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Moonlight snowshoe event led by Louise Whipple this Saturday

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    Louise Whipple, who will lead the Moonlight Snowshoe, enjoys the MSTF trails.

NEWPORT — In an effort to expand the use of our local trails, community member, and outdoor sports enthusiast Louise Whipple, will be leading a Moonlight Snowshoe on February 11 at 6:00 p.m. The event, which is open to everyone, should make for a great family activity, or way to make new friends. “Louise’s love…

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Term vs. Permanent Insurance: Which Is Right for You? | Financial Focus with Karen Ward

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What’s your most valuable asset? While you are still working, this asset may actually be your future income — so you need to protect it. And you can do so by maintaining adequate life insurance, which can help provide your family with the financial resources necessary to meet critical expenses — such as mortgage payments,…

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North Country Hospital earns ACR accreditation

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    North Country Hospital MRI technologists Nikki Montminy RT(R)(CT)(MR) and Chris King RT(R)(MR).

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and…

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Panel discussion at North Country Union High School tackles opiate addiction

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NEWPORT — There are options for people with substance abuse disorders who are ready to begin recovery from addiction, however, being able to access recovery services at the crucial moment when they are needed, emerged as a critical challenge at a recent panel discussion. The event, Conversations of Hope, Facing Addiction in the NEK, took…

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Irasburg selectboard defines position on ridgeline industrial wind

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IRASBURG — Faced with the prospect of an application by developer David Blittersdorf for an industrial-scale wind project on Irasburg’s Kidder Hill ridgeline, the Irasburg selectboard has defined its position on the siting of renewable energy projects within the town, as well as turbines located over the town line in Lowell. “Energy projects in Irasburg…

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Police: Thieves busted stealing from MAC Center

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has cited three people from West Burke for their involvement in an alleged retail theft that occurred back in December of 2016. Michael Peccolo, 45, was charged with retail theft. Karen Peccolo, 45, and Sharon Ash, 70, were charged with accessory before the fact. On Saturday, Newport Police learned…

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Orleans man dies after falling through ice at Lake Willoughby

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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…

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K-9 helps police track, arrest wanted man in wooded area in Lowell

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LOWELL — Police say a fugitive was picked up in Lowell on Wednesday morning. Authorities were tipped off to the whereabouts of Joshua Limlaw, 28, of Morrisville, who had an in-state arrest warrant and was listed as being on escape status from Newport Probation and Parole. Troopers descended on a home located at 234 Carter…

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Newport City Elementary School celebrates young walkers

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    Mrs. Scherer’s fifth grade class at Newport City Elementary School displaying their Golden Boot award for being extraordinary walkers.

NEWPORT — Newport City Elementary School students have been walking to school the first Wednesday of every month.  This is the third year the school has participated in this national Safe Routes to School program. Each time a student walks, a portion of walking the Long Trail is calculated.  This month they are celebrating Mrs.…

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Teenager taken to hospital following Thursday morning crash in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A 16-year-old driver from Newport Center was taken to the hospital yesterday after a single-vehicle crash in Coventry. The accident took place on Route 14. Police say Andrew Matten was headed toward Alderbrook Road in a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck when the vehicle left the roadway. The truck slid and hit a…

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Kathy Austin of Morgan named CEO of Community National Bank

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DERBY — Community Bancorp., the parent company of Community National Bank, announced this week that Kathryn M. Austin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Community Bancorp. and Community National Bank, has been named as the Chief Executive Officer of both corporations as of January 11, 2017. Austin has worked at Community National Bank for over…

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Local elementary schools dive into composting

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    Aude Girin, an AmeriCorps farm-to-school coordinator with Green Mountain Farm-to-School, worked with middle school students at Glover Elementary School to teach them about vermicomposting and to help them set up their own system in the classroom.

GLOVER — School cafeterias across Northern Vermont are closing the food cycle as they lead the way in diverting food scraps from landfills through composting. More than ten Northeast Kingdom elementary schools that work with Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), a nonprofit in Newport that works with schools to plant schools gardens, provide nutrition and agriculture…

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Norris Cotton Cancer Center to discontinue providing oncology clinic services at North Country Hospital

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NEWPORT — This week North Country Hospital received notice from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center that they will be discontinuing providing oncology outreach services at North Country Hospital as of April 13, 2017. Staff from North Country Hospital and Norris Cotton say they will be working closely with patients to ensure their care will not…

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Local snowmobile club helps motorist having medical emergency in Derby

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DERBY — The Derby-based Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club have won many awards over the years, including the 2013 VAST Club of the Year. But on Tuesday night they went a step further and turned into local heroes. At around 8:00 p.m. Roger Gosselin and club president Michael Koehler were out grooming trails to local businesses…

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Orleans man loses truck, four-wheeler in garage fire

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ORLEANS — A fire broke out at a garage on Water Street in Orleans on Tuesday. At around 12:30 p.m. firefighters were notified of the blaze. The garage belonged to Tony Mason. Mason lost a truck, tools, and an off-road vehicle in the fire. Crews from Orleans and Barton worked to contain the fire, keeping…

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Helicopters to be used this week to collar moose in Essex County

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NEWPORT — Essex County residents may soon see a helicopter flying low overhead as the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department begins collaring up to 60 moose for a three-year study. The radio-collaring will be carried out primarily within Essex County, and should start this week, depending on weather conditions. Capture efforts require flying just above…

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Consider Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions | Financial Focus with Karen Ward

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We’re just about ready to open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but why not also include some financial resolutions? By reviewing…

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Police: No new ground searches planned in search for Quincy O’Gorman

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ISLAND POND — The Vermont State Police continued their search for Quincy O’Gorman, the 23-year-old man from Island Pond who went missing after he fled the scene during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve. Today, members of the Vermont State Police Dive Team searched the brook and marsh in the area it was believed…

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Search continues for Island Pond man who went missing after fleeing police

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ISLAND POND — Crews are still searching for a 23-year-old man from Island Pond, who went missing after he fled during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve, police say. On Tuesday, the Vermont Scuba team was called in to search a brook and swamp area surrounding Island Pond village. VAST trails in the area…

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