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Willoughby claims ice fisherman


copyright the Chronicle February 1, 2017   by Tena Starr   WESTMORE – In the wake of Richard Leblanc’s death last week, officials are warning ice fishermen to be leery of thin ice. Mr. LeBlanc, 62, of Orleans went through the ice on Lake Willoughby on the morn... More »

Highland Lodge has new owner


copyright the Chronicle January 4, 2017   by Tena Starr   GREENSBORO — The Highland Lodge here has a new owner — Heidi Lauren Duke, an opera director from New York with close ties to Vermont, particularly to Glover where her partner, Sam Young, lives. Ms. Duke... More »

Sweenys buy C&C Market


copyright the Chronicle December 14, 2016 by Tena Starr   BARTON — Ray and Jessica Sweeney of Glover became the new owners of the C&C Market here on Tuesday. A few hours after the closing, they were already, and enthusiastically, at work. In an interview befor... More »

Cost and shortage of childcare hinder employment


copyright the Chronicle December 14, 2016 by Tena Starr   For as long as memory serves, the lack of jobs in the Northeast Kingdom, generally touted as the most economically depressed area of the state, has been considered the big hindrance to prosperity. But b... More »

Albany concert expected to draw thousands


copyright the Chronicle December 7, 2016 by Tena Starr Two Irasburg Masons are hoping that up to 100,000 people will come to Albany next fall for a daylong concert they’re planning to raise money for the Mt. Sinai #3 Shriners, based in Montpelier. The concert ... 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 »

Armed standoff in Newport


copyright the Chronicle November 30, 2016 by Tena Starr NEWPORT — A standoff with a man armed with a rifle at Richard’s All Seasons Lodge, formerly the Bayview Inn, led to a heavy police presence here Tuesday afternoon and evening. The situation was under cont... More »

The NEK’s got jobs — a lot of them


copyright the Chronicle November 30, 2016 by Tena Starr Neil Morrissette of Creative Work Solutions is an unabashed cheerleader for the Northeast Kingdom. It has everything, he said in a recent interview. Including jobs. A lot of jobs. In fact, some employers ... More »

At long last, Lake Region reigns


copyright the Chronicle November 9, 2016 by Tena Starr and Brad Usatch It’s been nearly 40 years since the Lake Region Union High School boys soccer team made it to a championship game. The last time was in 1978 when they lost to Milton. In the school’s 49 yea... More »

House candidates debate in Westfield


copyright the Chronicle October 19, 2016 by Tena Starr A good 60 people came to the community center here Monday evening to listen to Republic incumbent Mark Higley and Democratic challenger Katherine Sims debate the issues. Mr. Higley has been the Orleans-Lam... More »

Police mystified by disturbed infant grave


copyright the Chronicle October 5, 2016 by Tena Starr BARTON — Police are mystified by a peculiar incident at the St. Paul’s Catholic cemetery here. In early September, the family of an infant who died more than three decades ago visited the grave and found th... More »

Unprepared warns of the coming storm


We are Unprepared, by Meg Little Reilly. Published by Mira. Paperback. 353 pages. $15.99. Reviewed by Tena Starr It’s sometime around the present, and youngish, fairly prosperous hipsters Ash and Pia have recently moved to the Northeast Kingdom from Brooklyn. ... More »