Brush Fire Safety

Bush on fire dammitVERMONT- With spring finally being sprung and the temperatures rising, the dangers of a brush fire are increased. The added wind and seasonal drying out of trees and grass makes up for a recipe for disaster.

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Certified Naturally Grown Farms

certified thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Certified Naturally Grown Farms provide consumers with products that were grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or GMO seeds.

 

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Statewide Program Ensures Safety

schoolVERMONT- Over 70 schools in Vermont are participating in the Safe Routes to School program, a state-wide program who's main goal is to ensure child safety when it comes to walking or biking to school.

 

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Trendy Dieting

gluten free thumbVERMONT- The gluten-free marketplace has been on the up-and-up over the last few years. From Weight-watchers, to Atkins, to even low-carb diets... it seems as if nothing has hit society quite like the gluten-free trend. The new fad has nearly no medical reasoning behind it, but the diet is beginning to shape the way restaurants and grocery stores stock up.

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NEK Sports Wrap

SportsWrapVERMONT- This has been, and continues to be, a great week for sports. The sun is shining, and the local high school teams are getting their game on. Here is a wrap of yesterday's sports, and what's coming up today.

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85-year Feud Curses Town of Victory

Victory ThumbVICTORY- It has been said that it all started with the shooting of two wayward pigs- the fued that has lingered in the small Northeast Kingdom town of Victory since the 1930's.  Now, things have gotten so out of hand, the town needs law enforcement present at every public gathering.

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Sweet Drinks Bring Sour Controversy

beverage taxVERMONT- The bill to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is back in the state house for the fourth time. However, this time, the bill seems to be going further than it has before.

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April Showers bring May Paving

pavingST. JOHNSBURY- Spring is finally here and so are the road projects that are creating headaches for some drivers and business owners. 

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Tuning That Summer Tune

carcareNORTHEAST KINGDOM- Temperatures are expected to reach close to 80 degrees this week, which means Summer is fast approaching. As a result, it's important to make sure your car is well maintained before taking summer vacations.

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Could Sanders be President?

bernie sanders 1VERMONT- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be running for president in the upcoming 2016 elections. He will be running for the Democratic Party, even though he calls himself a Democratic Socialist.

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Cuddling for a Cause

baby cuddlerST. JOHNSBURY- A program that is fairly new is gaining a lot of attention from retired nurses, retired social workers, grandfathers, and grandmothers. In January, Pat Forest of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital was contacted by a woman who asked if they had a baby cuddling program and if she could be a baby cuddler. Unfortunately, no program existed. 

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Girls on the Run

GirlsRunningBARNET- Girls on the Run is a national organization that has been making headway at local Vermont schools. According to it’s website, Girls on the Run “is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

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Wisconsin Company Recalls Bikes

trekNORTHEAST KINGDOM- Trek Bicycle Corporation, a Waterloo, Wisconsin company, has annouced that they will be recalling close to one million bicycles. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 900,000 bikes were recalled in the United States and 98,000 were recalled in Canada.

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New Sutton School Principal

sutton schoolSUTTON - 72-year-old Kenneth Hayes of Kirby, VT is the new Sutton School Interim Principal. The Sutton school board decided to hire him after a special school board meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

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NEK: A Creative Community

creativenetworksST. JOHNSBURY - Members of the Northeast Kingdom community are discussing the creation of the Vermont Creative Network, designed by the Vermont Arts Council.According to their website, The Vermont Arts Council is the only designated state arts agency in the United States that is an independent, non-profit organization. Their mission is to preserve the arts in Vermont Communities.

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Teach, Then Hunt

huntereducationST. JOHNSBURY- Hunting here began well before Vermont became a state. With that, hunter regulation and safety courses have started shooting up.

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Campaigning for a Cause

habitatforhumanityST. JOHNSBURY- The Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity’s primary goal is to make sure each and every person has a decent place to live. The organization builds home’s for families that are in need and the only cost families must take care of is the cost of materials.

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Real Estate Dilemmas

realty1AROUND THE NEK - The real estate markets across the United States are picking up. However, the Northeast Kingdom is not showing the same signs. According to Maurice Chaloux of Parkway Realty, Caledonia County is currently seeing an increase in foreclosures after the housing collapse in 2008.

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Enrollment Declines in Colleges

freetuition thumbnailVERMONT- Across the country, colleges and institutions have seen a decline in student enrollment. Nationally, this year's freshman enrollment numbers compared to last year's fall enrollment numbers have declined about 1.5%, according to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse.

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Rent-A-Ruse

rent-a-centerVERMONT-Vermont is now attempting to regulate the way rent-to-own companies, such as Rent-A-Center or Aaron's, conduct business. These stores lease new and used furniture plus electronics on a monthly basis, but their business ethics have been called into question.

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Construction Continues

constructionST. JOHNSBURY- With temperatures predicted to be in the 60's for most of the week, the snow is melting and summer paving plans are coming to the surface. The Vermont Agency of Transportation annouced several road projects that will be occuring throughout the state

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Police Find Suspect

ST. Johnsbury-Jonathan M. Stuart, a 17-year-old Saint Johnsbury resident, appeared in Caledonia Superior Court on April 2nd after being arrested for the burglaries of the Big Apple Convenience Store on both March 3rd and March 23rd.

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Made In Vermont Marketplace

jean elizabeth2AROUND THE NEK-- The want and desire for homemade and organic products is something most people look for, and this year the second annual Made In Vermont Marketplace will have just that.

 

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Distracted Driving Awareness

distracted drivingVERMONT- The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness to distracted drivers. Authorities are urging the public to keep their eyes on the road at all times, not just during Distracted Driving Awareness month.

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Road Work Ahead

workzonesafteyAROUND THE NEK- Warms spells and rainy days mean one thing in Vermont... Spring is near. With Spring on the way, you can also expect a rise in construction crews on the roads.

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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.