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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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Brewfest aims to help patients in need

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 by Briana Bocelli NEWPORT –– The beer was flowing on Saturday at the annual Northeast Kingdom Hematology Oncology (NEKHO) Brewfest hosted by Kingdom Brewing to help raise money for patients with chronic illnesses cover thei... More »

Farm Bill takes another step toward passage

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 The 2018 Farm Bill took another step toward passage when it cleared the Senate 86-11 on June 28. On June 21 the House of Representatives narrowly passed its version of the Farm Bill 213-211. Because the two bills include su... More »

Lawyer sues to open special investigations records

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 A St. Johnsbury lawyer has gone to Orleans County Superior Court in search of an order opening the records of the Orleans County Child Advocacy Center/Special Investigations Unit to public inspection. In a filing submitted ... More »

A rare race for sheriff shapes up

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 NEWPORT — For the first time in over a decade Orleans County residents, at least those who vote in the Republican Primary, will have a choice as to who will be their sheriff. Two seasoned law enforcement professionals are s... More »

Barton man killed in crash is mourned

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 Friends and family describe 24-year-old Justin Darling, who was killed in a car crash at about 1 a.m. on Monday, July 1, as one of the most kind and caring people they knew. They say he will be sorely missed by many, for hi... More »

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Newport celebrates its centennial

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 NEWPORT — A few thousand people braved scorching heat on Saturday to mark Newport’s one-hundredth birthday with a grand parade and a slew of other events that will run until Friday, July 6. Around 100 floats filled Main Str... More »

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A muddy weekend at Rider Hill

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 by Briana Bocelli WEST CHARLESTON –– Motocross racers got down and dirty on the track at Rider Hill on Sunday for a day filled with fun, competition, and –– mud. The torrential downpour that took place the night before made... More »

Small schools grants still up in the air

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 According to Superintendent John Castle of the North Country Supervisory Union, the metrics created by the Vermont Board of Education to set the qualifications needed for a school to earn a small schools grant remain flawed... More »

Landfill expansion seems to be on track

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COVENTRY — Despite complaints about odor from neighbors and concerns about the idea of expanding the landfill, New England Waste Services of Vermont’s request for permission to add another 51-acre cell to its Coventry landfill seems to be on track. New England... More »

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Glover youth joins the circus, Circus Smirkus, that is

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GREENSBORO — Asom Hayman-Jones of Glover stood with a crowd of casually dressed troupers in the Circus Smirkus ring on June 21. The first performance of the 2018 season was a little more than a week away, and there was plenty of work left to do to get the show... More »

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Progress made in Lowell bridge dispute

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LOWELL — Arlon Warner and his partner, Scott Tallman, live at the end of a steep, narrow, and winding gravel road off the Mines Road in Lowell. Their driveway is at the bottom of the hill, and there’s no way to get momentum to climb the initial grade. Mr. Warn... More »

Sweet Tree plans expansion into Westmore

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WESTMORE — A representative of The Maple Guild, the trade name for Sweet Tree Holdings, came close to stumping the Westmore Select Board Monday when he showed up looking for information about hauling sap from the 100,000 new taps the company plans for an expan... More »