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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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No easy money in hemp industry

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 BARTON — For some time now hemp has been touted as Vermont’s promising new agricultural opportunity. But Cam and Karen Devereux have a cautionary tale for those eager to convert a hayfield or pasture into a hemp operation.... More »

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Country mourns for Wilbur, the popular pig

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 BROWNINGTON — Orleans County’s most famous, and probably most beloved, pig has died. Wilbur was a potbellied pig who lived at the Vermont Reindeer Farm in Brownington. Pauline Broe said that she and her husband, John, take... More »

Essays get to the heart by walking the perimeter

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 Perimeter check III, Essays from Vermont’s Upper Kingdom, by Paul Lefebvre, published in 2017 by Beck Pond Books, softcover, 239 pages, $17. Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar What does it mean to be a resident of the Northeast... More »

Newport community garden to be a thing of the past

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copyright the Chronicle April 4, 2018 NEWPORT — The community garden near the Gardner Park bandstand will soon be a thing of the past, Jennifer Bernier told members of the city council at their meeting Monday night. Ms. Bernier said board members of Fresh Star... More »

Legislators grilled about gun laws

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 BARTON — It didn’t require a poll to predict that the 100 or so people who turned up at the Memorial Building Monday night did not favor the gun bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature. But Tabitha Armstrong, ... More »

Barton principal ruffles feathers

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 BARTON — Some teachers, staff, and parents are alarmed by the rate at which personnel have departed Barton Academy and Graded School since a change in administration. And they fear the Barton School Board is rubber-stampi... More »

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Farming family mourns their cows

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 David and Mary Jane Hoadley of Lowell got a phone call on the morning of January 18 from a relative. “There are a bunch of dead cows in a barn in Brownington,” he said. “I hope they’re not yours.” “I hoped so, too,” Ms. H... More »

State says deer herd thriving, moose in decline

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copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 Vermont hunters still have opinions, but their relations with state Fish and Wildlife officials have become substantially more cordial in recent years. About 70 gathered at Lake Region Union High School on March 22 to hea... More »

A grisly find in a Brownington barn

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copyright the Chronicle March 21, 2018 BROWNINGTON — “Think of the worst thing you’ve ever seen in your life,” Brownington Animal Control Officer Geoff Falconer said. “And this would be worse.” Mr. Falconer said that when he walked into Don and Cathy Steele’s ... More »

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This Falcon’s still flying

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copyright the Chronicle March 21, 2018 Newport Center native Sam Brunnette earned All-American status for the second time in his collegiate athletic career when he ran to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships in B... More »