Here you'll find our latest collection of Caledonian-Record reports on the coronavirus outbreak and local response, from the beginning of May.
January, February and March Coverage:
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — The number of tests being done voluntarily on people who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 far outweigh the number of tests on those with symptoms, according to North Country Hospital.
As the 11th hour nears for high school graduations in the North Country, two schools that were considering graduations in August have now moved ceremonies up to their usual dates in June.
Friday’s release of unemployment data showed the significance of the economic toll the pandemic is having across the state, and the Northeast Kingdom is no different.
Hardwick companies are collaborating to manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer, produced according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approved formulation, will be made available to area businesses, essential workers, first responders, and any resident in need.
Catamount Arts and Northern Vermont University are partnering to offer drive-in entertainment this summer. With COVID-19 safety concerns still looming large, artists and arts organizations must develop responsible programming strategies that reduce risks to live audiences. Catamount Arts plans to host drive-in movies and concerts this summer at both NVU campuses, an innovation they hope will keep patrons safe while offering opportunities to get out and enjoy both live and large-screen entertainment.
Hundreds of cars line up for a mobile food pantry in the former Hitchiner Manufacturing parking lot on Saturday, May 23 in Littleton, N.H. A team of 23 guardsmen assisted the NH Food Bank with the distribution of more than 15,383 meals to 350 families.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted life in almost every way, requiring massive adjustments to the way people live and businesses operate. This forced transformation has inspired a digital upgrade to an ancient, analog practice.
LITTLETON — The coronavirus pandemic, while challenging and forcing changes, did not stop the Littleton community from honoring its soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
For two centuries, as it grew to include members in neighboring towns and adapted to meet the needs of the times, the Willing Workers Society of Sugar Hill hasn’t strayed from its mission — to foster a spirit of helpfulness throughout the community.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Demand for more than double the usual amount of Meals on Wheels deliveries continues — and the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging has been able to meet the need thanks to many community partners who have stepped up to take care of home-bound seniors and others who rely on the program.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — One of the many sectors of the economy dealt a major blow by the Coronavirus pandemic has been lodging establishments — which were essentially shuttered in mid-March when the governor declared a State of Emergency across Vermont.
SUGAR HILL — The mission is just about accomplished for the historic St. Matthew’s Chapel.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The pool is a go.
COVID-related restrictions are loosening for certain sectors, but congregants are still barred from seeking sanctuary in local houses of worship.
NEWPORT CITY - An anonymous donor has made it possible for schools in the North Country Supervisory Union to provide lunches for students this summer.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — The skies above Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and North Country will rumble with a military salute today as the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard honors front line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with a flyover.
It’s National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week and CALEX Ambulance Chief Michael Wright celebrated in style Tuesday morning by launching a surprise mock training exercise which simulated an eight-year-old boy having an asthma attack.
Amid continued outcry from Waterford School parents over the reduction of a second-grade teaching position, the Caledonia Cooperative School District (CCSD) Board on Wednesday night approved a reduced Fiscal Year 2021 budget of $11,877,933, a 7.20 percent increase in education spending per equalized pupil.
The Caledonia Community Work Camp facility in St. Johnsbury is preparing for some new guests.
On Wednesday Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, members of his administration and state business leaders on the state’s economic recovery team outlined a $400 million proposal to shore up many aspects of Vermont’s economy.
LYNDONVILLE — The Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to host the Stars & Stripes this summer — but it will only be a parade, and a carefully executed one at that.
LYNDONVILLE — Congressman Peter Welch, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rossenworcel and members of the rural Kingdom East School District met during a Zoom call Tuesday to address the rural digital divide.
LITTLETON, N.H. — Testing for antibodies - to determine if someone has already had the COVID-19 infection - is coming Tuesday to the North Country of New Hampshire.
The details are still being worked-out, but plans are for a “drive-through style” eighth-grade graduation at the St. Johnsbury School next month.
The pandemic has inspired a variety of responses across the Northeast Kingdom from the creation of volunteer teams, food donations and public displays of support for health care workers, but in Peacham a community effort was launched to provide direct financial assistance to those affected by the pandemic.
LYNDON CENTER — Lyndon Institute will celebrate with a parade on June 7.
BETHLEHEM - Weighing public safety during the pandemic and the high likelihood of lost revenues, the town recreation director recommended to keep the town pool closed for the summer of 2020.
The results are in from the facility-wide COVID-19 testing of staff and inmates at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility (NERCF) in St. Johnsbury this week.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — At the beginning of the coronavirus emergency, schools were asked by the Governor to provide childcare for the children of essential workers.
LITTLETON — Mill Street is a 19th-century street trying to make it in a 21st-century world.
PEACHAM — In this small, picuresque town nestled in the Northeast Kingdom weathering the pandemic has been made gentler thanks to a group of volunteers checking in on every single resident.
LYNDONVILLE — Staff at Faith In Action, a nonprofit organization, took over the kitchen in the basement of the Lyndonville First Congregational Church on Friday morning, where they made a homemade lunch for about 30 employees of the locally-owned White Market stores.
LYNDONVILLE — The packed parking lot at Lyndon Outing Club didn’t say it all for the birthday person they were honoring.
NEWPORT CITY — North Country Union High School seniors really want to walk across a stage – in cap and gown and in front of family and friends – to receive their diploma come graduation day June 6.
The lockdown on Vermont’s economy has dealt a significant blow to consumption tax revenue the state relies on to help cover the $1.8 billion education fund, and the projected loss will need to come from somewhere.
Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that the “next turn of the spigot” will be the re-opening of Vermont campgrounds, marinas and lodging establishments next week.
WATERFORD — A number of parents at Waterford School aren’t happy but the Caledonia Cooperative School District (CCSD) on Thursday night moved forward with plans to present a reduced Fiscal Year 2021 budget on June 30 to voters in the towns of Barnet, Walden and Waterford, which make up the unified PreK-8 district.
NEWPORT CITY — A Massachusetts man held without bail on charges of drug trafficking, kidnapping and violent assault wants release from prison claiming violation of his constitutional rights.
The Vermont National Guard will be at Caledonia County State Airport, 2107 Pudding Hill Rd, Lyndonville, on Friday, May 29, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. distributing non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken, and dairy products. Anyone is welcome to come pickup food.
When Vermont officials announced that schools would need to close by March 18, Donna Reed and her fellow coaches at Kingdom Gymnastics decided it would be best to shut down their operation.
In high school, Xavier Giddings made his name as a lineman.
LYNDONVILLE — The Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District is working on plans to help local businesses and residents comply with a law that requires them to recycle food scraps.
LYNDONVILLE — A committee meeting of the Kingdom East School District turned into a bit of a philosophical discussion and mental health check. All participants are moms helping their kids learn at home.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman recently hosted an hour-and-a-half long meeting by Zoom with NEK leaders.
NORTHUMBERLAND, N.H. — A local community servant is an award-winning “Older Adult Volunteer.”
With stress and unemployment up and quarantine and stay-at-home orders still in effect from the coronavirus pandemic, some might have a hunch that sales are up at state liquor stores.
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s high-elevation huts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire have become a destination for hikers looking to spend their days traversing some of the world’s most revered mountain ranges and their nights under the stars.
St. Johnsbury Academy has a plan to make sure the Class of 2020 remembers their high school graduation for more than just the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a case that isn’t even a case yet.
St. Johnsbury Town Assessor Bill Krajenski gave the select board an ominous warning about the upcoming town-wide property re-appraisal.
LITTLETON — Taking out a Tax Anticipation Note to help pay expenses is something the town of Littleton has asked for in the past in the event it might be needed, but has not had to do that often.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The Fairbanks Inn on Western Avenue is being used temporarily to house homeless people during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis by the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, and local police have been called to the motel multiple times in recent weeks, said St. Johnsbury Police Chief Tim Page.
IRASBURG — The District 7 Environmental Commission is preparing to consider an application for an Act 250 permit amendment to upgrade the asphalt plant on Route 58.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott had a bit of good news to share Monday - no new cases or deaths from COVID-19 had been reported in Vermont in the last day.
LITTLETON — In an effort to give high school seniors the best graduation possible during a challenging time that severely limits what can be done, some towns are getting creative during the coronavirus pandemic.
A lack of high speed broadband internet across rural Vermont - including the Northeast Kingdom - has become painfully obvious amid the coronavirus pandemic.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — Local community, business and organization leaders had an opportunity to outline concerns and hear about possible federal initiatives during a virtual meeting between the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative and Congressman Peter Welch Friday morning.
LITTLETON — For the better part of two decades, the town has formally celebrated Pollyanna Glad Day, held each second Saturday in June at the steps of the Littleton Public Library.
LITTLETON — As the coronavirus pandemic continues and social distancing remains in place, the Littleton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 816 has decided to cancel its annual Memorial Day procession, one of the area’s largest Memorial Day events that includes school bands and youth, many community members, and scores of area veterans.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Like the rest of the region, the country and even the world, life for the Zajko family of four in St. Johnsbury is radically different now than it was just a short two months ago.
Many Vermonters are in some degree of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but for segments of the population who endure isolation even in the best of times, the recent dramatic cessation of social contact comes with particular risks, ranging from loneliness and depression, to hunger and unmet physical needs that could result in negative health care outcomes.
Catamount Arts has released three prompts for Week Four of the Kingdom COVID Chronicles project.
WHEELOCK — Thanks to the care and perseverance of his teen trainer, Flannel is getting an Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Hospitals in northern New Hampshire will offer more procedures and treatments effective Monday.
LITTLETON — A thank-you gift for staff at Lakeway Elementary School this week was a win-win for the school and business community.
LITTLETON — The All Saints Community Food Cupboard is open and continues to serve families, individuals, and seniors in the northern Grafton County and bordering Vermont towns during the Coronavirus emergency.
Hiking is a great way to enjoy a spring day, but the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont recommend people check to see if the area they are planning to hike or climb is open. In addition to the many trails that are currently closed to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, several cliff areas are closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
A special meeting of the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) Board of Trustees on Wednesday evening was held as a follow-up to recent weeks of major upset related to a now-rescinded proposal to close Northern Vermont University (NVU) and the Randolph campus of the Vermont Technical College (VTC).
LYNDON — A discussion of whether or not to hold this year’s Stars and Stripes Festival and Parade due to Covid-19 was held at the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 27 meeting. Sarah Lafferty, Steve Nichols, Cindy Karasinski, Christina Cotnoir, Abby Long, Leah Hollanberger, Sandy Amadon, Amy South, Heather Tanner, Cheryl McMahon and Annie Mclean were in attendance at the zoom-format meeting.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — Plans for remote student instruction through the end of the school year were approved by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) for school districts and supervisory unions across the NEK.
NEWPORT CITY — Dozens of emergency medical first responders and public health nurses on Wednesday turned the Newport Ambulance station parking lot into an outdoor training clinic.
LITTLETON, N.H. - Littleton Regional Healthcare is now offering drive-up COVID-19 testing to the greater Littleton area.
White Mountains School Administrative Unit 35 is on the search for a new superintendent after Pierre Couture, the superintendent since 2013, tendered his resignation on Tuesday during a meeting of the SAU 35 executive board.
Staff and residents at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill are maintaining their safety protocols after the resident in one of the home’s four wings who tested positive for COVID-19 in April has died.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended almost every aspect of life and while the consequences of business shutdowns are expected to be tough on town governments, nobody knows just how bad things could get and what help there may be for local officials trying to grapple with the problem.
LYNDONVILLE — The Village Trustees asked Municipal Administrator Justin Smith at Monday’s meeting for an update on the status of major concerns with retaining Northern Vermont University (NVU) in Lyndon.
In recent days the Vermont Health Department has updated their town by town map to reveal where COVID-19 cases have been identified, even in the Northeast Kingdom towns.
Sutton School students show signs of support for their teachers as they ride past the school on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Families formed a caravan to roll past the school while honking horns, waving and showing signs to the staff at the school.
LITTLETON — About 10 local volunteers for the Littleton Area Senior Center snapped into action to unload 6 tons of shelf-stable food from the New Hampshire Food Bank that was delivered to the Littleton Area Senior Center on April 23.
Fore! New Hampshire golf courses will open May 11 under a modified stay-at-home order announced by Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday.
A Littleton company is helping the fight against COVID-19.
CABOT — Two symbols of inclusion, tolerance and celebration of diversity were raised outside the small PreK-12 Cabot School on Sunday afternoon in a small, closed ceremony by invitation only due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
In a front page story on Saturday, May 2, the Caledonian-Record erroneously reported that Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) leased a …
ST. JOHNSBURY — Courthouse Park monuments noting the names of St. Johnsbury men killed in military action will soon bear additional names as supporters rally to keep the memories of all the town’s fallen heroes alive.
LITTLETON - Until now, COVID-19 testing at Littleton Regional Healthcare, challenged by limited resources, has been for a limited population - first responders, police and health care workers and their household members, and long-term care residents and those whose job is to interact with large groups of people.
NEWPORT CITY — Doctors, nurses and specialists on Thursday sought to reassure patients that it’s safe to seek needed emergency care at North Country Hospital.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — Every part of our lives has been made more challenging — and stressful — as we adapt to living with the Coronavirus and trying to stop its spread.