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The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont got it's name from a frequent visitor to the region. U.S. Senator and former Governor of Vermont George Aiken, he gave birth to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 1949. Senator Aiken gave the area the name because of the beauty of the region’s working landscape. "You know, this is such beautiful country up here, it should be called the Northeast Kingdom.”

 Comprising of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia Counties, and bisected by Interstate 91 and U.S. 5. and to the east it is bordered by the Connecticut River.

 The highest point is Jay Peak at 3,681 feet.

 The NEK encompasses 56 towns and gores, with a land area of 2,027 square miles. The area is a year-round travel and tourism recreation destination, known for its snowmobiling, skiing, fall foliage viewing, and the production of maple syrup.

 The Northeast Kingdom has been listed in the North American and International editions of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die". In 2006, the National Geographic Society named the Northeast Kingdom as the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world.

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    • Phyllis K. Sokoloski, (Langmaid) 84, of Middletown, wife of the late Arthur Sokoloski, died on September 4 in Middletown. Born on April 3, 1932 in Island Pond, VT, daughter of the late Arthur and Theresa (Hicks) Langmeid. Phyllis had been a resident of Middletown most of her life. Born and raised in Island Pond VT. A graduate of Brighton High School, she retired in 2012 from Standard Knapp after 48 years after suffering a stroke. Phyllis is survived by her loving family, two sons Dale Sokoloski (webmaster of www.islandpond.com), Arthur Sokoloski both of Middletown, a daughter Sharon Sokoloski of Middletown, a brother, Gene French of California, a grandson Sean Sokoloski, and a great-grandson Anthony Maguire. She is predeceased by a brother Mayland Langmeid, and two sisters Ione May Langmeid and Lillian Mary Langmeid.
      Calling hours will be held on Monday (Sept 25) at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, at a later date. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/middletownpress/obituary.aspx?n=phyllis-k-sokoloski&pid=186736649&fhid=20371  
    • Maynard Eugene Rivers, 67, of Island Pond, died at North Country Hospital on June 17, 2017. He was born on April 2, 1950, in Newport, a son of Edward and Ethel Rivers. On September 5, 1970, he married Pamela Rivers, who survives him. He graduated from North Country Union High School in June 1970. He worked for the Canadian National Railroad and the Saint Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad. He retired with a disability in 2003. He was predeceased by his parents; by two brothers: Bruce and Steve Rivers; and his niece Tracy Glasson. He is survived by is wife of 46 years; his children: Todd Rivers and his future wife, Debbie, and Tammi Hedges and her husband, Brett; his sister Lorraine Glasson; and his brothers: Gary Rivers and his wife, Cheryl, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Amanda, Diana, Danielle,
      Terry, Nathan, and Kelly; by his grandchildren: Courtney, Cameron, Zachariah, Garett, Madison, Alexis, and Brooklyn; his stepgrandchildren: Jasmine and her husband, Jadyn, and Kolton; and by his great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Axel, Tallie, Dononinic, and the apple of his eye, Gracie. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Island Pond Cemetery on Saturday, July 8, at 1 p.m.
    • We still have Mt. Washington tickets available! You don't want to miss this ride! 7/29/17 sunset ride up Mt. Washington! Call today for your tickets: 802-477-5075 have your VASA membership number ready and a credit card! $37 for passengers $12 for passengers (plus 6% fee from the mountain- sorry about that!). Ride starts at 6pm and goes until 9 pm. Sunset on top of Mt. Washington from your ATV? Once in a lifetime! Don't miss it!
    • If you are able to help with brush clearing this weekend, please contact Nate Wilcox ASAP so he can schedule a workbee/ride.  You can reach Nate at 802-673-2048.  Thank you.  If we don't have a handful of volunteers we won't be able to do the work bee.
    • If you are able to help with brush clearing this weekend, please contact Nate Wilcox ASAP so he can schedule a workbee/ride.  You can reach Nate at 802-673-2048.  Thank you.  If we don't have a handful of volunteers we won't be able to do the work bee.