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Barton man charged with aggravated sexual assault

in Barton/News

BARTON — A 46-year-old Barton man was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault.

Travis Eurbin, 46, of Barton, was arrested on Wednesday, after an investigation was conducted by the Orleans County Special Investigations Unit.

Police say the victim was under the age of 16-years-old at the time of the offenses.

They allege the offenses took place between 2003 and 2008 in the town of Barton.

Eurbin was released on an unsecured appearance bond in the amount of $20,000 and condition of release.

Authorities have not released any more information at this time.

The Lunchbox serves up free summer meals in Newport, Barton, Island Pond

in Barton/Island Pond/Newport

NEWPORT — The Lunchbox food truck, through Green Mountain Farm-to-School, will be on the road again this season serving free meals to kids 18-years-old and younger.

The Lunchbox will be serving free meals, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to the towns of Barton, Newport, and Island Pond one day-a-week for 10 weeks.

The Lunchbox will also have adult meals and sides available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the work of Green Mountain Farm-to-School and their mission to connect children, farms, and communities through food and education.

“We’re excited to be serving free meals to kids throughout the Northeast Kingdom again this summer,” says Becca Mitchell, consumer education coordinator with GMFTS, “Also, by introducing more adult food options this year we hope to get more community members involved with our programming, showcase some of the work we do, and provide them with a delicious meal.”

Every week will feature a fun, informative taste tests and cooking demonstrations for the kids.

Throughout the summer there will also be special guest activities, including bike safety and meet-your-farmer days.

All activities are free and open to the public.

The Lunchbox Summer Meal Service Schedule:

Every Wednesday in Barton, at the Barton Public Library, located at 100 Church St.

Every Thursday in Newport, at Gardner Park.

Every Friday in Island Pond, at Pavilion Park, located at 95 Cross St.

For more information about the Lunchbox and its schedule of activities, contact Rebecca Mitchell at 802-334-2044 or

Meth manufacturing investigation lands 5 Orleans County residents behind bars

in Barton/Brownington/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Five residents of Orleans County are behind bars and charged with conspiracy for manufacturing methamphetamine after police carried out a series of arrests this week.

On May 20, 2016, a joint investigation in Barton resulted in the arrest of Terry Parson Jr, of Jackson, Michigan.

On May 21, the execution of a search warrant at 60 Cottage Lane, in Barton, turned up evidence of the manufacturing of methamphetamine, police say.

The investigation continued through late May and early June.

Beginning on Tuesday, authorities coordinated the arrest of six individuals for conspiracy for manufacturing methamphetamine.

The arrests this week are as follows:

Danna Shover, 31, of Newport. Shover is charged with conspiracy, child cruelty, and reckless endangerment.

Cory Carpenter, 35, of Newport. Carpenter is charged with conspiracy, reckless endangerment, and pseudoephedrine possession.

Doris Gibney, 58, of Newport. Gibney is charged with conspiracy, reckless endangerment, and pseudoephedrine possession.

Damion Gage, 23, of Brownington. Gage is charged with conspiracy and pseudoephedrine possession.

Donald Sabens, III, 34, of Barton. Sabens is charged with conspiracy, child cruelty, pseudoephedrine possession, possession of methamphetamine, and reckless endangerment.

Amber Parson, Jr., 27, of Bellows Falls. Parson is charged with conspiracy, child cruelty, pseudoephedrine possession.

Members of the Vermont Drug Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Newport Police Department, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, and Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Uniform Division coordinated the arrests.

Meth lab bust in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — A 33-year-old man was taken into custody for the sale of methamphetamine, and police say he was manufacturing it at his Barton residence.

Terry Parson Jr. was arrested on Friday, after a joint investigation with the Vermont Drug Task Force, Newport City Police Department, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, and the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Today, police say the execution of a search warrant at 60 Cottage Lane, turned up evidence of the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

There was no public safety concern as the chemicals were contained within the residence, police say.

The investigation is ongoing and Parson is expected to face more charges.

Barton man sentenced for child pornography

in Barton/News

NEWPORT — A Barton man was sentenced to ten years probation after pleading guilty to four felony counts of Promotion of Child Pornography.

According to documents filed with the court, Colton Chenard of Barton, obtained and distributed child pornography over the internet using peer-to-peer file sharing programs.

Computers connect to peer-to-peer networks via publicly available software that permits them to trade pictures and movies, including those containing child pornography, with other computers all around the world.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Vermont State Police, Newport Police Department, Burlington Police Department, and Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Chenard was sentenced to 3 to ten years imprisonment, all suspended, and was placed on probation for ten years.

While on probation, Chenard will be subject to special conditions of probation designed for sex offenders, including conditions that require him to successfully complete sex offender treatment and limit his access to the internet and to children under the age of 16.

Chenard will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Early morning crash in Barton leaves 25-year-old woman injured

in Barton/News

BARTON — An early morning crash in Barton this morning left a 25-year-old woman seriously injured.

Danielle Cochran, 25, of West Burke, was taken to North Country Hospital and later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock to be treated for her injuries.

Police say they were notified at around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday morning that a vehicle was off the roadway in a ditch along US Route 5 in Barton, near Crystal Lake.

The investigation revealed Cochran was traveling north on US RT 5 and veered off of the roadway, crossing the oncoming lane of travel, and struck a culvert.

The crash caused her vehicle to come to rest on the driver’s side facing north.

Police have not yet said what the nature of her injuries are at this time.

Barton EMS along with Barton Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The vehicle, a 2006 GMC Envoy, was totaled in the crash.

Garage fire in Barton Tuesday afternoon

in Barton/Glover/Orleans

BARTON — A home in Barton is still standing thanks to the work of local firefighters, after a garage fire broke out on Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. at a home owned by Mark LaCoss on New Dublin Lane.

Local firefighters responded to battle the blaze, working to keep the fire from spreading from the garage.

Through their efforts they managed to contain the fire, leaving only some damage to one side of the home, however, the garage was a total loss.

The fire chief says the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Firefighters from Barton, Glover, and Orleans responded to help save the home.

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Trucker’s mistake causes road closure in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — A truck driver made a mistake trying to turn around in Barton on Thursday, causing a section of Vermont Route 16 to be temporarily shut down.

The incident took place at the intersection of Vermont Route 16 and Roaring Brook Road, at around 11:27 a.m.

The operator of the rig, a 48-year-old man from Texas, had been traveling west when he decided to turn around, backing up onto Roaring Brook Road.

He backed into the guardrail on Roaring Brook Road, damaging it and ripping off part of the trailer bumper.

The truck was jackknifed in the ditch on the eastbound lane of travel blocking the highway, causing that section of road to be shut down from around noon through 1:00 p.m.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation, Barton Village, and a Barton firefighter responded to assist with the closure and to direct traffic.

Photo by Richard Powers.

Arson suspected in Barton fire

in Barton/News

BARTON — Authorities say that a fire that broke out in Barton on Thursday has been ruled suspicious.

The incident took place at around 10 a.m., at 158 Park Street. Police say that the building was owned by Luis and Stephanie Martinez.

The Barton Fire Department were the first to respond to the scene, where they discovered heavy smoke and fire coming from the building. The Orleans Fire Department was called in for mutual aid at that time.

Firefighters made their initial attack through a ground floor window. A secondary attack of the fire came from the second floor porch roof. The fire was quickly extinguished and no other adjacent properties were affected.

The structure sustained extensive heat and smoke damage to the first and second floor, and the first floor was also heavily damaged by water used to extinguish the fire. There was no one in the residence at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The building was valued at roughly $50,000 and was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but has been ruled as suspicious. The case is currently still under investigation and anyone with information concerning this fire is encouraged to contact the State Police directly, or the Arson tip line at 1-800-322-7766.

The arson tip line offers rewards up to $5,000 for information concerning arson cases.

Photo by Richard Powers.
Photo by Richard Powers.

Assault in Barton lands man in prison

in Barton/News

NEWPORT — A Williamstown man will serve up to six years in prison after being convicted on an aggravated assault charge which stems from an incident that took place in Barton last year.

Thomas Lussier Jr., 35, was in court last week, where he pleaded guilty to charges that he assaulted a 31-year-old Barton man on April 6, 2014.

According to an affidavit, Lussier was inside the foyer of the man’s Water Street apartment, when he began attacking him.

Witnesses told police that he hit the man at least twice, with one witness saying that he used a golf club or some type of stick in the attack. He split the man’s cheek open, eventually knocking him out.

Afterward, the victim did not remember what happened, only that Lussier had came at him.

Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ordered Lussier to serve one to six years in prison.

VSP give local boy a very special day

in Barton/Derby/News

DERBY — Today was a very special and busy day for Bennett Stenger.

Bennett has been struggling with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare type of cancer.

When Make-A-Wish Vermont contacted his family asking what he might like to experience, they said he loved the Vermont State Police, and would like a ride-a-long.

When VSP commanders heard about this, they decided to kick it up a notch.

Bennett and his brother Chase were made honorary Troopers today. They received uniforms, rode in a cruiser, and took a cruise aboard a marine unit on Lake Memphremagog.

Later in the day they had the privilege of working with the bomb squad to blow up pumpkins, even getting to control the bomb squad robots.

VSP troopers said they were thrilled to give Bennett, his brother Chase, and family a very special day. Photos from the day are below:








All photos courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
All photos courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Logging accident takes life of Barton man

in Albany/Barton/News

ALBANY — A 58-year-old man was found dead on Monday morning after a logging accident that took place in Albany.

Police say that Gilles Roberts, of Barton, died after being pinned under a tree sometime on Sunday. They say that relatives became concerned when they went to his home on Monday, and he was not there.

“When they went to his house and he wasn’t around that morning, they went looking for him because they knew he was going into the woods to cut trees the previous day,” a spokesperson for the Vermont State Police said on Tuesday.

At around 10 a.m., a relative found him pinned under a tree he was cutting down. Roberts is said to have been cutting firewood that day.

The tragic accident took place in a wooded area located at 2317 Barton Road.

Police say that Roberts was dead when they arrived on the scene.

His death has been ruled an accident.

Barton man facing felony trespassing charge

in Barton/News

BARTON — A 29-year-old man from Barton is facing a felony unlawful trespassing charge after a weekend incident at a camp in Sheffield.

Police say that on Saturday evening they were dispatched to a report of an unlawful trespass at a seasonal camp on Old Duck Pond Road, in the town of Sheffield.

Several concerned camp owners in the area say they witnessed Brent Bapp, 29, of Barton, on the property and inside the dwelling. The property belongs to Bradley Johnson, 47, of Lakeville, Massachusetts.

The concerned citizens told police that they confronted Bapp, who eventually fled on foot.

Police say that he was located by troopers in Barton, where he was taken into custody.

He was processed, issued conditions of release and released on a citation to appear in Caledonia Criminal Court on August 18, 2015.

Police say that the investigation into this incident is ongoing and may lead to more arrests.

Glover man faces marijuana cultivation, jewelry and gun theft charges

in Barton/Glover/News

NEWPORT — A Glover man recently plead not guilty to the charges of felony marijuana cultivation, violating conditions of release, and felony possession of stolen property.

Police say Henry Laszlo Ecker-Racz, 26, came under investigation after the victim of a recent theft in Barton was contacted by someone who claimed that Ecker-Racz had tried to sell him some jewelry and rifles.

The merchandise was believed to be part of the estimated $20,000 theft that took place in Barton, where the victim had five guns, jewelry, cash, and painkiller medication stolen.

The individual worked with police, and claimed that he saw more rifles and jewelry, which led to a search warrant being issued on July 4.

Police raided the residence where Ecker-Racz was living as part of a 24-hour curfew. He was not home at the time.

Police discovered a marijuana grow operation at the location during the raid, however, the search did not turn up any jewelry or guns.

Police say in the meantime, the victim and her husband confronted Ecker-Racz, and they recovered some of the stolen jewelry.

An arrest warrant for Ecker-Racz was issued, and he appeared in court to be arraigned on the charges. He plead not guilty.

His bail was set at $15,000.

Barton man has Harley Davidson motorcycle stolen

in Barton/Irasburg/News

BARTON — Police say that a Barton man had a Harley Davidson motorcycle stolen this week.

According to police, Jeffery Cota, of Barton, contacted them this morning to report that his motorcycle was taken sometime overnight.

The incident took place on Route 58, in Irasburg.

Cota told police that sometime between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning, someone stole the motorcycle, which had been parked in Irasburg.

Police say that the bike was a Harley Davidson, but have not released any more information regarding the theft.

They are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident, to contact the Derby State Police barracks.

Police looking for driver after hit-and-run in Orleans

in Barton/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police are looking for the driver involved in a hit-and-run that took place in Orleans on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened on Vermont Route 58 in the Village of Orleans.

Patrick Ferland, 69, of Barton, told police that while he and his young grandson were traveling west, a turquoise color older Honda sedan with a hatchback was traveling eastbound toward them and had crossed over the double yellow lines, into their travel lane and “side swiped” Ferland’s truck, causing damage.

The operator of the greenish blue or turquoise colored Honda that caused the damage took off without stopping and exchanging information or checking to see if any of the occupants had sustained any injuries.

The Honda left behind the driver’s side mirror as well as other parts that were located at the site of the crash.

Police say the Honda they are looking for, along with missing the driver’s side mirror, would have damage to the driver’s side front end.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is being asked to contact Senior Trooper Amy Borsari of the VSP at 802-334-8881.

Your guide to Fourth of July fireworks, events in Orleans County

in Barton/Derby/Island Pond/Newport/News/Westmore

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, which seems extra conducive to a celebration. Pack the family, the lawn chairs and blankets, and head out to watch some fireworks, hear some live music, or take in a boat parade on this annual rite of summer.

Here are some of the events in Orleans County you won’t want to miss on Independence Day:


Gardner Park will feature an afternoon and evening of music, bed races, hula hooping competition, vendors and more. Classic rock band The Hitmen will be one of the featured bands at this year’s festivities, with fireworks starting at 9:45 p.m.

The Farmers’ Market will even be open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, featuring music, vegetables, and fresh grass fed beef for those burgers.


A parade on Main Street will start at 10 a.m.


A parade will start at 11 a.m., followed by a chicken barbecue.


The 4th of July celebration in Island Pond will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 3rd – 5th. Fireworks will be on Friday night at dusk. There will be events held throughout the weekend. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m.


The annual 4th of July Boat Parade will line up off Crescent Beach on Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m. Come out and relax on the beach and enjoy the show.


The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association, in partnership with community sponsors, will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and will proceed from Main Street to Glover Street, Elm Street, Park Street, Roaring Brook Road and end at the fairgrounds.

The fireworks will be held at the fairgrounds at dusk.


An Independence Day Celebration will take place at Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton during the day on Friday, July 4th. Activities will include antique/farm tractor pull, horse & pony pull, gymkhana, horseshoe competition, games, food and more.


Friday July 3rd – FIREWORKS – at dusk off Lake Shore Road. A good place to watch is the baseball field or public beach.

Saturday July 4th – PARADE – line up starts at 9:15 a.m. – walkers and antique cars will line up at the new fire station, everyone else on Lake Shore Road – all are welcome to be in the Parade.

The Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at the Town Hall Green where there will be music and activities for children.

You can purchase a Chicken BBQ lunch including coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert from the UCC for $10.00, please call 802-533-2223 to reserve your meal.

Saturday July 4th – SQUARE DANCE – in the Tent on the Town Hall Green, from 7 – 9 p.m. The Caller is Robin Russell with music by Pete’s Posse.

Admission is $5.00, children under 12 free. Sponsored by Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency

Food drop in Barton set for this Thursday

in Barton/News

BARTON — The Barton Ambulance Squad, Northeast Kingdom Faith In Action, E.M. Brown, and the Barton Fire Department are teaming up again this year for another food drop.

This year’s food drop will take place on Thursday, June 25, starting at 12 p.m. at the Barton Fire Department, located on Main Street in Barton.

Volunteers will arrive at 10 a.m., ready to distribute over 10,000 pounds of food.

Organizers are advising everyone to bring a basket or a tote, and that disptibution will not start until noon, so no early bird specials.

Last year, the group gave away over 40,000 pounds of food. The events, hosted 3-4 times per year, draw large crowds, making it hard to find a place to park sometimes, with volunteers having to direct traffic.

“We expect to do the same or more this year,” Luke Willard, Captain of Barton Ambulance and the organizer of the food drop, said. “We expect to give away about 10,000 pounds in just a couple hours. We even deliver to a growing number of seniors and disabled who are unable to make it to the give away. The event is completely organized and manned by volunteers. We enjoy the opportunity to help folks out and we try very hard to make it as smooth as possible.”

If you have any questions about this years food drop, call Luke at Barton Ambulance at (802) 525-3637.

Below are scenes from last years event, distributing over 40,000 pounds of food:




Firearms, meds stolen during burglary in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — A Barton resident was the victim of a burglary last week.

Police are saying that Donna Perron, 61, reported that sometime between 6/11/15 and 6/12/15, someone entered her home and stole several items.

Included in the list of stolen items were, “priceless family jewelry, firearms, narcotic medication, and cash.”

The incident took place at 1965 South Barton Road.

According to a statement issued by police, the home was not locked at the time.

Anyone with information is being asked by police to contact VSP Derby Sgt. Jensen.

Lumber stolen from local Boy Scouts Troop 880 of Derby

in Barton/Derby/News

BARTON — Local Boy Scouts Troop 880 of Derby had a significant amount of lumber they were using for various projects stolen from them sometime last week. The lumber was being stored at a local lumber yard in Barton.

Police report that they received a call reporting the theft from EM Brown & Son. Police say Arthur Laplante advised the lumber had been purchased by the Boy Scouts, but had been left on the property until it was needed

The Boy Scouts were using the lumber for a number of projects, some of which were going to help them raise money for summer camp.

Lucy Neel, Scoutmaster of Troop 880, said that they were using some of that lumber in a project to build recycling receptacles to collect bottles to help raise money. They had also been using the lumber for the upkeep of a camp they use at Stearns Brook. The troop had been building a shed at the site.

Police say that the lumber that was stolen was 14 foot length pieces of pressure treated 2×6. They say that the lumber went missing sometime last week.

The value of the wood has not been estimated yet, but it is reported that it was a significant amount.

“We live by a code,” Scoutmaster Lucy Neel said. “We have a Boy Scouts code, and one is being trustworthy. It’s gut-wrenching to think that people would steal from the Boy Scouts.”

Police are asking that if anyone has information regarding this theft to contact the Derby State Police Barracks.

Suspect charged with stabbing Barton man in the head with a pen

in Barton/News

NEWPORT — On Wednesday, a 36-year-old man who was staying in Barton was ordered held without bail after pleading not-guilty to first degree aggravated domestic assault and three counts of violating conditions of release.

Greg Willis was in court to face the charges after being accused of attacking Eli Farrington, 41, of Barton, at his home located at 79 Porter Lane, in Barton, on Tuesday morning.

According to an affidavit filed by police, the two were arguing at the time about Willis’s wife, Kimberly Willis, the 34-year-old woman who was found dead two weeks ago in Albany.

The affidavit goes on to say that Farrington told police that Willis had attacked him with a pen, catching him in the head and face several times.

Police say that when they arrived on the scene of the altercation at around 12:50 a.m., they found blood inside Farrington’s home, as well as a broken pen. Farrington was also bleeding in several spots, including his chin, eyebrow, and near his ear.

Willis fled after the incident and could not be located when police arrived, but showed up at the State Police Barracks in St. Johnsbury later in the day. He was taken into custody for the assault and violation of conditions of release charges.

He told police that the assault was an accident, and that he was just trying to get Farrington to stop talking about his wife.

Willis was charged in December 2014 with assaulting his wife Kimberly Willis, a charge he pleaded not guilty to as well. That case remains open, and back in early May he had been released on conditions into the custody of Farrington.

Kimberly Willis’s death is still being investigated, but police have not named Greg Willis as a suspect in that case. Police are still waiting for the results of a toxicology test to come back before they can determine the cause of her death.

Northsong Spring Concerts start this weekend

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Newport

NEWPORT — Northsong, the Newport-based chamber choir under the direction of Anne K. Hamilton with Vivian Spates, accompanist, will perform their annual Spring Concert on May 29 and May 31.

On the program are a variety of fine choral selections, from sacred texts to traditional folksongs, including two choruses from the Brahms Requiem, Exultate Justi by Randol Bass, Sicut Cervus by Palestrina, Verleih uns Frieden by Mendelssohn, The Bluebird by C.V. Sanford, In the Night We Shall Go In by Imant Ramminsh, The Water is Wide by Craig Johnson, A Fancy of Folksongs by Cecelia McDowall, and Two Love Songs by Ruth Henderson.

The concert will be given on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barton United Church, in Barton, and again on Sunday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m. at the Newport United Church, in Newport.

The suggested donation is $5.00.

Both concert locations are accessible.

For further information see or call (802) 895-4942.


Photo: The Nature Conservancy

Elm tree restoration in Orleans County

in Barton/Orleans/Vermont

NEWPORT — Although there are over 30,000 American streets bearing the name of “elm,” the Dutch elm disease felled these majestic trees with their towering canopies. Around 77 million elms died by 1970 and no strains of the elm have been able to resist the disease. 

Christian Marks, an ecologist with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has been developing new disease tolerant strains at Green Mountain College in Poultney, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. These new strains will be planted in floodplains by TNC staff, the NorthWoods Stewardship Center of Charleston, and volunteers throughout Vermont. 

The restored floodplain forests will provide public demonstrations of the importance of elms for wildlife habitat and water quality.  American elms are uniquely adapted to flooding and help improve water quality by trapping sediment and absorbing excess nutrients like phosphorous. They provide habitat for eagles, osprey, otters, mink and a host of breeding songbirds. 

The group was recently in Orleans County, planting in the Willoughby Falls Wildlife Management Area, Orleans on the Barton River, South Bay WMA, and Coventry on the Black River.

Photo: The Nature Conservancy
Photo: The Nature Conservancy

“Over the next 3 years we will plant 7,000 American Elm trees and restore over 50 acres of floodplain forests that will improve water quality, fish and bird habitat and create a more resilient landscape for extreme weather events,” says Rose Paul, Director of Critical Lands & Conservation Science for the Nature Conservancy in Vermont. 
These spring plantings have been generously supported with funding from the Canaday Family Charitable Trust, Keurig Green Mountain, and Plum Creek Foundation. As a major landowner of working forests in Northern Vermont, Plum Creek has a vested interested in the health of Vermont’s riparian forests because of the important role these forests play in protecting communities and in providing enhanced recreational opportunities such as improved fishing.
The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is an environmental leader in safeguarding the natural resources of the Green Mountain State. They have conserved 300,000 acres of land, over 1,200 miles of shoreline, and manage and maintain 55 natural areas. To learn more and support their important work, please visit:

GMFTS pilots fresh produce coupon program at local stores

in Barton/Craftsbury/Irasburg/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Vermont Harvest, a new program piloted by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will allow families receiving federal SNAP benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, to purchase $75 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at local NEK grocery stores.

The primary goal of the program is to increase the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the following retail locations:

C&C Supermarket in Barton
Ray’s Market in Irasburg
Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury
Vista Foods in Newport

Beginning in August, SNAP participant households in Orleans and Essex counties will receive information about the program and instructions for redeeming their coupons, which will arrive beginning in September and remain valid through February 2016.

“This project will not only improve access to healthy food for residents but also it will open up new markets for our local food producers,” said Katherine Sims, Executive Director of GMFTS.

While Sims noted that the program won’t require participants to buy only locally grown food with their coupons, GMFTS will work to help retailers stock more local food through its distribution program, Green Mountain Farm Direct and directly from local farmers.


Leo Piette, Owner of Ray’s Market in Irasburg, said that he often encourages people to choose fruits and vegetables when they shop, but that having Vermont Harvest’s coupons will make buying fresh produce an easier choice for SNAP participants.

“They’ll have to use the coupons,” he said.

Vermont Harvest has been generously funded by a $93,000 grant that is part of $31.5 million in Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Vermont’s congressional delegation, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), wrote a letter in support of the program to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack in December.

“SNAP is a helping hand to many families trying to stretch their food budget so that they can put three meals on the table every day,” Senator Patrick Leahy said. “But a helping hand is more than just putting food on a plate, it is offering healthy options to help form healthy lifestyles. Pairing this program with incentives to use local Vermont fruits and vegetables makes sense, and it’s a winning scenario for everyone. I am proud that Green Mountain Farm-to-School has been selected to continue its extraordinary work of connecting our children, farms and communities throughout the state.”

Flood warning issued as Barton River rises

in Barton/coventry/News

NEWPORT — The National Weather Service in Burlington issued a flood warning for the Barton River in Coventry.

At this point the warning is in effect until Wednesday evening. Officials say at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the stage was 7.9 feet, with a flood stage being 8.0 feet.

The river is expected to rise to 9.0 feet by Tuesday evening. The river should then fall below flood stage by Wednesday afternoon. The warning brings the possibility of extensive field and lowland flooding.

Officials say Maple Street and River Road between Orleans and Coventry Station are the areas most likely to flood.

The National Weather Service issued the following warning:

“If you live or travel near streams and rivers seek higher ground immediately at first signs of rising water. Obey all road closure signs, they are there for your safety. Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas, most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Turn around, don`t drown!”

Stay tuned to developments.

Thieves steal tools, beer from apartment in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — An apartment on Hollow Road in Barton was broken into on Tuesday.

Police are reporting that the victim, Tom Boulanger, 46, of Barton, had numerous items taken during the robbery. The list includes:

One cordless Snap-On drill
One Makita saw
Two dvd players
Approximately 100 DVD movies
A 12 pack of beer

Boulanger told police that he noticed two sets of footprints in the snow coming from his apartment the day of the break-in. He described one as much smaller than the other, and believed one may have been from a female accomplice.

Police say the incident happened between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. They are requesting that anyone with information regarding the burglary to contact the State Police Derby Barracks.

Accident on Maple Hill Road in Barton

in Barton/News

derby  car accidentBARTON — Police are reporting that a two-vehicle crash that took place in Barton on Sunday was triggered when someone walked into the roadway, causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle.

The accident took place on Maple Hill Road at around 12:30 p.m.

Police say that Alan Quintal, 27, of Barton, was headed north when he tried to stop after someone walked into the roadway. He lost control of his vehicle, crashing into the rear end of a truck that was parked in the northbound lane.

The truck was unoccupied at the time, and the owner ticketed for stopping, standing or parking in a restricted area.

Police report that there were no injuries, and list weather at the time as snowing, and road conditions as snow covered.

Police: Stolen vehicle crash near Barton-Brownington town line

in Barton/Brownington/Newport

siren_FotorBROWNINGTON — On Wednesday police reported a stolen vehicle crashed near the town line of Barton and Brownington early last week.

Police say that on February 15, at around 7:26 a.m., the Derby barracks received a call advising them that a truck was off the road, crashed into a sign along Route 58 in Barton.

When police arrived they located the truck, a blue, 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. There was nobody with the vehicle at the time. The truck had dents on both sides of the vehicle, both side windows were smashed, the windshield was cracked, and the frame was bent.

Police contacted the registered owner, and are saying that someone had taken the truck without permission sometime after 10 p.m., on February 14.

At the time the vehicle had been parked at 213 Stevens Road in Brownington.

Police are asking anyone with information in this case to contact the Derby barracks at 802-334-8881.

Derby man arrested Friday night in Barton

in Barton/Derby/News

policebeatBARTON — A 41-year-old man from Derby was arrested in Barton late Friday night after a routine traffic stop turned up that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Maryland the day before.

Police say that Daniel Culver was stopped at around 11:15 p.m. on Church Street in Barton, after failing to signal a left hand turn. A trooper who was out on patrol had noticed the violation.

A statement issued by the trooper reads:

“I activated my emergency blue lights to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle is a 2002 Buck Century with Maryland Registration. The operator identified himself verbally as Daniel Culver, stating he did not have his wallet on him and advising the vehicle belonged to him. I requested the operator license information from dispatch at which time I was advised the vehicle I was out with was stolen out of Baltimore, Maryland on January 15, 2015.”

Culver’s driver’s license was also under criminal suspension.

Culver was arrested for driving with a criminally suspended driver’s license as well as possession of stolen property.

Barton man fined, loses licenses after shooting at deer from vehicle

in Barton/Newport/News


BARTON — A Barton man will pay more than $1,000 in fines and court fees and lose his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for three years, after he pled “no contest” on Wednesday to taking deer in closed season and reckless endangerment.

Kenneth Bacon, Jr. was in Orleans District Court on Wednesday to answer to the charges which stemmed from an incident that took place on November 30, 2013. Bacon is said to have shot from a vehicle on a Craftsbury public road, and then fled as Vermont Fish & Wildlife wardens attempted to apprehend him, putting one warden in danger of serious injury.

Wardens were in Craftsbury at the time conducting an operation in response to several complaints of illegal road hunting and poaching activity in the area.

On December 7, 2013 Bacon was apprehended in Barton and issued tickets and citations for possessing a loaded rifle in a motor vehicle, shooting from a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a game warden, taking deer in closed season, and reckless endangerment.

Further investigation revealed that Bacon had already shot and reported a deer earlier in the season. The legal limit for deer during the November rifle season is one.

Bacon will be required to successfully complete Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s “Remedial Outdoor Ethics Course” before his licenses can be reinstated.

Vermont wardens rely heavily on confidential information provided by the public. Rewards are paid for information that leads to an arrest.

Single-vehicle crash on Roaring Brook Road in Barton

in Barton/News

accidentBARTON — A 42-year-old man from Barton was taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident on Roaring Brook Road in Barton on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Lacoss was treated for minor injuries after his car flipped over and hit a telephone pole after he swerved to miss a car he said came into his lane.

Vermont State Police responded to the crash at around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday. Lacoss advised them he was traveling east when another car came into his lane, causing him to swerve off the eastbound lane and into a ditch. His vehicle, a 2003 Honda Civic, flipped into a telephone pole, landing on the driver’s side.

According to a report issued by police, his car was totaled, “due to being crushed by a telephone pole to the roof and trunk.”

The report lists road conditions at the time of the accident as clear with patches of snow. The report also states that charges may be forthcoming when blood test results come back in the case.

The Lunchbox to serve free samples of winter squash

in Barton/Craftsbury/Irasburg/Island Pond/Newport/News


NEWPORT — The Lunchbox crew will be serving up free samples of winter squash during the first week of December. They will be giving out recipes and are looking to chat with people about how to cook healthy food this winter. Their schedule is as follows:

Thursday, December 4th
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. at C&C Market in Barton
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at Ted’s in Island Pond

Friday, December 5th
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Vista in Newport City
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at the Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury

Monday, December 8th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Ray’s in Irasburg

The Lunchbox is a program brought to you by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS). GMFTS is a non-profit organization in Newport, that strengthens local food systems by promoting positive economic and educational relationships between schools, farms, and communities.

GMFTS supplies fresh, local food to schools and institutions and gives students of all ages the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy food choice through GMFTS’ school gardens, Farm to School Programs, food hub, and mobile farmers market.

Founded in 2008, GMFTS has grown rapidly, expanding their programming to serve schools and communities across northern Vermont. For more information, visit, call 802-334-2044, or stop by the office at 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport.

Northsong Winter Concert Series Starts December 5

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Newport


NEWPORT — Northsong, the Newport-based chamber choir, is proud to announce their upcoming Winter Concert series, which will see the group perform in Barton and Newport.

Under the direction of Anne K. Hamilton with Vivian Spates, accompanist, Northsong will perform their annual Winter Concert on December 5 and December 7, 2014.

On the program are Laud to the Nativity by Respighi, choruses from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, plus a selection of other seasonal songs.

The first concert will be given on Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barton United Church, in Barton.

The second show will be held on Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 p.m. at the Newport United Church, in Newport.

The suggested donation is $5.00. Both concert locations are accessible.

For further information see or call (802) 895-4942.

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