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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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VEC will seek help from FEMA for storm damage

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copyright the Chronicle December 17, 2014  by Tena Starr Orleans County got off relatively lightly in last week’s big snowstorm. Several towns received a good foot of snow on the night of Tuesday, December 9. And they got it in a hurry. But the county was not ... More »

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Gang presence has been felt in Vermont, says DOC

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Clarification, added December 11, 2014:   In the article on Vermont gang activity, we quoted Brian Mclaughlin as saying the Latin Kings have a presence in Barton. Mr. Mclaughlin has contacted the Chronicle to say the quote was accurate, but he only used Barton... More »

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U.S., Quebec police practice cooperating in emergencies

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copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014 by Joseph Gresser JAY — A bus taking U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to a meeting in Quebec is rammed by a man who committed a robbery in Vermont and escaped by speeding through Canadian cu... More »

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Dions accused of elaborate poaching scheme

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copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014 by Tena Starr An Irasburg couple will be brought to court next month for allegedly running an elaborate deer poaching operation that included baiting and spotlights in their well concealed backyard and a gun portal in ... More »

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The homeless — out of sight, out of mind?

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copyright the Chronicle November 19, 2014 by David Dudley NEWPORT — Victoria Kuhn, a thin woman in her twenties, moved to Newport a little over a year ago with her fiancé. Since their arrival, they have lived on Prouty Beach, in their car, and during the cold ... More »

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Governor’s race: County lawmakers lean toward Milne

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copyright the Chronicle November 12, 2014 by Tena Starr If Orleans County’s legislative delegation had its way, Scott Milne would be Vermont’s next governor. That’s not a surprising decision for the Republicans who represent the county, but as of this week onl... More »

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Election wrap: Barrett, Viens, Hardy win elections

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Important correction to the November 5, 2014, election results: Complete election results for each race available in the Chronicle. copyright the Chronicle November 5, 2014 by Joseph Gresser Jennifer Barrett was the big winner of Tuesday’s election, scoring a ... More »

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Is the postal service shooting itself in the foot?

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copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014 by David Dudley In May of 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented the Post Plan, which was devised to curb mounting debt, and prevent thousands of offices, many of them rural post offices, such as those... More »

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Safe Haven — a home for unwanted horses

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copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014 by Tena Starr HOLLAND — Tara Girard has taken in 17 horses this year, all of them horses that someone else didn’t want anymore, or at least couldn’t afford. Of the ten harbored by Safe Haven Farm right now, she said tha... More »

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Barrup protests $400,000 sales tax bill

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copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014 by Joseph Gresser DERBY — Rod Barrup is not happy with the government of what he calls “the first communist state in the U.S.” In particular he is angry about a $400,000 bill from the Vermont Department of Taxes. Mr. Ba... More »

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Sheffield wind: Therriens to appeal reappraisal denial

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copyright the Chronicle October 8, 2014 by Tena Starr SHEFFIELD — It was a spectacular Friday afternoon in October — blue sky, warm weather, and the wind rustling the leaves on the trees. Beneath that sound, however, there was a low grinding noise in Steve and... More »

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Charges against Roger Pion near dismissal

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copyright the Chronicle October 1, 2014 by Paul Lefebvre NEWPORT — The Newport man who crushed multiple police cruisers with a tractor just over two years ago could be only weeks away from seeing all 16 charges arising from the incident dismissed. At a hearing... More »