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Fire destroys Barton restaurant


copyright the Chronicle January 10, 2018   BARTON — Fire destroyed Ming’s House, the Chinese restaurant here, on Friday. The tricky fire started at around 2 p.m. Barton Fire Chief Kevin Tartaglio, who arrived on the scene just minutes after the department was ... More »

Troopers suspended after fire


copyright the Chronicle December 6, 2017   by Tena Starr   Two state troopers have been put on paid administrative leave pending investigation of a fire that burned a Stannard house Monday that one of them owned, State Police in St. Johnsbury said Tuesday. Pol... More »

Fire destroys landmark barn in Barton


copyright the Chronicle October 11, 2017   by Tena Starr   BARTON — State Police are looking for information about the Monday afternoon fire that burned the landmark barn known as The Pines to the ground. Firefighters poured a steady stream of water on the far... More »

Easter fire ruins Brighton home


copyright the Chronicle April 19, 2017   by Sharon (Campbell) Biron   Editor’s note: the following is Ms. Biron’s account of the fire that ruined their Island Pond home Sunday night. She and her husband, Mark Biron, lost everything in the fire. Mark and I had ... More »

Irasburg fire leaves six without a home


copyright the Chronicle December 7, 2016 by Paul Lefebvre and Tena Starr IRASBURG — A fire late Sunday afternoon destroyed a camp off the Gage Road here and left two adults and four children homeless. “They lost everything,” said Robin Beaton, chief of the Ira... More »

Spark from torch started round barn fire


copyright the Chronicle August 31, 2016 by Tena Starr IRASBURG — A spark started the fire that destroyed the Robillard family’s historic round barn here, Denise Robillard said this week. “They were fixing stalls that morning in the barn that was hooked to the ... More »

Fire destroys historic round barn in Irasburg


copyright the Chronicle August 24, 2016 by Paul Lefebvre IRASBURG — A fire Tuesday destroyed the round barn here on Robillard Flats that had become a cultural landmark for those who live or travel through Orleans County. Originally built in 1908, the barn had ... More »

Firefighters save Barton home


copyright the Chronicle April 6, 2016 Barton, Orleans, and Glover firefighters work to keep Mark LaCoss’ home from destruction Tuesday.  Barton Ambulance was also on the scene.  Barton Fire Chief Kevin Tartaglio said his department was toned out at 2:30 p.m. f... More »


Ruminations: On the historic rise of the birthday cake


copyright the Chronicle March 4, 2015 by Tena Starr My family isn’t overly fond of cake, which got me to wondering about the history of the ritual. How is it that cake and candles are such an entrenched tradition that people who don’t even really like cake sti... More »