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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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GMO bill splits local legislators by party

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copyright the Chronicle May 21, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar Orleans County farmers and consumers won’t be immediately affected by Vermont’s first-in-the-nation passage of legislation requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. The legislat... More »

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Kilmartin won’t seek re-election

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copyright the Chronicle May 14, 2014 by Paul Lefebvre Duncan Kilmartin will not seek re-election to the Vermont House. In a farewell address to members of the House last week, Mr. Kilmartin did not explain his decision to step down, preferring instead to thank... More »

Brighton receives award for Town Hall renovations

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copyright the Chronicle May 7, 2014 by Joseph Gresser ISLAND POND — The renovation of the Brighton Town Hall was among ten projects recognized for outstanding contributions in the field of historic preservation at the 2014 Vermont Preservation and Downtown Con... More »

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Weather problems drive up beef prices sharply

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copyright the Chronicle May 7, 2014 by Natalie Hormilla BARTON — The price of beef in most stores is at a record high, and the price of locally raised beef is getting higher, too. The average price of a pound of ground beef in most U.S. states hit almost $3.70... More »

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Vermont sugarmakers turn to birch syrup

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle April 30, 2014 GLOVER — A pair of Glover men may have found a new way to get money from trees — birch trees. Longtime maple sugarmaker Bucky Shelton and a friend, Darrell Bussino, have teamed up and are making birch syrup.... More »

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Railroad car derails in Barton

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copyright the Chronicle April 23, 2014  by Joseph Gresser BARTON — Faulty bearings caused a railroad car loaded with pulp logs to leave the tracks as it crossed May Farm Road here on Friday evening. The northbound train that it was attached to continued on for... More »

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Nelsons and GMP reach settlement

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copyright the Chronicle April 16, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar LOWELL — Don and Shirley Nelson have reached a settlement with Green Mountain Power that says the power company will pay them $1.3-million for their home and 540 acres of their farm. The couple has up... More »

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“Maker space” seeks inventors

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copyright the Chronicle April 2, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar LYNDONVILLE — The Northeast Kingdom might soon have an incubator space for entrepreneurs and hobbyists who want to invent or create mechanical or electronic devices. Similar clubs have been popping up ... More »

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Murder charges brought in O’Hagan killing

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copyright the Chronicle March 12, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar ST. JOHNSBURY  — Two men have been charged with the murder and kidnapping of Mary Pat O’Hagan, a 78-year-old Sheffield grandmother who was killed three and a half years before the arraignments Monday,... More »