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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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School funding a priority for legislators

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   Just two weeks into the 2018 legislative session, Governor Phil Scott has given his State of the State speech, but this year’s budget address isn’t scheduled for another week. Behind the scenes, analysts are waiting t... More »

Supporters rally around fired librarian

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   ORLEANS — Parents and others who frequent the Jones Memorial Library here are asking that longtime librarian Joanne Pariseau be reinstated. Ms. Pariseau was fired in late December, after 19 years at the library. The d... More »

Dismissal of murder charge sought

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   NEWPORT — According to a motion filed by Jon Valsangiacomo, the lawyer representing Ryan P. Bacon, 32, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the state cannot prove his client committed second-degree murder or voluntary mansl... More »

Bad tenants leave landlords in the lurch

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   LOWELL — About 19 years ago Joe St. Onge started building his own little faux town. It was quite a vision. He cut the wood off his land on the Pope Road in Lowell, got a portable sawmill to come in and saw the lumber,... More »

Fire destroys Barton restaurant

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copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   BARTON — Fire destroyed Ming’s House, the Chinese restaurant here, on Friday. The tricky fire started at around 2 p.m. Barton Fire Chief Kevin Tartaglio, who arrived on the scene just minutes after the department was ... More »

Barton, Orleans fire departments plan merger

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copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   BARTON — Plans are moving ahead for combining the Barton and Orleans fire departments into a single, more efficient unit. Orleans Administrator John Morley and fire chiefs Kevin Tartaglio and E.J. Rowell came to Monda... More »

Work on Newport Center water to start soon

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copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT CENTER — When voters here went to the polls last April to decide whether or not to approve a $745,000 bond to improve the village water system, they took a risk. Town officials said the tow... More »

Trustees contemplate rate hike for Barton Village

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copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   BARTON VILLAGE — The trustees here are trying to decide when would be the best time to petition the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for an electric rate hike. “One reason we had such a huge increase a couple of year... More »

Brownington murder trial set for end of month

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copyright the Chronicle January 3, 2018 NEWPORT — Jeffrey M. Ray, 53, of Brownington will face a jury rather than try to negotiate a reduction in the first-degree murder charge he faces in the shooting death of Rick Vreeland. Mr. Ray has been held without bail... More »

Irasburg man pleads innocent to poaching moose

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copyright the Chronicle January 3, 2018  NEWPORT — The man who game wardens say killed a cow moose, dragged it behind his truck from Westmore to Barton, and left its carcass beside the road to rot has denied the stack of charges against him. Gerin J. Fortin, 2... More »

NCUHS spending down

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copyright the Chronicle January 3, 2018   NEWPORT — At its December 19 meeting, North Country Union High School got a first look at a budget proposal for the 2018-2019 school year. A draft already approved by the board’s Business Operations Committee calls for... More »