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Maple production nears historic levels

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copyright the Chronicle June 28, 201   by Tena Starr   Although maple sugaring in Vermont has grown at a startling rate in the past decade, it still hasn’t reached pre1935 levels, at least in terms of the number of trees tapped. That’s according to the U.S. De... More »

Keeping our food safe was Sutton man’s career

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copyright the Chronicle May 31, 2017   by Tena Starr   This country frets about terrorism a lot. But one of its more potentially effective, if less splashy, forms — attacking the food supply — has occurred with surprising infrequency. Hank Parker, an agroterro... More »

Newport Center approves water bond

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copyright the Chronicle April 5, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT CENTER — Voters here gave the nod to a plan to provide an ample supply of safe drinking water to residents of the village of Newport Center. In balloting Tuesday, town residents approved a $74... More »

Officials offer Newport economic hope

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copyright the Chronicle August 24, 2016 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Although it’s had some reverses in the past year, Newport has friends. That message was clearly delivered Monday night when representatives from a wide variety of government agencies and nonpr... More »

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USDA money available for home repair and ownership

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  copyright the Chronicle June 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has about any kind of loan or grant a low-income homeowner, or prospective homeowner, could possibly need. And it wants to give that money out, especially in t... More »

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Vermont leads nation in sugarmaking again

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copyright the Chronicle July 16, 2014  by Natalie Hormilla Vermont again led the nation in maple syrup production in 2014, according to a report by the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service. Vermont’s total pr... 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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Hungry Vermonters face cuts in aid

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Years ago, Kim Arel found herself in a tough spot.  She had two young children to feed, and for a brief time the only way to swing that was to visit a food shelf.  “I was surprised to see other people there that I didn’t think I would,” she said in a recent in... 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 »