"The Game" Is Back

St. Johnsbury - The Lyndon Institute Vikings faced off against the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers in their 116th game.

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Scarecrows Decorate St. J Streets

Article Written by Kaitlin Flannigan

ST. JOHNSBURY - Some fall festive characters have arrived on the streets of St. Johnsbury with the start of the second annual scarecrow competition!

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Walk For Those Who Experience Domestic Violence

ST. JOHNSBURY - In an effort to show that domestic violence victims' voices are being heard, and in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, local non-profit Umbrella hosted its annual Walk For Justice last Thursday.

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We Walk For A Cure

ST. JOHNSBURY - More than six million people, including thirteen thousand in the state of Vermont suffer from Alzhimers disease. As numbers of this illness continue to grow, Vermont once again shows its support to find a cure.

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St. J Select Board to Discuss Storage Policies

Article Written by Kaitlin Flannigan

ST. JOHNSBURY - When storing "stuff" in St. Johnsbury, does location matter? Who pays the taxes, especially for units on your property? The St. J Planning Commission is trying to clarify those questions with new self-storage and freight container policies.

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St. Johnsbury Approves Armory Repairs

Article Written by Kaitlin Flannigan

ST. JOHNSBURY - St. Johnsbury residents are willing to pay for changes to the abandoned armory building in town. A bond was approved for $5.4 million on Tuesday, September 14 in a 255-170 vote.

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St. Johnsbury Cinder Block Incident

St. Johnsbury - The St. Johnsbury Police Department responded to a call Thursday evening of a report of cinder blocks being thrown from a rooftop.

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Science Is Coming To Fairbanks

ST. JOHNSBURY-For the first time in one hundred twenty six years the Fairbanks Museum will be adding on a new addition to their historic building.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Visits St. Johnsbury

Article Written by Kaitlin Flannigan

ST.JOHNSBURY - Senator Bernie Sanders was in St. Johnsbury earlier this month as part of his five-town Town Meeting tour Labor Day Weekend.

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Fairbanks Field Receives Historic Upgrade

ST. JOHNSBURY - St. Johnsbury Academy has a new field of dreams. September 10th marked the first time since 1949 the hilltoppers played under the lights at home.

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Post Pandemic Education St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY – The St. Johnsbury School District received almost $4 million in federal funding and have until September, 2023 to use that money.


     A plan that the school district has for the future is “Post Pandemic Education” and an idea of a summer program this summer, but this isn’t like a typical summer program where students who failed a class have to attend. This summer school will have a big emphasis on mathematics and literacy but also a lot of opportunities for students to have fun. Many schools around Vermont have considered this past academic year to be a lost year, but not in St. Johnsbury. Dr. Brian Ricca stated “We’re going to try to find as many silver linings as we can from this year, and it’s really important for us to build bridges and reconnect and give them a sense of normal.”

     The summer program is not mandatory, and Dr. Ricca pointed out that he understands if parents felt that the school year was already tough and they would rather just have their kids enjoy the summer. The summer program is going to focus on three areas throughout the season, academics, student engagement, and social and emotional health not necessarily in that order. The school district plans on engaging as many people as they can, with first and foremost asking their students what they need next year, as well as the faculty and staff. With a newly assembled “reigniting task force” this group will help work with the responses that they get from their student body, faculty, and staff.

     During the summer program the mornings are going to be academic and then when the afternoon rolls around it will be fun, engaging, and hands on. Dr Ricca stated “As a dad and as a super intendent I believe that’s a really important component to this…”we’re not going to try and cram a years’ worth of information into everybody’s head, and I’ll go back to what I said from the beginning we want a chance for our students to reconnect to come into our building and feel just a little more closer to what it was like prior to March of last year…that’s our vision.”

Moose Lodge Changes Bylaws to Allow Women in Power

ST. JOHNSBURY - Gender equality is finally a reality at the Moose Lodge in St. Johnsbury as a new board of officers was sworn in on Sunday.

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Used Books Raise Kingdom Meals

St. Johsbury-Boxcar and Caboose local independent bookstore has now invested in a new tradition to help local charities in the community. Using old books to help raise some funds.

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NVRH Receives Drug Free Communities Grant

ST. JOHNSBURY - Northern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) was awarded $125,000 to support healthy choices and prevent substance misuse in caledonia and southern Essex counties.

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Safer Ways To Throw Away Drugs

St. Johnsbury- Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital has teamed up with law enforcement, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their community coalition to prevent substance misuse in the community. In an effort to take back unneeded prescription drugs out of homes and dispose of them, in a nationwide event called Drug Take Back Day.

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March Introduces New Clinic

ST.JOHNSBURY- February was the start of Northern Vermont Regional Hospital and Northern Counties Health Care teaming up to provide vaccination sites all around Caledonia County... but the month of March welcomed a new clinic at the Green Mountain Mall.

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St. J Rotary Offers Vaccine Registration Assistance

ST. JOHNSBURY - With more Vermonters eligible for the vaccine, some have found that the registration process is not as easy as it may seem. The St. Johnsbury Rotary Club saw this need in the community and has put together a group of volunteers to help.

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Covid Inspires ArtPort

ST. JOHNSBURY'S-Local mall in Vermont has empty storefronts closed awaiting to be filled, but a Regional Arts Organization knocks down three walls to make one open space. 

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St. J Maple Fest Pivots to Smaller Activities

ST. JOHNSBURY - The St. Johnsbury Maple Festival has once again had to pivot its normal festivities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizer Scott Beck says that there are three focuses for this year's events: donut weekends, maple menu takeovers, and "Did You Know?"

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Keep Yurt Distance

ST. JOHNSBURY-Since the pandemic started the Community Restorative Justice Center has been holding all gatherings online. But wanted to find a more comfortable way for victims to share their stories.

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Covid-19 Testing At NVRH On Site

ST. JOHNSBURY-"This allows us to do testing for covid, in house, right here at the hospital," Chief Medical Officer, Michael Rousse explained. As he is one of Northern Vermont Regional Hospitals Doctors that has been working closely with their new high tech machine called the DiaSorin. The DiaSorin allows the hospital to receive covid-19 testing results for patients after just less than three hours of them getting tested.

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Fairbanks Brings Animal Diversity

ST. JOHNSBURY-Fairbanks Museum has finally re-opened its doors after being closed for the winter months, preparing to present their new items added to their exhibits. The goal is to bring a new variety of animals to create animal diversity in the museum.

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Fast Chargers Coming to St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY - A new fast charger may be coming to a town near you. Governor Phil Scott announced on Monday that 11 new plug-in electric vehicle charging stations will be coming to the state over the next two years.

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St. Johnsbury Has Had Enough Of Online

ST. JOHNSBURY - The St Johnsbury School has decided to finally let their Pre-K through 6th Graders go back to school.  “I am tired of remote learning. I am tired of it for my own kids. I'm tired of it for St. Johnsburys children. I am feeling the push to get students back into the classrooms, as safely as we can,”  Brian Ricca, St. J Schools Superintendent explains.

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Covid Brings Quarantine Toys To Santa Fund

ST. JOHNSBURY - The tradition of fire fighters reaching out to the community during Christmas time will not be delayed this year, despite the rising cases of Covid-19.

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