The History Behind Lake Willougby

CCC CampBURKE- On Friday, March 16, community members gathered together at the Burke Mountain Club to listen to a presentation about the CCC Camp 55 hosted by Friends of Willoughby State Forest. 

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Learning and Earning

link bicycleEAST BURKE-“In this community, we have so many opportunities for biking. We have biking at Lyndon Institute, their trails, the Kingdom Trails. The whole network infusion of bike interest, I think, has really inspired me to create more opportunities for more people to get on the bicycle. Help out the environment too!” said Rebecca Owens, the funding director of LINK, who set up this learning and earning program for one year.


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Over 1000 Pedal in Race

696429822 100x75BURKE—Saturday saw over 1300 bikers ride through the Northeast Kingdom as part of a race. The Rasputitsa race traveled forty miles through Burke, Newark, and West Newark ending at Burke Mountain.

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Burke Reviews Plans for Closed Bridge

Hayden Crossing BridgeBurke - The town of Burke is considering a number of different options for the closed Hayden Crossing Road Bridge. The Vermont Department of Transportation presented 5 different options to the select-board and members of the town Monday night to consider for the bridge, ranging from complete removal to an entirely new 2-lane bridge. The projects range in cost from $221,000 to $1.5 million.

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Burke Egg Hunters Prevail

burkegirlBURKE - Determined Easter egg hunters fled Burke Mountain's slope-side patio yesterday as the annual hunt commenced. Nearly ten minutes after the event began, there wasn't a single egg to be found, demonstrating the ruthlessness of sugar-crazed children.

Despite her clunky ski boots, one skier walked away victorious with two candy-filled eggs, describing the competitive scene. "It was really crazy because everyone tried to barge out of the doors, trying to find the eggs because we were all watching the lady hide them."

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Kingdom Trails New Direction

KTBURKE— As the seasons change, Kingdom Trails will be transitioning from winter fat biking to their summer season. Former Executive Director of Kingdom Trails, Tim Tierney, resigned from his position in May of 2017. Abby Long began as the Executive Director for the organization in February.

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Burke Mountain Confectionary Preps for Easter

Chocolate Burke 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMEAST BURKE - The Burke Mountain Confectionary is prepping for the upcoming Easter weekend. The owner Tom Taylor and his wife Nancy have ran the chocolate business for five years now. The chocolate makers have been prepping all week for this coming weekend.
The idea of running the business became about six years ago when Taylor's wife had been making chocolates in Nashville, Tennessee. 


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Moose Population and Moose Tags

moose thumbnailBURKE - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife are seeking public input on the 2018 Deer and Moose hunting seasons. With a record breaking deer harvest last year, the Department would like to know where hunters are at while they continue to monitor the Vermont deer population. At the time being, the deer population has not taken much of a hit, in fact the deer population has shown average numbers for the 2018 year.

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Powder Day in Burke

BurkeBURKE - Skiers and riders were excited to break in a fresh ten inches of powder on Burke Mountain today. The slopes were exceptionally busy for a Thursday afternoon, as local skiing enthusiasts flocked to the mountain. Music was playing, beers were slinging, and everyone was happy to be out on a bonus winter day.

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Town Meeting Lurks in Burke

BurkeTMDBURKE- For every town in the state of Vermont, decisions loom as Town Meeting Day approaches. This is no different for the town of Burke. 

Last night at an informational meeting, residents heard how Lyndon Rescue wants to increase it's appropriation to more than $70,000, which is an increase of more than $40,000 from last year.

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All Eyes on Burke

PriscillaBURKE- The state of Vermont is less than two weeks away from the annual voting of budgets, also known as Town Meeting Day. Ahead of March 6th, town officials in Burke have proposed a budget for the upcoming 2018 Fiscal Year.

According to Burke's Town Report, the proposed general fund will increase by $25,000, while the proposed highway fund will increase by about $150,000 from the previous year, bringing the propsed total to $1.6 million. News 7 had the chance to speak to Priscilla Aldrich, who gave us reasoning to the proposed budget increases, specifically the Highway Department. "The reason being is insurance and wages," said Aldrich. "The Highway Department needed to put more money in the equipment funds, so they put in an extra $70,000 for payments on the trucks and graters and the things they have now."

In addition to the proposed budget increases, Aldrich confirmed that she will be seeking another term as Town Clerk, as her current term expires next month. She is also running for Treasurer, Deliquent Tax Collector, Trustee of Public Funds, and School Treasurer.

An informational meeting will be held on the Monday before Town Meeting Day, March 5th, at the Senior Meal Site behind the Burke Town Hall on School Street. That meeting will start at 6 p.m.


Dolly the Horse Finds a Home in East Burke

Dolly ThumbnailEAST BURKE- The Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary is a place where rescued animals who were orphaned and neglected come to receive rehabilitation and the ability to live a healthy and happy life.

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Newark Street School Kingdom East

 Newark  2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMBURKE- The Newark Street School is going to be amongst the other schools involved in the Caledonia North Supervisory Union, when the schools merge into Kingdom East.These schools currently all have separate budgets in the Caledonia North Supervisory Union.


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Hilltoppers Race to the Podium

alpinethumbnailBURKE - Yesterday, the Saint Johnsbury Academy alpine ski team hosted a giant slalom race at Burke Mountain. The team performed strongly throughout the day, with individual skiers placing in the top ranks, and impressive overall team scores.

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Burke Mountain Academy Alum in Winter Olympics

Winter olympics 2018BURKE— The olympics get under way Friday Night in South Korea. 13 athletes with a connection to the Green Mountain State are competing in the games. Several of them coming from Burke Mountain Academy.

Mikaela Shiffrin is among some of the graduates of the ski school headed to South Korea.

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Fallout from EB-5 Settlement

BURKE JPEGBURKE— Nearly two years after Ariel Quiros was found to have been misusing EB-5 funds at Burke Mountain, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled and says that Quiros will pay up.

The judgement came on Friday and says that Quiros agreed to pay over $81 million as part of the settlement.

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Burke Town School Planning for Renovations

burke school thumbnailBURKE - The Burke Town School is looking into renovating its facilities after a One Burke Community visit back in october. The Burke School Board, who attended the meeting, approved of $7,500 to be spent completing a report looking into plans for a Preliminary Facility Analysis Report.

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A Cheap Way to Learn the Slopes

burke mountainBURKE - Burke Mountain Resort and Lyndon State College are working together to offer a program to teach people how to ski. This program offers a 40% discount on one ski class, and is the first time that LSC and the Resort have created a program like this.

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The Most Wonderful Season of The Year

skiseasonburkeEAST BURKE- The town of East Burke is preparing for one of their favorite times of the year. But this wintery season doesn't involve reindeer and mistletoe. It involves the ski poles and double black diamonds.

East Burke is preparing for yet another ski season. The mountain is set to open tomorrow at 9AM to the public. The mountain had a preliminary opening today for season pass holders only.


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You Can Paint Too!

mooseEAST BURKE - Painter Patricia Mitchell taught herself all that she knows. From beginning to paint in 1990 to now leading her own classes and selling her work. Mitchell hosted a paint and brew event at the Publick House in East Burke last night.

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Catching Cold

burke prepBURKE-Tuesday October 7th, Burke Mountain Ski Resort started blowing snow at the Summit and on the Willoughby trail. Temperatures in the coming week look cool enough to maintain the snow for the next few nights. Snowmakers at Burke began preparing for another winter season with the help of portable snowmaking machines. More cold weather is predicted for the future. They are planning to continue making snow into the weekend, making them a whole two weeks earlier than when they began last year.

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Town of Burke on the Rise

burke mountainBURKE-  Vermont is well known for it’s skiing and mountain biking throughout the state. One spot in particular is becoming more popular. The town of Burke is being recognized for as a popular destination for both mountain biking and skiing.

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A Long Time Coming

dam removal picturecopy 2EAST BURKE- It's been seventeen years in the making. The Connecticut River Conservancy and Passumpsic Valley Land Trust have finally begun construction tearing down the East Burke Dam.

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Steve Berlack and Burke Mountain Academy

RBCthumbnailBurke Mountain- While the Ronnie Berlack Training facility is not the oldest building located at Burke Mountain Academy, it is one of the most important and community-centered buildings on the school's campus. The training facility was raised in the aftermath of disaster, Ronnie Berlack, who was a student attending Burke Mountain Academy, tragically died in an avalanche during a skiing competition in Europe over 4 years ago. It was amidst this tragedy, that his father, Steve Berlack, decided to create a new training facility for the school that his son loved so much.

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Burke Benefiting from Kingdom Trails

Kingdom Trails ThumbnailEast Burke- Kingdom Trails in East Burke has seen a fifteen percent growth in the past year, and it has had an impact on the rest of West Burke as well.

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