St. Johnsbury Recreation Sports

pastedImageNORTHEAST KINGDOM– Grass stains and mud splattered all over their uniforms. Some of the great memories associated with rec sports, but playing rec sports as a child can also leave youth with some important life skills.

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One Home; Two Businesses

gardenthumbST. JOHNSBURY- Husband and wife Jim and Lorrie Brown love working with their hands. The Browns run two businesses from their St.Johnsbury home; Jim runs Pine Gardens Nursery and landscape while Lorrie runs Fruit of Hers Hands. In addition to sharing a house, the two businesses also share many of the same customers. The similarities between the husband and wife continue, both started their craft at the age of fourteen.

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People's Climate March

CLIMATE MARCHWASHINGTON D.C - This past weekend, members of the Lyndon State College Climate Change Consensus went to the nation's capitol of Washington D.C to join th People's March on Climate Change.

The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to climate change as well as to pressure leaders, such as President Trump, during his first 100 days in office to take action on saving our planet. Upwards of about 150,000 people gathered in the streets of D.C to show their support in the fight. The march started at Union Square and ended in front of The White House.

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St. Johnsbury Maple Fest

MAPLE FESTIVALST. JOHNSBURY - Over the weekend the 9th annual St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival brought community members together for a sweet taste of Vermont. The event started off at eight in the morning with a 5k run called the "sap lap," that started at St. Johnsbury welcome center. Then, came the pancake breakfast where those interested could test out some maple syrup. The pancake breakfast lasted into the street festival, where vendors from all over came out to show off their special syrups.

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Marijuana in VT: What's the Deal?

marijuanaVERMONT— In 2016, the Vermont Senate passed a comprehensive bill to legalize and regulate marijuana, but ultimately the bill didn’t pass. 

This year, a new bill regarding laws on marijuana was introduced to House. This bill (H.170), would allow adults in Vermont to possess up to a specific amount of marijuana. 

Senator (R) Joe Benning of the Caledonia County district was a sponsor for last years bill (S.241) and explained the changes that reflect H.170

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Agape Hill Farm's Newest Member

LLAMAHARDWICK - A local farm cares for multiple animals, including llamas. Agape Hill Farm, located in Hardwick, is where they say you can learn something new and have an adventure to remember - no matter your age. "Agape" is greek for the word love, and the farms mission is to brighten those who visits day, using their animals.

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Raymond James Settlement Approved

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BURKE - A Florida-based Judge has approved a 150 million dollar settlement between Jay Peak/Burke Receiver Michael Goldberg and wealth management company Raymond James.

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NVU Funding Doable, but Not Preferred

LSC FlagVERMONT-When Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges complete their formation into Northern Vermont University in 2018, the funding has been approved to ensure a secure and stable transition. However, once the newly-founded NVU is up and running, there are still some further financial hurdles that both campuses will have to jump over in order to be in the clear.

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Wet Fields Swamp Start of Season

Wet FieldsAROUND THE NEK -- Baseball and Softball are the runt of litter. That is when it comes to Vermont outdoor athletics. No sport is effected more so than baseball and softball when it comes to missing games and shortened seasons due to the Vermont climate. Around most of the Northeast Kingdom mother nature has delayed the start of the season because of wet field conditions. But this isn’t a new trend by any means. It is common enough that change might be in the air for high school baseball and softball teams in the future.

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Robitille Court Case, Part 1

TRIALST. JOHNSBURY - The trial for Melissa Robitille of Hardwick, who is facing charges in relation to killing her 13 year old son started this week.  Robitille and her former boyfriend, Walter Richters, were accused of killing Robitille's son, Isaac, back in August of 2014 by allegedly giving him vodka through a feeding tube.

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Water Runoff and Farms

lake champlainLYNDON- Due to a recent update with Act 64, Vermont farmers have new rules and regulations that they need to abide by. The most important rule, as well as most controversial, is keeping water in the Green Mountain State clean and not contaminated with feces or chemicals.

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COCORAHS

COCORAHSDANVILLE - Whether you're at your local coffee shop, or out pumping gas, weather is always a topic for discussion. Luckily, we have weather tailored right to our exact towns, making it easy for us to know what to look out for. However, without weather observers, this would not be possible as they are a crucial part to our forecasting and record keeping.

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Out On the Trails

DOG SLEDLYNDON-You probably don’t associate dog sledding with the Northeast Kingdom however one local company has been providing guided dog sled tours for years now.

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Championship Matches

li paradeAROUND THE NEK - It was a historic win and busy Saturday for the Lyndon Institute Girls basketball team as they brought home their first championship trophy. The division two game took place at the Barre Auditorium against Mill River Union.

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Power Outage in the NEK

AROUND THE NEK - Power is back on throughout the Northeast Kingdom after 5,600 residences lost power shortly after 8 p.m. Friday night.

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Springing into the Farming Season

Tunnel FarmingAROUND THE NEK- As mother nature changes on a daily basis some might wonder how the weather is affecting some spring time activities. For instance, the challenges local farmers face when it comes to getting the growing season started.

For some small farms March is the month they start to plant seeds. Some use greenhouses or tunnels, which are like greenhouses but are more round and covered in plastic. Others have a different approach. 

 

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Small Team Takes Huge Lead Headed to States

StJBasketballSAINT JOHNSBURY-The girls’ varsity basketball team is set to make a run in this year's state tournament, after posting an 18-2 regular season record and earning the number one overall seed in the upcoming state tournament, which took place on March 10th. Of course, great records and state championships are nothing new for The Academy’s Hilltoppers. This year however the team overcame what looked like insurmountable odds all stemming from a lack of bodies. Only eight girls made up their roster.

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Contested Race Connects the Community

Barnet Town MeetingBARNET - While most town's battled it out over budgets during town meeting day, a battle of its own drew in an unusually large crowd to Barnet's town meeting. Former long time select board member, Ted Faris's campaign for re-election against current selectboard member Dylan Ford brought in members from all sides of the community.

 

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Littleton and Lyndon Face School Budget Changes

ClassroomAROUND THE NEK - Town related issues are not the only focus in up coming meetings on Town Meeting Day. Two towns in Vermont and New Hampshire are facing changes within their education department. Lyndon and Littleton, are both looking at changes in their school budget.

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Locals Face Potential Roof Damage

Ice DamsAROUND THE NEK- After last weeks snow storms, people are facing bigger problems than just cleaning up all of the snow. With nearly twenty inches of snow accumulated this past week, local residents could potentially face damages to their roofs.

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St. Johnsbury Poetry

anthST. JOHNSBURY- The storytelling group, the Northeast Storytellers, doesn't just choose flowers and chocolates for their lovers. Instead, they choose special readings, with this years theme being love from the Victorian era.

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Lyndon Youth Basketball

lyndon youth bballLYNDON- Some young lucky athletes have been receiving coaching help from top notch high school basketball players.
For the past seven years, Lyndon Institute has sent students down to help assist at games and practices and has found that it works well.

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Aunt Sadies Candles

16652609 10212301638844477 291369513 nLUNENBURG- Even though Aunt Sadie has passed her name is still glowing thanks to a local candle company. Aunt Sadies Candlestix in Lunenburg Vermont is one of the only handmade candle shops left.

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Syrian Refugee Breakfast


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The town of Barnet Presbyterian church hosted their annual Super Bowl lunch on Sunday, but the focus was on a bigger issue then just the game. The church dedicated its efforts to helping Syrian refugees, in addition to having a potluck of soup and accepting cash donations.

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Guatemala Project

churchLYNDONVILLE- The Lyndonville United Methodist Church is hosting a Guatemala project that is seeking new or gently used items for children living at an orphanage.

The project is run by Dan Thompson who says "We collect basically any item that a child from six months old to eighteen years old can use."

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Adoption in the NEK

Learn how the Northeast Kingdom is handling the increase rate of children in foster care.

 

Cinco de Mayo

One restaraunt in Saint Johnsbury has a unique way of celebrating the holiday.

 

Animal Shelters

Learn about a local animal shelter that's been taking in homeless animals over the last 14 years.