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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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Barton Motors to be sold at auction

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copyright the Chronicle May 13, 2015 by Tena Starr BARTON — The Barton Motor Company, for many years a thriving Ford dealership, will go up for foreclosure auction on June 15. Court papers say that Winston Harper, who once owned the company with his brother Wo... More »

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Truck fished out of Willoughby

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copyright the Chronicle May 13, 2015 by Joseph Gresser WESTMORE — Bob Wesoja was out fishing on Willoughby Lake last week — for his truck. Back in February, Mr. Wesoja was headed for his fishing shanty when the wind kicked up, and in white-out conditions he lo... More »

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More agriculture, more jobs

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  copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph The six-year-old Farm to Plate initiative appears to be doing its job and has noticeably helped bolster Vermont’s farm and food economy, according to a report released earlier this year. Among oth... More »

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Sugaring season was short

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copyright the Chronicle April 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail Alfred Carrier and his son Alfred Carrier Jr., were among the last people in Orleans County still making maple syrup this past weekend. Many local sugarmakers report that they quit boiling early last we... More »

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Small border businesses say greenbacks only

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copyright the Chronicle April 22, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph The value of the Canadian dollar has declined sharply in the past year, giving businesses on the border a choice to make. As of Tuesday, a Canadian dollar was worth 81 U.S. cents, according to Go... More »

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The risks of renting

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copyright the Chronicle April 15, 2015 by Tena Starr In July of 2014, Vernon and Rose Warner rented a trailer in Lowell to a man and his son. They say they received $300 at the time, and nothing since. The monthly rent was $550. Now, the tenant is gone, which ... More »

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State Police encourage women to become troopers

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copyright the Chronicle April 8, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph There’s a growing number of women in law enforcement. In fact, at the moment, six of the 21 State Police officers stationed in the Derby barracks are women. Callie Field, who was originally from M... More »

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AnC Bio is back on track

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copyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — AnC Bio, the biomedical facility being developed with money from the federal EB-5 visa program, is back on track. A press release from Jay Peak late Tuesday afternoon said the state Department o... More »

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No special scrutiny for AnC Bio

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copyright the Chronicle March 25, 2015 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Despite reports to the contrary the AnC Bio biomedical project is not being given special scrutiny by the state. State regulators are taking a closer look at all EB-5 projects in Vermont in lig... More »

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Keep small schools, school directors say

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copyright the Chronicle March 18, 2015  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Legislators from the Northeast Kingdom were told in no uncertain terms to oppose Montpelier’s efforts to shut down small schools and consolidate districts. That stern warning came from school ... More »

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Wanted: foster homes

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copyright the Chronicle March 11, 2015 by Tena Starr   NEWPORT — Erica Page always thought she was meant to be a foster parent. After years of unsuccessfully trying to have children of their own, she finally told her husband, Shaun Sykes, “Enough is enough. Le... More »

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Industrial sugaring comes to Brighton

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copyright the Chronicle March 4, 2015 by Joseph Gresser BRIGHTON — The days of making maple syrup to raise a little cash for property taxes have been gone for quite a while now. But an Island Pond sugaring operation getting ready for its first season could ush... More »