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Ski trails expand onto Bluffside Farm

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NEWPORT — The Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation’s (MSTF) ski trail system has expanded onto Bluffside Farm in Newport City. The new trail loop extends from the groomed Beebe Spur Rail Trail, and will be maintained by MSTF thanks to Mike Desmarais of GETSNO Equipment, who donated the use of a snow groomer. “It is a…

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Orleans County snowmobile clubs contribute thousands to local economy

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NEWPORT — Six snowmobile clubs in Orleans County have received grant money from the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) for the purpose of maintaining and relocating snowmobile trails. Multiple construction projects were completed throughout the county this summer in order to maintain Orleans County’s connection to the states 4,700-mile statewide trail system. The projects…

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Dan Kilborn to receive George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award

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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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Vermont’s rifle deer season starts next Saturday

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NEWPORT — Hunters are gearing up for the start of the traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, November 11 and ends Sunday, November 26. A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one…

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Subway in Orleans robbed at gunpoint

in Newport/News/Outdoors

ORLEANS — The Subway in Orleans was robbed at gunpoint last night. At around 9:00 p.m. a masked individual entered the restaurant, located at 25 Railroad Avenue. Police say the suspect approached the clerk, displayed a gun and demanded money. The individual made off with an unknown amount of cash. The robber was described as…

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Westmore Mountain Challange offers marathon-length hike

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WESTMORE — On Saturday, October 14, the NorthWoods Stewardship Center will be hosting a marathon-length hiking event through the Northeast Kingdom. The Westmore Mountain Challenge is a one-day hike traversing 26 miles of trail from Westmore to East Charleston. Participants will hike Moose Mountain, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Haystack Mountain and Bald Mountain, before finishing…

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Bluffside Farm in Newport hunting lottery announced

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NEWPORT — Following last year’s successful first hunting season on Bluffside Farm in Newport, the Vermont Land Trust has decided to hold a lottery for hunting on the property again this year. The land trust plans to issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during two periods: October 21 to November 3, and November 11…

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NEK Swim Week Willoughby style

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WESTMORE — The Rivard sisters continued to make a splash during NEK Swim Week, with 13-year-old Vera Rivard of Springfield, NH, finished in a tie for first place overall with Charlotte Brynn, 51, of Stowe. Both swimmers posted times of 2:21:16 for the five-mile swim. Younger sister, 10-year-old Margaret Rivard, finished third among the women…

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Willoughby wins bid for 2019 long-distance swim championship

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WESTMORE — Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association has won the bid to host the 2019 United States Masters Swimming Long Distance National Championship to be held on August 16 and 17, 2019. Organizers anticipate 100 swimmers and 100 kayakers will be drawn to Lake Willoughby from around the United States…

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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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New York woman swims the length of Lake Memphremagog

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NEWPORT — On Monday, Jaimie Monahan, of New York, NY, swam the 25-mile distance on Lake Memphremagog between Newport, Vermont, and Magog, Quebec in 14 hours and 18 minutes. She left the Newport City Dock at 5:53 a.m. under cloudy skies and arrived in Magog as the sun was setting at 8:11 p.m. Winds were…

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Open water swimming season underway in the Northeast Kingdom

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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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Local riders win the Moose

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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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Locals reminded to be mindful of ticks when venturing outdoors

in Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — As more Vermonters venture outside to enjoy warming weather, state officials are reminding hikers, hunters, and others to be tick smart while fishing, turkey hunting, or watching birds. According to researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., the month of May is heralding a particularly risky year for Lyme…

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Steelhead runs happening now in Orleans, Coventry

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ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Orleans. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds. The best place to spot steelhead is at Willoughby Falls just outside downtown Orleans.…

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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

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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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    Louise Whipple, who will lead the Moonlight Snowshoe, enjoys the MSTF trails.

Moonlight snowshoe event led by Louise Whipple this Saturday

in Newport/Outdoors

NEWPORT — In an effort to expand the use of our local trails, community member, and outdoor sports enthusiast Louise Whipple, will be leading a Moonlight Snowshoe on February 11 at 6:00 p.m. The event, which is open to everyone, should make for a great family activity, or way to make new friends. “Louise’s love…

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