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Newport airport gets $30,000 in COVID-19 federal relief

in COVID-19/Lyndonville/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Vermont airports have received more than $9 million from the federal government to deal with the fallout related to COVID-19. Locally, Northeast Kingdom International Airport in Newport will receive $30,000. The funds are part of $10 billion in federal assistance for airports included in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress and…

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RTC shuttle service to operate on dial-a-ride basis due to coronavirus

in COVID-19/Derby/Derby Line/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Starting on Wednesday, April 8, RCT says they will be implementing changes to its shuttle bus service in an effort to maintain the highest levels of safety for drivers and passengers during this time. The Jay-Lyn/Jay-Lyn Express and Highlander shuttle bus services will operate on a dial-a-ride basis for access to essential goods…

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Community National Bank closes lobbies, drive-up service open

in COVID-19/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — In an effort to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, and following established Vermont protocol to limit gatherings, starting today, the lobby at Community National Bank locations will be closed to the general public. Customers are asked to use drive-thru windows at locations where they are available, night depository, ATM, or online…

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North Country Supervisory Union schools to provide free student meals during school closure

in COVID-19/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — North Country Supervisory Union schools will be providing free meals for pick-up or delivery during the COVID- 19 school closures. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children ages 1-18 without charge. Meals will be provided at schools for pick-up Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. starting Thursday, March…

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Jasper Hill Farm of Greensboro takes two spots in Top 20 World’s Best Cheeses

in Greensboro/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

GREENSBORO — The World Cheese Championship Contest, held in Madison Wisconsin this week, announced the top 20 final candidates in the running for the top prize out of a record 3,667 international entries. Jasper Hill Farm of Greensboro made two of these winning cheeses. The fact that Highlander, Jasper Hill’s newest cheese, was among the…

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Borderline Players to hold auditions for The Addams Family, March 7

DERBY LINE — Auditions for The Addams Family: The Musical will take place Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the First Universalist Parish Hall in Derby Line. Borderline Players will present this production in the Haskell Opera House on August 7-8-9 and 14-15-16, 2020. In the kooky world of the Addams Family,…

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Naughton named top Mental Health First Aid trainer in Vermont

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Sunny Naughton, Regional Prevention Partnerships Grant Coordinator out of Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, was recently named the Top Mental Health First Aid Trainer in Vermont alongside her frequent training partner, Lance Metayer. The National Council of Behavioral Health gives out these honors based on number of trainings, attendees, and evaluations. Mental Health First…

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Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network receives $3,000 grant

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network (NEK YPN) recently received a $3,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. The grant will help further NEK YPN’s mission of supporting young professionals both socially and professionally by expanding outreach efforts and promoting a new Welcome Wagon Program. “We are really excited to…

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NEK Day at the Statehouse, Jan. 28

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Artists and educators, organizers and entrepreneurs from the Northeast Kingdom will be hitting the hallways and committee rooms of the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, January 28, for the second annual NEK Day. The goal is to celebrate recent successes in the three-county region, share the innovative rural community development models that are forming…

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Vermont Welcome Wagon comes to the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – The Vermont Welcome Wagon has landed in the Northeast Kingdom with its second chapter in the State open and ready for participants. The VT Welcome Wagon Project (VTWWP) is a program where new arrivals or returnees are connected with current residents, or ‘hosts’ through an informal meet and greet. It provides new folks…

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Vermont Public Radio to expand coverage of the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Report For America has selected Vermont Public Radio to host a journalist next year to expand coverage of the Northeast Kingdom. VPR’s Northeast Kingdom reporter will be one of 250 emerging journalists in 164 host news organizations to serve local communities across 46 states in the coming year. Report For America will cover…

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Salvation Farms to provide fresh produce to senior meal sites in the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund awarded Salvation Farms a grant to support a growing partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging. Together, the organizations are increasing the amount of fresh, local produce used by community meal sites within the Kingdom. “We’re thrilled to establish the partnership with Salvation Farms in…

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NEK-TV to air panel with experts regarding underage drinking in the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

Photo: Amber Robbins, Phil Brooks, Shari-Lee Ryan, Kyle Ingalls, Jennifer Jacob-Harlow, Frank Sawicki, Allyson Howell, Dave Jacobs, Terry DiFazio and Todd Pronto. NEWPORT — Experts in youth substance, youth mental health, and law enforcement came together on Tuesday to film a panel regarding underage drinking produced by the Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery Collaborative (PITR).…

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NorthWoods accepting nominations for 7th Annual Buzzell Award

in Charleston/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

CHARLESTON — NorthWoods Stewardship Center is accepting nominations for the seventh annual George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award. In honor of the esteemed county forester for which it is named, this award recognizes an individual who is making a positive impact on Northeast Kingdom forests. An award ceremony will be held at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center…

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Free Victorian Style Carol Service at the Island Pond Historical Society Museum, Dec. 7

in Brighton/Island Pond/News/Northeast Kingdom

ISLAND POND — The Island Pond Historical Society Museum and Learning Center are inviting the public to a free and fun event this Saturday. This “Free Victorian Style Carol Service” event will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Dec 7, at the Island Pond Historical Society museum. If you have not visited the museum yet,…

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Public comment extended on conserved lands in NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Vermont departments of Fish and Wildlife, together with the Forests, Parks, and Recreation department are extending the public comment period on future management and use of a group of conserved lands in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom until December 15. Future planning is under review for how the Bill Sladyk Wildlife Management Area, Black…

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Police: 16 arrested during month-long NEK drug sweep

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

NEWPORT — Authorities say a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort has been focusing on drug trafficking in the areas of Newport and Saint Johnsbury. During the month-long operation conducted by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences, and seized approximately 700…

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James Davis named Newport City Downtown Economic Development Specialist

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – Conrad Bellavance, Chair of Newport City Downtown Development Board of Directors, recently announced that James Davis has accepted the position of the Downtown Economic Development Specialist. Davis is the former Director of Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), and an active youth sports coach for hockey and soccer for many years. “Jim has…

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NEK summit in Burke this Thursday to spotlight impact of local leadership

in Burke/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

BURKE — The first annual NEK Leads Gathering will offer stories of leadership in communities across the region and provide tools for people interested in getting involved. The day-long event, organized by the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, will take place on November 14, 2019, at Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center. “The most important resource we…

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