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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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Fire department merger a success

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by Elizabeth Trail ORLEANS — It’s been about nine months since the Orleans and Barton fire departments merged into a single unit on a trial basis. And so far, said Orleans Village Manager John Morley, the merger has been a success. On December 4, Mr. Morley wi... More »

Wintry weather a spoiler for hunting

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  by Paul Lefebvre Winter weather is likely the spoiler for the 16-day rifle deer season that ended Sunday. Deep snow and bone-chilling temperatures caused the opening days to get off to a slow start, as neither hunters nor deer began stirring until the weathe... More »

Irasburg School Board votes to appeal merge

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by Elizabeth Trail  IRASBURG — A small delegation of Irasburg citizens appeared before the school board last Thursday night to ask whether school directors will support the select board in a pending legal action against Act 46. They hoped to find common ground... More »

An addict tells her story

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by David Dudley It was one of those cold, gray days that signal the arrival of autumn, hinting at the long winter ahead. The traffic in Lyndonville was light but steady.  I stood before the coffee shop waiting for a woman I’ll call Jane.  A few weeks earlier, ... More »

State says OCSU schools to be merged

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by Elizabeth Trail BARRE — Last Thursday, the state Board of Education voted to merge six of the seven elementary schools in the Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) into a single district. During a question and answer session before the vote, OCSU Board C... More »

Glover considers buying gravel pit

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  by Joseph Gresser GLOVER — Glover’s gravel pit will run out of material someday, but the town will still need gravel, said select board member Jack Sumberg on November 8.  He was addressing the 20 or so people who showed up at the Glover Town Hall for a spec... More »

Bernie goes to the dentist in Orleans

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  by Joseph Gresser ORLEANS — Senator Bernie Sanders, who won election to his third Senate term on November 7, was back in the Kingdom Monday to check out federally funded health care clinics operated by Northern Counties Health Care. …To read the rest of this... More »

Albany gravel pit dispute goes to court

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by Elizabeth Trail NEWPORT — A longstanding dispute over a gravel pit in Albany finally got its day in court this week. The hearing, before state Environmental Court Judge Thomas G. Walsh, looked at the merits of an appeal by some of the pit’s neighbors, filed... More »

Irasburg plans to fight merger

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by Elizabeth Trail   IRASBURG — The select board here agreed at its regular meeting Monday to get in touch with an attorney to find out more about options for fighting any Act 46 merger involving the Irasburg Village School. …To read the rest of this article, ... More »