Kitchel Discusses Upcoming Term

janeLYNDONVILLE- Democratic Senator, Jane Kitchel, is running unopposed in the upcoming midterm election. Since 2004, Kitchel has served the Caledonia District.

According to Kitchel, her upbringing in Danville has significantly shaped her politics. "It certainly defines who you are. Not only did I grow up here, but our family has been on the same farm since 1839. So we have a very strong connection to land, and our heritage, and our community."

Read more: Kitchel Discusses Upcoming Term

Local Author Visits NEK Preschool

skellysjpgLYNDONVILLE- In anticipation of Halloween, teachers at Northeast Kingdom Preschool and Childcare invited local author, David Martin, to give the students a special reading of his new book, Skelly's Halloween.

The reading was one of the school's many efforts to connect the students with the community. According to Jessica Poginy, the school's Community Outreach Coordinator, one of the most important things that they try to instill in the kids is civic duty.

Read more: Local Author Visits NEK Preschool

North Country Credit Union Demo

Capture.JPGncdemoLYNDONVILLE- A historic home on South Street in lyndonville is planned for demolition alongside the North Country Credit Union branch on the corner of South and Center Street.

Read more: North Country Credit Union Demo

Lyndonville beats St. Johnsbury in Bike Challenge

Bike CompLYNDON- Over the weekend the town of Lyndonville received 500 dollars from winning the Bikes in the Parks Challenge competing against St. Johnsbury.This was the first time they have done a competition like this before.

Read more: Lyndonville beats St. Johnsbury in Bike Challenge

Waste Management District and the Garbage Baler

WMDLYNDON - The Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District, located on Church Street in Lyndonville, has made the move to only operating four days a week. This new schedule excludes Tuesdays and Thursdays during the week, and was brought about due to technical difficulties involving machinery within the waste district.

Read more: Waste Management District and the Garbage Baler

Parking Ban Comes to Lyndonville

parkingbanLYNDON- The town of Lyndon is getting ready to put the parking ban in the coming weeks in order to prepare for the winter season. The parking ban starts on November 1st and ends on April 15th going from the times of 12 am to 7am.

Read more: Parking Ban Comes to Lyndonville

Lyndon Institute Girls Soccer Senior Night

LI Soccer GirlsLYNDONVILLE- Tuesday night, Lyndon Institute faced off against Montpelier in girls soccer with a final score of 2-0, Montpelier. For the LI girls, this was their senior night and the second to last soccer game they'll play for the season.

Read more: Lyndon Institute Girls Soccer Senior Night

NVU Crime Statistics Lower to a Point

crime sceneLYNDON - In a Saturday edition of the Caledonian Record, the date of the 13th, it was said that the crime rates at the Lyndon campus for Northern Vermont University were the lowest that they had been in the past decade. This statement is based off the statistics and crime reports released by the Public Safety offices located on the Lyndon campus.

Read more: NVU Crime Statistics Lower to a Point

Lyndonville Police Seek Suspect of Car Vandalisms

carvandalsimLYNDONVILLE- Lyndonville Police are still searching for the person or persons responsible for recent vehicle vandalisms in town.

"We're getting calls about windows that are shot out by pellet guns, and cars that are dented by golf balls," said Police Chief, Jack Harris. 

According to Harris, the vandalisms started last week, and the targeted vehicles have been along Route 5 from Lyndon Corner through Depot Street, and along Center Street.

Read more: Lyndonville Police Seek Suspect of Car Vandalisms

Community Art

community art LYNDONVILLE-The Burklyn Art Council meet Tuesday night to talk about their upcoming events and how they can provide art for not only schools but also the community.The Burklyn Arts Council is "a private, not for profit 501c(3) organization which supports and encourages the arts in the school districts of Caledonia North Supervisory Union and Essex Caledonia Supervisory Union as well as home school and preschool programs.

Read more: Community Art

NEK Aquatics Swims into New Season

nekaquaticsLYNDONVILLE- The Northeast Kingdom Aquatics team is making a splash as the start their new season. This year the team is welcoming some new faces to the program.Head coach Ted Chitambar says, "We've got a bunch of new faces, new swimmers, new coaches. It's a very exciting time to be on the team and on the deck."

Read more: NEK Aquatics Swims into New Season

VSC Board of Trustees Vote Means Changes for NVU

vscvoteFAIRLEE-Changes are being made to how the money given to public higher education in Vermont is distributed and the newly formed Northern Vermont University here in the Northeast Kingdom is facing a financial cut. Today the Vermont State College Board of Trustees approved a new payment structure for the four state colleges and universities that leaves NVU receiving less over the next 4 years.

Read more: VSC Board of Trustees Vote Means Changes for NVU

The Grindstone Cafe Expands

grindstoneLYNDONVILLE- Over the summer the Grindstone Cafe and Wellness Center expanded their shop-space significantly.

According to one of the center's owners, Sali Crow, the stars aligned for the project quite perfectly. "When we brought on Michele Wildflower who does CBD workshops, it really became crowded. So I spoke to my business partner Kim Crady-Smith and said, 'Hey I think we need to rent more space.' And literally the next day the land lady called us to say the people next door weren't renewing their lease. So we began June first, and the wall between the two spaces came down June 26th."

Read more: The Grindstone Cafe Expands

Home Is Where The Heart Is

welcomehomeLYNDONVILLE- As I arrived at Welcome Home, Karen Thompson was immediately outside, greeting me with a hug and assisting with my equipment. Her hospitality was instantly present. It was comfortable, it felt like home.

Thompson opened Welcome Home, an assisted living organization, on May 5th, 2017. Her mission being to care for those who can no longer care for themselves.

Read more: Home Is Where The Heart Is

Blood Shortage Caused By Hurricane

UntitledLYNDON - The Red Cross hosted a blood drive at Northern Vermont University And 

donors attendance became more imparritive due to the recent destruction in the south caused by hurricane Florence. Due to the flooding and 

destruction, blood drives in crucial areas had to be cancelled for obvious reasons. Now southern state such as the Carolina's are struggling with a

shortage of blood.

"Typically during the summer months we are always short" said Judy Green - team supervisor for The Red Cross.

It's due to this shortage during the summer, that this time of year when school is in session that donations become essential.

"A majority of our blood we do get from high schools and colleges." Says Green

If you are squeamish and/or may not be able to donate blood you can always volunteer at a blood drive happening near you. This is often a great opportunity for students to get involved with the community.

"I woke up this morning felt like in a volunteer kind of mood. He talked about a blood drive. And I was like let's go volunteer" Said Bill Denty student at Northern Vermont University.

The university produced quite the number of donors. Even more than expected by the two students who volunteered at the drive.

"Um there's actually a lot of people showing up, I will give them credit. I didn't expect a lot of people to show up." says Bill

It is also important to never forget the importance of a donation. Donations are used in many different procedures and products that could help save a

person's life. All upcoming drives as well as additional information can be found on the American Red Cross website.

Vaping Industry's Impact on Youth

vapeLYNDONVILLE- The state of Vermont has set aside an additional one million dollars for the 2019 fiscal year for tobacco-control projects. Much of what made this happen was a 2016 study showing that eighteen percent of adult Vermonters used tobacco products, a number that was higher than the national average of 15.5 percent.

Read more: Vaping Industry's Impact on Youth

Lyndon Rescue's Hunt Is Over


lyndon truckLYNDON-
After a 6 month search for a new ambulance truck Lyndon Rescue has finally found the truck for them. After ten years of loyal service Lyndon Rescue will be saying goodbye to their long time truck.

Read more: Lyndon Rescue's Hunt Is Over

Dance Teacher Shares His Love with NEK

line dancingLYNDONVILLE- Not everyone starts out as a great dancer, and neither did Warren Johnston. But over time the 76 year-old has gained some experience. Johnston says, "I never danced when I was younger except to go to the prom or something like that, and I was very clumsy at it."Johnston didn't even have much of an interest in dance until his wife convinced him to take line dancing classes with her.

Read more: Dance Teacher Shares His Love with NEK

L.I. Safety Protocols

L.ILYNDON- On August 28th, the first day of classes for Lyndon Institute, a lockdown was initiated after a suspicious person was spotted on campus carrying what looked like a concealed rifle. The report was sent in by a non-local resident who called the Lyndon Police Department with the warning. 

Read more: L.I. Safety Protocols

Phil Scott Plants Seeds with Thaddeus Stevens Students

PhilScottLYNDONVILLE- Governor Phil Scott got his hands dirty today as he and students at the Thaddeus Stevens school planted seeds in their garden. Scott said, "they've done such a terrific job and they wanted to show off what they've accomplished."

Read more: Phil Scott Plants Seeds with Thaddeus Stevens Students

Lyndonville Bulky Week

bulkydayLYNDONVILLE - Bulky Week in Lyndonville has transformed significantly since Paul Tomasi began working at the Northeast Kingdom Waste District. What now serves as a week-long opportunity for town residents to dispose of big, unwanted items, once took place over the course of a single day.

Read more: Lyndonville Bulky Week

Bringing Books Back to the Community

little libraries thumbnailLYNDONVILLE- The Foundry in Lyndonville was filled with hard work, wood work, and selflessness on Wednesday night as a group of locals gathered with one goal in mind: to build tiny libraries to put out in their communities. “Today I am here to build a tiny library that I can put on my street. I live in a town that has nothing except an old church and I think that education and reading is important. So I want to give books to my community,” said Diane Price, a participant in the workshop. 

 

Read more: Bringing Books Back to the Community

Gregg Fest

GreggFest ThumbnailLYNDON- The 5th anuual Greggfest was put on the 4th and 5th of May. Greggfest is a music festival put on by the Music Business Industry students at Lyndon State College. This festival had been originally put on to raise money for a student, Jake Gregg, who was diagnosed with Leukemia. "We do it in honor of a former student named Jake Gregg, He was diagnosed with Cancer While he was here, and we started the festival to raise funds for his care and to lift his spirits just by putting on a show that he would want to see and, he unfortunatly passed away in April of 2015... we now put the money into an endowment fund for scholarships in Jake's name for MBI (Music Business Industry) students in need."

Read more: Gregg Fest

David Anderson, Ville Furniture & Gallery

VilleFurnitureLYNDONVILLE— David Anderson opened Ville Furniture and Gallery in early April with the hopes to settle down and continue his passion for woodworking.
Anderson is a retired builder who, during his time as a professional, lived in several different areas around the world.

"I lived in Brazil for 11 years," said Anderson. "I also was a builder in Long Island for quite some time.

Read more: David Anderson, Ville Furniture & Gallery

H.O.P.E.'s Efforts to Aid Homelessness

HOPEINTLYNDONVILLE - As many know, homelessness is an issue that continues to impact the Northeast Kingdom. However, what you may not realize is its severity. According to Dan Haycook, general manager of H.O.P.E. in Lyndonville, homelessness here isn't as obvious as it is in urban areas, as people stay in the woods rather than on the streets. Nevertheless, there are still many individuals in the area struggling to meet their most basic needs.

Read more: H.O.P.E.'s Efforts to Aid Homelessness

What's Coming Up At 5:30

What's Coming Up Tonight at 5:30

 

Teacher Appreciation Week
It is Teacher Appreciation, which means it's time for students to thank their teachers for all of the lessons in and out of the classroom that are taught by our masters of education.

Too Many To Stand Under The Umbrella
Due to a false capacity sign at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, the Umbrella Organization bit off a little more than they could chew with their first annual Spring Gala.

Preparing for Prom
It's officially prom season here in the Northeast Kingdom, and Hope is looking to outfit local ladies with the dresses to bring the house down.