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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St. Johnsbury Firefighters Give Back

st j toy driveST. JOHNSBURY- The Saint Johnsbury Fire Department are Santa's local helpers this year.  The department is running a Santa Fund to help children in need by providing them with Christmas presents. Toy donation boxes have been set up all around the Northeast Kingdom including at the station and Passumpsic Savings Bank they will distrubute the toys on December 21st.

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An Upgrade 15 Years Coming

crazyST. JOHNSBURY - There is work being done in downtown St. Johnsbury. The Railroad Street enhancement is getting underway. Developers took 15 years to make sure the project is flawless. With all this construction, the towns parking meters are being replaced. with the town removing meters.

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Potential School Rule Changes

SCHOOLINST. JOHNSBURY - Changes could potentially be coming to local independent schools in the area, although many people are opposed to them. These changes include a need for an evaluation by a national accrediting entity to provide financial assurance, as well as the need of special education teachers at public schools and teaching license requirements at independent school.

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VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S our Troops

vt supportsST. JOHNSBURY- Every year a local organization rounds up its volunteers to make the holidays brighter for those fighting for our freedom.

 

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St. Johnsbury is Glowing

lightssST. JOHNSBURY - For the first time, St. Johnsbury held a lighting ceremony at the Welcome Center. The Friday night event was filled with treats, music, and more for all of the members of the public and their children. 

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Vermont Business Social

taproomST. JOHNSBURY— It is important for businesses to create relationships with their customers in the business world, but it’s also crucial to have good rapport between businesses. The Vermont Business for Social Responsibility (VBSR) held an event in St. Johnsbury to help with networking. Jane Campbell is the Executive Director for the VBSR, and discussed how the event was set up to help connect like-minded business leaders.

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Tis the Season for Basketball Season

BasketballSAINT JOHNSBURY - Winter sports are right around the corner in the Northeast Kingdom. Tryouts are commencing around the area for both boys and girls basketball teams, and tryouts for both Saint Johnsbury Academy teams started Monday. 

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New Tradition Lights Up the New Year

lanternST. JOHNSBURY - A tradition that normally happens on Christmas Eve, will now light up the streets of St. Johnsbury on First Night on New Years Eve.

This year St. Johnsbury will have extra lights on the streets during their First Night festivities. The community is encouraged to take part in workshops and make paper lanterns for the event.

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Fire Contained in St. Johnsbury

saintjfiredeptST. JOHNSBURY - Saint Johnsbury fire crews were put to work just before 8 o'clock this morning at a residential building on Central Street. A small fire broke out on the backside of a duplex on the second floor.

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Estate Planning Basics Seminar

SAINT JOHNSBURY – No matter what stage you are at in your life, estate planning is a crucial step in handling financial matters. Estate planning is the process of mapping out how you want your finances handled during periods of incapacity or death.

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St Johnsbury Housing Concerns

 

housingST. JOHNSBURY - On Thursday, two meetings were held in Saint Johnsbury, both with housing as the main focus.
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board met at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on Thursday to discuss opportunities and challenges in the area.

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Catamount Arts Fundraiser

catamountartsfundST. JOHNSBURY -  In an effort to support art classes at Catamount Arts, 250 people gathered for a live auction with the proceeds benefitting continuation of art education.  The mission of Catamount Arts is to help integrate art into the community.

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Sutton School Flood Prevention

The Sutton Town School is planning to implement flood protection before Spring starts to hit.

NEK Day

Today is Northeast Kingdom Day, learn what it's all about!

Hunting Discussion

Hunters from around the area met to discuss expectations and reporters for present and future hunting seasons.