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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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Rangers beat Vikings in season home opener

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by David Dudley ORLEANS — The Lake Region Union High School Rangers shut out the Lyndon Institute Vikings 2-0 in their season opener at home on Saturday.  After a tightly contested first half, Rangers freshman midfielder Aidan Poginy kicked the ball into the n... More »

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The Northern Star has a new owner

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Jeff Smith arrives for the closing on the Northern Star with a giant check for $35,000 tucked under his arm. Patrick Martel (back to camera) was waiting for him on the dock. Photo by Joseph Gresser More »

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Buyer interest in Jay Peak grows

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by Joseph Gresser JAY— A list of four potential bidders for Jay Peak Resort set out in minutes from an August meeting of the Jay Zoning Board is far from complete, said Jay President Steve Wright.  Mr. Wright declined to provide more names, but on Friday, duri... More »

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Brownington Voters overturn speed limit

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by Joseph Gresser BROWNINGTON — At the first of a pair of special Town Meetings called to overturn ordinances passed by the Brownington Select Board, voters here on Monday rejected a plan to impose a blanket 35-mile-an-hour speed limit on the town.  The decisi... More »

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Tamarack Programs works with addicted offenders

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by David Dudley NEWPORT — The Tamarack Program —targeted at repeat offenders who may be driven by addiction — was rolled out statewide in July of 2017.  Two years later, though, it’s hard to say exactly how well it’s working because the impact it has on offend... More »

Castle hopes to return free meals to schools

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Several schools in the North Country Supervisory Union that provided free breakfasts and lunches to all students no longer qualify for the program that paid for the meals, said Superintendent John Castle, Friday.  But he is working ... More »

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City Farm Yarn

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by Amanda K. Camargo NEWPORT — When people think of a business on wheels, often they imagine cantinas and trendy food trucks. But one Newport woman is peddling yarn. Lucille LaPlume, who is 72 and retired, a former stitcher at Bogner, is opening a yarn store n... More »

In Barton..petition calls for five-member board

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by Tena Starr BARTON — A petition is circulating here calling for a special Town Meeting to see if people want to increase the number of select board members from three to five.   It needs 97 signatures.  Those who initiated it said they’d hoped to present it ... More »

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An impending insect apocalypse?

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By Joe Rankin Last February you might have seen news stories about an impending insect apocalypse. ‘Huge global extinction risk.” “Plummeting insect numbers threaten collapse of nature” …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe n... More »

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Accusations fly at select board meeting

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — New board member Doug Swanson and a small crowd of citizens had to wait for an hour to get into Barton’s municipal office building last week for the regularly scheduled select board meeting. Board Chair Robert Croteau showed up at ex... More »

16 of 40 priests named for abuse worked locally

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by Tena Starr The Diocese of Burlington last week published a list of 40 priests, from 1950, who a seven-member lay committee found had credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors made against them.  Sixteen of them worked in Orleans or Essex counties. …thi... More »

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Gas leak caused explosion

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A propane gas leak in the basement of a Brownington home caused an explosion and fire there Friday, the state Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit says. …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe now to access our e-version or to... More »