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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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The dying art of dowsing

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  Pictured is Dowser, Doug Easter by Meghan Wayland Marcel Masse started dowsing when he was only five years old.  He’s now in his late seventies. “I remember it very well,” the Craftsbury farmer said.  “I found a water pipe underground.  People used to get a ... More »

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Pre-termination hearing held on Croteau

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  Brian Monaghan questions Ken Mitchell-Eby remotely.  He appeared on behalf of the town in Joyce Croteau’s pre-termination hearing on May 21.     by Joseph Gresser BARTON — The Barton Select Board took a step toward firing the town’s zoning administrator Joyc... More »

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COVID pop-up site tests 276 in Newport

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  by Meghan Wayland NEWPORT — On Thursday, for the first time in Orleans County, people without flu-like symptoms, health insurance, or a doctor’s referral, were able to be tested for COVID-19. In collaboration with regional emergency medical service (EMS) vol... More »

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End of an era for Currier’s market

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    by Tena Starr GLOVER — Currier’s Quality Market, which has been in the family for more than half a century, will close if it’s not sold by the end of August. “The Currier family would like to announce that the era of Currier’s Quality Market is coming to a... More »

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Retailers talk about life with COVID

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    When we reached Cheri Safford by phone Saturday, she had just posted a message on social media letting customers know what to expect from her and husband, Doug’s, self-serve business.  The Saffords sell eclectic antiques, famous doughnuts, and local food f... More »

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No motive found yet for Newport shootings

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  by Meghan Wayland NEWPORT CITY — Nicole Atkins, survivor of the School Street shooting in downtown Newport on May, spelled out her account of her husband’s death from a hospital bed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  Unable to speak due to a gunshot wou... More »

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Info sought on Greensboro Bend fire

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  by Joseph Gresser GREENSBORO BEND — Arson investigators have offered a $5,000 reward for information about the cause of the fire that gutted the old J.H. Pope Hardware building in Greensboro Bend Friday afternoon. Firefighters were toned ten minutes past noo... More »

Time to rediscover an older food economy?

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  by Tena Starr Hank Parker believes the pandemic has presented the Northeast Kingdom with an opportunity to “drill down” on a different kind of food economy, one based not so much on a new model as an old one. People should be relying more on food produced cl... More »

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Out-of-staters seek “safe houses” in the NEK

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    by Meghan Wayland Out-of-state interest in Vermont properties has generally been on the rise in recent years, but real estate agents say they have seen a spike in calls, emails, and website hits as a result of COVID-19. It’s a tough time to buy, according ... More »

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PPP loans offer minimal support to restaurants

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  by Meghan Wayland Few sectors of the economy have been worse hit by COVID-19 than bars and restaurants, but federal aid to help small businesses weather the pandemic largely doesn’t work for them. In late April, the U.S. Small Business Administration topped ... More »

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Shortages increasing

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  by Meghan Wayland and Tena Starr As the pandemic drags on, Vermonters are having to get used to something as unusual as this virus itself:  Shortages. The first shortage was toilet paper. That was largely chalked up to hoarders, and they certainly played a r... More »