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The editor’s pick of some of the best stories of the week from the Barton Chronicle, a highly read weekly newspaper based in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region.

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Ripples from Newport reappraisal continue

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copyright the Chronicle April 25, 2018 NEWPORT — Ripples from the citywide reappraisal of Newport property continue to spread nearly a year after the initial evaluation process was completed. Those who disagree with the value placed on their property by Vision... More »

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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 »

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Longtime Orleans resident celebrating 102 years

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copyright the Chronicle April 25, 2018 by Tabitha Armstrong Rhoda Alberghini Benson turns 102 this Friday. Her life spans two world wars, countless conflicts, women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, the moon landing, and the coming of modern technology. And ye... More »

Zuckerman visits Newport prison

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copyright the Chronicle April 18, 2018 NEWPORT — A familiar ponytail could be seen heading toward the entrance of Northern State Correctional Facility through a light snowfall Tuesday morning. Under it, as usual, was Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. The Li... More »

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Bernie champions causes for veterans and seniors

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copyright the Chronicle April 18, 2018 NEWPORT — During his visit to Newport Saturday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said the present political moment is troublesome, but he pronounced himself “not unoptimistic” about the prospects for the future. He warned his ... 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 »

Shadow falls on landowner

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 BARTON — When Richard Labrecque got a notice saying a neighbor was claiming the use of a 200-foot-by-200-foot piece of his 200-acre farm in Barton he was perplexed. “How can this be?” he asked a reporter Monday. …To read ... 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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Peter Welch checks out Craftsbury projects

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018  CRAFTSBURY — U.S. Representative Peter Welch stopped by Craftsbury during the morning of April 5 to check out a couple of projects financed by the Northern Border Regional Commission. One is to reinvent the old Craftsbur... More »