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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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Life in the time of corona — the Fourth of July

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Interviews by Meghan Wayland The Chronicle interviews a variety of people from time to time to see how their lives have been affected by COVID-19. This week, we asked people about how this year’s July Fourth weekend differed from last year’s — whether or not t... More »

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Holcombe discusses COVID, education, healthcare

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  by Joseph Gresser BARTON — Former Secretary of Education and current candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Rebecca Holcombe dropped by the Chronicle’s office Friday to discuss her hopes for the future as well as decisions she made in her prev... More »

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Republican candidates hold rally

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In Newport by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The crowd that gathered on the Lake Memphremagog boardwalk Friday afternoon wasn’t huge — it numbered about 35 people — but to political candidates who have been kept by the corona virus from freely mingling with voters i... More »

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Runaway tortoise didn’t get far

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  by Meghan Wayland EAST ALBANY — Shelly the pet tortoise went missing Friday.  He busted out of the large, grassy pen where he sleeps and grazes alongside a flock of dusty chickens.  After an urgent Front Porch Forum post, a small wealth of Facebook shares, a... More »

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Lowell man meditates through COVID

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  by Meghan Wayland LOWELL — Daniel Thorson meditated through the first two and a half months of the coronavirus outbreak in Vermont.  For 75 days — from mid-March through the end of May — Mr. Thorson engaged in a mindfulness practice punctuated by exercise, w... More »

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Legislature passes COVID relief bills

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  by Joseph Gresser The Vermont Legislature has closed up shop until late August, but before recessing it passed and sent to Governor Phil Scott a quartet of bills distributing most of the $1.25-billion in COVID relief Congress allocated to the state. While it... More »

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Schools start planning for in-person education

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  by Joseph Gresser In a 25-page report issued in mid-June, the Agency of Education (AOE) outlined measures to protect the health of students and staff when schools open for in-person education this fall.  Educators around the state have been left to figure ou... More »

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West Virginia man faces DUI, burglary charges

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Police arrested a West Virginia man for breaking into the C&C Supermarket in Barton Saturday.  In his affidavit State Police Trooper James Gallup said he spotted the out-of-town visitor on the store’s surveillance video. He said h... More »

COVID scare temporarily closes Newport Walgreens

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  by Meghan Wayland   NEWPORT CITY — The Walgreens in Newport’s Waterfront Plaza closed last Wednesday, June 17, for deep cleaning when a staff member was suspected of having COVID-19.  According to company officials, the staff member later tested negative and... More »

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West Glover man rescued from burning car

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  by Meghan Wayland CRAFTSBURY — A 20-year-old West Glover man is in critical but stable condition following what Vermont State Police said was a “possible fatal” car crash on June 17.  The driver, Hunter Lanphere, is expected to make a full recovery thanks to... More »

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Vermont breaks its own maple record

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  by Meghan Wayland Vermont has broken its own single-year maple record by producing approximately 2.2 million gallons of syrup in 2020 — more than half the country’s total crop, according to data released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ... More »

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Mural vandalized, Albany family feels threatened

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  by Meghan Wayland CRAFTSBURY —A Craftsbury resident called State Police Last Thursday at approximately 9:30 p.m., to report that a “dark-colored, full-sized pickup” had defaced the Craftsbury Common’s new anti-racist mural by burning out tire marks over the ... More »