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In the UTGs: Has industrial wind worn out its welcome?

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by Paul Lefebvre copyright the Chronicle 11-13-2013 ISLAND POND — Seneca Mountain wind developers stuck their head in the lion’s den here Monday night, and the lion roared back. Eolian Renewable Energy is proposing a 20-turbine project for Seneca Mountain that... More »

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Rifle season for white-tailed deer opens November 16

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by Paul Lefebvre copyright the Chronicle 11-13-2013 Why do deer hunters enjoy less success in the Northeast Kingdom than they do elsewhere? The 2013 deer rifle season opens Saturday, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is projecting a harvest similar to 20... More »

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Vermont history through the eyes of a lawyer

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Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History, by Paul Gillies.  Published by the Vermont Historical Society. 2013.  414 pages with index. $24.95. Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre People who major in history in college often find themsel... More »

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Moose harvest lagging at mid-season

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by Paul Lefebvre BARTON — Halfway through the 2013 season and the moose harvest is running about 40 percent behind last year’s figures at this time, according to biologist Cedric Alexander of the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department. Early estimates suggest th... More »

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Passenger train might come to Island Pond

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copyright the Chronicle, October 9, 2013 by Paul Lefebvre ISLAND POND — For two private developers who would like to start a nighttime rail passenger service between Montreal and Portland, slow is beautiful. The working name for the project is train-hotel, and... More »

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In Island Pond: Quebec maple firm seeks syrup factory

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by Paul Lefebvre ISLAND POND — A Quebec maple company may be setting up shop in an empty factory here that failed to gain traction as a woodworking facility and create jobs after the Ethan Allen plant shut down in 2000. The empty factory, known as the REM buil... 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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Hoagland novel tells tales of human courage

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Children are Diamonds, by Edward Hoagland.  Published by Arcade Publishing, New York, New York, 2013.  213 pages. $23.95. Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre  What to think of a 30-something-year-old schoolteacher who got fired from his job in New Hampshire, absconded f... More »

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Edward Hoagland: 23 books and still going

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by Paul Lefebvre  When writer Edward “Ted” Hoagland turned 80 in December, he had 22 books under his belt.  Today, he has one more and is working on another.  Of course there’s an essay in the works, from the man writer John Updike called “the best essayist of... More »

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Book review: A requiem for Rocky

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Reviewed by Garret Keizer Crossing Jack Brook:  Love and Death in the Woods, by Paul Lefebvre.  Published by Beck Pond Books.  169 pages.   Paperback.  $20. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first try are roughly on a par with those of being inju... More »

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Hunters skeptical of state deer count

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by Paul Lefebvre LYNDON — A deer hearing at Lyndon State College last week may have been lightly attended, but it still attracted hunters willing to cross knives with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. “I think the deer herd has plummeted since the departmen... More »

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Senate passes weakened wind power bill

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copyright the Chronicle  3-27-13 by Paul Lefebvre MONTPELIER — A legislative push to give towns and regional planning commissions more say in the siting of industrial wind towers appears to be dead, following a preliminary vote here Tuesday in the Senate. The ... More »