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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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Welcome to the era of Big Sugar

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by Chris Braithwaite  copyright 3-13-2013 BARTON — When Adam Parke and Todd Scelza “sweetened the pans” and drew off their first 165 gallons of maple syrup Monday night, it was the culmination of ten months’ work and an investment of a quarter of a million dol... More »

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Newport Center man’s body found in Lake Memphremagog

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by Richard Creaser copyright the Chronicle 3-4-2013 NEWPORT CENTER — A missing Newport Center man’s body was found Monday afternoon by State Police divers in Lake Memphremagog.  Vermont State Police Lieutenant Kirk Cooper said he was 53-year-old Jacques LeBlan... More »

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GMP agrees to pay Chronicle publisher

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by Paul Lefebvre copyright the Chronicle 2-27-2013 Two months after it was filed, Chronicle publisher Chris Braithwaite has prevailed in his suit against the utility and wind developer Green Mountain Power (GMP). In an announcement Tuesday, Mr. Braithwaite sai... More »

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Advocates say Reach Up works and should not be cut

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by Chris Braithwaite copyright the Chronicle 2-13-13 NEWPORT — Kate Kanelstein of the Vermont Workers Center was a bit apologetic when she sat in front of the camera during a statewide budget hearing Monday afternoon. She had planned to bring several women who... More »

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Legislators tour through Jay and Newport

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by Joseph Gresser copyright the Chronicle 2-6-13 NEWPORT — A passel of state representatives on a bus tour of the Northeast Kingdom heard firsthand about the issues that will have to be addressed to help the area adjust to $500-million-worth of planned develop... More »

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In Glover: Fire destroys 123-year-old house

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 1-30-2013 GLOVER — State Police investigators say the fire that destroyed the 123-year-old house at Green Mountain Fence here early Saturday morning was not suspicious, but what started it remains a mystery. “They have no ... More »

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In Derby: Walmart could open in 2014

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 by Joseph Gresser copyright the Chronicle 1-16-2013 DERBY —  “Since Ames closed five years or so ago my vocabulary has consisted of two four-letter words — when and soon,” said Brian Smith, chairman of the Derby Selectmen, Tuesday.  “Now is a good word to use... More »

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In court: Roger Pion found incompetent to stand trial

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by Joseph Gresser copyright the Chronicle 1-9-2013 NEWPORT — The trial of Roger Pion on charges related to the destruction of seven Orleans County police vehicles will not be going forward any time soon.  Mr. Pion was found incompetent to aid in his own defens... More »