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Woman killed in head-on collision on I-91 in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — A 45-year-old woman was killed in a car crash on I-91 in Barton, Monday evening. The incident took place at around 8:00 p.m. Police say Stacy Bissell, 45, of White River Junction, was traveling southbound on I-91 when her 2014 Honda Accord traveled through the median and into the northbound lanes. Bissell’s vehicle…

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Tony Pomerleau drops off $60,000 check to St. Paul’s Catholic School

in Barton/News

BARTON — Tony Pomerleau paid a surprise visit to St. Paul’s Catholic School in Barton on Wednesday, to drop off a check for $60,000. Pomerleau, who said that he wanted to donate to the school because his brother and sister had gone there, was matching funds raised for the school’s 120th anniversary year. The generous…

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Infant’s grave vandalized at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton

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BARTON – Police are investigating a ghoulish crime where an infant’s grave was disturbed at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton in September. Police say they were contacted by Father Timothy Naples of the St. Paul’s Church on September 21, reporting a suspicious incident at the cemetery. According to the report, sometime between September 1 and…

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    First graders show off some of their bounty with Jeyna Diallo from their day out in the garden before the harvest festival.
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    Fifth graders Todd Lemieux and Elijah Furlow peel summer squash as they help to prepare the meal for the harvest festival.
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    The kindergartners helped to prepare the kale for the kale chips.

Students in Barton get fresh for harvest festivals

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BARTON — The kids are back in school, the gardens are bursting with the season’s harvest and it is harvest festival time for students across the Northeast Kingdom. Harvest festivals are coordinated by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) and their partner schools and feature a meal prepped and cooked by the students using vegetables that they…

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Local homeless man arrested after threatening to shoot people in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — A 30-year-old homeless man in the Barton/Orleans area is facing unlawful trespass and reckless endangerment charges after discharging a .45 caliber handgun in Barton today. At around 11:30 a.m. police received several reports that a man had fired a gun on Lincoln Avenue in Barton and was threatening to shoot people. Troopers from…

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Judd’s Wayeeses Farms, Brunelle Farms, and Couture’s Maple Shop take home top prizes this year

in Barton/Brownington/Morgan/Northeast Kingdom

BARTON — The Orleans County Maple Producers held their annual maple contest at the Orleans County Fair on Wednesday, August 16. There were 68 entries in 8 classes. Best of Show for maple syrup was awarded to Judd’s Wayeeses Farms of Morgan for their Very Dark Strong maple syrup. Best of Show for maple products…

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Death at Crystal Lake in Barton

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BARTON — A 41-year-old man from New York died while swimming at Crystal Lake in Barton on Thursday. At around 7:15 p.m. the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a possible death as a result of a drowning at Crystal Lake. Police say that Seth Parent, 41 of New Windsor, New York, died while…

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    Green Mountain Farm-to-School's Lunchbox food truck serving free meals to kids in the community at Newport's Gardner Park.

The Lunchbox food truck helping to combat low participation in free summer meals programs

in Barton/Island Pond/Newport

NEWPORT — New studies show that Vermont ranks third in the country for serving free summer meals to children, however, the state still only reaches 33.3 percent of the children who qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year. In the Northeast Kingdom, one organization is helping to drive the conversation around increasing…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    All photos by Darren Perron posted on Twitter @WCAX_Darren
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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