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We showed up and took thousands of local photos throughout 2020. We asked you to help us narrow our favorite 50 down to ten and thousands of you responded. Here were your favorites this year.

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Like the rest of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the North Country and the Northeast Kingdom had to shift with little warning or time to make preparations to emergency learning plans in mid-March.

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In 2020 we sold almost 2 million newspapers featuring over 20,000 local stories. Online we published those in addition to over 100,000 state, regional, national and world news reports. An average of 8,050 unique visitors a day viewed over 10 million pages at caledonianrecord.com throughout the year. Here were the top 75 most-read stories online, with an average of over 15K views.

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LYNDON CENTER — It’s been a whirlwind year for Northern Vermont University (NVU), with angst over a possible closure plan leading to a statewide and local uprising in the spring to the pandemic shuttering the campuses in Johnson and Lyndon, then fiscal uncertainty and now another possible merger on the horizon for the campuses that formerly were Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — In light of ever more stringent measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, senior meal sites across the region in mid-March started implementing drastic changes to their operations and indicated more help may be needed to meet an increased demand for Meals on Wheels service.

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LYNDONVILLE — The doors to the thrift shop and community center at H.O.P.E. were still closed on Church Street temporarily amid the COVID-19 shutdown in late April, but staff and volunteers had pivoted to other ways to assist the community.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Police say a knife-wielding robber who held up the St. Johnsbury Walgreens drug store on July 25, 2020 struck again the next night, July 26, but was apprehended in the early morning of July 27 after he allegedly attempted to commit a third armed robbery in Lyndonville, only to be foiled by some good Samaritans.

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HARDWICK — Hardwick Police Det. Kevin Lehoe was interviewing a 15-year-old girl in her kitchen Aug. 23, 2020, when the teenager suddenly dropped to the floor and overdosed on a combination of heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — The Black Bear Inn & Tavern, a building that for decades was the area’s destination for social functions, from wedding receptions to Citizen of the Year celebrations and more, was leveled May 12, 2020. Unused by owner St. Johnsbury Academy and facing substantial investment to maintain, renovate and mitigate mold issues, the decision was made to demolish the place.

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BURLINGTON — The chief organizer of a multi-million dollar fraud involving federal EB-5 investment projects in the Northeast Kingdom entered guilty pleas in federal court to three felonies on Aug. 14, 2020.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Caplan’s Army Store began in 1922, and has operated from its current location at the intersection of Railroad and Portland Streets since 1946. The 98-year run will end at the end of 2020 when the outdoor supply store closes its doors, owner Dave Caplan announced on July 22, 2020.

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