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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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There’s a Hobbit hole in Westmore

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copyright the Chronicle April 18, 2018 Unbeknownst to this writer, and likely most everyone else, there’s a Hobbit hole in Westmore. In case you aren’t a Lord of the Rings fan, a Hobbit hole is a cute little home dug into a hillside. Hobbits are a domestic lot... More »

Shadow falls on landowner

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 BARTON — When Richard Labrecque got a notice saying a neighbor was claiming the use of a 200-foot-by-200-foot piece of his 200-acre farm in Barton he was perplexed. “How can this be?” he asked a reporter Monday. …To read ... More »

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The downright dismal state of dairy

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 After 31 years running an award-winning dairy farm, Deborah and Durwood Blay of Westfield have called it quits. They milked their cows for the last time on March 9, then tearfully watched them head up the driveway to thei... More »

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Peter Welch checks out Craftsbury projects

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copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018  CRAFTSBURY — U.S. Representative Peter Welch stopped by Craftsbury during the morning of April 5 to check out a couple of projects financed by the Northern Border Regional Commission. One is to reinvent the old Craftsbur... More »

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No easy money in hemp industry

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 BARTON — For some time now hemp has been touted as Vermont’s promising new agricultural opportunity. But Cam and Karen Devereux have a cautionary tale for those eager to convert a hayfield or pasture into a hemp operation.... More »

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Country mourns for Wilbur, the popular pig

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 BROWNINGTON — Orleans County’s most famous, and probably most beloved, pig has died. Wilbur was a potbellied pig who lived at the Vermont Reindeer Farm in Brownington. Pauline Broe said that she and her husband, John, take... More »

Essays get to the heart by walking the perimeter

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 Perimeter check III, Essays from Vermont’s Upper Kingdom, by Paul Lefebvre, published in 2017 by Beck Pond Books, softcover, 239 pages, $17. Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar What does it mean to be a resident of the Northeast... More »

Newport community garden to be a thing of the past

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 NEWPORT — The community garden near the Gardner Park bandstand will soon be a thing of the past, Jennifer Bernier told members of the city council at their meeting Monday night. Ms. Bernier said board members of Fresh Star... More »

Legislators grilled about gun laws

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 BARTON — It didn’t require a poll to predict that the 100 or so people who turned up at the Memorial Building Monday night did not favor the gun bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature. But Tabitha Armstrong, ... More »

Barton principal ruffles feathers

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 BARTON — Some teachers, staff, and parents are alarmed by the rate at which personnel have departed Barton Academy and Graded School since a change in administration. And they fear the Barton School Board is rubber-stampi... More »

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Farming family mourns their cows

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 David and Mary Jane Hoadley of Lowell got a phone call on the morning of January 18 from a relative. “There are a bunch of dead cows in a barn in Brownington,” he said. “I hope they’re not yours.” “I hoped so, too,” Ms. H... More »