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Newport man arrested after an altercation involving a shotgun

in Newport/News

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…

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Helicopters used to collar moose in the NEK

in Essex County/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Residents may have seen a helicopter flying low overhead as the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department began collaring 30 moose for the third year of a three-year study. The radio-collaring is being carried out primarily within Essex County by a professional contractor. Capture efforts require flying just above tree height and are expected…

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Free Discover Girl Scouts events Jan. 30 and 31 in Orleans County

in Irasburg/Troy

NORTH TROY — Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will be hosting two free information sessions for girls and parents in Orleans County. The first will be on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Troy School, located at 126 Main Street in North Troy. The second event will be on…

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Solar and storage workshops coming to Newport

in Newport/News/Sponsored Post

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…

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Single-vehicle rollover on I-91

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A 35-year-old man from Newport escaped with minor injuries after rolling his vehicle on I-91 on Saturday night. Police and emergency crews responded at around 9:00 p.m. to a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash near mile marker 171 on I-91 south, in Derby. The driver was identified as Nathan Kemnitz. Police say…

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Wild & Woolly Competitive Snowshoe Races February 9 in East Charleston

in Charleston/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center will be hosting the Wild & Woolly Snowshoe Races at their campus in East Charleston on February 9. The event kicks off from 9:30 a.m. and will go until 2:00 p.m. During last autumn’s Westmore Mountain Challenge, organizers say participants requested a similarly spirited competition for the winter…

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Rescue crews locate missing skier near Jay Peak

in Jay/Jay Peak/Westmore

JAY — Search and rescue crews were able to locate a 69-year-old man from Newport this evening after he got lost skiing earlier in the day. Peter Harris, 66, of Derby, alerted authorities at around 2:45 p.m. that he and a group of three others were skiing the backwoods near the top of Vermont Route…

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New video series highlights two Northeast Kingdom farmers

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Waterfront Cinema will be showing two videos from the Faces of Vermont Agriculture series, which is a collection of eight short video profiles that highlight outstanding stewards of the land who live and farm in the Green Mountain State. These dedicated farmers tell viewers in their own words, why conservation matters to their…

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NEK Chamber seeking input on issues to be discussed at first legislative breakfast

in News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — There will be a notable change at the Northeast Kingdom Chamber Legislative Breakfast to be held Monday, Jan. 28, at 8 a.m., at the St. Johnsbury House, 1207 Main St., St. Johnsbury. Unlike in years past, when local legislators gave committee reports during their allotted time, there will be far more discussion…

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Teacher at Lyndon Institute accused of inappropriate relationship with student

in Lyndonville/News/Northeast Kingdom

LYNDON — A teacher at Lyndon Institute who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student is facing charges, police say. Anitra Lahiri, 44, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and disseminating indecent material to a minor. According to a statement issued by police,…

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Local teen swimmer selected one of Vermont Sports Magazine’s Athletes of the Year

in Derby/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

DERBY – Fourteen-year-old Vera Rivard has been selected as one of Vermont Sports Magazine’s 2018 Athletes of the Year. Vera and her family live in Springfield, NH and have a summer camp in Derby with access to Lake Memphremagog, where she trains. During the winter she swims with Upper Valley Aquatic Club. In July of…

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Rollover on West Street in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A 44-year-old man from Maine escaped uninjured after rolling his vehicle in Derby on Sunday. At around 8:50 a.m. police responded to the single-vehicle rollover on West Street. The operator was identified as Jeffrey Andrews, of Strong, ME. Police say he was traveling west in a 2009 Subaru Forrester at approximately 40 miles-per-hour…

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Now Playing Newport music series grand finale this Saturday

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT –Now Playing Newport, the local Vermont concert series that has delighted audiences in the Northeast Kingdom over the past five years, will be presenting its final production on Saturday. The show will take place January 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Church of Newport on Third Street. This grand finale is in concert…

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Police: Man arrested after firing shots at parked vehicle in Orleans

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police were called to Orleans this afternoon after a report that gunshots were fired into a parked vehicle. At around 1:30 p.m. police arrived at the scene on First Avenue. According to a statement issued by police, there was a family disturbance at the time of the incident. Nobody was inside the vehicle,…

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Manhunt underway for St. Johnsbury man accused of kidnapping and sexual assault

in St. Johnsbury

UPDATE: Simpson was taken into custody in Pennsylvania. He is being evaluated at a hospital after crashing another stolen vehicle into a telephone pole during a police chase. ST. JOHNSBURY — The FBI and the Vermont State Police are actively searching for a dangerous man who is wanted for numerous crimes including kidnapping and sexual…

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Sights set on playground transformation and splash pad at Gardner Park

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Last month the Newport City Council approved a resolution authorizing Newport Parks & Recreation to pursue a $180,000 grant through the Vermont Land & Water Conservation Fund. The ambitious request will support a $400,000 proposed renovation to the playground and restroom facilities in Gardner Memorial Park, tentatively scheduled for the 2020 summer season.…

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Police investigating assault at New Year’s Eve party in Essex County

in Bloomfield/Essex County/News

BLOOMFIELD — Police are investigating an assault that took place at a New Year’s Eve party in Essex county. The victim has been identified as Dominic Gilbert, 34, of Colebrook, NH. He was transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital to be treated for extensive injuries to his face. He was later transported via ambulance to…

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NorthWoods Watershed Crew celebrates another year of clean water projects

in Charleston/News/Outdoors

EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center Conservation Corps’ Watershed Crew has completed its fourth year implementing water quality improvement projects throughout Vermont. Since 2015, the NorthWoods Watershed Crew has installed infiltration steps, open-top culverts, rain gardens, dry wells, dripline trenches, water bars, culverts, and many more stormwater management practices that are designed to help…

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Car crashes into utility pole in Newport Center

in Jay/Newport/News

NEWPORT — An 18-year-old driver escaped uninjured after crashing into a utility pole in Newport Center on Monday. At around 9:15 p.m. police responded to the single-vehicle crash on Searles Road. Police say the driver, identified as Rider Morse, of Jay, traveled off the road and struck the utility pole, snapping it in half. According…

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Step into the new year with a First Day Hike in Westmore

in Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors/Westmore

WESTMORE — While many are planning to burn the midnight oil to ring in 2019, others are aiming to get out of bed and into nature on the first day of the New Year. State parks around the nation will host free, guided hikes as a part of First Day Hikes, and Jean Haigh with…

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Fatal crash in Irasburg

in Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — A 21-year-old man from Albany was killed during a crash in Irasburg this afternoon. Emergency workers were dispatched to the collision which took place in front of Bob’s Quick Stop. According to police, Walter Earle, 65, of Irasburg, was headed south on Vermont Route 14, when Laine Ross, 21, of Albany, attempted to…

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DUI crash in Irasburg almost hits home

in Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — A 49-year-old Irasburg man is facing charges after a single-vehicle crash in Irasburg on Monday night. Police responded to the scene on Vermont Route 14 at around 9:00 p.m. Police say they met with the driver, identified as Albert Cole, inside the ambulance. According to the report, Cole drove off the road and…

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VT Fish & Wildlife to conduct angler survey on Lake Memphremagog

in Newport/News/Outdoors/Quebec

NEWPORT – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is beginning an angler survey on Lake Memphremagog this December. The survey will extend through November 2020 and will survey anglers on both the American and Canadian sections of the lake. Clerks from the department will interview anglers on the lake 2 to 4 days per week,…

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Driver in fatal West Charleston crash sentenced

in Charleston/Derby/Holland/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The driver during a fatal crash in West Charleston that took the lives of two Orleans County residents back in 2016, has been sentenced. Earlier in the year Joshua Cole pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and gross negligent operation, and last week was sentenced to serve eight to 15 years behind bars.…

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Christmas trees stolen from farm in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police are investigating the theft of brush and Christmas trees from a tree farm in Barton, and the owner is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. The owner of the farm told police that an unknown individual or individuals had gained access to his property on Fulton Lane…

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Trevor Evans to receive 2018 George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award

in Derby/Newport/News
Trevor Evans leading a workshop on his property in Derby.

EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center recently announce that Trevor Evans of Derby will receive this year’s George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award. The award is given annually to a person who has made significant contributions to sustainable forestry and education in the Northeast Kingdom. Evans has shown an exceptional commitment to managing his own…

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Toy drives make it a happier holiday for many local children

in Derby/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom
(left to right) Fred's Energy Derby office receptionist Desiree, NEKCA's Merry Hamel, Fred's Energy General Manager Dennis Percy, and Rachel Twofoot from Northpoint with toys dropped off to the Fred's Energy Derby office.

DERBY — This holiday season, Fred’s Energy helped to collect donations for local toy drives at each of their three office locations. The Fred’s Energy Derby office collected for the NEKCA and Northpoint Toys for Kids toy drive. Toys for Kids is helping approximately 191 families this year. In addition, for every toy dropped off,…

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MWA awarded $4,500 for Youth Discovery Program

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) recently received a $4,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. The grant will help the association’s mission of protecting and preserving the environment and natural beauty of the watershed by providing hands-on education for area elementary school classes. “We are so pleased to have received…

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Newport armed robbery suspect flees police with children in vehicle

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Police are looking for a 31-year-old fugitive considered armed and dangerous after he fled police with several children in his vehicle. According to police, Lucas Putvain was spotted traveling on West Street in Derby when he saw a marked state police vehicle. Putvain fled at a high rate of speed. He was last…

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Training for the winter swim at Willoughby

in News/Northeast Kingdom/Westmore
Pam Ladds of Newport, and Julie Zeitlinger of Sutton, Quebec, ready to swim at Lake Willoughby, on December 15.

WESTMORE — Winter swimmers around North America are hard at it training and qualifying for the Fifth Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival coming up on February 23-24, 2019 in Newport. Two locals, Pam Ladds of Newport, and Julie Zeitlinger of Sutton, Quebec, took advantage of the open waters at Lake Willoughby on Saturday. Water temperature…

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Shape note sing and potluck in Derby Line January 5

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/News
Photo by Tanya Mueller.

DERBY LINE — A group of singers from Vermont and Quebec gathers every month to sing shape note or sacred harp music at the Unitarian Universalist Church Hall in Derby Line. The group sings from the songbook The Sacred Harp, and the sing is followed by a potluck. An upcoming sing will occur at 3…

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VSO’s Brass Quintet and Counterpoint Chorus to visit Newport December 21

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) Brass Quintet is teaming up with Counterpoint Chorus for another year of celebrating the holiday season with traditional favorites, a carol singalong, and more. The pairing will present an evening of festive music and jubilee to Newport on December 21. The event will take place at the United…

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