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Elizabeth Trail

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Taxes, funding, Act 46, opiates discussed at forum

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copyright the Chronicle February 14, 2018   ORLEANS — Property taxes, education funding, and Act 46 dominated the conversation at Monday night’s legislative forum at the Orleans Elementary School. In the course of talking about those issues, legislators and th... More »

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Biochar venture a modern take on an ancient idea

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018   BARTON — A local trio hopes they’ve found a way to fight climate change, clean up Vermont’s water, and create a business at the same time. Richard and Donna Pion, and longtime friend Luke Persons, have teamed up to tu... More »

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No one hurt, but significant damage from Barton fire

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018 by Elizabeth Trail   BARTON — It was just luck that Greg Provencher came home from work a little early on Tuesday afternoon. And even so, it took a few moments for his brain to process that his house was on fire. “I not... More »

New group hopes to bring about change for the good

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018     BARTON — On the one Saturday in recent memory when it’s been warm enough to do something outdoors, a good-sized group of Northeast Kingdom people chose to spend the afternoon in a church basement planning how to bri... More »

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Barton gets a bakery

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018 BARTON — Early hours are part of the bakery business. On Monday, Erin LaPlante was up at 2:45 a.m. baking bread. By six, the smells of cinnamon and fresh bread wafted through the air, and her display case was filling up... More »

School funding a priority for legislators

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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 t... More »

Barton, Orleans fire departments plan merger

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copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   BARTON — Plans are moving ahead for combining the Barton and Orleans fire departments into a single, more efficient unit. Orleans Administrator John Morley and fire chiefs Kevin Tartaglio and E.J. Rowell came to Monda... More »

Trustees contemplate rate hike for Barton Village

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copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   BARTON VILLAGE — The trustees here are trying to decide when would be the best time to petition the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for an electric rate hike. “One reason we had such a huge increase a couple of year... More »