Barrett defeats Franklin for state’s attorney nomination

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Jennifer Barrett.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Jennifer Barrett. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 27, 2014

Jennifer Barrett was a clear victor in the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s race in the Republican PrimaryTuesday evening, and Paul Lefebvre won as a Republican nominee for the House district that covers parts of Essex County, Caledonia County, and Westmore in Orleans County.

Ms. Barrett had 953 votes to incumbent Alan Franklin’s 656 in the Chronicle’s unofficial election night results.

Mr. Franklin was overwhelmed by a strong challenge from his former deputy.  Ms. Barrett won in all but one of Orleans County’s 19 towns.

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Obituaries August 27, 2014

obit BernierPaul A. Bernier

Paul A. Bernier, 48, of Newport died suddenly on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 10, 1966, in El Paso, Texas, to Edward and Shirley (Farnam) Bernier.

He was a self-employed security fence installer.

On July 17, 1992, he married Cynthia Little, who survives him.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and he loved to fish and hunt and go camping with Cindy. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Taco.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bernier of Newport; his children: Kayla Bernier, Taylor Bernier and her companion, Ben St. Marie, of Troy, Brooklyn Bernier of North Carolina, and Lance Tabor of Derby; his grandchildren: Kylie and Ryah Tabor and Hailey St. Marie; his brothers: Roger Bernier and his wife, Paula, of St. Johnsbury, and Larry Lucas of Arkansas; his sisters: Sherry Lucas and her companion, Pete May, of Brownington, Lori Coburn of Glover, Maria Green and her husband, Walter, of Texas, and Shannon and her husband, Robert, of Williamson, Utah; his sisters-in-law: Jennifer Bowen and her companion, Buckley Duby, and Lisa Little; and by his brothers-in-law: Reginald and Mark Prue and Mike Little.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Cynthia Bernier, 75 Indian Point Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BlodgettVirginia (Larabee) Blodgett

Virginia (Larabee) Blodgett died in Newport, surrounded in love by her family, on August 10, 2014, at the age of 86.

She was born in Newport Center on September 14, 1927, daughter of Oscar and Fannie (Wilson) Larabee.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1945. On September 22 of that same year, she married Warren Blodgett, who survives her.

Together, Mrs. and Mr. Blodgett farmed in Waterford, then moved to a farm in Irasburg in 1959. They raised six children of their own, as well as opening their home to many foster children.

Mrs. Blodgett had many hobbies that she loved, including ceramics, painting, cooking, sewing and knitting. Any day that you went to the Blodgett home, you would be greeted with the delicious tastes and smells of baked goodies and homemade bread.

One of her greatest enjoyments in life was family gatherings. In July of this year she was thrilled to have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren from across the country at the Blodgett home for an early family birthday party for Warren.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Warren; her children: Barbara Blodgett Russell, Dennis Blodgett, Shirley Moulton and her husband, Dwight, Patricia Blodgett and her partner, Gary Crosby, David Blodgett and his partner, Susan Babineau, Neil Blodgett and his wife, Christine, and her daughter-in-law Cathy Blodgett; her nine grandchildren: Jason, Christopher, Scott, Todd, Cindy, Nicholas, Corinne, Nichole and Neil Jr.; and by several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her siblings; her son, Russell Blodgett; and by her daughter-in-law, Mildred Nault.

A memorial service was held on August 16, in Albany. A private burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Albany Methodist Church or the Vermont chapter of the American Heart Association.

obit brochuThe Reverend Gerard Brochu

The Reverend Gerard Brochu died in Statesville, North Carolina, on February 20, 2014.

He was born in Newport, son of Adelard and Irma (Desbiens) Brochu, on May 29, 1923.

He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Newport High School. He attended St. Thomas Seminary, St. Paul Seminary, and the University of Ottawa, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Edward F Ryan.

His priestly ministry began at Holy Family in Essex Junction, and ran from 1950 to 1954. He also served at St. Joseph in Burlington from 1954 to 1959, and at Notre Dame in St. Johnsbury from 1959 to 1961.

His first pastorate was at St. Teresa in Hyde Park, and ran from 1961 to 1972; at St. John in Johnson from 1961 to 1965; at St. John in Northfield from 1972 to 1984; at St. John in St. Johnsbury from 1984 to 1990; and at Sts. Donatian and Rogatian in Randolph from 1990 to 1995.

Diocesan responsibilities include the Ecumenical Commission for nine years, Liturgical Commission for three years, marriage encounter for four years, and Cursillo for six years. He also served for three years on the Hyde Park school board.

He retired in 1995 in Fort Myers, Florida, and later to Statesville. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, and he enjoyed visiting relatives and friends. He always enjoyed the Desbiens family reunions and was able to attend the last one in 2012.

He is survived by his sister Anita Brochu of Conway, New Hampshire; his nephew Kevin and his wife, Suzanna, and their children, Sabina and Livia of Williston; his nieces: Kim of Colchester, and Kara of Colorado; his sister-in law Louise Brochu of California; his aunt Jeanne Desbiens of Rhode Island; and by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his younger brother, John; and by his parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport on August 29, at 11 a.m. Committal will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

obit EmersonBeverly “Becky” R. Emerson

Beverly “Becky” R. Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died suddenly on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

She was born on August 12, 1959, in Putnam, Connecticut, to Charles and Beverly (Carey) Pezanko Sr.

She was employed at one time at Sel-Bar Weaving, Hedma, and Vermont Teddy Bear.

Her hobbies included, crocheting, four-wheeling, fishing, camping, playing cards, watching football and NASCAR, listening to country music, and she also enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and everyone around her.

She is survived by her parents: Charles Pezanko Sr. of Attawagan, Connecticut, Beverly Pezanko and Richard Pellerin of Brooklyn, Connecticut; her children: Christy Kirsch and her husband, Brian, of North Troy, and Jason Emerson and his wife, Nichole, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Brian II and Christopher Kirsch, and Kaylee and Alexis Emerson; her brother, Charles Pezanko II of Killingly, Connecticut; her sister, Patricia Leclerc of Pomfret, Connecticut; her nephews: James Warner and his wife, Sarah, Charles Pezanko III, and Zachary Leclerc, all of Connecticut; her companion and life partner, Marc Pouliot of St. Petersburg and his son, Kyle; her dog, Tucker; and by her extended family and friends.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport on Saturday, August 30, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions for a memorial garden for Ms. Emerson in the form of shrubs, trees, perennials, or gift cards would be greatly appreciated, in care of Christy Kirsch, 1758 U.S. Route 101, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FreehartPatricia Mae Freehart

Patricia Mae Freehart, 84, of Orleans died on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 9, 1930, in St. Johnsbury, to John and Alice Nolan.

On October 28, 1961, she married Hubert Freehart, who predeceased her on May 3, 2013.

She volunteered at the Orleans senior meals.

She loved to watch the hummingbirds come to her feeder as she sat on her porch. She loved life, people, and always brought joy to others with her great big smile.

She and her husband, Pin, liked to go for rides and stop at Tim & Doug’s for ice cream.

She is survived by her children: Tim Freehart and his companion, Shirley, of St. Johnsbury, and Linda Gregor and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Shawn Chapdelaine and Linda Simonphone of Massachusetts, Diamond Redding of Massachusetts, and Gerald and Lorraine Freehart; her great-grandson Shawn Chapdelaine Jr.; and by her sister Gloria Gambel.

She was predeceased by her sister Mary.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit limogesGerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges, 54, of Edgewater, Florida, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and family on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Born in Newport, Mr. Limoges, owner of a landscape business, moved to Florida in 1991 from Westfield.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and he enjoyed fishing, and he loved the beach.

Mr. Limoges enjoyed music and singing karaoke, known as “Gerryoke” by friends and family.

He was a devoted husband, and father to Adam, whom he adored.

Mr. Limoges is remembered by his son, Adam, as “strong, loving, impressive, kind throughout, always willing to help others. My strength, my teacher, taught me to be a caring man, taught me to be the best of men, like him.”

Survivors include his wife, Christine; his only son, Adam, and future daughter-in-law, Jaime Garrand, of Seattle, Washington; three brothers: Norman and his wife, Lyne, of Troy, Donald and his wife, Meredith, of Marietta, Georgia, and Michael of Wilton, New Hampshire; a sister, Nicole, and her husband, Jerry Pion, of Troy; his mother, Yvette Limoges of Troy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Roland Limoges.

The service will be postponed until October due to his son’s wedding and honeymoon. Prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3, at Settle-Wilder’s New Smyrna Beach chapel with Redemptorist Fathers, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating, followed by a celebration of life and refreshments from 7 to 8 p.m.

A Vermont celebration will be held in October, with the date to be announced later.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, Attention: Edgewater Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129.

Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com.

obit RenaudetteJeannine Y. Renaudette

Jeannine Y. Renaudette, 74, of Derby died peacefully on August 20, 2014, in White River Junction.

She was born on December 31, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Thomas and Helen (Poitz) Genoway.

In 1988, she married Stanley Renaudette, who predeceased her on September 11, 2005.

She entered the United States Marine Corps where she served her country during peacetime.

She loved spending time with her family.

She was a member of the VFW Post #798 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post #21 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children: William Barlow Jr. and his wife, Shannon, of Newport, George Barlow and his wife, Heather, of Moores, New York, and Jeannine Gilman and her husband, Bill, of Woodsville, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Raymond Barlow, William Barlow III and his wife, Ashley, Justin Barlow, Joshlynne Barlow, Ashley Williams, Amber Huntington, and Wayne Ledoucer; her great-grandchildren: Bailee, Aliyah, Tyrell, and Karter Barlow; her siblings: Antoinette Eves of Riverside, California, Thomas Peter Genoway of California, Kathleen Genoway of Missouri, Teri Genoway of Reno, Nevada, and Jerry Pete Genoway of Tucson, Arizona; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Rosalie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Newport. Friends may call at the church on August 27, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SheltraEverett Allen Sheltra

Everett Allen Sheltra, 72, of Newport Center died suddenly on August 19, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on December 7, 1941, in Lowell, to Theodore and Ellen (Caswell) Sheltra.

On July 13, 1963, he married June Sherlaw, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1959.

He was employed by the following companies: Kraft Foods Inc. of Troy, Ethan Allen Manufacturing of Orleans, McAllister Construction of Orleans, The Converse Co. of Orleans, and as a custodian and bus driver for the Newport Center Elementary School for 27 years. He was also a school bus driver for North Country Union High School in Newport.

Mr. Sheltra was a former member of the Newport Center Fire Department. More recently he was sexton for the Newport Center Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, June Sheltra of Newport Center; his daughter Lynne Sheltra and her husband, Doug Matten, of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Michelle Matten of Newport Center, and Andrew Matten of Newport Center; his brothers and sisters: Wilfred Sheltra of Island Pond, Charles Sheltra of Voluntown, Connecticut, Phillip Sheltra and Karen of Westfield, Phyllis Sheltra of Colorado, Paul Sheltra and his wife, Yvette, of Irasburg, and Judy Blanton and her husband, Tim, of Morgantown, Kentucky; his mother-in-law Alena Sherlaw of Newport Center; his sister-in-law Edna Baraw and her husband, Frank, of Newport Center, Mary Price and her husband, Jeff, of Morgan; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on August 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Daniel J. Szatkowski

Daniel J. Szatkowski, 63, of Newport died suddenly on August 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 24, 1951, to Martha (Gurbacki) Szatkowski and the late John Szatkowski.

He received his master’s degree and was a highly skilled computer programmer who shared his knowledge with others.

He loved animals and cooking.

He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother Martha Szatkowski of Sloan, New York; his brother Norman Szatkowski; his sister Tammy Ernst and her husband, Michael, all of Sloan; and by his nephew Matthew.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Vivian Rita Trucott

Vivian Rita Trucott, 87, of Sheffield died peacefully on August 23, 2014, surrounded by her family at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center.

She was born on October 24, 1926, in Derby Line, to Gilson and Blanche (Monfette) Reynolds.

On September 15, 1941, she married Leo Trucott, who predeceased her in 1980. She was also predeceased by two sons and a grandson.

She worked as an LPN for many years, caring for people.

She enjoyed bingo, cribbage, cooking, sewing, and company stopping by to visit.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with John Sleeper officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 27, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the residents’ activities fund, in memory of Vivian Trucott, St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Editorial: Thanks, Jim

Photo by Joseph Gresser, taken at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, September 9, 2006.

Photo by Joseph Gresser, taken at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, September 9, 2006.

copyright the Chronicle August 20, 2014

Jim Jeffords died Tuesday at age 80 after a lifetime of public service. He was a Republican until the party moved away from his core Vermont values. In 2001 he became an Independent. His decision shifted the power in the U.S. Senate to Democrats when much of the Republican Party had veered off into extremism.

Vermonters who appreciated his decision put bumper stickers on their cars: “Thanks, Jim.”

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At the Orleans Country Club: Morin sets course record at championship weekend

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Matt Morin is pictured with his scorecard after he set the course record at the Orleans Country Club on August 9, the first day of the club championship weekend.  He scored a 61 (11 birdies, seven pars).  Photo courtesy of Josh Olney

Matt Morin is pictured with his scorecard after he set the course record at the Orleans Country Club on August 9, the first day of the club championship weekend. He scored a 61 (11 birdies, seven pars). Photo courtesy of Josh Olney

The Orleans Country Club held their club championship weekend on August 9 and 10.

Matt Morin broke the course record during the weekend, on Saturday, August 9.  He scored a 61 (11 birdie, seven pars).

Also that weekend, Mr. Morin was named the Men’s Club Champion, and Mari Harter was named the Ladies Club Champion.

Ms. Harter carded a 171 after 36 holes. Mr. Morin carded a 130 after 36 holes.

Mari Harter (left) was named Ladies Club Champion, and Matt Morin was named Men’s Club Champion at the Orleans Country Club’s championship weekend, held August 9 and 10.  Ms. Harter carded a 171 after 36 holes, and Mr. Morin carded a 130 after 36 holes.  Photo courtesy of Irene Farrar

Mari Harter (left) was named Ladies Club Champion, and Matt Morin was named Men’s Club Champion at the Orleans Country Club’s championship weekend, held August 9 and 10. Ms. Harter carded a 171 after 36 holes, and Mr. Morin carded a 130 after 36 holes. Photo courtesy of Irene Farrar

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What makes Vermont special?

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What Makes Vermont Special, by Greg Carpenter. Published by Shires Press. 134 pages. Paperback. $24.99.

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Greg Carpenter, a teacher in Swanton who summers on Echo Lake in Charleston, says the idea for his recent book, What Makes Vermont Special, came from a student. He worked on it for three years, traveling around Vermont taking the photographs himself, and doing the research.

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Kingdom Farm and Food Days August 22, 23, and 24

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Log Cabin Farm alpacas in East Albany will offer tours.

Log Cabin Farm alpacas in East Albany will offer tours.

Kingdom Farm and Food Days are coming up August 22, 23, and 24 with chances to tour farms, take workshops, taste local foods at area restaurants, visit an apple orchard, ride on a hay wagon, and much more. The public is invited to celebrate with a farm-to-table dinner and bonfire at the end of the weekend.

Three days of festivities about local food will be put on by the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Sterling College in Craftsbury, New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier, Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association in East Burke, Eden Ice Cider in Charleston and Newport, Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, and Green Mountain Farm to School in Newport.

All the events are free and open to the public. Anyone can participate in any one activity or all of them.

Kingdom Farm and Food Days kicks off Friday, August 22, with tours of llama and alpaca farms, including the Agape Hill Farm in Hardwick and the Log Cabin Alpaca Farm in East Albany. The Hardwick Farmers Market at Atkins Field on Granite Street in Hardwick is open on Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Craftsbury Farmers Market is open for business on Craftsbury Common. Children’s gardening activities with Green Mountain Farm to School are on the agenda at Craftsbury Academy School Gardens that morning and, starting at 11 a.m., Pete’s Greens will offer tours and hay rides. Saturday afternoon, from 3:30 to 5:30, Sterling College will offer tours and workshops. Pizza making in an outdoor oven is on the agenda. Saturday evening, discounts will be offered at area restaurants for participants in the Kingdom Farm and Food Days events.

Sunday morning kicks off at 10 a.m. with a visit to the Eden Ice Cider orchard in Charleston, where people can tour a biodynamic organic apple orchard. From 1 to 4 p.m., High Mowing Organic Seeds will host field days and workshops. NECI will put on a dinner at High Mowing Seeds starting a 4:30 p.m., and everyone is invited to a bonfire afterward.

For more information, please see the Kingdom Farm and Food Days website kingdomfarmandfood.org. — from the Center for an Agricultural Economy.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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Louis Garneau celebrates new U.S. headquarters

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Governor Peter Shumlin helps Louis Garneau cut a ribbon to symbolize the opening of his company’s new Derby facility.  Flanking the pair, from left to right, are Paul Garneau, Mr. Garneau’s father; Josée Ferland, company vice-president; Jeanine Garneau, Mr. Garneau’s mother; Megan Sullivan of Congressman Peter Welch’s office; Monique Arsenault, Mr. Garneau’s wife; William Garneau; and Victoria Garneau.  Edouard Garneau, Mr. Garneau’s other son, is not visible in the photograph.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Governor Peter Shumlin helps Louis Garneau cut a ribbon to symbolize the opening of his company’s new Derby facility. Flanking the pair, from left to right, are Paul Garneau, Mr. Garneau’s father; Josée Ferland, company vice-president; Jeanine Garneau, Mr. Garneau’s mother; Megan Sullivan of Congressman Peter Welch’s office; Monique Arsenault, Mr. Garneau’s wife; William Garneau; and Victoria Garneau. Edouard Garneau, Mr. Garneau’s other son, is not visible in the photograph. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 20, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — A champagne toast celebrated the opening of the brand new U.S. headquarters of a family business that started in a Quebec garage 30 years ago. Louis Garneau, the founder of the company that bears his name, raised a glass along with Governor Peter Shumlin, state senators Bobby Starr and John Rodgers, local officials, and a host of other guests Thursday morning, August 14.

The toast followed the ceremonial ribbon cutting that inaugurated the 60,000-square-foot building.

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Obituaries August 20, 2014

obit BennettJessie T. Bennett

Jessie T. Bennett, 88, of North Troy died on August 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born on June 29, 1926, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Nicholas and Rosa (LaPiccarella) Tassielli.

She was a retired registered nurse.

She is survived by her children: Beverly Maxfield of North Troy, and Byron Wickham Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida; her grandchildren: Jay Wickham, Opal Stewart, and Jayson Maxfield; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family.

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obit ColburnRichard Alden Colburn Jr.

Richard Alden Colburn Jr., 58, of East Charleston died suddenly on August 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on November 3, 1955, in Newport, to Richard Colburn Sr. and the late Alta (Allbee) Colburn.

On July 4, 1998, he married Diane Nielsen-Hogge, who survives him.

He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing after nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and a life member of the Charleston Historical Society. He was also sexton of the Charleston Cemetery, working with his dad for over 30 years, and a strong supporter of his wife’s dancing school, North Country School of Dance.

Mr. Colburn served as a fence viewer for the town of Charleston and as a past member of the East Charleston Fire Department.

He and his wife vacationed in Maine many times. He enjoyed gardening and was especially proud of his potato garden. An excellent marksman, he looked forward to deer season every year. He also repaired and sold chainsaws. He was an avid snowmobiler in the winter and enjoyed bike riding in the summer.

Always full of humor, he brought smiles and laughter to everyone he knew. A strong supporter of his big family, he always gave a helping hand, as a Good Samaritan to all. He loved to cut firewood and spend time in the forest.

He enjoyed his dogs, Hunter and Lulu, along with his cats. He took pride in maintaining his antique Mercury Montego.

He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Colburn of East Charleston; his children: Jennifer Turgeon and her husband, Tom, David Colburn and his wife, Alma, Jamie Colburn and her companion, Jason Brochu, and Sarah Leah Colburn and her companion, Damon Jones; his step-daughter, Krista Grenier; his father, Richard Colburn Sr. of East Charleston; his sister, Grace Frizzell of East Charleston; his mother-in-law, Marie Nielsen; his grandchildren: Martina and Shania Turgeon, Caden Colburn and Leo Colburn; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Cesare, and his brother-in-law, Julius Cesare; and by the following nieces and nephews: Amy and Fred Sherlaw, Dan and Alicia Frizzell, Mike and Marina Cesare, Mark and Jenn Cesare, and Matt and Patsy Cesare.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Kenneth Frizzell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston with the Reverend Stuart Brush officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Charleston Historical Society, or to the Charleston Fire Department, or to the Plymouth Congregational Church, all in care of Diane Colburn, 542 Twin Bridges Road, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtisWilliam “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr.

William “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr., 78, of Newport died on August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1935, in Newport to William and Elizabeth (LaPlante) Curtis Sr.

On June 5, 1959, he married Marilyn Willey, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport High School in 1953 and entered the United States Army in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1957.

He was a self-employed mason contractor for over 45 years. He took great pride in his work and did projects all over Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa.

In 1974 he moved the entire family to Hartley and Spencer, Iowa, where they resided for two years. Upon his return to Vermont, he purchased the land that is now the Newport Car Wash and Poulos Insurance. He developed the car wash property mostly by himself and also had an ice cream stand at the current Poulos Insurance location for many years. He also established Northern Canoe, in which he took great pride in building canoes and kayaks.

Early in life he was a lineman and an auto body repairman. His last job was at the Jay Peak Resort, where he was a maintenance person.

His hobbies included hunting, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Curtis of Newport; his children: Clark Curtis and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Bernard Curtis of Newport; his grandchildren: Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, and Spencer Curtis and Faith Curtis, both of Newport. He was about to be a great-grandfather in a few weeks. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Monfette, and her husband, Paul, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Vivian, Shirley, Alice, and Gladys “Red.”

Funeral services were held on August 18, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit laroseRobert “Rocky” Gene LaRose

Robert “Rocky” Gene LaRose, 65, of Brownington died peacefully in the predawn hours of August 15, 2014.

Truly, there will never be another LaRock LaRose.

He was born on May 2, 1949, in Burlington to Gabriel Andrew LaRose and Flora Louise Shepard, who predeceased him.

Around eight years of age, he was removed from his home because he wasn’t safe, which began his 37-year odyssey of living in institutions and group homes. He attended school through the fourth grade, and was always proud to say he “never went in Brandon Training School.”

Just before his thirty-fifth birthday, while living in Colbyville, he was sent to the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Requesting an advocate, he met Bethany Knight, then the long-term care ombudsman for the Central Vermont Council on Aging in Barre. Thus began a lifelong friendship with Ms. Knight, her then four-year-old son, Elliot Kaiman, and their friends and family. In her family, Mr. LaRose found and returned great love.

When Ms. Knight and Thurmond Knight moved from Montpelier to Glover in 1994, Mr. LaRose hitchhiked to the Kingdom and declared he wanted his own apartment. After living in community care homes across central Vermont, he was ready to try independent living. Thanks to the courage and kindness of landlords Dr. Judy and Stan Dunklee, he moved into his first home on Elm Street in Barton. He lived a 20-year adventure in the Northeast Kingdom, well supported by the loyal staff at Northeast Kingdom Human Services, in particular, Deb Cogan and crew.

A few years later, Mr. LaRose was handed a box of markers and a pad of paper, and a natural folk artist was born. His earliest drawings were houses, perhaps to mark the significance of his finally having his own home. For several years, he sold his cards and posters at the Orleans County fairgrounds, using the profits to buy cowboy boots and Indian jewelry.

Sometime between the release of Rocky III and Rocky IV, Mr. LaRose announced he “was Rocky, and these hands are licensed.” A man with a rich imagination, he often created wonderful memories of a life he hadn’t lived; a practice that helped him transcend childhood pain and the absence of experiences. He was forever announcing he had adopted someone, warmly calling them “son, son-in-law, daughter, aunt” and so on. To be named friend or family by him was simply good karma.

When Elliot Kaiman joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997, Mr. LaRose also became a military man. With every advancement in rank that Mr. Kaiman earned, Mr. LaRose leapt ahead of him, until one day he announced to the staff at Pierce Pharmacy in Barton that he was now General LaRose. And as a general, he focused on protecting others and the community at large. He was often seen wearing a badge, and would sometimes refer to himself as a sheriff or a Social Security guard.

With the support of his mental health workers, Mr. LaRose took his first plane trip, spending a week in Orlando, Florida, and touring Disney World. He took other trips out of Vermont as well, participating in the Peer Counseling network.

He married twice and enjoyed his years as a husband. He especially liked the wedding ceremony, cake, and gift table. For several summers, he and his second wife held re-marriages at the Knights’ home, with Roger Greeley officiating. Many folks have wonderful memories of those lovely summer parties, with Mr. LaRose encouraging the guests to sing and make some remarks.

Other highlights in his life include calling upon his Cherokee heritage to track down a lost dog, vacationing in Maine and seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, winning numerous bowling trophies, having a fishing license in his wallet and occasionally catching a fish, staying overnight at the Knights’ in his self-titled Marine Coop, buying a washing machine, attending he law school graduation of his brother, Mr. Kaiman, in Massachusetts, and drawing elaborate scenes on all of the downstairs doors in the Knights’ home.

He was also a member of many churches, most recently the River of Life in Brownington and Life in Christ in Newport, where he always appreciated the fellowship, coffee, and doughnuts.

The last three years of his life, Mr. LaRose had the enormous good fortune of living with Marcia and the late Arthur Pepin of Brownington. Spending time with the Pepins’ beautiful draft horses gave him great purpose and pleasure. Ms. Pepin’s fine cooking and kind heart made his final days what he had always yearned for: living in a wonderful home with people who loved him.

He is survived by his adopted mother and father, Bethany and Thurmond Knight of Glover; his grandparents, Roger and Kay Greeley of Marquette, Michigan; his brother Elliot Kaiman and his wife, Alison Brodhagen, of Madison, Connecticut; his sister, Chelsea Knight of Brooklyn, New York; his nephews: Malcolm and Otto Kaiman; and by all the other fortunate folks he met throughout his life.

As per his wishes, his burial was at a small graveyard on the Knights’ property in Glover where his best friend, William Henry Legier, was buried in 2005.

A public celebration of his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on September 25, in the state conference room of the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport, prior to the weekly gathering of Global Campus. Mr. LaRose enjoyed being part of Global Campus, and could be counted on each year to give a talk on “How to Be a Great Bowler.”

To honor his memory, friends may make a contribution online at www.globalcampuses.org or by mail to Global Campus Foundation, 43 South Main Street, Suite 3, Randolph, Vermont 05060.

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine, 99, of Craftsbury Common died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on October 21, 1914, in Craftsbury, to William and Helen (Paterson) Dustan.

In 1940 she married Emanuel Levine, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Levine graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1932 and in 1934 from the dental hygienist program at the University of Syracuse. She was a dental assistant at the Veterans Administration in Orange, New Jersey, where she retired in 1979.

She was a volunteer at the Craftsbury Public Library up until the time of her death. She was a voracious reader of American history, a splendid cook, and she enjoyed gardening, flowers, and life.

She is survived by her children: Charles Levine of Oceanside, California, and Laura Noble of Bay Village, Ohio; her grandchildren: Aron Tavakoli, David Levine, Sam Noble, and Hannah Noble; and by her great-grandson Henry Tavakoli.

Funeral services were held on August 11, on Craftsbury Common. Interment will take place at a later date at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Public Library, Attention: Susan O’Connell, P.O. Box 74, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MonfetteFrancis Oliver Monfette

Francis Oliver Monfette, 89, of Orleans died peacefully, with his family at his side, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 27, 1925, in Newport to Levi and Eva (Elie) Monfette.

On February 10, 1950, he married the love of his life, Florence (Picard) Monfette.

He was a man of all talents. As a young man, he worked many jobs, including working on the railroad, painting, and 25 years at Ethan Allen, from which he retired. He then went back following his retirement as a night watchman for many years.

He was a true family man and a very dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was the patriarch of the family.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Monfette of Orleans; his children: Brian Monfette and his wife, Rhonda, of Orleans, Debbie Monfette of Irasburg and her partner, Craig Hankins of Barton, and Steve Monfette of Orleans; his grandchildren: Sonya Sackett and her fiancé, Jason Hale, of Albany, Tosha Wilcox of Irasburg, Angela Carlin and her husband, Raymond, of Irasburg, Tonya Hackett and her husband, Richie, of Newport, and Renee Monfette of Orleans and her friend, Todd Larose, of Eden; his great-grandchildren: Shania Hayes and Zachary Hale of Albany, Breanne Silvestro of Barton, Hunter Carlin of Irasburg, and Donnie Kontoes Jr. of Irasburg; his sister Betty Keement and her husband, Anthony, of Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lori Ann Monfette; five sisters: Shirley Amyot, Evelyn Day, Gladys Kelley, Winifred Stevens, and Alfreda Bowen; and by his brother, Raymond Shackett.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-paradisClaire Paradis Proteau

Claire Paradis Proteau, 90, of Magog, Quebec, formerly of Newport, died on July 21, 2014.

She was born on January 28, 1924, in Lambton, Quebec.

On September 1, 1945, she married Roger Proteau, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Pierrette and her husband, Rob, Marc, Claudette and her husband, Bob, Andie and her husband, Reg, Muguette and her husband, Denis, Carolle, and John and his wife, Kathy; her 16 grandchildren; and her 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two daughters: Micheline and Jocelyne; and by one sister and six brothers.

For the first 15 years of their married life, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau lived in Canada with their growing family. On June 30, 1960, they pulled up roots with their seven children and moved to Newport, on a dairy farm. They had one more child a few years later.

Throughout her long life, Mrs. Proteau did many things; her talents were limitless. She loved to cook and bake, many times creating delicious meals from just a few simple ingredients. Her love of cooking was one of the many gifts that she passed down to her children. Mom could fix anything! She was very handy with tools and loved to make something new out of something broken. Her hands were never idle. She loved gardening and canning, proud that she had an abundance of vegetables for her family all winter long.

When their children were grown, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau began spending their winters in Florida, and would return to Newport for the summer.

As time went on, Mrs. Proteau’s health started to decline. She made the decision to move back to Canada where assisted living was a safer option for her. She lived there until the end of her life.

At her final request, a funeral Mass at St. Jean Bosco in Magog was celebrated on July 28. Her burial will take place on Friday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. A celebration of her life will follow at the Gateway Center in Newport for family and friends.

obit TinkerDolores M. Tinker

Dolores M. Tinker, 75, of Orleans died on August 14, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Barton.

She was born on March 24, 1939, in Barnston, Quebec, to Ovide and Irene (Viens) Ducharme.

She liked to travel, cook, knit, crochet, and take care of her flowers. She especially enjoyed feeding the birds and watching wildlife around her home. Her family enjoyed her homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies.

She is survived by her children: Eugene Tinker and his significant other, Stephanie Gee, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Susan Cloutier and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Homer Tinker of Brownington; her significant other, Paul Montague of Orleans; her grandchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Chad Saari, Samantha Tinker, Zachary Tinker, Christopher Wells and his significant other, Jamie Pell, Geromy Wells, and Alexandria Cloutier; her great-grandchildren: Tommy, Geno and Paige Saari, Avah Frasca, Joshua, Brooke and Melanie Wells, and Jazmin Wells; her brother and sisters: Paul Ducharme of Leesburg, Florida, Lucille LeBlanc and her husband, Louis, of Clinton, Massachusetts, and Georgette Stratton and her husband, George, of Beebe, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers: Gerard, Leo, and Claude Ducharme.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Andrew Eric Wright

Andrew Eric Wright, 46, died suddenly at his home in Littleton, New Hampshire, on August 6, 2014. He had been struggling with MS (multiple sclerosis) for the last 16 years.

He was born to Al and Nancy Wright and raised in Littleton.

Mr. Wright enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His pride and joy was his granddaughter, Arianna, and his motorcycle.

He is survived by his parents, Al and Nancy Wright; two brothers: Aldis Wright and his wife, Heather, and Anthony Wright, all of Littleton. He leaves the love of his life, Vanessa English; their daughter, Patricia, and son, Nick, and his stepson, Eric, and a very special granddaughter, Arianna. He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles: Edie Stevens of Orleans, Betty and her husband, Bob, Gravel of Woodbury, Harold Patrick of Kentucky, Bev Patrick of Hardwick, Hazen Wright and his wife, Alice, of Coventry, Mark Wright and his wife, Elaine, of Glover, Nancy Larose and her husband, Bob, of Glover, Kay Friend and her husband, Francis, of Pownal, and Milo Wright of Glover. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A beautiful celebration of his life was held on August 16, at the VFW in Littleton. This event was well attended by his family and friends.

Donations may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163; or to Vanessa English and family, 50 Lilac Lane, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Death notice

Beverly Rebecca Emerson

Beverly Rebecca Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 30, at the East Side Restaurant in Newport from 12 to 2 p.m.

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At Bread and Puppet: Fire revival for Gaza draws reflection, silence

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Bread and Puppet Theater performers practice for a revival of Fire.  Photos by David Dudley

Bread and Puppet Theater performers practice for a revival of Fire. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle August 13, 2014

by David Dudley

GLOVER — Before the Bread and Puppet Theater’s Friday night performance of Fire, Genevieve Yeuillaz rakes the dirt floor theater. Though the audience rarely acknowledges her effort, she carefully makes lines in the dirt before each performance. It’s a way of making the space feel fresh. The raking is, perhaps for Ms. Yeuillaz, a meditation, a kind of prayer. She focuses her attentions on a seemingly small, repetitive task to rest her mind before the intense performance.

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Entrepreneurs pitch ideas in a Lowell barn

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Trish Sears is reflected in a mirror as entrepreneur Justin Larose presents his pitch.  Photos by Bethany M. Dunbar

Trish Sears is reflected in a mirror as entrepreneur Justin Larose presents his pitch. Photos by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle August 13, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

LOWELL — What do a doggie treat maker, someone who wants to make an alcoholic tea, and an online marketing consultant have in common? They were all gathered in a barn in Lowell last week to make business pitches to a group of people who have the wisdom and financial resources to help them make their small businesses grow into big ones.

It was the first annual Barn Pitch, held Thursday, August 7.

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