Royal Lipizzan Stallions to perform at fairgrounds

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Madeline McCoy, with her mother, Amy McCoy, and sister Sophie, pet an off duty Lipizzan in Barton Sunday.  Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will return for more shows later this month.  Photo by Micaela Bedell

Madeline McCoy, with her mother, Amy McCoy, and sister Sophie, pet an off duty Lipizzan in Barton Sunday. Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will return for more shows later this month. Photo by Micaela Bedell

The Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform at the Orleans County fairgrounds in Barton, from Friday, August 1, to Sunday, August 3, and again from Friday, August 8, to Sunday, August 10.

The horses will be stabled at the fairgrounds. This is a rare opportunity to see these majestic equines perform.

Back in the days of sword-and-armor battle, horses were used as partners and soldiers in arms. One of the highest esteemed of the war horse breeds was the Lipizzan. Founded in the sixteenth century and used by Austrian forces, the breed was tailor made to have a born-in desire and athleticism to jump, leap, and kick their way through enemy lines. The historic rescue of the breed by General Patton during World War II is the only reason these horses still exist today. Thanks to the Herrmann family, the ancestors of those original horses are in the United States and perform the same maneuvers that were used in battle and are displayed to this day at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

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Obituaries July 30, 2014

obit bean BeanNiles A. L. “Sonny” Bean

Niles A. L. “Sonny” Bean, 81, of North Troy died suddenly on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 31, 1933, in Newport, to Niles and Constance (Rocheleau) Bean.

On October 13, 1956, he married Yolande Roberts, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a lineman for Citizens Utilities, from where he retired after 37 years of service.

Mr. Bean was a member of the North Troy American Legion Post #28 and the NRA. He loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and watching the birds come to his feeders.

He loved watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play sports and he followed their progress at award ceremonies for all sports as well as academics.

He is survived by his wife Yolande Bean of North Troy; his children: Robin Hamel of North Troy, Tina Pare and her husband, Michael, of Wyoming, Julie Healy and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Kim Cole of Derby; his grandchildren: Josh and Travis Bean, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chaveze and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Courtney and Justin Healy, and Tabitha Cole; his sisters: Noami Chaffee, and Joyce Pray and her husband, Ronald; his sister-in-law Judy Bean; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Norman Bean.

Funeral services were held on July 28, in North Troy. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Paint Fund, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KinersonLucille M. Kinerson

Lucille M. Kinerson, 82, of Irasburg died on July 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 9, 1931, in Sheldon, to Albert and Ida (Jutras) Menard.

She was a supervisor for housekeeping at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for many years.

She enjoyed her family and family gatherings. She loved to watch the Red Sox.

She is survived by her children: Michelle McCormick and her husband, Mac, of Barton, Jeff Roy of Irasburg, and James Roy and his wife, Susan, of Fairfax; her grandchildren: Amy and Steph of Warren, Chad and Amanda of Coventry, Brian and Karen of Orleans, Andrew and Michael of Montpelier, and Zachary and Michael of Fairfax; her great-grandchildren: Christopher, Keaton, Maggie, Graydon, and Bryce; her siblings: Gerald Menard of California, Daniel Menard of Fairfield, Ruth Brousseau of California, Hortence Vanslette of Highgate, and Anita Paradee of Enosburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons: Stephen and Larry; two brothers: Furman and Pete; and by two sisters: Marion and Minnie.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Enosburg. Interment followed in St. John’s Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LucasKaren Jayne Lucas

Karen Jayne Lucas, 57, died suddenly on July 26, 2014, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on May 22, 1957, in Newport, to Stella Lorimer and Clive “Henry” McCormick.

She was a kind, caring, and selfless woman. Filled with compassion and kindness, she touched those around her. There is nothing she would not do for someone. Her generosity extended beyond those she knew and loved.

Her heart was full of love for her grandchildren. She loved watching her granddaughter Zoe perform. She was there opening night of Oliver and was blown away by how her beautiful granddaughter graced the stage.

She was so proud of the hardworking young man Andrew is becoming. She looked forward to the afternoons that she would sit and watch him mow her lawn then enjoy take out from China Moon.

She was Logan’s biggest fan at all his sporting events, always bragging about his athletic accomplishments and abilities.

She enjoyed taking her youngest grandchild, Lila, “shopping, shopping, shopping!”

Unlike so many in this world, she gave more than she took. We should all strive to make the world a kinder, more happy place, the way Ms. Lucas did.

She will be deeply missed by her co-workers at Revision.

She was a friend everyone wished they could have.

She is survived by two children: Rhonda Lucas of Derby Line, and Sara Merrill and her husband, Randy, of West Charleston; her siblings: John Wilson and his wife, Janis, of Newport, Joy Wallace and her husband, Danny, of Ontario, Canada, Dawn Perry and her husband, Kevin, of Derby, Danny and Kevin McCormick, both of Goshen, New Hampshire, and Terry McCormick of Swanzey, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Janice Keet in 2001.

Her spirit is carried on by two daughters, four wonderful grandchildren and six siblings. She will be reunited with her father, mother, and sister Janice.

In life she was an example of what humanity can be and with her passing we must all spread kindness and love.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARonald Baker McKenny

Ronald Baker McKenny, 75, died on July 25, 2014, in Newport, following a long illness.

Son of Gordon and Dorothy (Baker) McKenny, he was born in Newport on October 30, 1938, and attended Newport schools. Upon graduation in 1956, he attended Tilton School, Mitchell College and the University of Vermont before joining the Vermont Air National Guard in 1962. After his training, he joined the two-family business of CS Emery & Company, Customs Brokers on the northern Vermont border.

In 1964, he married Sandra L. Haselton and they raised their family in Newport, where they lived together for most of their 49-year marriage.

Mr. McKenny was probably the longest continuous member of the Newport Country Club (NCC), from 1952 to 2013.

He was a young teenager when he began his lifelong love/hate relationship with the game of golf. As an adult, he served on the NCC board of directors and as president during the clubhouse reconstruction in 1993. He was honored in 2010, when they named him to NCC’s honor roll.

One of his favorite days of the year was the NCC Family Day, an annual golf tournament that was played every July Fourth. The original McKenny Team grew to an extended group of 15 to 20 “family” members over the years. He enjoyed the countless hours organizing the group, making sure that each of the family teams was balanced and fair.

In addition to being a golfer, he loved a great book and was a voracious reader. He read several novels each week and had previously been a trustee and board of director president of the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport for many years.

He was an avid and devoted Red Sox fan, going as far as listening to games on the radio while fishing and then later finishing up watching it at home on television after the fish were caught (or not!). Throughout his life he alternately cheered and lamented their annual journey toward the pennant race.

He possessed a great sense of humor and unique style of writing. He wrote many letters and later e-mails to newspapers, friends and family, always open and honest with a flair that was enjoyed by all.

Family was of utmost importance to him. Some of the highlights of his later life were the visits from his twin granddaughters. When they weren’t badgering him to read to them, they were beating him at cards. Rummy was a particular favorite. Annual trips with family and lifelong friends to the Wells Beach area of Maine for lobsters and steamers was the highlight of every summer, and was a tradition that he always looked forward to.

Upon Mr. McKenny’s retirement in 1993, he and his wife spent their winter months in Vero Beach, Florida, making many new friends, and enjoying the sunshine and new golf partners.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his daughters: Heather Menard and her wife, Sara LaBarre, of Milton, and Alicia Hanrahan and her husband, Doug, and their children: Serena and Bailey of Randolph; his brother Douglas McKenny and his wife, Sara, of Newport Town; his sister-in-law Jean McKenny of Derby; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Stanley McKenny.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in his memory to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Junior Golf Program at the Newport Country Club, 590 Mount Vernon Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit St. OngeMichael S. St. Onge

Michael S. St. Onge, 40, of Brockton, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, he was son of Joseph R. St. Onge of Lowell and Margaret A. (Turcotte) St. Onge of Brockton.

Michael was raised in Brockton and moved to Lowell at the age of 15. A graduate of North Country High School in Newport, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Brockton area and when living in Vermont was a chef at Hidden Country Restaurant for 15 years.

He was a very outgoing man who was friendly and kind with everyone. He was an outdoorsman who loved skiing, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

He was the brother of Rhonda Emmons and her husband, Robert, of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Mark St. Onge of Lowell, and Aimee St. Onge-Fadli and her husband, Azeddine, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He also leaves four nieces and nephews: Olivia and Jason Emmons and Amani and Amir Fadli.

A celebration of life was held in Brockton on July 24.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02130; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148.

Online condolences at www.conleyfuneralhome.com.

obit TetreaultGeorgette E. Tetreault

Georgette E. Tetreault, 84, of Derby died peacefully on July 26, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on August 12, 1929, in Newport, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1947.

Ms. Tetreault worked many years as a dental assistant in the area, which was very rewarding since she enjoyed meeting and helping people.

Her main joys in life were her children, family, and friends whom she kept close her entire life. They were all cherished by her.

Her hobbies included gardening, entertaining, cross-country skiing, traveling with her friends, picking apples in the fall, and cooking for family gatherings.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy, a former member of the Ladies Alter Society, Ladies First for Breast Cancer, and Home Dem. At one time, she taught CCD classes.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Laber and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Susan Keysar and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Thomas Tetreault and his wife, Mary, of Newport Center, Margaret Derick and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Richard Tetreault and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center; her 12 grandchildren; her 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Norbert Lessard and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Sister Henriette Lessard of Littleton, New Hampshire, Eleanor Test and her husband, Gene, of Florida, and Jeannine Lessard of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers: Paul, Dominique, John, Philip, and Jules Lessard; and by two sisters: Laurence Lessard and Rita (Sister Rose Helen).

Friends may call on Friday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 1, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ladies Alter Society, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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James L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, formerly of Derby, died on July 27, 2014, in Glover.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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Wayne Badger

A graveside service for Wayne Badger will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 1, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with full military honors.

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In boys AAU basketball: Orleans County Challengers go to the nationals

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Pictured are the Orleans County Challengers.  In the back row, from left to right, are: Shelly Lanou, Priscilla Stebenne, Isaiah Braithwaite, Ajay Warner, Drew Drageset, Dalton Gentley, Evan Inkel, and Albert Stebenne.  In the front are:  Matthew Menard, Braydon Leach, Landyn Leach, Dillon Stebbins, and Connor Lanou.  Photo courtesy of Martha Braithwaite

Pictured are the Orleans County Challengers. In the back row, from left to right, are: Shelly Lanou, Priscilla Stebenne, Isaiah Braithwaite, Ajay Warner, Drew Drageset, Dalton Gentley, Evan Inkel, and Albert Stebenne. In the front are: Matthew Menard, Braydon Leach, Landyn Leach, Dillon Stebbins, and Connor Lanou. Photo courtesy of Martha Braithwaite

copyright the Chronicle July 23, 2014

by Isaiah Braithwaite

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — We are the Orleans County Challengers. Players from Glover, Irasburg, Albany, Orleans and Derby compete for us. We got together for our first practice in March after our junior high basketball season ended. Despite being competitors just days before, we all immediately got along. Not only playing basketball but off the court, too, we were all friends before teammates.

It was obvious in our first game, that in Vermont, we would be a force to be reckoned with, scoring 79 points in our first game together. After four tournaments, with four games in each one, we were champions — we hadn’t lost a single game.

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Team Accura wins women’s ASA softball championship in Newport

Team Accura, 2014 ASA women's softball champs. In the top row, from left to right, are:  Lori Shepard, Angela Wheatley, Erika George, Kelly Fournier, Darci Graves, Michelle Downer, Karen Safford, Markie Delude. In the bottom row are:  Karine Marineau, Kelly Carbo, Allison Plante, Lyndsey Lowe, Amanda Thompson, and Jen Estevil with honorary captain, Gary Carey pictured at center.  Photo by David Dudley

Team Accura, 2014 ASA women’s softball champs. In the top row, from left to right, are: Lori Shepard, Angela Wheatley, Erika George, Kelly Fournier, Darci Graves, Michelle Downer, Karen Safford, Markie Delude. In the bottom row are: Karine Marineau, Kelly Carbo, Allison Plante, Lyndsey Lowe, Amanda Thompson, and Jen Estevil with honorary captain, Gary Carey pictured at center. Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle July 23, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — In a thriller, team Accura Printing edged out defending champs, the Paquette Builders, to win the ASA (Amateur Softball Association) softball championship Sunday.

Though Paquette jumped out to a huge lead, scoring eight runs through the first four innings of play, they went scoreless through the four innings that followed.

The second inning was an especially long one for Accura, led by coach Lori Shepard, as they watched the Paquette Builders build an intimidating early lead. But Accura didn’t lose their composure, and they hung in there to mount an admirable comeback.

“Paquette started pounding the ball,” said Ms. Shepard. “Their bats were on fire right out of the gate.”

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Safety and traffic lead AnC Bio Act 250 concerns

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A rendering of what the AnC Bio plant would look like from Lake Memphremagog.

A rendering of what the AnC Bio plant would look like from Lake Memphremagog.

copyright the Chronicle July 23, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The AnC Bio facility started down the road to Act 250 approval Monday with a site visit from members of the District #7 Environmental Commission and an initial hearing.

Despite wide interest in the project and questions from neighbors of the biotech facility slated to be built at the site of the old Bogner plant, few Newport residents attended the hearing. Nor were there any representatives of state agencies present, aside from those working for the environmental commission.

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Obituaries July 23, 2014

obit BergeronGertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron

Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron, 95, of North Troy died on July 17, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1919, in Bennington, to Levi and Veda (McWain) Tifft.

On October 4, 1958, she married Clovis Bergeron, who survives her.

She was a fabulous cook, and she enjoyed knitting and putting puzzles together.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her husband Clovis Bergeron of North Troy; her children: Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas, and Kenneth Bergeron Sr. and his wife, Denise, of Derby; 21 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was married to her first husband, Robert Handy, on October 15, 1937. He predeceased her on August 13, 1957. She was also predeceased by her son Louis Handy; her brothers: Kenneth and Carroll Tifft; and by her sister Helen Gillis.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at the Troy Village Cemetery with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Helen L. Corliss

Helen L. Corliss, 74, of Island Pond died on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on August 16, 1939, in Portland, Maine. She was raised by Joseph and Bernice Daniels of Island Pond. She graduated from Brighton High School.

She was employed by Columbia Forest Products, where she retired after 39 years of work, in 2001.

She enjoyed Red Sox baseball, bowling, and she was an avid reader.

Surviving relatives are many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Joseph and Bernice Daniels; her sister Roena Daniels Gray; her brother-in-law Sonny Gray; her biological sister Florence Mancini; and by her lifelong friends: Marilyn Page and Sheila Joyal.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit farrowDavid L. Farrow

David L. Farrow, 67, of Canton, Massachusetts, formerly of Newport, died on July 5, 2014.

He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was the son of the late Martha (Davis) Fedele and stepson of the late Anthony “Tony” Fedele; beloved husband of Martina (Fahy); father of Robert A. and his wife, Missy, of Franklin, Massachusetts, David L. Jr. and his wife, Tracy, of Norwood, Massachusetts, Deborah Mancuso and her husband, Eric, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Mary E. Ambroceo and her husband, Bobby, of Walpole, Massachusetts; and grandfather to his ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Nancy L. Fedele of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and his brother Mark Fedele of Greenbelt, Maryland.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church in Canton on July 10. Burial was at Canton Corner Cemetery with full military honors.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher, 73, of Albany died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1941, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Robert and Marion (Fortunado) Visconti.

She graduated from Medford High School in Medford.

She married Mark Hornbacher, who survives her.

Among her interests, she enjoyed listening to music, gardening, and art.

She is survived by her husband Mark Hornbacher of Albany; her children: Joseph Curnane of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Corinne McDonald and her husband, Michael, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Kathleen Parkinson and her husband, Gerald, of Graylakes, Illinois; her eight grandchildren; and by two sisters: Janet Bohlin of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Roberta Cardello of Medford.

She was predeceased by her son Robert Curnane on October 25, 2010.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RouthierMadeleine Carmen Routhier

Madeleine Carmen Routhier, 89, of Troy died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born at home on December 22, 1924, in Stanhope, Quebec, to Joseph and Bertha (Crete) Routhier.

She attended and graduated from Poestation Convent of Mary also in Stanhope.

She was a housekeeper for the late Dr. Mosher, Mrs. Needleman, and Mrs. Hope. She also did housekeeping for the church.

She always had a big smile and giving personality.

Her hobbies included ice-skating, skiing, riding draft horses, and love of animals. She also enjoyed listening to hockey games on the radio and eating Chinese food. She loved her family and friends.

She is survived by two brothers: Bernard Routhier and his wife, Angel, of Shelburne, and Maurice Routhier and his companion, France, of Florida; her two sisters: Marie-Ange Sage of Shelburne, and Rejeanne McAllister and her husband, Arnold, of Lowell; her sister-in-law Helen Routhier; her good friends: Madeleine Morrisette and Aurore Morin, both of Troy; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Luciene, Camille, Conrad, Valmore, Lucienne Lamoureux, Marie-Paule Columbe, and Lorraine Routhier.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on August 9, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be at St. Edmond’s Cemetery in Coaticook, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit searsRaymond A. Sears Sr.

Raymond “Ray Sears” A. Sears Sr. of Knoxville, Tennessee, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, died on July 3, 2014.

He was the essence of a Tennessee Volunteer, and a loyal and trusted friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was a “Ramblin’ Wreck,” dyed-in-the-wool U.S. Marine, and always the challenger who asked for more and better, whenever and wherever it was needed.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 29, 1928, Mr. Sears never quite lost his New York attitude. His mother, Margaret Callahan Sears, was first generation Irish and his father, Andrew M. Sears, hailed from Brooklyn. As a master plumber, Andrew’s work took him from New York to Birmingham, Alabama, where he was recruited to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project. Margaret also worked in the facility while Ray and his sister, Marilyn I. Sears, attended Oak Ridge High School (1944-1948).

His nickname was “Red” on the high school football team. His father, mother, and sister pre-deceased him.

Directly after graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1946, at the age 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and began a 42-year career where he earned several medals: the Good Conduct Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, in service to his country.

He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He was the project manager for the A6E-Intruder when he worked at Grumman Aircraft on Long Island, New York. Over the years, he worked on the F18, A10 and other jets at various corporations. In 1993, he retired from General Electric in Knoxville.

His commitment to volunteering as coach, Bingo caller, chaperone, genealogist for his family and also as a researcher for the East Tennessee Historical Society exemplified his generous spirit of giving. He is known throughout the state of Tennessee as a gifted genealogist serving as assistant editor of Tennessee Ancestors and researching contributor to First Families of Tennessee. The latest genealogical goal he achieved was the completion of his own Sears family tree, proving ancestry back to the American Revolutionary War.

He is survived by his wife Helen Keough Sears; his children: Patricia M. Sears and her husband, Steven Mason, Andrea C. Winter and her husband, Michael, Marilyn A. Swyers and her husband, Peter, Raymond A. Sears Jr., and his wife, Karla, and Timothy F. Sears and his wife, Kimberley, and their mother, Kathryn C. Sears; his grandchildren: Michael Claudio, Lauren Claudio, Justin Mason, Courtney Miernicki and her husband, Christopher, Sarah Swyers Parker and her husbamd, Brett, Melissa Pischl and her husband, Dan, Caitlin Winter, Zachary Winter, Matthew Sears, Timothy Winter, Riley Sears, Mallory Sears, Rhys Sears, Andrew Sears, and Liam Sears; his great-grandchildren: Christopher Miernicki III, Lucas Pischl, Michael Miernicki, and Eleanor Parker; Helen’s children: William S. Weathers Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Frank E. Weathers and his wife, Julienne, and Katherine G. Weathers; Helen’s grandchildren: Martin Weathers, Nathan Weathers, Emily Weathers, and Scott Weathers; and his sisters-in-law: Peggy Reich, Mary Whittemore and her husband, Terry, and Frances Guy and her husband, James.

Extremely patriotic in thought, word and deed, he requested his burial at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville.

While the world is different with Ray Sears passing away, through his family and friends there is a legacy of so many who have been touched and whose lives will carry on his spirit and his energy. Semper Fi.

Services were held on July 9.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901, or through www.easttnhistory.org; or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Random Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Random, Pennsylvania 19087, or through www.theaftd.org.

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Oliver! at the Haskell over two weekends

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Pictured are just some of the cast members of QNEK’s upcoming Oliver!  In the top row, from left to right, are: John Young, Brandi Ong, Brian McCrae, Eli Moore, Marc Lamontagne, John Young, and Molly Moore.  In the middle row, from left, are: Emily Wilkie, Marc Lamontage, and Molly Moore.  In the bottom row, from left, are: Eli Moore, John Young, Emily Wilkie, John Young, and Brandi Ong.  Photo courtesy of QNEK Productions

Pictured are just some of the cast members of QNEK’s upcoming Oliver! In the top row, from left to right, are: John Young, Brandi Ong, Brian McCrae, Eli Moore, Marc Lamontagne, John Young, and Molly Moore. In the middle row, from left, are: Emily Wilkie, Marc Lamontage, and Molly Moore. In the bottom row, from left, are: Eli Moore, John Young, Emily Wilkie, John Young, and Brandi Ong. Photo courtesy of QNEK Productions

QNEK Productions will present the musical Oliver! at the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line on July 25, 26, 27 and August 1, 2, and 3, with a production that is sure to excite and capture the hearts of all ages.

The curtain rises on Fridays at 7:30 p.m, Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets and information are available by calling the QNEK Box Office at 334-2216, by visiting qnek.com, or the MAC Center on Main Street in Newport, or by advance purchase online or by phone at catamountarts.org and the Catamount Arts Box Office at 1-888-757-5559.

In the current trend-driven world of story telling, people can count on a classic to refresh and satisfy the taste for powerful and thought-provoking drama. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is such a tale. Published in 1938, this timeless story follows the pure-hearted orphan Oliver on a quest for hope and belonging, love and family. From the harsh cruelty of workhouse child labor, through the savage criminal underworld of Victorian London, Oliver’s indomitably kind spirit leads him to the gentle and comforting home of his loving grandfather, for a fairy-tale ending that he truly deserves. — submitted by Phil Gosselin.

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Vermont leads nation in sugarmaking again

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Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle July 16, 2014 

by Natalie Hormilla

Vermont again led the nation in maple syrup production in 2014, according to a report by the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Vermont’s total production for this year was 1,320,000 gallons, about 42 percent of the total U.S. production of 3,167,000.

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At Newport Aquafest: A selfie with an iguana?

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Jeffrey Stuart of Manchester, Connecticut, gets a strong start for the ten-mile Kingdom Swim.  His butterfly stroke earned him first place in the annual open water race, which was held as part of Newport’s Aquafest, in Lake Memphremagog.  Mr. Stuart finished in four hours, 20 minutes, and 17 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Cole Gindhart, of Cibolo, Texas.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Jeffrey Stuart of Manchester, Connecticut, gets a strong start for the ten-mile Kingdom Swim. His butterfly stroke earned him first place in the annual open water race, which was held as part of Newport’s Aquafest, in Lake Memphremagog. Mr. Stuart finished in four hours, 20 minutes, and 17 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Cole Gindhart, of Cibolo, Texas. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle July 16, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The weather was kind to Newport this weekend, and people enthusiastically turned out for the city’s Aquafest. A celebration of life on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, the event is in its fifth year since its revival in 2009.

The traditional events associated with the festival, such as the Kingdom Swim and the Swimmers and Pet Parade, were included in the festivities with a few tweaks to keep them fresh.

While Newport’s Main Street was closed off for the parade and a street dance Friday evening, the entire city was open for business Sunday.

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Obituaries July 16, 2014

obit HuntIsaac Jacob Hunt

Isaac Jacob Hunt, 35, of Derby died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

He was born in Newport on April 24, 1979, and he grew up in Island Pond. He attended North Country Union High School.

He was a carpenter by trade for 17 years.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed stock car racing, watching the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, and watching the New York Giants. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children.

He is survived by his two children: Nicholas and Logan Hunt; the boys’ mother, Barbie Corey; his mother, Linda (Hunt) Davis; his father, Eugene Hunt; his stepmother, Sherry Hunt; his two siblings: David Hunt and his fiancée, Rebecca Brown, and Mary Hunt and her significant other, Ernest Hinton; his two half-siblings: Robert Knox and Megan Knox and her significant other, Levi Audet; and by many extended family members.

Services were held on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Isaac Hunt Memorial Fund at Passumpsic Savings Bank, to support Mr. Hunt’s childrens’ education.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

obit LordThomas W. Lord

Thomas W. Lord, 75, of Barton died on July 7, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1939, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to George and Mary (Thompson) Lord.

On October 14, 1985, he married the former Linda James, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Dalghren 12.

He was employed by Grossman’s Lumber Sales, where he retired after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the Barton Senior Center, and he was an avid golfer. He held membership with the Barton American Legion Post #76.

Mr. Lord loved all sports, especially the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed going to the casinos up and down the east coast. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf and bowling over the years. He loved family visits and he loved to watch NASCAR; his favorite driver was Tony Stewart. He enjoyed the companionship of his different cats over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda Lord of Barton; his children: Jay Touzin and his wife, Jessica Simoneau, Kerry Touzin, Leo Touzin, and Steve Touzin; his grandchildren: Dylan, Shyanna, Trey, Riley and Ethan; his sister Janet Blizzard; his sisters-in-law: Karen Lavsier, Barbara Hague, and Bernie Bourgue; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Lord.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SogoloffLeonard M. Sogoloff

Leonard M. Sogoloff, the owner and founder of “Lennie’s on the Turnpike,” the iconic North Shore, Massachusetts, jazz club that introduced Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and an aspiring young comic named Jay Leno to local audiences, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Devereux House in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was 90.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Ann (Raby) Sogoloff, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, he was son of the late Samuel and Sonia (Sandler) Sogoloff, immigrants from Russia. He attended Peabody schools and was a graduate of Peabody High School Class of 1941. He briefly studied art at Boston University, before enlisting in the Army. He proudly served his country during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946.

He returned home to Peabody, and became a record salesman for Columbia Records. In 1951, he joined a friend, to open The Turnpike Club, a roadside bar on Route 1 North in West Peabody, Massachusetts. From a young age, he had a passion for jazz. He stocked the jukebox with the hottest artists of the era.

Two years later, he bought out his partner, renamed the venue “Lennie’s on the Turnpike, A Jazz Listening Room,” and introduced live music. Over the years, he brought the bespoke greatest names in jazz to the North Shore. The club became a destination, drawing audiences from throughout greater Boston, Massachusetts. The club operated until its closing in September of 1972.

Later, Mr. Sogoloff branched out by booking acts of other musical genres, such as America, Linda Rondstadt, and Bette Midler assisted by a piano player named Barry Manilow, as well as comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield and Flip Wilson.

In 1972, he hired Jay Leno, who lived in Andover, Massachusetts, to be his house comedian. It was the start of a long friendship. In 2009, as he prepared to step down as host of The Tonight Show, Mr. Leno performed at the Salem State University Speaker Series, at a benefit to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Barbara Ann Sogoloff. The event raised $100,000 for a scholarship, which now funds endowments in each of their names.

Mr. Sogoloff had previously donated his photographs and memorabilia from the club to be archived by Salem State University. He later received an honorary doctoral degree from Salem State University for enriching the cultural life of the North Shore.

After his club closed, Mr. Sogoloff worked as the manager of Empire Clothing Co. store in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, for over 20 years.

His passion for jazz never waned. In recent years, as a resident of the Devereux House nursing home, he delighted in booking local musicians to perform for residents.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all, he was the consummate family man. He took pride in the accomplishments of his children and enjoyed attending the sports games and activities of his five grandchildren.

He leaves three children: Leanne Desjardins and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Karen Gilman of Boston, and Adam Sogoloff and his wife, Janet, of Marblehead. He was the cherished grandfather to Nicole, Mathew, Jake, Bel and Maeve. He also leaves his brother Hyman Sogoloff of Peabody, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Morris Sogoloff, Rose Sogoloff, Minnie Segel, and Bertha Gross.

Memorial services were held in Salem on July 15. Burial was private.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to the Salem State University Foundation Lennie Sogoloff Scholarship, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.

Online condolences may be offered at www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.

obit WillardEverett Anson Willard

Everett Anson Willard, 94, of Orleans died on July 7, 2014, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on November 2, 1919, in Derby, to W. A. Willard and Lillian (Swanson) Willard.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1937. He then partnered with his father and brother Ernest in Derby in their Green Mountain potato, dairy, and maple enterprise.

On September 4, 1949, he married Dorothy Domina of Orleans, who survives him. In 1953, they purchased a 300-acre dairy farm in Derby, where Mr. Willard served for many years as a selectman. Additionally, he was a director of the Co-operative Insurance Companies in Middlebury from 1963 to 2006.

He was a member of the agricultural fraternity, the Grange, for nearly 80 years. He served as master of the Vermont State Grange from 1962 to 1966. He and his wife co-directed the 7th Degree of the National Grange for nine years. At the time of his death, he was an officer of Navy Grange and Kingdom Pomona Grange.

He and his family moved to Montpelier in 1968, where he was employed for 25 years by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in several positions, including director of markets. He managed the Vermont Farm Show in Barre and the Vermont building at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a Vermont Trustee Emeritus of “The Big E” at the time of his death. Throughout his career, a main focus was maintaining the Vermont name as a symbol of excellence; for this dedication, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Maple.”

Recognitions accorded to Mr. Willard include: “Friend of Agriculture” from the New England Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, in 1985; the George D. Aiken Agriculturalist of the Year, in 1986; the Vermont Farm Bureau Wallace Award, jointly with his wife, in 1993; induction into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame in Crogan, New York, in 1996; and being honored as one of the eight inaugural members of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame, in 2003.

Mr. Willard embraced community service and public speaking. Throughout his life, he served his churches as a council member, auditor, lay speaker, and as the locally renowned master chef at the annual sugar-on-snow party.

Mr. Willard was known for his beautiful gardens, which brought pleasure to passersby. He was sociable, enjoying visits with friends and dancing. He was also known for his vast repertoire of stories about local events and people and his continued interest in the ever-changing dairy and maple industries.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; four children: Dr. Alan Lothrop Willard of Kensington, Maryland, Larry Dean Willard and his wife, Terri, of White House, Tennessee, Ann Willard Sullivan and her husband, Philip, of London, England, and Dr. Sally Willard Burbank and her husband, Nathan, of Nashville, Tennessee; and by six grandchildren: Derek Kevin Willard, Seth Everett Willard, Matthew Willard Sullivan, Erik Weireter Sullivan, Steven Nathan Burbank, and Eliza Lillian Burbank. He had one surviving sister, Carolyn Willard MacLeay, of Sylmar, California.

He was predeceased by his siblings: May Willard, Charles Willard, Eleanor Durfee, Ernest Willard, and Frances Thompson.

Funeral services were held on July 11, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtis-britch.com.

Service 

Leroy N. Hastings

A committal service for Leroy N. Hastings will be held at the Brownington Village Cemetery on Saturday July 19, at 11 a.m.

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