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One size doesn’t fit all


copyright the Chronicle February 14, 2018 For a long time the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover had a regular circus act performed by The Rotten Idea Theater, which drew the audience’s attention to, well, rotten ideas. We’re not performance artists, sadly not... More »

Adding insult to injury


copyright the Chronicle February 7, 2018 State government is capable of coming up with some pretty bad ideas, but Representative Brian Smith of Derby called attention to a doozy last week. Mr. Smith, who is also a longtime selectman, held a mini-hearing for ot... More »

Fire department merger should benefit everyone


copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018   With the very able assistance of Orleans Village Administrator John Morley, the Barton and Orleans fire departments are pursuing something of a merger. What a great idea! For years now, all emergency departments — fir... More »

Westmore Select Board tackles public nudity


copyright the Chronicle October 11, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   WESTMORE — The select board here is talking about passing a public indecency ordinance, with fines of up to $800, following complaints from people who said they were harassed at the nude beach at ... More »



Editorial VOTER BEWARE OF SOCIAL MEDIA This has not been a pleasant election year.  At the national level, the discourse, if you can call it that, veers between astounding and revolting. However, we’re happy to say that, locally the conversation has been large... More »

Does school district consolidation save money?


copyright the Chronicle August 3, 2016 by Tena Starr Last month, voters in the Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) rejected a plan to consolidate into a single big school district. When they did, they also threw away the carrots that went with early conso... More »

Opinion: Well, maybe it can happen here


  copyright the Chronicle March 23, 2016 by Chris Braithwaite If you’ve been as gob smacked as I have by The Donald phenomenon, I have a recommendation: Find a copy of It Can’t Happen Here and give it a read. It’s the most relevant commentary I’ve encountered ... More »

Opinion: Farewell and thank you


copyright the Chronicle September 3, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar Dear Chronicle readers, This week’s paper marks my last as an editor for your weekly edition of the Chronicle. I’ve done this work for you for almost three decades. I’ll miss it — and you — dearly.... More »

Editorial: Thanks, Jim


copyright the Chronicle August 20, 2014 Jim Jeffords died Tuesday at age 80 after a lifetime of public service. He was a Republican until the party moved away from his core Vermont values. In 2001 he became an Independent. His decision shifted the power in the... More »

Editorial: Fight tar sands oil — for the right reasons


copyright the Chronicle February 26, 2014 Next week at Town Meeting four Orleans County towns will vote on a resolution that basically says they don’t want tar sands oil to be shipped through the Portland Pipeline’s Northeast Kingdom oil lines.  They are Alban... More »