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When to seek medical attention when you have flu symptoms

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Vermont Department of Health is advising that if you have symptoms of flu and are at increased risk for complications, you should contact your doctor or health care provider. Those with increased risk for complications include young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions such as…

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Vermont settles suit with Dollar Tree

in Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Dollar Tree Stores will have to permanently keep all jewelry off its shelves in Vermont and pay the State $42,500 in settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office in July 2014. The suit alleged that Dollar Tree violated a prior settlement with the State to minimize children’s exposure to…

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Top left to right: Charlotte Brynn, Laura Dolgin, and Chris Shaffer will be joining Kingdom Games for their 2015 season.

Laura Dolgin, Chris Shaffer, and Charlotte Brynn join Kingdom Games

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Kingdom Games announced on Monday that Charlotte Brynn, of Stowe, Laura Dolgin, of Derby, and Chris Shaffer, of Newport, have joined Kingdom Games as Assistant Directors and as shareholders. Brynn will help with July’s Kingdom Swim, the nine-day, eight-lake, Swim the Kingdom Week in August, In Search of Memphre, the 25 mile international…

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Brutal wind chills hammer the NEK

in Newport/News/Vermont

by Kaitlyn Young NEWPORT — It’s time to finally pull out those long johns. The National Weather Service is warning of cold temperatures for much of this week. Wind chills will be below-zero at times and could be colder than 20-degrees below zero Wednesday night into Thursday. Those temperatures have the potential to pose a…

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Newport Dispatch News: A Year in Photos [VIDEO]

in Newport/Vermont

As we start the new year, we put together this collection of photos covering 2014. Most pictures are by photographer Tanya Mueller. Phil White, Jerry Johnson, Bryan Marovich, and others also contributed. We would like to thank our readers for all your support throughout 2014.

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Philosophy scholar to discuss the importance of self-reflection at the Goodrich Memorial Library

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton will discuss how self-examination contributes to a richer life in a talk at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on January 7, at 7:00 p.m. Claxton’s talk, “The Examined Life,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.…

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(Left to Right) Bruce Muir, RN, Wendy Franklin, Director of Development at NCH and Madeleine Roy, Director of Marketing for GMUW.

Knitted items distributed to local nonprofits

in Derby Line/Island Pond/Newport

DERBY LINE — The Green Mountain United Way, with offices in Derby Line, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier, recently received several bags of new, knitted hats, mittens, baby sweaters and leg warmers from the Times Argus Mitten Tree Project in Barre for distribution to local nonprofit organizations for their clients. These items were in turn donated…

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Crossing the border? There’s an app for that

in Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently launched the Border Wait Time app, which they say will make it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status, allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when to cross the…

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The Derby Road is a major artery that connects Derby to Newport and points beyond. It can be a dangerous road to walk or ride a bike. Some of our neighbors do not have cars so it is important that we make the roads safe for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Please let VTrans know where you would like to see improvements.

VTrans wants your ideas to make the area more bike-friendly

in Derby/Newport/News

This dispatch was sent in by Beth Barnes: Due to inclement weather, the previously scheduled VTrans public meeting has been rescheduled for January 7, 2015 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. VTrans would like to create a more bike-friendly Vermont and they are asking for comments in the run-up to the January 7th meeting. If you…

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Scenes from Newport`s Santa Run

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — There were Santas everywhere in Newport on Saturday, marching on Main, running through the snow down to The Gateway Center, and along the lake on the bike path. Organizers say 76 people registered to run, coming from all over northern and central Vermont, and as far away as Seattle, and Quebec City. Milton,…

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Sandy Thorpe from RCT Shuttle handing out one of her 300 cups of hot chocolate.

Santa draws a crowd in Newport and Stanstead on Saturday

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — With a light snow putting everyone in the holiday spirit, nearly 1,000 people attended this year’s Santa Parade and Festival in downtown Newport on Saturday. Santa and The Balloon King each had long lines of children waiting to meet them in Santa’s Workshop. Sandy Thorpe, from RCT Shuttle, gave away 12 gallons and…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Newport’s Santa Festival set for tomorrow

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Santa will be riding into town tomorrow on one of Newport’s Fire Trucks in the Santa Parade, and then make his way back to Santa’s Workshop on Main Street where he will hear each child’s holiday wish. The parade will feature Miss America’s Vermont Sweetheart, Alayna Westcom, marchers, floats and more starting at…

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Suspect brought back to Newport from New York to face charges

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A woman who was arrested in New York after being stopped in a stolen vehicle from Newport, is back in Vermont to face charges. Police say that Samantha Shepard waived extradition, and Probation and Parole brought her back to Newport, where she was cited for the offense of Operating without Owners Consent as…

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The cast of QNEK’s upcoming It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. Top Row (L to R) - John Young, Nancy Rumery, John Meredith, Lisa Foster McCrae, Brian McCrae Middle Row (L to R) - Rhonda Lucas, Josie Pearson, Charli Kellaway, Caresse Comeau-Elman, Tori Young, Cazian Comeau-Elman, John Meredith, Kim Prangley Bottom Row (L to R) - Mark Rumery, Jim Young, Josie Pearson, Zoe Lucas, Heidi Walsh, Nicki Campbell.

QNEK presenting It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play starting December 12

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport

NEWPORT — QNEK Productions continues the celebration of its 21st Season by presenting It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, to benefit The MAC Center for the Arts in Newport and The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. Over the course of a few holiday seasons, QNEK has developed a strong…

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Nora Jacobson with NCUHS teacher Brian McCrae on Wednesday. Photo by Scott Wheeler.

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson visiting with NCUHS students today

in Newport

NEWPORT — Vermont filmmaker Nora Jacobson will be at North Country Union High School today working with students who are producing films for a new initiative called Freedom & Unity TV, aimed at inspiring and mentoring young Vermonters to make short films about Vermont from their points of view and experience. Jacobson was the director…

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Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Newport man arrested in connection with Lowell crime spree

in Lowell/Newport/News

NEWPORT — An 18-year-old resident of Newport was arrested on Monday, and is being held on five counts of burglary and two counts of unlawful trespass, in connection with an overnight crime spree that took place in Lowell in November. More arrests are pending. Authorities say that after a lengthy investigation by the Vermont State…

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North Country Union High School Band during their last trip to Walt Disney World. Saturday's craft fair will help raise money for future band trips.

NCUHS Band Boosters hosting craft fair on Saturday

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — This Saturday the North Country Union High School Band Boosters are hosting a holiday craft and vendor show, to help raise money for the program. The craft fair will start at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., taking place inside the North Country Union High School cafeteria. At the craft show vendors…

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Members of the Newport Area Community Orchestra in Recital at St. Mark's, Newport are, clockwise: Janice Luce, Howie Arzt, Chris Maginniss, Steven Tatum, Vivian Spates, Emily Wigget, Chris Nictoera & Heather Webster, Paul Gavin, Thomas McCurdy, Paula Graveline, and Amos Hamilton.

Now Playing Newport set to start second season

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Now Playing Newport Music Series successfully completed its first season. Over 100 artists provided a wide spectrum of music and over 650 friends attended the 9 programs presented. It was a great start to a great series. Now Playing Newport is the only regular year-round music series in Newport. Artists for the…

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Crime spree hits Lowell early Monday morning

in Lowell/Newport/News/Troy

TROY — An investigation is underway after a stolen car was abandoned at a residence in Troy, which kicked off a series of burglaries in Lowell that lasted throughout Sunday night, and early Monday morning. Police say that the crime spree started when a white, 1997 Saturn that had been stolen on November 19, arrived…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Locals take to curling at Border Curling Club

BEEBE, QC — Sometimes given the nickname “chess on ice,” curling is a sport that has roots in medieval Scotland, but is most firmly established in Canada, having been brought here by Scottish emigrants. Located just up the street from the U.S. border, the Border Curling Club in Beebe, Quebec, is the place to go…

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All photos by Tanya Mueller.

Newport Santa Festival coming December 6th

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Christmas may still seem like a long way away, but the Santa Festival is coming to downtown Newport on Saturday, December 6th. There will be a Santa Parade, Santa Run, hayrides, Santa’s Workshop, shopping spree contest, holiday food drive, a place for children to meet with Santa, and more. The Santa Parade will…

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Northsong Winter Concert Series Starts December 5

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Newport

NEWPORT — Northsong, the Newport-based chamber choir, is proud to announce their upcoming Winter Concert series, which will see the group perform in Barton and Newport. Under the direction of Anne K. Hamilton with Vivian Spates, accompanist, Northsong will perform their annual Winter Concert on December 5 and December 7, 2014. On the program are…

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