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Hair salons are bright spot in local business

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copyright the Chronicle April 30, 2014  by Natalie Hormilla Marie Turmel Kroeger opened a hair salon in a refurbished milk house in Craftsbury last month with confidence and enthusiasm. “It’s called faith in oneself,” she said, just a couple of weeks into offi... More »

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Weather problems drive up beef prices sharply

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copyright the Chronicle May 7, 2014 by Natalie Hormilla BARTON — The price of beef in most stores is at a record high, and the price of locally raised beef is getting higher, too. The average price of a pound of ground beef in most U.S. states hit almost $3.70... More »

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Christmas trees growers turn to the Canaan fir

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copyright the Chronicle 12-18-13 by Natalie Hormilla “I will never plant another balsam again,” said Steve Moffatt.  “Between the frost and the disease and the insect issues, I won’t.” Mr. Moffatt owns and operates Moffatt’s Tree Farm in Craftsbury with his wi... More »

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Examining the crossroads of bullying and social media

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by Natalie Hormilla “I wish that I could put a scrambler over my building that would not allow any airwaves to come in and out during the day,” said Lake Region Union High School Principal Andre Messier.  He made that comment during a phone interview Monday on... More »

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Chronicle jack-o’-lantern contest winners speak

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by Natalie Hormilla “You have to look at the pumpkin, and see what it tells you,” said Lila Winstead of Glover, about one of her rules of pumpkin carving. Ms. Winstead is usually a winner at the Chronicle’s annual jack-o’-lantern contest, and 2013 was no excep... More »

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What drives the price of firewood?

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by Natalie Hormilla The price of a cord of green firewood is running about $185 this year, about the same as last year. It’s a price that’s mostly determined locally — at least compared to other home heating fuels, like oil or propane. It reflects the cost of ... More »

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In Barton: Chronicle reporter watches car get stolen

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by Bethany M. Dunbar BARTON — A veteran reporter for the Chronicle had his car stolen from the office as he was working inside on Tuesday.  But about three hours later, the vehicle was found in Orleans, and the person who took it was caught. About 3:30 p.m., A... More »

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Hand Artists introduces sign language

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by Natalie Hormilla When Jan Caswell was growing up in Derby Line, she had no idea what sort of career lay in her future.  Now, after 40 years of working with deaf people in a variety of ways, she’s created a book that introduces American Sign Language and dea... More »

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Bread and Puppet celebrates half a century

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by Natalie Hormilla GLOVER — “The assessment is more important for the participants than for me.” This is what Peter Schumann answers when asked what he thinks of Bread and Puppet Theater turning half a century old this summer. Mr. Schumann has been the artist... More »

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Apple crop is skimpy this year

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by Natalie Hormilla copyright the Chronicle 9-5-2012 After a long, hot summer, people may be looking forward to fall foliage, cooler weather and crisp apple cider.  When the foliage will change or the weather cool is anyone’s guess, but at least one thing is c... More »