Children and Families in Vermont

LGK2ST. JOHNSBURY - Legislators met in St. Johnsbury to discuss particular issues effecting children and families across the state of Vermont.

At the open forum meeting hosted by Building Bright Futures, members of multiple organizations including Umbrella and Lets Grow Kids talked about key issues that they see as important.

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Animation Festival

animationfestivalSAINT JOHNSBURY - Residents made their way to the Catamount Arts Center last night for the Second Annual Vermont Animation Festival.

 

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Single Vehicle Rollover

vehicle rolloverSAINT JOHNSBURY— A single vehicle rollover occurred Tuesday night on Mt. Pisgah road near Memorial Drive in Saint Johnsbury. Vermont State Police responded to the scene with Saint Johnsbury Fire and Rescue around 5:30 p.m.

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Parking Lot Agreement

ParkingLOTST. JOHNSBURY - The parking lot across from the Star movie theater in St. Johnsbury is now back open. Last November, the owner of the private space had closed a portion of the parking lot because of maintenance costs. 

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The Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen Volunteers

ST. JOHNSBURY -- The Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in St. Johnsbury wouldn't be up and running if it weren't for volunteers.

Director Frank Rothe said the soup kitchen was inspired by bible study. “We started out as a youth mentoring program, we opened a thrift store to support it and it developed into the soup kitchen," he said. It opened in 2002.

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St. Johnsbury Parks Higher Prices

st. J ParkingST. JOHNSBURY - Municipal parking permits in St. Johnsbury will soon become more expensive.

Parking prices in St. Johnsbury have been stagnant for years, and the town thinks it's time to change that because of lost revenue. The parking permits cost about $175 to maintain, and with residents only paying $125, that is a lot of money the town needs.

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Healthy Meals

HealthyKidsMealsST. JOHNSBURY - The American Heart Association of Vermont has been out in full force trying to fight childhood obesity.  They are highlighting healthy eating in a September series of events at local restaurants to showcase healthy eating for kids.

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A Worthwhile Investment

Saint Johnsbury- For many, Vermont is seen as a leader in the renewable energy front. However, is this a trend that one may see on a smaller scale in rural Vermont, or simply found in the hubbub of cities like Burlington. 

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Vote for St. Johnsbury Cemetery Commission

GroveCemeteryOn November 8th, the town of St. Johnsbury will be asked to vote on creating a cemetery commission.

 

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New Police Body Cameras

bodycamerasST. JOHNSBURY - A recent police-involved shooting in Winooski, Vermont has re-engaged the discussion of the use of police body cameras across the state. Body cameras have been a big topic across the country since the incidents in 2014 involving Michael Brown in Baltimore, MD and Eric Garner in New York City.  It is because of incidents like those that cameras have been implemented to record certain interactions between officers and citizens.

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Syrian Architect

SYRIANthumbnailST. JOHNSBURY - On Thursday night, Saint Johnsbury Academy welcomed a special guest to speak to the public, Mohamad Hafez. Hafez, a Syrian Artist and Architect, talked to a full room of students and residents about the difficulties of being a refugee.

 

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Meals on Wheels

MOWSt. Johnsbury- After a financial scare, St. Johnsbury Meals on Wheels will keep on rolling.  One of Meals on Wheals goals is to deliver meals to elderly people or induviduals who are unable to prepare warm food or have meals otherwise provided.

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This is Only a Drill!

Fire TrainingSAINT JOHNSBURY — Catastrophe was ablaze at the Saint Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center as firefighters cleared one of the center’s wings. At least, this is what it may have seemed like when the Saint Johnsbury Fire Department was conducting a disaster drill.

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Police Expansion Denied

policeexpansionST. JOHNSBURY - Tax payers and residents of St. Johnsbury voted against a police expansion proposal that has been around since 2011. The voting took place during a special select board meeting last Monday.

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Raising Awarness for Alzheimers

alzheimers final thumbnailST. JOHNSBURY - Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott attended the Walk to End Alzheimer's over the weekend to help raise awareness for the disease. Hundreds of walkers dressed in purple lined the streets of St. Johnsbury to help spread the awareness for the cause.

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Meals on Wheels Deficit

mealnwheelzST. JOHNSBURY - The St. Johnsbury Meals on Wheels program has been battling financial hardship for the last few years and is currently facing a $12,000 deficit.

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Parking Meters to be Replaced

parkingmeterST. JOHNSBURY - Town officials are looking into removing parking meters from downtown St. Johnsbury. Town officials believe that kiosks could be the way to go. If the town wanted wanted to bring back the meters it could end up costing more then $ 25,000 to reinstall them.

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Memorial Garden New Plaque

memST. JOHNSBURY - Following the anniversary of his death, St. Johnsbury firefighters are working to honor fallen firefighter Eugene McDonough.

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Pre-K Registration Season

stjprek2ST. JOHNSBURY - It's time to register your children for Pre-K and the St. Johnsbury School is sharing information on how to do so. Michelle Fox is the Early Education Coordinator at the St. Johnsbury School and states the benefits of registering children early for the Pre-K program.

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National Fitness Month

fitnessmonthST. JOHNSBURY - May is National Fitness and Sports Awareness Month and RecFit in St. Johnsbury is teaching residents how to stay active. One instructor at RecFit teaches over 8 classes and tells us why it's important to get up and go.

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Beating the Odds

bowlingST. JOHNSBURY- You may remember as a kid going out to your local bowling alley either for a league night or just for a fun night with friends. Even though over the years many bowling alleys have closed, the St. Johnsbury bowling alley continues to beat the odds.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

posterST. JOHNSBURY-In 1974, President Nixon signed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), beginning a nationwide response to the problem. In 1983, April was declared Child Abuse Prevention month by President Reagan. From the beginning, art has been a way to express oneself, and spread awareness.

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Water Treatment Tour

water treatmentSAINT JOHNSBURY- Last night, the water treatment facility in Saint Johnsbury opened its doors to the community to show them what they need for funding to make repairs to the plant.

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Wastewater Facility Tours

WASTESAINT JOHNSBURY- Saint Johnsbury residents were given a tour of the town's wastewater management plant. Chief Operator Jim Brimblecomb allowed those on the tour a first hand view of what upgrades are needed.

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Murder Charge Against Baird Dropped

OHagan ChargesST. JOHNSBURY - UPDATE: The last of the three men accused of killing a 78-year-old Sheffield woman back in September 2010 is no longer facing a first-degree murder charge. Keith Baird appeared in Caledonia County Court on March 18, 2016 for a hearing to have the charge against him dropped. The court heard the argument from Baird's defense attorney, Robert Katims on whether the murder charge against Baird should be dropped. District Attorney, Lisa Warren argued the charge against Baird should remain.

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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.