Obituaries October 1, 2014

Joanne Estelle Hamel

Joanne Estelle Hamel, 67, of Brownington died peacefully on September 21, 2014, at her home.

She was born on April 24, 1947, in Barton to Paul and Gertrude (Choiniere) LeBlanc.

She loved to ride around looking for moose and other wildlife. She cheered for the Red Sox, enjoyed watching Ultimate Fighting Championship on television, and she loved being with her children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed going to a family camp at South American Pond in Ferdinand.

She is survived by her children: Raymond Hamel Jr., John Hamel and his life partner, Sissy Ball, Renee Hamel, and Robin Beaton and his wife, Tammy; her father, Paul LeBlanc; her beloved companion of 24 years, Robin Beaton; her grandchildren: Alyssa, Chelsea, and Samantha Hamel, and Autumn and Shaylyn Beaton; her brothers and sisters: Theodore “Teddy” LeBlanc and his wife, Roberta, Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda, Carmen Lamarche, and Paulette Riendeau and her husband, Bernard; her mother-in-law, Hazel Morely; her sister-in-law Irene LeBlanc; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother, Gertrude LeBlanc; and by her brother Allen LeBlanc.

A celebration of her life was held on September 28, at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HammondWinston H. Hammond

Winston H. Hammond, 86, of Derby died suddenly on September 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on April 30, 1928, in Newport to Stanley and Florence (Hoadley) Hammond.

On August 22, 1953, he married Lucille Bernier, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was an auto body repairman for Camirand’s Auto Body and Newport Auto Supply and also for the former Mulkin and Frawley’s Chevrolet.

Mr. Hammond enjoyed going out to eat with friends, and going for long rides in his car. He also enjoyed time with his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his family. He enjoyed picking on people in a friendly way.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hammond, of Derby; his children: Sherry Lefebvre and her husband, Andre, of Morgan, and Scott Hammond and his wife, Lisa, of Shelburne; his grandchildren: Jeremy Hammond, Jason Lefebvre and his wife, Lindsey, Erin Morse and her husband, Nick, and Brennan Lefebvre and his fiancée, Danielle; his great-grandchildren: Bryan, Bracen, Breelle and Braelyn Lefebvre; his sister Vivian Urie; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Theresa Goddard of Derby, Richard Bernier of Newport, Sophie Bernier of Phoenix, Arizona, Carole Lussier of Newport, and Fran Bernier of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his children: Karen, Melody, and Allen Hammond; his parents: Florence and Stanley Hammond; his brothers: Lyle and Bill Hammond; and by his mother- and father-in-law, Elias and Malvina Bernier.

Funeral services were held on September 25, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Preschool Program, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KlanskyThomas Klansky

Thomas Klansky, 54, of Newport died peacefully on September 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 18, 1960, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Jean Lillian Sorensen and the late David Joseph Klansky.

On August 9, 1986, he married Ruth Jackson, who survives him. They were married in Minnesota and honeymooned in Nashville, Tennessee.

He attended Stratford High School in Stratford, Connecticut, and graduated in human services from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree. He grew up in Connecticut.

In 2003, Mr. Klansky and his family moved to the Northeast Kingdom.

His interests were old country music, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. He was a great family man, and handyman, from his cars to household jobs. He was a great listener and was able to help people in many ways and from all walks of life. He had a great sense of humor and had the ability to see the funny side of life. His hobbies included the outdoors, camping, walking in the woods, and fishing.

Mr. Klansky was a very spiritual person, a faithful Catholic and a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. His family was very important to him.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Klansky, of Newport; his mother, Jean Klansky, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; his children: David Joseph Klansky and his partner, Kayleigh Butler, of Morrisville, Aaron Patrick Klansky of Newport, Andrew Thomas Klansky, Maya Rose Newton of Morrisville, and Angela Rose Klansky and her special friend, Chandler Prue, of Newport; his brothers: David Klansky and his wife, Diane, of Stratford, and Patrick Klansky of Mechanicsville; his sisters: Kathleen Silvestro and her husband, Frederick, of South Carolina, and Ellen Bradley and her husband, Alan, of Mechanicsville; his nieces and nephews: Tina, Diana, Christine, Anne, Neil, Matthew, Melissa and Michael; and by his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 3, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on October 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PikeWoodrow “Woodie” D. Pike

Woodrow “Woodie” D. Pike, 97, of Newport died peacefully on September 21, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on September 8, 1917, in Irasburg to Clement and Nettie (Healey) Pike.

His first wife, Marjorie Jeanne Pike, died in 1972.

He married Annette Boisvert, who survives him.

Mr. Pike was a World War II veteran.

He was a salesman for Barton Motors, from which he retired in 2000.

He was a member of both the Newport and Orleans country clubs, and a member of the Hole in One Club. He was a former member of the Newport Elks #2255 and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #21. He was also a member of the Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons of Newport.

He was a pilot during World War II and was a member of the Silver Wings. He was former president of the Orleans County Dealers Association and vice-president of the Vermont Pilots Association. He was also a member of the Kidder Pond Club and Herb March Coffee Club.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Pike, of Newport; his children: Steven Pike and his wife, Linda, of Swanton, Andrew Pike of Newport, and Sharon Pike of St. Johnsbury; his step-children: Patricia Williams of Newport, Nancy Menard of Houston, Texas, and Rick Menard and his wife, Carmen, of St. Johnsbury; his grandchildren: Kimberly Jean Pike, Randall Pike, Christopher Pike, Rebekah Miura, J.D. Williams, and Sean Donovan; his great-grandchildren: Shelby, Jackson, Taylor, Simon, Madeline, Oliver, and Maelle; his sisters: Avis Harper of Barton, Lucie Anderson of Rutland, and Elizabeth Dudley of Orleans; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son William Pike in 2008.

Funeral services were held on September 27, in Irasburg. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Irasburg Church, Route 14 and Route 58, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

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obit PoutreFabien Claude Poutre

Fabien Claude Poutre, 89, of Newport Center died peacefully on September 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on September 7, 1925, in Troy, to Alcide and Almeda (Choquette) Poutre.

On June 20, 1953, he married Beverly Bourne, who survives him.

He entered the U. S. Army where he was a specialist 3.

Mr. Poutre was an auto mechanic for many years and owned and operated his front end alignment business on Coventry Street in Newport. He was a multi-talented person who was able to fix almost anything and even built his own house and camp.

He and his wife loved to dance and spent countless hours playing cards with family and friends. They also went to Florida during the winter for almost 25 years.

Mr. Poutre was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends as well as being involved in his church, which included working on the bells in the towers of St. Mary’s Church. He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and the choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Poutre, of Newport; his children: Faye Hilliker and her husband, James, Daniel Poutre, and MaryKaye Fortin and her husband, Marcel; his grandchildren: Kristie Foster and her husband, Mike, Mark Fortin and his wife, Samantha, Jaclyn Fortin, and Bridget Fortin; his great-grandchildren: Braedyn Morse and Parker Fortin; his brothers: Jean Guy Poutre and his wife, Marielle, and Denis Poutre and his wife, Judy; his sister Rejeanne McGee and her husband, Paul; his sisters-in-law: Betty Poutre, and Jean Poutre; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Real, Fernand, and Germain; his sisters: Gervais, Hermance Lamoureux, Sister Carmelle Poutre, and Sister Solange Poutre; his brother-in-law Charlie Lamoureux; and by his sisters-in-law: Rosemary Lamoureux, Violet “Bunny” Poutre, and Dorothy Poutre.

Funeral services were held on September 26, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit St OngeArchie L. St. Onge

Archie L. St. Onge, 86, of Derby died on September 27, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on December 13, 1927, in Huntington, Quebec, to Lorenzo and Margaret (Boucher) St. Onge.

On December 27, 1949, he married Theresa V. Quenneville, who survives him.

He was a self-employed dairy farmer in Coventry, where he farmed for 27 years. After he sold his last farm, he worked and retired from Newport Furniture Parts.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where he was also an usher. He took great pride in his farm and properties. He loved gardening and doing yard work.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa St. Onge, of Derby; his children: Denis St. Onge of Stanstead, Quebec, George St. Onge and his fiancée, Gloria, of Newport Center, Francine Bourassa and her husband, Norman, of Jay, Christianne Bumps and her husband, James, of Derby, Michael St. Onge and his wife, Joanne, of Derby, and Roger St. Onge and his wife, Tammy, of St. Pauls, North Carolina; his grandchildren: Denis St. Onge Jr., Armand St. Onge, Daniel St. Onge, Nicholas Bourassa, Jocelyn Bourassa, Jesse Bumps, Lucien St. Onge, April St. Onge, Natalie St. Onge, Christopher St. Onge, Bradley St. Onge, Connor St. Onge, Tasha St. Onge, and Trevor St. Onge; his brothers and sisters: Adrien St. Onge of Longeiuel, Quebec, Lucienne Lalonde of Valleyfield, Quebec, Gabrielle Legault of Ormstown, Quebec, and Beatrice Brisson and her husband, Claude, of St. Stanislas De Koska, Quebec; his daughters-in-law: Tina St. Onge of Bentonville, Arkansas, and June Mcmanus of Brick, New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children: Norman St. Onge and Madeleine St. Onge; and by his sister Adrienne.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place on Saturday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Ave, Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit warrenNancy Warren

Ann H. Warren, 86, died in her sleep on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Monadnock Lodge at RiverWoods in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Known to all as Nancy, she was born on April 13, 1928, in Mineola, New York, the daughter of Edgar D. and Mary Fox Hellweg. Her mother died early in her life and her father remarried Frances Winklemann when Ms. Warren was 12.

She was raised in Garden City, New York, where her father was an editor at the publishing house Doubleday and Company. Along with his wife, they later founded the Odyssey Press.

Ms. Warren graduated from Abbot Academy and Bennington College and received master’s degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College and the University of New Hampshire. In June of 1951, she married John C. Warren and they lived for several years in St. Johnsbury before settling in Exeter in 1955, when Mr. Warren began teaching mathematics at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Ms. Warren was a fierce and lifelong advocate for people with disabilities. After her children started school, she began her long and dedicated career in special education. She was principal of the Rockingham School for Special Children, followed by more than 20 years pioneering and directing special education programs for the southeast New Hampshire public school systems. As a gifted and passionate educator, she helped hundreds of families find the energy and courage to attain productive and meaningful lives with their children when others had been less optimistic.

During retirement in East Burke, Ms. Warren remained active and involved. While her pursuits were many and varied, she particularly valued her time serving on the board of trustees for the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and volunteering with the Burklyn Arts Council. Upon her return to Exeter later in retirement, she enjoyed being engaged with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She also found more time to travel with children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A liberal thinker all her life, Ms. Warren was ahead of her time in many ways. With boundless energy and generous spirit, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. For her, there was always tomorrow. For a woman who gave so much, she was happiest surrounded by family and friends, sharing in good food and wine, conversation, laughter and a few sips of good Kentucky bourbon.

She is survived by her four sons: David of London, England, Peter of South Freeport, Maine, William of Coconut Grove, Florida, and Michael of Dover, Massachusetts; her daughter, Ann, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and by five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2012.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m. at Phillips Church in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The family suggests memorial donations can be made to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital or OLLI at Granite State College.

obit O'KeefeGloria Jean O’Keefe

Gloria Jean O’Keefe, 72, of West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, died peacefully on September 27, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on March 29, 1942, in East Charleston to Marvin and Donna (Moulton) Gonyaw.

She was a driver for RCT.

Ms. O’Keefe had lots of love for her family and friends. She liked Elvis Presley music and her 1985 Renault convertible. She also loved her special dog, Abby, watching scary movies, and she loved to have New Year’s Eve parties at her home. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her children: Angela Cook and her husband, Ken, of Derby, Shane O’Keefe of West Stewartstown, and Jason Berry and Julie of Gorham, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Eric, Jeremy, Star, Toma, and Jason; her great-grandchildren: Jaron, Brayden, G-man, and Glo-Bug; her brothers: Don Gonyaw and his wife, Joan, of Island Pond, and Dennis Gonyaw and his wife, Veda, of East Charleston; her sister Ann Shover of East Charleston; her special nephews: Sky Shover of Lyndonville, and Luke Shover and his wife, Jessica, of West Burke; and by other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends and relatives of Colebrook, New Hampshire, and West Stewartstown.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Angela Cook, P.O. Box 90, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Free American Winter screening rescheduled for October 6

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WEB American WinterThere were technical difficulties at the last scheduled screening of American Winter, so Rural Edge is sponsoring another free showing on Monday, October 6, at 6 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Newport.

American Winter presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it’s playing out in the lives of real American families.

Few people would argue that “the American dream” has changed and controversy swirls around why people end up homeless or in poverty and what they should or can do about their situations and what the government and fellow citizens should or can do. American Winter, by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, highlights the work of “211 Info” in Portland, Oregon, a hotline connecting callers with community resources and social services. The film follows eight families who experience homelessness after loss of employment.

The film shows a lot of spirit and creativity, and a big change in attitudes in the people featured who once shared the idea that people became poor from being lazy, or that cutting social assistance was a good way to save money and better the nation. One woman in the film said that prior to her own need for assistance, she thought it was “easy for people who depended on government programs” and that “the system bred abuse.” Now she thinks that safety net programs “help keep families like [hers] just barely above water.”

A community discussion will follow the film.

The screening is sponsored by Rural Edge, the Newport Community Justice Center, HealthWorks ONE Coalition, and Northeast Kingdom Learning Services.
For more information, call Healthworks ONE at 334-6532, extension 8. — from Healthworks One.

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Jordyn Cowles breaks Lake Region soccer shutout record

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Jordyn Cowles.  Photo by Kimberly Messier

Jordyn Cowles. Photo by Kimberly Messier

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by Paul Lefebvre

Lake Region Union High School soccer goalie Jordyn Cowles is flying high after establishing a new record for keeping other teams scoreless.

On Friday the senior goal minder snared her eighteenth shutout, breaking the old record of 17.

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In girls soccer: Craftsbury Academy chalks up big win against UCA

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Craftsbury forward Lizzie Brown takes a moment to recoup after missing a shot late in Saturday's game with United Christian Academy.  Brown had two goals on the afternoon.  Photos by David Dudley

Craftsbury forward Lizzie Brown takes a moment to recoup after missing a shot late in Saturday’s game with United Christian Academy. Brown had two goals on the afternoon. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September, 24, 2014

by David Dudley

CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Academy’s Lady Chargers — fueled by the potent offensive attack of seniors Aleia Augsburger, and Meghan Brown — defeated the United Christian Academy’s (UCA) Lady Crusaders Saturday afternoon, 9-0.

The Crusaders’ goalie, Andreanna “Drew” Andrew, faced a barrage of Charger shots in the first half. After a missed attempt, Augsburger put the Lady Chargers on the board off a feed from sophomore Amy DeLaBruere, making the score 1-0.

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Hunting with drones likely to be banned

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Noah Menard of Barton poses proudly with the spikehorn he shot in 2013 in Barton.  He and his father, Nathan, stopped by the Chronicle for a photo before having the deer weighed, but his first buck, taken at a distance of 55 yards, was big enough to put a smile on the eight-year-old’s face.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Noah Menard of Barton poses proudly with the spikehorn he shot in 2013 in Barton. He and his father, Nathan, stopped by the Chronicle for a photo before having the deer weighed, but his first buck, taken at a distance of 55 yards, was big enough to put a smile on the eight-year-old’s face. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle September 24, 2014 

by Tena Starr

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing next month on a new regulation that would prevent people from hunting with drones, or any other aircraft.

The rule is being considered more as a precaution against future problems than a remedy for any existing one.

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Old Stone House Cheese and Apple Tasting September 28

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Light hits the morning fog at Crystal Lake in Barton.      Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Light hits the morning fog at Crystal Lake in Barton.
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Celebrate fall and food at the Old Stone House Museum’s annual Cheese and Apple Tasting on Sunday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in and around the Samuel Read Hall House, which is the big gold house on the corner of Old Stone House Road and the Hinman Settler Road in Brownington. Visitors will be able to taste and purchase locally produced cheeses and other dairy products, apples, maple products, honey, smoked meat, baked goods, spirits, wine and beers, and more.

There will be over 30 varieties of heirloom apples, sliced up on plates, to sample. The museum apple press will be grinding and pressing apples all day, and serving up cups of the sweet essence of the apple harvest. There will be a “Good Ole Apple Pie” contest at 2 p.m. Besides bragging rights, the winner will take home a hand forged pie spatula made by Courtney Mead at the Moffat Forge, the Old Stone House Museum’s teaching blacksmith shop. And there will be an apple chomp contest where kids are challenged to take a bite of an apple dangling from a string in mid-air, which is quite an amusing spectator sport.

The event also includes an heirloom vegetable exhibit. People are invited to bring in old varieties of vegetables they have grown from heirloom seeds, along with the name and story behind the variety. The museum will be selling raffle tickets for a cord of dry maple firewood, for $5 a ticket, with only 100 tickets sold per drawing, and a winner will be drawn during the afternoon. The Brownington Ladies Aid will serve a lunch of hot soup and bread, as well as hot coffee and rhubarb punch in the parlor of the Hall House.

Admission to the Cheese and Apple Tasting is $8, but free for those over 90, under 12, or for people who bring an apple pie for the contest or an heirloom vegetable, with the story behind it, for the exhibit. Admission includes a free self-guided tour of the first floor of the Old Stone House Museum, with the new special photography exhibit “Newport Now and Then.”

For more information, call the museum at 754-2022, or visit oldstonehousemuseum.org. — from the Old Stone House Museum.

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Obituaries September 24, 2014

Bruce A. Booth

Bruce A. Booth, 76, of Barre, formerly of North Troy, died in Berlin on Friday, September 12, 2014.

He was born on December 17, 1937, in North Troy to Campbell and Freda Mae (Westover) Booth.

He went to school in North Troy and served in the U.S. Army. He was a Sergeant of Arms and a former member of the North Troy American Legion as well as a member of the Moose Club.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood and retired as a supervisor.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and traveling over the years.

He is survived by his sister, Edna Stuart, and her husband, Russell; his sister-in-law Dorothy Booth; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was also predeceased by his three brothers: William, Harold, and Robert.

A graveside service was held at the North Troy Village Cemetery on September 22.

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obit debloisLisa DeBlois

Lisa DeBlois, 53, of Coventry died on September 15, 2014, after having fought a courageous battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

She was the mother of three beautiful daughters.

Ms. DeBlois had a “wicked sense of humor” and her humor was contagious to all who knew and loved her. She loved to hunt. One of her most memorable hunts was on October 19, 2009, with her daughter Michelle, when they shot their first moose together on a friend’s property in northern Vermont. She was very grateful for that opportunity. She also enjoyed fishing for striper bass and camping at Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts, with her family.

She was employed by the state of Vermont as a business manager at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, for 11 years. She enjoyed her work and was very thankful for the wonderful friendships she formed there over the years.

She had the most amazing family and countless friends who stood by her and supported her daily throughout her illness.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Stephanie and James of Ottawa, Ontario, Hilairy and Damon of Wheelock, and Michelle and Abby of Coventry. Her love for her three daughters was always foremost in her life.

A celebration of her life will be held at her residence, at 3064 Pine Hill Road in Coventry, on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a sense of humor and stories to share — and please do not park on her lawn, at her request!

Should friends desire, donations can be made in her name to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the fund-raiser being put on by the Department of Corrections. Please contact Andrea Smith for more information about the bowling tournament and fund-raiser at 802-748-8151.

obit EldredMaurice W. Eldred Jr.

Maurice W. Eldred Jr., beloved grandfather of Randy and Tonya Langmaid of Lowell, died peacefully at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on September 19, 2014.

He was born on January 19, 1927, one of eight children born to Maurice and Hersa Eldred of Belevidere. He often told stories of his happy childhood and of his close family.

He was stationed in Germany during the occupation as an MP, and he rode the trains to keep peace. While there, he met the love of his life, Lydia Gampe. They married on November 11, 1947, and remained so until her death in February of 1996.

They returned to the U.S. on Christmas Eve in 1948. After a brief time in Belevidere, they purchased a house in Lowell where they lived ever since.

Together they had three children: one son, Roland, and two daughters, Nanette and Leta Lydia H.

Mr. Eldred worked over 40 years at the asbestos mines in Lowell, for GAF, then Vermont Asbestos Group. He was a shareholder and on the board of directors. He was known for his hard work, opinions, and outspokenness for people’s rights, but he was famous for his hot temper!

He also was a member of the VFW and past member of the free Masons and a longtime member of the Lowell Congregational Church.

While he wife was alive, he enjoyed yard saling and traveling to Florida, Europe, Michigan and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his great-grandsons, Ryan and Shane.

After his wife’s death, Mr. Eldred spent a lot of time with his cows he and his grandson Randy were raising together.

Due to the fact that his grandchildren Randy and Tonya Langmaid lived close by, they were able to care for him up until and a year and half ago when his health got to the point that he had to stay at Maple Lane. He spent so much time with them at church and school functions that the children and adults called him “Grandpa.” He wanted everyone to know that he had a good, full life and was looking forward to being with his blessed wife who he missed every day.

He leaves behind a brother and several sisters; his children: Roland and his wife, Mary Lou, of Orlando, Florida, and their children: Roland, Rodney, and Tammy and their spouses and children; Nanette (Eldred) and her husband, David Symonds, and their children and spouses; and by his grandchildren: Tonya and Randy Langmaid and their children, and Sonya Elwood and her children and their spouses and children.

He was predeceased by one brother; two sisters; his precious wife, Lydia G. Eldred; his beloved daughter Leta Lydia H. Eldred; and by his two grandsons: Shane and Ryan Langmaid.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 29, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place on Friday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Forever Young Club, in care of Lorraine Sargent, 3936 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Robert Earl Fairbrother

Robert Earl Fairbrother, 89, of Newport died peacefully on September 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1925, in Newport to Burns and Margery (LaFountain) Fairbrother.

In 1946, he married Mary Elizabeth (Blake), who predeceased him in 2011.

He entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.

He was an electronics engineer for United Technologies. He was an officer in the Border Amateur Radio Club in Newport and a lifetime amateur radio operator at W1PYO.

He enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, and he was interested in science fiction.

He is survived by his children: Douglas C. Fairbrother of Newport, Lisa Fairbrother of Newport, Pamela Veilleux and her husband, Denis, of Rutland, and Eileen C. Fairbrother; his grandchildren: Tristen and Jan Veilleux, both of Rutland; his brother Donald Fairbrother and his wife, Joan, of New Port Richey, Florida; and by his nieces and nephews: Barbara, David, Donald, Dennis and Gregory.

He was predeceased by his brother Walter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, 57 South Main Street # 2, Waterbury, Vermont 05676; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit fellSuzanne F. Fell

Suzanne F. Fell, 83, of Fishkill, New York, and formerly of Barton, died on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Born in Oradell, New Jersey, on June 25, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Florence (Prell) Keeney.

On March 31, 1951, in Oradell, she married Franklin Fell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2013.

Ms. Fell was a parishioner at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Altar Guild.

She is survived by her children: William Fell and his wife, Lynn, of Winterville, North Carolina, Stephen Fell and his wife, Sue, of Pollocksville, North Carolina, Robert Fell and his wife, Liz, of Mahopac, New York, Michael Fell and wife, Marie, of Mission Viejo, California, Patricia Herring of Fishkill, and Frances Lay and her husband, Clive, of Colts Neck, New Jersey; her brother Joseph Keeney of Bergenfield, New Jersey; her sister Martha Pronovost of Westwood, New Jersey; her 11 grandchildren; and by her ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Joyce Fell.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, New York. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Mother of the Church, P.O. Box 780, Fishkill, New York 12524.

For driving directions, online condolences, or memorial donations, please visit Ms. Fell’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

obit haskinsRoyden “Punk” A. Haskins

Royden “Punk” A. Haskins, 67, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at his home in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 5, 1947, in North Troy. He was raised in Newport before moving to New Hampshire.

He was a resident of Boscawen for about 30 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Page Belt Company, where he worked as a machine operator.

His hobbies and interests included his cat, Midnight Special, horses, playing cards and buying lottery tickets, scratch tickets, and talking on the phone to special friends.

Members of his family include his sister Nancy (Haskins) Parris of Andover, New Hampshire; his bother Lawrence Haskins of Concord, New Hampshire; three stepsons and two stepdaughters; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Kenneth and mother Irene (Wheeler) Haskins; two brothers and his sister; and by his wife, Mary (Hill) Haskins, in 2007.

Those who wish may make donations in his memory to a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the American Lung Association.

obit KelleyLinda J. Kelley

Linda J. Kelley, 67 of Derby died on September 8, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 14, 1947, in Malone, New York, to Lawrence and Nancy (Jones) Andrews.

She was a cashier at Jolly Association in Derby.

Her hobbies included crocheting and knitting, much to the delight of her family. She also enjoyed camping in her camper with her longtime companion.

She will be greatly missed by all her family and her cat, Missy Muffett.

She is survived by children: Amy Kelley and her companion, Cable Pennington, Anne Dubois and her husband, Raymond, Terry Kelley, and Tim Kelley and his wife, Laura; her grandchildren: Jennifer, Nancy, Shannon, Nicole, Tamera, Jamie, Ryan, Tucker, Hunter, and Skyler; three step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren: Christian, Guiliana, Skiler, Whyatt, Addyson, and Silas; five step-great-grandchildren; her sister Patty Gore of West Virginia; her longtime companion, Paul Fortin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Joanne.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LysterHarold J. Lyster

Harold J. Lyster, 79, of Derby died peacefully on September 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 10, 1935, in Fargo, North Dakota, to James and Margaret (McNamee) Lyster.

Known as Hal to his family and friends, he spent a number of years in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where he worked and retired as postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service.

He previously served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Berry) Lyster, whom he married on November 7, 1980. After retiring to Vermont, they traveled and enjoyed family gatherings at their home.

Mr. Lyster was a former volunteer EMT for the fire department in Suffield, Connecticut. He enjoyed volunteering at North Country Hospital in Newport, the Newport Welcome Center, and he was an area coordinator for the AARP Tax Preparation Program. He helped establish the Newport-Stanstead area OSHER lecture series.

He is also survived by his daughter Laura Lyster-Mensh and husband, Mark; his son Erik Lyster and his wife, Megan; his son Ryan Lyster and his wife, Stacey; his son Alan Lyster and his wife, Michelle; his five grandchildren: Lianna Mensh, Carlie Lyster, Daniel Mensh, Samantha Lyster, and Nathan Lyster; his sisters: Jeanette Love and Marcy Cowen; and by several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold private services.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be left at curtis-britch.com.

Omission

An obituary for Maxine M. Kelley came to the Chronicle missing some family members’ names, and with a name misspelled. A grandchild’s name should have been spelled Shelly Kelley. The obituary should have included the following as survivors: great-grandchildren Courtney and Isaiah Kelley, and Gabriel and Benjamin Kelley.

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Compete in Newport’s Scarecrow Contest September 20

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The Brown Cow’s 2013 entry in the Scarecrow Contest to be held during Newport’s Fall Foliage Festival.

The Brown Cow’s 2013 entry in the Scarecrow Contest to be held during Newport’s Fall Foliage Festival.

The Newport Fall Foliage Festival Scarecrow Contest is expected to add a lot of fun to this year’s festival.  Families and businesses will make scarecrows and place them outside their homes, businesses and along Newport’s Main Street.

Prizes will be awarded for the Most Traditional, Most Creative, and Most Colorful in both the Business and Family categories.  Prizes have been donated by the Newport Daily Express and radio station Moo 92. Greens fees and golf passes at area golf courses will be given courtesy of the newspaper, and an advertising certificate will be given courtesy of the radio station, in the business category. Families will compete for the prize of a Moo 92 Pizza Party.

Contest rules and an entry form are available online at NewportFallFoliageFestival.com. Both businesses and families should pre-register to make sure their scarecrows are judged. Judging will take place Saturday, September 20, with the winners announced on Moo 92 during its broadcast from the festival and on Monday in the Newport Daily Express.

For more information on the Scarecrow Contest or the Newport Fall Foliage Festival schedule of events, go to NewportFallFoliageFestival.com, or write event coordinators at NewportLive@Live.com.  — from Newport Live.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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Ruminations: on dumpster diving, or clearing out the garden

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WEB rumination curious harvestcopyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything, by Maximus Thaler and Dayna Safferstein; published by Quarry Books, Beverly, Massachusetts, 2014; 160 pages, softbound, $24.99.

There is hardly any point in searching for a topic for this column. Like a cow grazing in the field, the writer is best off using what he finds before him.

In this case it is A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything. Elka Schumann handed a copy of the book to me a week or so ago while we stood talking in the kitchen at the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover.

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In boys soccer: Rangers best Vikings in hard-fought game

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Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday's soccer game.  Photos by David Dudley

Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday’s soccer game. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014 

by David Dudley

LYNDON — The Lake Region Rangers traveled south Friday to face the Vikings of Lyndon Institute.

It was roughly 48 degrees at game time, but the competition between these two teams was hot.  According to Rangers Coach Tom Evans, the two teams were equally matched.

After a scoreless first half, Fernando Tejero set up Alvaro Cortadellas to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

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