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Newport reappraisal could lead to drop in tax rate


copyright the Chronicle June 21, 201   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — The preliminary results of the citywide reappraisal are in and, while some property owners are unhappy with the jump in their assessment, Newport’s government is breathing a sigh of relief. A... More »

Newport hopes to improve its image


copyright the Chronicle June 7, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — In a marathon meeting Monday night, the city council considered ways of improving Newport’s image, the future of its downtown program, a new music series on the waterfront, and a possible ext... More »

State unveils plan to clean up Memphremagog


copyright the Chronicle May 24, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Lake Memphremagog has a phosphorus problem and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a plan to fix it. Actually, the plan is still in draft form, and Watershed Coordina... More »

New law could speed Newport’s development


copyright the Chronicle May 17, 2017     by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — The Vermont House and Senate have come to an agreement on an economic development bill that, among other things, will permit the creation of six new tax increment finance zones. “We shook o... More »

Trade case could lead to jobs at Columbia Forest Products


copyright the Chronicle April 26, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Columbia Forest Products, along with several other manufactures of hardwood plywood, scored a preliminary victory in an international trade case that could mean as many as 70 new jobs at th... More »

Congressman swings through Northeast Kingdom


copyright the Chronicle April 26, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — U.S. Representative Peter Welch brought his spring recess tour of the state to the Northeast Kingdom on April 20 with a visit to Derby and Newport. The state’s only Congressional member ask... More »

Can Newport emulate St. Albans’ renewal?


copyright the Chronicle April 5, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   ST. ALBANS CITY — The St. Albans City Hall is an elegant structure, dating from the time it was known as the Railroad City. The high ceilings and tall wooden doors are indications of a past when citiz... More »

Dairy farmers and new farmers face a divide


copyright the Chronicle April 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Trail    NEWPORT — When Dave Simonds and Sarah Gardner slept at a “farm stay” bed and breakfast not too long ago, their host apologized for the dairy farm down the road. “We’re trying to clean it up,” she assu... More »

Raboin, Merriam named to Newport council


copyright the Chronicle March 29, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — The Newport City Council is again up to full strength. After a special meeting Monday night to select two new members, the council is no longer the all-male bastion it has been since the de... More »

Health Department looks at root causes of addiction


copyright the Chronicle March 15, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Preventing heroin addiction may be as simple, or as complicated, as paying attention to the difficulties individuals face in their early years and offering help to overcome those traumas. T... More »

Newport officials hear some rare good news


copyright the Chronicle March 8, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Ernie Pomerleau, the president of Burlington-based Pomerleau Real Estate, hosted a press conference at the Gateway Center here on March 2 to confirm plans he has talked about since at least ... More »

Four vie for two city council seats


copyright the Chronicle March 1, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — City voters won’t be asked to make many choices when they cast their ballots on Town Meeting Day. Mayor Paul Monette, who has already served in that office longer than any of his predecessor... More »