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Kingdom Swim 2017 welcomes swimmers from all over the Americas

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Over the weekend, Lake Memphremagog welcomed open water swimmers and “yackers” to the 9th Annual Kingdom Swim. They came from 25 different states, two Canadian provinces, and Argentina, with ages ranging from 10 to 74. This year’s swim was underwritten by North Country Hospital. Sandra Frimerman-Berquist, age 34 of Excelsior, MN, smashed the…

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Another swimmer goes the 25-mile distance between Newport and Magog

in Magog/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Last week Charlotte Brynn swam the 25-mile distance on Lake Memphremagog between Magog, Quebec, and Newport, Vermont, in 13 hours and 28 minutes. She left the public beach in Magog at 5:33 a.m., arriving at 7:01 p.m. at Newport City Dock. Brynn is a New Zealander currently living in Stowe, where she works…

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Local students recognized for land stewardship

in Brownington/Holland/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Each year, the Vermont Land Trust gives out the Land Stewards Award to qualified juniors and seniors who attend vocational and technical high schools across the state. The students are nominated by their teachers because of their commitment to agriculture and/or forestry. This year, local students Carter Aldrich and Parker Castle received the…

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    Abigail Jacobs makes sure everything is just right with her cap before the NEKLS graduation ceremony. Jacobs was one of 72 people who graduated after working through NEKLS’ High School Completion Program. Graduates ranged in age from upper teens to their 60’s.

72 receive high school diplomas through NEKLS

in News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Although only 18 students from around the NEK chose to take part in the cap and gown ceremony at Lyndon State College on June 29th, 66 NEK residents, ranging in age from their upper teens to their 60’s, received high school diplomas after entering and completing the “High School Completion Program” through Northeast…

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Open water swimming season underway in the Northeast Kingdom

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Thirteen open water swimmers participated in this year’s “Son of a Swim,” as the open water swimming season gets underway in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Vera Rivard, 13, of Springfield, New Hampshire, and Derby, led the pack on Lake Memphremagog, completing the 6-mile distance in 2:45:29. Her younger sister, Margaret, age 10,…

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Elk herd on the loose in Derby

in Derby/News/Northeast Kingdom

DERBY — The search is on in Derby for a variety of non-native elk that escaped their pasture by the Cow Palace on Sunday. Some of the elk, who belong to Doug Nelson, returned on their own shortly after being let out. Others have been spotted roaming, and swimming around the area, with pictures almost…

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    Travis Blake, Tara Patten and Brandon Malshuk discuss distribution of the Overdose and Awareness and Memorial Walk Posters.

Walking in Newport to remember, prevent, inspire and educate

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — There will be an “Overdose Awareness and Memorial Walk” in Newport on June 24, from 1-4, starting at the Newport Gazebo in Gardener Park. The walk is only part of the event, however. It will also include speakers, information on and connection to support available in the area, the continued creation of a…

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Local riders win the Moose

in Derby/Newport/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Randy Durivage and Laurie Durivage of Derby, defended home turf and won this year’s Moose, a 103 mile “timed event” that runs through Caledonia and Essex Counties. Randy Durivage, 54, shared the title of King of the Moose with Julian Grijns, 42, of Westport, CT, both finishing with a time of 5 hours…

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Newport Police leaders recognized by New England Narcotic Officers Association

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Two members of the Newport Police Department were recognized for their roles assisting with the arrest of more than two dozen individuals in Orleans County on drug charges earlier this year. Chief Seth DiSanto and Sgt. Travis Bingham were recognized by the New England Narcotic Officers Association last week for their contributions to…

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Howard Frank Mosher’s personal book collection to be housed at Leach Public Library

in Arts and Entertainment/Irasburg/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

IRASBURG — The Irasburg Selectboard and the Trustees of the Leach Public Library have announced an Open House to introduce and honor the Howard Frank Mosher book collection, to be housed at the library. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at the library, located on the…

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    Ms. Damsell surveying planting surviorship at a Riparian Restoration Project along the Black River in Craftsbury. In 2016 the Orleans County Conservation District completed planting projects on over ½ mile, with 1,000 trees planted to restore riparian forest along the Black River.

Damsell leads Orleans County Conservation District

in News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Sarah Damsell marks her first year as the new District Manager of the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District. Damsell comes to the Conservation District after working as an Agriculture Resource Specialist for the Vermont Association Conservation Districts for three years and the Conservation District Manager in Essex County for over two years.…

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    Guests of last year's Taste of the Kingdom enjoy the array of food, drinks, and fun at Jay Peak Resort.

Taste the flavors of the NEK at the 9th annual Taste of the Kingdom

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The 9th Annual Taste of the Kingdom, a fundraising event held by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will be taking place on March 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at Jay Peak Resort’s Foeger Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase online. Guests will be treated to the delicious creations of over…

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Weather alert: dangerously cold wind chills of 35 below zero coming to Orleans County

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

ST. JOHNSBURY — The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for Orleans County starting Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. According to a statement issued by the National Weather Service, wind chills in the area could reach as low as 35 below zero. These temperatures have the potential to pose a danger to…

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    Markus Vogt of the Newport Community Learning Center with three students in "Essentials of Math" this semester

CCV and NEKLS collaborate

in Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Community Colleges in the Northeast Kingdom have teamed up with Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) to help students connect to the college while working on skill gaps – and best yet, doing it all for free. It happens through math and English courses called “College Essentials.” According to the CCV Coordinators of Academic…

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New beginnings for women entrepreneurs in the Northeast Kingdom

in Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — A first-time USDA Rural Business Development grant called 
”ASPIRE!” has arrived to engage and empower women entrepreneurs in the Northeast Kingdom.  A grant rich in opportunities for applicants, the first tier award will be for $2,000 to help for technical assistance. Circle of Support members then pitch judges for the second tier of…

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Round Island on Lake Memphremagog for sale

in Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Have you watched HGTV’s Island Hunters and dreamed about owning your own island? Well, you don’t have to travel as far as you may think to make it a reality. Round Island on Lake Memphremagog is for sale, and it can be yours…for only $1,595,000. This unique property offers 7 acres and 2,200…

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Judd’s Wayeeses Farms, Brunelle Farms, and Couture’s Maple Shop take home top prizes this year

in Barton/Brownington/Morgan/Northeast Kingdom

BARTON — The Orleans County Maple Producers held their annual maple contest at the Orleans County Fair on Wednesday, August 16. There were 68 entries in 8 classes. Best of Show for maple syrup was awarded to Judd’s Wayeeses Farms of Morgan for their Very Dark Strong maple syrup. Best of Show for maple products…

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    Attending the lunch in their honor at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport are, from left: Evelyn Shields, Groton; Pam Smith, Volunteer Department Supervisor for the Council on Aging; Diane Sharon, Browington; Bill Lydiard, Norton; Margo McKee, St. Johnsbury; Carmen LaMarche, Irasburg; Patty Beckwith Senior Companions Coordinator; Meg Burmeister, Council on Aging Executive Director; Karen Budde, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator; Howard Odette, Barton; Jeannine Richards, Newport; Ruth Johnson, Norton; Phyllis McCarty, Derby Line, and Louise Lessard, Danville.

Local Senior Companions honored for their work

in Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – The NEK Council on Aging recently celebrated the accomplishments of 15 local “Senior Companions,” who help elderly residents live at home with as much autonomy as possible and for as long as possible. Last year, 51 appreciative men and women throughout the Northeast Kingdom received 12,880 hours of undivided attention by these Senior…

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