Chris Braithwaite stumbled into journalism in 1964 and found a job with the Brampton (Ontario) Times & Conservator for $45 a week. Subsequently, he worked in the field at the Anderson (California) Valley News, the Portland Oregonian and the Los Angeles bureau of Newsweek while obtaining a BA in economics from Pomona College. He went to work for the Toronto Globe & Mail on its Report on Business in 1969, dropped out to northeastern Vermont in 1970, and recovered by founding the weekly Barton Chronicle there in 1974.
Since 1997 he has worked in a dozen distant places as a media development consultant under the auspices of the International Center for Journalists and other organizations. This work has taken him to all of the countries that once made up Yugoslavia, as well as to Albania, Sierra Leone, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Indonesia. He is now back at the Chronicle, where they are trying to figure out what to do with him. Originally perceived as “that hippy paper,” the Chronicle has become something of an institution in its community, selling about 7,500 copies a week in a county of about 27,000 souls. Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brianne Nichols is the production manager and has worked at the Chronicle since 1996. She handles the advertising department, does graphic design, and makes sure the pages get to the press each week. She lives in Brownington with her husband and daughter. Aside from her duties at the Chronicle, Brianne is an artist and creates abstract pet portraits. Check them out at: www.BriannesPetPortraits.com. To reach Brianne at the Chronicle, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Amy Elliott of Barton is a production assistant. She has worked at the Chronicle for two years and is often the person you see when you first come in the door. She is at the front desk and often answers the phone. She also does typing and makes up ads, and on Wednesdays she delivers the Chronicle to stores in Morgan, Island Pond, West Charleston, Derby, Evansville, and Westmore. On the Wednesday after Tropical Storm Irene she literally went the extra mile — in fact 40 extra miles — to get past the closed roads and make sure everyone got their Chronicles. Contact her through the advertising department e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany M. Dunbar
Bethany M. Dunbar of West Glover is co-editor. She handles story requests and assignments, processes photos, covers agriculture and general news, edits, and works on the website. On Wednesday mornings at 8:35 you might hear her on WDEV radio talking about the week’s news. She occasionally appears on Vermont This Week on Vermont Public Television. She is past president of the Vermont Press Association and serves on the board. Her guidebook and photo collection about farmers and food in the Northeast Kingdom, Kingdom’s Bounty, has just been published by Umbrage Editions in New York and is available elsewhere on this website. Contact her at email@example.com.
Tracy Davis Pierce
General Manager Tracy Davis Pierce started working at the Chronicle 26 years ago, in 1986, while attending Lyndon State College where she studied business. Ms. Davis Pierce handles the business operations of the paper. Since 1994 Ms. Davis Pierce has run Warm the Children Orleans County, Inc. This program collects donations for and purchases new warm winter outerwear for area needy children and has served thousands of families over the past 17 years. For that achievement she received an award from the Governor for Outstanding Community Service in 2006. She served on the board as secretary and treasurer for the Barton Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a people person and in free time enjoys cooking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kjya DeToma has been working at the Chronicle for two and a half years. She sells advertising in Greensboro, Hardwick, Morrisville, Craftsbury, Barton, Orleans, Glover, Irasburg, Lyndonville, St. Johnsbury, Burke, Littleton (New Hampshire), Morgan, Charleston, Island Pond, Derby Line, and Canada. She loves selling ads. “To be blunt, I like to talk,” she says. “It’s not even like I’m working; it’s just like I’ve got a whole bunch of friends.” She enjoys visiting with her clients, many of whom have become friends, every day. She lives in West Charleston with her two children, Kheilbi and Jacob LaRose. She also works part-time as a bartender at Robin’s Roost, which has led her to some contacts for possible advertising. Contact Kjya by e-mail at email@example.com.
Joseph Gresser brings his 15 years of experience as a selectman in Stannard to his coverage of local issues. He also has a strong background as a maker and presenter of art. Rumors to the contrary Joseph Gresser is not Richard Creaser. Contact Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Young has worked at the Chronicle for over 25 years. She started in the subscription department and currently is the circulation manager. She also does display ad billing, proof reading and delivers papers. She is a woman with many hats. She grew up in West Glover and has lived in Vermont all her life (so far) except for a year in Adana, Turkey, and two years just outside of Washington, D.C. She is the mother of three grown sons and has five grandchildren and is a daughter of the infamous Loudon Young. Contact her at email@example.com.
Tena Starr is co-editor of the Chronicle. She handles letters to the editor, covers crime, economics, and general news, and lays out the paper. She has worked at the Chronicle, on and off, since 1981. She has also worked for the Burlington Free Press, the Caledonian Record, and Country Folks. She owned and managed North Star Nursery in Barton for ten years, and lives in Glover. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeannine B. Young
Jeannine B. Young has worked as a production assistant at the Chronicle for 15 years. She designs ads, does proofreading, and edits the Kingdom Calendar of Events. She is also self-employed as a copy editor and proofreader. Her special interests are history, genealogy, and bird watching. She grew up in West Glover’s Andersonville district, attended one- and two-room schools through grade school, and graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After spending four years in the Army, she worked for 16 years in civil service at Edwards AFB, CA. She graduated with a B.A. from Chapman College while at Edwards. Two years before moving back to Vermont, she bought a home in Andersonville that had been in the family since the early 1940s and lives there today. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Kathy Seymour has been at the Chronicle for 14 years. A production assistant, she designs ads, puts the final pages together, proofreads, wears a few other hats, and tweaks a lot!! She was born and went to school in Norwalk, Connecticut. While in Connecticut she worked at a private girls’ school in Greenwich as office manager, and then worked for an architect as administrative assistant. In 1979, while temping at a magazine publishing company, she discovered and liked the creativity of typesetting and climbed the ladder in that company to production manager. In 1993, burned out by the pace of “the big city” she decided to move to Newport, Vermont, to be closer to family. She was lucky enough to bring three magazines up with her from the same company and produced them from home for another five years. After a brief proofreading position she applied at the Chronicle in 1998, gratefully got the job, and has been here ever since. She now owns a home in Barton, where she lives with her rescued black lab, Nala, and is happily just a few minutes from work. She loves watching her flowers grow and has been very successful selling her painted glass bottles. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeAnn Cady is the advertising manager. She has been with the Chronicle for 19 years, starting in the production department. She worked her way up to production manager, then also took on a part-time sales route, and also delivered papers on Wednesday. Eventually she left the delivery route and production manager positions to take on the advertising manager position.
She has worked in newspaper and printing companies since 1976 (35 years in the business). Originally from Wisconsin, she moved to Savannah, Georgia, in 1976, living there for 12 years, then moved to Gilroy, California, in 1988, where she lived for four years before moving to the Northeast Kingdom in fall of 1992. She worked out of her home for the first year, then came to the Chronicle in August 1993.
She loves cooking, hiking, camping, and animals, especially golden retrievers. She published a cookbook, and spearheaded the Chronicle cookbook project.
Her oldest daughter, Brianne, is the production manager, and youngest daughter, Dani, also delivered the Chronicle several years ago.
She loves her job, saying “Hey, they pay me to drive around and talk to people!”
LeAnn covers advertisers in the towns of Newport, Derby, Newport Center, North Troy, Troy, Jay, Westfield, and Lowell. You can reach LeAnn on her cell phone at (802) 673-6249, or e-mail her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard was born in Quebec, raised in Nova Scotia before finally landing in the Northeast Kingdom. A 1994 graduate of the University of King’s College Journalism program, he spent several years outside the field trying to find the perfect fit. Stints as a postal worker, line cook, gas jockey and video lottery teller convinced him to give journalism another go. He met and married his wife, Bethany, who hails from Newport, and finally settled down at the Chronicle in 2002. Writing for the Chronicle has afforded him a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of the Kingdom’s residents. To an outsider, there is no better education than immersion in the region’s daily workings. Despite an eerie similarity in last names with co-worker Joseph Gresser, Richard maintains that they are indeed two completely different people. He is the one wearing shoes. Richard works from his home in Derby Line. Contact him at email@example.com.
Natalie Hormilla is the assistant editor at the Chronicle as of July of 2011. She’s the person to contact with any news, press releases, birth announcements, obituaries, etc. She helps edit and lay out the paper, and writes articles. She grew up in Cranford, New Jersey, graduated from The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City where she majored in writing, and completed various internships in magazine publishing before becoming the editor of a fashion news website in Soho, a position she left in order to move out to the country and enjoy the greener side of life. She now lives in West Glover with her husband and enjoys making most of their food, from garden to table, from their hilltop. She and her husband are expecting their first child in October of 2012. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Lefebvre has been an on-again off-again staff writer for the Chronicle since the late 1970s. He covers the Legislature, court, land use issues and history. His column, Yours from the Perimeter, is about life in the Upper Kingdom, the northern most reaches of the Northeast Kingdom. The column has won numerous awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in both serious and humorous categories. He has published two collections of his columns, which are available at his web site: www.upperkingdom.com. Contact Paul at email@example.com.
Trudy Blackburn is part of the Wednesday circulation crew, getting the papers out to the route drivers and labeling them for mailing. She has been with the Chronicle for 30 years. One of her many other jobs and hobbies in life is wreath making. Skills including keeping Nelson Stevens somewhat under control and in check. (see next bio)
Nelson C. Stevens III
Nelson Stevens brings the freshly printed papers back from Upper Valley Press to the Chronicle office each Wednesday morning. He helps get them in the hands of delivery route people and puts labels on the ones to be mailed at Barton, then takes them to the Post Office. It’s a job he has been doing for 35 or 36 years.
In his free time he loves to play pool and horseshoes. “I have a great interest in all things concerning the universe.”
Billy Thompson delivers the Chronicle to stores in Newport and Derby Line. He has worked for the Chronicle for 30 years. He also works for the Green Mountain Trading Post, makes maple syrup and plays music. Bands included the Ten Mile Shuffle band, the Radiators, and the BTUs.
The Chronicle office is at 133 Water Street in Barton, Vermont. The office is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on press day Wednesdays, and open Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (802) 525-3531 during these hours or e-mail us any time. If it’s about a news story, photo, letter to the editor, or press release, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If it’s about an advertisement or a listing for the calendar send it to: email@example.com. Fax: (802) 525-3200. Mailing address: the Chronicle, P.O. Box 660, Barton, VT 05822. Or you can use the contact forms on this website. If you want to contact a staff member directly, the e-mail addresses are highlighted above. Thanks for your interest!