Obituaries December 23, 2014

obit BeaudryRachel Ann Beaudry

Rachel Ann Beaudry, 57, of Mooresville, North Carolina, died on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, North Carolina.

She was born on March 11, 1957, in Newport, to the late Romeo Beaudry and Irene Lathe Beaudry.

She was an accounts payable analyst for Ingersoll Rand.

She is survived by her son Jonas Illingworth; her sisters: Yvette and Doreen Beaudry; her brothers: Lucien, Phillip, Leo, Nelson Beaudry and Theodore Lathe; her niece Gabrielle Loux; and by her nephews Ryan and Zach Beaudry.

She was predeceased by two nieces: Tina Fontaine and Tara Beaudry.

A memorial service was held on December 22, in Mooresville. Services will be held in Vermont at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.cavin-cook.com.

obit BlairAlthea Rae Carr Blair

Althea Rae Carr Blair, 67, of Island Pond died peacefully on December 10, 2014, at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 26, 1946, to Alton and Marion (Damon) Carr.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville. She was a residential counselor at the Northeast Kingdom Human Services, from where she retired in 2011.

She is survived by her children: Carmen Gunn and her partner, Robert DeLaBruere, of Island Pond, Kelly Blair of St. Johnsbury, Holly Blair and her partner, Richard Cole, of St. Johnsbury, and Sarah Blair and her partner, Kyle Lowe, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Robyn Cogle and her husband, Jason, Emma Gunn and her partner, Zack Maxwell, Corey Gunn, Zach Blair, Travis Moulton and his partner, Sierra Phillips, Sierra Moulton, Erin Brunelle, Chelsey Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Kolby Blair, and Adrianna Cole; her great-grandchildren: Kayde Maxwell and Triton Moulton; her siblings: Carolyn Burrlington of Palmer, Texas, John Carr of Poultney, Wayne Carr and his wife, Susan, of East Burke, Mike Carr and his wife, Linda, of West Burke, and Paul Carr and his wife, Sally, of Westmore; several nieces and nephews; and by special, longtime friends: Marya Wing of Island Pond, and Sue MacKay of St. Johnsbury.

A celebration of her life at a later date will be announced. A memorial tree planting will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PionRaymond A. Pion

Raymond A. Pion, 87, of Lowell died on December 17, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on April 20, 1927, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion.

On September 3, 1949, he married the former Gilberte Cabana, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the former Seguin Oil Company, from where he retired after 35 years. He also worked for Kraft Foods, farmed for 20 years, and at one time was employed by the town of Lowell. He was also a logger and hauled milk.

He and his wife enjoyed their family get-togethers. He helped his wife with the family garden and she helped him with the farm work.

He held memberships with St. Ignatius Church in Lowell and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #1157 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Gilberte Pion, of Lowell; his children: Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, of Lowell, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, of Lowell, Denise Pothier and her husband, Andreo, of Newport Center, Robert Pion and his wife, Suzy, of Lowell, and Rejean Pion and his companion, Lorieann Lewiq; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; his brother Roger Pion and his wife, Annette, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 19, in Lowell. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Church, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Biography pays heed to Governor Robinson

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Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont by Robert A. Mello. Published by the Vermont Historical Society, 2014. 450 pages with footnotes and bibliography. $34.95

Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre

Robert A. Mello is a better historian than he is a biographer. Perhaps that’s because his writing lacks the flair we look for in reading about people whose lives merit a biography. Still his recent biography of Moses Robinson and the role he played in Vermont’s formative years has arrived at a fortuitous moment.

In 1789, Vermont’s second election for governor was thrown into the Legislature as neither candidate had achieved a majority, as required by the state’s Constitution.

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In boys basketball: Rangers edged out by Vikings in OT thriller

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Austin Roberge (left) watches helplessly as Jay Cobb flies toward the hoop in the Rangers overtime loss to the Vikings Friday. Cobb led all scorers with 27 points.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge (left) watches helplessly as Jay Cobb flies toward the hoop in the Rangers overtime loss to the Vikings Friday. Cobb led all scorers with 27 points. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

LYNDON CENTER — The Lake Region Union High School Rangers were edged out on the road by the Lyndon Institute Vikings, 62-60, in an overtime thriller Friday. While Vikings senior Jay Cobb led all scorers with 27 points, it was Hunter Murray who stunned the crowd at Lyndon Center with a buzzer beater from beyond the arc to force overtime.

But in the beginning of the game, overtime wasn’t on anyone’s mind.

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VEC will seek help from FEMA for storm damage

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The heavy wet snow that stuck to trees in last week’s big snowstorm has caused power outages to continue throughout the week.   Photos by Tena Starr

The heavy wet snow that stuck to trees in last week’s big snowstorm has caused power outages to continue throughout the week. Photos by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

Orleans County got off relatively lightly in last week’s big snowstorm. Several towns received a good foot of snow on the night of Tuesday, December 9. And they got it in a hurry.

But the county was not as affected by power outages as other places in Vermont.

By Monday afternoon, the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) said that just 260 VEC members were without power. Line crews had repaired more than 35,000 outages since the storm, said spokesman Liz Gamache.

You could call last week’s storm the gift that kept on giving. After the initial mess was cleaned up, utilities warned that the heavy snow could continue to bring down trees and branches, causing more outages. And that’s just what happened.

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In Glover: Santa comes to town, in a fire truck

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Alex Young of Glover attempts to toss a miniature wreath on one of the tines of a ten-point buck painted by Lorie Seadale.  Photos by David Dudley

Alex Young of Glover attempts to toss a miniature wreath on one of the tines of a ten-point buck painted by Lorie Seadale. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

GLOVER — The fire station here was packed with children and their parents Saturday night waiting for Santa to arrive. Though Mr. Claus was late — apparently due to problems with his sled — there were still lots of things to do at the tenth annual Ride a Fire Truck with Santa, held by the Glover Volunteer Fire Department.

But nobody had to remind the children not to pout or cry. They were in the mood to make merry.

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Wellness Center fitness classes benefit oncology fund

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A variety of fitness classes to benefit the NCH oncology fund are offered at the Wellness Center in Newport during the holiday season.  Pictured is a virtual cycling class with instructor Jacques Hebert.  Photo courtesy of NCH

A variety of fitness classes to benefit the NCH oncology fund are offered at the Wellness Center in Newport during the holiday season. Pictured is a virtual cycling class with instructor Jacques Hebert. Photo courtesy of NCH

The 2014 holidays mark the seventh year North Country Hospital (NCH) in Newport has hosted a series of Wellness Center fund-raisers with the help of instructor Sharon Stewart volunteering her time for folks to get a workout on the holidays and help out the hospital’s oncology fund at the same time.

This year, additional instructors are donating their time and providing “Saturday Sweat” to benefit the NCH oncology fund every Saturday morning at 9:30. Remaining classes, with a suggested donation of $10, include yoga with Pat Shover on December 20, and Jacques’ New Year’s Party Cycle on December 27. The holiday program is also accepting non-perishable items, paper products, and toiletries for the Wellness Center food drive.

Mary Hoadley can answer any questions about the upcoming classes. She can be contacted at mhoadley@nchsi.org or 334-5566

Christmas Day fitness fusion for oncology classes by donation are set for 7 and 8 a.m. On New Year’s Day, classes are a little later, at 9 and 10 a.m. One hundred percent of donations received for the classes will benefit the hospital’s oncology fund, which in turn helps local cancer patients in need. The suggested donation per class is $10, but all contributions are welcome.

Even if a workout isn’t part of anyone’s plan on Christmas Day and January 1, contributions can be made to the NCH oncology fund, by sending to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or by secure online donation at www.northcountryhospital.org.

For more information, contact the hospital development office at 334-4186. — from NCH.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Obituaries December 17, 2014

obit BonnellJeanne Bonnell

The saying, “When god made you, he broke the mold,” must have been written for Jeanne Bonnell, who was known by many as Jeannie B, Nana, Mom, Auntie, and Madame.

Ms. Bonnell died peacefully on Monday, December 8, 2014. She lived a fulfilling 83 years of life, spending 64 of them with her husband, Art.

They moved to the Northeast Kingdom 35 years ago, on a whim, from Montreal, Quebec, where they were both born and raised. Ms. Bonnell left a well-appointed job as the first female manager at IBM in Canada, which was something she never told people, because, to her, it was not a big deal. When moving to Newport they had no plans, no jobs, just the desire to enjoy life at an early age and to see where the cards would fall.

The cards never fell, they continued to build. Ms. Bonnell spent 27 years at the Community National Bank, where her official title was director of Community Circle, however, she was so much more than that to those she worked with: she was a mentor, a consultant, a shoulder to lean on, the funny lady at the bank, in the eyes of a child, and, quite frankly, to the adults as well.

Her grandson Evan’s post on Facebook summarizes how everyone who had the privilege of knowing Ms. Bonnell feels: “I don’t usually write these sorts of things but that lovely, spunky, funny, caring, and stubborn lady helped shape me into the man I am today. May you rest in comfort and peace and know that all of us down here thank you for everything you’ve done for us and taught us throughout your incredible journey on earth. I love you, Nana, to the end of the earth and back, and I’ll miss you dearly but know that every life you touched was that much better for you being a part of it. We’ll be seeing you, make sure you save us a seat up there ;)”.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; her son Garry and his wife, Lynda; her daughter Judy; her daughter Sandra and her husband, Walter; her granddaughter Amanda and her husband, Miguel; her grandsons: Evan, and Alex and his wife, Lauren; and her first great-grandchild, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Country Hospital Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Bonnell’s wishes were to have a gathering in the spring to celebrate her life. Details will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BrownWarren Harding Brown

Warren Harding Brown, 94, also known as “Brownie” and CB handle Brown Mouse, formerly of Island Pond, died on December 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in Newport.

He was born on November 25, 1920, in Kingman, Maine, to Walter and Mary (Nelson) Brown.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, as a paratrooper instructor.

He also marched in President Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral.

During his lifetime, he was an auto mechanic for his father-in-law, Hill’s Garage in Island Pond, Harley Blake’s garage in Barton, Brighton Garage in Island Pond, and Albert Laliberty Farm Equipment in Island Pond. He also worked for Pike Industries and Caledonia Sand and Gravel and the Canadian National Railroad as a section foreman for ten years in Island Pond.

He was an antique picker, among other trades and talents. He held membership with the American Legion Brighton Post #80 of Island Pond.

He is survived by his children: Richard Brown and his wife, Anne, of Lyndonville, and Beverly Pepin and her loving companion, George “Russ” Russell, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Brown had a dear friend, Joyce Nougeim, of St. Johnsbury, and they had a daughter, Ellen Vigeant, who resides in Lyndonville with her fiancé, Jeffrey Charron, and her children: Michael and Katherine Ruggles, and Keisha Hall. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christine Boemig and her husband, Joe, of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Boucher and her husband, Bruce, of Lyndonville; his great-grandchildren: Gabriel Kelly of Maynard, Massachusetts, Mollie Kelly of West Burke, Hillary Kelly of Laconia, Elizabeth and Lane Sanderson of Lyndonville, and Emily Sanderson of East Burke; his great-great-grandchildren: Aiden and Stella Albright of West Burke, Jacob Bigelow of East Burke, and Rebecca Sanderson of Lyndonville; the children of Beverly and Raymond Pepin: Bernie Pepin and his companion, Michele, of Island Pond, David Pepin and his wife, Heather, of Island Pond, and Michele McNally of Barre; great-grandchildren: Paige McNally, and twins Haley and Emily, all of Barre, Tyler and Dylan Pepin of Island Pond, Brayden and Farrah Pepin of Island Pond; a great-great-grandson, Mayson Pepin, of Island Pond; step-great-great-grandchildren: KK and Brent of Island Pond; a special nephew, Alden Way, of Augusta, Maine; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by twin children in the 1950s; a grandson, Richard Pepin, in 1985; and by his siblings: Adian, Donald, Earl, Paul, Beverley, DeLose Brown, Vina Cushman, and Barbara Way, all of Maine; and by his former wife of 25 years, Theo Hill Brown.

A memorial service will be held on Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80, care of Peggy Powers, P.O. Box 350, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit kittredgePreston L. Kittredge

Preston L. Kittredge, 77, of Barton died on December 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 14, 1937, in Barton, to Leigh and Beatrice (Butler) Kittredge.

He was employed for over 35 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he enjoyed many friendships he forged. He also worked many years on the family farm in Barton.

He loved to watch sports, NASCAR and his favorite driver, #88 Dale Earnhart Jr. He also enjoyed family get-togethers.

Mr. Kittredge was active in the community and was always there to bring a smile to everyone he met. His sense of humor would fill a room with laughter. He enjoyed holiday family dinners and spending time with his children and grandsons.

He is survived by his children: Keith Kittredge of Barton, John Kittredge and fiancée, Afton LeFebvre, of Irasburg, and Ann Usher and her husband, Paul, of Manchester, New Hampshire; his brother Gary Kittredge of Albany; his sisters: Dorothy Campbell of Barton, and Kathi Raymond and her husband, Slugger, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; two grandchildren: Michael and Nathan Kittredge; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 9, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 1 to 2 p.m. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LamondaVirginia Myrtle Lamonda

Virginia Myrtle Lamonda, 78, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1936, in North Troy, to George and Myrtle (Sargent) Vincent.

On February 1, 1958, she married Felix Lamonda, who predeceased her on September 9, 2004.

She was a homemaker where she enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, and baking for others. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She held membership with the VFW Auxiliary Post #798 of Newport, and the American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her children: Lawrence Lamonda of Newport, Danny Lamonda and his wife, Dianne, of Troy, Scott Lamonda of Newport, Ronnie Lamonda and his partner, John Vogt, of Newport, and Kelley Collins and her husband, Daniel, of Coventry; nine grandchildren; two step-grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; her siblings: Madeline Dingman and her husband, Darwin, of North Troy, and Maurice Vincent and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Katherine Brooks in 2014, Irene Pudvah and her husband, Meril, Florence Robert and Lawrence, Roland Felix, and Henry Vincent.

At the family’s request, a barbecue will be held at her home in the summer of 2015.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LittlePatricia Ann Quinn Little

Patricia Ann Quinn Little, 71, of Irasburg died on December 8, 2014.

She was born on October 10, 1943, at home in Island Pond, the middle child of three daughters, to June (Cilley) Quinn and Edward Quinn, both deceased.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse for the first five years of her education prior to graduating from Brighton High School in 1961. From there, she went to the Fanny Allen School of Nursing, becoming an LPN. She worked at Brightlook Hospital, Darling Inn, Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she was an emergency room nurse at North Country Hospital. She then began working with Dr. Charles Schurman as his office nurse. Dr. Richard Beloin and Dr. James Holcomb joined that practice and she continued to work with them until her retirement.

In her retirement, she worked at many local schools as the school nurse, keeping her license active. She was an integral part of Border Hoop, along with Eugene Tessier, for many years. She was serving on the board of Northern Counties Health Care, representing Island Pond Health Care, at the time of her passing. She spent many hours at her beloved Island Pond campground, swimming and caring for her niece, nephews, and grandson.

She and her husband spent many years camping at Lakeside, making many friends and looking after people. She was always the nurse.

She is survived by her husband, Stewart; her son Jason and his wife, Kathy, and their son Jacob; her sister Kay Hopkins and her children: Cyndi White and her husband, Dan, and their sons: Jordan, and Jared and his wife, Kaity, and their son Wade, and Dale Newland and his wife, Carrie, and their sons: Billy and Joey; and by her nephew Ryan and his wife, Jennie, and their son Quinn.

She was predeceased by her younger sister Donna Nutting in 2002.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Jacob Ryan Little Scholarship Fund, care of Jason Little, 113 Endicott Court, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ReidMarie Elaine Courchesne Reid

Marie Elaine Courchesne Reid, 93, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on November 14, 1921, in Derby, to Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens.

She married Leo Courchesne on October 4, 1943, and he predeceased her in 1961.

On December 21, 1974, she married Jesse Reid, who predeceased her in 1983.

In 1940, she received her teacher’s certificate from Lyndon Teachers College and in 1968 she completed her bachelor’s degree in education from Lyndon State College. She was an elementary schoolteacher whose first year was in a one-room schoolhouse on Buck’s Flat in East Charleston. In 1980, she retired from Newport Elementary School.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and St. Mary’s Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by her children: Susan Green of St. Petersburg, Florida, James Courchesne and his wife, Penelope, of St. Johnsbury, and Sara Williams and her husband, Jerry, of St. Johnsbury; her grandchildren: Travis and Trace Green, Ian, Payson, and Sean Courchesne, and Thomas and Jeremy Williams; her great-grandchildren: Robert and Madison, Sidney Green, Tea, Seth, Maya, Josh, Sean, Caitlyn, and Connor Courchesne; her siblings: Lucille Meunier of Newport, Harold Lippens and his wife, Patricia, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeannine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Paul and Pauline in infancy, Leonard Lippens, Rosalie Guyette, and Madeline Nault; her brothers-in-law: Arthur Guyette and Hazen Nault; and by her sisters-in-law: Ruth and Freda Lippens.

Funeral services were held on December 12, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions 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 RhodesCecil Philip Rhodes

Cecil Philip Rhodes, 74, died after a courageous battle with cancer on December 13, 2014, in Newport.

He received care from very compassionate, caring, and well trained personnel on the third floor at North Country Hospital.

He was the son of the late D. Emily (Peabody) and Cyrus Edwin Rhodes. He was born on May 18, 1940, at Orleans County Memorial Hospital in Newport.

He earned his high school diploma from Newport High School in 1958 and then earned his associate’s degree in engineering at Vermont Technical College in 1960. He served as a Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965 in South Korea, in the DMZ overseeing the Hawk Missile Battery. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport, and the Moose Club in Inverness, Florida.

He worked for the state of Connecticut and state of Vermont in drafting the design of the new interstates, then worked in the engineering department at Butterfield’s UTD Corp. in Derby Line, followed by working at the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 20 years, and then Bogner of America for 18 years.

Mr. Rhodes loved the outdoor sports of deer hunting, fall duck hunting, and most especially fishing on Lake Memphremagog. He could usually be seen in the spring into early summer cruising the lake after 5 p.m. and all weekend. He found great solace trolling on Lake Memphremagog as often as he could. He spent much time with friends and family at deer camp and in the duck blinds.

He and his wife enjoyed going to Florida for the past ten years. They spent time with good friends in a wonderful climate.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia L. (Stoddard) Rhodes, whom he married on September 24, 1965; his children: Raymond B. Rhodes and his wife, Linda, Kimberly A. Roberge and her significant other, Mike, Sharon Lea Rhodes-Duston and her husband, Steve, and Catherine Patricia Rossi and her husband, Joe; his grandchildren: Thomas J. Rhodes and his wife, Jamie, Dena Girard and her husband, Justin, Ashley Blais and her significant other, Casey, Ryan P. Roberge and his significant other, Jen, Jeremy J. Roberge and his fiancée, Emily, Cyrus, Mariah L. and Hallie N. Rhodes-Zoroufy, Alexa T. Rhodes-Duston, Charles W. Norton III, and Jenny Rossi; his great-grandchildren: Makenna Rhodes, Haven and Miah Girard and Cailyn Roberge; a sister, Elizabeth Doncaster and her husband, Wayne; two brothers: Edwin P. Rhodes and his wife, Sue, and Reginald L. Rhodes and his wife, Marte; a brother-in-law, Richard Stoddard; a sister-in-law, Sarah Foss; and by numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the U.S.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Sunday, December 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Food Pantry,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport Vermont 05855; or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Gang presence has been felt in Vermont, says DOC

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The Newport courthouse.  Drawing by Lori Halsey

The Newport courthouse. Drawing by Lori Halsey

Clarification, added December 11, 2014:  

In the article on Vermont gang activity, we quoted Brian Mclaughlin as saying the Latin Kings have a presence in Barton. Mr. Mclaughlin has contacted the Chronicle to say the quote was accurate, but he only used Barton as an example of a small community where a gang might turn up. The Latin Kings do not have a house in Barton, Mr. Mclaughlin now says.


 

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Gangs don’t appreciate Vermont’s scenery Brian Mclaughlin of the Department of Corrections told an audience of about 25 social service agency and law enforcement representatives Tuesday. They do like something that most state residents cherish, a sense of safety, but mostly “they’re here strictly for the money,” Mr. Mclaughlin said.

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On Craftsbury Common: Candlelight vigil held for victims of police violence

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Julie Lou Lepping, a student at Sterling College, organized a candlelight vigil Sunday to protest recent police violence in Missouri and New York.  “I felt so angry and confused by the injustices being done to people of color in America,” Ms. Lepping said.  “I felt I had to do something.  How can you not?”   Photo by David Dudley

Julie Lou Lepping, a student at Sterling College, organized a candlelight vigil Sunday to protest recent police violence in Missouri and New York. “I felt so angry and confused by the injustices being done to people of color in America,” Ms. Lepping said. “I felt I had to do something. How can you not?” Photo by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

CRAFTSBURY — Roughly 40 people gathered on Craftsbury Common Sunday night to hold a candlelight vigil in response to police violence against black Americans.

Julia Lou Lepping, a student at Sterling College from Louisville, Kentucky, organized the vigil. As the 40 people, who all carried candles, filled the center of the snow-covered common, they formed a circle.

Though it was dark, and two degrees below zero, a full moon bathed the group in cool light.

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In girls basketball: Lady Rangers defeat Olympians in season opener

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Emily Lawson (center) dishes in traffic against a young, aggressive Olympians squad Friday.  Also pictured are (from left) Karamae Hayman-Jones, Kayleigh Trojanowskio, Kaitlyn Lafaille, and Sara Walker.  Lawson scored 11 points against the Olympians.  Photos by David Dudley

Emily Lawson (center) dishes in traffic against a young, aggressive Olympians squad Friday. Also pictured are (from left) Karamae Hayman-Jones, Kayleigh Trojanowskio, Kaitlyn Lafaille, and Sara Walker. Lawson scored 11 points against the Olympians. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

BARTON — The Lake Region Union High School Lady Rangers won their season opener against the Oxbow Olympians, 49-35, Friday. The final score may be misleading, as this game was a hard-fought, neck-and-neck battle up until the final moments of the fourth quarter.

Led by senior Tyrah Urie’s 16 points, with contributions from Emily Lawson (11 points), and Megan Menard (8 points), the Rangers put the clamps on the Olympians early in the game and never let up.

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