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4th annual Westmore Mountain Challenge opens for registration

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EAST CHARLESTON — The 4th annual Westmore Mountain Challenge, scheduled for Saturday, September 26, is open for registration. This one-day, five-mountain marathon hike traverses the trails on Moose Mountain, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Haystack Mountain, and Bald Mountain, ending at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center lodge off the 10-Mile Square Road in East Charleston. “The Westmore…

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Route 5A in Westmore closure extended

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WESTMORE — The closure of Vermont Route 5A in Westmore to stabilize a rock ledge along the road next to Lake Willoughby, will be extended until Friday, November 1. The rock stabilization project involves scaling loose material from the ledge face and pinning blocks in place to prevent future failures. The site has a history…

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Route 5A in Westmore closed for two weeks, starting today

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WESTMORE — Vermont Route 5A in Westmore will be closed for two weeks, starting today. The Vermont Agency of Transportation has closed the road to stabilize a rock ledge along the road next to Lake Willoughby. The rock stabilization project will involve scaling loose material from the ledge face and pinning blocks in place to…

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Westmore Mountain Challenge kicks off tomorrow

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WESTMORE — The third annual Westmore Mountain Challenge is set to kick off tomorrow. This popular event, permitted by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, will traverse the trails on Moose Mountain, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Haystack Mountain, and Bald Mountain. Some hikers will continue along Mad Brook Road, Westmore Road, Hudson Road,…

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Town of Westmore to install cigarette “buttlers” on North End Beach

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WESTMORE — The Town of Westmore’s Select Board voted to install three Sidewalk Buttlers at the North End Beach of Lake Willoughby. The decision came after a presentation from Westmore Association President Daniel Ian Smith and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Prevention Specialist Tennyson Marceau. Sidewalk Buttler, the company that builds the “smart receptacle” to remove…

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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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Orleans man pleads guilty in moose poaching case

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NEWPORT — An Orleans man who dragged a cow moose eight miles behind his truck after shooting it in a Westmore hay field, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges. Authorities say 22-year-old Gerin Fortin was in Orleans Superior Court on June 26 where he pled guilty to taking a moose in closed season and taking…

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Orleans County residents named to Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame recently announced the 2019 inductees. Now in its 17th year, the Hall has inducted 80 Vermonters to date. Joanna Samuelson Lidback, of The Farm at Wheeler Mountain in Westmore, was inducted as a merging leader, and Jack and Anne Lazor, of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, were inducted…

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Police: Underage drinking party busted in Westmore

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WESTMORE — Police say that for two weekends in a row, they’ve responded to complaints of underage drinking at a house in Westmore. At around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, police say they received a report of an underage drinking party at a home located on Hinton Hill. Police say when they arrived the home had…

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Police: Derby man arrested after high-speed chase

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DERBY — Police say a 30-year-old man from Derby is facing numerous charges after a high-speed chase early this morning. According to the report, Jonathan Hinton is being charged with attempting to elude, DUI, grossly negligent operation, leaving the scene of an accident, and excessive speed. At around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, a state trooper…

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Structure fire in Westmore

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WESTMORE — Authorities say they are unsure what caused a structure fire at a farm in Westmore on Friday. The fire broke out at a dairy farm on LaCross Road at around 12:45 p.m. Heavy smoke and fire could be seen coming out of a large garage and feed barn located behind the main barn…

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Truck through the ice on Willoughby

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WESTMORE — A truck partially went through the ice on Willoughby this afternoon. At around 3:00 p.m. Orleans Ambulance and Westmore Fire Department responded to the scene. All occupants of the truck were out and safe by the time they arrived. The truck was approximately 50 feet from the Willoughby fishing access, partially submerged. The…

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Rescue crews locate missing skier near Jay Peak

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JAY — Search and rescue crews were able to locate a 69-year-old man from Newport this evening after he got lost skiing earlier in the day. Peter Harris, 66, of Derby, alerted authorities at around 2:45 p.m. that he and a group of three others were skiing the backwoods near the top of Vermont Route…

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Pam Ladds of Newport, and Julie Zeitlinger of Sutton, Quebec, ready to swim at Lake Willoughby, on December 15.

Training for the winter swim at Willoughby

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WESTMORE — Winter swimmers around North America are hard at it training and qualifying for the Fifth Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival coming up on February 23-24, 2019 in Newport. Two locals, Pam Ladds of Newport, and Julie Zeitlinger of Sutton, Quebec, took advantage of the open waters at Lake Willoughby on Saturday. Water temperature…

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Backcountry ski and ride project in Willoughby State Forest expands

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WESTMORE — The Northeast Kingdom Backcountry Coalition, also known as NEKBC for short, is updating its pilot backcountry ski and ride project in the Willoughby State Forest. The coalition began working with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation in the fall of 2016 to design and develop winter backcountry recreation opportunities that supplement…

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Police seek help in Westmore burglary investigation

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WESTMORE — Police recently released photos of a man they are trying to identify following a burglary that took place in Westmore back in July. The incident took place on Peene Hill Road, when someone unlawfully entered a residence and stole several firearms. The victim was able to provide police with a detailed description of…

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Police looking for burglary suspect seen in Westmore

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WESTMORE — Police are looking for a suspect seen leaving the scene of a burglary in Westmore on Saturday. At around 3:00 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress on Westside Lane. Police say the caller, who was out for a walk, encountered a suspicious man walking near the back of an…

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Boat stolen in Westmore

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WESTMORE — A boat was reported stolen in Westmore. Police were notified last week that the boat had been taken from a residence on Vermont Route 5A, near North Beach of Lake Willoughby. It was reported that the residence was unoccupied between September 24 and 27. The property owner returned and discovered his Trophy 18-foot…

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Drunk driver picked up for third offense at Lake Willoughby

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WESTMORE — A 33-year-old man from Concord was arrested for his third DUI after leaving Lake Willoughby on Sunday. At around 12:30 p.m. police received a complaint of an intoxicated man in Westmore. A trooper responded to the north beach parking lot when a second caller reported the man appeared to be nodding off and…

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