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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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Father Charles Davignon celebrates 65th Jubilee

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by Peggy Day Gibson On April 7, Father Charles Davignon will celebrate his sixty-fifth jubilee anniversary of Ordination into the priesthood.  He was ordained in 1956 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Burlington.  Because of COVID, there will be no ... More »

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Governor lays out reopening plan

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   by Joseph Gresser Governor Phil Scott used Tuesday’s briefing to lay out a plan that, he said, can lead to a full reopening of Vermont businesses and events over the next 90 days. What the Governor is calling the Vermont Forward Plan includes target dates f... More »

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Dog owners:  Beware of compost

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  by Tena Starr IRASBURG — Zeke, Cindy Sanville’s 15-month-old French bulldog, was having a normal day being a rural dog.  He was outside playing, rummaging around in the compost pile, doing what dogs do. But that normal day went straight to pieces fast.  Shor... More »

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Welch visits proposed tower site

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   by Joseph Gresser DERBY LINE — U.S. Representative Peter Welch drove up to the Canadian border Monday to hear for himself what Orleans County residents think of a proposal to place 120-foot camera towers near the U.S-Canadian border. According to Senator Pa... More »

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Josh Olney – 2021 Golf Pro of the Year

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge When Josh Olney took the job of general manager and head golf professional at the Orleans Country Club eight years ago, he was coming back to his roots, to the area where he grew up.  Since then, he has been honored twice for his work, fir... More »

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Demand for garden seeds remains high

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  by Leanne Harple Toilet paper is back on the store shelves, commercial beef has returned to meat coolers, and there are plenty of dried beans and canned goods.  But one item remains in short supply, or at least backlogged:  garden seeds. COVID led an unusual... More »

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Sugarmakers not thrilled by warm spell

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 by Tena Starr Likely last week’s unusually warm weather left most of us thrilled by an early taste of spring.  But some sugarmakers are worried that a week of unseasonable warmth in mid-March could lead to a brief sugaring season. While the weather is back to... More »

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Lake Region, North Country girls are state champs

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 by Joseph Gresser BARRE — In an ordinary year half of Orleans County would have been screaming its lungs out at the Barre Auditorium here on Saturday and Sunday.  That is, if you believe an ordinary year includes having three of the area’s high school basketb... More »

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Walden man charged with attempted murder

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by Joseph Gresser A Walden man is facing an attempted murder charge following a dispute over a stolen safe in Barton. Thirty-year-old Chip Schneider appeared in Caledonia County Superior Court on Monday and pled innocent to attempted second-degree murder and a... More »

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COVID closes several schools this week

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   by Tena Starr Learning at North Country Union senior and junior high schools, the career center, and Derby Elementary School is totally remote this week due to an increase in COVID cases, both in the community and at the schools. Sunday evening, North Count... More »

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Woods Hole tests drones at Willoughby

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   by Joseph Gresser WESTMORE — When the Subaru rally team tested out its cars on the ice of Lake Willoughby it was obvious what was going on.  Not so with another group checking out high tech equipment in Westmore. A crew from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Ins... More »

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Skepticism about surveillance towers remains

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  by Joseph Gresser DERBY LINE — A small group, which included most of the Derby Select Board, gathered last week near the site of a proposed surveillance tower that, if built, will support an automated camera capable of keeping a constant watch on the border ... More »