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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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State says help for the jobless is coming

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  by Joseph Gresser Workers who are unemployed due to the effects of the COVID pandemic may soon see a bit of overdue relief. At Governor Phil Scott’s Tuesday press briefing, Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said the state should start distributing the $3... More »

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Back to school

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Barton special education teacher Suzanne Cicale takes the temperature of children Tuesday morning, as students returned to school after a five-month absence.  The restart of in-person education meant a host of new precautions, including masks for all students ... More »

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Local teen swims English Channel

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  by Tena Starr Sixteen-year-old Vera Rivard, whose family divides its time between Derby and New Hampshire, has joined a relatively small group of people who have successfully swum the English Channel. The teen started her swim at 9:38 in the morning on Septe... More »

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Jay Peak’s pandemic plans

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  by Joseph Gresser JAY — The water park at Jay Peak is up and running, although only 75 people can enjoy it at a time, one restaurant is open seven days a week, and some of the lodgings are occupied. Late summer in the midst of a pandemic is not an ideal time... More »

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Albany store hopes to open by March

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  by Joseph Gresser ALBANY — Years of community organizing, planning, and fund-raising are beginning to show tangible results here as construction crews start work on the Albany General Store.  Workers from Kingdom Construction have torn off the front of the b... More »

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An old-fashioned farm with some modern day twists

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by Tena Starr GLOVER — If it weren’t for the landscape, it would have been a sight reminiscent of the Midwest — a huge combine gobbling up acres of wheat and spitting out tidy windrows of straw in its wake.  But the scene unfolded on a former hayfield on a ver... More »

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Former state trooper accused of assault with weapon

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A former State Police trooper who did time in prison after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of engaging in a prohibited act with a 14-year-old girl, then violating his conditi... More »

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Sheriff Harlow and Chief Bingham on policing

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  by Meghan Wayland NEWPORT — Amid calls to defund the police, Orleans County Sheriff Jennifer Harlow and Newport Police Chief Travis Bingham say they and their departments are focused on building trusting relationships with community members.  In an interview... More »

Derby residents complain about noisy neighbor

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  by Joseph Gresser DERBY — The Derby Select Board was visited by a large portion of the Sunset Acres neighborhood who showed up to Monday’s meeting to complain about noise they said comes from the property of a new neighbor. Gingah Milnes said she and her hus... More »

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Pet adoptions soar amid pandemic

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  by Meghan Wayland ORLEANS — When manager Sam Christoni first threw a ball to new shelter dog Jack, he cowered on the ground.  She had raised her arm too fast, spooking the dog, who was likely abused before reaching Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society two w... More »

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Biologist provides tour of the Black River

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  by Meghan Wayland NEWPORT — State wildlife biologist Pete Emerson pointed toward a stretch of exposed, scraggy roots Saturday where the banks of the Black River had eroded. “This is one of the things we fight,” he said, addressing nearly 20 paddlers from acr... More »