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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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Ice skating and winter swimming on Lake Memphremagog

in Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — The ice is getting thick on Lake Memphremagog and the crew at Kingdom Games are hard at it gearing up for ice skating and winter swimming events to take place in February and March. As in previous years, as weather and ice conditions permit, they will be clearing and maintaining a skating rink,…

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Helicopters to be used this week to collar moose in Essex County

in Essex County/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Essex County residents may soon see a helicopter flying low overhead as the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department begins collaring up to 60 moose for a three-year study. The radio-collaring will be carried out primarily within Essex County, and should start this week, depending on weather conditions. Capture efforts require flying just above…

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    Pictured L-R (Dave Ladd, VAST Awards Committee Chairman; Ernest Choquette, Country Riders Snowmobile Club; Raymond Rodrigue, Orleans Snowstormers; Marshall Bowman, North Country Mountaineers; Merle Young, Glover Trailwinders; Roger Gosselin, VAST Orleans County Director.

Four local snowmobilers awarded for over 30 years of service to VAST

in Newport/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Four local snowmobilers were presented with the Trailblazer Award at the last Orleans County Snowmobile Association meeting in Newport Center. The Trailblazer Award, presented by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), honors the grassroots spirit and dedication of the many people who have made snowmobiling what it is today, as they have…

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Cliff tops and overlooks closed to protect nesting peregrines

in Lowell/Outdoors

LOWELL — Several cliff areas across the state are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont are recommending hikers check to see if the area you’re planning to hike or climb in is open. “Peregrine nesting is well underway this spring,” said John Buck, Vermont…

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Vermonters reminded tick season underway

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NEWPORT — Heath officials are reminding Vermonters that tick season is underway across the state. A growing number of Vermonters are falling ill with diseases spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. These tickborne diseases are preventable if you take action to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors now, and in the warmer…

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Vermonters warned not to feed bears

in Outdoors

ORLEANS — Vermont Fish & Wildlife wardens and biologists are receiving reports of hungry bears getting into trash containers as well as raiding bird feeders, beehives, and chicken houses. “Human conflicts involving bears are increasing this spring,” said Chief Game Warden Jason Batchelder. Vermont’s wardens say they are responding to events involving bears in search…

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Steelhead Rainbow Trout runs are happening now at Willoughby Falls

in coventry/Orleans/Outdoors

ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. 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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NorthWoods to help landowners protect Memphremagog watershed

in Newport/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Increasing nutrient levels, sediment, and higher water temperatures are having a large impact on aquatic ecosystems within the Memphremagog Watershed. Riparian buffers, the areas of vegetation immediately adjacent to any body of water, are nature’s way of preventing these imbalances. Buffers provide shade, prevent erosion, and act as biofilters to reduce sediment and…

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Keith Sherwood of Hinesburg with the state record yellow perch he caught while ice fishing on Caspian Lake in 2015.

All-time state record yellow perch caught in Greensboro

in Greensboro/Outdoors

GREENSBORO — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has certified that an all-time state record yellow perch was caught in Greensboro. Vermont’s new record yellow perch, which weighed a massive 2.4 pounds, was caught by Keith Sherwood of Hinesburg while ice fishing on Caspian Lake. The fish was 16 inches in length and had a…

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Scenes from Orleans County Vermont foliage 2015

in Arts and Entertainment/Outdoors

This photo essay from foliage 2015 in Orleans County comes from local photographer Rick Desrochers. Rick is from Derby Line. He grew up loving photography and all the beauty this area has to offer. He is the founder of Northern Dreams Photography. Here is the story of how “Northern Dreams Photography” came to be: To…

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State tests mosquitoes for EEE and West Nile Virus

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Vermont has its fair share of flying insects, and mosquitoes seem to thrive here in the summer months. Mosquito surveillance, which includes the weekly collection and testing of specific types of mosquitoes, has begun across the state. During the past few summers, mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV)…

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Son of a Swim kicks off open water swimming season on Memphremagog

in Newport/Outdoors

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association kicked off its summer season with the first round of Son of a Swim. Seven swimmers took to the waters of mighty Lake Memphremagog from Prouty Beach, swimming 2, 4, or 6 miles. They travelled from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Stowe and Norwich to swim in…

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging landscapers and gardeners to choose native plants to promote the health of local ecosystems and to provide food for songbirds. Photo courtesy of the New England Wild Flower Society.

Vermonters advised to choose native plants when landscaping to help promote wildlife

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Spring has finally arrived in Vermont, and gardeners and landscapers are eagerly breaking out their shovels in anticipation of the year’s spring plantings. Beyond the beauty new gardens provide, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Jon Kart, landscapers can make a big difference for wildlife with the plants they choose, “Native plants…

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Tick season underway Health Department warns

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Ticks are a lot like weeds. They survive winter’s freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and lack of sunshine. These resilient critters can carry pathogens – microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, that cause illness. “Ticks are abundant in all parts of the state. Using bug spray and doing daily tick checks should be…

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Photo taken at Lake Seymour, by Tanya Muller.

Vermont walleye fishing season underway

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — With some of the best walleye fishing in New England in the Northeast Kingdom, the Vermont walleye fishing season is underway. The season officially opened on Saturday. The Northeast Kingdom offers walleye fishing opportunities in Salem Lake, Island Pond, Clyde Pond, and the Clyde River. In all waters of Vermont except Lake Carmi,…

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Vermont trout fishing season opened today

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Despite the late return of spring, Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season opened today, marking the start of some of the best trout fishing of the year in the Green Mountain State. Vermont’s spring trout season, which is widely popular among resident and non-resident anglers alike, can often afford an angler the greatest opportunity…

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Career Center Students to hold ice fishing tournament for local charities this weekend

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — The North Country Career Center Welding Program students are holding an ice fishing tournament from 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, until 12:00 p.m on Sunday, January 25. The tournament will take place on Lakes Memphremagog, Lake Willoughby, and Crystal Lake, with registration and weigh-in at the South Bay Boat Launch. Ice fishermen…

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A successful year for Vermont turkey hunters

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — According to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, wild turkey hunters had safe and successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2014. A total of 6,414 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont’s three hunting seasons, which consists of the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt.…

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Derby native tapped for head game warden position

in Derby/News/Outdoors/Vermont

DERBY — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced that Lt. Jason Batchelder has been named the new director of fish and wildlife law enforcement. Batchelder will begin the role of Colonel this week, filling the position vacated by Col. David LeCours who retired in October. Batchelder grew up in Derby. He worked for…

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Bill Rivard, Principal at NCUHS, Herb Maroot, Industrial Arts teacher at NCUHS and Mike Kiser, recently retired Athletic Director at NCUHS, all active skiers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, were in attendance at Friday night's potluck held at The Village Bike Shop.

Cyclists and skiers say goodbye sun, hello snow at potluck dinner

in Derby/Outdoors

DERBY — The Village Bike Shop has been an icon in the community for almost 24 years. With the growing popularity of winter fat bike riding it seemed like the natural place to bring skiers and cyclists together for a potluck dinner. Thirty cyclists and skiers rang in the holiday season on Friday night at…

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Many Vermonters enjoy watching birds at their bird feeders in the winter, but Fish & Wildlife says thoroughly cleaning the feeders once a month will help keep birds healthy.

Vermonters reminded to clean bird feeders

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Vermont Fish & Wildlife is reminding Vermonters that it’s alright to put out those bird feeders now that Vermont’s black bears are sleeping in their dens for the winter, but, the department is offering some advice about bird feeder cleanliness before you run out and buy that first twenty dollar bag of seed.…

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(From left to right) Nate Grimm, Tom Streeter, Joe Sequin, Peter Alexander. Photo by John Carpenter

NCUHS Mountain Bike Club work to keep local trails maintained

in Derby/Newport/Outdoors

DERBY — On Wednesday, members of the NCUHS Mountain Bike Club were found working after school on the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation (MSTF) trails, located on the Primeau property in Derby. Their task was to clean out culverts found along the double track/ski paths, as the winter ski season is fast approaching. The club is…

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