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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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Orleans County Fair looks ahead to 2021

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by Meghan Wayland   BARTON — This marks the fifth season the Orleans County Fair will be closed in its 153-year history. “We’re talking about ’21 and in the meantime keeping our ears open,” Art LaPlant, vice-president of the fair board, said in a phone intervi... More »

Three new COVID cases in Orleans County

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  by Joseph Gresser At his press conference Monday, Governor Phil Scott was asked about the three new cases of COVID-19 been found in Orleans County.  He turned the question over to Vermont State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso. “I will say that we shouldn’t be ala... More »

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Alice Randall killed in tractor accident

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by Tena Starr TROY — A much loved and notoriously hardworking farm woman died last week in a tractor accident. Alice Randall of Troy was killed when the tractor she was driving to push silage fell into a hole, and she fell off, the tractor running over her. Mi... More »

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NCUHS graduates 171

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by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — With emergency COVID regulations still in place, North Country Union High School’s 171 seniors were honored Saturday with a graduation unlike the school’s 52 previous commencement exercises and likely one that will never be repeat... More »

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LRUHS graduates 84

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Car parade and virtual ceremony for Lake Region grads   by Meghan Wayland ORLEANS — Seniors at Lake Region Union High School wanted three things from their graduation Sunday. “They wanted to walk across a stage, they wanted their families to be in attendance, ... More »

Restaurants ponder reopening

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by Meghan Wayland   Even though restaurants are allowed to open under limited circumstances, some say the continuing restrictions don’t allow them to make a living. Frank Richardi has been in the restaurant business for 40 years.  Nineteen of them, he’s owned ... More »

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Scouts make flags to fund Florida adventure

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  by Meghan Wayland Barton Boy Scout Troop #862 has been making American flags out of salvaged wood, pine, and balsam fir to fund a summer trip to the Florida Keys. Despite COVID-19, the troop is driving to Monroe County, Florida, on June 13 in a motorhome don... More »

Barton Select Board fires Croteau

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — “Joyce Croteau is no longer an employee of the Town of Barton.”  That response, dictated by Brian Monaghan, the lawyer the select board hired to guide them through the process of divesting the town of its zoning administrator, was al... More »

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Coventry town must warn vote on ATVs

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by Meghan Wayland   COVENTRY — Petitioners have gathered enough signatures to suspend an ordinance passed by the Coventry Select Board April 20 that would have opened town roads to all-terrain vehicles starting June 15.  Now the select board has 60 days to war... More »

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The dying art of dowsing

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  Pictured is Dowser, Doug Easter by Meghan Wayland Marcel Masse started dowsing when he was only five years old.  He’s now in his late seventies. “I remember it very well,” the Craftsbury farmer said.  “I found a water pipe underground.  People used to get a ... More »

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Pre-termination hearing held on Croteau

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  Brian Monaghan questions Ken Mitchell-Eby remotely.  He appeared on behalf of the town in Joyce Croteau’s pre-termination hearing on May 21.     by Joseph Gresser BARTON — The Barton Select Board took a step toward firing the town’s zoning administrator Joyc... More »

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COVID pop-up site tests 276 in Newport

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  by Meghan Wayland NEWPORT — On Thursday, for the first time in Orleans County, people without flu-like symptoms, health insurance, or a doctor’s referral, were able to be tested for COVID-19. In collaboration with regional emergency medical service (EMS) vol... More »