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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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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Snow Storm Coverage

We talk to VTrans after yesterday's snow storm.

 

Warming Shelter

A shelter in St. Johnsbury is preparing to open it's facilities to the public tomorrow.

 

Lyndonville Lot Sizes Changing

Lyndonville Selectboard is trying to change sub-dividing laws in the town, and residents are voicing concerns.