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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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Lowell students make meaningful impact

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  LOWELL — Cameron King, Ephraim Elmer, and Cedar Decker, three eighth-graders from Lowell Graded School, decided in December 2021 to participate in the Greenway Institute’s Sustainable Engineering Challenge for the 2021-2022 school year.  This year’s challeng... More »

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Mother’s Day marks start of pulling season

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  by Matthew Wilson BARTON – People have looked to horses as a symbol of strength for longer than humanity can recall.  Ridden and worked, these beasts once took center stage as engines to perform feats that manpower alone could not accomplish.  A good draft h... More »

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Barton voters nix VEC sale

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  BARTON—By a vote of 48 to 100 Barton Village turned down the proposed sale of their electric department to the Vermont Electric Cooperative.  Barton’s trustees had urged the sale, saying it would relieve the village of the burden of serving customers in Brow... More »

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Dinner meeting serves ideas for Brownington

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  by Trisha Ingalls BROWNINGTON — Brownington residents have a great sense of humor and a unique community.  For Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) CEO Brian Lowe, those were some of the key takeaways from last Thursday’s community visit. According to... More »

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Barry Sahagian’s life in music

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  by Matthew Wilson NEWPORT CENTER — If someone were to picture what it’s like to be a professional musician, they’d likely imagine themselves performing live in front of an excited audience.  No matter the genre, it is the most iconic feat of a musical perfor... More »

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Trustees defend planned sale to VEC

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by Joseph Gresser BARTON—Nate Sicard, the chair of the Barton Village Trustees started Sunday’s information meeting on the two Articles that will be voted by Australian ballot on May 10 with a small joke.  He suggested that the 40 or so village residents showe... More »

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Ariel Quiros Sr. gets five-year sentence

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  by Joseph Gresser BURLINGTON — The last of three men federal authorities say were responsible for the AnC Bio fraud will spend five years in a federal prison.  Ariel Quiros Sr., who pled guilty to three charges related to the bio-medical facility that was to... More »

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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 »