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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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Barton, Brownington to vote on retail pot stores

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  by Tena Starr BARTON — Voters in Barton and Brownington, as well as Newport City, will be asked at Town Meeting this year if they want to allow licensed retail cannabis stores in town.  Voters in each municipality must decide if they want them. In Browningto... More »

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Vermont bear hunters had a record season in 2020

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  The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had another safe and successful hunting season in 2020. Preliminary numbers show that hunters took a record 914 black bears during the two-part early and late bear seasons.  The pr... More »

COVID briefing. Some good news for a change

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  by Joseph Gresser For the first time in a great while the news from Governor Phil Scott’s press briefing was largely positive on Tuesday morning.  A decline in the rate of cases of COVID in the region and the nation provides some reason for optimism, said Co... More »

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Plenty of police, few protesters

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  by Emmett Avery MONTPELIER — Walking up State Street toward the Capitol around noon Sunday, one might have reasonably thought the Vermont press corps was picketing the State House — under heavy police observation. But the swarm of press and heavily armed law... More »

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DUMP critical of DEC landfill report

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  by Joseph Gresser DUMP (Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity) has some bones to pick with a recently released report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The “Report on Landfill Operations in the State” was called for in Act 69 and... More »

Towns decide how to hold Town Meeting

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  by Joseph Gresser Select boards in most Orleans County towns have decided against holding a traditional Town Meeting and instead are opting to make decisions and elect officers by Australian ballot.  Voters in Albany, Brighton, Brownington, Charleston, Coven... More »

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A reporter’s career as a vaccine Guinea pig

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  by Joseph Gresser ESSEX JUNCTION — A few days before Christmas I sat alone in a small examining room waiting to receive an injection of either an experimental vaccine against COVID-19 or a small amount of salt water. The shot started my career as a Guinea pi... More »

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Former employee sues NKHS

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  by Joseph Gresser In addition to the other difficulties that have rocked Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) over the past few weeks, including a damning evaluation from state regulators and the resignation of CEO Tomasz Jankowski, the mental health serv... More »

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Covid outbreak in Craftsbury, two dead

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  by Emmett Avery CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Community Care Center (CCCC) is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, with 15 residents and 13 staff members testing positive for the virus.  Two residents have died. The care center received its first positive coronav... More »

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Ten-year tune-up

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by Chris Braithwaite SHEFFIELD — The blades on two towers of the Sheffield wind project have been removed for routine maintenance, a project spokesman said Monday.  The missing blades, which span the length of a football field in the air, and the crane that re... More »