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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WEB Safe havencopyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

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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Free meals from GMFTS in Albany and Island Pond

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A beautiful lettuce harvest.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A beautiful lettuce harvest. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) has partnered with Northeast Kingdom farms this fall to bring delicious, free meals to the community. There are two more upcoming meals:

On Saturday, October 25, from 12 to 5 p.m., at Flourish Day Farm and Nursery, at 422 McRae Road in Island Pond. This will be a casual meal provided by the Lunchbox featuring produce from local farms. There will also be kid friendly activities. This event is $3 for families, and includes a free meal.

On Saturday, November 1, at 11 a.m., at Peace of Earth Farm, at 43 West Griggs Road in Albany. There will be a mulching demonstration plus chicken and vegetable soup prepared by the Lunchbox featuring ingredients from Peace of Earth Farm.

For more specific information or directions, e-mail khansis@gmfts.org.

Donations are encouraged to help fund the work of GMFTS. — from GMFTS.

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

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Obituaries October 22, 2014

obit BergeronFannie L. Bergeron

Fannie L. Bergeron, 77, of Newport Center died on October 15, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on March 7, 1937, in Topsham, to Everett and Esther (Bruno) Rowe.

On July 31, 1954, she married Henry Bergeron, who predeceased her.

Her hobbies included cooking, playing bingo, feeding hummingbirds, and collecting teapots and Native American artifacts. She also enjoyed traveling and going out to dinner.

She was a member of the Community Circle of Community National Bank.

She is survived by her children: Roland Bergeron and his wife, Pauline, of Derby, Henry Bergeron of Newport Center, and Esther Dillon and her husband, Terry, of Newport Center; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her special friend Olivine Perrault of Lyndonville; and by her cat Tigger.

She was predeceased by her grandson Nicholas Blay in 1995; and by a brother, Everett Rowe Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on October 22, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 710, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CaseyCharlotte M. Casey

Charlotte M. Casey, 92, of Barton died on October 18, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on April 19, 1922, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, to Armand and Maud (Locke) Therrien.

She married James A. Casey Sr., who predeceased her in 1968.

She was a teacher at the Adult Learning Center in Newport.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport.

Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, sewing, playing bingo, listening to music, teaching, dog showing and grooming, and canning.

She is survived by her children: James A. Casey Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Westmore, and Ann E. Johnson of Worcester, Massachusetts; her grandchildren: Larry Casey of Worcester, Eliza Casey of Worcester, Joshua Casey and his wife, Michelle, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Hannah Cannon and her husband, Joseph, of Barre, and Isaiah Casey and his wife, Kelly, of Derby; and by her great-grandchildren: Tamera Casey, Matthias Cannon, Kanysa Johnson, Moniah Casey-Johnson, and Kaitlyn and Xavier Casey.

She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Chavoor; and by her nephew Richard Chavoor. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport, with President Eric Pingree officiating. Interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery in Worcester.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit JewettMina C. Jewett

Mina C. Jewett of South Burlington, beloved wife of Theodore N. Jewett, died in Burlington on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

She was born in Newport on January 29, 1942, to Dorothy (Korb) Carter and the late Melvin Carter.

She became a dental hygienist and worked for several area dentists in the past.

She and her husband live in South Burlington and also have a summer home in Morgan.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed her family and their visits. She spent several years as a major caregiver to her daughter Melissa. She was a guardian ad litem in Newport, a volunteer at the Fletcher Allen hospital, a manager of the Window Box Shop at North Country Hospital, and she was also a manager of the Interfaith Care Givers in Moorestown, New Jersey.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ted; her sons: Matthew Jewett and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Brian Jewett of South Burlington; her mother, Dorothy Carter, of Newport; her sister Janet Selby and her husband, Homer, of Morgan; her grandchildren: Timothy, Elizabeth, and Cyrus Jewett; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving daughter Melissa; and by her father, Melvin H. Carter.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 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 23, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at JDRF.org or to 26 Broadway, New York, New York 10004.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LaharEmily L. Lahar

Emily L. Lahar died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the age of 97, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.

She was born in Newport on February 13, 1917, where she lived all her life.

She was a daughter of Joseph and Anna (Dube) Lahar.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella for over 50 years.

She was the office manager for the W.T. Grant store until her retirement.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching television.

She is survived by one sister, Audria Girouard, of South Barre; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Austin Lahar, Edmond Lahar, and Raymond Lahar; and by her sisters: Evelyn Davio, Doris Hamilton, Lula Gardner, and Muriel Lahar.

Funeral services were held on October 21, in Newport. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Michaud Memorial Manor, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit NewtonBeulah C. Newton

Beulah C. Newton, 90, of North Andover, Massachusetts, died on October 12, 2014, in Andover.

She was born on April 15, 1924, in Irasburg, to Walter E. and Hazel J. (Heath) Coffey.

On October 15, 1945, she married Roland Newton, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. She liked to write poetry and to knit.

She and her husband had three children: Richard and his wife, Ellen Newton, of Waterboro, Maine, James Newton of Vermont, and Joyce Newton Delaney of Salem, New Hampshire. She is also survived by the following grandchildren: Richelle and her husband, Peter Hammond, Richard G. and his wife, Jamie Newton, Carrie and her husband, Scott McFarland, Kristen Grames, and Rebecca and her husband, Jeremy Morais; a brother, Everett, and his wife, Ann Coffey, of Waterbury; a sister, Esther Young, of Lyndonville; her nine great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Roland; her brother John and his wife, Shirley Coffey; her son-in-law Norm Delaney; and by her brother-in-law Fay Young.

Funeral services were held on October 18, in Barton. Interment followed in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit PepinFernand Pepin

Fernand Pepin, 92, of Southington, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Southington Care Center. He was the husband of the late Yvette (Lapointe) Pepin.

Born December 27, 1921, in St. Hubert Audet, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Luc and Alice (Couture) Pepin.

Mr. Pepin was a mason working until the age of 80.

He is survived by three sons: Dennis Pepin and his wife, Yvette, of Southington, Jean-Luc Pepin and wife, Helen, of Southington, and George Pepin of New Hampshire; a daughter-in-law, Martha Pepin, of Vermont; a sister, Laurette Bertrand, of Lake Megantic, Canada; seven grandchildren: Steve, David, Jason, Maryse, Stephanie, Alicia and Josh Pepin; and by seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Rene Pepin.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.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 October 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

For online expressions of sympathy, or directions, visit curtis-britch.com.

obit SchererMichael Eugene Scherer

Michael Eugene Scherer, 33, of Beebe Plain, beloved husband of Melissa, died unexpectedly on October 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 5, 1981, in Somerville, New Jersey, son of Thomas Sr. and Nancy (Knowles) Scherer.

On July 3, 2004, he married Melissa Gyles, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1999, where he was on the boys state championship soccer team in 1998, the University of Vermont in 2003, and Norwich University in 2008, receiving a master’s degree in justice administration.

He worked for Northeast Kingdom Human Services in Newport as an emergency services case manager.

He enjoyed scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, playing tennis, traveling across the country, soccer, hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, making homemade pickles, reading, skiing, remodeling his house, going to Wells Beach, Maine, with his family, and he was a huge New York Yankees fan. He was a Boy Scout and he achieved Eagle Scout status, and he also received the Governor’s Award from the Vermont Department of Corrections.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa, of Beebe Plain; his cherished children: Rachel, Harrison, and Dylan Scherer; his parents, Thomas Scherer Sr. and Laurie Gray of Holland; his mother, Nancy Knowles, of Brownington; his brothers: Thomas Jr. and his wife, Jessica, of Newport, Benjamin Scherer and his wife, Emily, of Newport Center, and Trevor Gray of Holland; his sisters: Amy Dull and her husband, Tim, of Burlington, and Pamela Abbott and her husband, Stephen, of Derby; eight nieces and nephews: Jacob, Zachary, Adam, and Matthew Abbott, Elizabeth, Sarah, David, and Caleb Scherer; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; his mother-in-law, Ann Cota, of Jay; his father-in-law, Bruce, and his wife, Erin Gyles, of Newport, New Hampshire; his sister-in-law Meghan Peck and her husband, Cory, of Derby; his grandparents-in-law, Lee and Dona Richardson, of Jay; and by his faithful companion, Bode.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, James and Gladys Scherer; his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Joan Knowles, all of New Jersey; and his father-in-law Del Cota.

Funeral services were held in Newport on October 16. Interment followed in the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions for his children’s education may be made to North Country Federal Credit Union, 1474 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit shumskiArthur Florian Shumski

Arthur Florian Shumski of Central City, Pennsylvania, a native of Springfield, died comfortably on October 12, 2014, while surrounded by family.

He was born on June 20, 1934.

Mr. Shumski proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and Air Force from 1951 to 1958. Throughout his life, he worked for Brunswick Corp., as well as numerous restaurants up the East Coast.

He was a member of the American Legion.

For recreation, he could be found at the bowling center or fishing in a nearby lake or pond.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jane S. Shumski, of Central City, native of Derby Line; his brothers: Anthony Shumski of East Amherst, New York, and Stanley Shumski of Springfield; his son Marc Staff of Katy, Texas; his daughters: Diane Roberts of Central City, and Candice Shumski of Graniteville; and by his grandchildren: Larissa, Ashleigh, Zachary, Rhylea, Kristopher, Reece and Abygayle, who will cherish many memories with their Pop-Pop.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lena and Stanley Shumski; his brother Hendry “Hank” Shumski; and by his grandson Ryan Roberts.

Instead of a funeral service, there will be a celebration of his life held in central Vermont in the summer of 2015.

Condolences can be sent to the Shumski Family, P.O. Box 161, Central City, Pennsylvania 15926.

To correspond online with the Shumski family, please visit www.mulcahyfuneralhome.com.

obit VantubergenMartha “Martie” Louise Vantubergen

Martha “Martie” Louise Vantubergen died on Friday, October 10, 2014, at home, after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

She was born in Bellflower, Illinois, on July 26, 1930. She moved with her parents, John and Lucille Smith, to New Jersey in 1932 and lived there up until 1977 when she moved to Lowell.

Her accomplishments include graduating from Kent Place in Summit, New Jersey, in 1948, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology at Barnard College in New York in 1952, and continued her education with postgraduate work in the biochemistry department at Columbia University in New York.

On May 15, 1953, she was elected as an active member to the New York Academy of Sciences and was a member of the American Association of University Women.

While studying at Columbia, she met her first husband, Thomas W. Murphy, who was at the time attending Columbia Law School. They married on December 21, 1954. In 1970, she was remarried to Richard Vantubergen, who introduced her to Vermont.

While living in New Jersey, she was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on April 15, 1950, and became a dedicated member of the Loantaka Chapter in Morris County, New Jersey. She served as regent, vice-regent, recording secretary, and state chairman of the DAR magazine. She was also chosen as Outstanding Junior Member and State Winner of New Jersey by the National Society of the DAR in 1965. She was selected to appear in the 1966 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. Upon moving to Vermont, she became a member of the Saint John de Crevecoeur Chapter, which is based in the Northeast Kingdom.

Ms. Vantubergen loved Vermont. She took up skiing in her forties and loved to cook and entertain for anyone who came to visit. She enjoyed playing the organ at the Westfield Church and took up golf at the Orleans Country Club. On September 19, 1990, she had a hole in one. Other pursuits included gardening, canning, bridge, solitaire, crafts, sewing, reading, genealogy, and fashion: she was a “Coldwater Creek” gal. She loved dogs, owning them throughout her life. She also enjoyed traveling especially to Puerto Rico during winter months.

She will always be remembered for her good nature, compassion for others, integrity, generosity, inner strength and boundless energy.

She is survived by her daughter Sunnie and her son Jay; numerous grandchildren; a great-grandchild; several stepdaughters; and by her beloved dog Clancy.

A memorial service was held on October 18, in Westfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Westfield Congregational Church, P.O. Box 125, Westfield, Vermont 05874.

Online condolences can be made at awrfh.com.

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Editorial: Energy projects have a real and significant impact

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by Tena Starr


Vermont’s siting process for renewable energy projects so lacks planning that it may have the unintended effect of turning people off renewable energy, despite the fact that they support it in theory.

To date, there’s been this: The Nelson family has said that the noise from the Lowell wind towers has made them sick. In Sheffield, the Therriens say the noise from the wind turbines has made them sick and irreparably altered their lives.

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Ruminations on apples: the good, the bad, the useless

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The cover of Apples of Uncommon Character.

The cover of Apples of Uncommon Character.

copyright the Chronicle October 8, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little-Known Wonders, by Rowan Jacobsen. Published by Bloomsbury, New York City, 2014. 311 pages. Hardbound. $35.

At this time of year, even a short walk along any back road will reveal the remains of a long-passed way of life. At intervals, forlorn apple trees, still bearing after years of neglect, will offer their meager , or occasionally abundant, fall harvest.

With the advent of grocery stores and the availability of any fruit or vegetable we might desire regardless of the season, we have moved away from the world where apple trees were a necessary luxury.

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Toussaint and Preservation Hall Jazz Band October 21

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Allen Toussaint will perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in St. Johnsbury on October 21.  Photo courtesy of Kingdom County Productions

Allen Toussaint will perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in St. Johnsbury on October 21. Photo courtesy of Kingdom County Productions

Kingdom County Productions will present the exclusive northern New England production of “Legends of New Orleans Jazz” featuring rhythm-and-blues ace and six-time Grammy nominee Allen Toussaint joining forces with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the first time, on tour. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, at Fuller Hall, at St. Johnsbury Academy. Tickets are on sale at kingdomcounty.org or by calling 748-2600.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has toured the world since its founding in the early 1960s, as the essential vehicle to keep traditional New Orleans jazz traditions alive. During recent years, the band has played 150 annual dates at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. And they have branched out to ensure a future as a living and breathing group driven by fresh influences and inspirations, adding a number of dynamic new musical directions to their rock-solid repertoire of the classic New Orleans style.

Preservation Hall has appeared on stage with artists ranging from Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, and the Grateful Dead, to The Black Keys, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Waits. In an Oval Office White House ceremony, the group was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. In 2010, the San Francisco Examiner called Preservation Hall, “the best jazz band in the land.”

Mr. Toussaint ranks as a key figure in the development of R&B, and his songs have been recorded by a staggering array of artists including Otis Redding, Phish, Boz Skaggs, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Aaron Neville, The Doors, Glenn Campbell, Warren Zevon, The Yardbirds, Jerry Garcia, Paul Butterfield, Derek Trucks Band, Ringo Starr, Trombone Shorty, Three Dog Night, and The Hollies. Other collaborations include The Band, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Bo Diddley, Levon Helm, Robert Plant, and Alison Krauss. Mr. Toussaint’s many awards and recognitions include his 1998 induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

“When I meet someone like Allen Toussaint — that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano,” said Elton John. “He’s an historical part of rock-and-roll.”

For more information, visit kingdomcounty.org or contact series producer Jay Craven at jcraven@marlboro.edu. — from Kingdom County Productions.

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

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Barrup protests $400,000 sales tax bill

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Rod Barrup stands in the yard of his company, Green Mountain Mulch.  He said his problems with the state Department of Taxes sometimes make him want to shut down his operation.  He doesn’t, he added, because of his workers, who stuck by him when he lost everything in a fire and got the business back in operation in short order.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Rod Barrup stands in the yard of his company, Green Mountain Mulch. He said his problems with the state Department of Taxes sometimes make him want to shut down his operation. He doesn’t, he added, because of his workers, who stuck by him when he lost everything in a fire and got the business back in operation in short order. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — Rod Barrup is not happy with the government of what he calls “the first communist state in the U.S.” In particular he is angry about a $400,000 bill from the Vermont Department of Taxes.

Mr. Barrup’s business, Green Mountain Mulch, has been operating for close to 40 years and ships five million bags of bark mulch and another 3,000 trailers full every year.

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