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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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Snowman family offers sound advice

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A family of snowmen appeared on Greensboro Bend’s Main Street after snow fell on March 24.  They were gone by the next afternoon, but while they lived all four dispensed wise advice for these times.  This sour fellow is not pleased to have to remind people to ... More »

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Mitchell-Eby appointed

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Barton Select Board by Joseph Gresser The Barton Select Board met in emergency session Friday and appointed Ken Mitchell-Eby to the seat left vacant on the three-person board after the abrupt resignation of Toni Eubanks on March 18. Board member Lenny Zenonos ... More »

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COVID unit opens at North Country Hospital

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by Meghan Wayland North Country Hospital (NCH) opened a new COVID-19 respiratory care unit this week as the total number of confirmed cases in Orleans County rose to five.  The Newport-based hospital’s operating-room-turned-COVID-unit now has 14 beds for peopl... More »

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Life in the time of corona

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Interviews by Meghan Wayland Each week, the Chronicle will interview a variety of people to see how they’ve been affected by COVID-19.  This week, we asked six people what has shifted in their work and home lives due to the pandemic, how long the roughly $1,20... More »

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NEK economy is struggling with corona

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by Tena Starr So far, the coronavirus has killed two people in Vermont, but it’s slaughtering the economy.  We want to emphasize right away that it’s a steep price to pay, but if the alternative is our friends and family dying, it’s a price that must be paid. ... More »

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COVID-19 comes to Orleans County

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by Meghan Wayland Monday brought the first positive COVID-19 diagnoses to Orleans County.  Two cases have been confirmed in the county, which joined 11 of the state’s 14 counties to report positive test results bringing the total to 12.  As of Tuesday morning,... More »

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Border closed to nonessential travel

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by Joseph Gresser DERBY LINE — On Friday, U.S. and Canadian authorities jointly announced that the border between the two nations would be closed to all but essential traffic starting the next day. According to a short press release explaining the decision, “T... More »

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NEK educators plea for funding change

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by Joseph Gresser MONTPELIER — At one of the last hearings held before the Legislature shut its doors for two weeks in response to fears of the coronavirus, members of the Senate Education Committee heard pleas for a change in state school funding. The hearing... More »

Judicial emergency declared

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The Orleans County Superior Court schedule called for a jury draw on March 12.  Ordinarily that would mean dozens of people climbing the stairs to the third-floor courtroom and jamming in together for hours while lawyers tried to se... More »

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From yips to shrieks, fox talk runs the gamut

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The Outside Story by Susie Spikol Sometimes it pays to be an insomniac.  One frigid winter night, I climbed out of my restless bed and slipped outside to stand under a sky littered with stars and take in the complete silence of darkness.  Suddenly, a ruckus br... More »

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Uncertainty as COVID-19 spreads

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by Meghan Wayland Protecting the elderly, the young, and the ill is the primary concern as closures and cancellations sweep the region in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Deep concern for workers and small businesses in the new, uncertain economy ha... More »