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School funding a priority for legislators


copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   Just two weeks into the 2018 legislative session, Governor Phil Scott has given his State of the State speech, but this year’s budget address isn’t scheduled for another week. Behind the scenes, analysts are waiting to hear numbers from the Governor, even as they scramble to figure out what the new federal budget and income tax reform may mean for Vermont... More »

Supporters rally around fired librarian


copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   ORLEANS — Parents and others who frequent the Jones Memorial Library here are asking that longtime librarian Joanne Pariseau be reinstated. Ms. Pariseau was fired in late December, after 19 years at the library. The decision apparently came at the hands of the library’s board of trustees, which created some initial confusion. The library doesn’t actually ... More »

Dismissal of murder charge sought


copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   NEWPORT — According to a motion filed by Jon Valsangiacomo, the lawyer representing Ryan P. Bacon, 32, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the state cannot prove his client committed second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter. Mr. Valsangiacomo has filed a motion in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court asking Judge Robert Bent to dismiss ... More »

Bad tenants leave landlords in the lurch


copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   LOWELL — About 19 years ago Joe St. Onge started building his own little faux town. It was quite a vision. He cut the wood off his land on the Pope Road in Lowell, got a portable sawmill to come in and saw the lumber, then he hired a local carpenter to put up the buildings. Outside, the little “town” appears to have a general store, schoolhouse, church, f... More »

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Westmore Select Board tackles public nudity


copyright the Chronicle October 11, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   WESTMORE — The select board here is talking about passing a public indecency ordinance, with fines of up to $800, following complaints from people who said they were harassed at the nude beach at the south end of Lake Willough... More »

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