Blog :: 11-2012

Thanksgiving In Vermont

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in Vermont. There is always lots to do and plenty to look forward to. Of course there will be the traditional thanksgiving dinner with lots of food, drink, football, friends and family. As well, there are also many things that are more typical to this part of the country and some that you can only do here in Vermont. For some it's a Thanksgiving day of skiing on Mt. Mansfield, for others it's an opportunity to go hunting in the woods. If the weather is nice, as it will be here in Vermont, it's an opportunity to split and stack firewood or go for a hike.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving, please remember to count your blessings and try to think of something that you can do for someone who is less fortunate in your community.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Morrisville Rotary Winter Coat Drive

The Morrisville Rotary winter coat drive is coming up. This is a great way to help families in need in who might not otherwise be able to afford proper winter outerwear for our cold climate. It is also a good opportunity to clean out your closet and not add to the local landfill needlessly.

Coats should be in relatively good condition and can be dropped off from November 24th to December 1st at Denoia's Dry Cleaners on Portland Street in Morrisville who will clean the coats free of charge.

The free coats can be picked up at the Holy Cross Catholic Church on Brooklyn Street in Morrisville on 12/1 and 12/8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and on 12/2 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Thank you to Morrisville Rotary, Denoia's Dry Cleaners and Holy Cross for organizing and hosting this important annual event.


Lamoille County Is A Hotbed For Youth Soccer

Budding Lamoille County Youth Soccer Player. Jeff Beattie photo.

Lamoille County is a hotbed for youth soccer and here is the evidence. Since the turn of the century there has only been one year (2001) where there was not at least one Lamoille County high school soccer team in the state finals. And in all those remaining years, only one year when at least one Lamoille team did not win the state championship (in 2005 the P.A. girls lost 2-1 to Northfield).




  • This year the Stowe boys and P.A. (People's Academy in Morrisville) girls won the state championships
  • In 2011 the P.A. boys and girls won the states
  • In 2010 it was the Stowe girls
  • In 2009 the Stowe boys and P.A. girls both brought the trophy home
  • In 2008 the Stowe boys beat the P.A. boys for the title and the P.A. girls won as well
  • In 2007 it was Stowe over the P.A. boys
  • In 2006 the P.A. girls won it all
  • In 2004 and 2003 the Lamoille girls won the state championships
  • In 2002 the P.A. boy beat Stowe as well as winning it all in 2000

That adds up to 15 state championships out of 19 appearances for the three Lamoille County high schools and an "all Lamoille County" championship game in three  of the seasons all since 2000.

Why?  The answer is simple, Lamoille County's youth soccer programs are fantastic. These programs are well conceived and well run. They were founded by people that not only understand soccer, but also understand the importance of how to properly foster and develop soccer skills, good sportsmanship and a life long love of the game in young people.

Congratulations to this year's high school soccer state champions the Stowe boys and the People's Academy girls.



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