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

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

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

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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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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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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Photo by Rick Desrochers.

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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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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Photos by Phil White.

Kingdom Games ends 2020 season with eighth annual Fly to Pie

WEST GLOVER — Kingdom Games wound down its revamped 2020 season of small group socially distanced running, biking, and swimming events at the eighth annual Fly to Pie. Winning the marathon run was 21-year-old Ed Coleman, of Somerville, MA, with a time of 3:39:27, and 44-year-old Deborah Downs, of Watertown, MA, who was not far…

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Northeast Kingdom man who went missing Sunday located off ATV trail in Victory

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

GRANBY — Police say they located a 57-year-old man who went missing in Granby. Yesterday, Northeast Kingdom Human Services reported that Yvon Quirion had not been seen since Sunday at around 9:00 a.m. He was also missing last week for nearly 20 hours. State police requested assistance from Vermont Fish and Game Wardens to start…

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Heidi Hawkins, RN Director of Patient Care-ER Nursing and Megan Sargent, RN Interim VP of Patient Care Services, show North Country Hospital’s latest award from HRSA for the National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign

NCH recognized with Platinum Award for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation

in Health/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital was recently recognized for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation. The hospital has participated in the donate life campaign for the past several years to educate the community about the organ donation process and success stories of lives saved. Even in the midst of a worldwide crisis, 127 hospitals and…

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GMFTS hosts free local food distribution event with NEKCA in Canaan

in Canaan/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), a small nonprofit based out of Newport, has been working to fight ongoing COVID-19 related food insecurity while contributing to local economic recovery by connecting local farmers with the charitable food system. Their local food hub, Green Mountain Farm Direct, works with more than 30 local farms and producers…

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Registration open for NEK Entrepreneurship Week

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Do North Coworking and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union are presenting the second annual NEK Entrepreneurship Week on October 12-17, this time in a fully virtual format. This week of free events will highlight local resources that can help entrepreneurs, makers, and creatives establish businesses right here in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, with events hosted…

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Conservation Corps crew leader & AmeriCorps LEAP member, Maria LaCroix uses a new folding saw purchased through the grant on the job site.

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund helps support NorthWoods programs

in East Charleston/Northeast Kingdom/West Charleston

EAST CHARLESTON — NorthWoods recently announced they received $5,000 from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. This grant is funded by customers of Bass Pro and Cabela’s who choose to round up their purchases and is distributed to conservation organizations and projects that align with their mission to inspire people to enjoy, love,…

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Des Hertz of Burke and Mike Strait of Brighton given Vermont Community Leadership Awards

in Brighton/Burke/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – Each year the Vermont Council on Rural Development recognizes leaders who have had a transformative impact on their community with the Vermont Community Leadership Award. This year the award will go to Des Hertz of Burke and Mike Strait of Brighton. Des Hertz is a resident of Burke Hollow where she lives with…

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Northeast Kingdom International Airport celebrates 75th anniversary

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

COVENTRY — The Northeast Kingdom International Airport will mark its 75th anniversary on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The airport, formerly known as Newport State Airport, sits at the southern shore of Lake Memphremagog and provides service to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and our Canadian friends across the border. The airport has grown substantially since its opening…

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Quiros pleads guilty to fraud charges, jail sentence capped at 97 months

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Ariel Quiros, 64, of Key Biscayne, Florida, pleaded guilty to three felony charges in connection with his involvement in the Jay Peak Biomedical Research Park EB-5 investment project, also called the AnC Vermont project. Quiros pleaded guilty to conspiring with co-defendants William Kelly, Jong Weon (Alex) Choi, and William Stenger, in a multi-year…

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Joshua House Inc. holding benefit raffle

in Irasburg/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Joshua House Inc. is holding a benefit raffle to raise funds to help neighbors in need. Founded in Irasburg, Joshua House Inc. is a local nonprofit that has been working to prevent homelessness in Northern Vermont since 1996. The organization is not a house, but a concept of caring, helping to fill in…

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NorthWoods hiring for late summer/fall season

in East Charleston/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center’s Conservation Corps and Forest Stewardship Institute are hiring six positions for the late summer/fall season. The Sustainable Forestry Internship is hiring three individuals for a paid 40-hour a week 6-week program, during which interns will gain experience while working with Forest Stewardship staff on forestry, conservation, habitat management,…

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Newport district has strong prevention foundation in place as 4-year grant comes to a close

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Newport district now has a much stronger prevention foundation in place thanks to work that’s been going on over the last four years through the Regional Prevention Partnership (RPP) grant. The RPP was a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health…

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Health crisis inspires region-wide resource hub at NEKstrong.com

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — With the help of local service providers, non-profits, and chambers, the NEK Collaborative has officially launched NEKstrong.com, an online tool to connect individuals, businesses, and communities with everything they need to thrive in the NEK. The region already has comprehensive resources in place for people living and working in the Northeast Kingdom. This…

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