CaptureThe getNEKedVT campaign is drawing attention to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with its regional discovery marketing campaign. The collaborative project, managed by the Northern Forest Center, invites locals and visitors to explore the region’s communities and landmarks, and to set out on adventures ranging from rock climbing to music festivals, galleries viewing to brewery tours, wildlife watching to ice cream eating. Its name has some fun with the way locals and visitors abbreviate the region’s moniker.

Launched in June, the getNEKedVT digital campaign has drawn more than 6,000 visitors to its website and reached well over 300,000 people through content on Instagram and Facebook.

Andover Library computer installationPatrons at the Andover Public Library in Andover, Maine, are enjoying four new computers, a wireless printer, and a router that strengthens WiFi signals throughout the building, thanks to a digital inclusion grant from the Center.  Behind the scenes, new wires have replaced old to help the library make full use of the power of the Maine School and Library Network’s (MSLN) fiber-optic network.

Borderlands Stop 3 and 4

Mountain bikers from all over New England have been busy visiting Borderlands destinations this summer!

Eighty riders attended the fourth “Tour de Borderlands” event at the Mahoosuc Pathways trails in Bethel, Maine. The event was co-sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and held at the Bethel Village Trails hub, The Bethel Inn Resort. It featured group rides, clinics, and service and demo bikes from the Green Machine Bike Shop.

Goats and beer 1The Northern Forest Center awarded a grant to Turning Page Farm in Monson, Maine, this spring to help the small-batch goat dairy and brewery develop as an agritourism destination. The $13,500-grant will help owners Joy and Tim Bueschen expand visitor amenities at the farm, extend their operating season, add new products and expand their production capacity.

The Center awarded the grant through its Tourism Innovation Program to strengthen Turning Page Farm’s appeal as an agritourism destination for visitors and residents, and to help the farm contribute to community revitalization efforts in Monson, Maine, and the broader Moosehead Lake area.