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River corridor and wetlands in Westfield protected

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

WESTFIELD — Land along three miles of the Missisquoi River and its tributaries, as well as 50 acres of wetlands in Westfield have been protected. This is the latest in an ongoing effort by the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy to improve water quality in Vermont’s rivers that are a priority for clean…

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State suspends insurance license of Newport-area insurance agent

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The state has suspended a Newport Center man of his insurance license, following the discovery of a series of allegedly improper practices in his handling of client files. Commissioner Michael Pieciak says that the Department of Financial Regulation issued an order suspending the insurance producer license of Benjamin Scherer, effective November 3, 2020.…

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Holland farmer working with Conservation District highlights local water quality improvements

in Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — The Orleans County Conservation District and partners say they have focused on improving water quality throughout the local watershed. Located in the town of Holland, Andre Morin’s farm is within the Stearns Brook watershed. Stearns Brook flows northeasterly and is listed on the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s 2016 stressed waters list for…

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Police looking for driver after hit-and-run in Newport Center

in Newport/News

NEWPORT CENTER — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a motorist who fled the scene of an accident in Newport Center yesterday. The incident took place on Vermont Route 14 at around 5:30 p.m. Michael Koehler, 36, of Newport, told police that someone hit his vehicle and drove off. Koehler followed the vehicle…

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Fatal crash in East Charleston

in East Charleston/Newport/News

EAST CHARLESTON — A 41-year-old man from Westmore was killed during a two-vehicle crash in East Charleston this morning. The crash took place on Vermont Route 105 at around 8:00 a.m. According to police, Dean Burns was headed west when his vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into Taryn Hunt, 42, of Glover. Emergency…

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Staff member, 2 students test positive for COVID-19 at Troy School

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Two students and one staff member at the Troy School have tested positive for COVID-19. School officials say their COVID Response Team has started working with the Vermont Department of Health. The school was already planning to switch over to remote learning this week before the announcement of the confirmed cases was made.…

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Northeast Kingdom nonprofit undergoes major leadership transition

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — With Katherine Sims recently elected State representative for the Orleans-Caledonia district, the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative (NEKC) says they are now on the hunt for their next high-impact leader. The NEKC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all NEK residents through coordinated economic and community development. Their vision is a strong,…

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Gardner Park closed until renovation due to safety concerns

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The city of Newport was forced to make the difficult decision to close the Gardner Park playground earlier this month over safety concerns. An annual risk management report performed by the city’s insurance carrier prompted discussion on whether the city should continue spending unbudgeted funds on repairs when there is a total renovation…

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Video update from Bluffside Farm trail and bridge construction

in Newport/News

Resident Engineer Jeremy Dean provides an update on trail construction progress at VLT’s Bluffside Farm, in Newport. In this video, the helical piles that will support a bike path over Scott’s Cove are all installed and leveled, and some tricky bedrock that got in the way of a portion of the gravel path was tackled.…

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Driver facing charges after DUI crash with injuries in Lowell

in Lowell/Newport/News

LOWELL — A 52-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges including DUI, following a crash in Lowell on Sunday. The two-vehicle crash took place on Vermont Route 100 at around 4:51 p.m. The drivers were identified as Brain Labarron, of Lowell, and Steven Greene, 66, of Hardwick. According to the report, Labarron was headed north…

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Invasive prevention efforts a success on Shadow Lake

in Glover/Newport/News

GLOVER — Earlier this year, the town of Glover, in partnership with the Shadow Lake Association, received a grant of $13,427 for the operation of the greeter station from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation. This grant, combined with the support of the town and members of the Shadow Lake Association,…

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Starr, Ingalls grab 42 percent of vote in two-seat Essex-Orleans Senate District race

in Essex County/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Russ In­galls of New­port will join Robert Starr of North Troy in Montpelier this January after both picked up over 20 percent of the vote in the two-seat Essex-Orleans Senate District race. Starr, a Democrat, received 8,668 votes, and Ingalls, a Republican, picked up 7,739. Other candidates in the five-person race all received…

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GMFTS’s Local Food Access Coordinator, Alida Farrell, helps Doreen Lyon, a Rural Edge SASH Coordinator, pack meals at Auntie Dee Dee’s Homemade Baked Goods in East Burke.

New partnership delivering 350 free meals per week in the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School says they recently partnered with the Vermont Everyone Eats program to distribute prepared meals to people negatively impacted by the pandemic. The group says they are delivering 350 meals per week in the NEK. The program reimburses local restaurants for preparing locally-sourced meals for Vermonters struggling with food insecurity. According…

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Community Bancorp. holds virtual Annual Shareholders Meeting

in Newport/News

DERBY — The Officers of Community Bancorp. recently held their 2020 Annual Shareholders meeting. Stephen Marsh, Board Chair of Community Bancorp. and Community National Bank, welcomed the online audience and shared instructions regarding voting options and how to submit questions in the virtual format. Marsh introduced all of the Company’s Directors and Executive Officers. He…

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Police: Man arrested after injuring family member, neighbor

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Police say a 33-year-old man is facing charges following an incident in Derby on Saturday. Authorities responded to a residence on Main Street after being alerted of a physical altercation at around 8:15 p.m. According to the report, Jordan Lewis caused bodily injury to a family member and a neighbor. Lewis was arrested…

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Local snowmobile club helps Border Patrol repair bridge in Holland

in Derby/Holland/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

HOLLAND — The Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, in cooperation with US Border Patrol, recently repaired a bridge on the international boundary in Holland. In 2018, Drift Dusters opened the nation’s first internationally shared snowmobile trail in Holland. This is the only known trail that is shared by two separate snowmobile clubs in different countries. Since…

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Electric-powered boat to offer cruises on Memphremagog for Vermonters affected by cancer

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Next spring there will be a new vessel on Lake Memphremagog ready for easy, peaceful, and healing excursions on the water. Starting just after Memorial Day, Floating Grace, a 22 ft Duffy, 100 percent electric-powered picnic boat recently shipped to Newport, will be available to take people and their families from around the…

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Letter: Time is a-wasting to address the harmful effects of PFAS contamination in Vermont waters

in Letter to the Editor/Newport

This letter was submitted by Peggy Stevens, DUMP Advisory Committee member from Charleston. D.U.M.P. (Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity), Northeast Kingdom’s environmental advocacy group, has been working since the summer of 2018 to raise awareness about the environmental threat posed by the NEWSVT landfill in Coventry. Since our work began, we have learned just how great…

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Photo by Karen Nazor.

Phil White given MSF Service to Marathon Swimming Award

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — The Marathon Swimmers Federation recently recognized Phil White for a decade of work in developing open water swims in the Northeast Kingdom. White was the recipient of the 2019-2020 MSF Service to Marathon Swimming Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the sport in a non-swimming role. He was the leading nominee from a round…

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Newport police looking for driver after high-speed chase, crash

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Local police are searching for a man who fled the scene after a high-speed chase and crash that began in Newport Center on Friday. Police say they initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle after it was seen traveling at around 100 miles-per-hour along Route 105. The vehicle overtook a patrol car while…

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Derby Elementary School closed after COVID-19 case reported

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — There is no school today for students at Derby Elementary School after a member of the school has tested positive for COVID-19. The school says they have met with the Vermont Department of Health to plan their response, and have started identifying and contacting those who may have been exposed to the virus.…

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Ben & Jerry’s awards justice center grant to help children with incarcerated parents

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation has awarded the local justice center in Newport with a $7,500 grant to create change. This is the second award they have made to the center for this work. The Orleans County Restorative Justice Center has been working for about a year to raise awareness about the experiences…

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