Northeast Kingdom

Author and cheesemaker David Asher teaches a continuing education course on natural cheesemaking at Sterling College.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Small colleges in Vermont and around the country are struggling to fill classrooms and remain viable. Meanwhile, Sterling College is attracting students from across the country and around the globe to its Northeast Kingdom campus to take classes offered by its School of the New American Farmstead.

Monica Caffrey of Jay is a three-time national champion in professional indoor surfing.
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Vermont is not known for its great surfing. But the second-ranked pro indoor surfer in the world lives in landbound — and snowbound — Jay, and she's not even out of high school yet. She's 16-year-old Monica Caffrey.

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There’s sometimes this perception that if you want to see great music in Vermont, you’ve got to head to Burlington. It's a myth a band from the Northeast Kingdom is trying to dispel.

Dr. David Toll in his office at 85 Main St. in St. Johnsbury, where he practiced medicine for decades until age 90.
Matthew Payeur / Empire Imaging, courtesy

Dr. David Toll was a physician who practiced medicine in St. Johnsbury for decades and connected with patients from across the Northeast Kingdom and northern New Hampshire. He saw patients from childhood into middle age and worked until he himself was 90. And over this weekend, he died. He was 93 years old.

From left, Spark Coordinator Ezra Ranz, WonderArts Executive Director Ceilidh Galloway-Kane and AmeriCorps volunteer Jake Lester are working to make Spark a place for local artisans, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, business owners, students and others.
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If you live in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland – or any of Vermont’s more urban communities – you’ve probably come across a makerspace or a coworking space. Now the trend is catching on in more rural communities as well, including the small Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro.

Preschoolers from Coventry march into the woods for their first Forest Day in the NEK activity.
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The Jay Community Recreational Centre is 300 acres of wooded trails surrounding an open meadow and a mountain stream. It also serves as a classroom for preschoolers from across the Northeast Kingdom.

The cover of Melanie Finn's novel "The Underneath" next to a photo of her in the woods.
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The Northeast Kingdom is known for its pastoral beauty — but that’s only part of the view of the region presented in Melanie Finn’s latest novel, The Underneath. Her characters exist in the brutal underbelly of rural Vermont that’s ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

A welcome to Island Pond sign outside by a road.
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Vermonters consistently rank jobs, the economy and cost of living as the biggest issues facing the state, which is why candidates running for political office right now spend so much time talking about them.

For people living in the most rural parts of Vermont, however, economic livelihood is even harder to come by

A man kneels on the ground outside of a tiny house in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
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Since 2012, a group of tiny house enthusiasts has gathered in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom to participate in hands-on building workshops. It's known as Tiny House Summer Camp.

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The state will expand a high-speed broadband network that could serve hundreds of customers in the Northeast Kingdom.

Monday evening, a citizen group called Don't Undermine Memphremagog's Purity (DUMP) held a panel discussion about a proposed expansion of the Coventry landfill. The panelists sit along a table in front of a brick wall while one speaks.
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Most of the trash generated in Vermont is trucked to the state’s only permitted landfill in the Northeast Kingdom. The landfill's owner has plans to expand it, and this week residents from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border pushed back on those plans.

Newport on Lake Memphremagog
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The small Northeast Kingdom city of Newport has its economic hopes pegged to a long-neglected asset: Lake Memphremagog.

Viv Buckley and Des Hertz take a spin on the Kingdom Trails. Women make up between 30 and 40 percent of riders on the Northeast Kingdom trail network.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Mountain biking is big business in parts of the Northeast Kingdom. But what started out as a way to promote tourism has turned into a way of life for some residents.

Ross Murray (left) and Chris Planetta are on the board of directors for the Borderline Players. The troupe is in the midst of its first season at the Haskell Opera House, on the international border.
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Next month a new theater troupe, the Borderline Players, will put on its first summer musical. You can see the show in the U.S. or Canada — depending on where in the theater you sit.

Ariel Quiros, seen far left at a 2015 press conference, used the EB-5 program to defraud foreign investors. Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Thursday that he'll pay $2 million to settle civil charges filed by the state in 2016.
Vermont Business Magazine

The man who used EB-5 projects in the Northeast Kingdom to orchestrate one of the biggest financial frauds in state history has settled a civil suit brought by the state of Vermont.

Old Stone House Museum Director Molly Veysey and Deputy Director Walter Parenteau stand in front of the Orleans County Historical Society building and under the sign.
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Next week the Old Stone House Museum, in Brownington, opens for the season. And the Orleans County Historical Society’s museum has a pair of new leaders with some big ideas for the popular school field trip destination.

Stowe attorney Russell Barr, standing in Lamoille County Superior Court Monday, says he has evidence that a Vermont government official was arrested while on official business in China. State officials say they have no records of any such arrest.
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Top state officials say they have no records indicating that a Vermont state employee was arrested for having sex with a minor while traveling on government business in China.

Chandler Matson, left, and Russell Barr, standing, are suing the state of Vermont for its alleged complicity in the largest fraud in Vermont history.
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A lawyer suing the state of Vermont on behalf of foreign investors who were defrauded in the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 scam dropped a bombshell allegation after a court hearing Monday.

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Just how culturally different is the Northeast Kingdom from the rest of the state? Can it be quantified in any way, or is it largely legend?

Hannah Dreissigacker introduces a group of young skiers to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's shooting range.
courtesy Judy Geer

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center, in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, has trained six athletes competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics. That’s about half the winter athletes on the Center’s Green Racing Project team.

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