LSC Reacts to Nassar Case

nassarthumbnailFollowing the conviction of Larry Nassar, members of the Lyndon State College Sports Medicine Club felt it was important to address the topic of abuse. As individuals entering the profession directly impacted by Nassar's actions, they decided to invite community members to the school, and provide an open platform for discussion.

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Cobleigh Has the Sweets

Valentines Day ThumbnailLYNDONVILLE- The Cobleigh Library in Lyndonville is usually filled with books, magazines, and people quietly going about their business. But Tuesday and Wednesday, they're changing things up. The Friends of Cobleigh Library are hosting their first every Valentines Day Bake Sale, which they approached with some optimism. 

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Addition For The Lyndon Town School

LTS thumbnailLyndonville - While the town of Lyndon gets ready for town meeting day, the school board is also busy at work; finalizing their budgets and squaring away all appropriations before March 6th. The Town school is also looking into potential additions to be made to the campuses existing structure. With the Lyndon Town School being one of eight schools joining together to form the Kingdom East School District, the Lyndon Town School is on a deadline of finding what additions and renovations they either need or want to make to their facility.

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Flowers in the Northeast Kingdom

Valentine thumbnailLYNDONVILLE- Valentine's Day is a few days away and flower shops are busy with orders and getting ready for the big day.

Co-Owner of The Daisy Daze Sara Dwyer says that around Valentine's Day the store gets busy, "It gets a lot busier during Valentine's Day we get a lot more orders in." The process to get ready for Valentine's Day starts several months before the actual month says Dwyer. "We order flowers back in December January time. We started getting vases, chocolates that type of stuff at the beginning of the month."

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Bag Balm Gets New Tenants

New Bag BalmLYNDON - The Bag Balm building in downtown Lyndonville is about to receive some new tenants. The Center for Professional Studies at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon will be turning the second floor into a co-working space.

Ann Nygard, the Director for the Center for Professional Studies says, "A co-working space is actually a complex idea. Co-working has to do with not only renting space to people looking for office facilities, but also building culture, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and having people be able to bounce ideas off one another to create businesses and business opportunities."

Lyndon resident Evan Carlson thought of the idea last year during a Council on Rural Development Forum in Lyndonville; one of the categories discussed was creating a community of creatives and digital technology. "Being in that field, I felt like Lyndon didn't have much of a community around, or one that I could see." Carlson says since he works from home, he would go to local coffee shops to work and be out of the house but it was a struggle to get work done. "A lot of the coffee shops close at four o'clock and my day doesn't end at four necessarily. In addition to that, getting a strong internet connection was pretty difficult at that time, or at least a consistent one." He says while at the community forums he found others who resonated with the struggle.

When they found the Bag Balm building, they thought immediately that it was in a prime location for what they were looking to do. "We were aware the building was empty and the idea of the open industrial space that was in the downtown area, to me seemed like a perfect location to put a group of people together in a co-working space," said Carlson. It's a prime location to put visibility to digital technology, as well as putting a mass of people in the downtown area to help support the commerce and small businesses. As the community forums were taking place, the Paris family who owns the Freighthouse, was exploring potentially purchasing the Bag Balm building, and eventually bought the space. They also now own the former Cumberland Farms space which resides between the Freighthouse and the Bag Balm building.

Nygard says since the Bag Balm product is so innovative and used for so many more things than it's original use, using the building for a co-working space as well as a potential first floor retail business owned and operated by the Paris Family perfect. She says, "this is exactly the type of innovation were looking to foster in Lyndonville in a highly visible location. Where every day 1200 cars that pass by the Bag Balm building; they can see entrepreneurs at work and innovation in practice and they can participate."

During the community meetings there was mentions of NVU having a greater presence in Lyndonville. Nygard says one of the benefits of having the co-working space in the downtown is it will bring a Northern Vermont University presence. "Now we're in response to that, we're going to be smack in the middle of Lyndonville, in one of the most recognized buildings in downtown."

The total cost to get the co-working space up and running is about $99,000, and there have been many donations from local businesses. Northern Vermont Regional Hospital donated $30,000 in seed money, Northern County Health Care donated another $5,000, and the Northern Vermont Development Association donated $4,400 to help get the space up and running. Nygard says they will also be applying for federal grants with USDA Rural Development, Northern Board of Regional Commission, and the Economic Development Association in order to move to the next level. She says local businesses and residents have taken an interest in bringing vibrancy to downtown Lyndonville, and there has been conversation of creating a sponsorship program.

And as far as the iconic Bag Balm tin hanging on the side of the building, "The big hanging Bag Balm tin will definitely stay. I think it's staple, and something people can identify with. We want to retain the history of the space and I think that's a key piece to it," says Carlson.

There is an expected soft date to open in May 2018, and a full open to come in the summer time.

 

Vintage Today

VTVintageLYNDONVILLE - Jesse Eustace is transforming his love of vintage clothing into a career, and is doing so in the form of V.T. Vintage in downtown Lyndonville.

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Budget for the Kingdom East District

kingdomeast thumbnailLYNDON - The Kingdom East Unified School district has reached it's final product for producing a cohesive eight town school budget plan for the upcoming school year. The budget is set to be presented at the full board's meeting which is set to take place on February 8th.

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An Icy Inconvinience

Lyndonville- The Bipolar Weather this winter has been an burden to bare for many across the Northeast Kingdom. With the constant unfreezing and refreezing that makes for a lot of ice on the roads. But for Aces towing in Lyndonville the problem is not on the roadways but on the driveways.

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Solar Companies Pay Up

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LYNDONVILLE - In an attempt to drive the American work-force, President Trump has imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar modules. This is a decision weighing heavily among the state, as Vermont possesses one of the most solar-dependent economies in the nation. According to Valley News, by 2016, one in 16 workers were employed by clean energy companies.

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Local Shop Pushes CBD

500mgCBD490kbLYNDONVILLE— Lyndonville, Vermont has its fair share of family owned businesses throughout the town. Matt Dauphinais (Right) and his father, Ray recently opened Green Mountain Grow, a shop dedicated to fulfill any gardener’s needs. One thing that makes thing shop so unique is its sale of Cannabidiol, or better known as CBD. 

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Lyndon Rescue Budget

lyndonrescuethumbnailLYNDON - The town of Lyndonville is preparing for the most important day of the year when it is in regards to the town as a whole;  this day is none other than town meeting day.  The Lyndon select board has been hard at work creating and compiling all the items to be discussed by the town, and they are also working very hard on putting the finishing touches to the town budget.

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Lyndon's Stench

TrashThe Town of Lyndon has noticed a change in their trash recently. The community voiced their concerns about the lack of service within their garbage. Dan Daley, Kermit Fisher, and Martha Feltus, board members for Lyndon Selectboard, sat in front of Steve Earley to hear his explanation.

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Light up the Night

light up the night thumbnailLYNDON - There will be a Big Rig parade going through town on Saturday the 16th. But these will not be the usual diesel fueled, high opacity, six-cylinder engine trucks that we are used to; the trucks will be covered with dazzling christmas lights that will light up the night with Holiday tidings and cheer.

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Light Up the Town for Charity

light up town thumbnailLYNDON- What stemmed from a longing for a traditional sense of community during the holidays has made an idea come into full fruition as a fully planned event. The first annual "Light Up the Night" Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, December 16th.

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Coming Home To Coach

hockeyLYNDON- Lyndon Institute's Boy's Hockey Coach decided to come back to his home state and coach a team he see's success in. Also he missed the weather Vermont offers.

 

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Emergency Response During Winter Storms

emergency responseLYNDONVILLE- The recent bad weather showed how dangerous roads can be both during and after a storm. Between Tuesday and Wednesday the Lyndonville area saw nearly 9 inches of snow hit the ground. Because of the bad weather, emergency personnel responded to several accidents within a short time frame.

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Fat Bikes for Winter Hikes

fat bike thumbnailLYNDON - The Village Sports Shop Trailside on Darling Hill Road has been working with a relatively new form of biking to help stimulate business during the long winter season. This new form is what's known as "Fat Biking" and it is a rapidly growing winter activity here in the Northeast Kingdom. Fat Biking allows all the joys of bike-riding with the terrain accessibility of going over and through snow.

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Business Celebration

BusinessST. JOHNSBURY-For one local business or one person within the Northeast Kingdom today was the day to be honored. Many local businesses from around the area gather for the Northeast Kingdom Business Celebration on December 12th at Lyndon State College to celebrate 23 years of successful businesses in a small area.

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Winter Firefighter Challenges

winter fireLYNDON- The cold Vermont weather is finally starting kick in around the Northeast Kingdom. During the winter season Firefighters have to battle through some adversity when dealing with fires.

Limitations on Change at RCT

RCT ThumbnailLYNDON- Changes might be coming to Rural Community Transportation in the near future. During a public meeting Friday, they layed out their Five Year Plan, which details what direction they plan on heading in the next few years.

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Lyndon Furniture Named First Runner-Up

Lyndon furniture thumbnailLYNDON - The Contemporary Design Group has named a piece submitted by Lyndon Furniture as the first runner-up in a national competition.The competition was the Edward Haimsohn Design Award, which is in its fourth year of promoting original and artful furnishings from businesses across America.

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Food for Those in Need

FOODSHARELYNDONVILLE- During the holidays some times it’s not all about presents. Many members of the community got together Tuesday December fifth to participate in the Food Share. The Food Share is an event that is held at the Lyndonville Armory twice a month to help those in need. The Food Share provides free food, water, and even dog food for people that may not be able to afford it. This allow people in need come to the Lyndonville Armory and get the food they need.

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Grasping The Kingdom East Budget

kingdomeastmeetingLYNDON- The newly formed Kingdom East school district’s finance committee is in the process of creating its budget.

The only problem is that the committee has a long list of their own homework that they have to get done. There are many factors and considerations that the district has to study up on to combine the budgets of seven Northeast Kingdom Schools that include Lyndon Town School, Sutton School, Newark School, Millers Run School, Burke Town School, Concord School and Lunenburg. 

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Polar Express In Lyndon

 polar expressLYNDON- The Polar Express visited the town of Lyndon over the weekend. The train only comes one weekend every December and has been coming to town for over ten years now. The conductor of the train has basically molded himself to it since this marked his eighth year as being a part of this event. Charlie Somer who is long time friends with the Paris's who own the Freight House and one day they asked for Charlie's opinion of the train. 

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A Boy And His Pets

llamaLYNDONVILLE - One local youth gets to have a unique experience with his pets. Most kids have your typical dog, cat, and maybe a few fish. However, Pierce Thompson has something a little bit cooler than your typical companion, he has pets that could even help him later in life.

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What's Coming Up At 5:30

What's Coming Up Tonight at 5:30

Town Meeting Day Preview 

As Town Meeting Day approaches the Town of St. Johnsbury could see an uptick in the general budget for next year. 

St. Johnsbury Academy got there art award

St.Johnsbury Academy students have been awarded with their art work and will be going to Brattleboro for their competition Saturday. 

National Caregivers Day 

Visited the Norris Cotton Cancer to talk with some employees regarding National Caregivers Day.