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Tracy Davis Pierce

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Obituaries 1.20.21

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William “Bill” Arthur Jenne William “Bill” Arthur Jenne, age 74, died peacefully on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire. Bill was born on December 25, 1946, to Arthur William Jenne and Florence Stevens Jenne of D... More »

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Barton, Brownington to vote on retail pot stores

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  by Tena Starr BARTON — Voters in Barton and Brownington, as well as Newport City, will be asked at Town Meeting this year if they want to allow licensed retail cannabis stores in town.  Voters in each municipality must decide if they want them. In Browningto... More »

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Vermont bear hunters had a record season in 2020

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  The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had another safe and successful hunting season in 2020. Preliminary numbers show that hunters took a record 914 black bears during the two-part early and late bear seasons.  The pr... More »

COVID briefing. Some good news for a change

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  by Joseph Gresser For the first time in a great while the news from Governor Phil Scott’s press briefing was largely positive on Tuesday morning.  A decline in the rate of cases of COVID in the region and the nation provides some reason for optimism, said Co... More »

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OCHS Barton Landing High School

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  The Old Barton Landing High School, which was located on School Street and located where the Orleans Federated Church now stands. In the past, instead of union high schools, many towns had their own high schools.  Then, as now, class trips were often held, a... More »

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Plenty of police, few protesters

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  by Emmett Avery MONTPELIER — Walking up State Street toward the Capitol around noon Sunday, one might have reasonably thought the Vermont press corps was picketing the State House — under heavy police observation. But the swarm of press and heavily armed law... More »

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Hilmer’s offers help with cooking through COVID

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  by Amanda Kennedy Smith NEWPORT — A small group of socially distanced students were gathered at Hillmer’s on Main on a Wednesday afternoon awaiting the start of a Chinese cooking class offered by chef and restaurant co-owner Travis Elmer. With a cling-clang ... More »

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DUMP critical of DEC landfill report

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  by Joseph Gresser DUMP (Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity) has some bones to pick with a recently released report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The “Report on Landfill Operations in the State” was called for in Act 69 and... More »

Towns decide how to hold Town Meeting

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  by Joseph Gresser Select boards in most Orleans County towns have decided against holding a traditional Town Meeting and instead are opting to make decisions and elect officers by Australian ballot.  Voters in Albany, Brighton, Brownington, Charleston, Coven... More »

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LR students donate 300 pounds of fudge

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  Students from Lake Region Union High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter were asked not to host any fund-raisers this year.  Instead, the FBLA students decided to make over 300 pounds of fudge as a special treat to hand out to North Co... More »