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$500 scholarship offered for high school senior from Orleans County

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NEWPORT — If you have served your community as a youth volunteer, one local organization would like to give you an opportunity to enhance your future through continued education, by assisting with educational costs.

The Jay Focus Group is offering a $500 Community Service Scholarship to a high school senior from Orleans County.

One scholarship will be offered per calendar year, and requires previous community service involvement.

The deadline to fill out the application is May 1, 2007, and the winner will be announced May 15, 2016.

The Jay Focus Group is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization.

Since its inception back in 2016, many townspeople have come together to raise funds, work on town events and look to the future of the town of Jay.

For more information or to print out an application CLICK HERE, or go on line to  www.jayvt.com. You my also contact: jayfocusgp@gmail.com

First annual NEKHO Brew Fest this Saturday at Kingdom Brewing

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NEWPORT — Dr. Les Lockridge and the Northeast Kingdom Hematology Oncology (NEKHO) clinic staff are gearing up for the First Annual NEKHO Brew Fest, which will take place this Saturday at Kingdom Brewing in Newport.

The event will feature brew, food, live music and fun as NEKHO celebrate and work to replenish their Patient Fund, which helps to fill in the healthcare gaps faced by their patients.

All proceeds go directly to patients who need it the most, whether it is a food card, a gas card, or medication and treatment co-pays.

The cost of this event is $17.50, or two tickets for $30. This includes BBQ and lots of side dishes, non-alcoholic beverages, beer sampling, and a custom glass. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Besides live music, there will also be a silent auction, and organizers say “some surprises.”

Excellent beer will be available for purchase from the event sponsors at Kingdom Brewing, which is located at 353 Coburn Hill Road, in Newport.

All are welcome, so come on down.

Fore more information email organizers at: les.lockridge@vtmd.comcastbiz.net or call 802-334-7177.

Rising Tide Holds Discussion at Sterling College on Resistance to the Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — The Environmental and Social Justice Club at Sterling College is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a presentation and a discussion by Rising Tide Vermont.

Rising Tide will be hosting an evening of conversation and movement-focused dialogue on Wednesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Simpson Hall Room 3 on the Sterling College campus. The discussion is part of Rising Tide Vermont’s “Climate Justice Winter Roadshow,” a series of discussions at college campuses and community centers across the state.

Rising Tide will be discussing resistance to the proposed fracked gas pipeline as well as opportunities for energy and climate justice grassroots organizing in this region.

“In the Champlain Valley, Vermont Gas is only weeks away from beginning construction on Vermont’s largest fossil fuel expansion in decades,” said faculty member Anne Morse. “This is an opportunity for people to come together and discuss grassroots opposition to this pipeline.”

The discussion is free and open to the public.

Sterling College was Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. They are a leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems.

Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.

QNEK Rings in 2014 with Auditions for 21st Season

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DERBY LINE — As you’re chilling the champagne, slipping into your most elegant attire, and searching for those obnoxious, but necessary noise-makers you only use once a year, don’t forget to dust off your dance shoes, practice those pratfalls, and hit some high notes at the piano, because QNEK is holding auditions.

International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House, QNEK Productions, will be holding auditions for its 2014 season at the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line, on January 4, 11, and 12, 2014.

QNEK Productions is pulling out all the stops for its 21st season, including the addition of a second main stage musical that is sure to be a hit. Full scale productions will be held at the Haskell Opera House.

QNEK Newport Vermont

Boeing Boeing,” by Marc Camoletti, and translated by Beverly Cross, will open the season with its extravagantly hilarious plot twists, and wonderfully absurd comings and goings. Directed by Jenny Dunne, this Tony Award Winning farce plays May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and follows an American bachelor in Paris managing three international fiancé stewardesses by their flight schedules. Things get turbulent when a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off his careful planning. Throw in an anxiously timid visiting buddy and an exasperatingly disgusted French maid, and you’ve got a comedy that will be just as much fun to be in as it is to watch.

Charles Dickens’ immortal characters live on as Lionel Bart’s beautifully scored and scripted Tony Award Winning “Oliver!” takes the stage July 25, 26, 27, and August 1, 2, 3. Directed by Phil Gosselin, with musical direction by Anita Mayhew, and accompanied and conducted by Janice Luce, this wonderfully moving classic seeks a large cast of all ages to bring these timelessly fantastic characters to life. It will certainly be a lot fun for boys and girls this summer.

SUDS: The Rockin’ 60s Musical Soap Opera,” from Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, and Bryan Scott, is loaded with good clean fun and bubbling energy. It plays September 12, 13, 14, 19, 20. Directed by Phil Gosselin, with musical direction by Mark Violette, this awesome jukebox musical tells the story of a young woman and her guardian angels who arrive to teach her about finding true love in a laundromat. Channeling aspects of Forever Plaid, this four-person dynamo will get everyone dancing to hits like “Respect,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “Chapel of Love.”

Wait Until Dark,” by Frederick Knott, directed by Susan-Lynn Johns, is one of those knuckle-whitening thrillers that will give you a reason to be afraid when the lights go out. When a game of cat and mouse spirals out of control, an unsuspecting blind house wife and her young neighbor will have to hold their own if they want to survive against a gang of hardened con-men, who will do anything to get what they want. All those Law and Order marathons will come in handy for actors auditioning for this highly suspenseful drama, playing October 10, 11, 12, 17, 18.

Auditions will be held at the First Universalist Parish Hall, 112 Main Street, Derby Line, on January 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. January 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. January 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Boys, girls, men, and women of all ages are encouraged to attend. For a detailed schedule of auditions and callbacks, or more general information, visit qnek.com, find QNEK Productions on Facebook, or call the QNEK Business Office at 802-334-2216.

Though audience members will have to wait until May to be a part of this fantastic line up, QNEK season passes are now on sale by calling QNEK Box Office at 802-334-2216, visiting qnek.com, the Catamount Arts Box Office at 888-757-5559, or by visiting catamountarts.org.

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