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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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Feds expected to file charges in EB5 case

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Federal prosecutors called a press conference for Wednesday, May 22, on the site of a proposed hotel, now a vacant lot, here.  In a press release, U.S. Attorney for Vermont Christine Nolan said she will announce the filing of charge... More »

VEC members hear from new CEO at annual meeting

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by Joseph Gresser JAY PEAK — About 200 members of the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) took the opportunity Saturday to get a free breakfast and meet the utility’s new CEO, Rebecca Towne, at the co-op’s annual meeting.  Ms. Towne, was hired last year after C... More »

Pete’s pot pickle

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by Joseph Gresser CRAFTSBURY — Pete Johnson, the eponymous founder of Pete’s Greens wanted to learn about growing hemp last year.  He wasn’t expecting the lessons the experience taught him. His biggest surprise came only a couple of weeks ago when he first lea... More »

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Albany farmer helps launch “ethical eater”

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by Tena Starr ALBANY — For about ten years, Kate Sullivan was a vegetarian, largely because of opposition to corporate agriculture, the only kind of farming she was aware of.  Now, she and her partner, Matt Wimmer, have a sheep farm in Albany, and Ms. Sullivan... More »

Do the landfill’s trucks need a special permit?

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by Joseph Gresser When Kirsten Sultan, coordinator of the District Seven Environmental Commission, got a letter from Tom Stelter of Irasburg asking for a ruling on whether Casella Waste Services’ network of transfer stations and trucks require a special permit... More »

Westfield store has new owners, new life

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by Elizabeth Trail WESTFIELD — “People are going to call it Brookside Hardware, and that’s okay,” said Ethan Bathalon, one of the partners in Westfield’s newly renamed Hometown Hardware and Supply.  “But we figured it should have a new name to show that we’re ... More »

FBI contacts Coventry residents

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by Elizabeth Trail COVENTRY — People here have received letters or visits from the FBI recently, asking for more information about when and how they paid their property taxes back when Cynthia Diaz was town clerk, treasurer, and delinquent tax collector. …To r... More »

Iconic St. Mary’s church needs help

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by Tena Starr NEWPORT — St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church appears to be as magnificent as ever, with the best view of Lake Memphremagog in the city.  But the iconic building is in urgent need of repair, said Mark Fortin, who is spearheading an effort to... More »

Barton school principal resigns

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by Elizabeth Trail   BARTON — Barton Academy and Graded School Principal Kim Wheelock has resigned effective the end of the school year. …To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe to the online edition below: Annual online su... More »

Track and field North Country, Lake Region come home winners

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by David Dudley ST. JOHNSBURY — A look out over the field at St. Johnsbury Academy Monday revealed a welcome sight:  The sun was shining, the sky was mostly clear, and there were about a hundred freshman athletes preparing for the NEK Frosh Invitational, a com... More »