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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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Limited run

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  Spectators, including students from Orleans Elementary School, crowd the banks at Willoughby Falls Monday to watch steelhead trout make their annual run.  The fish make the journey upstream on their own schedule and the spectacle lasts only a short while, so... More »

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A less-traveled path to the law

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — About 34,000 people graduate from law school in the U.S. each year.  Presumably almost all then take the notoriously difficult bar examination, the gateway to a license to practice law. In almost every state a law degree is a necessi... More »

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William Kelly receives 18-month sentence

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  by Joseph Gresser BURLINGTON — William Kelly, the second of the four men indicted on fraud charges for the failed AnC Bio project, was sentenced on April 20 to spend 18-months in federal prison. He earlier changed his plea to guilty to one count of conspirac... More »

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Trustees mull case to voters

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  by Joseph Gresser BARTON—At their meeting Monday evening the Barton Village Trustees expressed frustration at what they said was their failure to convey the benefits of the sale of Barton Electric to the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC).  They spent much o... More »

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Missionaries share hopes and concerns for Ukraine

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    by Leanne Harple ALBANY — Dr. Theresa and Scott Cianciolo, of Albany, along with their two sons, Sammy and Alex, have just escaped from a war zone.  In January, they had just moved to Rivne in western Ukraine with their twins, whom they had adopted from th... More »

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Climate change has arrived in Vermont

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  By Eleanor Lowen Community News Service According to an analysis based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average temperature in all Vermont counties except two has already warmed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Far... More »

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Fingerling brookies head for the woods

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  by Joseph Gresser MORGAN — Eliot Acres Road is a narrow gravel byway in Morgan.  It is  marked private, but Saturday morning it saw serious traffic, and a parking shortage. Groups of people walked down the muddy track toward a small, low building, passing ot... More »

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Westmore Town Clerk and lister resign

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    by Joseph Gresser WESTMORE—At their meeting Monday afternoon members of the Westmore Select Board said they were surprised to get a letter of resignation from town clerk and treasurer Melissa Zebrowski. In a brief and cordial letter, Ms. Zebrowski said, wi... More »

State official in hot seat at council meeting

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  by Luke Vidic NEWPORT — Tim Tierney was in the “hot seat” at Monday’s city council meeting.   The director of business recruitment and international trade for the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development answered questions about the award process... More »

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Beekeepers emerge from winter slumber

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  by Matthew Wilson BARTON — As spring approaches, the vegetation of the Northeast Kingdom rouses from winter’s slumber and, for those with an interest in honeybees, the coming sunny days herald the approaching apiary work to be done.  It is too soon to start ... More »

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A memorable sugar season

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    by Leanne Harple WEST GLOVER — Deep in the sugar woods of West Glover lies a small sugarhouse that has created a lot of neighborhood memories over the years.  The 60-year old structure belongs to Howie and Stephan Cantor, who make a living selling homemade... More »

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Murder charges for 21-year-old baby shaking case

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A man who allegedly shook his infant daughter hard enough to cause brain damage in 2001, has been arrested in Tennessee and faces extradition to Vermont where he will face a charge of second-degree murder stemming from her death 15 ... More »