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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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Veterans Summit focuses on support

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge LYNDON — As a young man just out of his teens, John Hojek served the country as a Marine Corps infantryman in the Iraq war.  He now will be serving veterans in need as a psychologist. Mr. Hojek graduated a few weeks ago with a master’s deg... More »

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Simard pleads guilty to 2016 Brownington slaying

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In Superior Court by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Jennifer Simard, 49, of Brownington appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans County District Court on June 9 and pled guilty to manslaughter in the 2016 stabbing death of Kevin Smith. Ms. Simard originally pled... More »

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A 60-year-old cuke?

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by Luke Vidic ORLEANS — In a 61-year-old bottle, Mike Tanguay keeps a 60-year-old secret.  It isn’t a map to buried treasure or a message from a marooned sailor, and neither is it something as ornamental as a ship in a bottle.  Rather, it’s something that woul... More »

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Hardworking paws raise thousands of dollars

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The parking lot at Newport Farm and Garden was jam-packed full early Saturday afternoon, but not just with people looking for spring planting supplies.  Many were there to see police dogs and their human partners show off their skil... More »

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The stallion who walked across the country

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Editor’s note:  this story was published in May of 2000 after Ace and Johnny Maher, the West Glover man who owned him, returned from a walk across the country.  Ace died 21 years ago.  Mr. Maher died last week.  His obituary is on the obituary pages of this pa... More »

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An afternoon aboard the Northern Star

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by Luke Vidic NEWPORT — A dreary midweek gave way to sun on Friday as The Northern Star embarked on its sixth cruise of the season, and its sixth cruise under new management.  Regular travelers, joined by multiple board members of the nonprofit Memphremagog Co... More »

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Albany has a new store

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by Joseph Gresser ALBANY — Early on June 2, a banner hung over the front door of the new Albany store, formally known as The Genny.  It said the business would be open the following day. Under it, people put a last coat of paint on the front porch.  Inside, a ... More »

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Sun, sand — and a shot

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  by Emmett Avery WESTMORE — A shot.  That’s not what John Findlaw was looking for when he took his grandchildren for a Sunday drive, but after seeing a sign and making a short detour, that’s exactly what he found in the Glover EMS trailer at Lake Willoughby. ... More »

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Bluffside trail could open by mid-summer

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   by Sylvia C. Dodge NEWPORT — If all goes as planned, the new bike path and boardwalk that will connect downtown Newport to the Canadian border will soon be opened for public use.  Although the contractor has until October to finish the work, it’s expected t... More »

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Glover has a store again

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  by Tena Starr GLOVER — This town has a general store again.  Currier’s market here reopened Friday with a crush of customers and curious.  The store, formerly owned by Jim Currier, closed at the end of July last year when Mr. Currier, pushing 80, elected to ... More »

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Labor shortage frustrates businesses

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by Sylvia C. Dodge It’s a conundrum — despite the COVID-19 pandemic, or maybe because of it, your business has had a great year and you want to expand — but after advertising in various places, you can’t find new employees. Bekah Jordan, the personnel manager ... More »

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Fairs, demo derby to return with new dates

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by Sylvia C. Dodge The Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton was open over Memorial Day weekend for a wide range of festivities and events that have been absent since COVID-19 lockdown protocols were put into place last year. Although a Memorial Day celebration... More »