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Dan Kilborn to receive George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award

in Charleston/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

CHARLESTON — NorthWoods Stewardship Center recently announced Vermont Land Trust forester Dan Kilborn as the recipient of the fifth 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 NEK forests. As the VLT forester…

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High wind warning in effect for Orleans county

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a high wind warning from 8 p.m. this evening to 11 a.m. Monday for Orleans county. Winds are expected to reach 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 70 mph. Wind gusts of this strength are almost hurricane-like in nature. The strongest winds will…

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Trapping season starts tomorrow, keep pets safe

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Trapping season starts on the 4th Saturday of October each year in Vermont and runs through March 31st. Each trapping season there are dogs, cats, and other non-targeted animals, including endangered and protected species, who are injured or even killed in traps. Just two weeks after the official start of trapping season last…

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Medication lock boxes distributed locally to help keep kids safe

in Health/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Over 59,000 children visit an emergency room for medicine poisoning every year. That’s one child every nine minutes. Sales for over-the-counter medications went from $5.5 billion in 1980 to $30.8 billion in 2014. As these numbers explode this means that children are increasingly exposed to prescription drugs and equally dangerous over-the-counter medications. Beth…

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Bahamas chamber representatives visit NEK

in Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY – Representatives from two chambers in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas visited with the Northeast Kingdom Chamber executive director on Oct. 20 as part of a mutual initiative with the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the United States Department of State. According to Executive Director Darcie McCann, the intent of the trip…

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Northeast Kingdom Collaborative hires Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as director

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HARDWICK — The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative announced that they have hired Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as the new Director of the organization. The NEK Collaborative brings together local, state, and federal partners to advance economic development in communities across the Northeast Kingdom. As the new director, Sims will work with stakeholders to build regional partnerships…

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Scott Perkins remembered for career at North Country Hospital

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Recently family, friends and colleagues gathered by North Country Hospital’s wood chip facility to remember Scott Perkins and the many contributions he made during his tenure. Perkins began working at the hospital when he was 16-years-old and worked his way up the ladder to become second in command in the facilities department over…

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Daigle-Farney joins OCRJ Board of Directors

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Lisa Daigle-Farney recently joined the Board of Directors for the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center. Daigle-Farney is no stranger to helping her community or to the idea of restorative justice in general. “I believe my past experience, which is 37 years in the fields of education and human services, has given me the…

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Newport suicide walk raises $17,000

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NEWPORT — The 6th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk took place on Saturday through downtown Newport, hosted by the Vermont chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Starting at Gardner Memorial Park at 10 a.m., this year 200 walkers raised around $17,000 for AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs.…

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NorthWoods’ Watershed Crew tackles water quality in the NEK

in Charleston/News/Northeast Kingdom

EAST CHARLESTON — This summer NorthWoods Stewardship Center welcomed the Watershed Crew to their multi-faceted Conservation Corps program. This crew was tasked with completing projects in Vermont’s watersheds to improve water quality. The crew topped off their six-week water quality improvement program on Friday, August 4, with an impressive display of spirit, fortitude, and grit…

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Kingdom Swim 2017 welcomes swimmers from all over the Americas

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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

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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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