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Two-vehicle crash with injury, Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Irasburg this morning.

The crash took place on U.S. Route 5 at around 6:45 a.m.

According to the report, Robert Davignon, 29, of Brownington, was headed north and Wesley Kidder, 30, of Sutton, was headed south.

The vehicles struck as they passed each other.

Police say Davignon sustained “non-life threatening injuries” and was transported to North Country Hospital.

Kidder was not injured during the crash.

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to contact the State Police barracks at 334-8881.

Brownington couple charged with arson

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BROWNINGTON — A man and a woman from Brownington were arrested and face charges after a fire in Irasburg back in November of 2019.

Police say Teresa Guay, 55, and her husband Roger Guay, 59, are being charged with 1st-degree arson, conspiracy, and insurance fraud.

On November 16, 2019, the Irasburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1754 Covered Bridge Road.

The fire had originally been reported as an accidental fire started by a cigarette falling onto paper towels used to clean a fuel oil spill.

According to authorities, the investigation revealed that the fire had been planned and intentionally set by the homeowners.

Irasburg’s Leach Public Library to celebrate life and work of Howard Frank Mosher

IRASBURG — The Leach Public Library in Irasburg will hold the third annual celebration of beloved Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher during an event at the library.

The gathering will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, the 76th anniversary of his birth.

Howard Frank Mosher made his home in Irasburg until his death in 2017.

Many of Mosher’s books feature the fictional town of “Kingdom Common,” loosely modeled on Irasburg, with elements of Orleans and Newport.

In 2016, Mosher donated his personal book collection to the Leach Public Library, where he served as a longtime member of the board of trustees.

“It has become a tradition for us to celebrate our friend and neighbor Howard Frank Mosher on his birthday,” said Leach Library trustee Judith Jackson.

Refreshments, featuring some of Howard Frank Mosher’s favorites, will be served.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize anew his unique insight into the life and people of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, his affection for them, and ours for him,” Jackson added.

Burglary in Irasburg, firearms stolen

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IRASBURG — A home was burglarized in Irasburg on Saturday.

Police say the incident took place in the area of Vermont Route 58.

Entry was forced into the residence and several firearms were stolen along with other miscellaneous items.

According to police, two subjects were identified in the burglary and physical evidence was collected from the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police have not released the names of the suspects, but are asking anyone with information that may help the investigation to call trooper Ferrier at 802-334-8881.

Learn how to cook a bear at the University of Irasburg

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IRASBURG — The University of Irasburg is officially open, taught by the community and for the community, with classes getting underway in April.

And don’t worry, you won’t need to fill out a FAFSA form to attend, because all courses are free.

Anyone can teach a course at the University of Irasburg, and anyone can take a course.

So far, there are 15 courses scheduled in 2019.

Courses range from “Kitchen Table Science,” taught by Phillis Mosher, to “How to Cook a Bear,” taught by Randy Royer, a master meat cutter.

For a full list of courses being offered, visit:

Classes will be taught at The Barn, located at 4752 on Route 14, or at the Irasburg Library.

The University of Irasburg promises to be a place to meet new friends, learn new things, and discover all that the community has to offer.

For more information contact Judith Jackson at:

Irasburg to hold town plan hearing March 21

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IRASBURG — The Irasburg Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed town plan at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Irasburg Town Hall.

It will be the first of two hearings to consider adoption of the plan, entitled “Common Ground.”

The Irasburg Selectboard will hold a second hearing in April prior to a Selectboard vote on adoption of the plan.

Back in October of 2015, 421 Irasburg voters petitioned the Selectboard “to develop a town plan that protects all of Irasburg’s ridgeline from industrial wind development.”

Following the petition, the Irasburg Selectboard appointed a five-member Planning Commission charged with writing a town plan to respond to the voters’ mandate.

In Spring 2016, the Planning Commission conducted a survey of Irasburg citizens to ascertain their views and values on a range of issues from preserving Irasburg’s historic village center, promoting agriculture and forestry, to improving telecommunications.

A series of open meetings and frequent consultation with the Selectboard provided ongoing opportunities for input into the planning process.

“The Planning Commission heard many different voices and perspectives as we developed the plan,” said Planning Commission Chair Michael Sanville. “Irasburg voters, the Selectboard, the regional planning commission, the state legislature and state agencies, environmentalists, developers, educators, property owners, neighboring towns—not all of them agreed, but we listened to all of them. Writing a plan that balances all of these different interests is a challenge. Our goal was finding common ground.”

Early in its work, the Commission adopted three basic principles to guide the planning process.

“We developed the Irasburg town plan in accord with the principles of respect for the environment, sound economics, and regard for community values,” said Lori Royer, an Irasburg farmer and member of the Commission. “Every chapter of the town plan is based on these principles.”

Planning Commission member Molly Veysey, director of Orleans County’s Old Stone House Museum and coordinator of the Leach Public Library’s After-School Enrichment Program, noted that adopting a town plan will have many benefits for Irasburg.

“A town plan gives Irasburg standing in state hearings and regulatory proceedings,” Veysey said. “It will allow Irasburg to apply for state, local and foundation grants, and it sets forth a vision for Irasburg’s future based on citizens’ expressed values.”

The Planning Commission is encouraging citizens to review the draft town plan on the Leach Library website at

Printed copies are available for review at the Town Clerk’s Office and in the library.

Irasburg man facing charges after shooting at family members, dog

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IRASBURG — A 33-year-old man from Irasburg is facing numerous charges after an incident that took place on Wednesday.

Police responded to Simino Lane for a report of an escalating incident in which a man was intoxicated and fighting with family members.

The suspect was identified as Joshua Hall.

Police say Hall began shooting a shotgun at family members. State Police arrived at the scene moments later and led the victims to a safe location.

According to the report, Hall was highly intoxicated and shot several shotgun rounds at the victims and at the dogs.

Police began informing neighbors of the incident and contained the area.

After speaking with Hall over the phone police were able to take him into custody after a short period without further incident.

A statement regarding the incident issued by Trooper Joshua Mikkola reads:

“The investigation revealed Hall and a victim had been arguing earlier that evening after Hall had been consuming a large amount of alcohol. When family members arrived to help the victim leave the residence, Hall became upset and would not allow another victim to call 911 for help. During the struggle over the phone to call for help, Hall knocked over a small child causing the child to receive a facial injury. The incident then escalated when the victims began leaving. Hall exited the residence with a shotgun and began shooting at the victims and then the dogs. Nobody was injured by the projectiles, however, Hall approached a victim and struck the victim in the face with the buttstock of the shotgun. The victims were able to escape as Vermont State Police arrived at the residence.”

Hall was held at Northern State Correctional Facility and appeared in court today to answer to the charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault, second degree aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault with a weapon, interference with access to emergency services, reckless endangerment, and cruelty to a child.

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

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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 Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Irasburg Village School, located at 292 Vermont Route 58, in Irasburg.

Girls and their families will meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers, as well as learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs.

Participants will also enjoy fun, girl-led activities, explore programs, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register to become a Girl Scout.

Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

The organization offers hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered activities in STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, visit, or call 1-888-474-9686.

Fatal crash in Irasburg

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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 enter the convenience store.

Police say he pulled in front of Earle, who attempted to brake, but was unable to avoid hitting Ross’s vehicle which had crossed over into his lane of travel.

Ross was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both vehicles entered the parking lot area of Bob’s Quick Stop and struck three unoccupied vehicles.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

DUI crash in Irasburg almost hits home

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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 rolled the vehicle, coming to a stop just feet before striking a house.

He was the only occupant inside the vehicle.

Police say he suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries.

“Further investigation revealed Cole was impaired. Cole was arrested for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Derby barracks,” a statement issued by trooper Mikkola reads.

He was later released on a citation to appear in court.

Four arrested in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police say that they have arrested a group of people who occupied a camp in the town of Irasburg owned by a 54-year-old man from Coventry, without his permission.

As officers approached the camp, they say the occupants fled the scene on foot.

One accused, John Regan, 27, of Philadelphia, was taken into custody just outside the camp.

Troopers and deputies with K9s tracked the other three individuals through deep snow for 1-2 miles for about an hour before they were located and taken into custody in the woods.

The three were Identified as Ronald Harris, 27, also of Philadelphia, Daniel Peters, 23, of Newport, and Andrea Poutre, 37, of Newport.

Police say that Ronald Harris had an active arrest warrant issued out of Pennsylvania for aggravated assault.

Poutre was on court-ordered conditions of release for a “heroin – sale or delivery 200 mg or more” offense that occurred earlier in the year.

She also was on conditions of release for a case involving charges of retail theft, false info to a law enforcement officer, and violation of conditions of release.

Daniel Peters was on court-ordered conditions of release for burglary into an occupied dwelling that occurred earlier in the year in Orleans county.

Investigators say they are working with the State’s Attorney’s Office and the court to determine charges and arraignment details.

Harris, Peters, Poutre, and Regan remain in custody pending a court determination of bail and conditions of release.

Car crashes into the Black River in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — A 55-year-old woman from Irasburg walked away with only minor injuries after her car crashed into the Black River on Saturday.

At around 5:15 p.m., police responded to the single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Vermont Route 58 and Covered Bridge Road in Irasburg.

The driver was identified as Karla Riendeau.

According to the report, Riendeau lost control of her vehicle while headed west on Route 58.

The vehicle left the roadway before traveling over an embankment and rolling onto its roof in the river.

It came to a final rest partially submerged in the water.

Riendeau was pulled out of the vehicle by someone who passed by during the crash.

According to the report, Riendeau sustained only minor injuries.

Dog stolen in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police are investigating the theft of a dog in Irasburg.

Sometime during the early morning hours on Tuesday, a 65-year-old woman had her beagle stolen from behind her home on Route 105.

According to police, the dog was hooked when the incident took place.

“Evidence at the scene indicates this was a theft and not a case of the dog getting off its leash,” Sgt. Sean Selby said.

The beagle was 10-years-old and his name is Jack.

According to a post on Facebook by one of the owners, there was a glove found by his dog house.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact the Vermont State Police.

Car catches fire after hitting deer on I-91

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IRASBURG — A 32-year-old St. Johnsbury man’s vehicle was totaled this morning after he hit a deer.

According to the report, Matthew Chesebrough was headed north on I-91 in Irasburg, when he struck the deer with a 2009 Suzuki.

Chesebrough pulled into the breakdown lane to inspect the damage to the vehicle when it began to smoke and eventually catch fire.

He called 911 and the Irasburg Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze.

Chesebrough was not injured in the crash.

Wright’s Towing arrived on scene to remove the vehicle.

Burglary in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police are investigating a burglary at a residence in Irasburg.

This incident took place on Route 58 E.

The homeowner reported that he had been away between September 16, and 19, and had returned to find his garage burglarized.

There was also damage done to a truck parked in the driveway.

The suspect had gained entry into a locked garage and taken a 6” orbital air sander, a 4” orbital air sander, a 4.5” electric grinder, a 6” electric grinder, numerous socket sets, as well as tools contained in five plastic totes.

According to the report, the rear window of a Chevrolet 2500 pickup had also been smashed and wiring harnesses to the plow was cut or stolen.

Tools were taken from the truck as well.

Anyone who may have been approached to buy these items, or who may have seen them for sale, is asked to contact police at (802) 334-8881.

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Orleans County slammed by powerful storm

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IRASBURG — Close to 1,300 people were left without power after a powerful storm ripped through Orleans County on Monday.

The thunderstorm appears to have hit Irasburg the hardest, with downed trees smashing a few cars, and taking out power lines.

One of the most dramatic photos to come in from Monday was captured by Cory Curtis in Westmore at around 6:40 p.m.

The photo, which almost looks like a tornado, was taken from the top of Hinton Hill, overlooking Lake Willoughby.

Curtis, the owner of Pine Brook Logging and Guide Service, said he couldn’t see more than five feet in front of him.

“The rain and winds that came from it were massive. Like nothing I’ve ever seen in 37 years.”

Albany was also hit hard during the storm.

Power lines were brought down with the heavy wind, rain, and lightning.

The photos above were taken by Cory Curtis, Caitlyn Paige Ainsworth, and Christina Crowley.

[VIDEO] Meet the Candidate event: Kendall Lambert

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NEWPORT — Kendall Lambert is an independent candidate seeking to represent the residents in the towns of Coventry, Irasburg, Newport, Newport Center, and a portion of Troy in the Vermont House of Representatives.

Lambert hosted a Meet the Candidate event last week at Kingdom Brewing in Newport.

During the event, she talked politics and enjoyed some craft beer.

Newport Dispatch shot this video to allow those who were unable to attend the opportunity to hear from the candidate.

Single-vehicle crash in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police are investigating a single-vehicle accident in Irasburg on Wednesday that sent two people to the hospital.

At around 7:00 p.m. the Vermont State Police, Newport, Orleans and Glover EMS, and the Irasburg Fire Department responded to the crash on Vermont Route 58.

The driver was identified as Stacey Williams, 53, of Albany, and the passenger as Charles King, 60, also of Albany.

Police say the vehicle, a 2008 Kia Sedona, was headed west when it went off the roadway.

Both Williams and King were transported to North Country Hospital for what police describe as “minor injuries.”

This crash is currently under investigation and anyone who witnessed the incident is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police.

Shrinedom ticketholders get money back

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IRASBURG — Vermonters and others who purchased tickets to a concert gone wrong will be eligible for refunds.

The Attorney General’s office says they resolved its investigation of Shrinedom 2017, a rock festival that was supposed to take place in Irasburg.

Seven bands were contracted to play, including local bands and national acts Vince Neil, Slaughter, Warrant, Lita Ford, and Firehouse.

On the day of the festival, the organizers had not sold enough tickets to pay the national bands, who did not perform.

The bands and the public were told that there were issues with the generators, when in fact not enough tickets were sold to pay the bands.

Ten thousand dollars have been provided for ticketholders who have not yet been reimbursed.

Approximately $10,000 has already been reimbursed to consumers by PayPal, which processed many of the payments.

Ticket buyers eligible for reimbursement can submit an online form located at the Attorney General’s website.

Consumers seeking to make a claim for reimbursement will be required to produce a proof of purchase or affirm under penalty of purchase that they purchased tickets for which they have not been reimbursed, and to state the amount spent on tickets.

The investigation concluded that the festival should have been delayed in August 2017 due to poor ticket sales, but organizers chose not to delay in hopes of securing sales the day of the event to cover costs.

Poor judgment and lack of experience in organizing a music festival of this size led hundreds of consumers to purchase tickets to an event which did not run as advertised.

Local bands Raized on Radio, MindTrap, and the Nashville Country Band did perform.

The main organizers were Adam Johnson and Marcus Clay of Irasburg.

Johnson was primarily responsible for the event, but he relied heavily on Clay’s alleged expertise in producing music events.

Mount Sinai Shriners No 3, the Montpelier, Vermont chapter of the International Shriners, heavily funded the event, which was to raise money for the organization.

Some participants in the event stated that they agreed to participate based on the understanding that the Shriners were affiliated with the event, though it was held by a separate organization called Kingdom Cares, which was created by Johnson.

Johnson has agreed not to direct any fundraisers for five years.

Clay will not produce any events with an audience greater than 1,000 for five years.

All parties have agreed to take steps to avoid mistakes with fundraising events in the future, under penalty of violating the agreement.

“I’m happy this matter is resolved and ticketholders will be compensated,” said Attorney General Donovan.

Irasburg prepares to smile for the camera

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IRASBURG — After the last fire engine rounds the Irasburg Common in the traditional Church Fair parade on Saturday, July 21, Irasburg residents will gather on the town’s baseball diamond to have their picture taken.

A drone-mounted camera will click the shutter for the town’s group portrait.

The Irasburg Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Irasburg United Church, is organizing the event, with the hope of including as many residents as possible.

“We wanted to illustrate the Irasburg Town Plan with pictures of people,” said Planning Commission Chair Michael Sanville. “But we couldn’t decide which people to include, so we decided to include everyone.”

The Church Fair parade traditionally begins at 7 p.m. and lasts about 30 minutes.

The photos shoot will start immediately after the parade.

“If non-resident friends of Irasburg want to join us for the photo, they’re welcome,” Sanville added.

The Vermont Dairy Promotion Council will provide free maple ice cream following the photo shoot.

Members of the Irasburg Selectboard, the Planning Commission, the Town Hall Committee and assorted volunteers will be scooping ice cream cones as long as supplies last.

Copies of the Irasburg town portrait will be available at the Town Clerk’s office.

MAC Center for the Arts awards scholarships to graduating seniors

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NEWPORT — Two local graduating students were recently awarded scholarships from the MAC Center for the Arts.

Logan Chaput of Newport Center, a 2018 graduate from North Country Union High School, was a recipient of the MAC Scholarship.

Chaput will be matriculating to Ithaca College with a major in Music Education and Voice.

Celeste Piette of Irasburg, a 2018 graduate from Lake Region Union High School, was also a recipient.

Piette will matriculate to the University of Vermont with a major in Theatre and Communications.

Photo (l to r) Lynn Leimer, Vice President of the MAC, Logan Chaput, 2018 NCUHS graduate, Celeste Piette, 2018 LRUHS graduate, Isobel Marks, President, MAC Center for the Arts.

VIDEO: Celebrating Howard Frank Mosher in Irasburg

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On Saturday, the Leach Public Library hosted an Open House honoring the publication of “Points North,” by Howard Frank Mosher, in the town where Mosher and his wife Phillis made their home for 40 years.

Phillis Mosher gave an informal talk of recollections of the Mosher family’s life in Irasburg.

The beloved Irasburg author died in January 2017.

“Points North” was published in January 2018.

Irasburg library to celebrate Howard Frank Mosher’s “Points North”

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IRASBURG — The trustees of the Leach Public Library will host an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the library, located on the Irasburg Common.

The event will honor the publication of “Points North,” by Howard Frank Mosher, in the town where Mosher and his wife Phillis made their home for 40 years.

The beloved Irasburg author died in January 2017.

“Points North” was published in January 2018.

At 2:30 p.m. Phillis Mosher will give an informal talk of recollections of the Mosher family’s life in Irasburg.

In December 2016, Mosher donated his personal book collection to the Leach Public Library, where he served as a trustee for many years.

In a letter accompanying the donation, Mosher wrote:

“What an honor it is to present my beloved personal book collection to the Leach Memorial Library in Irasburg, where my still-more-beloved Phillis and I have lived for forty very happy years. Here in this northern Vermont town founded in 1781 by Ethan Allen’s brother Ira, Phillis and I have made our home for most of our adult lives, raised our children, and caught (way too many) trout (brookies, browns, and rainbows, but mainly brookies). Here, too, is where I’ve written most of my fourteen books, including my 1989 novel A Stranger in the Kingdom, inspired by the so-called “Irasburg Incident” of 1968. To this day, A Stranger in the Kingdom is probably my best-known book, though my own favorite is Northern Borders.”

Refreshments will be served at the Open House, which will take place on the anniversary of Mosher’s birth.

The Leach Library trustees will offer a copy of “Points North” as a door prize, and additional copies will be available for sale.

All of Mosher’s works are available for loan from the library.

Woman seriously injured in Irasburg crash

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IRASBURG — A 36-year-old woman from East Hardwick was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Irasburg early Sunday morning.

At around 1:00 a.m. police responded to the crash on US Route 5.

The driver was identified as Karen Zucker.

Police say she was traveling south when for unknown reasons her vehicle left the roadway on the west shoulder.

“Evidence indicates that Zucker made no attempt at braking prior to leaving the roadway,” a statement issued by trooper Abigail Drew reads.

The 2011 Nissan Altima left the roadway, collided with a utility pole, snapping it and leaving wires in the roadway.

Zucker was initially transported to North Country Hospital and later to DMHC for her injuries.

According to police at this time her injuries are considered serious.

Folk music stars Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet to perform at Irasburg Town Hall

IRASBURG — The Artemis Concert Series will be presenting their inaugural concert, featuring renowned Celtic musicians Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet, on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall, and will include a potluck buffet.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and kids under 12 are free. They are available at: http://

Natalie and Yann’s duo draws on the rich folk music of Quebec, Scandinavia, and Western Europe, and they’ve performed to sold-out crowds throughout Europe and the U.S.

Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. She has appeared on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, Liz Carroll, and Mark O’Connor.

Montrealer Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today’s Québécois music scene, and has recorded five albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum.

The Artemis Concert Series is the creation of NJ Symphony violinists and Brownington residents JoAnna Farrer and Darryl Kubian.

The Series aims to celebrate the rich traditions of both the folk and classical music worlds, bringing local and international artists together for exciting performances in the Northeast Kingdom.

The Series is proudly sponsored by Cindy Sanville, of Sanville Real Estate, LLC., based in Irasburg.

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