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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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Coventry landfill expansion moves closer

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  by Joseph Gresser COVENTRY — A 51.2-acre expansion of the New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWS-VT) landfill here moved a step closer to approval on October 12 when the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Department of Environmental Conservation ... More »

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Slim pickings for moose hunters

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    by Paul Lefebvre ISLAND POND — Gone are the days when traffic and spectators congested the lanes of travel at the state and town highway garages here.  Missing are the racks of embroidered clothing from Maine, and food carts, hosted by members of the Brigh... More »

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In Albany: Plans for a park lead to lawsuit

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by Elizabeth Trail Late in September, a logger hired by the town of Albany began clear cuttinga section of a long-fallow piece of land the town owns at the top of Hartwell Pond Road.  According to a memo the select board handed out at its October 2 meeting, th... More »

Barton Select Board

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BARTON — The Barton Select Board, operating without Selectman Bob Croteau as has been the case since it changed its meeting time earlier this year, decided to designate Orleans Emergency Unit as the town’s ambulance service.  Barton Ambulance went out of busin... More »

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Plan for asbestos mine settlement meets resistance

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by Tena Starr A plan to spend $850,000 in settlement money from G-I Holdings, a former owner of the big, long defunct asbestos mine in Lowell and Eden has met with resistance. The money, paid in full early this year, is supposed to offset environmental damage ... More »

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Ralph Swett writes his autobiography

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by David Dudley BROWNINGTON — Ten years ago, Ralph Swett made a promise to himself.  The self-proclaimed farmer, father, Native American, businessman, and damn hard-working Orleans native, decided to write his autobiography. At 88 years young, as he likes to s... More »

New OCSU merger plan explained

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New OCSU merger plan explained   by Joseph Gresser   About 15 people gathered at Lake Region Union High School on September 27 for the first of a series of public meetings designed to explain the proposed terms of consolidation for the school districts of the ... More »

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The man who created a community orchestra

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  by Joseph Gresser   DERBY — Ken Michelli bucked the usual flow of traffic when he and his wife retired from Georgia to Derby Line. “We wanted to be where it was cooler,” he said Saturday morning. When he got here, Mr. Michelli missed one of the features of s... More »

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Hemp farmers angered by thefts

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  by Tena Starr Vermont hemp growers are running across an unexpectedly serious problem — wide-scale theft.   Many have taken to employing extensive security measures, including carrying guns to ward off thieves who have stolen thousands of dollars of the mari... More »