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:
LYNDONVILLE — Selectmen this week adopted a resolution sent to the town from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns - urging the Congressional delegation to try to deliver some federal pandemic relief to municipalities.
LYNDONVILLE — The Lyndon Select Board this week discussed the return to work plan for town employees - and how the municipal building will begin re-opening more for the public.
Peacham residents who are experiencing financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply for assistance to the Peacham COVID-19 Relief Fund. Applications are available on the Town website or on the table outside of the Town Clerk’s Office. Applications are due by June 15, with grant decisions being made by June 20. All applications are confidential.
On Monday the Vermont Health Department reported three new cases of coronavirus in Orleans County, which represents the largest daily jump in cases for the Northeast Kingdom since the pandemic first hit Vermont.
LITTLETON — It was a graduation for the history books.
Gov. Phil Scott highlighted the meeting and shared message between Carmen Turnbaugh and St. Johnsbury Police Lt. Mark Bickford as a teachable moment for all Vermonters during his press conference Monday.
- Patrick Lovett
He had all the elements he needed to sell it – white dress shirt, beard, and body leaning into the pulpit before him. The sight was so familiar to the Fuller Hall crowd that many began laughing before he even spoke. He talked about Ubuntu, prime numbers, and butterflies breaking from their cocoon. The speech became more bizarre the more he went on. The crowd roared with laughter.
ST. JOHNSBURY — I felt a bit guilty driving up to Northern Counties Health Care’s clinic on Sherman Drive on a recent Friday morning to be tested for the Coronavirus.
Out of a pandemic can ultimately come good things.
- Todd Wellington
Vermont courts are not scheduled to resume criminal jury trials until September, but a St. Johnsbury defense attorney says he’s already concerned that the court’s increasing reliance on digital technology will be damaging to defendants.
DANVILLE — Graduation day won’t look like seniors and their families envisioned, but school staff have been working hard to put into motion an in-person ceremony amid pandemic restrictions that will honor the Class of 2020 with a community-wide sendoff.
Lots of people work at the Caledonia County Courthouse in St. Johnsbury and all of them have had to adjust along with the court system to the COVID-19 crisis.
An emergency department physician from Littleton Regional Healthcare, Dr. David Hirsch, has returned home from Chinle, Ariz. after providing medical support for individuals of the Navajo Nation who tested positive for COVID-19.
LYNDONVILLE — A late-spring campaign to fill concrete planters along the edge of the old Bag Balm parking lot has succeeded.
The Burklyn Arts Council is informing the community that the decision has been made to cancel its 50th anniversary summer fair, which would have been on Independence Day in the Bandstand Park in Lyndonville. The difficult decision to cancel was made as the situation with SARS-COVID-19 remains unresolved with questions, both of the wisdom and the legality of holding mass gatherings. After monitoring the state guidelines, it has become clear that BAC can not host the summer fair this year.
The plan is set for Friday’s eighth-grade graduation at the St. Johnsbury School.
Inmate testing for COVID-19 in Vermont prisons continues to produce encouraging results for Northeast Kingdom correctional facilities.
COVID-19 has closed Bethlehem’s summer day camp for kids for the entire 2020 season and has canceled the summer gazebo concert series, a popular draw for local residents and visitors, for at least the month of June.
The St. Johnsbury School District wants to know whether it will be allowed to re-open in the fall so it can begin planning for it and whatever COVID-19 restrictions come with it.
LYNDONVILLE — Shear Sensations, a salon at the corner of Depot and Broad streets, was given permission by the Lyndonville Village Trustees this week to set out four chairs, six feet apart, on the sidewalk in front of the shop to allow patrons to wait for appointments at safe social distancing.
LYNDON CENTER — Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges System’s Board (VSCS) on Monday heard from Northern Vermont University (NVU) President Elaine Collins about plans to get the university “humming” with partnerships with local businesses to create internships and local workforce training opportunities.
LYNDONVILLE — Starting this week, the Lyndon Town Clerk’s office has resumed hours, by appointment, for research of town land records, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. three days a week for members of the public.
COVENTRY - The Vermont National Guard will be at Northeast Kingdom International Airport on Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., distributing non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken and dairy products provided by the Abbey Group while supplies last.
The announcement that the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles will resume administering in-person driver’s license tests does not mean a return to business as usual for Northeast Kingdom residents.
LITTLETON - As the community’s restaurants and other businesses begin to reopen with spacing and capacity limitations, selectmen have signed off on a plan to give them a boost by looking at opening up public spaces so they can serve more customers.
BURKE — A pandemic couldn’t stop a decades-old tradition at Burke Mountain Academy to end the school year with an athletic challenge to do good.
The St. Johnsbury Academy Class of 2020 went out with a bang Sunday night.
LITTLETON — A decade after the first phase of Main Street reconstruction wrapped up, Phase 2 reconstruction, from about Saranac Street at the Littleton Diner to the split at Meadow Street and West Main Street, has been brought up from time to time.
MONTPELIER — Today, June 1, courts will begin a gradual expansion of operations to include the hearing of non-emergency matters. The expansion of operations across units and divisions will occur at different rates. This is due to a variety of factors, including the time and other resources needed to outfit and arrange courthouses and courtrooms in a way that promotes social distancing and is consistent with other applicable public health guidelines.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Catamount Arts is accepting online submissions for “What’s Your Art?,” a virtual arts and creativity showcase open to everyone who’d like to participate.
LYNDONVILLE — Caledonia County Airport was a busy place Friday morning. And it had nothing to do with airplanes.
- Michael Beniash
A routine cleanup of the Legion Fields last fall prompted a major makeover of the local athletic facility.
The state is backing off its effort to keep a Rutland gym closed since an official loosening of COVID-19 restrictions against such businesses is expected to be announced today, but the gym’s owner and his attorney from Walden are taking the conflict in a new direction.
Rain or shine, a monument in Courthouse Park, newly inscribed with the names of St. Johnsbury men killed in military action during war time since World War II, will be dedicated at noon on Saturday.
LITTLETON — In a time of need, a Northeast Kingdom business owner and slate of Littleton area volunteers are stepping up.
DANVILLE — School officials across the region have been hard at work making sure the rite of passage from middle school is celebrated for students in the Northeast Kingdom.
MONTPELIER — The emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive, invasive forest pest, has been identified in numerous towns and is expected to move across the landscape, likely killing most ash trees in its path.
NEWPORT CITY - Vermont’s second operational tour boat is about to open for business during this very unusual summer season.
Time is nearly up to nominate a local non-profit in the annual Red Sox Foundation “IMPACT” Awards contest. The program gives Red Sox fans a chance to vote for their favorite local non-profit. Top vote-getters win grant money. Two years ago, St. Johnsbury Academy took second place in Vermont.
DANVILLE — Graduation ceremonies for most of the seven public schools within the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union are being announced this week - including a plan for seniors in Danville to graduate in an in-person, very carefully monitored ceremony and for Cabot School seniors to participate in a by-invitation-only yearbook signing.
A local attorney is now leading a Rutland gym owner’s legal battle against the state and its effort to shut down his business as a response to virus restrictions and fears.
LYNDONVILLE — Two parades to celebrate the community’s graduates — the eighth graders from Lyndon Town School (LTS), and seniors from Lyndon Institute (LI) — will be held in early June.
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.
Each Memorial Day people are encouraged to gather and honor the memory of military men and women who fought for the country, but this year the perceived threat of a pandemic has government officials directing people to avoid gathering together.
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.
- Stephen Garfield
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.
This week marked the latest step in the slow reopening of the region’s economy with New Hampshire’s non-essential retail stores reopening Monday and the announcement that Vermont’s non-essential shops can open next Monday.
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.
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.
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.
- Robert Blechl
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).
- Stephen Garfield
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.
- Andrew McGregor
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.
- By Todd Smith Publisher
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.
- Robert Blechl
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.
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Here you'll find our latest collection of Caledonian-Record reports on the coronavirus outbreak and local response, from the beginning of May.
Here you'll find our latest collection of Caledonian-Record reports on the coronavirus outbreak and local response, from the beginning of April. Our January, February and March stories are here: https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/our-coronavirus-coverage/collection_5885178c-692e-11e…
Here you'll find our collection of reports on the coronavirus outbreak and local response, from January, February and March. Our most recent coverage is at https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/recent-coronavirus-coverage/collection_c56580a8-7f7c-11ea-b0cd-732a2e7b3384.html