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Tracy Davis Pierce

Tracy and granddaughter, Kallie
Tracy and her granddaughter, Kallie, who was age 2 at the time of this photo taken in 2011.

Publisher/GM Tracy Davis Pierce started working at the Chronicle in 1986, while attending Lyndon State College, where she studied business.  As an owner, Ms. Davis Pierce handles the business operations of the paper and is the President of the corporation.  In addition to her regular duties, Ms. Davis Pierce has administered 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 26 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. Outside of work she enjoys her animals, cooking, riding, any event that includes fun time with friends and family, vacationing, sun worshiping by the pool or lake, and treasured time with her granddaughter, Kallie! Contact her at [email protected].

Tena Starr

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].

Holly Testut

Holly, center, with her two girls either side.

Advertising Production Manager, Holly Testut, began work at the Chronicle in the summer of 2019.  She has many years of graphic design experience, especially in newspaper layout and ad design. She grew up in Derby Line but now resides in Coventry with her husband and three children. They enjoy spending time outside boating, four wheeling and skiing. Contact her at [email protected]

Kjya DeToma

Kjya DeToma is an advertising sales representative and part owner of the company. 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

Joseph Gresser

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 with two of her grandchildren, Lincoln and Abby.

Georgia Young

Georgia Young has worked at the Chronicle for over 35 years. She started in the subscription department and currently is the circulation manager.  She also does display ad billing, proof reading and mailing.  She is a woman with many hats and a part owner of the paper.  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 seven grandchildren and is a daughter of the infamous Loudon Young.  Contact her at [email protected].

WEB leanne profile pictureLeAnn Cady

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].

Paul Lefebvre

Paul Lefebvre has been an on-again off-again staff writer for the Chronicle since the late 1970s.  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

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 over 35 years and is an owner of the paper.  One of her many other jobs and hobbies in life is wreath making.

Billy Thompson

Bill Thompson

Billy Thompson delivers the Chronicle to stores in Newport and Derby Line.  He has worked for the Chronicle for over 30 years and is an owner.  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.

General information

The Chronicle office is at 133 Water Street in Barton, Vermont.  The office is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 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, press release, or a listing for the calendar of events send an e-mail to [email protected].  If it’s about an advertisement send it to:  [email protected].  Fax: (802) 525-3200.  Mailing address:  the Chronicle, P.O. Box 660, Barton, VT 05822.   If you want to contact a staff member directly, the e-mail addresses are highlighted above.  Thanks for your interest!

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