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Taking a breath
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Grace Wilson pauses for a moment as her backing musicians have their say in a rendition of the B.B. King classsic “The Thrill Is Gone.” The group’s performance was one of many highlights of the Lake Region Union High School Spring Jazz Concert and Senior Class Showcase, Sunday afternoon at the Creek Hill Barn in Irasburg. Photo by Joseph...
Field of Dreams is now a reality
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by Matthew Wilson DERBY — Summer is coming, and the recent warm weather has been pitch perfect for baseball and soccer.  At North Country Union Junior High School, the playing season is just beginning, and the school’s young athletes can look forward to competing on some beautiful new turf.  The Field of Dreams, a project made possible by...
Obituaries 5.11.22
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Cynthia J. Beaulieu   Cynthia “Cindy” J. (Rollins) Beaulieu, age 83, a long-time resident of Vermont, died Saturday morning, April 30, 2022, after a short decline in her health.  She was born on July 18, 1938, in Nashua, New Hampshire, and was the second child of the late Irvine and Ruth Rollins. Cindy had an extended office career and was a...
Barton voters nix VEC sale
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BARTON—By a vote of 48 to 100 Barton Village turned down the proposed sale of their electric department to the Vermont Electric Cooperative.  Barton’s trustees had urged the sale, saying it would relieve the village of the burden of serving customers in Brownington, Irasburg, Westmore, and other parts of Barton, and would also pave the way to...
Mother’s Day marks start of pulling season
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by Matthew Wilson BARTON – People have looked to horses as a symbol of strength for longer than humanity can recall.  Ridden and worked, these beasts once took center stage as engines to perform feats that manpower alone could not accomplish.  A good draft horse could work a plow, pull a cart, or turn a mill, all important jobs requiring a...
Team Gonyaw
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Alex Gonyaw driving Jay and Jack as they pull 5,000 pounds earning second place. The post Team Gonyaw appeared first on Barton Chronicle Newspaper.
Trustees defend planned sale to VEC
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by Joseph Gresser BARTON—Nate Sicard, the chair of the Barton Village Trustees started Sunday’s information meeting on the two Articles that will be voted by Australian ballot on May 10 with a small joke.  He suggested that the 40 or so village residents showed up to discuss the burning question of whether the village should turn...
Dinner meeting serves ideas for Brownington
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by Trisha Ingalls BROWNINGTON — Brownington residents have a great sense of humor and a unique community.  For Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) CEO Brian Lowe, those were some of the key takeaways from last Thursday’s community visit. According to VCRD’s website, Thursday’s “Brownington Connects” gathering was the first step...
Trustees mull case to voters
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by Joseph Gresser BARTON—At their meeting Monday evening the Barton Village Trustees expressed frustration at what they said was their failure to convey the benefits of the sale of Barton Electric to the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC).  They spent much of the four-hour long meeting discussing how to do a better job making their case at the...
William Kelly receives 18-month sentence
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by Joseph Gresser BURLINGTON — William Kelly, the second of the four men indicted on fraud charges for the failed AnC Bio project, was sentenced on April 20 to spend 18-months in federal prison. He earlier changed his plea to guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, and one of hiding information about the theft of $21-million from...
A less-traveled path to the law
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by Joseph Gresser BARTON — About 34,000 people graduate from law school in the U.S. each year.  Presumably almost all then take the notoriously difficult bar examination, the gateway to a license to practice law. In almost every state a law degree is a necessity for anyone hoping to be a lawyer.  That wasn’t always the case, in earlier days,...
Limited run
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Spectators, including students from Orleans Elementary School, crowd the banks at Willoughby Falls Monday to watch steelhead trout make their annual run.  The fish make the journey upstream on their own schedule and the spectacle lasts only a short while, so local residents find themselves checking in on their finny friends often in the days...