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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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Mayor bids farewell to political life

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  by Trisha Ingalls NEWPORT — Newport Mayor Paul Monette announced recently without any fanfare that he would not be seeking re-election come Town Meeting Day. During an interview with the Chronicle, Mr. Monette explained why now is the time. “After 14 years a... More »

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Lighting the world with crafty magic

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  by Leanne Harple Some of the world’s oldest and most powerful magic can be conjured through the gathering of singers and the weaving of threads, according to Maria Schumann, a local practitioner of ancient rituals.  Ms. Schumann is on a journey to train hers... More »

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Citizens criticize city budget process

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  by Trisha Ingalls NEWPORT — Contention between Newport City residents and council members and city staff lasted the entirety of the three-hour meeting here Monday night.  After its November 21 meeting, Newport resident Jennifer Bjurling charged the council w... More »

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Jasper Hill must house workers as well as cheese

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by Trisha Ingalls GREENSBORO — Jasper Hill Farm will be celebrating its twentieth year of cheese-making in 2023.  Its cheeses have won best of show at the American Cheese Society four times, the best unpasteurized cheese in the world for its Bayley Hazen Blue,... More »

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Third man denies USDA break-in charges 

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The third member of a group police say broke into the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) office here on September 16, appeared by video link in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court on November 21 and denied the ... More »

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Turkey Trot turns 20

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    by Matthew Wilson BARTON — The streets here were filled with jogging and walking people on Thanksgiving morning as the annual Turkey Trot returned.  The event had seen a pause during the coronavirus pandemic but, following the two-year hiatus, the benefit ... More »

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Man charged in fatal accident

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — On November 15 Tanner W. Flynn, 32, of Irasburg appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court to plead innocent to a felony charge of grossly negligent driving resulting in the death of 36-year-old Eric Fillmo... More »

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Vermont couple are blown off course

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    by Tena Starr Maybe it’s because I grew up on the Missisquoi, which routinely flooded fields on our farm, the road and bridge as well, so we were sometimes stranded with the road under water on both sides.  Maybe it was because Dad didn’t seem particularly... More »

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State wants ARPA cash to go to Kingdom towns

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  by Trisha Ingalls NEWPORT — The meeting room in the Emory Hebard State Office Building here was jam packed on November 17, with a crowd of state employees, local town administrators, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders.  The local participants from Orle... More »

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Kingdom conference looks at jobs

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    by Trisha Ingalls EAST BURKE — NEK Together, the conference held at Burke Mountain Resort on November 11, brought together community members and professionals from across the Kingdom and beyond to assess progress made on the 2020 recovery action plan. The ... More »