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Tracy Davis Pierce

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Front Porch stages a soft opening

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by Matthew Wilson NEWPORT — The need for mental health services has been on the rise in the last few years. While it is easy to point a finger at the coronavirus pandemic as the main source of the increased need, there are a myriad of ways stress and uncertain... More »

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A possum or opossum?

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Either possum or opossum is correct depending on where one is located, but the two creatures are not one and the same.  Opossums are found…. …to read the rest of this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper, pick up a copy on the newsstands tod... More »

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Bapp fined $25,000 for junkyard violations

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — Brent Bapp, whose unpermitted junkyard was a thorn in the Barton Select Board’s side for nearly six years, has been fined almost $25,000 by Judge Thomas Walsh.  Mr. Bapp’s property off Burton Hill Road here was strewn with old camper... More »

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Three teens charged in Coventry assault

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Police say three teenagers from Springfield, Massachusetts, beat up a pair of Coventry men Sunday and stole three rifles at gunpoint.  According to the affidavit from Vermont State Police Trooper James Gallup, a 911 call came just... More »

Obituaries & Committals 6.19.2024

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Gregory David Whitehead   Gregory David Whitehead, of East Charleston, a lifelong outdoorsman and craftsman, died December 11, 2023, peacefully in his sleep in the home he built with his own two hands. He was 71. Born on December 17, 1951, in Hartford, Connect... More »

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Barton Village looks at flood mitigation

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by Kenzie Strange BARTON VILLAGE — Flooding is on people’s minds here, with some people cleaning up damage from last year, some seeing their property lines getting eaten away by the rising Barton River, and aware the state is entering flood season again. “I’ve... More »

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Police say passengers in chase were terrified

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Newport City Police Sergeant Nicholas Rivers said he was parked in front of an Orchard Street home known as a drug market around 12:25 p.m. on May 30 when he saw an SUV headed toward him.  In his affidavit Sergeant Rivers said he re... More »

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Thanks for the memories

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Should her diploma not be enough to bring her departure from North Country Union High School to mind, Aleigha Bonneau will have the selfie she took with Principal Chris Young to remind her of the damp Saturday when she graduated.  Photo by Joseph Gresser   More »

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TD closure means lawyers must move

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by Joseph Gresser   BARTON — The impending closure of the TD Bank branch here on July 12 may mean some inconvenience for those who will have to transfer accounts to different financial institutions or travel to Morrisville or St. Johnsbury if they prefer to st... More »

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Meeting cut short by resident’s comments

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  by Matthew Wilson NEWPORT CENTER — When a town resident became irate with the Newport Center Select Board and another member of the public tempers at the June 6 meeting got heated enough to bring business an immediate halt.  After being asked to keep his com... More »

6.12.2024 Obituaries & Committals

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Anne Courtney Plaskonos   Anne Courtney Plaskonos, 95, died on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. She was the widow of Michael Plaskonos. Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, to the late Percy R. and Blanche M. (Cusson) Courtney, Anne graduate... More »

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Elementary-middle school budget stands

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by Joseph Gresser Monday night voters of the Lake Region Union Elementary-Middle School District decided, by a narrow margin, to reaffirm the district’s $17.4-million budget.  The vote, after more than two hours of discussion and balloting, was 187 in favor of... More »