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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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Newport has new fire chief

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The city council labored for over two hours Monday night, mostly in executive session, before delivering a new fire chief — John Harlamert. Council members spent the remaining hour of their three-and-a-half hour meeting hearing abou... More »

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An interview with Everett Demeritt

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by Tena Starr  CRAFTSBURY — If, at 83 years old, Everett Demeritt of Craftsbury was asked how best to make America great again, he’d probably say that everyone should have an upbringing like his — on a farm.   “We was probably the most fortunate kids to ever g... More »

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Greensboro man fighting fires in Australia

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by Tena Starr A Greensboro man is in Australia fighting the massive fires there.  When she most recently heard from her partner, Evan Karp, he was at the Mount Buffalo fire in central Victoria, Emily Maclure said on Tuesday.  He left on January 5 and will be b... More »

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Memphremagog’s future

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Legislators and public officials from the U.S. and Canada filled the the meeting room of the Emory Hebard State Office Building here Monday to consider the future of one of many bodies of water they share — Lake Memphremagog. The me... More »

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West Glover couple at epicenter of earthquakes

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by Tena Starr When Howie and Stephan Cantor of West Glover flew to Puerto Rico just before Christmas, they were expecting to spend the holidays with friends and family at the waterfront house they bought in September.   Instead, they found themselves at the ce... More »

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Newport voters say yes to ATVs

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Voters went to the polls Tuesday and decided to allow ATV traffic in downtown Newport.  When ballots were tabulated their decision heavily favored having the new vehicles, and hopefully increased business, in the city. Those who wan... More »

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Governor recognizes Glover senior

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MONTPELIER  — When Governor Phil Scott delivered his State-of-the-State Address last week one of the first things he mentioned was Vermont’s people.  The state, he said, is in great shape if one looks at its generous, community minded people.  Then he went on ... More »

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Crews cleaning up leachate spill in Coventry

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by Joseph Gresser COVENTRY — Crews continue cleanup work following a traffic accident that occurred in the early hours of December 27 and resulted in a spill of 8,000 gallons of leachate being transported from the Coventry landfill. According to the State Poli... More »

Newport to vote on ATV ordinance Jan. 14

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Voters will have their say on whether Newport streets should be open to ATV traffic when they go to the polls on Tuesday, January 14, to vote on whether or not to overturn the ordinance allowing such traffic.  A recent comment by Sc... More »

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Sugarmakers urged to adapt to climate change

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by Leanne Harple DERBY — There was bad news and good news at the Orleans County Maple Producers Association’s annual meeting at Paul’s Sugarhouse here Monday night. The bad news was that climate change is here and affecting the maple industry. The good news, t... More »

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A wish comes true for a Barton boy

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By Tena Starr NEWPORT — Nine-year-old Jeffrey Como III at first looked confused when he walked into City Cinema with his family on a Monday morning and found a dinosaur at the door waiting to greet him.  That dinosaur was really Cole Royer, a City Cinema emplo... More »