Montpelier Increases Minimum Wage

MinWageTHE NORTHEAST KINGDOM - The Vermont Legislature passed the minimum wage bill, S.40, from $10.50 an hour to $15 an hour by 2024 for tens of thousands of Vermonters. Proponents of the bill hope that by increasing wages it will allow Vermont workers to spend more money in the state and therefor boost the state's economy. However, employers could pay students three dollars less than the mandated $15 an hour.

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Northeast Kingdom Enters Darkness

TreeNORTHEAST KINGDOM- May the fourth be with you, may the power not be with you because of the storm. Friday, May 4th, Vermonters got hit with a thunderstorm. Many people were without power due to trees on power lines and more.

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Bike Season

Bike Season 2 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMBURKE-Bike season is here and the Northeast Kingdom Trails is prepping for the upcoming season. The trails Operation Manager, Erin Donnelly talked about safety tips and what people can expect for the upcoming season. She also had mentioned that even though there are workers that get paid all year round, there are people that volunteer for the sake of helping.

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Barnet School Creates a Music Garden

barnet thumbBARNET- 6th grade students at the Barnet school are working on a new project, a music garden for the younger students at their school. The students got the idea after attending a Vermont Rural Partnership celebration where schools get together to share ideas and projects they have created at their schools.

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Wheelock Receives Grant for Ditching Project

Wheelock Ditching 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMWHEELOCK- The town of Wheelock is starting a ditching road project on Matthewson Hill Road. The project will redesign the current roadside ditches to improve the quality of the road. The project is funded by a grant through "The Better Back Roads" Program as well as the NVDA. This program helps improve the quality of the water throughout the state and promotes the use of erosion control.

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Tai Chi

Northeast Kingdom-The snow may be gone for the northeast kingdom but that does not mean the weather will stop wreaking havoc. A powerful storm brought lightning, thunder, high wind and rain to the kingdom on Friday.

Many towns in the area were heavily affected and there was at least minimal impact on all towns throughout the kingdom. Those impacts range from power outages to downed tree branches.

In Caledonia County, Vermont Electric Co-op, Washington Electric Co-op, Green Mountain Power and Lyndonville Electric combined had more than 2,000 outages in total. Lyndonville Electric is having the most trouble and reports 1500 outages between Caledonia and Essex Counties. As of early this morning Lyndonville Electric was struggling in dealing with the widespread outages and were focusing on the areas of Calendar Brook road and along the route 5 corridor as well as broken poles in areas in and around Pudding Hill road and Peak road in South Wheelock.

There were many residents out and about this morning and afternoon cleaning up the mess. Residents of Wheelock are feeling the effects. Multiple residents have expressed how much damage they have seen. They say that there a multiple trees down on all terrain vehicle trails and many trees and power lines down on back roads of the town which makes it that much more difficult for someone to get to their home.

From an emergency personnel standpoint the St. Johnsbury fire department has had a few calls this afternoon regarding issues from the storm but says they have not been running into much trouble but are still feeling the impacts. Fire Chief Andrew Ruggles says "If you were to see power lines or trees down they need to stay away from them because they still could be energized and the ground around it could be energized" And for emergency personnel the response time is key in these types of events too. "It could even be under five minutes for our response time" says Ruggles.

For the latest up to date outage map you can visit vtoutages.org.

 

 

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Army Band

ortheast Kingdom-The snow may be gone for the northeast kingdom but that does not mean the weather will stop wreaking havoc. A powerful storm brought lightning, thunder, high wind and rain to the kingdom on Friday.

Many towns in the area were heavily affected and there was at least minimal impact on all towns throughout the kingdom. Those impacts range from power outages to downed tree branches.

In Caledonia County, Vermont Electric Co-op, Washington Electric Co-op, Green Mountain Power and Lyndonville Electric combined had more than 2,000 outages in total. Lyndonville Electric is having the most trouble and reports 1500 outages between Caledonia and Essex Counties. As of early this morning Lyndonville Electric was struggling in dealing with the widespread outages and were focusing on the areas of Calendar Brook road and along the route 5 corridor as well as broken poles in areas in and around Pudding Hill road and Peak road in South Wheelock.

There were many residents out and about this morning and afternoon cleaning up the mess. Residents of Wheelock are feeling the effects. Multiple residents have expressed how much damage they have seen. They say that there a multiple trees down on all terrain vehicle trails and many trees and power lines down on back roads of the town which makes it that much more difficult for someone to get to their home.

From an emergency personnel standpoint the St. Johnsbury fire department has had a few calls this afternoon regarding issues from the storm but says they have not been running into much trouble but are still feeling the impacts. Fire Chief Andrew Ruggles says "If you were to see power lines or trees down they need to stay away from them because they still could be energized and the ground around it could be energized" And for emergency personnel the response time is key in these types of events too. "It could even be under five minutes for our response time" says Ruggles.

 

 

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Economic Development in the NEK

economic development thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Economic Development is a topic that can confuse most, and bore most others. That being said, it is one of the most important aspects of an area, given that it helps dictate business in that area. The Northeast Kingdom has not been known as a great area for Economic Development, at least that's what businesses and town governments are told. Some seem to think that rural areas, much like the NEK, are too out in the middle of nowhere, and cannot offer great business since they are not near anything. Local businesses however, take this idea and flip it to their advantage; they believe that economic growth can be great for rural areas like the NEK if it is the destination, not the pit-stop.

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Projects in the NEK

construction thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Towns within the Northeast Kingdom have begun a renewal process. More to the point, many towns in our area have begun to take on more daring projects that will benefit their towns greatly. The town of Lyndonville is a great example with the large amounts of benefits and public projects that they have been putting on as of late in order to attract new people to the area. However, this is just one small example; on the grand scheme, other towns have begun construction projects which are meant to revitalize and renovate their town.

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Small Business Week

Kingdom Chamber new member 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMNORTHEAST KINGDOM - The United States Small Business Administration has declared that from April 29th to May 5th, it be National Small Business Week. With over thirty million small businesses across the nation, this week was designated to raise awareness of the role small businesses have in making communities a vibrant place to work and live.

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Northeast Kingdom Experiences Big Storm

nekstormNortheast Kingdom- The snow may be gone for the northeast kingdom but that does not mean the weather will stop wreaking havoc. A powerful storm brought lightning, thunder, high wind and rain to the kingdom on Friday.

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Home and Garden Show

LYNDONVILLE -The Caledonia County Fair is hosting a and Garden Show this weekend. The Home and Garden Show will have many vendors for people to look at and buy stuff from. The vendors have many things such as jewelry, cooking supplies, bath tubs/showers, and companies that allow people to be more economical.

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St. J Hilltoppers Girls Tennis Win

Tennis 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST.JOHNSBURY - The St. Johnsbury Girls Tennis team now has their fourth win of the season beating Mt. Mansfield High School 7-0. This brings their season record to 4-2, while leaving Mt. Mansfields record to 1-2.

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Warm Weather Doesn't mean Ice is Out

Joes PondAROUND THE NEK— Only a few days into the month of May and there is still ice out on Joe's Pond in Danville and Cabot. In one area specifically, the ice out timer is still ticking.

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Limited Moose Permits

moose thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Hunters in the region of the Northeast Kingdom will need to bear with the fact that there will only be 13 Moose permits issued this season. Due to research being done by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and their research centers, they have determined that the Moose population in the state of Vermont is dangerously low. In many other regions of the state they have suspended Moose hunting season for the duration of the year and may continue for years to come. The Northeast Kingdom happens to be one of the few places in the state where the Moose population is partially stable.

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Students Walkout On Gun Violence

spring sports VERMONT - In the wake of shootings across the country, most recently the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students organized national school walkouts to protest for stronger gun control. On March 14th, starting at 10 o'clock students across the country walked out of class. The walkout was to last for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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New Poultry Sitting Business In Peacham

Chicken thumPEACHAM- After living all around the world and the country the past few years, Cecilia Kane decided to move back to her home state of Vermont. She settled in Peacham in January and over the past few months she was looking for she decided to settle in the town of Peacham. Over the past several months she was looking for a way of extra income and a way to spend her free time; and the Pet and Poultry Sitting with Love and Care business was hatched.

 

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HOPE Hosts 5th Annual Color Run

Color run DONOTSAVEOVER copy 4LYNDONVILLE- H.O.P.E.'S fifth annual 5k color run is happening tomorrow in Lyndonville at the Bandstand Park. This color run helps raise money for many of the programs that H.O.P.E. has to offer for the community. Lyndon State College will be providing the color that gets thrown at the runners as the run around the Steven's Loop. The color run is seen as an event that often has a positive impact in the community as it gets the community together and helps community members who are struggling in one way or another.


"I'm passionate about helping people and seeing the amount of people that come out to this and show their support for H.O.P.E. is unlike any other event that I've seen personally it's really great to see it, " said volunteer Dan Haycook.


Some of the programs that the run benefits are the backpack program, the Christmas program, the food shelf, home starter packages, and the fire starter program. All of these programs help families in need one way or another.


"This run means a lot to us we do everything that we possibly can to try and help the most vulnerable people in our community and that takes a lot of resources, a lot of time a lot of money and to have an event like the color run and to see how many people come out to support us really means a lot because it allows us to do what we do each and every day, said Haycook."


The run starts at 10:30 am followed by a color dance and food.

Burke Town School Helps Community

Burke town school projectDONOTSAVEOVER copy 2WEST BURKE - For the first time, 8th graders at the Burke Town School are doing many projects to help the community through a partnership created through the One Burke Task Force.

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Olympians Impact in the NEK

Amanda Pelkey ThumbnailAROUND THE NEK- Vermont is known for maple syrup, Ben and Jerry's, and being the state where Bernie Sanders is from. Athletes? Maybe not so much. But one Vermont athlete recently returned from Pyeongchang, with a serious piece of hardware around her neck.

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Changes to Vermonts Recycling Policies

RECYCLEST. JOHNSBURY- The state of Vermont has changed its recycling protocol to now allow for caps to be recycled along with their bottles.

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National Volunteer Week

Volunteer week  2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST JOHNSBURY - This week is National Volunteer Week and the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is one of the many volunteer services around the Northeast Kingdom. Director of Volunteer services Pat Forest explains how she enjoys having many different volunteer services throughout the hospital. She also appreciates the fact that the volunteers help for the sake of helping. She also appreciates the fact that it allows people that are retired to be able to have something to do everyday.

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Monopoly Tournament held at Cobleigh

Monopoly 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMLYNDONVILLE - A Monopoly Tournament was held at the Cobleigh Library this afternoon. The Monopoly Tournament instructor, Colleen Lariviere, started this tournament sixteen years ago as she had seen it as a great learning opportunity for children. Originally, the library had other games that they had played as well. Her children were also involved in monopoly tournaments years ago and she wanted to continue this tradition with her grandchildren as well.

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Problems With Invasive Species

tick thumbnailLYNDONVILLE - Ticks have become a growing problem for the Northeast Kingdom, being realistic they have become a much larger problem for the entire region of New England, especially last year. The tick population grew exponentially last year, and there were more reports of ticks infesting both humans and animals, including both pets and wild game. The animals most affected were ground rodents such as mice, chipmunks and squirrels, but other species were negatively affected as well.

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A Fight for Preservation

WILLOUGHBYWESTMORE - Lake Willoughby is Beverly Decker's home. This is where she has created her life, surrounded by the lake's landscape, which to her, has always stood so naturally beautiful. For many area-residents like Decker, Lake Willoughby doesn't need to keep up with the theme of progression that seems to captivate so many aspects of modern-day lifestyles. To them, Lake Willoughby is perfect, just the way it is.

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What's Coming Up At 5:30

What's Coming Up Tonight at 5:30

Toy Swap

One local group taking donations to cloth the needy.

 

School Music Wall

6th graders are asking for community donations of pots and pans so they can build a music wall for all students in the school to use on the playground.

 

Village Donations

The Village sports store donated some cleats to Lyndon Institute