Hikers can choose from a series of different hike lengths before shuttling back to NorthWoods’ East Charleston campus for a hearty dinner, prizes, and presentation by Pavel Cenkl on his recent Arctic Run.

Funds from the event will go towards NorthWoods’ conservation and education programs.

The NorthWoods Conservation Corps employs youth crews each summer to help build and maintain hiking trails in the region, including all of those traversed during the Challenge.

Moose poached in Westmore, dragged to Orleans

in Orleans/Westmore

WESTMORE — Vermont state game wardens are seeking tips to help solve a case of a moose that was poached in Westmore.

The cow moose was shot from the road out of season and at night on Saturday, September 23.

After poachers shot the moose, they dragged the animal on the road behind their truck over 11 miles to the town of Orleans.

The animal was left to rot in the 80-degree heat by the side of Hollow Road off Route 58 in Orleans.

The cow moose was lactating, indicating she likely had a calf with her.

“These poachers demonstrated tremendous disrespect for the law and for this moose,” said Col. Jason Batchelder, Vermont’s chief game warden. “We’re asking for anyone with information about this incident to come forward so that we can hold the people that did this accountable.”

Vermont’s regulated moose hunting seasons are in October, and are limited to a small number of hunting permits that are allocated through a lottery system.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 1-800-752-5378.

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NEK Swim Week Willoughby style

in Outdoors/Westmore

WESTMORE — The Rivard sisters continued to make a splash during NEK Swim Week, with 13-year-old Vera Rivard of Springfield, NH, finished in a tie for first place overall with Charlotte Brynn, 51, of Stowe.

Both swimmers posted times of 2:21:16 for the five-mile swim.

Younger sister, 10-year-old Margaret Rivard, finished third among the women with a time of 2:28:29, just ahead of Cindy Werhane of Portland, OR. Last year, Margaret became the youngest to swim the length of Willoughby.

Florin Rosca, 47, of Carlisle, MA finished first with a time of 2:42:00.

Bob Singer came in second with a time of 2:58:02.

In addition to woodals, beef jerky, and Couture’s Maple Syrup, the winners received a six pack of ski tickets at Burke Mountain.

The weather was cloudy, rainy and windy at the start, inviting many to don their wetsuits.

As he has done in every swim of the week, Kevin Sullivan, 56, of Chelmsford, MA finished first in the wetsuit division and first overall, with an impressive time of 2:04:50.

Winning among wetsuited women was Eileen Hee, 45 of Wooster. Her time of 2:36:19 narrowly edged out Margaret Haskins, 59, of Morrisville, whose time was 2:36:44.

Westmore Fire and Rescue provided support throughout the five-mile swim.

Other big news of the day kept patrol boats out on the lake for another few hours, as five swimmers decided to double-cross Willoughby. Charlotte Brynn, 51, of Stowe (4:59:59), Vera Rivard, 13, of Springfield, NH (5:05:32), Cindy Werhane, 48, Portland OR (5:22:12) David Tutchener, 36, Burlington, (4:56:54) and Cat Spina, 37, Hilo, HI (6:06:06).

There are only three other known double-crossings of Lake Willoughby. In 2012, Shannon House Keegan finished her five-mile swim, had a burger and visited with friends, and then swam back the extra five miles. Last year, Janet Harris of New York, NY double crossed in misty, rainy conditions on the Friday before swim week.

Vera Rivard became the youngest to double-cross, adding another gold star to her extraordinary 2017 swim season.

Willoughby wins bid for 2019 long-distance swim championship

in Outdoors/Westmore

WESTMORE — Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association has won the bid to host the 2019 United States Masters Swimming Long Distance National Championship to be held on August 16 and 17, 2019.

Organizers anticipate 100 swimmers and 100 kayakers will be drawn to Lake Willoughby from around the United States and Canada.

“We are pleased to partner with USMS to host these national championships,” said Phil White, director of Kingdom Games.

The event will be a great opportunity to showcase this majestic, pristine lake.

Lake Willoughby will also be a venue for the upcoming NEK Swim Week on August 12 through August 20., with the Willoughby Swim on August 19.

Last year, Lake Memphremagog was the venue for the 10 Mile USMS Long Distance National Championship.

Over 100 acres of land protected in Westmore

in News/Westmore

WESTMORE — The Nature Conservancy has announced that a parcel of forested landscape has been protected in Westmore.

The 100.8-acre parcel is located in the Worcester Range to Northeast Kingdom wildlife linkage area.

The Nature Conservancy will turn over this land donation to the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife as an expansion of their Bald Hill Wildlife Management Area, keeping it open for recreational purposes such as hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Modern development, in the form of new roads and scattered construction, is fragmenting forests and preventing wildlife from moving freely among habitat blocks for food, mates, and to adjust to climatic changes.

This piece of land in Westmore is identified as a key “stepping stone” for terrestrial movement to maintain healthy wildlife populations.

“Forested landscapes are critical to Vermont’s wildlife populations, our water and air quality, economy, and our ability to adapt to climate change,” said Jon Binhammer, The Nature Conservancy’s director of land protection. “These recent projects embody these goals and help protect all the things that we love about Vermont while keeping the land open for sustainable forestry and or public access.”

Brownington man sought after leading police on chase

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DERBY — Police are looking for a 37-year-old Brownington man, who they say led them on a high-speed chase through Orleans County this morning, before getting away.

At 12:00 a.m. police say they were notified of suspicious activity involving a GMC pickup parked in the woods in Derby.

Before police arrived to investigate, the vehicle had left the area heading towards Charleston. Police located the vehicle pulled off the roadway on Rte 105 near Rte 5A.

The driver, who police say was identified as Matthew Prue, was contacted and multiple indicators of heroin possession were observed within the vehicle, as well as indicators of impairment.

When the trooper directed Prue to step out of the vehicle to investigate, he slammed the door and fled down Rte 5A at a high rate of speed.

He was pursued for approximately 20 minutes through Charleston, Brownington, Barton, and Westmore, on multiple roadways as well as through fields, with speeds at times exceeding 100 miles-per-hour.

Police say he was observed throwing hypodermic needles and other small objects and bags out of the window during the pursuit. At one point, police say he drove towards a trooper who was attempting to turn around in the roadway, almost ramming the vehicle.

The pursuit continued into Westmore, briefly leaving the roadway into a field.

Due to Prue’s increasingly erratic operation, police say they slowed down and pulled back. As troopers rounded a corner in the direction he had driven, they saw the truck crashed into a tree and left disabled in the roadway.

Prue was not found at the scene of the crash.

Troopers searched the area extensively, both on foot and with a K9 unit, and were unable to locate him.

At this time, police are still looking for him.

Police identify body discovered in Westmore

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

NEWPORT — The body recovered in Westmore on Friday has been identified as Tyler Robinson, 23, of Orleans.

Investigators say there is no evidence or information to suspect foul play in this incident.

Robinson was last seen at his residence on Water Street in Orleans on May 12, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m.

His body was located on Monday, May 15, in the southern area of Lake Willoughby, in a wooded area at the bottom of a steep drop-off.

Because of the difficult and technical nature of the terrain, rescue crews had to postpone recovery efforts throughout the week.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, crews were able to retrieve Robinson’s body from the cliff’s edge.

Body recovered in Westmore

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WESTMORE — Authorities say that the body of a man discovered on a rock shelf on Mount Pisgah, has been recovered. At approximately 4:30 p.m. crews were able to retrieve the body from the cliff’s edge.

At this time rescue crews say they moved the body to Long Pond Road in the town of Westmore.

The family of Tyler Robinson, the 23-year-old man from Orleans who has been missing since last Friday, have been notified, and police say operations will culminate this evening.

The body will be transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office for examination and identification.

The investigation into this death continues to be handled by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Police say there have been no reported injuries to anyone involved in the recovery, and the operation was carried out as planned.

Tomorrow, the trails on Mount Pisgah will be open to the public.

Mount Pisgah body recovery mission pushed back until Saturday

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

WESTMORE — Officials are saying that recovery efforts for the body discovered on Mount Pisgah have been pushed back until Saturday.

On Tuesday, search and rescue officials surveyed the terrain where the deceased individual was discovered the day before.

Recovery officials now say they have determined the best course of action is to begin staging for the effort on Friday and complete the recovery on Saturday, utilizing technical rescue teams.

“The difficulty of the terrain on Mt. Pisgah, weather, and safety concerns require careful planning and precise techniques be utilized in the recovery operation,” a statement issued today by police reads.

On Friday, Stowe Mountain Rescue, the Vermont National Guard, the Vermont State Police and Colchester Technical Rescue will be preparing for the recovery.

On Saturday, the recovery attempt will begin at 8 a.m.

While positive ID has not occurred, the family of Tyler Robinson, the 23-year-old man from Orleans who has been missing since last Friday, have been notified of the discovery.

Police: Body recovery in Westmore possibly delayed until Thursday

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

WESTMORE — Officials involved in the Orleans missing person search effort are advising that the recovery process of the deceased individual discovered yesterday will be delayed, perhaps until Thursday.

According to a statement issued by police, the extreme nature of the terrain, the equipment, and expertise needed to access the area in which the individual is located will require other agencies to assist in the recovery.

“The individual is located approximately 300’ feet down a precipice, and 200’ feet up from the bottom of the drop-off, resting on a rock shelf,” Public Information Officer Scott Waterman said in his statement.

The Vermont State Police has requested officials with the Vermont National Guard and other technical experts to advise on the best process for recovery.

While positive ID has not yet occurred, the family of Tyler Robinson has been advised of the process underway to recover the individual.

Investigators have again said that they have no evidence or information to suspect foul play in this incident.

Police postpone recovery of body found in Westmore

in Newport/News/Orleans/Vermont/Westmore

WESTMORE — Search and rescue teams have located a dead body in Westmore, but say they are unable to retrieve it at this time.

The body of the dead man was located in the southern area of Lake Willoughby, in a wooded area at the bottom of a steep drop-off.

Police say the body was discovered visually, but because of the difficult and technical nature of the terrain, searchers have been unable to reach the individual to confirm the identity.

At this time the scene has been secured, and technical rescue equipment is being brought to the area for the recovery.

“Because the finding was made this afternoon with only a small number of daylight hours left, it was decided to wait until at least tomorrow to conduct the recovery,” a statement issued by police reads.

They say it’s unclear exactly when this effort will begin.

While positive ID has not occurred, the family of Tyler Robinson, the 23-year-old man from Orleans who has been missing since Friday, have been notified of the discovery.

Investigators say they have no evidence or information to suspect foul play in this incident.

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Police looking for flasher who exposed himself to young girl at Lake Willoughby

in Newport/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — Police are on the lookout for a man who exposed himself to a young girl at Lake Willoughby on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place at approximately 12:15 p.m., when a juvenile female was followed and approached by a man in the area of the south beach.

The man asked the young girl a series of questions and then approached her with his pants off, exposing himself.

Police say the girl ran and hid, and the man continued to check around the area for a period of time.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, with dark brown hair, likely no taller than 5’10” and considered “stocky or chubby.”

He had short hair and a short, scruffy beard. He was wearing hiking boots and either a jacket or hooded sweatshirt, dark in color.

The man was operating a dark red, newer model extended cab pickup truck with a white window sticker on the rear driver’s side passenger window depicting a gun barrel, and something to the effect of, “There’s nothing in this truck worth dying for.”

The windows may have been tinted.

Derby Troopers and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department say they have received several recent complaints of suspicious or lewd behavior in the area of Willoughby and southern Westmore.

Orleans man dies after falling through ice at Lake Willoughby

in Newport/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — A 62-year-old man from Orleans died after he fell through the ice on Lake Willoughby this morning.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. police received a 911 call reporting a man had fallen through the ice in the area of Blueberry Point Lane in Westmore.

This occurred about 50 feet from shore.

The victim, identified as Richard Leblanc, was pulled from the water by rescue crews.

He was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the investigation is ongoing, but there is nothing suspicious about the incident.

Leblanc’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Brownington man dead after apparent drowning at Lake Willoughby

in Brownington/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — A 29-year-old Brownington man was pronounced dead shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday, after an apparent drowning at Lake Willoughby.

Police say that at approximately 4:41 p.m. they responded to a call at the North Beach at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, after a report of a possible drowning. When they arrived, local EMS crews were in the process of treating Lance Tabor, 29, of Brownington.

Tabor was transported to North Country Hospital. Tragically, life saving efforts were unsuccessful and Tabor was pronounced dead shortly before 6:00 p.m.

Police say he was found floating face down in knee-deep water at the beach before being pulled out by bystanders, at which time they began CPR.

The beach was heavily populated on Thursday given the warm weather at the time, and police interviewed several witnesses. More interviews are expected.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington will be conducting an autopsy on Friday, in an effort to determine the cause and manner of death.

Police say that at this time, based on the investigation, no foul play is expected, and the investigation is being treated as a possible drowning as it continues.

Your guide to Fourth of July fireworks, events in Orleans County

in Barton/Derby/Island Pond/Newport/News/Westmore

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, which seems extra conducive to a celebration. Pack the family, the lawn chairs and blankets, and head out to watch some fireworks, hear some live music, or take in a boat parade on this annual rite of summer.

Here are some of the events in Orleans County you won’t want to miss on Independence Day:

NEWPORT

Gardner Park will feature an afternoon and evening of music, bed races, hula hooping competition, vendors and more. Classic rock band The Hitmen will be one of the featured bands at this year’s festivities, with fireworks starting at 9:45 p.m.

The Farmers’ Market will even be open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, featuring music, vegetables, and fresh grass fed beef for those burgers.

DERBY

A parade on Main Street will start at 10 a.m.

NORTH TROY

A parade will start at 11 a.m., followed by a chicken barbecue.

ISLAND POND

The 4th of July celebration in Island Pond will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 3rd – 5th. Fireworks will be on Friday night at dusk. There will be events held throughout the weekend. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m.

WESTMORE

The annual 4th of July Boat Parade will line up off Crescent Beach on Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m. Come out and relax on the beach and enjoy the show.

BARTON

The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association, in partnership with community sponsors, will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and will proceed from Main Street to Glover Street, Elm Street, Park Street, Roaring Brook Road and end at the fairgrounds.

The fireworks will be held at the fairgrounds at dusk.

ORLEANS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

An Independence Day Celebration will take place at Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton during the day on Friday, July 4th. Activities will include antique/farm tractor pull, horse & pony pull, gymkhana, horseshoe competition, games, food and more.

GREENSBORO

Friday July 3rd – FIREWORKS – at dusk off Lake Shore Road. A good place to watch is the baseball field or public beach.

Saturday July 4th – PARADE – line up starts at 9:15 a.m. – walkers and antique cars will line up at the new fire station, everyone else on Lake Shore Road – all are welcome to be in the Parade.

The Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at the Town Hall Green where there will be music and activities for children.

You can purchase a Chicken BBQ lunch including coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert from the UCC for $10.00, please call 802-533-2223 to reserve your meal.

Saturday July 4th – SQUARE DANCE – in the Tent on the Town Hall Green, from 7 – 9 p.m. The Caller is Robin Russell with music by Pete’s Posse.

Admission is $5.00, children under 12 free. Sponsored by Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency

Reward offered after 70-year-old cyclist hit by car in Westmore

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WESTMORE — A 70-year-old cyclist was struck by a car on Saturday during a bike race in Westmore. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, and now Kingdom Games, who organized the race, is offering a $1,000 reward to whoever can help identify the driver in this hit-and-run case.

The incident happen on Saturday, September 27, during the Fall Foliage Tour de Kingdom. The victim, Edward McMenamy, is a Florida resident who was in town for the event.

McMenamy was riding his bicycle southbound along Vermont Route 16 in Westmore when his handlebars were struck by the passenger side mirror of a passing vehicle, forcing him to be flung from his bike and onto the side of the roadway.

He sustained injuries to his left hip, leg, and foot. The vehicle that struck him continued traveling south and did not stop to render assistance. The vehicle was described by witnesses in the area as being a small grey or silver sedan with unknown registration.

The passenger side mirror of the sedan came off of the vehicle upon colliding with McMenamy and was recovered by Vermont State Police.

In a statement issued by Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games, the organization is offering a cash reward to anyone who can help identify the driver.

“Kingdom Games is offering $1,000 to the person who first provides information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the motorist who hit one of our cyclists and then fled the scene,” White wrote.

White went on to say that motorists have been extremely respectful of bicyclists on the roads this year.

“I would like to note my observation during recent years of our Tour de Kingdom rides is that motorists have generally been extremely respectful of bicyclists out on the road, passing them wide, whenever possible. This accident does not appear to be part of any intentional harassment of the cyclist. Instead, it involved the motorist trying to “thread the needle” between the bike and oncoming traffic.”

Anyone with information about the possible identity of the vehicle or the owner is asked to contact Sgt A. Jensen at VSP Derby 334-8881.

For more information on the cash reward in this case, contact:
 
Phil White, Director
Kingdom Games
802-249-9100

Motorcycle crash in Westmore sends 75-year-old man to hospital

in Barton/News/Westmore

motorcycle crash newport vermontWESTMORE — Roy Gero, a 75-year-old man from Barton, was tossed from his motorcycle after traveling down an embankment in Westmore on Tuesday.

The motorcycle accident took place at around 4 p.m., on Route 16.

Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and found Gero sitting near his motorcycle which had severe damage.

Gero suffered multiple lacerations as well as bumps and bruises from the crash, and was taken to North Country Hospital by Orleans Ambulance.

After an investigation of the accident, it is believed that Gero was traveling north when his motorcycle traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and down an embankment. The motorcycle overturned, ejecting Gero from the drivers seat.

Currently there is no information available as to Gero’s condition.

Perron picks up another award

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NEWPORT — Darren Perron, the WCAX anchorman with local roots, received another award this week, this time being voted the “Best Local TV Journalist,” by Seven Days Vermont readers.

By now Perron is probably used to winning awards. Throughout his career, he has already picked up an Emmy Award, and been nominated for an Emmy Award nine times. He has recieved ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a dozen Associated Press Awards. He is also the only non-network reporter in the U.S. to be nominated for a GLAAD Award.

This most recent award is part of the Seven Days Vermont best of Vermont awards called “the Daysies,” where readers cast their votes in categories ranging from best shoe store, to best new restaurant, to best meteorologist.

More than 10,000 Vermonters weighed in on the state’s 2014 awards, with 650,000-plus individual votes in 177 categories. This was the 12th year that Seven Days has organized the awards.

Darren anchors the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. on WCAX. He attended Lake Region Union High School, and has family in Barton and Glover. He responded to the good news through Twitter.

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Westmore town garage burglarized

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WESTMORE — Police are reporting that the Westmore town garage and the Vermont Agency of Transportation District 9 Garage were broken into on Monday.

On Tuesday, Vermont State Police responded to the burglary, located at 5712 Vermont Route 16, in the town of Westmore.

Authorities say that numerous items were taken, including a 500 watt generator. Also missing were:

Hand tools
Impact wrenches
Chipping hammers
Hammer drills
Sump pumps

The crime is still being investigated, but police are saying that the incident took place between 3 p.m. on 7/28/14 and 7 a.m. on 7/29/14.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Derby at (802)-334-8881.

All photos courtesy of Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games.

First ever Willoughby Triathlon a success

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All photos courtesy of Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games.
All photos courtesy of Phil White, Director of Kingdom Games.

WESTMORE — The inaugural Willoughby Triathlon is now in the books. Nine adventurous solo triathletes and two relay teams took on the challenge on Saturday under sunny skies and light winds. The overall winner was Daniel Porier, 42, of Magog, Quebec.

Daniel took down the 7 mile bike on the CCC and Bartlett Mountain Roads, the 1.2 swim from South Beach to Devil’s Rock and back, and the 2.5 mile run from the beach and up the South Trail to the finish at the summit of Mount Pisgah, with a time of 1:34:22.

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Not far behind was Martin Ladouceur, 44, also from Magog. Win Whitcomb, 51, of Northhampton, Mass, took third.

Leading the ladies was Rebecca Ryan, 57, of Huntington, with a time of 2:06:12, followed closely by Jill Mathers, 48, of Newark, and Hayley Joseph, 52, of Newport.

Fastest time of the day was posted by the Relay Team of Carter Stowell, 42, Peter Hirschfeld, 36, and Eileen Hee, all from Worcester, with a time of 1:32:30. It made for a great race to the finish between the boys of Magog versus the fresh legs from Worcester.

Daniel Poirier said he knew he would like the race when one of the safety warnings was to watch for falling children jumping off Devil’s Rock.

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All the reviews following the finish and the walk back down the mountain were overwhelmingly positive.

In the afternoon’s Willoughby Youth Tri, three children took on the 100 yard swim, the 0.6 mile bike, and the 1 mile run up to Pulpit Rock with impressive times.

Anna Betz, 11, of Jericho, finished in time of 0:27:40. Taylor Carlson, 8, also from Jericho won the boy’s division, just one minute behind Anna. The youngest contestant of the day, walk-on 6-year-old Aubriella Holden, was just 4 minutes behind Taylor.

Organizers intentionally kept the numbers low this year, to try out the course, and to make sure it worked for the athletes. During the days leading up to the event and during race day itself, a wonderful relationship evolved with the owners at White Caps Campground, whose support Organizers said made all the difference.

Westmore Fire and Rescue helped with coverage as did volunteers, Gordon and Cindy Chafee, Karin Doane, Laura Dolgin.

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With the first race such a success, organizers have already declared that the race next year will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The event next year will be capped at 50 adults and 25 kids to see how things go with those numbers, before organizers consider opening things up to a larger field of contestants.

Twenty percent of all US adult registration fees from the event were split between Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation and Northwoods Stewardship Center, and twenty percent of Canadian registrations are dedicated to the Christian Vachon Foundation.

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