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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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Vermont delegation fights confusing maple regulation

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copyright the Chronicle May 9, 2018 Vermont’s Congressional delegation is fighting a proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to label maple syrup as having “added sugar.” Last week, U.S. Congressman Peter Welch and Senator Patrick Leahy held a press c... More »

Barton man charged for shooting smoke detector

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copyright the Chronicle May 2, 2018 NEWPORT — Police say a Barton man took matters into his own hands when his smoke detector went off while he was cooking Monday evening. According to a press release from the State Police, 68-year-old Leroy Mason handled the ... More »

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Baird partially sentenced in O’Hagen case

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copyright the Chronicle May 2, 2018  ST. JOHNSBURY — Keith J. Baird was brought into Caledonia County Superior Court on April 27 for what could be the next to last time. The 37-year-old Sheffield man had been scheduled to go on trial for the 2010 murder of 78-... More »

Barton Village seeks change, starting with roads

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copyright the Chronicle May 2, 2018 BARTON — With a population of about 700, a Grand List of just $400,000, and a median income of around $26,000, Barton Village is in need of change if it’s going to prosper again, say its village trustees. To read the rest of... More »

Long season, no big return for sugarmakers

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copyright the Chronicle May 2, 2018 By most accounts, this year’s stubbornly slow spring resulted in an almost painfully long sugaring season. But that doesn’t mean it was a bumper syrup crop. Ken Borland of West Glover has been sugaring most of his life. …To ... More »

Ripples from Newport reappraisal continue

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copyright the Chronicle April 25, 2018 NEWPORT — Ripples from the citywide reappraisal of Newport property continue to spread nearly a year after the initial evaluation process was completed. Those who disagree with the value placed on their property by Vision... More »

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Scenic View to be closed

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copyright the Chronicle April 25, 2018 WESTFIELD — Rural Edge, the Lyndonville-based nonprofit, rural housing organization, has decided to close Scenic View, a residential care facility in Westfield. It hopes to sell it. “The significant costs of running Sceni... More »

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Longtime Orleans resident celebrating 102 years

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copyright the Chronicle April 25, 2018 by Tabitha Armstrong Rhoda Alberghini Benson turns 102 this Friday. Her life spans two world wars, countless conflicts, women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, the moon landing, and the coming of modern technology. And ye... More »

Zuckerman visits Newport prison

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copyright the Chronicle April 18, 2018 NEWPORT — A familiar ponytail could be seen heading toward the entrance of Northern State Correctional Facility through a light snowfall Tuesday morning. Under it, as usual, was Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. The Li... More »

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Bernie champions causes for veterans and seniors

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copyright the Chronicle April 18, 2018 NEWPORT — During his visit to Newport Saturday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said the present political moment is troublesome, but he pronounced himself “not unoptimistic” about the prospects for the future. He warned his ... More »