Eighth fiddlers’ contest at Sheffield Field Day

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When Patrick Ross, now of Newbury, walks into a fiddler’s competition, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. Once again, the Canaan native took top honors at the Sheffield Field Day Fiddler’s Contest in 2014. Photo by Joseph Gresser

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Sheffield Field Day will host its annual Pat O’Hagan Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest in the gym at Miller’s Run School, at 3249 Vermont Route 122, at 2 p.m. Registration for fiddlers will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to perform three pieces: a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of their choice, such as a jig or strathspey.

The Fiddlers’ Contest at Sheffield Field Day was founded in 2007 by Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist and composer who has spent his summers in Sheffield since the 1960s. In 2011, the Fiddlers’ Contest was renamed in honor of Pat O’Hagan, who ran the contest for several years until her death in 2010.

Since its early years, the contest has been a beloved and popular event at Sheffield Field Day, drawing participants from as far away as Maine and Stanstead, Québec.

The contest is free and open to all ages, with competitive categories for youngsters (under 12), juniors (12 to 18), adults (over 18), and seniors (over 60). The prize money for first and second place winners is $40 and $25 respectively in the youngster category, $100 and $70 respectively in the junior category, and $200 and $150 respectively in both the adult and senior categories.

For questions, call Bobbie Bristol at (802) 626-8293 or e-mail at bbkinnell@aol.com. — submitted by Bobbie Bristol.

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Obituaries September 2, 2015

obit biron VETHanford E. “Jack” Biron

Hanford E. “Jack” Biron, 92, of Derby and Norton died in Newport on Tuesday August 25, 2015.

He was born on May 18, 1923, in Norton to Joseph and Eva (Pelletier) Biron. In 1951, he married Nina “Jean” Bates, who predeceased him in 2001.

He graduated from Brighton High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II from October 1943 to February 1945. He worked on the family farm, was a Railway Mail Agent and eventually went to work for U.S. Customs in Morses Line, Island Pond, Norton, Derby Line, and Newport, retiring in 1978 as a Supervisory Inspector.

Mr. Biron was a member of the Island Pond American Legion, a past president and director of the Orlex Credit Union, former lister of the Town of Norton, as well as many other positions.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling to many different areas of the country. He liked gardening, tree farming, coin collecting, hunting, fishingobit vets flag, and especially spending time at his camp in Norton with his family.

Mr. Biron is survived by his children: Dale Biron and his wife, Debbie, and Bonnie Birchard and her husband, Dean; his grandsons: Matthew and Adam Birchard, and Devan Biron. He is also survived by his brother Clifford Biron of Island Pond; and his sisters: Pearl Brissette of Michigan, Elizabeth Biron of Newport, and Pauline Wolf and her husband, Gil, of California; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Bette Ann Biron in 2010; and by two brothers: Wilfred and Edward.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont with the Reverend John Genco officiating with full military honors to follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 2, from 1 p.m. until the hours of the funeral. A turkey dinner will follow at the American Legion in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, for those who are fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CargillEdith May Cargill

Edith May Cargill, 95, of Derby died on August 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1920 in East Charleston to Howard and Bertha (Lassonde) Nichols.

She married Merle Gray, who predeceased her. She later married Glen Griffin, who also predeceased her, and on October 19, 1963 she married Lyle James Cargill, who predeceased her on December 16, 2013.

Mrs. Cargill was a member of the First Congregational Church in Island Pond and she was also a Girl Scout leader.

Her hobbies included family genealogy, sewing, knitting, and making crafts and cakes.

She is survived by her children: Stuart Gray and his wife, Janice, of Concord, and Reginald Gray and his wife, Colleen, of Charlotte; her stepchildren: Gary Griffin and his wife, Jeanine, of Brandon, Brian Cargill of Monkton, Colleen Gray of Charlotte, Duane Cargill of Great Falls, and Dwight Cargill of Fairfax; her sister Ruth Seidell of Enfield, Connecticut; her brother Rendall Nichols of Newport; many grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother Rodney Nichols; and by her sister Marjorie Crouss.

A graveside service was held on Friday August 28, at the Derby Line Cemetery with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

 

obit collins VETWilliam Collins

William Collins, 68, of Westfield died on August 25, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 3, 1947, in Newport to Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and served in the Vermont Air National Guard.

Mr. Collins was a building contractor for Gerard Pion and Sons Construction Company of Lowell. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, coaching little league and basketball in the Westfield area, and also played baseball. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping in the woods and watching westerns on television.He is survived by his sons: Joel Collins and his wife, Melissa, of Newport, and Peter Collins and his friend Darlene Peters of Hancock; his grandchildren: Morgan of Newport Center, and Justin of Barton; his great-grandchildren: Ivy and Robert; his brother Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; his sisters: Carolyne Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his brother-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by his former wife Cheryl Houston Collins of Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents: Rita Collins on July 17, 2009, and Durward Collins on October 20, 2014; and by his sister Pamela Niles in 2013.

obit vets flagA graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital nursing staff on all floors and emergency room, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit dean VETElwin W. Dean

Elwin W. Dean, 91, of Derby Line died on August 27, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 6, 1924 in Orleans, a son of Levi and Altheda (Metcalf) Dean.

On May 29, 1953, he married Patricia Chapdelaine, who survives him.

Mr. Dean served 42 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked as the head of Veterans Affairs in Vermont.

He was a selectman in Coventry for many years. He was a member of the Coventry Congregational Church and the Orleans Federated Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He enjoyed listening to and playing country music on his guitar and he also played the clarinet and the saxophone. Mr. Dean loved farming, driving his tractor, and he played semi-pro-baseball. He was valedictorian of his class and was also inducted in the Orleans County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

Mr. Dean spent his life defending our country and helping others. He was a wise and gentle man who will be missed by many.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Dean, of Derby Line; and their two children: Wayne Dean and his wife, Elizabeth, of Westbrook, Connecticut, and Christy Dean-Dunn and her husband, Matthew, of Middletown, Connecticut. He was loved by four grandchildren: Nicole, Jacob, Matthew, and Amy Dean; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dean was predeceased by a son Elwin Dean Jr.; and brothers and sisters: Mike, Lyle, Ray, Elaine and Thelma.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 5, at 2 p.m. at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Friends may call on September 5, at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PhillipsRaymond R. Phillips

Raymond R. Phillips, 73, of Hyde Park, died on August 29, 2015, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

He was the fifth child born to Louis and Catherine (Weeks) Phillips.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed sitting and telling fish stories with his great-grandson Levi. He also enjoyed going to powwows and meeting new family members.

He was a longtime employee of the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad until it closed as the Lamoille Valley Railroad. He enjoyed the job and the many friends he made there.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 51 years, Roxie (Germain) Phillips; his son Raymond and his wife, Ann, of North Troy; his daughters: Melody of Hyde Park, and Francine of Derby; his youngest son Timothy of North Troy; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren, plus three more on the way. He is also survived by his siblings: Albert “Tom” Phillips and his wife, Shirley, of Belmont, New Hampshire, Margaret Young of Claremont, New Hampshire, Richard and Cory of North Carolina, Ralph and Darlene of Ludlow, Susan and her husband, Leo Dagesse, of Derby, Michael and his wife, Barbie, of Johnson, Deborah and her husband, Charley Phillips, of Fair Haven; many nieces and nephews; and his two fur babies Precious Angel, and Lacy J.

Mr. Phillips, who has gone to his Lord and Savior, was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and by a grandson.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with the Pastor Alden Lauver officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery on Thursday, September 3, from noon until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit rowellMary Patricia (McGue) Rowell

Mary P. Rowell, 86, of Highgate Falls, died on Sunday afternoon, August 23, 2015, in St.Albans, at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, with loving family at her side.

Mrs. Rowell and her beloved husband, Willard, lived for many years in the Fairfax community. Following the onset of health issues, they made their home near family in Highgate Falls.

Born in Fairfield on April 21, 1929, Mrs. Rowell was the daughter of the late Ralph Sheridan McGue, and Harriet (Clay) McGue. She graduated high school from Mount St. Mary’s in Burlington, Class of 1947.

On October 20, 1951, she married Willard Rowell, of Albany, a young gentleman who had studied at Champlain College. The young couple wanted their own farm, and hoped to raise a family. The Rowells later owned and operated a sizeable dairy farm in Albany, where they raised a family of six. During years of lean milk pricing, Mr. Rowell frequently worked construction on oil and gas pipelines to supplement the farm income. Mrs. Rowell was then charged with managing farm operations and addressing family needs, often for months at a time. She was a tireless worker, had great compassion for others, and proved herself many times as a well-seasoned business manager.

During the late 1970s the Rowells moved to Fairfax to care for family, and eventually purchased her parents’ home there.

Mrs. Rowell had a discerning eye for fashion and her home was beautifully furnished. She bought and sold antiques for many years, and with a smile would tell you, “It had its rewards.”

While the barn sale seemed to pique her interest, it was the people she most enjoyed. Perceived as an opportunity, gardening offered a tranquil moment. Her beautiful flower gardens and vegetables were always nicely tended. She was proud of her family, she was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed large family gatherings. She was an avid reader, found board games, cards, and puzzles enjoyable, but most of all she was a kind person, a devoted wife, and loving mother.

Mrs. Rowell was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years.

She is survived by her six children: Bill Rowell and his wife, Nancy (Rollins), of Highgate, Brian Rowell and his wife, Tammy (Pilbin), of Highgate, Steven Rowell and his wife, Carmie (Maietta), of Hinesburg, Jane (Rowell) Fisher and her husband, Chuck, of Irasburg, Carolyn (Rowell) Powers and her husband, Stephen, of Anderson, South Carolina, John Rowell and his wife, Tina (Reicker), of Saint John, New Brunswick; her grandchildren: Elizabeth and her husband, Andrew, Matthew, Megan, Michael, Anthony, Emily and her husband, Jenoah, Anna and her husband, Craig, Patricia and her husband Nathan, Jennifer, Nikki and her husband, John, Kristina and her husband, Robbie, Joshua, and Jenna; great grandchildren: Peyton, Xavier, Landon, Derek, Myles, Charlie, Hayley, Asa, Jonathon, and Julia; one sister, Kathleen (Thomas) Bott, of Plainville, Connecticut; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Jacobs of Florida, Carol Sheridan of Connecticut, and Marguerite Chambers of Texas; and by her infant brother Patrick McGue of Fairfax.

The Rowell family would like to offer their gratitude to the caregivers at Mrs. Rowell’s residence, Franklin County Home Health, Northwestern Medical Center, Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, Am Care, and Missisquoi Valley Rescue for their care, compassion, and support.

A funeral service was held on Friday, August 28, at the Kidder Memorial Home, in Swanton. Father Maurice J. Roy officiated. Interment was at the Rowell family lot in the Albany Village Cemetery, where a graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Gifts in Mrs. Rowell’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit TaborLance J. Tabor

Lance J. Tabor, 29, of Brownington died suddenly on August 20, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 21, 1986, in Newport, to Cindy (Little) Bernier and Larry Tabor Jr.

He was a carpenter for Gochie Carpentry in Lyndon. Among his hobbies were fishing, swimming, camping and football. He also loved sliding with his kids.

He is survived by his children: Ryah and Kylie both of Barton; his mother, Cindy Bernier of Newport; his father, Larry Tabor Jr. of Jay; his girlfriend Amanda Gochie of Lyndon; and by three sisters: Brooklyn Bernier and her boyfriend Nathan Green of Newport, Taylor Bernier and her boyfriend Ben Ste. Marie of Derby, and Kayla Bernier of North Carolina. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents: Lawrence Tabor Sr. of Derby, and Ann Tabor of Newport; his maternal grandparents: Albina Flanders of Newport, and Frederick Little and his wife, Beth, of Newport Center; his four nieces: Rayna, Hailey, Rowan and Olivia; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his stepfather Paul Bernier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, Inc, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

Mrs. Westover graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read The Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at Solid Rock Assembly in Brownington Center Church and at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid, supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly but will rejoice in knowing that she has moved to her heavenly home with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as by daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

She is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida; Betty Larose of Vermont; Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont; Ed Westover of Vermont; and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina; Christopher Larose and his son Dylan and daughters Kayana, Kaylene and Kaydriene of Vermont; Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina; Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut; Monica Larose of Vermont; Roany Meyer of Massachusetts; Brittany Howard (Westover) and her husband, Chase, of Georgia; and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister in-law Florence Whitcomb and by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on August 22 at noon.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

The above is a corrected version of an obituary that ran on August 19.

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Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant at Bread and Puppet

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

The Bread and Puppet Theater on Route 122 in Glover presents Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant on Sunday, August 30, at 3 p.m.  Museum tour at 1 p.m. and ding dongs at 2 p.m.  Following the circus and pageant, Great Small Works will perform in the cathedral.  Suggested donation is $10.  For more information, call 525-3031 or visit www.breadandpuppet.org

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Bacon pleads innocent in Greensboro killing

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Ryan Bacon (left) and his lawyer, Jon Valsangiacomo, in Orleans Superior Court shortly after Mr. Bacon pled innocent to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his grandfather Lou-Ron Schneider.  Police say Mr. Bacon shot Mr. Schneider Sunday after a quarrel over his grandfather’s relationship with his mother.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Ryan Bacon (left) and his lawyer, Jon Valsangiacomo, in Orleans Superior Court shortly after Mr. Bacon pled innocent to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his grandfather Lou-Ron Schneider. Police say Mr. Bacon shot Mr. Schneider Sunday after a quarrel over his grandfather’s relationship with his mother. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The man who allegedly shot and killed Lou-Ron Schneider of Greensboro Sunday pled innocent to a first degree murder charge Tuesday and was ordered held without bail.

Police say Mr. Schneider was the shooter’s grandfather, and the two had a dispute about Mr. Schneider’s relationship with his mother.

According to a police press release, after a roughly 24-hour manhunt, Ryan P. Bacon, 30, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, turned himself in at the Hardwick police station Monday evening and was taken to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility.

He made a brief appearance in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court the next morning where his lawyer, Jon Valsangiacomo, entered the innocent plea and reserved the right to argue that Mr. Bacon should be released on bail while awaiting trial.

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East Albany Catholic church is likely to be sold

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The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon.  Photo by Tena Starr

The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon. Photo by Tena Starr

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EAST ALBANY — The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon.

Mass hasn’t been said at the church for some time now, but it has been used for weddings, baptisms, funerals, and until a few years ago there were services on Catholic holidays, said longtime parishioner Paul Daniels.

Mr. Daniels provided a tour of the old church on Sunday, a church his Irish ancestors helped build starting in 1869, he said. He’s feeling nostalgic about its demise, which has come about both through lack of attendance and the need for repairs, said parish priest Tim Naples.

The problem is a financial one, not particular to St. John of the Cross Church, but to the entire Most Holy Trinity Parish, which includes…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Holding on to the summer

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A glass of mote con huesillo graces a garden on a warm summer morning.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A glass of mote con huesillo graces a garden on a warm summer morning. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 26, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

When it comes to summer I have always been a pessimist. As a child I looked forward to the Fourth of July, but considered the summer over the next day. That was, mind you, in a place where basil keeps growing into October.

Here my pessimism passes for realism. Summer is short and every warm day is precious.

Over the years I have come to realize that I don’t measure time in the summer by the calendar, but instead by where we are on the continuum of summer fruits.

The earliest days of clement weather are marked for me by the emergence of rhubarb stalks, followed, never quickly enough, by strawberries.

After strawberries come blueberries, black currents, then raspberries. Although we are a…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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West Glover high drive collapses

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Pictured here next to the remains of the high drive roof on the left is the Coe family.  James Coe and Nella Cargioli Coe are in the back, and their children Isabella Coe (left) and Jude Coe (right) are in the front.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Pictured here next to the remains of the high drive roof on the left is the Coe family. James Coe and Nella Cargioli Coe are in the back, and their children Isabella Coe (left) and Jude Coe (right) are in the front. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

WEST GLOVER — The old high drive at the Andersonville Farm here collapsed on Thursday, August 13, after an employee drove under it in a “silage dump truck with its tailgate up,” operational owner James Coe said.

“It’s supposed to go down on its own,” he said about the stuck tailgate.

No one was injured in the accident.

“I didn’t know what to think,” said Dennis Poginy, another employee.

He assumed that wind had blown the already weak structure over.

“That’s what you get for leaving the farm,” Mr. Coe said, laughing.

He was at Parker Pie in West Glover with his wife, Nella Cargioli Coe, when the accident happened. They had just celebrated their wedding anniversary the day before.

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Obituaries August 26, 2015

obit BaronLucienne H. Baron

Lucienne H. Baron, 84, of Newport Center died on August 15, 2015.

She was born on October 9, 1930, in New Brunswick, Canada, the youngest of 14 children. She immigrated to the United States in 1963.

She was employed as a secretary for many years in the Ridgewood, New Jersey, public school system. She and her husband relocated to Newport Center after their retirement in 1988.

After caring for her husband throughout his illness, Ms. Baron became an active member of the community. She was a longtime member and volunteer at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was also a volunteer at the hospital as well as hospice.

She joined a bowling league, which welcomed her as much for her handicap as her skills. Recently she decided to learn to play bridge and enthusiastically participated in several bridge clubs.

Ms. Baron was always quick with a smile, greeting all she met. Her sense of humor brought laughter to those who were around her. She was often seen dining and laughing with friends at The East Side Restaurant. She also enjoyed experiencing the beauty all around her home on her frequent walks down the Lake Road.

Her final wish was that her family and friends remember how much she loved them all.

She is survived by her son Gerald Baron and wife, Stephanie, of Charlotte, North Carolina; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brothers: Leonce Haché and his wife, Claudette, of St. Jean, Québec, and Alban Haché and wife, Beatrice, of New Brunswick.

She was predeceased by her parents; eleven siblings; her husband George Baron; and her daughter Lynn.

Services were held on Wednesday, August 19, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Ms. Baron’s desire was to be cremated with ashes to be interred at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to a favorite charity.

Online condolences at curtis.britch.com.

 

obit CastrogiovanniBentley James Castrogiovanni

Bentley James Castrogiovanni, three, of Island Pond died on August 16, 2015.

He was born on December 10, 2011, and lived on Mountain Street.

Bentley enjoyed riding four wheelers, the great outdoors, and helping Mom and Dad. He and his dad spent their mornings together having breakfast. He and his mom went on walks, and loved blueberry picking, and being with his brother and cousins. Bentley enjoyed playing at the beach with his family and friends. Within the community he was notable for his smiling face and pleasant greetings.

Bentley is survived by his parents, Christina Sylvia Deslandes and James Kenneth Castrogiovanni of Island Pond; his little brother Carson Castrogiovanni; his grandparents Betty Castrogiovanni, Clare Deslandes, and Linda Deslandes of Island Pond.

He had a very large family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lots of friends in the community.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond on Saturday, August 22, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

A memorial fund has been set up for donations to help pay for Bentley’s funeral services at Giveforward: gfwd.at/1fiQRhg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CraftNicholas J. Craft

Nicholas J. Craft, 34, of Derby, beloved son of Nancy Craft, died in Derby on August 20, 2015, after a short illness.

He was born on March 26, 1981, in Newport to Nancy (Willis) Craft and the late Ricky Craft.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1999. In high school he was a four-year varsity football player and a member of the track and field team. He was also in DECA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He went on to earn all three Eagle palms as well. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended many scouting functions including the national jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, the world jamboree in Santiago, Chile, and the High Adventure camp in the Florida Keys.

After college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, he settled in southern New Hampshire where he worked for Marshall’s as an event planner. He also helped with the family business, R.C. Video whenever he was available. He recently moved back to the Newport area. He was a past member of the Masons, and a former member of the Newport Fire Department.

As an only child, his local cousins Travis and Kim, Tully, and Karen and Greg became his siblings, as well as his best buddies Dana and Josh, whose children all called him Uncle Nick.

Mr. Craft was an avid hunter. Those skills, he learned from his grandfather Willis and Uncle Butch. His favorite place was at the family camp in Albany, and the Cheney camp in Lowell. He loved hunting with Dana.

He was also a die-hard Earnhardt fan, along with his dad. Many tailgate parties were enjoyed at the racetrack with his dad, mom, Paul, Nick R., and Jeremy and Alissa. Football season was always a big event, especially if his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders, happened to win. In the summer, he loved to go fishing with Eric.

Mr. Craft, who was called Nicholas or Nick by his friends, was always ready to help a friend. All one had to do was ask and he would do anything. He was a friendly, outgoing, kind individual who will be sadly missed. Now he will be swapping stories with his dad and grandfathers, and playing cribbage with his gram.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Craft; his grandmother Iris Willis; his godparents Gerry and Pat Royer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his father Ricky Craft; his maternal grandfather, Wallace Willis; his paternal great-grandparents: Mae Craft-St. Marie and Rene St. Marie, and Ray and Loretta Lontine; and his paternal grandparents, Rudy and Sheila Craft.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ricky C. Craft/Newport City Firefighters Scholarship Fund in care of Jamie LaClair, 40 Sunset Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Newport Health Care Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LawsonBarbara Irene Lawson

Barbara Irene Lawson, 76, of Irasburg died peacefully on August 22, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving sons.

She was born on August 9, 1939, in Burke to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting.

On April 7, 1961, she married William Lawson who predeceased her on November 12, 2012.

Mrs. Lawson was clerk for the town of Irasburg for 30 years. She retired in 2011.

She attended the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Farm Women’s Support Group. She was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Irasburg, and she formally taught many children piano lessons. She also taught Sunday school and helped her husband farm for many years. She also enjoyed knitting, writing poetry, gardening and visiting with her family.

She is survived by her sons: Douglas Lawson and his wife, Manon, of Irasburg, and their children: Donna Wilson and her husband, Jesse, Seth Lawson, and Emily-Rose Lawson; and Mark Lawson and his wife, Joann, of Coventry, and their children: Danielle Ingalls and her husband, Kyle, Shawn Lawson and his wife, Christi, and Kevin Lawson; by her great-grandchildren: Emma and Nora Ingalls, and Scarlet Lawson; by her special niece Elaine Collins, who was loved like a daughter and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg, and by their children; by her brother Donald Cutting of Irasburg; by her sisters: Mary Corbett of Middlebury, Florence Stowell, and her husband, Clayton Jr., of Coventry; by her sister-in-law Nancy Newton and her husband, Edwin, of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two grandchildren: William James Lawson, and Jason Lawson; her sister-in-law Lynette Cutting; and by her brother-in-law Albert Corbett.

Friends called on Tuesday, August 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, with the Reverend Glen Saaman officiating. Interment will follow in the Coventry Cemetery. A meal will follow the burial at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church on the Quarry Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LeBlanc VETTheodore “Ted” LeBlanc

Theodore LeBlanc, also known as Ted, 70, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Middlesex Hospice Center after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Orleans on July 11, 1945, he attended schools in Vermont and graduated from Orleans High School, Class of 1965. Mr. LeBlanc served his country and was stationed in Korea for all of his military career. He moved to Connecticut after serving in the military. He worked at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut, Cuno in Meriden, Connecticut, and then he worked at Morgan Advanced Materials in Durham, Connecticut, until his death.

He was an avid fisherman and golfer with his close friend Jack Armack. He was the beloved husband of Roberta LeBlanc for 28 years.

He is survived by his father, Paul LeBlanc; his brother Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda; his sisters: Carmen LaMarche, and Paulette Riendeau; all from Vermont. He is also survived by his son Joseph LeBlanc; his stepson Michael Johnson and his wife, Jo-Ann; his stepdaughters: Lisa Hunter and her husband Leroy, and Sunde Warner and her fiancé, Joe; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who loved him dearly; and his special pet poodle Cookie.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his mother, Gertrude LeBlanc; his sister Joanne Hamel; and his brother Alan LeBlanc; all from Vermont.

He will always be loved forever, and missed by his family and friends.

Family and friends called at the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home in Meriden, on Tuesday, August 25. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to Midstate Medical Center Oncology, 455 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451 or to the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, care of Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457.

 

obit MaxhamJay Alan Maxham

Jay Alan Maxham, 79, died on August 17, 2015, at home, in Barton, after a period of failing health.

He was born on January 20, 1936, the youngest child and only son of Charles Jay Maxham Jr., and Tonette Elizabeth “Betty” Nelson.

He was raised on Elm Valley Farm in Pomfret, where he learned to love animals and people. Growing up he exhibited Jersey cattle at Rutland Fair, Tunbridge Fair, and Champlain Valley Exposition, while working on the family farm.

On June 13, 1954, he married Nancy Louise Tierney, and they recently celebrated their sixty-first anniversary. Following the death of his father he took over the farm in Pomfret and moved the herd to Johnson, renaming the farm JAM Holstein Farm. He also farmed in Ryegate, Groton, Barnet, and Morrisville, before finally ending up back in Johnson where he finished his dairy career milking his beloved goats. After suffering a major stoke, he and his wife moved to High Street in Barton, where he quickly became a frequent sight, racing around town in his power chair, often bearing gifts of fresh vegetables or some of his wife’s pickles and relish.

Mr. Maxham was always involved in community activities, serving on many boards for many organizations, including the Northwest Holstein Club, The Northeast Kingdom Holstein Club, Vermont Holstein Club, New England Holstein Association, Jersey Cattle Club, New England Milking Shorthorn Society, Lamoille County Field Days board, Northern Farms Coop board, Extension and 4-H advisory boards, and many other organizations.

He showed dairy cattle all over New England and made several trips to the All American Jersey Show in Columbus, Ohio. He was a farming advocate and a master gardener. He even did a stint as Pound Keeper for the town of Johnson. He could always be counted on to do the jobs no one else wanted to do.

Ms. Maxham especially liked working with kids. He was a long time 4-H leader in Lamoillle County and was barn manager for the Vermont 4-H exhibit at Eastern States Exposition for many years, affecting many young lives. He always made room in his heart and home for others, sharing what he had and watching out for those in need. Over the years he and his wife opened their home to many animals and teens needing a safe place.

Many will remember Mr. Maxham as a member of the Darling and Young Sales crew, Northeast Kingdom Sales crew, or working sales for Doug Gilmore while still operating a large farm of his own. He was a very visible advocate for dairy farming whether it be the cows of his younger years or the goats he downsized to as he got older. He was a hard worker and a good friend to all.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: James Maxham, and Kim Maxham of Barton; his daughter Lori Before and her husband, Martin, of Derby; seven grandchildren: Crystal Maxham of Hyde Park, Miranda Maxham of Johnson, Alan Before of Derby, Kevin Before and his partner Mandy Aubin of Derby, Rebecca Bent and her husband, Matthew, of East Thetford, Rachel Before of Derby, and Scott Maxham of Georgia; by six great-grandchildren; and by his nephew Peter Gourley of Hartland. He is also survived by his special neighbor Rita Royer and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Jensine and Daryl Gourley; and by his nephew, Daryl John Gourley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help support the 4-H Dairy program by sending to UVM- VT 4-H Dairy fund, 655 Spear Street, Burlington, Vermont 05405 in Mr. Maxham’s name.

There was a graveside service on Monday, August 24 at the Nye Cemetery in Barton, which was followed by a meal at the New Hope Church in Brownington.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PatenaudeDaniel “Dan” Patenaude

Daniel “Dan” Patenaude, 53, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Burlington after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born on January 18, 1962, in Newport, a son of Alphonse and Yvette (Rainville) Patenaude.

On August 8, 1992, he married Rhonda Gibeault, who survives him.

Mr. Patenaude was a heavy equipment operator at Green Mountain Mulch in Derby for 25 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his family, and he was a practical joker.

Mr. Patenaude is survived by his wife, Rhonda Patenaude, of Derby; by his children: Michael Patenaude and his wife, Leslie, of Killington, Tyler Patenaude and his wife, Chelsea, of Craftsbury, and Taylor Patenaude of West Charleston; by his granddaughter Payton Daniel; a brother-in-law Tom Wilson of Chazy, New York; by Brenda “Momsie” and Bob Lepage, his mother- and father-in-law of Derby; by Roger and Beverly Gibeault, father- and mother-in-law of Westfield; and by many nieces and nephews.  His brother and sisters are Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe.

Mr. Patenaude was predeceased by his loving mother, Yvette Patenaude; his brother Michael Patenaude; and his sister Louise Wilson.

He was a very special soul who loved being around people. He touched people’s lives wherever he went. He loved spending time with his family, cousins, friends, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.  He fought a very tough battle with ALS with great courage.

Mr. Patenaude had a great support system from family, friends, and the whole community, which made him shine every day. He had some very special friends who had a big impact on his life: Randy and Kris Patten, Daryl and Kim Martin, and Stacy and Jennifer Atherton. He loved spending time with them.  He was a man who truly loved his job at Green Mountain Mulch, where he worked running all the various types of equipment.  He loved his dog Harley who used to sit beside him every morning and have coffee with him. In the end, Dan fought and won his battle against ALS.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire to make contributions in his memory, please donate to the ALS Walk Vermont for “Team Patenaude.” Contributions can be sent to Rhonda Patenaude, 2695 Beebe Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 and made payable to The ALS Association.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit SwiftHelene G. Swift

Helene G. Swift, 97, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, to Harold and Christiana (Colburn) Gustin. On June 6, 1943 she married William D. Swift, who predeceased her on July 12, 1978.

Mrs. Swift was a longtime employee of, and head teller at, the former Chittenden Bank of Newport.

She was a member of the United Church of Derby and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Stanstead, Quebec, and visiting family and friends.

She is survived by her son in-law Jack Haefeli of Albany, New York, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Beverly Haefeli and by her brother Lynas Gustin.

Calling hours start at noon and will be followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Orleans County Fair in Barton

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014.  The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014. The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The 148th Orleans County Fair will be held Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 through 23, at the Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton. Rides, animals, horse shows, food vendors, races, demo derby, floral hall vendors, and so much more! Too much information to list! See the ad in this week’s issue. For more information, visit www.orleanscountyfair.net or call (802) 525-3555

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Feds sentence Niles to 16 months

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Derick Niles, left, consults with his lawyer, Christopher Davis, at a court hearing in Newport in April 2104.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Derick Niles, left, consults with his lawyer, Christopher Davis, at a court hearing in Newport in April 2104. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 19, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

Derick J. Niles, who climbed onto his garage roof in September of 2013 while attempting to hold off an imaginary police posse, will serve 16 months in a federal correctional facility because he is an admitted drug user who carried a .360 caliber rifle up with him.

Mr. Niles, 37, of Newport, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Christina Reiss after he pled guilty earlier this year to “being an unlawful user of a controlled substance” in possession of a firearm.

Once Mr. Niles leaves prison, his sentence calls for him to serve three years of supervised release. He must submit to a drug test within 15 days of getting out of prison and at least two more tests as required by the court, according to…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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