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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RCT Moving Mobile

RCT BUSST JOHNSBURY- Rural Community Transportation known as "RCT" is making upgrades to the services which will benefit all users.
RCT is now using a new app called "Swiftly" and is changing the game for them.

 

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Lyndon Food Share Shortage on Attendance

Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMLYNDONVILLE - Due to the winter storm, the Food Share program held at the Lyndonville Armory, that serves those who need food assistance in our community, had a lower attendance than usual.

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Questions About Sutton's Grange Hall

Sutton 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMSUTTON- The people in the town of Sutton had gathered around today for town meeting day to vote on what they should do with the town's current Grange Hall. Many feel that the town should burn it down or remake it into a town gathering place.

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Questions for Sutton's Grange Hall

Sutton 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMSUTTON- The people in the town of Sutton had gathered around today for town meeting day to vote on what they should do with the town's current Grange Hall. Many feel that the town should burn it down or remake it into a town gathering place.

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CALEX Talks Heat Up in Barnet

calex 1BARNET- Yet another Town Meeting Day is in the books. There were some changes in this year's meeting and the main topic of discussion was about CALEX Ambulance Service. This year voters are deciding on whether they should appropriate $26,428.00 to Calex Ambulance Service which is a $1,705.00 increase from last year. What's different is that Barnet and Calex are in the process of negotiating a three year budget contract.

 

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Apple Phone Scam

NEK chamber thumbnailST. JOHNSBURY - A new phone scam has made its way to the Northeast Kingdom, and it has become an issue for Vermonters who own Apple products. The scam is a set up as a network of criminals who call your phone and get you to exchange personal information under the belief that there is something wrong with your Apple software.

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Sutton Town Meeting Day Preview

Grange Hall 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMSUTTON- Voters in the town of Sutton will have to decide on whether or not they should move or tear down the town's current grange hall. As town meeting day is approaching people will have to decide on what they should do with the town grange hall. 

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Peacham Approves New Waterlines

Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of ThumbnailTemplateDONOTSAVEOVER copy 2PEACHAM - Residents of the Peacham Fire District have voted to install a new waterline system throughout their sector of town. At this point, the budget for the project amounts to three hundred eighty thousand dollars, but is subject to reduction if the district is able to receive any state or federal construction grants.

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Peacham Wool

AlpacaPEACHAM - For nearly two decades, Terry and Ron Miller have been raising alpacas at Snowshoe Farm in Peacham. Their decision to start the business was inspired primarily by Terry's love for knitting.

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Vermont Minimum Wage Increase

bagel depotLYNDON- By the year 2020, the Vermont minimum wage could become $15 dollars an hour. The minimum wage is now $10.50 and will continue to increase on a yearly basis.

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Snow Covered Fire Hydrants

Fire HydrantLYNDON- Every winter season the Lyndonville Fire Department has to deal with fire hydrants being cover in snow. Having these cleaned off can benefit the department in a significant way.

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St. Johnsbury Academy Students Win Art Awards

Art Awards 2018-02-19 at 9.29.55 AMST. JOHNSBURY- Fifteen St. Johnsbury Academy students have become award recipients through the Vermont Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. There had been 35 regional art awards all together between the fifteen students. They had received ten gold keys, nine silver keys and 17 honorable mentions. The gold keys will be judged at the national level of the competition.

 

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National Caregiving Around NEK

st.j houseST JOHNSBURY- Friday was National Caregivers Day. A day not only to thank and appreciate those who help others for a living, but for them to reflect on what they actually do. This day is not only for caregivers, but also for Nurses.

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Sutton School Sign

Sutton School Sign 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMSUTTON- At Sutton's town meeting this year, one thing that will be voted on is the school's sign, as the school was recently informed that their current sign is about a square foot too large. The Sutton School is seekingto make its school sign smaller.

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Vermont Has Good Karma

Good KarmaVERMONT - For eleven years, one organization in Vermont has worked endlessly to rescue stray dogs, to find them a permanent lifelong home.

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It's Halloween!

We have a preview of youre Halloween festivities.

 

Winter Business Preview

See what businesses in the NEK are doing to get ready for the winter season.

 

Osher Talk

In the today's Osher Talk they talked about food and culture all over the world.