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Locals students awarded scholarships from the Orleans County Board of Realtors

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NEWPORT — A group of local students have recently been awarded scholarships from the Orleans County Board of Realtors. Emma Drake of North Country Union High School received the Harold Haynes Scholarship. Jackson King of Lake Region Union High School received the Terry Burdick Scholarship. Dylan Simoneau and Benjamin Gilcris of Lake Region Union High…

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Catamount, NVU to launch drive-in movie and music series

LYNDON — Catamount Arts and Northern Vermont University say they are partnering to offer drive-in entertainment this summer. With COVID-19 safety concerns, artists and arts organizations around the state have been working to develop responsible programming strategies that reduce risks to live audiences. Catamount Arts plans to host drive-in movies and concerts this summer at…

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Seniors in Orleans, Essex counties receive over $150K in scholarships

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NEWPORT — Vermont Student Assistance Corp recently awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education after high school. In addition to the scholarships for high school seniors, VSAC has also awarded over $4.6 million in scholarships to college students returning to school this fall. Seniors in Orleans County…

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Sterling College receives $1.5 million grant to launch EcoGather

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — As the world confronts the coronavirus pandemic and economic pandemonium, and the educational system struggles to transition to meaningful online education, Sterling College is poised to confront all three challenges simultaneously with the support of a recently awarded $1.5 million grant. Sterling College is breaking new ground with EcoGather, the first online…

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VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding to resign, board to hold public meeting tomorrow night

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NEWPORT — Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced plans to resign from the post after more than five years leading the organization. Spaulding will formally submit his resignation to the Board of Trustees at a meeting scheduled for tomorrow night. “It is with a heavy heart, but firm resolve that I submit…

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State college chancellor withdraws proposal to close Lyndon, Johnson, VTC campuses

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NEWPORT — Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced this morning that he is withdrawing the reconfiguration recommendations he brought to his Board of Trustees earlier this week. That proposal included reducing the number of career-focused liberal arts campuses from three to one, closing the Northern Vermont University, and growing at Castleton University. In…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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