Over the past week we’ve enjoyed reporting on the vast and varied achievements of local people improving our community.

Today is the 15th annual Caledonia County Relay for Life at the Ray Frey Track on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy.

Seven decades after Sergeant First Class Harry Smith was presumed dead in the Korean War, the Lancaster Veterans Foreign Wars Post and his niece, Melanie Colby, are hoping to bring him home.

Vermont awarded farm and and forestry grants to the Kirby Mulch Company ($130K) and Karim Farm and Creamery ($20K) in Ryegate.

Thanks to the efforts of VAST and volunteers, slow but steady progress continues to open all 93 miles of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.

Six NEK projects (Brighton Community Forum, First Universalist Parish of Derby Line, Newport Wireless Mesh, Northeast Kingdom Community Action’s Community Day Shelter, ReNewport Events, Wheelock Community Initiative) received Spark! grants from the Vermont Community Foundation.

Police dog teams from Newport City and other departments will gather for demonstrations of their skills on Saturday, June 29 at Newport Farm and Garden.

St. Johnsbury Academy’s Ainsley Larsen was selected to represent Vermont in the 27th Byrne Cup lacrosse all-star game against New Hampshire.

North Country Union’s Skylar Robert was named to the Vermont roster for the annual All Star Hockey Classic. The center was previously named the Vermont coaches’ Tier 3 Player of the Year and was on the Rotary All-Star Classic roster.

The Burke Mountain Club is planning its 100th birthday bash slated for next weekend.

Arlington School students showcased the medieval weapons they built in STEM class at the Caledonia Forest & Stream Club.

Judy Ann “Midge” Gallagher of Westmore has volunteered as a child’s advocate in family court for scores of children over a decade.

Cottage Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Maria Ryan, PhD, APRN, was awarded the Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care by the National Rural Healthcare Association.

NEK Homecare gave the “Caregiver Excellence Award” for June to Concord’s Carol Priest.

Eighty-five members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Lake Region.

Eighty-three members of the Class of 2019 graduated from White Mountains Regional High School.

Thirty-one members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Danville High School.

Twenty-four members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Lisbon Regional High School.

Thirty-three members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Profile.

Twenty-one members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Groveton High School.

Fifty-one members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Littleton High School.

One-hundred-forty-five members of the Class of 2019 graduated from North Country Union High School.

Nineteen local people earned associate degrees from Community College of Vermont.

St. Johnsbury Academy’s Lilly Leach and Olivia Matteis played in the Vermont Rising Stars All Star Lacrosse showcase in Middlebury. Coach Tom Forster was chosen to coach.

Macee McGee completed the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge at the Weeks Memorial Library.

Kevin Aremburg joined the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club.

The Vermont Department of Health has awarded Danville a $13,000 grant through it’s “Quick Build for Health” program. The money will be used to improve bike and pedestrian amenities in and around town.

A state trooper used his siren to lure lost hikers to safety after they got lost on the Long Trail in North Troy.

N.H. state Rep. Linda Massimilla, D-Littleton, received the 2019 Pollyanna of Littleton Signature Award.

St. Johnsbury Academy’s Renwick Smith was honored by the National Football Foundation.

St. Johnsbury hosted another successful pet parade.

The White Mountains Regional baseball team repeated as the DIII N.H. State Champions.

April Zajko of St. Johnsbury was accepted into the Snelling Center Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2019.

Littleton Regional Healthcare welcomed Dr. Francis Lee.

We’d like to congratulate and thank them all … both for their efforts and for allowing us the privilege of sharing their great news.

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