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Police: Mailboxes vandalized in Derby with an axe

DERBY — Police are looking for someone they say vandalized five mailboxes in Derby with an axe. This morning, police took a report of multiple mailboxes that were vandalized along the length of Derby Pond Road. They say the incident occurred sometime overnight. The mailboxes had been either knocked over or damaged with a blunt… Keep Reading


Fresh­Tracks Road Pitch to visit Low­ell

LOWELL — The fifth an­nual Fresh­Tracks Road Pitch is returning to Lowell on Tues­day, July 31. The event is a four-day mo­tor­cy­cle tour of Ver­mont in which a gang of “busi­ness bik­ers” com­prised of in­vestors, en­tre­pre­neurs, and busi­ness ad­vi­sors, ride around the state and stop in eight Ver­mont towns to lis­ten to en­tre­pre­neurs pitch their… Keep Reading

MWA continues Youth Discovery Program on land

NEWPORT — The popular Youth Discovery Program that last year saw 300 third grade students from Orleans County learning about the area aboard the Northern Star boat, has been continued on land. The program used a similar approach as was used on the Northern Star. Students from Newport City, St Paul’s, Charleston, Derby, and Newport… Keep Reading

Healthcare scholarships awarded to local students by North Country Hospital

NEWPORT — Eighteen new healthcare scholarships were recently awarded to high school seniors and one adult, totaling $18,000. In addition, North Country Hospital has renewed scholarships for consecutive years providing students stay in healthcare education and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Each year the scholarship review committee makes selections based on student essays, transcripts, extra-curricular… Keep Reading

[VIDEO] 2nd Annual Opioid Awareness Walk in Newport

On Sunday, NEK Stand Strong hosted the 2nd Annual Opioid Awareness Walk in Newport. The event filled the community with awareness and memories of those fighting the opioid crisis. Guest speakers included Travis Blake, Sierra Ruth and Tennyson Marceau. The talks were followed by a one-mile walk around the Newport Waterfront. Upon returning to the… Keep Reading

NorthWoods Stewardship Center plants over 7000 trees in Northern Vermont

CHARLESTON — Spring is always a busy time around the NorthWoods campus. The Conservation Corps Crew gears up to begin spring trail projects, the Forestry team starts fieldwork for management plans and invasive species control, and the Conservation Science program finds new homes for thousands of young trees and shrubs. To date, the Conservation Science… Keep Reading


New Stormwater Strategic Plan released for the Memphremagog Watershed

NEWPORT — Since December of 2017, a group of local organizations, municipalities, and State agencies have been working together and recently completed a Stormwater Strategic Plan for the Memphremagog watershed. This group, known as the Stormwater Collaborative, was initiated at the Leahy Summit at the Echo Center in Burlington and funded through a grant from… Keep Reading

News/North Troy/Troy

Police: Troy man facing numerous charges

TROY — A 32-year-old man is facing numerous charges after an incident that took place in North Troy on Friday morning. Police say at around 9:40 a.m. they received a report of a suspicious vehicle with an unconscious operator parked in the caller’s driveway. The driver left when confronted and was followed to a vacant… Keep Reading


Swartz now faces federal charges in fraud scheme

NEWPORT — A federal grand jury in Rutland indicted Randall Swartz, 58, of Orleans, on 11 counts of mail fraud. According to this week’s indictment, until January 2017 when he was fired, Swartz was employed as the maintenance manager at Agri-Mark’s cheese-making plant in Cabot. As the maintenance manager, he was responsible for maintaining, repairing… Keep Reading


Brownington Amish community pre­pare for ben­e­fit din­ner

BROWNINGTON — The Amish com­mu­nity in Brown­ing­ton will be hosting a ben­e­fit din­ner next Fri­day, June 15, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at the gram­mar school/​Grange Hall now lo­cated at 1569 Prospect Hill, in Brown­ing­ton. Everyone is in­vited to en­joy a home­cooked bar­be­cue chicken din­ner with baked beans, cold sal­ads,… Keep Reading

Derby Line/News

Several cars damaged after hit-and-run in Derby Line

DERBY LINE — Police are looking for the driver in a hit-and-run incident that took place in Derby Line on Tuesday night. At around 10 p.m. the Vermont State Police received a report that a vehicle struck several parked cars before leaving the scene on Main Street. Witnesses say it was possibly a white SUV.… Keep Reading


Newport Police youth program seeking donations

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Explorer Post 817 is currently conducting a fundraiser to support the Post and create a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. Law Enforcement Explorer Posts are designed for individuals ages 14-20 who are interested in a career in law enforcement and serve as a way to introduce young people to the… Keep Reading


Opioid Awareness Walk in Newport this Sunday

NEWPORT — On Sunday, June 10, NEK Stand Strong is hosting the 2nd Annual Opioid Awareness Walk in Newport at the Gazebo. The event will kick off at 12:30 p.m. DJ Loud will be on hand while local guest speakers including Travis Blake, Sierra Ruth and Tennyson Marceau will take the stage at 1 p.m.,… Keep Reading


Two-car crash in Troy

TROY — Three people were injured during a crash in Troy on Sunday. Police responded to the scene on VT Route 100, just north of Loop Road at around 5:35 p.m. The crash took place near the top of a hill and a sharp corner. The drivers were identified as Amos Cassidy, 20, of Newport,… Keep Reading

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Barbara Morrow

There is some discouragement afoot about whether the upcoming generations can rise to the needs and social requirements we have ahead. I myself have fallen prey to this curmudgeonly outlook. However, my three visits to Mr. Gratten’s classes at North Country Junior High (Derby) certainly gave me lots of hope. It was great fun to… Keep Reading


Orleans man to face murder charge next week

NEWPORT – Randall Swartz, the suspect in the May 15 homicide of his wife in the town of Orleans, was discharged Friday from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and is due to be arraigned next week in Newport. Swartz, 58, was arraigned by video May 23 on a fugitive warrant and waived extradition… Keep Reading


North Country Hospital nurses celebrated

NEWPORT — To celebrate the nurses at North Country Hospital, during National Nurses Week, their VP of Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, Avril Cochran, hosted a dinner at the Eastside Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet, outdoor games in the beautiful sunshine, and the announcement of this year’s Nursing Excellence Awards recipients. Cochran,… Keep Reading


3rd Annual Kids Free Wellness Day this Saturday

NEWPORT — According to the CDC, the percentage of children who are obese in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five children ages 6–19 is obese. In Vermont, about 30 percent of adolescents are overweight or obese and over 30 percent of toddlers ages 2-4 are overweight… Keep Reading


Local student honored for commitment to forestry

NEWPORT — Since 2005, the Vermont Land Trust has been recognizing outstanding high school juniors and seniors who are studying the fields of agriculture and forestry. This year, Anthony Allen received the Land Stewards Award from the land trust, along with a check for $250. Anthony has grown up learning to harvest timber with his… Keep Reading


Young runners shine at Dandy 2018

DERBY — This year’s Dandy saw beautiful weather, fields halfway to peak, some powerful running, and a lot of great buddy running and walking groups out on the courses. Dandy lovers came from all over Vermont, Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island. New Hampshire, Quebec, and Ontario to run and walk on dirt… Keep Reading

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