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Editorial: No retreat

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President Obama was right to stand his ground while the government was shut down by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republican Party, which is controlled by its extreme right wing. To give in would have been to turn the government... More »

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Peter Miller captures Vermont characters

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A Lifetime of Vermont People, with photographs and text by Peter Miller; 208 pages in hardback; published by Silver Print Press; $49.95. Reviewed by Chris Braithwaite Any Northeast Kingdom resident who picks up Peter Miller’s extraordinarily handsome new book ... More »

Editorial: A sad echo from across the sea

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“They’re still at it!” That’s what we said when we read the astounding news that on September 5, almost three decades after Vermont State Police raided the Northeast Kingdom Community Church in Island Pond and seized its children, it happened again in southern... More »

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German police seize Twelve Tribes children

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by Chris Braithwaite BAVARIA, Germany — German police seized 40 children of the Twelve Tribes religious community here on September 5, according to press accounts. The group is one of many international offshoots of the Northeast Kingdom Community Church in Is... More »

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Brooks sentenced to 18 months for embezzling

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by Chris Braithwaite BURLINGTON — Kim Brooks will serve 18 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $160,000 from her former employer in Orleans. The 48-year-old Brownington woman was dismissed from her job at Desmarais Equipment in the spring of 2011... More »

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Lowell wind: Neighbors sick and tired of turbine noise

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by Chris Braithwaite ALBANY — Jim and Kathy Goodrich have a nice home with a porch along the entire west side that overlooks acres of neatly trimmed lawn and, about a mile away, the long, sinuous ridgeline known as Lowell Mountain. Now that view is dominated b... More »

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Sodden skies torment farmers

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by Tena Starr “It’s kind of a nightmare.” That’s how Brandon Tanner of Glover described this summer’s weather and his own efforts to put in hay for his dairy cows. “It’s one of those things where you’re forced this year to get what you can get when you can get... More »

News analysis: The high cost of clean power

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by Chris Braithwaite copyright the Chronicle 4-17-2013 BARTON — Solar energy may come to town soon at the Barton Solar Farm at 1603 Glover Road.  A fairly large project at 1.8 megawatts (MW), it would produce the amount of power consumed, on average, by more t... More »

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Welcome to the era of Big Sugar

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by Chris Braithwaite  copyright 3-13-2013 BARTON — When Adam Parke and Todd Scelza “sweetened the pans” and drew off their first 165 gallons of maple syrup Monday night, it was the culmination of ten months’ work and an investment of a quarter of a million dol... More »

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Advocates say Reach Up works and should not be cut

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by Chris Braithwaite copyright the Chronicle 2-13-13 NEWPORT — Kate Kanelstein of the Vermont Workers Center was a bit apologetic when she sat in front of the camera during a statewide budget hearing Monday afternoon. She had planned to bring several women who... More »

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Bloodhound and owner help find lost pets

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by Chris Braithwaite copyright the Chronicle 12-26-12 ALBANY — Lisa Robinson spends a good deal of her time crashing through the woods or running through the brambles behind a big rangy dog named Redford who might quite possibly be pursuing a cat. Though she’s... More »