Who does, and who doesn’t, support Bernie?

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copyright the Chronicle February 3, 2016

For decades, Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democrat socialist, has been a top vote getter in Orleans County, one of the more conservative counties in Vermont.  Through random phone calls and man-on-the-street interviews, the Chronicle set out to find out who supports Senator Sanders, and who doesn’t, and why.

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For a dozen years or so, Dexter Randall, now a retired dairy farmer, regularly hosted a pig roast for Bernie Sanders at his farm in Troy.

Before that, the event occurred at Bob Judd’s dairy farm.  Mr. Randall took it over after Mr. Judd died.
“I used to go to those dinners that the Judd family had, and then when…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Select board races in several towns

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copyright the Chronicle February 3, 2016

There will be contested races for selectmen in Derby and Brighton.  The big news, though, is that the four towns that choose officers by Australian ballot will have candidates for all major offices.

In Barton, which has two open seats on the board of selectmen, Elizabeth McCartney will stand to replace Jim Greenwood, who decided…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Community mourns Creative Minds closure

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copyright the Chronicle February 3, 2016

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT – Shortcomings in both early childhood education policy and funding have made it impossible for Creative Minds Children’s Center in Newport Center to stay open, founder and owner Jody Marquis told the community Monday night at a meeting at the North Country Career Center.

The Newport Center childcare provider will close its doors on February 26, following several years of struggling to make ends meet.  Nearly 50 children were attending when the decision to close was made.

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Evidence room burglar could get up to 25 years

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copyright the Chronicle January 27, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT – A 20-year-old Newport man faces between eight and 25 years in prison for looting the evidence room at the Newport City Police Station and participating in a burglary spree that hit homes and businesses in Lowell and Troy.

Mikeal Rivers pled guilty or no contest to a string of felonies Tuesday in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court here.  His plea agreement allows him to contest the length of the sentence proposed by the state.

Should Judge Howard VanBenthuysen decide a long term is merited, Mr. Rivers would…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In Barton Village: Ormiston’s job is still in limbo

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copyright the Chronicle January 27, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

BARTON – Barton Village Financial Coordinator David Ormiston asked to have his job situation discussed in open session at Monday night’s meeting of the village trustees.  But despite a long discussion, both in open session and in executive session, the trustees have still not reached a final decision.

“Since the personnel matter on the agenda pertains to me, I would……To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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West Burke man gets crossword puzzle published in The New York Times

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copyright the Chronicle January 27, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

JOHNSBURY — There was nothing in The New York Times crossword puzzle on January 16 to suggest a Vermont connection — no maple syrup references, no catamounts or Green Mountains in the clues.

But the puzzle was the work of Sean Dobbin, a crossword enthusiast from West Burke. It’s the fourth crossword puzzle that Mr. Dobbin has had published in The New York Times.

On Monday, Mr. Dobbin was even more excited about another matter. He had just come…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Orleans Central Supervisory Union: Schools largely unaffected by spending cab fumble

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copyright the Chronicle January 20, 2016

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Most Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OSCU) school districts won’t be affected by the mix-up in calculating Act 46 spending caps, OCSU Business Manager Heather Wright said at the supervisory union’s carousel meeting on Tuesday.

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In NCSU: Most towns can expect to see lower tax rate

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copyright the Chroniocle January 20, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY – The board of North Country Union High School and the North Country Career Center have something of a late Christmas gift for area voters – a budget that is 2.34 percent lower than that approved last year.

As most local residents know, a lower budget does not always translate into lower property taxes.  But North Country Supervisory Union Director of Business and Finance Glenn Hankinson predicts most of the towns in the high school union should see…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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New plan for local dispatch eyed amidst reports of problems

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copyright the Chronicle January 20, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — An offer by the Newport City Police Department to take over responsibility for dispatching Orleans County emergency responders has drawn interest from a number of departments.

Some have complained of poor dispatching service since the center was moved from the State Police barracks in Derby to Williston. In particular, there have been mix-ups between Newport City and Newport Center.

At least one fire department, though, is feeling less enthusiastic about the city’s offer after a meeting with a representative of the State Police Monday evening.

Newport Police Chief Seth DiSanto told the city council at its meeting Monday night that he has met with Northeast International Mutual Aid, representatives of Orleans County emergency medical responders, and town officials to explain the proposal and received a good response from each.

In an interview last week, Chief DiSanto explained his idea, saying that Newport is offering to expand its dispatch service to cover the entire county. At present, he said, the city’s dispatch service operates during the day and evenings on weekdays.

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In Barton Village: Seniors urge PSB to reject electric rate hike

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copyright the Chronicle January 20, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

BARTON — A handful of Barton senior citizens begged the Public Service Board (PSB) at a hearing here Thursday night to reject an 18 percent electric rate increase that went into effect in December of 2015.

Barton Village Electric was allowed to start charging the higher rate before the PSB, makes its final decision.

If the rate increase is denied or modified, Barton Electric will owe its customers a refund.

About eight village residents showed up at the hearing held at the Municipal Building on January 14. There were also three members of the press, two Barton Trustees, and assorted officials.

The public hearing was part of a PSB investigation into the “fairness and equity” of Barton Electric’s proposed rate increase.

Andrea McHugh, a utilities analyst with the Public Service Board, was the hearing officer.

Altogether the planned rate increase will be just under 21 percent. The 18 percent increase took effect on December 5. Another increase of almost 3 percent is scheduled to go into effect on December 5, 2016.

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