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The downright dismal state of dairy


copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 After 31 years running an award-winning dairy farm, Deborah and Durwood Blay of Westfield have called it quits. They milked their cows for the last time on March 9, then tearfully watched them head up the driveway to thei... More »

Nick’s Snack Shack coming to Barton


copyright the Chronicle April 11, 2018 BARTON — Bobbie Joe Roberts McManus has bought a long empty building in the center of Barton Village and plans to open Nick’s Snack Shack, hopefully by May 31. The move, she said, is partly fulfillment of a childhood drea... More »

Hallquist launches campaign for governor


By Anne Galloway, Statewide candidates often launch campaigns in formal settings — businesses, hotel lobbies, fancy homes. And they attract the usual politicos: lobbyists, lawmakers, a full brace of media and well-heeled business types.   Not so, ... More »

No easy money in hemp industry


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 »

Country mourns for Wilbur, the popular pig


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 »

Plans for Willoughby’s South End move forward


copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 WESTMORE — The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) is moving ahead with plans for trails, parking, and an observation platform at the south end of Lake Willoughby. After over a year of public meetin... More »

Planning for wildlife management areas restarted


copyright the Chronicle March 28, 2018 ISLAND POND — Around 50 people gathered at the Brighton Elementary School on March 20 to consider suggestions on what changes the state should make in the Border Management Unit. The process of determining how to take car... More »