CALEX Vote During St. Johnsbury Town Meeting

St. Johnsbury TMD MunicipalST. JOHNSBURY—The town of St. Johnsbury is proposing an increase to the general fund budget as well as the highway budget that will be put up to the voters on town meeting day. The increase in the general budget is due to the town adopting a new housing program.

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Freshening Up the NEK

VT Food bank ThumbnailOn the third Thursday of every month, locals line up inside Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital; but not for treatment. Instead, they wait for fresh, local produce.

"We actually started this in January of 2016, so this is our 25th month of doing it," said Laural Ruggles, NVRH's Director of Community Health Improvement.

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Ashes to Go

ashestogopicST. JOHNSBURY - Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Those were two of the main phrases that could best describe what was taking place on Main Street in front of the United Community Church this morning. Through the early morning and the seemingly cold temperatures, Reverend's Elisa Lucozzi and Susan Ohlidal were blessing those who walked by for the Ashes to Go event on this Ash Wednesday.

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Local Spin on National Donor Day

NVRHDonorST JOHNSBURY- Not only does February 14th represent a day filled with love in the air, it also represents a day of giving nationwide. This day is marked as National Donor Day. According to organ donation statistics from the U.S. Department of Health Human Services, over 116 thousand men, women, and children and children are on the national transplant watiting list, as of August 2017. As you can imagine, that is a very high number.

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Ashes To Ashes To Go

ashestogopicST. JOHNSBURY - Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Those were two of the main phrases that could best describe what was taking place on Main Street in front of the United Community Church this morning. Through the early morning and the seemingly cold temperatures, Reverend's Elisa Lucozzi and Susan Ohlidal were blessing those who walked by for the Ashes to Go event on this Ash Wednesday.

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Universalists Celebrate 150 Years

Copy of Copy of Copy of ThumbnailTemplateDONOTSAVEOVER copy 2ST. JOHNSBURY - January marked the 150'th year anniversary of the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of St. Johnsbury. Brendan Hadash, who served as the reverend for 19 years, commemorated the church's founding by portraying Reverend Tracy R. Spencer in a sermon. Spencer was the first minister to preach in St. Johnsbury, when the church opened in 1868.

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Fundraiser for Furry Felines

KAS thumbnail realST. JOHNSBURY - The Kingdom Animal Shelter hosted a fundraiser on Saturday the 10th to raise money for the unowned animals of the Northeast Kingdom. While the Shelter sees many visitors both human and furry alike, the hardship of staying with the upkeep of running a shelter can be a very daunting task.

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Bringing Music Back to Dog Mountain

Catamount Arts ThumbnailST. JOHNSBURY- For the second year in a row, there will be a summer concert series at Dog Mountain. Catamount Arts was recently awarded the Levitt Amp Grant, which is used to bring free, live music to small cities. The town of St. Johnsbury was one of just 15 cities in the US selected for the grant.

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Hilltopper is More Than Just The Food

ST. JOHNSBURY- The Hilltopper Restaurant is back in business as the St. Johnsbury Academy students are ready to develop their skills with working in a professional workplace.

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St. J Superintendent Resigns Amid School Board Investigation

Ranny BledsoeST. JOHNSBURY - St. Johnsbury Superintendent, Dr. Margaret Ranny Bledsoe, announced at the school board meeting on Monday night that she will be resigning effective July 1, 2019. Bledsoe has been serving as the superintendent for the St. Johnsbury School District since 2012. "This had been my plan all along, and I had informed the board of that fact," said Bledsoe, as she addressed the board.

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Distillery Barred from Holiday Business

ST. JOHNSBURY - Brendan Hughes has assumed the role of ownership to a local mill and distillery business that has been located in Barnet for over fifteen years. What was once known as Dunc's Mill is now known as the St. Johnsbury Distillery, which is set to be moved from Barnet to St. Johnsbury within the next two to five years. For the time being, Brendan and his father, Dan Hughes have kept Dunc's Mill brand Rums on store shelves and at liquor outlets across the Northeast.

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A Room of Beautiful Masterpieces

Catamount Arts with Black BordersST.JOHNSBURY- It's an event that's been going on for three years now. An event where some of the best artists in the northeast kingdom, and surrounding areas, get to showcase their art pieces.

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Gearing up for Victorian Holiday

st j christmasST. JOHNSBURY— Eight days after the town of St. Johnsbury turned on the holiday lights at the Downtown Sparkles Event, the town will now be hosting another event, the Victorian Holiday Celebration. "It's an event that happens all throughout town," said Tara Holt, Director of the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. The Victorian Holiday Celebration is set to take place on December 9th.

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Gun Shots in St. Johnsbury

st j pdST. JOHNSBURY— Just before 1 am on Thursday an Officer for the St. Johnsbury Police Department was on patrol on Portland Street when he heard possible gun shots. Officer Michael Fuller was on Portland Street and headed east just past the Concord Ave Intersection. "Officer heard what they thought were gun shots," said Chief Timothy Page, of the St. Johnsbury Police Department.

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Dangerous Game Sparking Conversation

st j academyST. JOHNSBURY— St. Johnsbury Academy is having discussions within their community about a "dangerous game" that sent a student to the hospital on Wednesday. It goes by many different names, like the "Blackout Game" or "Choke Game."

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Stetson Looks to Re-Win Award

SadieStetsonST JOHNSBURY- The Gatorade Player of the year award "recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards oacademic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court ." It was announced in the middle of last March that Sadie Stetson, guard for St. Johnsbury Academy, was the Vermont choice for the honor, and it was the first honor of this kind in the school's history.

 

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Contracting Struggles Continue for Calex

copy of thumbnailtemplatedonotsaveover copy 2ST. JOHNSBURY- The concept of contracting Calex Ambulance Services by towns that already hold them under special appropriations has been a popular topic at Town Select Board meetings as of late. Thus far, Waterford and Kirby have signed on to contract, but with many towns either rejecting or tabling the contract, Michael Wright, CEO of Calex ponders why that is.

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7th Annual Norris Cotton Fundraiser

norrisST. JOHNSBURY - Over the weekend St. Johnsbury Academy held basketball scrimmages, but these games had more meaning than usual. This was the 7th annual Norris Cotton Cancer Center fundraising weekend. All of the money gathered was donated to the cancer center and for a specific reason. 

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Support for Troops this Holiday Season

Vermont Supports Troops PSST.JOHNSBURY- It’s an idea that started from a kitchen floor. Now it’s turned into hundreds of packages being sent to troops overseas. The Vermont S.U.P.P.O.R.T organization started prepping for it’s annual first Saturday in December earlier this afternoon at the Elks Lodge.

 

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New Distillery for St. Johnsbury

St. J distillery ST. JOHNSBURY - A new tourist attraction could be coming to St. Johnsbury within the next year in the form of a Distillery.  A local marketing company known as Celtic Marketing has recently bought Dunc's Mill and Distillery in the town of Barnet which they plan to move into the downtown St. Johnsbury area by December of next year.

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Reiki Heals St. Johnsbury

ReikiThis Sunday people will be able to heal their bodies at the Reiki clinic held in St. Johnsbury. The first Sunday of every month Janice Narey and Jennifer Thoma invite people to come between 2-4 in the afternoon for a peaceful session of Reiki.

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Parking Ticket Price Increases

parking in st jST. JOHNSBURY- While parking in St. Johnsbury may be free, if you park for too long, it will soon cost you twice as much as it once did. Starting at midnight on Friday December 1st, the price for parking beyond the allotted time will increase from five dollars to ten.

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Preperations Before Santa Comes to St. Johnsbury

st j decoratingST. JOHNSBURY- You better watch out, Santa is headed to St. Johnsbury Friday, but not before the town can get decorated. Crews were out Thursday morning in front of the Welcome Center hanging lights, wreaths, and other holiday decorations.

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Refuse Food Waste

wasteST. JOHNSBURY - Tuesday night at Catamount Arts center, a movie attracted local food offers and food managers to get together and to discuss food waste issues in Vermont. The movie's name is "Wasted!". This 85 minutes documentary shows how people casually waste their food in daily life, and how people used creative ways to make fuse of the waste they produce.

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Changes Coming to St. J Police

St J Police ThumbnailST. JOHNSBURY- Some big changes are coming to the St. Johnsbury Police Department in the next week. They have finally found their new police chief, Tim Gray.
Gray was sworn into office Tuesday at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, with his new comrades surrounding him.

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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.