A 'Fresh' Look for Barnet Utility Lines

powerlineBARNET- Utility lines in Barnet are about to get some much needed work done on them in the next couple of months. Fairpoint Communications and Green Mountain Power are looking to reconstruct about a mile of utility lines along Kitchel Hill Road in Barnet, Vermont.

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Multicultural Community Day

LYNDONVILLE - October first marked the day of the Lyndon Institute Multicultural Fun Day, and festivities were a plenty. With a large variety of games and events ranging from inflatable obstacle courses to informational exhibits on different cultures around the world, the event was a big community hit.

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Fall Foliage Bike Ride

GROTON- As the weather becomes more chilly some people are going and biking on the Cross Vermont Trails. In honor of National Bike your Park Day, Saturday was the 20th annual Fall Foliage Bike Ride. The event was originally put on to get more people to use the trail for biking or walking. The ride in Vermont Started in the Groton State forest and went until the Wells River Conservation area.

“We actually ride on this trail because well maintained and super easy to ride”

says Mary Durfee. Fall foliage bike rides are popular around the country, at least in the states that experience the changing of the colors. Virginia has a bike ride through the Shenandoah Valley late October. The Section of the trail from Groton to Wells River actually has some interesting history to it and the the chair of the conservation commission and board member of the Cross Vermont Trail association Michael Thomas had some knowledge about the trail.

“The Rail-bed was given up in 1956 and the stipulations were that it would be used for recreation, in 1956 we didn’t have the mountain bikes or the snowmobiles so someone was really planning ahead”

This event is a yearly occurrence but you can use the trail whenever you want, on a bike, horse, or just your feet this trail is well kept and family friendly.      

New Brand Met With Praise

nvu brandFAIRLEE— Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the Vermont State College Board of Trustees decision to merge Lyndon and Johnson State College's into Northern Vermont University.

"The last year has been quite momentous for both Lyndon and Johnson," said Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor of the VSC Board of Trustees.

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Barre Stand Down

The Barre area Veteran Council is holding the first stand down in a few years in the state of Vermont Saturday the 30th. The stand down is a way to help veterans in need and their families by providing some essentials like clean clothes, haircuts, showers, and could also help them get into any programs they may need to have a better life. It has been a couple years since the last stand down was held in Vermont. 

 

"There hasn't been a stand down in a couple years because not enough groups were involved"

 

said St. Johnsbury American Legion worker Andrea Taylor. This year more groups got together to make this happen like the Disabled American veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks Club, Sons of the Civil War. Thanks to more of these groups pitching in to this stand down there is hope for have more stand downs in the future and having them more frequently. 

 

"This will be a base marker for the future to see just how much help the state needs."

 

Transportation for this event will be provided for people who need it. According WCAX pick up points will be all around the state in: 

 

-St. Johnsbury 

-Haverhill

-Rutland

-Swanton

-White River Junction

-Burlington

-Springfield

-Montpelier

 

In order to get into the stand down and benefit from it you must show some type of identification like a military I.D. or a DD214. The stand down will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Barre City Auditorium which is located at 18 Seminary street.

A First For Lyndon In 150

ThumbnailTemplate LYNDON - Lyndon Institute has been celebrating their one hundred and fifty year anniversary, but this school year they have something else to celebrate.

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The Last Burke Payment

BurkeBURKE- Contractors who built the Burke Mountain Resort were set to receive the final payments for the project last night. 

 

In April of 2016, Ariel Quiros and his former business partner Bill Stenger were accused by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission and the Vermont Attorney General of misusing over two hundred million dollars through the E-B 5 Foreign Visa Program. 

 

 

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The International Influence

internationalAROUND THE NEK - In the Northeast Kingdom there lies a rich history of private institutions like that of Saint Johnsbury Academy, Lyndon Institute and The Danville School. One of the rich histories for those schools is the influence of international students.

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Fall Stewardship Day at the Barnet School

downloadBARNET— Students and faculty from the Barnet Elementary School took part in a semi annual “Fall Stewardship Day” on their campus located on Kid Row off of exit 18. 

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Outdoor Fun at the Farm

jakes dayPASSUMPSIC - An opportunity for kids to learn and play was the focus of Jakes day at the Bunnell Farm in Passumpsic.

Juniors acquiring knowledge, ethics, and sportsmanship, or JAKES, is an event that is designed to help build knowledge and awareness of the outdoors and outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.

 

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Fall Foliage Season in the NEK

fall foliageAROUND THE NEK - Without question, fall foliage season is one of the most important tourist seasons in the Green Mountain State. But the weather can often times play a factor in how vibrant the colors on the trees will be.

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Granite State Power Link Proposal

Granite State PowerNORTH EAST KINGDOM- The Granite State Power Link is making a power line that is set to transfer 1,200 megawatts of hydro-electric power from Canada all the way through New England. The Vermont portion of the power line is expected to run through eight towns in the North East Kingdom. 

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Barnet Teacher Wins Award

Barnet Gym Teacher GoodBarnet- A local physical education teacher will be heading down to Killington Resort in October to receive recognition after winning the S.H.A.P.E. (Society of Health and Physical Educators) Vermont Elementary Physical Educator of the Year Award. 

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St. Johnsbury Recreation Sports

pastedImageNORTHEAST KINGDOM– Grass stains and mud splattered all over their uniforms. Some of the great memories associated with rec sports, but playing rec sports as a child can also leave youth with some important life skills.

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One Home; Two Businesses

gardenthumbST. JOHNSBURY- Husband and wife Jim and Lorrie Brown love working with their hands. The Browns run two businesses from their St.Johnsbury home; Jim runs Pine Gardens Nursery and landscape while Lorrie runs Fruit of Hers Hands. In addition to sharing a house, the two businesses also share many of the same customers. The similarities between the husband and wife continue, both started their craft at the age of fourteen.

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People's Climate March

CLIMATE MARCHWASHINGTON D.C - This past weekend, members of the Lyndon State College Climate Change Consensus went to the nation's capitol of Washington D.C to join th People's March on Climate Change.

The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to climate change as well as to pressure leaders, such as President Trump, during his first 100 days in office to take action on saving our planet. Upwards of about 150,000 people gathered in the streets of D.C to show their support in the fight. The march started at Union Square and ended in front of The White House.

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St. Johnsbury Maple Fest

MAPLE FESTIVALST. JOHNSBURY - Over the weekend the 9th annual St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival brought community members together for a sweet taste of Vermont. The event started off at eight in the morning with a 5k run called the "sap lap," that started at St. Johnsbury welcome center. Then, came the pancake breakfast where those interested could test out some maple syrup. The pancake breakfast lasted into the street festival, where vendors from all over came out to show off their special syrups.

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Marijuana in VT: What's the Deal?

marijuanaVERMONT— In 2016, the Vermont Senate passed a comprehensive bill to legalize and regulate marijuana, but ultimately the bill didn’t pass. 

This year, a new bill regarding laws on marijuana was introduced to House. This bill (H.170), would allow adults in Vermont to possess up to a specific amount of marijuana. 

Senator (R) Joe Benning of the Caledonia County district was a sponsor for last years bill (S.241) and explained the changes that reflect H.170

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Agape Hill Farm's Newest Member

LLAMAHARDWICK - A local farm cares for multiple animals, including llamas. Agape Hill Farm, located in Hardwick, is where they say you can learn something new and have an adventure to remember - no matter your age. "Agape" is greek for the word love, and the farms mission is to brighten those who visits day, using their animals.

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Raymond James Settlement Approved

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BURKE - A Florida-based Judge has approved a 150 million dollar settlement between Jay Peak/Burke Receiver Michael Goldberg and wealth management company Raymond James.

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NVU Funding Doable, but Not Preferred

LSC FlagVERMONT-When Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges complete their formation into Northern Vermont University in 2018, the funding has been approved to ensure a secure and stable transition. However, once the newly-founded NVU is up and running, there are still some further financial hurdles that both campuses will have to jump over in order to be in the clear.

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Wet Fields Swamp Start of Season

Wet FieldsAROUND THE NEK -- Baseball and Softball are the runt of litter. That is when it comes to Vermont outdoor athletics. No sport is effected more so than baseball and softball when it comes to missing games and shortened seasons due to the Vermont climate. Around most of the Northeast Kingdom mother nature has delayed the start of the season because of wet field conditions. But this isn’t a new trend by any means. It is common enough that change might be in the air for high school baseball and softball teams in the future.

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Robitille Court Case, Part 1

TRIALST. JOHNSBURY - The trial for Melissa Robitille of Hardwick, who is facing charges in relation to killing her 13 year old son started this week.  Robitille and her former boyfriend, Walter Richters, were accused of killing Robitille's son, Isaac, back in August of 2014 by allegedly giving him vodka through a feeding tube.

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Water Runoff and Farms

lake champlainLYNDON- Due to a recent update with Act 64, Vermont farmers have new rules and regulations that they need to abide by. The most important rule, as well as most controversial, is keeping water in the Green Mountain State clean and not contaminated with feces or chemicals.

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COCORAHS

COCORAHSDANVILLE - Whether you're at your local coffee shop, or out pumping gas, weather is always a topic for discussion. Luckily, we have weather tailored right to our exact towns, making it easy for us to know what to look out for. However, without weather observers, this would not be possible as they are a crucial part to our forecasting and record keeping.

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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