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Perron picks up another award

in Barton/Glover/Westmore


NEWPORT — Darren Perron, the WCAX anchorman with local roots, received another award this week, this time being voted the “Best Local TV Journalist,” by Seven Days Vermont readers.

By now Perron is probably used to winning awards. Throughout his career, he has already picked up an Emmy Award, and been nominated for an Emmy Award nine times. He has recieved ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a dozen Associated Press Awards. He is also the only non-network reporter in the U.S. to be nominated for a GLAAD Award.

This most recent award is part of the Seven Days Vermont best of Vermont awards called “the Daysies,” where readers cast their votes in categories ranging from best shoe store, to best new restaurant, to best meteorologist.

More than 10,000 Vermonters weighed in on the state’s 2014 awards, with 650,000-plus individual votes in 177 categories. This was the 12th year that Seven Days has organized the awards.

Darren anchors the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. on WCAX. He attended Lake Region Union High School, and has family in Barton and Glover. He responded to the good news through Twitter.


Fourth of July guide for Orleans County

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Island Pond/Newport/Westmore

Fireworks Newport, Vermont Orleans County Forth of July times

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and unless you’re planning to wow your neighbors with a massive display of sparklers and drop pops this year, you better have a permit. Just about all fireworks are illegal in Vermont. Don’t worry, snakes and sparklers are still okay, but, if you want to see some real fireworks, head out to one of the local displays.

First, if you plan to set off your own, here is a quick reference:

Illegal fireworks:

Toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used; balloons that are propelled by explosives; firecrackers; torpedoes; sky rockets; Roman candles; cherry bombs; or other fireworks of like construction are all prohibited in Vermont unless a permit has been obtained from the local municipality (Fire Chief, Police Chief, Select Board or City Council) depending on the governing body.

Legal fireworks:

Novelty items such as; sparklers, snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers, or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture do not require a permit and can be purchased in many stores throughout the State.

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If you want to see the real fireworks, head over to Newport, Barton, or Island Pond.


The Independence Day Celebration in Newport will feature an afternoon of music and fun competitions including the Bed Races and Hula Hoop competition. There will be tons of food and family fun. The fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.


The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again this year. 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.


The 4th of July Celebration in Island Pond will start Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4 – 6. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. with fireworks Saturday night at dusk. There will be events throughout the weekend.


Or, head over to Westmore for the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. There will be a line up off Crescent Beach at Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m.

Troy man charged with insurance fraud and false report to law enforcement

in Barton/News/Troy

TROY — The Vermont State Police are reporting today that a resident of Troy was charged with one count of Insurance Fraud, and one count of False Report to Law Enforcement Authority, for an incident that took place in December 2012.

On April, 7, 2014, police received an anonymous letter suggesting that Roger Daigle, 48, of Troy, had defrauded his insurance company, Cooperative Insurance, by reporting his vehicle was damaged in a hit and run accident in the Price Chopper parking lot in Derby, back in December of 2012.

The letter triggered an investigation by police that they are saying revealed that the damage to Daigle’s vehicle was actually caused by one of his coworkers in the Town of Barton.

Police are saying that Daigle made up the story about it being done by an unknown vehicle to divert liability from his coworker. The coworker was found to be unaware of the fraud and did not know that Daigle reported the damage to the insurance company.

The investigation further revealed that he also reported the hit and run accident to the Vermont State Police.

Daigle was subsequently charged with one count of insurance Fraud and one count of False Report to Law Enforcement Authority.

Accused Circle K robber arrested on Friday for sale of heroin

in Barton/Newport

Armed robbery barton vermont

NEWPORT — A 23-year-old man from Oxford, Maine, who is accused of robbing the Circle K in Barton at knifepoint in January, was arrested on Friday for the sale of heroin.

Daniel Dunn, who is currently being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility on charges relating to the Circle K robbery, was cited to appear August 19, to face these two new counts of the sale of heroin.

The Barton robbery in January is also said to have been drug related.

Susanne Champagne, age 27, of Enosburg, is accused of dropping Dunn off at the Circle K store in Barton immediately prior to the robbery.

According to police, both Dunn and Champagne confessed, with Champagne stating, “Okay, yes, Danny robbed the Circle K.” She also informed police that they did it because they needed money to purchase heroin.

It also came out in the confession that the two were in Lyndonville to buy heroin when they were pulled over after the robbery.

Dunn later stated that he fled back to Maine to get cleaned up from his drug addictions.

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FREE and healthy food for children 18 and under this summer

in Barton/Island Pond/Newport/News
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Photo courtesy of The Lunchbox

NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s newest project, The Lunchbox Mobile Farmers’ Market, is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Starting June 18th the Lunchbox will be serving free meals to kids 18 and under throughout the summer.

Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and younger without charge. The Lunchbox will be at the following locations:

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s School
54 Eastern Ave

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Gardner Park
155 Gardner Park Road

11:30-1:30 p.m.
Pavilion Park
95 Cross Street

The Lunchbox will also be open to the public and have meals available for purchase. All proceeds from the truck help support their work connecting kids, farms, and communities.

For more information contact Kathryn Hansis at or 802.334.2044. You can also connect with them on facebook at for updates.

Troopers involved in Barton shooting identified

in Barton/News

Barton vermont shoting

Trooper Seth Loomis (left) and Sergeant Denis Girouard (right) along with the police cruiser that Eric Jackson is accused of ramming into, causing the troopers to open fire on Jackson.

BARTON — The troopers involved in the recent shooting of a Lyndonville man in Barton early Wednesday morning have been identified as Sergeant Denis Girouard and Trooper Seth Loomis.

Sgt. Girouard, age 43, was hired by the Vermont State Police in July 2000 and is currently assigned as a patrol commander at the St. Johnsbury Barracks.

Trooper Loomis, age 26, was hired by the Vermont State Police in November 2011 and is currently assigned as a Trooper First Class at the St. Johnsbury Barracks.

Both members remain on administrative leave, with pay.

The suspect, Eric Jackson, age 27, remains at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), where he is listed in stable condition and receiving treatment. He is in the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections while being treated at the hospital.

He will be charged in Caledonia County when he returns to Vermont, as the incident originated in that county.

The initial investigation has revealed that Jackson may have been involved in several vehicle thefts and burglaries prior to the incident. Authorities are also saying it’s possible that Jackson was not working alone.

The shooting occurred at approximately 2:08 a.m. after Jackson allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence on US Route 5 in Sutton, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. After a lengthy pursuit, Jackson momentarily stopped on Burton Hill Road in Barton, changed directions by quickly accelerating in reverse, and repeatedly rammed two state police cruisers causing extensive damage and putting the troopers in fear of their safety.

Both troopers discharged their weapons in response to the on-going threat.

Detectives will continue to thoroughly investigate the incident, and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police at the St. Johnsbury Barracks 802-748-3111.

Once the investigation into the shooting incident is completed the case will be reviewed independently by both the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Eric Jackson of Lyndonville.

Lyndonville man shot by police in Barton after high-speed chase

in Barton/News

Eric Jackson shot by police in barton

BARTON — A 27-year-old Lyndonville man who was on escape status from the Department of Corrections led police on a high-speed chase early this morning, after stealing a car. The incident ended with the suspect being shot by police in Barton.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:08 a.m. after the suspect, identified as Eric Jackson of Lyndonville, allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence on US Route 5 in Sutton, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

At the time of the incident, Jackson was wanted on escape status from the Department of Corrections.

After a lengthy pursuit, Jackson momentarily stopped on Burton Hill Road in Barton, changed directions by quickly accelerating in reverse, and repeatedly rammed two state police cruisers causing extensive damage and putting the troopers in fear of their safety.

Both troopers discharged their weapons in response to the threat.

Jackson was initially transported to North Country Hospital in Newport, and treated for gunshot wounds sustained during the incident. Jackson was then transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment where he is currently listed in stable condition and is receiving treatment for his wounds.

The troopers involved in the shooting are not being identified at this time. The troopers were immediately placed on administrative leave, with pay, and were uninjured in this incident.

Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called in to investigate the incident. The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched and are processing the scene.

The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office, Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office, as well as the Attorney General’s Office.

Two Local Organic Farms Taking Part in CSA Open Farm Day

in Albany/Barton/News

Photo is from Garden of Eurbin Farm located in Barton.

NEWPORT — Two local organic farms offering Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs as they are called, will open their gates to the public on Sunday.

CSA is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring to a weekly share of the season’s harvest. Many CSAs offer a wide variety of produce, and some include meat, eggs, flowers, or other products.
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