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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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Brownington road signs outlive creators’ youth

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge BROWNINGTON — New drivers on the roads in Brownington might notice a few colorful signs welcoming motorists to the community.  The signs look to be the work of schoolchildren and the vibrant colors make them look relatively new. “A little ... More »

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Demo derby honors lost driver

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    by Luke Vidic BARTON — About a hundred cars and rusted-out clunkers gathered at the Orleans County Fair for the first major demolition derby since the loosening of COVID restrictions. The weather was nearly perfect, with only a couple scattered showers, an... More »

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Leach library lets visitors take out veggies

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge IRASBURG — In 2015, there was no after-school enrichment program for students in Irasburg.  Through the work of the Leach Public Library Board of Trustees, enrichment programming was initiated that year, offering after-school sessions for ... More »

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OCSU moves on equity, pay raises

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BARTON — The Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) Board discussed the rollout of its equity policy at its September 2 meeting.   Members also approved a pay raise for substitutes, provided an update on the reopening of schools, and issued a statement to te... More »

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Bernie visits Newport

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Vermont’s junior U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders, has spent most of his career in Washington as something of an outsider.  An Independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, Senator Sanders hardly could be called mainstr... More »

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Landfill foes dissatisfied by ANR policy

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) would never pour oil even on troubled waters, but its secretary, Julia Moore, did try to calm tensions before a meeting held in Newport by announcing a three-year continuation of the m... More »

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VTrans helps monarchs

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge Ten sites along Interstate 91 between Orleans and Newport, and two other sites on I-91 north of Newport, are being monitored by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) for monarch butterfly conservation. Why should we care about the ... More »

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Newport’s new look

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  by Luke Vidic NEWPORT — New crosswalk indicators, streetlights, bump-outs, and a seating area will soon grace the intersection of Field Avenue and Main Street.  The additions are the first steps in the city’s expansive facelift, first laid out in 2018. Heavy... More »

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Hamilton, saved by veterinary skill

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Photo by Colin Nickerson Hamilton the donkey suffered a close brush with death only hours after being born July 9. Through mishap, the quivering bundle of flesh, bone and spirit slipped from his mother’s womb into a filthy puddle at Arnold’s Rescue Center in B... More »