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Communities struggle to find new uses for old churches

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copyright the Chronicle September 14, 2016 by Tena Starr One of Vermont’s iconic images is the steepled white church that’s at the center of so many villages. But with the number of people who attend services dwindling to near extinction in some cases, the rem... More »

Backus brothers bring business to Westfield

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copyright the Chronicle February 10, 2016 by Tena Starr    WESTFIELD — Not long ago Rebecca Velazquez, who grew up in New Jersey, found herself in this very rural small town near tears, struggling to milk an uncooperative goat. She was an urban woman, never ev... More »

Westfield residents carol on the common

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copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph WESTFIELD — The common here was the scene of much merry-making on Friday night. Every year the town organizes a caroling event for residents to meet up, mingle, and get to know each other bett... More »

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Your GPS sent you where?

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copyright the Chronicle February 25, 2015 by Natalie Hormilla WESTFIELD — Here’s an increasingly familiar scenario: Friends, or strangers, visiting from elsewhere are stuck on a back road and need help. Which road? you ask. They say the name, and you can only ... More »

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In Westfield: Police have suspect in homicide

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by Paul Lefebvre  WESTFIELD — A movie set carpenter for major films and a part-time resident here is believed to be the victim of a recent homicide in this town of roughly 500 people. State Police are not releasing the name of the deceased, but neighbors say h... More »

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Gold panning and bingo help a good cause

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by Tena Starr WESTFIELD — Terrie Davis-Perry has long supported cancer research, maybe more than most people.  She’s regularly donated to the American Cancer Society and fund-raising events, and she sponsors a Relay for Life team member.  But when the disease ... More »