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NEK community and economic development nonprofit hires new leader

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NEWPORT — Following the transition of Katherine Sims to the legislature and a rigorous three-month search process, the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative (NEKC) has named Jennifer Carlo as its Executive Director. Carlo, former Executive Director for NEK staple Circus Smirkus, had been on the hunt for her next calling and was drawn to the hands-on community-building…

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Increased investments in community health coming to Island Pond

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ISLAND POND — Increased investments in community health will be coming to Island Pond and St. Johnsbury with the addition of RiseVT, the prevention program of OneCare Vermont, and its Amplify Grant program. Led by Jen Grant, RiseVT Program Manager at Northern Counties Health Care, Amplify Grants are intended to provide financial support to local…

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Group looking to get Memphremagog designated a lake in crisis

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NEWPORT — Local conservation group DUMP, Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity, recently announced a petition drive to have Lake Memphremagog designated as a lake in crisis. The lake in crisis legislation was passed in 2018 in response to concerns about the water quality in Lake Carmi. This designation brought attention and funding to address conditions that…

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Staff member, 21 inmates at Newport prison test positive for COVID-19

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NEWPORT – Vermont Department of Corrections is reporting a Covid-19 outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport. The DOC says one staff member and 21 incarcerated individuals tested positive for the virus. The 22 total cases were detected in testing conducted on Tuesday. The facility was placed in full lockdown upon receipt of…

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Former Quiros property acquired by Kingdom Trails

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LYNDON — Seven miles of trails in the heart of the popular Kingdom Trails network has been secured following a major community effort. The Kingdom Trail Association recently announced that they acquired 271 acres on Darling Hill Road, and conserved the land to ensure it remains undeveloped and open to the public in the future.…

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Kingdom COVID Cookbook, call for submissions

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NEWPORT — Catamount Arts recently announced its latest community-generated endeavor, a cookbook crafted of recipes and artwork submitted by home cooks and local chefs of all ages. The Kingdom COVID Cookbook invites community members to submit recipes they’ve perfected during quarantine, whether brand new or longtime family classics, along with a very brief explanation, story,…

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Green Mountain Farm Direct sees record sales, distributes food to NEK communities

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NEWPORT –A small nonprofit based out of Newport that works with local farmers reached record sales the week of December 9, with over $17,500 in sales. Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD) is a regional food hub that connects over 30 local farms and producers to schools, institutions, restaurants, and grocery stores throughout the NEK. The…

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Sacred Heart Alumni Association scholarships available for local students

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NEWPORT — The Sacred Heart Alumni Association is again offering college scholarships to qualifying seniors at Lake Region Union High School, North Country Union High School, United Christian Academy, or a home-schooler who will be graduating in 2021. To qualify, the applicant, or his or her parent or grandparent must have graduated from or attended…

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MCM and the Northern Star awarded $50,000 grant

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NEWPORT — Preservation Trust of Vermont has awarded Memphremagog Community Maritime (MCM) and the Northern Star a $50,000 community revitalization grant that will help preserve and support the activities of the local cruise ship. MCM is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote and provide educational, research, and tourism opportunities that bring people together…

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Over $115K in grants awarded to 27 NEK nonprofits

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NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $115,800 in grants to 27 organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties in fall 2020. This year’s awards represent a combination of grants to organizations supporting education, food access, the arts, and outdoor engagement. “In this challenging year, the Foundation and our donors…

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NEK Council on Aging announces new Options Counselor

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NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging recently announced that Linda Caamaño will join as Options Counselor. The Options Counselor is responsible for both office and field-based work, management of calls sent from the information and referral helpline staff, and the delivery of person-centered options counseling to clients in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.…

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Public meeting to discuss research into tumors found on bullhead in Lake Memphremagog

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NEWPORT — The public is invited to join a virtual meeting next week to discuss fish health in Lake Memphremagog. The meeting will be hosted by the Agency of Natural Resources on Wednesday, December 9, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Rick Levey, an environmental scientist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Pete Emerson,…

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Despite COVID, Kingdom Games raises over $8K for local charities in 2020

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DERBY — Despite being limited to only three events this year, Kingdom Games still managed to help raise $8,678 for two local charities. The two local charities included Umbrella, which serves and advocates for survivors of domestic and interpersonal violence, and The Halo Foundation, which provides support for cancer patients and their families. At the…

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Northeast Kingdom nonprofit undergoes major leadership transition

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

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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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Local snowmobile club helps Border Patrol repair bridge in Holland

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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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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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