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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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Orleans-Caledonia candidates face off at forum

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by Tena Starr   BARTON — Two Republicans, two Democrats, and an independent running for the two Orleans-Essex House seats squared off at a candidate forum here Monday night, explaining why they want the job and where they stand on the issues. About 15 people s... More »

Sanders and Zuckerman stump at Troy barbecue

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    by Joseph Gresser TROY — Before walking to the microphone, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman put his untouched pulled pork sandwich down near U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. “Don’t eat it,” he said. Senator Sanders looked up.  “You can’t trust a politician,... More »

Barton struggles to deal with the homeless

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by Tena Starr   BARTON — The presence of three or four homeless people in Barton, who have been panhandling, stealing, squatting in empty buildings, and harassing customers, particularly at the C&C Market, has prompted a sharp response from business owners and... More »

Orleans Two candidates debate issues

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by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Cheerful moderator Scott Wheeler offered some encouraging words Monday evening to the three candidates seeking to represent Orleans District Two in the state House of Representatives.   Before he began questioning them in front of... More »

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Mourning the end of Holland’s school

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by Joseph Gresser   HOLLAND — Staff at Holland Elementary School are just beginning to come to terms with their school closing at the end of June.  Town voters reluctantly decided, by a more than two to one margin, to shut the doors in order to keep the state ... More »

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The growing challenges of life on the border

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by David Dudley BEEBE PLAIN — Many residents along the northern border remember a time, before September 11, 2001, when the line that separated the United States and Canada was more of an abstract concept than concrete reality.  But with terrorist attacks occu... More »

Police investigate suspicious incidents

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copyright the Chronicle September 12, 2018 Police are investigating two incidents, one in Newport, the other in Barton, that appear to be attempts to abduct juveniles. State Police are investigating in Barton where, on Route 16 near the Roaring Brook Road Satu... More »

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Public expresses concern over landfill expansion

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copyright the Chronicle September 12, 2018 by Briana Bocelli NEWPORT –– There was a full house at the Gateway Center here Monday night as citizens from both sides of Lake Memphremagog voiced their concerns about a proposed Coventry landfill expansion and the i... More »

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The pains and pleasures of growing hemp

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copyright the Chronicle September 12, 2018 WEST BURKE — Vermont farmers may be about to strike it rich with a gusher of CBD oil, made from hemp, but some wonder how they can avoid the boom and bust cycle that afflicts similar products. That was one of the ques... More »

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Bear sightings up, but slow hunting season

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copyright the Chronicle September 12, 2018 by Paul Lefebvre ISLAND POND — Amidst the numerous sightings of bears in the backyard here this summer, expectations were running high for the state’s hunting season on bears that opened September 1. Either those expe... More »