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Backus brothers bring business to Westfield

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copyright the Chronicle February 10, 2016 by Tena Starr    WESTFIELD — Not long ago Rebecca Velazquez, who grew up in New Jersey, found herself in this very rural small town near tears, struggling to milk an uncooperative goat. She was an urban woman, never ev... More »

Dogs keep up the spirit at the Bel-Aire

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copyright the Chronicle January 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Trail NEWPORT — When tiny Shadow, a three-year-old shih tzu, can’t be found, everyone at the Bel-Aire Quality Care Center in Newport knows where to look for him. Shadow has a favorite person among the reside... More »

Holiday food

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copyright the Chronicle January 6, 2016 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph Eating is a huge part of the holidays. People get together to be merry around a heavily laden table. And every year, people stuff their faces before adopting New Year’s resolutions to shed pound... More »

Westfield residents carol on the common

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copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph WESTFIELD — The common here was the scene of much merry-making on Friday night. Every year the town organizes a caroling event for residents to meet up, mingle, and get to know each other bett... More »

An eclectic new bookstore comes to Newport

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copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail NEWPORT — If the secret to business success is location, location, location, the Nevermore Bookstore in Newport has a tough road ahead. It’s out of sight on East Main Street, behind Buzzy’s Beverage ... More »

A week in Haiti: On sports, treasure hunting, and life

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copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015 This article is Part III in a series about Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph’s recent trip to Haiti where she visited family and worked as a translator at an international conference aimed at building up the nursing profession in... More »

Oh my, it’s fruitcake weather

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copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail There is a persistent rumor that there’s only one fruitcake in the world. It just keeps getting rewrapped and passed along. Generally speaking, people either love fruitcake or they hate it. And after... More »

Lake Region is state winner of Solve for Tomorrow Contest

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copyright the Chronicle December 16, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph When teacher Connie MacFarlane received an e-mail with instructions to “answer a few questions for a chance to win technology for your school,” she did. Now Lake Region Union High School (LRUH... More »

Barton beauty shop closes after 36 years

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copyright the Chronicle December 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail BARTON — A Barton landmark will close for good on December 23. Ione’s Beauty Shop has been a fixture on Church Street, between the library and what is now Ming’s restaurant, for 36 years. But 75-year... More »

A week in Haiti: From nightlife to history

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copyright the Chronicle December 16, 2015 This article is Part II in a series about Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph’s recent trip to Haiti where she visited family and worked as a translator at an international conference aimed at building up the nursing profession in ... More »

Veterans remember Pearl Harbor

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copyright the Chronicle December 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail NEWPORT — As the years pass, fewer and fewer people are alive who remember what they were doing when they heard the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. On Monday morning, ... More »

Northsong’s performance was difficult, and brilliant

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copyright the Chronicle December 9, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph BARTON — The singers of Northsong received a standing ovation for their performance at the Barton United Church on Friday. Led by Anne Hamilton, and accompanied by Vivian Spates on the piano, t... More »