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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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A photographer stalks the elusive owl

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by David Dudley CRAFTSBURY — Picture this:  After a long winter, spring has finally arrived.  It’s warm, so you go outside.  You’re on your knees, tilling the soil for a garden, or walking along a dirt road as the sun sets.  Behind you, a vole runs into the op... More »

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Fire destroys Glover trailer

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The trailer that caught fire collapsed while it was still ablaze, and the small camper next to it caught as well.  Both were complete losses, said Job Breitmeyer, Glover’s assistant fire chief.  Neither firefighters nor the State Police knew the owner of the p... More »

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New rules threaten hemp farming

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by Joseph Gresser Vermont hemp growers got an unwelcome scare on Halloween as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an “interim final rule” on the production of their crop.  According to the proposed regulations, farmers will have a tight cap on the... More »

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County recovering from flooding, high winds

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by Tena Starr Following record flooding Friday, Troy is still assessing and repairing the damage.  The biggest problem is that the pump house for the sewer system flooded and is damaged. Selectman Gary Taylor said Monday he had no idea yet what it will cost to... More »

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Lake Region to perform Peter Pan

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by Joseph Gresser ORLEANS — What, you may wonder, is a performance of Peter Pan without the wires and harnesses to send the cast aloft?  Surprisingly, as the students of Lake Region Union High School demonstrate, energetic performers can fool an audience into ... More »

Man gets up to 50 years in prison guard kidnapping case

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In Superior Court by David Dudley NEWPORT — A Fairfield man will serve up to 50 years after pleading guilty Tuesday in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court here to kidnapping and holding a corrections officer for ransom, and aggravated assaul... More »

County real estate in big demand

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by Tena Starr The narrative goes like this: Vermonters, especially young people and especially those in rural Vermont, are leaving the state and aren’t being replaced.  But Orleans County realtors have a different story to tell.  They say that, in the past few... More »

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Hemp farming demands hard work and ingenuity

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by Joseph Gresser CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Hemp farmers can make a decent living from the soil, but it will require hard work and ingenuity, Doug Fine told the 20 people who signed up for the “Hemp Hack” at Sterling College Thursday and Friday. Mr. Fine is an exper... More »

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Scott and Cabinet spend a day in Orleans County

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Governor Phil Scott walked up the dock at the Gateway Center just after 8 a.m. Tuesday and boarded the Northern Star, the excursion boat recently purchased by Memphremagog Community Maritime.  There, he found the majority of his Cab... More »