An Age Of Need

nekonagingjpgST. JOHNSBURY- The Northeast Kingdom Council On Aging is in need of volunteers. But not how you might think. The council is entering an age of need to find not a quantity of volunteers as they have 335.They are looking for volunteers that pertain to certain needs of the people they tailor to.

This can be finding people for tasks that range from snow removal to a ride to Boston. 

 

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Peacham Residents Vote on ACT46

ACT 46 PEACHAM - The Peacham residents took the polls voted on ACT 46 yesterday form 7am to 7pm, which is make a decision to remain an independent school district.

 

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LI Girls Basketball Begins a New Journey

The Lyndon Institute Girls Basketball team begins their new journey today at 3 this afternoon for tryouts. Last year, the girls took home The Vermont State Division II Championship.

Calex Contract for Barnet

Calex Barnet ThunmbnailBarnet - The Barnet selectboard was one of two town select boards that reviewed a contract sent to them by the Calex Ambulatory Service Monday the 27th. This is the second time that they have reviewed the contract in the past six months, and with the town appropriation request deadline fast approaching, the members of Calex need an answer soon.

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Barnet School Gets Mechanical

ThumbnailTemplateDONOTSAVEOVER copy 4BARNET- One employee at the Barnet Elementary School decided to add a new addition to the school's program. Melissa Bushey, was inspired by her son to create a robotics program for her third and fourth grade students.

 

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Free Meals for Students

lunchline copy 4Around the NEK - Schools in the Northeast Kingdom are providing free meals to their students. Anyone who has attended school knows of "hot lunches" and the fact that hot lunches cost money; but recently, some schools have changed the hot lunch dynamic of payment.

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Winter Ban on Manure Spreading

AROUND THE NEK— The holidays may still be a few weeks away, however for farms in Vermont the middle of December means one thing, the annual manure ban going back into place. This year the ban will begin on December 15th.

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STJ PD Search Nears An End

stjpdST. JOHNSBURY - The search for a new chief of police in St. Johnsbury is nearing an end. Former Vermont State Trooper and Groton resident, Tim Page, had a second interview on Wednesday for the vacant position.

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One Year Later: Revisiting Opioids Discussion

opioidsWELLS RIVER — In November of 2016, the community of Wells River held a meeting discussing the opioid problem in their community. The area revisited that discussion on Thursday evening, in an effort to work towards a solution. Officials from law enforcement, health care, and prevention technicians were just some of the people speaking at the forum.

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Barnet School Feels the Beat

Barnet Drumming ThumbnailBARNET- If you walk by the gymnasium at the Barnet School on a typical day, you might hear kids laughing, gym teacher Eric Bogie running an activity, or the cafeteria workers prepping for lunch. But this week, you might hear something different. Loud banging, shouting in a foreign language, and if you're lucky, some pretty interesting music.

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Concord Plays With An Idea Of A New Playground

playgroundCONCORD - A former teacher in the town of Concord has left a lasting impression on residents. Some residents hope to make that impression permanent in the town with the construction of a new town playground. The town hopes to provide a fun and safe space for kids while also remembering a former teacher that knew how important children were for the town.

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Preparations for Rifle Hunting Season

hunting season previewEAST BURKE — Rifle hunting season is set to begin in Vermont starting on Saturday, November 11th. And many in the area are gearing up for the two-week season. According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Harvest Report from 2016, Vermonters killed 16,220 deer which resulted in over 3.2 million meals for hunters. Vermont saw an uptick in deer kills over 2015 by 27%.

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School Choice and Act 46

Peacham SchoolPEACHAM - While schools in the Caledonia area continue to consolidate their school districts under Act 46, there are a few that remain independent. One of these schools is the Peacham K-6 school district, which has been able to maintain its independence by working alongside the unified districts of Barnet, Walden and Waterford.

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Constructing Roads While Deconstructing Stereotypes

men at work HARDWICK— Sara Skinner works as a Traffic Coordinator for Pike Industries, and is an example of how gender stereotypes within certain professions aren't how we may perceive them. "I think it's more seen and known that women are out here," she said.

Her every-day job is all about managing people. "You basically take care of the flaggers. You make sure we have enough flaggers each day. You put up all your sign packages. You put out any of your milling packages anything like that, any of these beautiful orange signs you see—that's me."

Currently, Skinner is working on a project on Route 15 between Danville and Hardwick.

However, it is not unusual for Skinner to do other things on a site. "Last season I ran roller behind a paving crew. I've run the brooms. I've run the skid steers. It just depends on what needs to be done and learning it."

Skinner started to learn to be a Traffic Coordinator last year in a program called On the Job Training.

"A lot of people come into the OTJ and are like, 'this isn't what I thought it was'," said Skinner. "You work the same hours as a Traffic Coordinator, you are on the job doing the same things they are."

According to Skinner, it doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, just that you do your job well.

"I think if people say they're being treated differently, its because they're not doing their job."

Skinner says the most important thing at the end of the day is that she is proud of what she does.

 

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Sheffield Power Outages

sheffieldmeeting SHEFFIELD - During Wednesday's Select Board meeting, members of the Sheffield Select Board discussed the impact the town received from the devastatings storms that occured this past weekend. 

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Children's Health Insurance Program

LYNDONVILLE – During Congress’s latest attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act they failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).CHIP covers nearly nine million children nation wide.

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Small Town Crime

harveyslakevndalismBARNET- The town of Barnet has been one of the most quiet, small, and tight knit communities in the Northeast Kingdom. That has changed within the past few weeks.

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Abenaki Dance at Brookview

ThumbnailTemplateDONOTSAVEOVER copy 2-5BARNET- The Brookview R and R owned by Crystal Zevon issuing turned into a culture center for the local indigenous people of Vermont. Classes ranging from basket making, to learning how to track, to even making bows and arrows are being held on the weekends inviting people from all around the state to teach.

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Working On A Dream

johnBARNET- In the Northeast Kingdom, you might not come across many recording studios. However, Dreamery Productions is one recording studio with an interesting story.

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Benning's Bill

LYNDONVILLE – Following the teachers’ strike in Burlington and teachers coming close to striking in South Burlington, Senator Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, is proposing an education bill for the upcoming legislative session.

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Federal Tariff in Vermont

There is a proposed Federal tariff on the import of PV panels that the Federal Trade Commission might impose next year.

PV panels, also known as solar photovoltaic, are an application of solar power used. It is common to see PV panels on roofs. The electrical charge from the sun's energy creates an electrical charge of the PV panel, which creates electricity that powers homes.

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Preparations for Columbus Day

Columbus Day ThumbnailBURKE- Indigenous People’s Day Weekend is one of the most busiest weekends for Kingdom Trails. 

 

 

 

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Wheelock Revitilization

wheelockWHEELOCK - A small Vermont town has received a state grant for a revitilization project. With this project the town hopes to bring the community together.

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Good Enough for Learning

peacham fall foliage 2k17PEACHAM- On Thursday, Peacham held it's fall foliage festival around town.

Right next to the Town Hall is the Ashbel Goodenough Blacksmith Shop.

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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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What's Coming Up At 5:30

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Olympians in the NEK

One olympian athlete has returned home with some serious hardware find out who.

 

Burlington First Night

Burlington VT's First Night funding has been disbanded, see some reactions to this lost tradition.

 

Yoga Classes

With all the stresses of life weighting people down, one inn is providing some relief with Yoga.