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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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Inconsiderate driver sends 75-year-old walker to ER

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by Tena Starr GLOVER — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the driver of a light gray pickup who may have deliberately splashed a 75-year-old Glover woman while she was out walking last week.  The incident caused Carol Borland to fall and su... More »

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Chief Deputy Brooks resigns

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by Meghan Wayland BARTON — Longtime Chief Deputy Phil Brooks resigned from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department in February.  “I didn’t think a year ago that I’d be sitting in this position now,” he said in a phone interview on Sunday. “On a personal note,”... More »

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Voters’ views on Bernie, Biden, Trump

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by Meghan Wayland Judging from random interviews with voters, largely conducted at stores in Barton, Orleans, Newport, and Derby, Orleans County voters want an end to politics as usual.  As they went to the polls on Town Meeting Day, they were looking to shake... More »

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Troy Sugarhouse destroyed

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by Tena Starr WESTFIELD — Fire destroyed Tom and Cheryl Wright’s state-of-the-art sugarhouse in Troy early Sunday morning, right in the middle of prime sugaring weather.  Mr. Wright said he woke up about 2 a.m. and checked his monitors, which show him what’s g... More »

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Snow spiders: Rule-breakers

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by Susie Spikol I have always admired nature’s mutineers:  animals and plants that thwart the recognized system and do their own thing.  As a child I was the sole member of my own duck-billed platypus club, endeared to this creature with the bird-like bill, be... More »

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NEK Winter Swim Festival

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The first event of the Northeast Kingdom Winter Swim Festival Saturday combines swift swimming with aesthetic millenary. Amy Craigen of Salem, Massachusetts, tried to get in good with the judges by wearing a photo of Kingdom Swim founder Phil White as a chapea... More »

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Croteau recognized for 30 years of service

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by Leanne Harple BARTON — The annual Barton Town Meeting on Tuesday evening marked the end of an era, when select board member Robert Croteau presided over his last Town Meeting after 30 years of service.  His retirement was recognized with a round of applause... More »

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Newport students push for peace

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Some things never change, or at least that’s what people say.  A group of sixth graders at Newport City Elementary School believe in change and have proved themselves willing to work hard to make it happen. “A lot of people felt peo... More »

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Governor visits Sweet Tree on Capitol for a Day tour

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by Joseph Gresser ISLAND POND — If Governor Phil Scott had a soothsayer on staff he might have scheduled this year’s trip to Essex County for Tuesday rather than Monday.  Had he made that choice, he would have seen the first boil of the season at the Sweet Tre... More »

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Young won’t seek re-election

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Sam Young, who has represented the Orleans-Caledonia District in the Vermont House for ten years, is not seeking re-election.  The district includes the towns of Albany, Barton, Craftsbury, Greensboro, Glover, Sheffield and Wheelock. Mr. Young grew up in Glove... More »

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The ones that didn’t get away

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Photo by Joseph Gresser. Oliver Lantagne (left) gives his younger brother Colby a bit of assistance as they and David Sicard pose with their catch at the weigh-in of the fifteenth annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Derby Saturday afternoon.  David’s bass tip... More »