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Tracy Davis Pierce

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Man accused of smuggling parrots across border

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by Tena Starr A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and accused of smuggling parrots into Vermont from Canada in violation of the Endangered Species Act and federal anti-smuggling laws. Newport Border Patrol agents were notified on December 30, 2019, that there... More »

Couple allegedly burned house for insurance

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A Brownington couple is facing charges that allege they burned a house in an attempt to collect the insurance on the building.  Roger G. Guay, 58, and his wife, Teresa M. Guay, 56, appeared Tuesday in the Criminal Division of Orlean... More »

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Local smokejumper returns from Australian fires

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by Meghan Wayland GREENSBORO — Evan Karp arrived in Australia to applause.  As he and fellow U.S. firefighters stepped off the plane, an Australian fire crew was there to thank them for joining their effort to fight the most catastrophic fire in Australian his... More »

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12-year-old turns snow into money

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by Tena Starr ORLEANS — Ben Roberts is a businessman.  As sole proprietor of Ben’s Snow Removal, he travels around the county shoveling driveways, walkways, cars, decks, porches, and roofs.  He has a stack of handsome business cards and a collection of sophist... More »

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Frozen pipes at root of Newport house fire

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NEWPORT — In the wake of a house fire here earlier in the month, the Division of Fire Safety is reminding people to avoid using torches to thaw frozen pipes. The fire at a Lake Road home, owned by Mike and Kristen Anderson, was reported about 9:30 a.m. on Febr... More »

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Youngsters explore their future careers

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by Peggy Stevens Thursday February 5, was a day to remember for NCUJHS (North Country Union Junior High School) students — Career Fair!  Every other year at this time, the doors of the school open wide to community volunteers from a multitude of diverse career... More »

Barton Select Board resolves sticky issues

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — The Barton Select Board followed a long, winding trail to resolve a couple of sticky issues — how much to pay the town’s zoning administrator, and what to do about bids on a town bridge project. On February 4, at the end of a content... More »

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Winter carnival is part of Island Pond revival

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by Meghan Wayland ISLAND POND — Despite the heavy snow and bitter cold, downtown businesses thrived during the thirteenth annual winter carnival in Island Pond last weekend. For three days, the historic railroad hub boomed with activity.  Downtown boasted a va... More »