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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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Ray sentenced to 20 years to life

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copyright the Chronicle March 14, 2018 NEWPORT — Following a confused and unpredictable hearing here last week, Jeffrey Ray was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Richard “Rick” Vreeland on May 25, 2015. Mr. Vreeland was known as... More »

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Ice fishermen want baitfish rules relaxed

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copyright the Chronicle March 14, 2018   About 50 energized anglers turned out late February ready to offer their opinions about current regulations governing the use of live baitfish on Vermont lakes. Fish Culture Operations Manager Adam Miller, of the Fish a... More »

Cutting all ash not advisable, state says

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copyright the Chronicle March 14, 2018 The emerald ash borer has officially arrived in Vermont, but it’s not yet at Orleans County’s doorstep, Barbara Schultz, forest health program manager for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, said on ... More »

Irasburg native pens award-winning novel

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copyright the Chronicle March 14, 2018 Stranded, a Story of Frontier Survival, by Matthew Mayo. Paperback. 241 pages. $25.95. Reviewed by Tena Starr Matthew Mayo grew up on a farm in Irasburg, in a household that encouraged reading. He graduated from Lyndon St... More »

Raboin, Charboneau elected in Newport

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copyright the Chronicle March 7, 2018 NEWPORT — Julie Raboin was the top vote getter in Town Meeting Day polling in Newport. Ms. Raboin, who recently rebutted charges of leaking confidential information from executive session, won the right to keep the seat to... More »

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Brownington woman pleads innocent to murder

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copyright the Chronicle March 7, 2018 NEWPORT — Jennifer Simard sobbed as Orleans County Sheriff’s Department deputies escorted her into court Monday. The 46-year-old Brownington woman was arrested Saturday after a grand jury handed up a true bill charging her... More »

Lowell Town clerk and treasurer to be appointed?

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copyright the Chronicle March 7, 2018 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph LOWELL — Voters at Town Meeting here Tuesday agreed to allow the select board to appoint a town clerk and treasurer. Those are traditionally elected positions but lawyer Bill Davies confirmed that... More »

Brighton voters increase budget to secure rescue service

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copyright the Chronicle March 7, 2018 BRIGHTON — Voters here held a thorough Town Meeting Monday night, which resulted in an increase to the total town budget of about $42,000. The bulk of that increase went towards securing the town’s rescue services. Current... More »

Lake Region opposed to arming teachers

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copyright the Chronicle February 28, 2018 “There’s talk about arming teachers,” Principal Andre Messier told the Lake Region Union High School Board at its February 22 meeting. “I said that would be the last day I’m in this building.” In the wake of the deadly... More »

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Record thaw brings mud and floods

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copyright the Chronicle February 28, 2018 Even without the predicted heavy rains, last week’s record warm weather worsened ice jams, flooded roads, and launched a brief preview of mud season. On February 21, when temperatures in the area approached 60 degrees,... More »

Julie Raboin gets an apology

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copyright the Chronicle February 28, 2018 NEWPORT — City Attorney David Rugh stood at a special council meeting held on February 22 and said the charges against council member Julie Raboin, which roiled a meeting three days earlier, were based on erroneous inf... More »

Caswell Avenue Bridge to be demolished

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copyright the Chronicle February 28, 2018 DERBY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation will cut the link connecting Derby Line and Holland from April to October, said Grant Spates, chair of the Derby Select Board ahead of Monday’s board meeting. The Caswell Av... More »