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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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Former Candlepin has new owners

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copyright the Chronicle June 7, 2017   by Tena Starr   BARTON — The former Candlepin restaurant, long empty, has been sold to Matthew Wright and Cassy Moulton of Derby. The couple does not currently plan to turn the property back into the full-service restaura... More »

Newport hopes to improve its image

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copyright the Chronicle June 7, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — In a marathon meeting Monday night, the city council considered ways of improving Newport’s image, the future of its downtown program, a new music series on the waterfront, and a possible ext... More »

LRUHS — A very good school has a very good year

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copyright the Chronicle June 7, 2017   by Tena Starr   Lake Region Union High School Principal Andre Messier had nothing but good to say about this year’s graduating class at the school’s annual awards night last Thursday. Awards night recognizes students in a... More »

Murder charge reduced to second-degree

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copyright the Chronicle May 31, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett lowered the charge against the man accused of shooting Ron-Lou Schneider in 2015 from first-degree to second-degree murder Tuesday afternoon. ... More »

Keeping our food safe was Sutton man’s career

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copyright the Chronicle May 31, 2017   by Tena Starr   This country frets about terrorism a lot. But one of its more potentially effective, if less splashy, forms — attacking the food supply — has occurred with surprising infrequency. Hank Parker, an agroterro... More »

World dishwashing record shattered in Hardwick

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copyright the Chronicle May 31, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   HARDWICK — For a while it looked like Bethany Dunbar’s biggest problem would be finding enough dirty dishes. The Center for an Agricultural Economy, where she works, had plenty of clean dishes. It has ... More »

OCSU shaping up for a food fight

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copyright the Chronicle May 31, 2017 by Elizabeth Trail   A plan to hire a half-time food service coordinator for the Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) drew a small crowd including parents, community members, and school cooks to an OCSU Executive Commit... More »

The Coventry case Diaz bond revoked, has ten days

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copyright the Chronicle May 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz has ten days to come up with a $2.5-million bond or lose her job. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) paid up on the town’s $500,000 claim on W... More »

How much of Coventry’s loss is insured?

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copyright the Chronicle May 24, 2017 by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — How much of this town’s missing money is covered by its insurance policy with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLTC)? Will VLTC continue to insure the financial performance of town Tre... More »

State unveils plan to clean up Memphremagog

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copyright the Chronicle May 24, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Lake Memphremagog has a phosphorus problem and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a plan to fix it. Actually, the plan is still in draft form, and Watershed Coordina... More »

Panel discusses the future of migrant labor

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copyright the Chronicle May 24, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   HARDWICK — “Who will milk the cows?” asked panelists at a farm forum held at Hazen Union High School on May 17. But the real question on the table was what happens on Vermont dairy farms if President ... More »

Mock crash makes powerful point

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copyright the Chronicle May 24, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   When the Lake Region Union High School student body poured into the bright sunshine on the morning of May 17, they saw a horrific sight. Two wrecked cars stood in the drop-off area, one with a young wo... More »