First Wednesdays

STOLERSAINT JOHNSBURY - UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler wrapped up the last First Wednesday at the Saint Johnsbury Athenaeum. “This is one of the biggest crowds, if not the biggest crowd we’ve had all season,” said Athenaeum Director Bob Joly. 

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Success at FIRST Steam Works

roboticsST. JOHNSBURY - The season may be over for the St. Johnsbury Academy's FIRST Robotics team, but the celebration of their success is just beginning. 

This year for the first time in the Academy’s history, the team qualified for the New England FIRST Robotics District Championship. According to the robotics team leader, Jim Baker, their robot performed well at the competition but roadblocks kept them placing where they wanted. 

LI Golf Alumni Gives Back

GolfST. JOHNSBURY - The golfing season has finally arrived for the Lyndon Institute (LI) Vikings. With the help from an alumni, they have been working hard practicing for their first match.

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Catamount Arts: More Than a Place to See a Show

CATAMOUNTSAINT JOHNSBURY - From a film projector in the back of a pickup truck, to a large facility in downtown Saint Johnsbury, Catamount Arts has been filling the Northeast Kingdom with art, music, and talent for more than 40 years.

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Moran, Hilltoppers Win Home Opener

Jack MoranST. JOHNSBURY— Following a dominant first win of the season against Vergennes High School, the St. Johnsbury Academy baseball team hosted its home opener Thursday afternoon against BFA- St. Albans.

Jack Moran, a junior making his varsity pitching debut, led his team to a 6-4 victory before a nice crowd.

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Challenges continue with St.Johnsbury Public Safety building

Publicsafetybuildingthumbnail ST.JOHNSBURY- The St.Johnsbury Public Safety building has been a fixture on main street since 1924. The building currently houses the Fire Department, Police Department, and Caledonia County dispatch center.

Fire Chief Troy Ruggles says the town built a great building in 1924 but it has outlived its usefulness and its current condition combined with its limited space has created challenges for the fire department.   "It's inadequate in a variety of different ways, and structurally we've had issues with the floor. We have a poor ventilation system. On a day to day basis when we're doing maintenance many times, we have to pull the trucks outside. So this is a big challenge, but it's a challenge we've been dealing with for many years. "

 

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Robitille Court Case Verdict

ROBITILLESAINT JOHNSBURY - Melissa Robitille was in court again on Friday to hear her verdict in her case for manslaughter. In 2014, Robitille was accused of killing her son Issac, who is disabled, by allegedly pouring vodka into his feeding tube.

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Cornhole for a Cause

Cornhole

SAINT JOHNSBURY - For the very first time, the Saint Johnsbury Veterans of Foreign War's Auxilary hosted an indoor cornhole tournament for a fundraiser. The competition was put on to raise money for the various veterans programs as well as other organizations they donate money to.

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Robbery at Champlain Farms in Saint Johnsbury

Robbery PhotoSt. Johnsbury- St. Johnsbury Police Department responded to a 911 call on Saturday at Champlain Farms on Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury. Police say a male subject strong-armed the store's clerk to the register and demanded money from the drawer.

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A Lifetime of Helping

SusanCherryST. JOHNSBURY-Every Monday through Friday, the Saint Johnsbury Community Restorative Justice Center provides assistance and opportuinties for those who have broken the law. People who are charged with crimes have the opportunity to repair the harm that was done by their actions, both to the community, and to themselves. For the Executive Director of the Justice Center, this 8:30 AM - 4:30 job of helping the community isn't work; it's fun.

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The Real Scope of Special Education

St Johnsbury Special EducationSAINT JOHNSBURY - A local school district claims to need more money for special education, but others are concerned the district may be incorrectly labeling students. 

 

 

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NVRH Volunteer Services

EDITED REIKIST. JOHNSBURY - Members of the Northern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) volunteer services provide help to patients suffering from illnesses.

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Gold Crown Lanes Seeing Increased Interest

Gold Crown LanesSAINT JOHNSBURY - Gold Crown Lanes has been around for over fifty years. Fifty years is a lot of time to witness change in the sport or bowling. Many faces have passed through and upgrades have been made to the bowling alley during that time, but one thing has remained constant. 

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St. J Girls Basketball Gets Ready for the Playoffs

StJBasketballST. JOHNSBURY— Coach Jack Driscoll and the Saint Johnsbury Academy girl’s basketball team will be playing their first playoff game tonight against Colchester High School.

The Lady Hilltoppers finished their season with an 18-2 record, earning the first seed for Vermont Division I High Schools for the first time in school history.

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Rejected Budget Makes Board Rethink

St Johnsbury School BudgetST. JOHNSBURY - St. Johnsbury school board members may face a tough road ahead following town meeting day. The proposed $19.8 million school budget was rejected by voters forcing them back to the drawing board.

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Saint Johnsbury School Budget

 

stjschoolSAINT JOHNSBURY -- Saint Johnsbury voters will have three different articles to weigh in on during Town Meeting day. All three articles will be discussed, but each is very distinct from the next in nature. The first article asks for a 17.7 million dollar school budget, which is a 5.79 percent increase from last year's budget. The second article seeks that the management of funds be placed in the hands of the town rather than the district. The third article asks voters whether or not they would like to create a Capital Improvement Reserve Fund. The fund would aquire any money that is left over from the previous years budget, instead of having that amount be automatically put towards the next years budget.

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NEK Fires Increasing

FireDeptST. JOHNSBURY - Local fire departments have been responding to more fires than usual over the past couple of weeks. However, this is a common occurrence during the winter, since a common cause of these fires has been heating systems.

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St. Johnsbury Academy Refugee

JOHNST. JOHNSBURY- Bouakateh John Sayarath is a teacher and coach at St. Johnsbury Academy but what people might not know is that he is a refugee.

Sayarath grew up in Laos, which at the time was going through a civil war. During the war, he was separated from his family while fleeing his village.

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RSVP Snow Shoveling Assistance

imbrandonisuckSAINT JOHNSBURY - The Office of the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging runs a program called the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP is coordinated by Karen Budde and it aims to provide support to residents aging 55 years and older.

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Speedy Care Coming to NVRH

NVRHSAINT JOHNSBURY - The Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) is finalizing a year long change that will speed up services to those in need of emergency care.

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Vermonter Earns Bronze in X-Games

XGamesST. JOHNSBURY—The Northeast Kingdom is the home of many professional winter-sport athletes who spend the majority of their early lives outside in the snow perfecting their craft. St. Johnsbury native, Lincoln Lemieux, is no different— and his hard work is starting to pay off. 

 

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Coolest Coffee

Coolest coffee thumbnailSAINT JOHNSBURY- One Northeast Kingdom coffee shop was recently named the "Coolest Coffee shop in Vermont". The Locally Social Coffee shop took the top spot on a list published by bestthingsvt.com. 

 

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A Better Eye on the Sky

Eye on the SkyST JOHNSBURY - Although their sound may have stayed the same, the view for the Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Weather Center has changed dramatically.

The Eye on the Sky Weather Center has moved from its long time home in the basement of the Fairbanks Museum, to a different building next door, with a lot more light.

 

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Winter Driving Safety

plow safety   SAINT JOHNSBURY- Winter is in full swing in the Northeast Kingdom. Along with the pleasant scenery, skiing, ice fishing and countless other activities-- winter also brings an increase risk to motorists, especially when snow and ice are in the forecast. 

 

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Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging

NEK COUNCIlSAINT JOHNSBURY - Retirement and other matters concerning the topic of aging, comes with a variety of different new challenges for individuals, one organization with locations in Saint Johnsbury, Hardwick, Island Pond, and Newport wants the community to know that they are there for every step of the way. 

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What's Coming Up At 5:30

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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.