Sanderson's Wooden Bowl Shop Preps For Holidays

sandersons bowlsBURKE- Sandersons Wooden Bowls in East Burke is prepping for the upcoming holiday season. Since around 2005, the Sandersons have been selling their wooden products. Owner Sam Sanderson describes the process their family went through in order to start their business. According to him, they started out by doing some logging for a furniture store, and then wanted to try it themselves.

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Making an Impact on a New Community

abbylongEAST BURKE- Executive Director of Kingdom Trails, Abigail Long, has been named one of Vermont Business Magazine's Rising Stars. The list of recipients is composed of 40 individuals under the age of 40, all of whom are recognized for their commitment to business growth, professionalism, and involvement in their communities.

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West Burke Ski Shop Opens for Season

ski shop west burkeWEST BURKE - The West Burke Ski Shop opened for the season this past Saturday. Despite the fact that the ski and snowboard season isn't fully here, they would still like to make sure people are prepared for the upcoming season.

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East Burke Businesses in the Fall

east burkeEAST BURKE - The fall months are always quiet for businesses in East Burke, rather they fall silent due to customers; of course, the businesses have things to keep themselves busy, just not with sales. While the summer is known as the pinnacle business period for the area, the fall season is when many stores see a lull in sales, and take that time to prepare for the upcoming winter. 

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Burke Town School Teacher Awarded

Burke Town SchoolBURKE- Morgan Moore of the Burke Town School was recently awarded the Humanities Educator of The Year. This is now her 4th year teaching at the school and she has never received something like this.

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Burke Mountain and the 18-19 Winter Season

burke mountainBURKE - The Burke Mountain Resort has begun serious preliminary preparations for the 2018-19 Winter sports season. The 'serious' aspect ties in with snow blower maintenance, trail review, and the evaluations of equipment to stock the rental shop.

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CircumBurke Challenge Is Coming to Burke

circumburkeBURKE-Kingdom Trails is getting ready to host the Circumbukre trail challenge next weekend. The 9th annual challenge is a 26 or 52 mile run or trail run. The challenge is a fundraiser for trail building and maintenance and is being held on Burke area's trifecta of trail networks, including Kingdom Trails, Victory Hill Sector, and Burke Mountain Bike Park.

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Burke Celebrates Fall Foliage

burkefoliageBURKE- Neighbors and community members gathered in the East Burke Village over the weekend to celebrated the coming of a new season with the Fall Foliage Festival. Des Hurtz, the Chair of the One Burke task force group thinks the festival is a great way to showcase the town of Burke. "I think the festival is fabulous. It's a great way to showcase the East Burke village and our community, and folks from all over town come to this festival. The parade with local schools and organizations is traditional and classic, I love it."

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Town of Burke Receives New Sidewalks

sidewalkburkeBURKE- Over the summer the town of Burke installed new sidewalks throughout their downtown. The project which started in May ended in mid August. Members of the town are happy with the new installation, stating that it makes things in the downtown area more accesible and safer for pedestrians.

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Mt. Biking Culture Sweeps the N.E.K.

helmetBURKE- If you drive through Burke on the weekends, you're almost guaranteed to see a pack of mountain bikers making their way to the trails. The sport's popularity has significantly increased over the past few years, boosting the Northeast Kingdom's economy tremendously.

The area's trails have even united riders from across the globe, as this year's North American Enduro World Series was hosted at Burke Mountain.

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Burke Town School Pushes for New Facilities

BUrke Town School FacBURKE- It's been 30 years since the Burke Town School has updated their facilities. Now that the total population of the school has increased, they are deciding to expand their gymnasium and classroom. Superintendent of the Kingdom East District Jennifer Botzojorns says that the town of Burke has been pushing for this project to happen for about a decade now.

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Animal Sanctuary Calls for Harvesting Donations

farm sanctuaryEAST BURKE- A quiet place with a view,The Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary is a place where neglected animals come to find their forever home

Michelle Barry, Manager of the Animal Sanctuary says, "Our animals end up here from rescue and neglect situations. We take in animals that are also owner surrendered... there's a huge amount of animals that are not adoptable and need placement of for sanctuary and safe keeping so we take them in."

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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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