How hard is it to buy a gun?

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copyright the Chronicle January 13, 2016

by Tena Starr  

A couple of months ago I became the owner of a World War II issue Yugoslavian Mauser.

The story behind that unlikely purchase is complicated, but part of it had to do with the San Bernardino shootings.

Aware that the gun control debate was about to start up again, I wondered just how hard, or easy, it actually is to buy a gun.

One way to find out was to buy one.

Even though I grew up in Vermont in a family with a gun cabinet, went hunting with my father as a kid, and made sure both my children knew how to shoot, I had never owned, or bought, a gun.

So I asked about the Mauser, got a break on the price, and bought it.

This is what it entailed: I filled out the paperwork, which isn’t lengthy, and basically asks… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Barton Village: New water and sewer rates set

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copyright the Chronicle January 13, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

BARTON — The Barton Village Trustees set new water and sewer rates at their meeting Monday night. Water customers will now pay a base charge of $24 a month, plus $4.50 for every thousand gallons they use. They will also pay a $30 base charge for sewer service, plus $6.25 for every thousand gallons, based on the water meter.

Water bills are about to be sent out for the current billing cycle, so people will see those changes on the bill that comes in February.

Jackie Swett and Denise Valley came to the meeting as concerned citizens. Because they each use fewer than 1,000 gallons a month, they fall into the category of users, many on fixed incomes, who will see their rates go up as a result of the changes.

“So, after the whole discussion at the public meeting, you’re still going ahead with raising our rates?” Ms. Swett asked. “That’s a 60… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In Newport Center: Doubled water rates lead to fractious meeting

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copyright the Chronicle January 13, 2016

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT CENTER — The 25 or so people who came to the select board meeting here on Thursday, January 7, were looking for answers as to why their water bill doubled in November.

They left the fractious meeting with a newly formed water committee and an approved $171,366 water budget for 2016, up nearly $13,450 from this year’s $157,922 budget.

Part of that increase includes a new capital reserve fund of $11,255. It’s the first time the water department will set money aside, select board Chair Steve Barrup said.

The budget also includes $44,912 for engineering fees, which are expected to be reimbursed through state grants.

Water users became concerned after the select board doubled water rates in November. The price tag for water jumped from $120 per quarter per household to $240.

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The Donald does Vermont

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by Tena Starr  

BURLINGTON — Not surprisingly, given the candidate’s career, Donald Trump’s rally here last week resembled a reality TV show as much as a political rally.

Mr. Trump bragged about the 20,000 people who had lined up to see him.

Actually, according to Burlington Police, that number was closer to 2,000.

His campaign had issued 20,000 free tickets, and many ticket holders believed that a ticket translated into entrance to the venue.

It did not. Hundreds of people stood in line outside for hours and many were denied entrance because the 1,400-seat venue was full.

It filled slowly, since everyone who made it to the doors had to go through airport level security, including body scans and bag searches.

“I love my people,” Mr. Trump said shortly after we walked in. “They are the most loyal people.”

Anyone who did not exhibit that loyalty, however, was ushered, bodily if necessary… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Irasburg Selectmen: Board gets tutorial on public meeting law

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Irasburg town attorney Sara Davies Coe explains the fine points of the open meeting law to the Irasburg Select Board and planning commission.  At left is board Chair Brian Fecher.  At the far right is Town Clerk Danielle Ingalls.   Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Irasburg town attorney Sara Davies Coe explains the fine points of the open meeting law to the Irasburg Select Board and planning commission. At left is board Chair Brian Fecher. At the far right is Town Clerk Danielle Ingalls. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle January 6, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

IRASBURG — “Oftentimes boards think they are eligible to enter executive session when they are not,” Irasburg town attorney Sara Davies Coe told the selectmen and members of the newly formed Irasburg Planning Commission at Monday night’s meeting.

Ms. Davies Coe’s comment raised a few chuckles around the room, if rueful ones, from the select board. Irasburg’s select board has been accused of violating the open meeting law twice in the past several months.

So Ms. Davies Coe was asked to come to the meeting to conduct a training session.

“I’m a new chair, and I want to be sure I get it right,” Brian Fecher said. “We also have a new board member.”

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Fish passage is officially open

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Photo by Nate Sicard

Photo by Nate Sicard

copyright the Chronicle January 6, 2016

The long-awaited fish passage at Barton Electric’s hydroelectric power plant in West Charleston officially opened on December 23. Federal regulations require a way for fish to be able to migrate upstream past a power plant or dam….

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Glover woman qualifies to compete in Olympic trials

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Leah Frost stands before a few of the many race bibs that decorate a wall of her Glover apartment.  Photos by Joseph Gresser

Leah Frost stands before a few of the many race bibs that decorate a wall of her Glover apartment. Photos by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle December 16, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

GLOVER — Leah Frost, who won the title of “Fastest Woman in Glover” at the 2013 and 2014 Glover Day Chamberlain Run, has earned the chance to match her mettle against some of her running heroes. A time of 2:42:52 in the California International Marathon means she has qualified to compete in trials for a slot on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.

The race was held in Sacramento, California, on December 6.

Ms. Frost, who lives in Glover, said Monday that she is under no illusion that she will be one of those chosen to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio De Janeiro next August. To do that, she said, would require her to cut around 20 minutes from her time.

If the weather stays as it has been and she’s able to train hard, Ms. Frost said she… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Shooter in O’Hagan killing sentenced to 23 to 50 years

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Michael Norrie sits at the defense table during a recess at his sentencing hearing. Photos by Joseph Gresser

Michael Norrie sits at the defense table during a recess at his sentencing hearing. Photos by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle December 9, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

ST. JOHNSBURY — The man who admitted firing the shot that killed Mary Pat O’Hagan will spend at least 22 years in prison. Judge Robert Gerety, sitting in the Caledonia Criminal Division of Superior Court on December 3, accepted the plea agreement worked out between Michael Norrie, 25, of Sheffield, and the state.

His sentence calls for a 23-to-50-year term, all but 23 years of which will be suspended. Mr. Norrie will be credited with time already served, about one year, according to Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren.

In July Mr. Norrie pled guilty to burglary, kidnapping, and first-degree murder in the slaying of Mrs. O’Hagan, a 78-year-old Sheffield resident. The sentencing agreement was put forward at that time, but Judge Robert Bent, who was serving in Caledonia County, asked for a pre-sentence investigation before approving the deal.

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Local Christmas tree businesses are booming

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Tom and Ali Bouffard haul in two trees they chose and cut at Asack and Son tree farm in Barton.  Although the couple lives in Rhode Island, Mr. Bouffard was raised in Newport and his family has been buying their annual Christmas tree at Asack’s for as long as he can remember.  The second tree is for Ms. Bouffard’s parents in Massachusetts.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Tom and Ali Bouffard haul in two trees they chose and cut at Asack and Son tree farm in Barton. Although the couple lives in Rhode Island, Mr. Bouffard was raised in Newport and his family has been buying their annual Christmas tree at Asack’s for as long as he can remember. The second tree is for Ms. Bouffard’s parents in Massachusetts. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle December 2, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail 

By most accounts, this is shaping up to be a banner year for people in the Christmas tree business.

“Fantastic,” was the one word description from Richard Labrecque of Barton, who buys trees wholesale in Canada and sells them to retailers in New York and southern New England. Mr. Labrecque has hauled about 5,000 trees this year.

“The best Black Friday ever,” said Bill Asack of Asack and Son, a choose-and-cut tree farm in Barton.

For people in the Christmas tree business, this is the make or break season. But the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a small part of the work involved.

“It’s almost year-round — one thing after another from April ’til Christmas,” said Sue Tester, who helps her husband, Bill, at Tester’s Star Farm in West Glover. “And November is flat out.”

The year begins even earlier for Bill and Andy Asack. The biggest part of their… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Glover vet gets a new home

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Dale Kilby of Glover plans to donate to the Disabled Veterans of the America in order to “pay it forward.”  Photo by Tena Starr

Dale Kilby of Glover plans to donate to the Disabled Veterans of the America in order to “pay it forward.” Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle November 25, 2015

by Tena Starr

GLOVER — Dale Kilby is a Vietnam vet who grew up on a West Glover farm. He’s spent the past 20 years living in a tiny silver camper in the woods a few miles south of Glover Village.

He works two days a week at the Glover recycling center, and he walks, or hitchhikes, wherever he needs to go. Since his home has no running water or electricity, that means hauling in everything he needs, including water, on foot. And since he rents the land, it wouldn’t make sense to drill a well, even if he could afford such an extravagance.

Some time ago, his decrepit trailer’s roof began to leak. He put up with it, but had a particularly tough winter last year. It was bitter, and the interior of the trailer could… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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