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    Susan Granfors in Farce of Nature.

Farce of Nature, QNEK’s final mainstage show of the season starts September 9

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions is rounding out its season with the comedy “Farce of Nature,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The non-stop hilarity of this southern-fried farce highlights a day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn is taking desperate measures to save his fishing…

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Derby Line Port of Entry to get extreme makeover this summer

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DERBY LINE — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), announced the award of a $23 million construction contract for upgrades to the Derby Line Port of Entry. The contract will allow for the completion of necessary upgrades to the port, replacing the outdated facility which currently exists. The project will be designed to be both…

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“Rumors” keeps audiences laughing during QNEK’s opening weekend at the Haskell

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions, the award-winning international theatre company in residence at the historic Haskell Opera House, opened its 24th season over the weekend with the uproarious Neil Simon farce, “Rumors.” The show features a stellar cast from both sides of the border. Mike Desjardins, Alan Franklin, Kim Gannon, Phil Gosselin, Mary Hoadley, Sue…

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QNEK to present Steel Magnolias at the Haskell starting this Friday

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Eastern Townships/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — ​QNEK Productions is proud to present its final mainstage performance of the year with the lively and touching Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Equal parts heart and hilarity, the show is set to be the perfect addition to the Fall Foliage season. Directed by Jenny Dunne and Assistant Directed by Phil Gosselin,…

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Kyra Shaughnessy at Stanstead House Concert series this Sunday afternoon

in Arts and Entertainment/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC — Celebrate the arrival of the warm season with Quebecois singer/songwriter Kyra Shaughnessy as she brings her unique folk-roots blend of music defined by warm, jazzy vocals to the Stanstead House Concert series. Often compared to the likes of Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco, Kyra’s music artfully combines elements of “political folk” and…

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Photo featuring: Jim Cross, Mike Desjardins, Doug Flint, Susan Lynn Johns, Lynn Leimer, Calvin Longe, Ross Murray, Chris Planetta, Mark Rumery, Ron St. John III, Lonn Stewart, and Andrea Webster.

QNEK’s Arsenic and Old Lace opening next weekend

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions kicks off its 23rd season with the dark and delightful comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. Set in the late 1930’s, Arsenic and Old Lace draws the audience into a day with the kookily sinister Brewster family, who have two sweet aunts that love to welcome charity case…

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The Stanstead students from left to right:  Julia Gou, Pengyi Huang, Bob Chen, Aki Takeda, Ricarda Wingler, Paul Teng, Carson Son, Momo Takaoka.

Newport Area Community Orchestra, an orchestra without borders

in Arts and Entertainment/Eastern Townships/Newport/Stanstead

NEWPORT — The Newport Area Community Orchestra has come a long way since first getting started. The orchestra started five years ago with about as many members. Today, under Music Director Ken Michelli, the group now consists of 50 members, and has truly become an international orchestra. Due to a recent collaboration with Stanstead College…

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Velasquez back in Vermont to face charges

in Derby/Derby Line/Newport/Quebec/Sherbrooke/Stanstead/Vermont

DERBY LINE — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) arrived last week at the Derby Line port of entry with Valentina Velasquez. Velasquez, the suspect in an attempted armed robbery that took place in Derby, who fled the country and illegally entered Canada without inspection in September, was subject to a Canadian Removal Order due…

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QNEK to hold auditions for 2015 season this weekend

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — As the holiday season comes to a close, QNEK is looking ahead to their 22nd Season. They will be holding auditions this weekend. For more information, please reach out to Jenny Dunne, Associate Producing Director at jdunne142@gmail.com QNEK PRODUCTIONS 2015 SEASON AUDITIONS Casting for: Arsenic and Old Lace Show dates: April 24…

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Locals take to curling at Border Curling Club

BEEBE, QC — Sometimes given the nickname “chess on ice,” curling is a sport that has roots in medieval Scotland, but is most firmly established in Canada, having been brought here by Scottish emigrants. Located just up the street from the U.S. border, the Border Curling Club in Beebe, Quebec, is the place to go…

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Victoria Young and Mary Hoadley keep the audience on the edge of their seats during Sunday's show.

The wait is over: Wait Until Dark opens at the Haskell

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Island Pond/Newport/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — Wait Until Dark, the suspenseful thriller that ends QNEK’s 21st Mainstage season at the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line, finished up its first run of shows over the weekend. The story centers around Susy Hendrix (Mary Hoadley, Newport), a blind housewife who is first manipulated, and then terrorized inside her apartment…

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QNEK’s “Wait Until Dark” begins Friday

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/News/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions, the Award-Winning International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House, finishes its 21st Mainstage Season with the highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller, Wait Until Dark, directed and designed by Susan-Lynn Johns with a set built under the guidance of Tom Rooney by the North Country Union High School…

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QNEK getting ready to present SUDS: The Rocking 60’s Soap Opera

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions continues its 21st Season by presenting SUDS: The Rocking 60’s Soap Opera at the Haskell Opera House September 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20. In the style of other jukebox musicals like Forever Plaid, Mamma Mia, and Jersey Boys, that use an artist’s or particular decade’s music to tell a…

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74-year-old woman attacked in Stanstead East

in Eastern Townships/News/Quebec/Stanstead

STANSTEAD — Authorities in Quebec are saying that a 74-year-old woman from Stanstead East suffered a severe head injury on Monday morning after an altercation with someone she knew. Melanie Dumaresq, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), said that the altercation was with someone the victim knew, but she did not want to…

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