Chronicle staff bios
Tracy Davis Pierce
Publisher/GM Tracy Davis Pierce started working at the Chronicle in 1986, while attending Lyndon State College, where she studied business. Ms. Davis Pierce handles the business operations of the paper. In addition to her regular duties, Ms. Davis Pierce has run Warm the Children Orleans County, Inc. since 1994. This program collects donations for and purchases new warm winter outerwear for area needy children and has served thousands of families over the past 22 years. For that achievement she received an award from the Governor for Outstanding Community Service in 2006. She served on the board as secretary and treasurer for the Barton Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at [email protected].
Tena Starr is news editor of the Chronicle. She handles requests for coverage and is the assignment editor, covers crime, economics, and general news, and lays out the paper. She has worked at the Chronicle, on and off, since 1981. She has also worked for the Burlington Free Press, the Caledonian Record, and Country Folks. She owned and managed North Star Nursery in Barton for ten years, and lives in Glover. Contact her at [email protected].
Kjya DeToma is an advertising sales representative. She sells advertising in Derby, Derby Line, Canada, Island Pond, Charleston, Orleans, Irasburg, and the rest of northeast Orleans County. She loves selling ads. “To be blunt, I like to talk,” she says. “It’s not even like I’m working; it’s just like I’ve got a whole bunch of friends.” She enjoys visiting with her clients, many of whom have become friends, every day. She also works part-time as a bartender at The Gap Pub & Grill, which has led her to some contacts for possible advertising. Contact Kjya by phone at (802) 673-4331 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Joseph Gresser, aka “Jig,” brings years of experience as a selectman in Stannard to his coverage of local issues. He also has a strong background as a maker and presenter of art. Contact Joseph at [email protected].
Georgia Young has worked at the Chronicle for over 30 years. She started in the subscription department and currently is the circulation manager. She also does display ad billing, proof reading and delivers papers. She is a woman with many hats. She grew up in West Glover and has lived in Vermont all her life (so far) except for a year in Adana, Turkey, and two years just outside of Washington, D.C. She is the mother of three grown sons and has six grandchildren and is a daughter of the infamous Loudon Young. Contact her at [email protected].
LeAnn Cady has been with the Chronicle since 1993. She started out in the production department, moved up to the position of production manager, then became an advertising salesperson. In 2013 she left the Chronicle to pursue another career, but has since returned and is now working back in the production department. LeAnn lives in Orleans and enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with her granddaughter. LeAnn can be reached at [email protected].
Kathy Seymour has been at the Chronicle since 1998. A production assistant, she designs ads, puts the final pages together, proofreads, wears a few other hats, and tweaks a lot!! She was born and went to school in Norwalk, Connecticut. While in Connecticut she worked at a private girls’ school in Greenwich as office manager, and then worked for an architect as administrative assistant. In 1979, while temping at a magazine publishing company, she discovered and liked the creativity of typesetting and climbed the ladder in that company to production manager. In 1993, burned out by the pace of “the big city” she decided to move to Newport, Vermont, to be closer to family. She was lucky enough to bring three magazines up with her from the same company and produced them from home for another five years. After a brief proofreading position she applied at the Chronicle in 1998, gratefully got the job, and has been here ever since. She now owns a home in Barton, where she lives with her rescued black lab, Nala, and is happily just a few minutes from work. She loves watching her flowers grow and has been very successful selling her painted glass bottles. Her e-mail address is [email protected].
Advertising representative Zack Lafont grew up in the West Glover and Barton area and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 2007. He attended Lyndon State College for broadcast journalism. He has worked as advertising sales representative for the Chronicle since December 2012. In free time he enjoys kayaking, barbecueing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Zack services the areas of Barton, Orleans, Glover, Hardwick, Morrisville, Barre, Littleton, Troy and North Troy, Westfield, Lowell, Jay, and northwestern Vermont. Call Zack at (802) 673-8947 or e-mail him at [email protected].
Paul Lefebvre has been an on-again off-again staff writer for the Chronicle since the late 1970s. He covers the Legislature, court, land use issues and history. His column, Yours from the Perimeter, is about life in the Upper Kingdom, the northern most reaches of the Northeast Kingdom. The column has won numerous awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in both serious and humorous categories. He has published two collections of his columns, which are available at his web site: www.upperkingdom.com. Contact Paul at [email protected]
Trudy Blackburn is part of the Wednesday circulation crew, getting the papers out to the route drivers and labeling them for mailing. She has been with the Chronicle for 30 years. One of her many other jobs and hobbies in life is wreath making. Skills including keeping Nelson Stevens somewhat under control and in check. (see next bio)
Billy Thompson delivers the Chronicle to stores in Newport and Derby Line. He has worked for the Chronicle for over 30 years. He also works for the Green Mountain Trading Post, makes maple syrup and plays music. Bands included the Ten Mile Shuffle band, the Radiators, and the BTUs.
The Chronicle office is at 133 Water Street in Barton, Vermont. The office is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on press day Wednesdays, and open Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (802) 525-3531 during these hours or e-mail us any time. If it’s about a news story, photo, letter to the editor, or press release, send an e-mail to [email protected]. If it’s about an advertisement or a listing for the calendar send it to: [email protected]. Fax: (802) 525-3200. Mailing address: the Chronicle, P.O. Box 660, Barton, VT 05822. Or you can use the contact forms on this website. If you want to contact a staff member directly, the e-mail addresses are highlighted above. Thanks for your interest!