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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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Memphremagog’s future

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Legislators and public officials from the U.S. and Canada filled the the meeting room of the Emory Hebard State Office Building here Monday to consider the future of one of many bodies of water they share — Lake Memphremagog. The me... More »

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West Glover couple at epicenter of earthquakes

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by Tena Starr When Howie and Stephan Cantor of West Glover flew to Puerto Rico just before Christmas, they were expecting to spend the holidays with friends and family at the waterfront house they bought in September.   Instead, they found themselves at the ce... More »

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Newport voters say yes to ATVs

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Voters went to the polls Tuesday and decided to allow ATV traffic in downtown Newport.  When ballots were tabulated their decision heavily favored having the new vehicles, and hopefully increased business, in the city. Those who wan... More »

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Governor recognizes Glover senior

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MONTPELIER  — When Governor Phil Scott delivered his State-of-the-State Address last week one of the first things he mentioned was Vermont’s people.  The state, he said, is in great shape if one looks at its generous, community minded people.  Then he went on ... More »

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Crews cleaning up leachate spill in Coventry

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by Joseph Gresser COVENTRY — Crews continue cleanup work following a traffic accident that occurred in the early hours of December 27 and resulted in a spill of 8,000 gallons of leachate being transported from the Coventry landfill. According to the State Poli... More »

Newport to vote on ATV ordinance Jan. 14

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Voters will have their say on whether Newport streets should be open to ATV traffic when they go to the polls on Tuesday, January 14, to vote on whether or not to overturn the ordinance allowing such traffic.  A recent comment by Sc... More »

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Sugarmakers urged to adapt to climate change

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by Leanne Harple DERBY — There was bad news and good news at the Orleans County Maple Producers Association’s annual meeting at Paul’s Sugarhouse here Monday night. The bad news was that climate change is here and affecting the maple industry. The good news, t... More »

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A wish comes true for a Barton boy

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By Tena Starr NEWPORT — Nine-year-old Jeffrey Como III at first looked confused when he walked into City Cinema with his family on a Monday morning and found a dinosaur at the door waiting to greet him.  That dinosaur was really Cole Royer, a City Cinema emplo... More »

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Roger Pion denies nine criminal charges

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Roger A. Pion, 41, of Newport denied making death threats to members of his family and domestic assault during a hearing in Orleans Superior Court on December 19. He pled innocent to nine counts of criminal threatening and three of ... More »

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Barton students dig deep into family lore

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by Meghan Wayland BARTON —Leah Wells discovered that her great-great-grandmother had been featured in Vermont Life magazine.  Bryson Poginy discovered that his pépé spent his childhood working with 11 siblings on the family farm in Barton.  Brooklynne Matten d... More »

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New machine at wastewater plant in Newport

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Pedro Grondin and his team gave themselves and the city a slightly early Christmas present by cranking up Newport’s new dewatering system.  The machine will add to the capabilities of the city’s wastewater treatment facility by remo... More »

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Expanded trails open the winter world to all

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by Meghan Wayland EAST CHARLESTON — “The big selling point of the trail is the view,” said Sam Perron, sustainable forestry coordinator at Northwoods Stewardship Center.  He was talking about the newly expanded Echo Lake Trail that opens on December 28 at Nort... More »