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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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Inmates coach inmates through new prison program  

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Daniel Jones celebrated Christmas by giving some fudge to everyone in his neighborhood.  That wouldn’t be a big deal if he weren’t incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility. …To read the rest of this article, and all th... More »

Payless paydays for some during shutdown

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by Joseph Gresser Local workers, including Customs and Border Protection agents, may be facing payless paydays if the current impasse in Washington, D.C., continues much longer.  The shutdown, if it keeps going, could also affect farmers, Food Stamp recipients... More »

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Stealing, damaging trees has stiff penalties

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by Tena Starr Greg Dowd is a longtime Massachusetts Christmas tree farmer who wanted to expand, so he bought 22 acres from Brownington tree farmer Bob Walker last year.   Mr. Walker is sort of retired, but has grown Christmas trees for decades.   Thus, the pro... More »

Greensboro Bend woman suspected of embezzlement

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  A 26-year-old Greensboro Bend woman has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $15,000 while working as a tax examiner for the Vermont Tax Department. …To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe to the online edi... More »

Ruminations..The night before Christmas

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by Elizabeth Trail  We were blessed, growing up, by being the only grandchildren on either side of the family.  And since both sides lived close, the holiday season was a prolonged affair, with the hosting for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s parce... More »

Jury acquits Barton man of sex crimes

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by Paul Lefebvre NEWPORT — A jury here in Orleans County Superior Court Friday acquitted Travis Eurbin, 49, of Barton of three felony charges arising from his relationship with a child over a five-year period of time. …To read the rest of this article, and all... More »

Newport reverses stance on landfill

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — After about two and a half hours of discussion the city council here decided by a split vote to retract a letter opposing expansion of the Coventry landfill and again accept leachate at Newport’s wastewater treatment facility. …To r... More »

Animals saved in Irasburg barn fire

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by Tena Starr IRASBURG — A barn fire here Monday morning had a rare happy ending. Passersby noticed the fire and one called the Irasburg Fire Department at about 10:40 a.m.  Meanwhile, they and a game warden helped get animals out and away from the barn. …To r... More »

Christmas rings a school bell of diversity

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   by Paul Lefebvre Among schools and educators in Orleans County recognizing diversity appears to the prevailing message when it comes to celebrating holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. Whether it’s putting up a Christmas tree in a classroom or recog... More »

Hope for farmers from saffron?

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Could the world’s most expensive spice provide Vermont farmers with a cash infusion?  Maybe, says a University of Vermont research professor. …To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe to the online edition below: Annual onli... More »