Reach out to make your PPE

masksAROUND THE NEK - On a normal day Kimberly Behr is a publisher for a digital magazine about food and wine called The Art Of Eating. But now, she is operating the Northeast Kingdom Operation Face Mask group.

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Local Reps Discuss Vermont's Covid-19 Response

VERMONT- It's been two weeks since Governor Phil Scott enacted his "Stay Home Stay Safe" order. Since then, it is expected that social distancing will extend past the original April 19th date given.

Some of Caledonia's legislatures had relatively positive reviews, with a couple of things having caught their eye while watching the state work on "flattening the curve."

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Staying in a Routine and Using Your Resources During COVID-19

AROUND THE NEK- Across the nation, parents are being faced with a challenge most were unprepared for, having to homeschool their children during a pandemic. Some schools are attempting to hold remote classes for students, while others have opted to send materials home with their students.

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American Red Cross Donations Dropping

LYNDON- With the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, there is an extreme drop in blood donations. Along with a shortage of blood supply in our hospitals. Lyndonville Vermont is going to be having two blood donations hosted by the American Red Cross through the months of April and May.

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Travel and Lodging Restrictions Issued by Gov. Scott

LYNDON: Monday morning Governor Scott issued an order addressing new travel and lodging restrictions for the state of Vermont. These efforts are being made to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state, specifically for out-of state travelers coming into Vermont and Vermonters returning home.

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Business During a Pandemic

SHEFFIELD - As Covid-19 continues to spread, some businesses still remain open. Vermont Country Candles in Sheffield Vermont is one of those businesses.  They will continue to sell their product to stores in downtown Lyndonville.

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Fire Departments Look Towards the Future

Fire departments around the country have been facing a shortage of their most critical resource: people. And Vermont is no exception.

News 7's Dylan Schlossberg reports on a potential solution some local fire departments are considering.

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Kingdom East Faces Facility Challenges

The schools of the newly-created Kingdom East district need to be repaired. But a $24-million dollar bond was rejected last June. Now administrators are trying to figure how much repair taxpayers will support.

News 7's Dylan Schlossberg reports.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Most Vermonters are used to driving in the snow, but it's never a bad idea to get a refresher on how to stay safe.

News 7's Dylan Schlossberg shares some top winter driving tips.

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Vermont Introduces Electric Vehicle Incentives

47% of Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, and the state's clean energy plan relies on electric vehicles to change that.

Dylan Schlossberg reports on a new state incentive program aiming to get more EVs on Vermont's roads.

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Topics For Upcoming Legislative Session

legislative periodVERMONT-A brief look into Vermont's first legislative session of the new year reveals a glimpse of what issues are thought to take up most of the time.

 

After speaking with Caledonia County Senators Jane Kitchel and Joe Benning, a few topics were narrowed down to be of significant importance.

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Phil Scott Appoints New State Attorney

jessica appointmentVERMONT- Last weekend, Governor Phil Scott appointed Jessica Zaleski as Caledonia County's latest State Attorney.

Since October, Zaleski was acting as the county's interim prosecutor after Lisa Warren, the former State Attorney for the county, was selected to be a Superior Court Judge.

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Life as an EMT

EMT Thumbnail 1NEK-Emergency Medical Services have been around in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom since the mid nineteenth century, but even in the past twenty years EMS services have seen a shift in how they provide medical care during emergencies.

 

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Drug Task Force Focuses Aim on NEK

 

 

PressConfSAINT JOHNSBURY-  Federal officials have been cracking down on drug trafficking in Vermont, and recently, the Northeast Kingdom has become a focal point. Leading to the creation of a multi-agency coalition task force. “We remain in the midst of an epidemic that will not end through law enforcement action alone,” said Agent Kevin Black with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Going Solar Hurts Local Business

Solar PanelsLYNDONVILLE- People are now being less dependent on utilities for electricity than ever before. While the result of going green is good for the planet, it is reducing the amount of green flowing into local electric companies’ pockets.  However, it is not always about the money, in some cases, it’s all about reliability. 

 

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Kingdom East Personnel and Negotiations Committee Plan Next Years Budget

ThumbnailTemplateDONOTSAVEOVER copy 2Lyndon- The Kingdom East Personnel and Negotiations Committee gathered to discuss the budget for next year on Wednesday night. The main topic discussed was the health care and insurance provided to teachers and support staff throughout the entire school system.

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Changes in Dairy Farming

Dairy Farm ThumbnailDERBY-Dairy Farming has been been an industry in the Northeast Kingdom for decades, but in recent years farmers have been doing new things to keep production and buisness up.

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5A in Westmore Almost Back Open

5A WestmoreWESTMORE- Workers from the Vermont Agency of Transportation have been chipping away at the two week project to secure some of the rocky slopes along a portion of Route 5A in Westmore. The project, which began last week was sparked back in March, when a boulder came crashing down off of Mount Pisgah, and onto Route 5A blocking the roadway.

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Hemp Harvesting

hemp thumbnailLyndonville-Hemp Harvesting is happening around Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. As fall is coming to an end, farmers and hemp distributors alike are cashing in on their efforts.

 

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State Tax Credits Helping Local Businesses

Tac CreditsNEK- Lyndonville and Saint Johnsbury are two of fourteen towns across the state who recently received tax credits, helping them to revitalize their downtowns. As more and more businesses have been popping up in the towns, both Lyndonville and St. J have been making a serious effort to revamp their designated downtown districts. 

 

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Peacham Elementary School Going Green

Solar ArrayPEACHAM- A solar array on the rooftop of the Peacham Elementary School has finally been installed, however it still needs to be connected.

 

The project, installed and owned by catamount solar, is expected to not only help the school save money, but also eliminate the risk of power failures.

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Title Ten Cuts Planned Parenthood

pp thumbnailLyndon-Around the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont, title 10 cuts could begin to make acess to healthcare from Planned Parenthood harder on Vermonters.

The title ten cuts were put in place in July, but that hasn't stopped locations from staying open and committed to providing healthcare.

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Vaping Epidemic

VapesSaint Johnsbury- The first case of pulmonary illness related to vaping in Vermont has been confirmed. In a report from the Vermont Department of Health, one confirmed case and five other potential cases are currently under investigation. As of September 11th, three hundred and eighty cases and six deaths have been reported to the CDC from 36 States and one U.S Territory.

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Hemp in the Northeast Kingdom

HempfestEAST BURKE- Since 2013 the hemp industry in Vermont has been growing like a weed. More and more farmers are starting to get into the business, especially here in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Doing Business in the Northeast Kingdom

NEK chamber thumbnailAround the NEK- For all its scenic beauty, the Northeast Kingdom has not traditionally been the easiest region of the state to start a business in.

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