Wellness Center fitness classes benefit oncology fund

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A variety of fitness classes to benefit the NCH oncology fund are offered at the Wellness Center in Newport during the holiday season.  Pictured is a virtual cycling class with instructor Jacques Hebert.  Photo courtesy of NCH

A variety of fitness classes to benefit the NCH oncology fund are offered at the Wellness Center in Newport during the holiday season. Pictured is a virtual cycling class with instructor Jacques Hebert. Photo courtesy of NCH

The 2014 holidays mark the seventh year North Country Hospital (NCH) in Newport has hosted a series of Wellness Center fund-raisers with the help of instructor Sharon Stewart volunteering her time for folks to get a workout on the holidays and help out the hospital’s oncology fund at the same time.

This year, additional instructors are donating their time and providing “Saturday Sweat” to benefit the NCH oncology fund every Saturday morning at 9:30. Remaining classes, with a suggested donation of $10, include yoga with Pat Shover on December 20, and Jacques’ New Year’s Party Cycle on December 27. The holiday program is also accepting non-perishable items, paper products, and toiletries for the Wellness Center food drive.

Mary Hoadley can answer any questions about the upcoming classes. She can be contacted at mhoadley@nchsi.org or 334-5566

Christmas Day fitness fusion for oncology classes by donation are set for 7 and 8 a.m. On New Year’s Day, classes are a little later, at 9 and 10 a.m. One hundred percent of donations received for the classes will benefit the hospital’s oncology fund, which in turn helps local cancer patients in need. The suggested donation per class is $10, but all contributions are welcome.

Even if a workout isn’t part of anyone’s plan on Christmas Day and January 1, contributions can be made to the NCH oncology fund, by sending to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or by secure online donation at www.northcountryhospital.org.

For more information, contact the hospital development office at 334-4186. — from NCH.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.

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In Superior Court: Attempted murder charge against North Troy stabber dropped

Jennifer Ahlquist, right, sits with her lawyer, Jill Jourdan, at her arraignment in March.  Ms. Ahlquist admitted stabbing her husband and on Thursday, December 5, received a sentence that did not include jail time.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Jennifer Ahlquist, right, sits with her lawyer, Jill Jourdan, at her arraignment in March. Ms. Ahlquist admitted stabbing her husband and on Thursday, December 5, received a sentence that did not include jail time. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle December 11, 2013

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Jennifer Ahlquist, who stabbed her husband after finding him at a 19-year-old’s house, will not do jail time.  Under the terms of a plea agreement, Ms. Ahlquist, 41, of North Troy, saw the most serious charge against her — attempted second degree murder — dismissed by the state.

She pled guilty to felony charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon and unlawful trespass in an occupied residence, as well as to simple assault.

Sentencing for the aggravated assault charge was deferred for seven years and six months, said Judge Gregory Rainville, who presided Thursday, December 5, in the Orleans Criminal Division of Superior Court.  That means the charge will be expunged from Ms. Ahlquist’s record if she does not get into further legal trouble in that period.

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