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Tracy Davis Pierce

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Obituaries 8.4.2021

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Stanley Edward Davis After a long courageous battle with multiple medical problems at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, on July 29, 2021, with his wife of 58 years and daughters by his side, Stanley Edward Davis, 78, of Derby, left this earth. He will be rem... More »

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Keep criminal trials in Orleans County

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Editorial When people who are paid to disagree find common ground, we pay attention. Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett and defense lawyer David Sleigh both say plans by the Vermont Judiciary to hold Orleans County criminal trials in Barre should... More »

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Reasons for shortage of workers remain unclear

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by Emmett Avery Newport’s Faith Lighthouse Assembly of God played host to a job fair on July 29, and about an hour into the event, 11 people looking for employment had circulated among the 23 tables set up by would-be employers. This scene appears representati... More »

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Legislators honor 50 years of service to Westfield

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by Joseph Gresser WESTFIELD—State Representative Brian Smith, who hails from Derby, said he got the idea of honoring Westfield Select Board Chair Yves Daigle for his years of service from his father, former State Senator Kermit Smith, himself a longtime public... More »

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Lawyers say moving trials is a mistake

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    by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A plan by the Vermont Judiciary to move criminal trials from Newport to Barre has drawn fire from lawyers on opposite sides of the judicial fence.  In an interview Friday, Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett said mo... More »

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Elka Schumann:  Memories of a friend

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  by Joseph Gresser Elka Schumann died Sunday surrounded by her immediate family. The larger family she and her husband, Peter, grew around them is too large to fit into any room.  I consider myself a member of that completely unexclusive group. When most peop... More »

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This is not a swan

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A beautiful, snow-white, and lifeless swan floats in the waters around Gardner Park in Newport.  The swan is one of a few decoys floating around the park, as part of an effort to deter geese.  Goose wire has also been strung along the shore.  Both deterrents w... More »

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Cavan Meese sheds light on theater life

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  by Leanne Harple Cavan Meese is a Northeast Kingdom artist who has made a lifestyle out of manifesting his own destiny.  Despite the limitations of growing up in a small town, his talents as a visual designer in theater and music have taken him all over the ... More »