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Fire destroys barn in Coventry

COVENTRY — The Newport City Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Coventry this morning. A large, two-story barn at 862 Heermanville Road was fully engulfed in flames at around 9:20 a.m. The barn was no longer in use as a dairy barn and used primarily for storage. It was completely destroyed by the… Keep Reading

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Railway fined for mismanaging hazardous materials at Newport maintenance facility

NEWPORT — Central Maine & Quebec Railway, owner and operator of a railroad maintenance facility in Newport, was fined $12,000 for improperly managing hazardous materials and releasing hazardous materials to the environment. During a May 2018 compliance inspection, DEC personnel found absorbent materials contaminated with petroleum in open, unmarked containers, at its Glen Road facility… Keep Reading

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Agricultural and natural resource meeting March 15 in Newport

NEWPORT — Orleans County Conservation District, in cooperation with Natural Resources Conservation Service, is hosting a meeting to receive input from the public and our partners regarding natural resource priorities in the area. NRCS administers several programs funded through the Federal Farm Bill. These programs are designed to assist farmers, forest owners, and other landowners… Keep Reading

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United Christian Academy’s Bronze Ambassadors head to Florida

NEWPORT — The Bronze Ambassadors of the United Christian Academy in Newport are headed south for a series of performances. Now in its twenty-second year of community service and music performance throughout the country, the ensemble will travel to central Florida from February 26 through March 5. During the week-long tour, the Ambassadors will visit… Keep Reading

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Winter Swim Festival this weekend in Newport

NEWPORT — This weekend, 85 winter swimmers supported by 35 volunteers, will be competing in a two-lane, 25-meter pool cut in the ice on Lake Memphremagog. Swimmers are traveling from all over the United States for the event, as well as internationally from South Africa, Scotland, Spain, and Quebec. They will be swimming 25-meter, 50-meter,… Keep Reading

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Orleans County Conservation District staff attend Industrial Hemp Conference

NEWPORT — Last week, district manager Sarah Damsell and Land Treatment and Nutrient Management Specialist Emily Irwin attended the University of Vermont’s first Industrial Hemp Conference. The 2018 Farm Bill defined hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the list of controlled substances. Each state will eventually be required to submit a plan… Keep Reading

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Taste of the Kingdom event February 27

NEWPORT — The 11th Annual Taste of the Kingdom, a fundraising event held by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will take place at 6:00 p.m. on February 27, at Jay Peak Resort’s Foeger Ballroom.

 Guests will enjoy small plates and sample beverages from over 20 Northeast Kingdom food and drink producers. This year’s Farm & Food… Keep Reading

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DUI crash with injury in Barton

BARTON — Police say that a 60-year-old man from Barton was charged with DUI after a two-vehicle crash on Sunday sent a man to the hospital. At around 8:00 p.m. rescue workers were notified of the crash that occurred on US Route 5 near the intersection of Kinsey Road, in Barton. Police say Ed Seadale… Keep Reading

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Truck through the ice on Willoughby

WESTMORE — A truck partially went through the ice on Willoughby this afternoon. At around 3:00 p.m. Orleans Ambulance and Westmore Fire Department responded to the scene. All occupants of the truck were out and safe by the time they arrived. The truck was approximately 50 feet from the Willoughby fishing access, partially submerged. The… Keep Reading

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Newport City Candidates Forum coming February 21

NEWPORT — Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce will host a Newport City Candidates’ Forum on Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Goodrich Library The forum is open to the public to attend, and will be broadcast live on local radio station WIKE 103.1 FM / 1490 AM and recorded… Keep Reading

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Police investigate threats at North Country Junior High School

DERBY — Police were called out to North Country Junior High School in Derby this afternoon after they say a juvenile made several verbal threats. At around 12:50 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to NCUJHS. According to a statement issued by police, they investigated the incident and found the threats made were not credible. “Vermont… Keep Reading

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Skier killed in accident at Jay Peak

JAY — A 68-year-old man from Quebec died at Jay Peak Resort this afternoon. At 12:45 p.m. authorities were notified of a seriously injured skier at the resort. The skier was identified as Bruce Charron, of West Montreal. Charron reportedly lost a ski prior to striking trees along the edge of the trail. He was… Keep Reading

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Route 14 in Coventry closed after report of shots fired

COVENTRY — A section of Vermont Route 14 in Coventry was closed down yesterday while police investigated a report of gunshots being fired near a residence. At around 7:15 p.m. police received a 911 report of several shots fired in the vicinity of 84 Blake Road. Several law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Border Patrol… Keep Reading

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Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament expecting record turnout this year

NEWPORT — As the Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament enters its ninth year, the tournament has seen a substantial increase in fisherman interest and a record number of area businesses stepping up as sponsors. The 2019 tournament will be held February 15-17 on Seymour Lake, Echo Lake, and Lake Memphremagog.  Registration will be at the Public Fishing Access in Morgan. Fishing begins… Keep Reading

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Contest underway to find the best beard in Vermont

NEWPORT — A truly Vermont-style fundraiser is back with the Third Annual Vermont Beardies, the contest to find the best beard in Vermont. Bearded Vermonters are invited to enter their magnificent scruff and encourage their friends to support Make-A-Wish Vermont through social media appeals. Contestants will compete online in three categories, Urban, Freestyle, and Backwoods.… Keep Reading

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Hiring begins for NEK conservation crews

EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center has begun hiring local conservation crew leaders and members for the 2019 field season. The NorthWoods Stewardship Center, now in its 30th year of operation, runs youth conservation crews in partnership with US Fish & Wildlife refuges in six states, and hires 2-3 crews locally, working on trail… Keep Reading

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Vanilla Ice on Lake Memphremagog

NEWPORT — A bottle of pure vanilla extract next to a few blocks of ice sits waiting on Lake Memphremagog. Get it? Vanilla Ice. It’s a question as old as the lake herself. Every spring we muse over the age-old question, “when do you think the ice will go out?” Lake Memphremagog is deep, with… Keep Reading

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Newport man arrested following shooting

NEWPORT — Police in Newport arrested a man after a shooting last night. Larry Brown, 49, of Newport was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. On Thursday, police initiated an investigation after a man arrived at the station and reported that Brown had shot at him following an argument. The man alleged Brown fired two… Keep Reading

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Elinor Osborn of Albany receives Citizen Scientist of the Year Award

ALBANY — The Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) recently announced Elinor Osborn of Albany as the recipient of the 2018 Julie Nicholson Citizen Science Award. Established in 2009, the annual Julie Nicholson Citizen Science Award honors volunteer Julie Nicholson’s extraordinary passion and commitment to birds and wildlife conservation through her many years of tireless work… Keep Reading

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Solar lights stolen along snowmobile trail in Derby

DERBY — State Police are investigating a series of thefts that occurred along a local snowmobile trail. Over the weekend someone stole approximately six solar lights along a trail in Derby. The solar lights were attached to snowmobile intersection signs and were ripped off. The total loss is estimated to be $165. These lights were… Keep Reading

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NVRH, NCH expand joint sleep medicine venture with new facility

ST. JOHNSBURY — Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) in St. Johnsbury and North Country Hospital (NCH) in Newport have collaborated to enhance sleep medicine services in Vermont with the opening of an expanded Northern Vermont Center for Sleep Disorders location The center will open February 4. The new clinic, which offers the latest in comprehensive… Keep Reading

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Newport armed robbery suspect taken into custody

NEWPORT — Police say that a Newport man who has been on the run since June of 2018 was arrested today. Lucas Putvain, 31, was arrested at around 1:00 p.m. at a location on Western Avenue in Newport City. Putvain has an extensive criminal history and allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint back in November… Keep Reading

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Mayor’s Statement Regarding City of Newport Wastewater Treatment Facility, Leachate, Landfill Expansion

The following letter to the editor was submitted by Newport Mayor Paul Monette. At the October 15, 2018 Newport City Council Regular Meeting, Charlie Pronto, representing D.U.M.P., and Robert Benoit, representing Memphremagog Conservation, presented their concerns that leachate may be leaking from the landfill, that the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) may not be properly… Keep Reading

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Northeast Kingdom Collaborative task forces release action plans

NEWPORT — More than two-dozen leaders and experts from across Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties are sharing their recommendations for progress in the region, after six months of discussion and deliberation. Two task forces convened by the nonprofit Northeast Kingdom Collaborative have each released a plan detailing projects that they believe can be started in… Keep Reading

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Newport Winter Festival coming February 2

NEWPORT — This year’s Winter Festival will kick off at Newport’s Gardner Memorial Park on Saturday, February 2. Come celebrate timeless Vermont traditions like snowmobiling, ice skating, broomball, and bonfires. Guy Fortin Broomball Tournament With broomball skills, smooth line changes and athletic ability optional, this casual tournament has become a favorite Winter Festival activity for… Keep Reading

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Driver injured in two-vehicle crash in Coventry

COVENTRY — A 22-year-old woman from Connecticut was transported to North Country Hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Coventry this morning. The police were notified at around 7:00 a.m. that a vehicle headed south on Vermont Route 14, sild through the intersection of Route 5 and collided with an unloaded tanker trailer. The driver was… Keep Reading

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Road to Jay Peak closed twice during storm

JAY — Vermont Agency of Transportation crews were busy at Jay Peak this morning during the snowstorm after vehicles were unable to make it up the hill. At 8:48 a.m. police responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Vermont Route 242, in Westfield, the back side of Jay Peak. There was one vehicle… Keep Reading

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Rossi recognized for “spirit of courage”

NEWPORT — Michelle Rossi has been recognized by the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center for her “spirit of courage.” She was presented with the award surrounded by family, friends and the Justice Center board on Wednesday evening at the Goodrich Library. Rossi, a resident of Newport City, is involved with Girl Scouts, the ENCORE program… Keep Reading

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Newport man arrested after an altercation involving a shotgun

NEWPORT — Police arrested a man on assault and reckless endangerment charges following a fight early this morning. Kyler Baker, 21, of Newport, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and recklessly endangering another person. Police officers were dispatched to the fight on Bayview Street at around 1:40 a.m. They arrived… Keep Reading

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Solar and storage workshops coming to Newport

NEWPORT — Do you have a backup source of energy if your power goes out? Have you been seeing your friends and neighbors going solar? If so, there are two upcoming workshops in Newport for you. Erin Rocheleau, SunCommon’s Community Partnership organizer, will be going over new options for homeowners in Vermont and clueing folks… Keep Reading

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