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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Erosion At Willoughby Lake

willoughby lake winter thumbnailWESTMORE - Willoughby Lake has always been a major attraction for the areas of the Northeast Kingdom, and many more come from outside the kingdom to hike the mountain trails or take a cool dip in the lake's waters. The lake has experienced new levels of popularity as of recent years... and more and more people are exploring the lakes trails... as well as making a few of their own. Normally this would not be an issue, however the question of trail safety is becoming a concern for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

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Field Conditions in the NEK

Field Conditions ThumbnailAROUND THE NEK- Snow in April: it's a ski and snowboarders paradise. But for spring sports athletes, it's a nightmare come true.

"Spring in the Northeast, especially all the way up here in the Kingdom, is a challenge for everybody," said St. Johnsbury Academy Athletic Director David McGinn. "The spring season is certainly a very unique one."

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Craft Beer in Vermont

CRAFT BEERAROUND THE NEK— According to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Green Mountain State ranks first in the nation with breweries per capita. There are 54 breweries that are part of the Vermont Brewers Association. The Vermont Pub and Brewery in Burlington was a founding member of the association.

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Businessman Innovates Maple Industry

mapletapAROUND THE N.E.K. - Jack Beauparlant of West Danville has been maple-sugaring since he was ten years old. Over time, he's mastered the craft of tapping trees, growing familiar with its process and the tools needed for implementation.

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World Health Day

Health Day 2 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST. JOHNSBURY- Saturday is World Health Day, a day dedicated to helping people live long, healthy lives. One local nonprofit known as the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging is a participant in changing lives everyday for the better. The Council on Aging's Lallie Mambourg shares why she enjoys giving back to others.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAM thumbnailST. JOHNSBURY- April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and because of recent movements such as #MeToo, and sexual assault scandals such as those with actor Bill Cosby and USA Gymnastics Doctor, Larry Nassar, this years’ theme is “Embrace your voice.” Many businesses in the Northeast Kingdom are acknowledging this problem this month and are advocating for change in the way that sexual assault is handled within society.

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School Safety for Kingdom East

police safety thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Since the start of this year, the United States has been plagued with acts of violence in schools across the country. This is not a new issue, however it has become much more prominent after we welcomed the new year.

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Financing Schools With Finance Bill

concord school thumbnailLYNDON - The Vermont State Legislature is looking to pass a bill that will reform the ways in which Vermont tax payers give funds for education. A new bill has been passed by the House which would cut property taxes, and reallocate the payments to an increase in the state income tax.

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The Origin of the April Fool

fools thumbnailLYNDONVILLE- The first of April is traditionally thought of as a day of light-hearted jokes and foolery. But where did this tradition come from? Morrigan Stark of the Grindstone Cafe and Wellness Center in Lyndonville told us a bit about the origin of the day of the fool and how it’s not just about playing tricks on your friends and family.


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The Hidden Side of RCT

RCT ThumbnailAROUND THE NEK- Rural Community Transport has providing free transportation to the Northeast Kingdom since 1991. Most people have seen or taken their well-known red or white buses, but not many know about another service they provide.

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New NEK Chamber of Commerce Member

Kingdom Chamber new member 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST. JOHNSBURY- The Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce has received a new member on its board. Patrick Sodums, who is currently the sales manager and conference manager of the Burke Hotel, explained why he had wanted to be a part of the business industry. Sodums is originally from Spencer, New York and had decided he wanted to do business in Vermont because he likes the peace and the small community atmosphere. 

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Kingdom East Budget of 33.9 Milllion

JennBotzojournLYNDONVILLE- The Kingdom East School District is preparing for voters to approve a budget of $33.9 million dollars. Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent of the Kingdom East school district says the budget is meant for the seven schools in the district.

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Trump on Opioids Crisis

TrumpAROUND THE NEK- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016 America saw over 64,000 drug overdose deaths. In that same year Vermont saw 106 deaths from opioid related over doses.


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Local Maple Business Preps for Maple Open House

Maple Open House 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST. JOHNSBURY - Maple producers in the state of Vermont are getting prepared for the 25th annual Maple Open House weekend which celebrates the sugaring season. Jeff Goodwin of Goodwin Family Maple in St. Johnsbury explained the process of how he makes his maple products, the tools they use to make the products, and some history of how maple gathering all started.

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I-19 Southbound Closure Coming

I-91 ClosureNEWBURY - A portion of Interstate 91 southbound between exits 17 and 18 will be closed in April for the purpose of regular ledge maintenance. The project has raised concerns for emergency services as travel times will be impacted if they are not able to use that section of the interstate.

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High Demand For Salt

salt truckLYNDON- With these past few snow storms hitting the Northeast Kingdom there has been a high demand for salt.

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Car Inspections Made Easier?

hastingscrashLYNDONVILLE - The lawmakers in the state of Vermont are looking to change car inspection laws, allowing for "minute" issues and problems to become "recommended" fixes instead of required fixes. The law change would allow for vehicles experiencing minor problems... such as a broken tail light... to pass inspection under the recommendation that the light be fixed. There are quite a few Vermont residents who agree with this action plan.

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Burke Bids on Water System

Burke Bid 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMEAST BURKE - The Tata and Howard Company from St. Johnsbury came to the Burke Mountain Club Friday to publicly reveal the bids for putting in a new water system in the town of Burke. The goal of the project is to build a new storage tank that will connect to the current well system located in a park in East Burke.

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Kinglets Nature Preschool Becoming a Nonprofit

kiDS  2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMEAST BURKE- The Kinglets Nature preschool in East Burke is trying to make efforts of becoming a non profit by having a Go Fund Me account. The account was started by a dedicated parent Erin Patoine who had wanted to try and provide supplies for the kids at the preschool. 

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Suburbia leads to Barnet

crossBARNET - Zach Mangione, owner of Cross Farm in Barnet, proves that you don't have to come from a long line of farmers to succeed in the agriculture industry.

Mangione grew up in the suburbs of Albany, New York, where he became accustomed to a congested lifestyle, but craved the simplicity of the outdoors.

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