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Gov. Scott releases 3-phased reopening plan for manufacturing and construction

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NEWPORT — Governor Phil Scott today released the state’s “3-Phased Reopening Plan” for Vermont’s manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution enterprises. Scott says the plan is considered “a living document” and will be continuously updated and improved as information and guidance are refined and new best practices emerge. The governor’s order today states that effective May 4,…

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Vermont continues to ease business restrictions

in COVID-19/Newport/News/Vermont

MONTPELIER – Governor Phil Scott outlined some additional openings today as part of the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, introduced last week. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, but with modeling continuing to indicate Vermonters are significantly slowing the spread of the virus, the administration says they are taking a “cautious,…

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Food insecurity in Vermont up 33 percent during pandemic

in COVID-19/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Food insecurity in Vermont has increased by one-third during the coronavirus pandemic, from 18.3 percent to 24.3 percent, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of Vermont at the end of March. The increase in food insecurity was strongly correlated with employment status. Among survey respondents overall, 45 percent had lost…

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Vermont extends stay-at-home order until May 15

in COVID-19/Vermont

NEWPORT – Governor Phil Scott today extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original State of Emergency, issued on March 13, was set to expire on April 15, as were the subsequent mitigation measures.…

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Vermont smoking age to increase to 21 on Sunday

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NEWPORT – Starting September 1, Vermonters must be at least 21 years old to purchase and possess tobacco products or paraphernalia. The new law also includes tobacco-substitute products, such as e-cigarettes. Health officials say the increase in buying age will help protect youth from nicotine addiction and potentially toxic chemicals. Commonly known as Tobacco 21,…

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Sheffield man killed in head-on crash

in News/Northeast Kingdom/Vermont

SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield man was killed in a head-on crash on I-89 in Richmond this morning.   Police say it happened at around 6:50 a.m. when a 2015 Dodge Ram drifted from the southbound lanes of I-89, into the median, went airborne and struck a 2012 Ford F-350 traveling north head-on. The driver of…

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$250,000 awarded to help grow outdoor recreation economy of the NEK

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NEWPORT — More money and organizational support will be available in 2020 for NEK towns and nonprofits working to expand or improve local trail-based outdoor recreation options. The assistance comes thanks to a cooperative effort spearheaded by the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative (NEKC) and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA).  The federal Northern Border Regional Commission this…

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AOT reports low fatality rate on Vermont highways in 2019

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — According to a new report by the Agency of Transportation (AOT), Vermont has seen a low number of fatalities on the state’s highways for the year to date. Statistically, Vermont experiences approximately 25-35 fatalities on its highways through the end of July. This year, there have been 13 fatalities. “While the reduction in…

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125 years at the Westmore Community Church celebration

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WESTMORE — The Westmore Community Church is inviting the community to join in for the 125-year anniversary celebration of the construction of the church building. The event will take place on Sunday, August 4, with the church service beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by a reception. The church theme will be 1890s music, including attire…

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Driver sideswipes police cruiser while surfing internet for episode of “Saved by the Bell”

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THETFORD — Police say a Wells River man was on his phone surfing the internet for a specific episode of the 90’s television sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell,’ when he sideswiped a police car. The driver was identified as 55-year-old Kevin Bacon. Bacon was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Spark down Interstate 91 when he struck…

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Craftsbury man awarded for helping save the common loon in Vermont

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WILLISTON — Craftsbury resident Eric Hanson was recently presented the 2019 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Hanson is a biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) who spearheaded recovery of the formerly endangered common loon in Vermont. Hanson’s efforts over the past 21 years have included work to educate Vermonters about loons and their nesting needs,…

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2018’s guest judges, Jonathan Goldsmith, and 2017 Best Beard in Vermont and Wish Dad, Bryan Sturge.

Contest underway to find the best beard in Vermont

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NEWPORT — A truly Vermont-style fundraiser is back with the Third Annual Vermont Beardies, the contest to find the best beard in Vermont. Bearded Vermonters are invited to enter their magnificent scruff and encourage their friends to support Make-A-Wish Vermont through social media appeals. Contestants will compete online in three categories, Urban, Freestyle, and Backwoods.…

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Vermont’s rifle deer season starts tomorrow

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NEWPORT — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that starts tomorrow, November 10 and ends Sunday, November 25. 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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Vermont bear hunting starts September 1

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NEWPORT — Vermont’s bear hunting season starts September 1, and officials say hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries where bears will be feeding. “Fall foods for bears are more abundant than they were last year,” said Vermont’s bear…

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Newport man arrested at Grand Isle State Park

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NEWPORT — A 40-year-old Newport man was arrested in Grand Isle early this morning after police say he broke into a camper’s vehicle, as well as entered the tent she was sleeping in. Richard Myers is facing numerous charges after the bizarre incident, including felony unlawful trespass, unlawful mischief, aggravated disorderly conduct, criminal threatening, and…

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Fourth of July safety tips for pets

in Vermont

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July is here, and while this is generally a favorite holiday for people, it can be very stressful and dangerous for pets. Firework shows, barbeques, and the heat can all pose issues for our companion animals. Everyone loves the fun and festivities of the July Fourth celebrations. However, our pets…

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Newport man charged with pharmacy burglary and firearms offenses

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NEWPORT — Daniel Greenwood, 42, of Newport, was arraigned in connection with a federal indictment charging him with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon in October 2017, and with committing a burglary of the Kinney Drugs in Cambridge that same month. Greenwood, who is currently serving a sentence in Massachusetts, entered pleas of not…

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Bobcat caught on game camera in Brandon

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BRANDON — This bobcat was caught in a series of photos on a game camera set up under a bridge in Brandon. The cameras are put out as part of a collaborative partnership between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and VTrans to better understand wildlife movement around road crossing structures. “This bobcat passing…

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Important June 1 deadline nears for dairy farmers

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NEWPORT — Vermont dairy farmers are strongly encouraged to push the pencil and closely look at the Milk Margin Protection Program by June 1. The USDA program received upgrades in 2018. “The improved Margin Protection Program could be a significant net financial benefit for most Vermont dairy farmers this year, especially with the important added…

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Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont

in Health/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Vermont had 6,161 cases of illness caused by tick-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016. In total, 99 percent of all reported tick-borne diseases are caused by the blacklegged tick, the state Department of Health says. According…

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State of Vermont auction of surplus state vehicles this Saturday

in Vermont

BERLIN — The State of Vermont will be auctioning off a large assortment of state vehicles and equipment to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. The auction will be held at the Agency of Transportation Central Garage located at 1756 US Route 302, in Berlin, across from the Wayside Restaurant. A…

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