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Tena Starr

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Scenic View to be closed

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copyright the Chronicle April 25, 2018 WESTFIELD — Rural Edge, the Lyndonville-based nonprofit, rural housing organization, has decided to close Scenic View, a residential care facility in Westfield. It hopes to sell it. “The significant costs of running Sceni... More »

What changed?

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I remember the day of the Columbine shootings where two teens killed 13 people and wounded nearly two dozen others at the Colorado high school before turning their guns on themselves. What I remember most clearly is the shock. I couldn’t immediately process wh... More »

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There’s a Hobbit hole in Westmore

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copyright the Chronicle April 18, 2018 Unbeknownst to this writer, and likely most everyone else, there’s a Hobbit hole in Westmore. In case you aren’t a Lord of the Rings fan, a Hobbit hole is a cute little home dug into a hillside. Hobbits are a domestic lot... More »

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The downright dismal state of dairy

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 After 31 years running an award-winning dairy farm, Deborah and Durwood Blay of Westfield have called it quits. They milked their cows for the last time on March 9, then tearfully watched them head up the driveway to thei... More »

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The downright dismal state of dairy

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 After 31 years running an award-winning dairy farm, Deborah and Durwood Blay of Westfield have called it quits. They milked their cows for the last time on March 9, then tearfully watched them head up the driveway to thei... More »

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Nick’s Snack Shack coming to Barton

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 BARTON — Bobbie Joe Roberts McManus has bought a long empty building in the center of Barton Village and plans to open Nick’s Snack Shack, hopefully by May 31. The move, she said, is partly fulfillment of a childhood drea... More »

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No easy money in hemp industry

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 BARTON — For some time now hemp has been touted as Vermont’s promising new agricultural opportunity. But Cam and Karen Devereux have a cautionary tale for those eager to convert a hayfield or pasture into a hemp operation.... More »

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Country mourns for Wilbur, the popular pig

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 BROWNINGTON — Orleans County’s most famous, and probably most beloved, pig has died. Wilbur was a potbellied pig who lived at the Vermont Reindeer Farm in Brownington. Pauline Broe said that she and her husband, John, take... More »

Barton principal ruffles feathers

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 BARTON — Some teachers, staff, and parents are alarmed by the rate at which personnel have departed Barton Academy and Graded School since a change in administration. And they fear the Barton School Board is rubber-stampi... More »

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What a short strange trip it was

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copyright the Chronicle March 21, 2018 We spent the first evening of February vacation hanging out in the breakdown lane of I84 with the New York State Police. We left Vermont mid-day Wednesday, February 21, when it was 65 degrees in Glover, 83 by the time we ... More »