The Gear is Here

ski swapBURKE - While temperatures continue to drop and snow begins to fall, the desire for winter sports heightens. Now is the time to gather snow gear needed for the winter as the season is amongst us. The Burke Town School is offering a variety of needed gear at the annual Burke Ski Swap this sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Lyndon SnoCruisers Replace Bridge

snocruisersEAST BURKE - The Lyndon SnoCruisers have been working hard to replace two bridge projects prior to the 2013-2014 snow season. The first project was on Sanborn Bridge in Lyndonville. The next project is to replace a bridge in East Burke.

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Kingdom Trails: Circum Burke

circuim burkeBURKE- Mountain bike season is coming to a close. On Sunday, October 27th, Kingdom Trails at Burke Mountain will be hosting their annual end of season event called Circum Burke. Now in its fourth year, the event has grown dramatically since its start.

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A Wave Of Change

q burkeBURKE- A small town located in Vermont’s North East Kingdom has begun to see many changes. The local mountain in the town [Q Burke Mountain Resort] will undergo construction to improve the mountain and is expected to bring a lot to the community.

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Burke Fall Foliage Festival

burke fall foliage BURKE - The Fall Foliage Festival is the biggest event for the town of Burke annually. This year was no different; in fact, it was arguably the largest turnout in the festival's history. The gathering took place on Saturday, September 28th and the day spanned throughout nine hours with a variety of activities.

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Mountain Bike Inn

mountain bike innBURKE - As Jessi Hudson continues renovations for a new inn targeted towards mountain bikers, her dreams are one step closer to becoming a reality.

Over the past several years Hudson has had thoughts of an inn located next to Burke Mountain, where bikers would be able to finish their day of hitting the trails and enjoy their nights with friends by a fire within an inviting environment.

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Burke Close to Breaking Ground

burke mountain act 250 permitBURKE - Burke Mountain is one step closer to breaking ground on phase one of the N.E.K Initiative renovations.  The mountain held a public hearing for an Act 250 permit, which is required by state law, where residents from the area were able to voice their concerns or ask any questions they may of had.

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Burke Mountain Academy Bike Swap

burke bike swapEAST BURKEIt was a beautiful weekend for a bike swap.

Outdoor enthusiasts flocked to Burke Mountain’s Mid Burke Lodge to gear up for bike season.

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Kingdom Trails is One Step Closer

online votingBURKE- Kingdom Trails has always been known for having some of the best mountain biking trails in the entire country, but this week the people of Facebook have spoken. Kingdom Trails edged out the competition in the Bell Built Trail Building Project in the flow trail division, receiving 34% of the popular vote.

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Kingdom Trails Competes for Grant

kingdom trails contestBURKE - Kingdom Trails is currently competing in a Facebook contest that could mean over $30,000 in grant money to develop their trails. Bell Bike Helmets is offering $100,000 to be split across three projects in three different trail types; pump tracks, downhill trail, and flow trail.

 

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Bike Trails on Hold

kingdom trailsBURKE- Kingdom Trails has been operating through the winter for many years and director Tim Tierney has had the pleasure of watching it grow.

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NEK Collaboration

NEK COLLABBURKE - A public forum was held at the Tamarack Grill in Burke last night to discuss more on the upcoming changes to the town and expansion of Burke Mountain. The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, as well as local officials and others who have businesses and organizations involved in the NEK Initiative met with members of the community.

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Burke Meeting

burkemeetingBURKE- The town of Burke held its informational meeting for their school and town board. The discussion was primarily informational for the people of Burke to inform them of everything on the agenda for today's meeting. The town meeting will stay the same as last year except for a few tweaks with road construction and repair.

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In Need of Restrooms

inneedofrestroomsBURKE - As Burke Mountain is set to expand, East Burke is looking to prepare for more visitors.

One sometimes overlooked, but crucial necessity for visitors is playing a key role in the preparation.

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Santa Making Stops in Burke

santa visit pic BURKE - Over the weekend a popular character made a visit to some boys and girls. 

For the 5th year Children came to the Kerrigans's Convenience store in West Burke to give hints to Santa on what they wanted for Christmas this year.

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Lack of Snow Didn't Stop Racing

snowmobile picBURKE - Officials were able to wave the green flag for snowmobile racing at Burke. As warm temperatures melted most of the snow earlier last week, colder temperatures helped track workers make snow all day Thursday and Friday for the East Coast Snowcross race which kept track groomer Bob Pawlowski busy.

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Burke's Season Opener a Huge Hit Despite Delay

burke thumbBURKE - Burke Mountain delayed their opening in late November due to unfavorable weather and mountain conditions. This past weekend marked the earliest that Burke Mountain has ever been opened.

Saturday contained ideal conditions, with snow coming down at a good rate for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes.Sunday however, was not as ideal.

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Meals and More for Burke Seniors

seniormealBURKE - At the senior meal sites, which are in various locations across the state of Vermont, seniors or anybody else can receive a great meal. At some locations, however, much more then a good meal is offered.

 

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Burke Receives Sidewalk Grant

burkesidealksEAST BURKE - The town of East Burke may be seeing some sidewalk improvement this coming spring, due to the $420,000 grant that was awarded to the town.

 

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Hunters Meet for Breakfast at the Crack of Dawn

hunterBURKE - People from across the Northeast Kingdom flocked to bazaars and luncheons all across the area this weekend.  The Burke meal site volunteers have spent months preparing for one of their biggest events of the year, and the board members and volunteers were up before the sun to prepare for the first part of their event, which was their Hunters Breakfast.

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Burke's Snow Guns A-Blazin'

SnowmakingBURKE - Burke fired up their recently purchased snowmaking system for the first time this season Tuesday evening. The million dollar upgrade to the equipment includes new snow guns as well as a 800 horsepower electric compressor they have named "Marge."

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Ski Swaps Helps Ease an Expensive Sport

ski swapBURKE - Avid skiers and riders can tell you that skiing is a very expensive sport, especially when it comes to buying equipment. Ski swaps are a great way for not only vendors to sell their equipment and clothing, but also for skiers and riders who want to get rid of skis and boots that may not fit them anymore. The Burke Town Parent Teacher Organization(P.T.O.)  held their own ski swap this past weekend that benefited the P.T.O itself as well as the Village Sport Shop.

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Local Bikers Ride the Rhythms

Ride the Rhythms

BURKE - As mountain bike season ends, Kingdom Trails has begun to think about their transition to ski season. As part of this, Kingdom Trails will be holding their 9th annual Ride the Rhythms fundraiser this Saturday at the Tamarack Grill in East Burke.

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Two Mountains, One Price

Burke PassesBURKE - Another expansions development has come from the purchase of Burke Mountain by Jay Peak. The two mountains have now released a season pass that will work at both ski areas called The Judge.

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Burke Looking to Go Green

burke solar panelsBURKE - Many people are looking for new ways to go green. In a time where everyone is looking for ways to cut costs, the town of Burke is hoping to become more energy efficient.

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