Is the postal service shooting itself in the foot?

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The Post Office in Craftsbury Common has strange hours these days.  Residents say they are inconvenient, but the USPS says decreasing hours is the only way to keep some of these offices open. Photos by David Dudley

The Post Office in Craftsbury Common has strange hours these days. Residents say they are inconvenient, but the USPS says decreasing hours is the only way to keep some of these offices open. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

In May of 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented the Post Plan, which was devised to curb mounting debt, and prevent thousands of offices, many of them rural post offices, such as those in Greensboro Bend, Craftsbury Common, and Albany, from being shut down altogether. The USPS estimated that the plan would be up and running by September of 2014.

For many rural offices in Orleans County, the Post Plan means decreased window hours, which is affecting local businesses that depend on the Postal Service for shipping. Also, many employees have seen their hours cut, and people who work full-time are having trouble getting to the post office while it’s open.

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Conley is inducted into New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame

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Doug Conley of Glover with Dan and King, his winning free-for-all team.  Mr. Conley was recently inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame.   Photo by Tena Starr

Doug Conley of Glover with Dan and King, his winning free-for-all team. Mr. Conley was recently inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by Tena Starr

GLOVER — Doug Conley was at home in Glover, laid up with a bad back, when he got a call from his friend Jake Randall, who was at what’s called the world championships for pony pulling.

Mr. Randall said: “You’ve just been inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame.”

“I thought he was lying,” Mr. Conley said.

He wasn’t. Both Mr. Randall and Mr. Conley’s wife, Judy, knew he was about to be inducted and had hoped to get him down to Massachusetts for the ceremony.

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In cross-country: Sam Brunnette wins Division I state championship

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Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday.  Photo by Christina Cotnoir

Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday. Photo by Christina Cotnoir

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

THETFORD — The North Country Union High School (NCUHS) Falcons had a strong outing at the Division I state cross-country championship in Thetford Saturday. Senior Sam Brunnette led the pack, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17:06 to become state champ.

According to Falcons Coach Chris Shaffer, Brunnette is the second Falcon to claim that spot. Daniel Webster, who won back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004, was the first.

“I knew I had a shot,” Brunnette said during a phone interview Tuesday. “I kept telling myself, if I can keep a fast pace, I’ve got a shot.”

Judging by his time, he maintained a fast pace all the way through.

“Right off the line I tried to stay in front,” Brunnette said. “For the first mile, I could hear the pack behind me. Then I pulled away. I never looked back.”

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In boys soccer: Ninth seed Hazen upsets top seeded Lake Region in overtime

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

The Hazen Union High Wildcats ended the Lake Region Rangers season Friday with a 2-1 victory in overtime. Forward Jake Gilcris scored both goals for the Wildcats, to give them the edge they needed in a messy but exciting game.

As with the Rangers’ last home game, where they defeated the Oxbow Olympians, the field was slippery, muddy, and pockmarked by cleats. To make matters more challenging, it was cold, windy, and a mist engulfed the field for most of the first half of the game. Still, fans were lined up on the hill, stretching the length of the field, finding shelter under canvas canopies and umbrellas.

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And Then There Were None at LSC November 6-9

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Pictured from left are Josh Cobb as Philip Lombard, Jacqueline Laviolette as Vera Claythorne, and Joe Galotto as William Blore.  Photo courtesy of LSC

Pictured from left are Josh Cobb as Philip Lombard, Jacqueline Laviolette as Vera Claythorne, and Joe Galotto as William Blore. Photo courtesy of LSC

Lyndon State College’s (LSC) Twilight Players will present Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery play And Then There Were None at 7:30 p.m. on November 6, 7, and 8, and at 2 p.m. on November 9, at the college’s Alexander Twilight Theater. This is the story that made Ms. Christie the best-selling novelist of all time and is read the world over in more than 50 languages.

In 1938, ten strangers are invited to a house on a remote island off the coast of Devon, England, by an unknown host. Soon after their arrival they realize that they have been lured to the island for a nefarious reason. The question then becomes, who will survive and, more importantly, who is the killer? Is it the ex-army officer, the nervous doctor, the prim spinster, the judge, the retired General, the young secretary, the police detective, the young playboy, or the butler and his wife? First produced in 1943, And Then There Were None has become one of Ms. Christie’s most popular plays, a perfect blend of suspense, intrigue and humor.

Lyndon State College’s production of And Then There Were None will feature two different female casts. One set of actresses will perform the roles of Vera Claythorne, Emily Brent and Mrs. Rogers on the Thursday and Saturday performances, and another set of actresses will perform on Friday and Sunday.

And Then There Were None is directed by Gianna Fregosi with assistant direction by Jake Machell. Set design is by Bonnie Cleverly. Lighting design is by Anjali Lapierre and technical direction is by Kyle Kurtich.

Admission is by donation, and free to LSC students.

For more information, call (802) 626-3663, e-mail gianna.fregosi@lsc.vsc.edu, or find the Twilight Players page on Facebook. — from LSC.

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Obituaries October 29, 2014

obit BaileyMarie D. Bailey

Marie D. Bailey, 77, of Island Pond died from natural causes during the early morning hours on October 22, 2014, at the home of her daughter Jennifer Hanlon, where she had lived, with her son-in-law Thomas and granddaughter May, since 2011.

Though she moved to Vermont late in her life, she always said she was proud to be a Vermonter, and especially enjoyed all things maple. She enjoyed summering with her family on the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York, and this past summer spent two very relaxing months “on the river” there with her beloved sister Judith and brother “Buzz.”

Marie Gertrude Derenberger was born on July 3, 1937, in Tracy, Minnesota. She was a daughter of Floy Mae Derenberger and William Derenberger.

The Derenberger family moved to Ogdensburg in 1940. Ms. Bailey was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Class of 1955, a graduate of St. Lawrence School of Nursing in the Class of 1958, and she received her B.A. at Plattsburgh State University.

She embarked upon her nursing career with the American Red Cross, followed by service at the Veterans Administration in Syracuse, New York, and as a school nurse in Peru, New York. She also was employed in the Ausable Valley School District for several years as a school nurse. She will be remembered by many for her gentle, compassionate spirit and her dedication to nursing and caring for those around her.

It was at Peru Central School that she met a teacher, George Arthur Bailey, of Keeseville, New York, whom she married in 1964. Though their marriage was short lived, she remained in the Keeseville area for many years, supporting her children and always opening her door to them and their friends.

She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and she enjoyed sharing recipes, cooking, and eating tasty food. She was an avid fan of the Enquirer and other tabloids, and could spend hours watching crime dramas on television. When she came to Vermont she began surfing the Internet and communicating via e-mail. She was always interested in current events on the local and national level, and always was sure to vote. She always had a strong faith in the Lord, and always found a reason to laugh and smile every day.

She is survived by four children: Jennifer and her husband, Thomas Hanlon, and granddaughter May Marie of Island Pond, Jeffrey Bailey of Keeseville, and Suzanne and her husband, Bret Leonhardt, of Kernersville, North Carolina; and by her grandchildren: Kyle, Ansley, and very specially loved grandson Seth, Sara and her husband, Jude Perkett, of Ausable Chasm, New York, and Ledge, Keene, Chasm, and Ridge. She is also survived by her siblings: William Derenberger of Moravia, New York, and Judith Derenberger of Winter Haven, Florida, along with her niece and goddaughter Cathy Giglio; and by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

She had many lifelong friends, including her beloved sister-in-law Mary Bailey of Port Kent, New York, who was like a second mother to her children. Many people often thought they were sisters or even the same person, since they were often seen with the same set of children. She also had lifelong friendships with Bernadette (Morrow) Kolonski and Barbara Wylie.

She was predeceased by her parents; her older sister Wilburna Derenberger Giglio; and by her brother Sargent LeRoy Derenberger.

During her lifetime she was referred to as “Sis” by her siblings and by those in the Ogdensburg region.

At her request, there will be no calling hours, and cremation will be provided by Curtis Britch Converse Rushford Funeral Home. An informal memorial dinner with her family will be held on November 8 in the Plattsburgh, New York, area, and the interment of her cremains will take place on Memorial Day in 2015, at the family plot in Ogdensburg, at the convenience of her family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ClapperJob Robert “Bob” Clapper

Job Robert “Bob” Clapper died on October 18, 2014, at his home in Holland, surrounded by his pets.

He was born on May 7, 1940, to Lawrence and Marianne Lathye Clapper.

He is survived by his life partner of 38 years, Rachael Pelletier; his daughter Lorri LePage; and by his son Lance Clapper. He also helped raise Rachael’s children: Kathlene Pelletier and David Pelletier. He loved those two as though they were his own. He is also survived by his brother Richard of Ausable Forks, New York.

Mr. Clapper was a Vermonter through and through. His parents had a camp on Salem and when his brother and he were growing up, they spent every summer carefree as can be, swimming and fishing. He loved to tell the stories about their always-leaky rowboats and catching baby skunks, squirrels and chipmunks, or how they used to steal their mother’s cigarettes and hide them in the woods so they could smoke them later.

All of his grandchildren were special to him, especially Sean who lived with the couple for five years before moving to Rutland with his mother. After that, along came Christopher and Josh, followed by Sara, Elizabeth, and then Amber and lastly followed by Skyler, Dillon and Deven. He had a great time with the grandchildren when they came to visit.

Mr. Clapper enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. He was a radioman on the U.S.S. Neptune and received an honorable discharge after completing his tour. After discharge, he went to work at Ethan Allen in Orleans. After nearly 20 years and working himself up to a supervisory position, he decided to return to attend college. He graduated magna cum laude from Johnson State College with a degree in elementary school education, K-8 with an additional specialization in special education. He worked for North Country Union High School in special education for a short time and decided it wasn’t for him.

Because of his involvement with special needs students, he decided to take a position with Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Services at the Group Home on the Bluffs. While working there he met a special client, Alan, and they developed a special relationship so Mr. Clapper decided to bring Alan into his and Ms. Pelletier’s home. Alan was with them through thick and thin, until Mr. Clapper was ready to retire at 62.

After retirement, he became a “house husband” and “kennel keeper” to many pets. He was especially fond of golden retrievers and did adopt several — the newest dog is Cooper, who slept with Mr. Clapper until the end. When his closest dog, Gabriel, passed, Mr. Clapper had him cremated so then when he passed, Gabe’s and his ashes could be mixed and spread together over the bridge between the two Salems.

Mr. Clapper was a volunteer for Orleans Essex Home Health for a few years. While Ms. Pelletier was involved with getting her increased education, Mr. Clapper was her typist with much gnashing of teeth because of her habit of actually cutting and pasting her papers. He never wanted to learn to use a computer, preferring a manual or electric typewriter.

As a religious man, one of his greatest wishes was to visit the holy land and he was able to do so before his health began to fail. While there, he was baptized in the Jordan River. Another great moment in his life was the day he participated in the great Cadillac parade through Barton. He was up before daylight to make sure he could get in line and managed to be number 34.

The past two years were very trying for Mr. Clapper, with one health care problem after another. We cannot wish him back, but can visualize him romping through heaven’s fields with his golden retrievers who have gone before him. He is at peace now.

Funeral services were held on October 25, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CollinsDurward P. Collins

Durward P. Collins, 89, of Westfield died suddenly on October 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1925, to Harley and Maud (Besaw) Collins.

On September 16, 1944, he married Rita Breault, who predeceased him on July 17, 2009.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

During his lifetime, he was a foreman for the Vermont Asbestos Group Mine in Lowell.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, walking and listening to country and bluegrass music.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, William Collins of Westfield, Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his son-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Pamela Niles; two grandchildren: Lisa Collins and “Little” Gerard Pion; his sister Florence Miclette; and by his brothers: Elsidor and Elroy.

Funeral services were held on October 24, in Lowell. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit durocherRichard Dennis Durocher

Richard Dennis Durocher, 53, of Vero Beach, Florida, and formerly of Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, died at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

He was born on March 27, 1961, in St. Johnsbury, son of Larry and Gloria Durocher.

He graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1979 and from Lyndon State College in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science in business.

He was a three-season athlete in high school, excelling in football, basketball, track and field, and he also played in the Lyndon Youth Baseball program for many years. As an adult, he is well known for his exceptional contributions to the Lyndon Youth Softball program, helping to lead numerous teams to state and regional competitions.

In Vermont, Mr. Durocher was employed as a territory sales merchandiser for 14 years at Hibbert & McGee out of East Barre, until his relocation with his wife, Lynn, four and a half years ago to Vero Beach.

He was a dedicated Red Cross blood donor over the last several decades. He enjoyed watching sports — an avid Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Vikings fan — golfing, motorcycle rides, family gatherings and dancing with his wife, Lynn. He took extreme pride in maintaining his home!

He his survived by his devoted wife of nine years, Lynn Daviault Durocher; his parents, Larry and Gloria Durocher; his siblings: Barbara and her husband, Maurice Chenette, Sandra and her husband, Randy Amadon, Robert and his wife, Rosemary Durocher, and Raymond and his wife, Kathleen Durocher; his sister-in-law Diane and her husband, Paul Rioux; his children: Gregory and his wife, Crystal Durocher, Eric Durocher, and Megan Durocher; his stepchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Dennis McCall, Scott and his wife, Jessica Brewer, and Benjamin and his wife, Dani Marie Brewer; his grandchildren: Sophia, Gemma, Isabella, Troy, and Jaxon; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Roger E. and Jeannette Blanchard Daviault.

Visiting hours will be held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Sunday, November 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lyndonville, on Monday, November 3, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, November 4, at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Lyndon Youth Baseball and Softball Program, care of Jon Prue, P.O. Box 1146, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the American Red Cross, Vermont and New Hampshire Region, Attention: Local Disaster Relief, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt, née Merle Ash, 94, of Glover died peacefully at the Union House in Glover on October 15, 2014.

She was born on March 11, 1920, in Sheffield, daughter of Warren and Bernice (Smith) Ash.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1938 and the University of Vermont in 1963.

She married Maurice Dutton of Brownington in 1939. He predeceased her in 1978. In 1985, she married John Vance Hewitt Jr., who died in 1997.

She taught in several schools in Burlington from 1958 until her retirement. Prior to this, she taught grammar school in the Northeast Kingdom. Following her retirement, she and Mr. Hewitt moved to Shingle Springs, California, to be with her daughter. After Mr. Hewitt’s death, she moved to Half Moon Bay, California, and from there she moved to Tampa, Florida, to live with her son Gilbert and his family, and then to John Knox. Her loving niece, Gwen Maynard, has cared for her for eight and one-half years in Glover.

She was active in CFO (Camps Farthest Out) and CFOI (CFO International). She attended many camps: Winni, New Hampshire; Silver Bay, New York (where she and Mr. Hewitt were married); Asilomar and Mount Shasta in California, among them. She had various positions in CFO and also attended JFO (Journey Farthest Out) Tahoe in Nevada. She was also active in CFOI, attending in several countries and serving on the CFOI Board.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Bradley of Shelburne, Gilbert Dutton and his wife, Bonnie, and their son Christopher and his wife, Janis, of Brandon, Florida, and Phillip Dutton of Shelburne; her sister-in-law June Winhold of Waitsfield; her niece Gwendolyn and her children: Pamela and her husband, Donald Clark, Patty Caron and her fiancé, Glenn Gage, Paula and her husband, Bill Chamberlain; her nephews and their wives: Connie Ash and Lynn Ash, Ruth and her husband, George Wells, Sandra and her husband, Hale Hemingway, MickiAnn and her husband, Ron Thomas, Tom, Ernie, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Maurice Dutton and John Hewitt; her brothers, sisters, and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Fern Ash, Ruby (Ash) Beadle, Velma (Ash) Eastman, Alice (Dutton) and her husband, Tom Emmerson, and Ernest Dutton; her parents, Warren and Beatrice Ash; and by Mr. Dutton’s parents, Gilbert and Ruth Dutton.

Interment and memorial services will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in early June.

obit LantagneJames L. Lantagne

James L. Lantagne, 36, of Newport died suddenly on October 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 2, 1978, in Newport, to Deborah Lantagne and the late Gilles Desroches.

He was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed hunting and going to the family hunting camp. He also enjoyed fishing, snowboarding, four-wheeling, kayaking, snowmobiling, listening to music, playing solitaire, joy riding and watching television which included the Discovery, History and Science channels. He was also very social and enjoyed visiting with people. He always had a smile and brought joy to all he came in contact with.

He always had a soft spot for animals. He especially loved being with family and friends and spent a lot of time with his son and grandmother.

He is survived by his son Nicholas Lantagne; his mother, Deborah Glodgett; his step-dad, Terry Glodgett; his grandmother Esther Lantagne; his companion, Melissa Stone, and her two sons: Bruce Stone III and Nicholas Stone; his siblings: Michelle Desroches and her companion, David Walker, Pamela Bedard and Dan Bedard, Cindy Dodds and her husband, Brian, Carmen Flynn and her husband, Kurk, Jane Perry and her husband, Leroy, Andrew Desroches and his wife, Jennifer, Ted Glodgett and his wife, Renee, John Glodgett and his wife, Tracy, Joey Glodgett and his wife, Alicia, and Steve Glodgett and his girlfriend, Lisa; his aunts and uncles: Gary and Adalene Lantagne, Rock and Judy Desroches, Jocelyne and Terry Gage, and Raymonde Mayhew; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins; and by the mother of Nicholas, Michelle Carbonneau.

He was predeceased by his father, Gilles Desroches; his grandfather Aristide Lantagne; and his best friend, Nicholas Blay.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 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 the American Red Cross, Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Ave, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3323; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MurrayJoshua R. Murray

Joshua R. Murray, 29, of Newport died on October 20, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on December 31, 1984, in Newport, to Margaret Murray and Alan Shaw.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the Class of 2003.

He was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport.

He enjoyed playing magic, basketball, and anything with superheroes, especially Superman and Captain America. He was given an honorary black belt in tae kwon do.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy Murray, of Barton, and her boyfriend, Gene Rollins, of Barton; his brother John M. Baxter and his wife, Liz, of Watertown, New York; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 31, with Robert Trombly officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Margaret Murray, 327 Main Street #5, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PattenGlen M. Patten

Glen M. Patten, 59, of Derby died on October 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 8, 1955, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Jeannette (Rice) Patten and the late Kenneth Patten.

On January 26, 1973, he married Sharon Percy, who survives him.

He was owner and operator of Glen Patten Trucking Co.

His hobbies included playing chess, risk, going to auctions, antiquing, and talking politics.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Patten, of Derby; his children: Tammy Patten and her fiancé, Tracey Lamoureux, of Derby Line, Chad Patten and his wife, Renee, of Derby, Jeremiah Patten of Derby, and Adam Patten and his wife, Tara, of Derby; his mother, Jeannette Patten, of Coventry; his grandchildren: Nicholas Giroux, Hailey Lamoureux, Celina Patten, Ava Patten, Kayla and Isaiah Patten, Bailey Cloney, Caitlin and Treyton Patten, Austin Lamoureux, and Kirstein Lamoureux; his brothers: Keith Patten of Brownington, and Randy Patten and his wife, Christine, of Newport; his sisters: Nadine Cray and her husband, Robert, of Ohio, Terri Ryan and her husband, Frank, of Coventry, April Blake of Coventry, and Fern Wright and her husband, Byron, of Derby; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, Stewart Patten; and by his father, Kenneth Patten.

Funeral services were held on October 20, in Morgan. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit reedWalter E. Reed

Walter E. Reed, 76, of West Addison died on October 27, 2014, in Middlebury.

He was born in West Addison on February 28, 1938, the son of Charles Edward and Audrey (Wells) Reed.

He attended school in Addison before graduating from the St. Johnsbury Trade Academy in 1956.

In 1958, he married Margaret Bearor.

He was employed on the family farm before starting his own bulk milk hauling business, which he operated for many years. In later years, he worked for the Agency of Transportation and retired in 2012.

He was a past member of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department and a 35-year member of the Morning Sun Masonic Lodge in Bridport. He was also a member of the West Addison Methodist Church.

Mr. Reed loved his family above all; he enjoyed summer cookouts and holidays with his family. His true passion was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle; he was known to say he was going “around the block” and end up in Newport. He loved Tootsie Pops, going to Goodie’s for ice cream, and going to the King’s Inn for supper with family and friends. He loved a good party and was a genuinely fun-loving man.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of West Addison; two sons: Walter II and his wife, Joan, of West Ferrisburgh, and Todd and his wife, Dawn, of West Addison; his grandchildren: Kevin and his wife, Lindsey, Christopher and his wife, Erin, Kelsey and her husband, Kevin Bradford, and Jade and his friend, Emily; his great-grandchildren: Colton, Logan, Cooper, Eva, Kolby, Colin, and Joleigh; one great-granddaughter soon to be born; his brother Robert and his wife, Christine, of Orleans; his cat Harley; and by his best friend, Millard Flint, and his wife, Joan.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Anne; and by his sister Carole.

A memorial service will be held at the West Addison Methodist Church on Thursday, October 30, at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following in the Lake View Cemetery in West Addison. The Reverend Jill Robinson will officiate. Visiting hours will be held at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury on October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Addison Volunteer Fire Department, 811 Route 22A, Vergennes, Vermont 05491

Ride safe, Dad.

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Are hops making a comeback in Vermont?

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Local hops cones growing at Parker Pie in West Glover.  Photos by Aaron Dentel-Post

Local hops cones growing at Parker Pie in West Glover. Photos by Aaron Dentel-Post

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by Aaron Dentel-Post

In 1850, Vermont grew 8.2 percent of the nation’s hops, with Orleans County accounting for 77,605 pounds of the crop a year. The crop was so important that children were taken out of school at harvest time, and men took time off from their regular jobs.

But it was the women, according to Kurt Staudter, executive director of the Vermont Brewers Association and author of Vermont Beer, who were paid the most because they were gentler when picking the easily bruised cones of the plant.

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Safe Haven — a home for unwanted horses

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by Tena Starr

HOLLAND — Tara Girard has taken in 17 horses this year, all of them horses that someone else didn’t want anymore, or at least couldn’t afford. Of the ten harbored by Safe Haven Farm right now, she said that she only bought one, and he was a hard luck case, too.

The little Morgan had a concussion and a dislocated tail. She calls him “a bought rescue.”

She’s had a few of those.

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In boys soccer: Rangers shut out Olympians 5-0, advance in playoffs

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Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians' loss to the Rangers  Tuesday.  Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell's heels.  Photos by David Dudley

Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians’ loss to the Rangers Tuesday. Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell’s heels. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

The Lake Region Rangers were in full force against the visiting Oxbow Olympians Tuesday afternoon. The pitch was sloppy after soaking up two days’ worth of a steady drizzle, which still persisted at kickoff. But that didn’t stop the Rangers from going hard for their first post-season victory, defeating the Olympians 5-0.

Riley Urie, who would go on to kick for a hat trick, scored the Rangers first goal 44 seconds into the game. And from there they never looked back.

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In girls soccer: Falcons blank visiting Rebels 1-0

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in.  Photos by David Dudley

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The South Burlington High School Rebels traveled to Newport to play the North Country Union High School Falcons Friday. A single goal determined the winner of this hard-fought match, as the Falcons pulled off an impressive 1-0 win on their home pitch.

Dehlia Wright scored the game’s only goal with 13:54 left in the first half, leaving the burden to score on the Rebels for the remainder of the game.

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