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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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Frozen pipes at root of Newport house fire

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NEWPORT — In the wake of a house fire here earlier in the month, the Division of Fire Safety is reminding people to avoid using torches to thaw frozen pipes. The fire at a Lake Road home, owned by Mike and Kristen Anderson, was reported about 9:30 a.m. on Febr... More »

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Youngsters explore their future careers

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by Peggy Stevens Thursday February 5, was a day to remember for NCUJHS (North Country Union Junior High School) students — Career Fair!  Every other year at this time, the doors of the school open wide to community volunteers from a multitude of diverse career... More »

Barton Select Board resolves sticky issues

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — The Barton Select Board followed a long, winding trail to resolve a couple of sticky issues — how much to pay the town’s zoning administrator, and what to do about bids on a town bridge project. On February 4, at the end of a content... More »

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Winter carnival is part of Island Pond revival

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by Meghan Wayland ISLAND POND — Despite the heavy snow and bitter cold, downtown businesses thrived during the thirteenth annual winter carnival in Island Pond last weekend. For three days, the historic railroad hub boomed with activity.  Downtown boasted a va... More »

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Pileated woodpeckers: winter excavators

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The Outside Story by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Whenever I spy a pileated woodpecker traversing the sky, I pause to watch its weird undulating flight.  The jerky rise-and-drop movement of this large woodpecker is endearingly gawky — like a mini pterodactyl visiti... More »

AT&T drops plans for cell tower in Derby Line

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In a letter to the commission dated January 15, the company said it was acting because of opposition to the project from the Derby Line Trustees, the Derby Line Cemetery Associations, and Derby Line resident Karen Jenne. …this story and more in the full editio... More »

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NEK grapples with opioid addiction

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by Meghan Wayland NEWPORT — A shortage of affordable housing and lack of transportation are two of the major obstacles to recovering from addiction, Congressman Peter Welch was told Monday at a roundtable here held to discuss opioid and other addictions in the... More »

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Quiros trial to stay in Vermont

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by Joseph Gresser Ariel Quiros, Bill Stenger, and William Kelley will face trial in Vermont.  U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford denied the three men’s motion to move the proceedings out of state in a 25-page opinion issued on January 28. Judge Crawford als... More »

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District-wide softball team to be formed

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Softball players and Glover eighth graders (from left) Brooke Breitmeyer, Tyra Scelza, and Maya Auger in Irasburg Monday night.  The students asked the board to support a district-wide softball team by approving a budget that would also requested for them to s... More »

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NEK Day at the State House

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MONTPELIER — Around 150 Northeast Kingdom Residents traveled south to the State House here Tuesday to highlight the wonders of their home and to bring legislators up to date on issues affecting Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.  The second annual Northea... More »

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State plans to build new courthouse

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by Joseph Gresser Governor Phil Scott tucked a little something into his 2020 budget address that may have a long-lasting impact on Newport.  While he did not say it in so many words, the state plans to build a new courthouse somewhere in the city, and hopes t... More »

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Croteau, Raboin step down

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by Joseph Gresser After a 30-year run as a member of the Barton Select Board, Bob Croteau is calling it quits.  Newport City Council President Julie Raboin, who has served in elective office for about a tenth of that time, also has decided not to seek re-elect... More »