Valentine’s yoga benefits AWARE

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AWARE fundraiserFED2015Two classes at the Open Space in Hardwick on Saturday, February 14, will benefit AWARE, an organization that offers domestic and sexual violence services.

A group meditation class will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and costs $10. Participants should bring blankets or pillows to sit on. Some props, including chairs, will be available.

An all levels yoga class will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and costs $15.

AWARE will benefit from 100 percent of the day’s profits.

Please pre-register with Margaret Pitkin at margaretpitkin@gmail.com, or (802) 673-6815.

For more information, visit margaretpitkin.com. For more on AWARE, visit awarevt.org. — from AWARE.

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

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Cold water swimming draws one back home

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Brynna Kate Tucker makes a snow angel before a swim.  Photos courtesy of the Tuckers

Brynna Kate Tucker makes a snow angel before a swim. Photos courtesy of the Tuckers

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — Though Brynna Kate Tucker was born and raised in Sutton, it didn’t occur to her that swimming in cold water might be the thing to do until she moved to Brooklyn, New York.

“In November of 2006, one week before my birthday, I joined the Coney Island Polar Bear Club,” Ms. Tucker said, via phone. “I’ve been swimming every week since.”

Her matter of fact delivery might raise some eyebrows, but there are numerous benefits to cold water swimming and bathing. She says that, among other things, it’s a great conversation starter.

“People never forget you when you say that you’re a cold water swimmer,” Ms. Tucker said. “Of course the first question I always get is, Isn’t that cold? The obvious answer is, Yes!”

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In boys hockey: Falcons fall to Lakers

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The Falcons Henry Delabruere absorbs a hard check from Lakers defender Curtis Lehouiller Saturday night.  Photos by David Dudley

The Falcons Henry Delabruere absorbs a hard check from Lakers defender Curtis Lehouiller Saturday night. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by David Dudley

JAY PEAK — The North Country Union High School Falcons fell to the Colchester Lakers Saturday, 6-1. Though the game began as a back and forth battle between two evenly matched teams, the Falcons faced an unfortunate stretch in the second period.

“Before the game, we talked about getting the puck deep and making smart plays,” Lakers Coach Greg Murray said. “We wanted to get an extra deek in. Get the puck in the zone, get shots to the net. Score ugly.”

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Opposition to background checks draws 500 to State House

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Rodney Chayer of Barton thinks Vermonters will lose a chunk of their history and culture should S.31 pass.

Rodney Chayer of Barton thinks Vermonters will lose a chunk of their history and culture should S.31 pass.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

MONTPELIER — Nearly 500 people showed up at the State House here Tuesday to express their opposition to a Senate bill that would require background checks when guns are sold.

The rally was organized by the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Inc., which invited all participants to wear hunter orange to show solidarity in the face of the proposed legislation, S.31. Those without orange clothing were given round orange stickers.

At 3 p.m. there were already approximately 100 people in the State House cafeteria despite the bad weather. Participants were invited to roam the building in search of their legislators to speak with them about the issue personally until refreshments and food were served at 4:30 p.m.

National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation Projects and Legislative Affairs Vice-president Evan Hughes said the bill amounts to legislation in search of a problem, but that the validity of the medical portion remains to be seen.

“The aspect with regards to mental health, we’re going to let the medical community take the lead on that issue,” he said. “We’re going to watch with great interest.”

Others felt more strongly about screening for mental health issues and the actual repercussions. Senator John S. Rodgers of Glover said he’s concerned that mentally ill people would avoid seeking help for fear that their firearms would be confiscated.

Two Barton ambulance drivers, Luke Willard of Brownington and Jeffrey Youry of Troy, brought nearly 2,000 signatures against S.31 to present to their senators.

Two Barton ambulance drivers, Luke Willard of Brownington and Jeffrey Youry of Troy, brought nearly 2,000 signatures against S.31 to present to their senators.

“My position is that we’re the safest state in the nation, we have a very high per capita of gun ownership in the state of Vermont, and those two statistics should be enough to show people we don’t need any new gun laws,” he said. “All we need to do is enforce the laws that are on the books and we’ll be in fine shape.”

Barton resident Rodney Chayer agreed with the senator. He drove to Montpelier early to attend the rally. He believes that current laws are not enforced strictly enough and that offenders get let off with a slap on the wrist. But Mr. Chayer also believes that the proposed law is attacking the core of Vermont’s identity.

Food is served just before the official rally is set to begin at 5 p.m.

Food is served just before the official rally is set to begin at 5 p.m.

“I’m a gun owner and my youngest son shot his first deer at eight years old, so it’s a tradition,” Mr. Chayer said. “Some of this stuff keeps families together, shooting, hunting, trapping, fishing. It’s just a way of life, and if they start changing it, Vermont is going to lose a big part of its history.”

Mr. Chayer went on to say that Vermont’s hunting heritage is only part of what needs to be preserved. Others agreed.

Kevin and Kristen Shea of Shelburne are also gun owners and hunt with their family. They are concerned that giving a gun as a gift would turn law-abiding citizens like them into criminals. They also mentioned the importance of guns as a means of self-protection.

“A 300-foot restraining order is worthless when a guy makes up his mind that he wants to kill a woman. It’s a piece of paper,” said Mr. Shea. “If a woman at least has a means of defending herself as a last resort, then at least it gives her a chance.”

Luke Willard of Brownington and Jeffrey Youry of Troy, both ambulance drivers for Barton, drove down earlier in the day to meet with fellow gun owners and to bring almost 2,000 signatures from people in Orleans and Essex counties who also oppose the bill but couldn’t make it to the rally. Mr. Willard said that speaking to other attendees gave him new insight into the problems the bill poses.

Gun rally participants were invited to wear hunter orange to show their solidarity in the face of bill S.31.

Gun rally participants were invited to wear hunter orange to show their solidarity in the face of bill S.31.

“If they pass this bill, how are they going to enforce this?” he said. “I hadn’t thought of that until I just spoke to this guy 20 minutes ago.”

The fear is that the next step is to force gun registration.

Mr. Hughes was very pleased with the turnout and the positive atmosphere. “If there hadn’t been a snowstorm, I don’t know how we would have gotten everyone in here,” he said.

contact Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph at nat.gag.jo@gmail.com

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Obituaries January 28, 2015

obit BeckWilma Eva Beck

Wilma Eva Beck, 86, of Enfield, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on January 22, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 30, 1928, in Newport, to Gerald and Anna (Sarno) Sargent.

On September 20, 1946, she married Frederick J. Beck Sr., who predeceased her on April 8, 1995.

She was employed by American Maple Company and Indian Head Plywood.

She was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport. Her hobbies included playing bingo, knitting, crocheting, and she was an avid cribbage player. She had a very independent spirit.

She is survived by her children: Joan Kiessling of Pennsylvania, Frederick Beck Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Swanton, and James Beck and his wife, Suzette, of Enfield; her grandchildren: Heather Devost and her husband, Norman, of Swanton, Heidi Beck of New Hampshire, Tara Wood and her husband, John, of New Hampshire, Freddie, Stephen, and Stephanie Kiessling, of Pennsylvania; her great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her infant son Gerald; and by her brothers: Harry and Gerald Sargent.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 30, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on January 30 from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

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 FogleSuzanne Rachel Poirier Fogle

Suzanne Rachel Poirier Fogle, 50, of Irasburg died on January 19, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 18, 1964, in Newport to Doris (Blais) Poirier and the late Gerard Poirier.

On August 31, 2002, she married Michael Fogle, who survives her.

She graduated from Brushton Moira High School in 1982 in Brushton, New York. She received her master’s degree from Plattsburg State College in New York.

She was a teacher at North Country Union High School, Lake Region Union High School, Craftsbury Academy, Albany Community School, and Richford Junior and Senior High School where she touched many lives and saw the good in every child — not only a teacher, but a friend.

She had an unending love for her daughter EmmaLee. She had a great wit and was a mentor to many. She was a strong caring, kind, compassionate, loving, and humorous person who has touched and enriched the lives of everyone she has met.

“She loved her family, animals, helping others, and she especially enjoyed going on family vacations,” said EmmaLee. “She loved her home and ice cream.”

Ms. Fogle coached downhill skiing at North Country Union High School and was a part-time alcohol advisor at Peabody’s Bar in Plattsburg, New York, and also at the Newport Country Club.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Fogle, of Irasburg; her daughter EmmaLee Fogle of Irasburg; her stepson Duane Fogle and his wife, Mami, of Jacksonville, Florida; her granddaughter Grace; her mother, Doris Poirier, of Barton; and by her loyal pets: Callie cat and Patches, and Mr. Chester Morgan. She is also survived by her siblings: Denis Poirier and his companion, Tina, of Barton, Roland Poirier and his wife, Theresa, of Ottawa, Canada, Leo Poirier of Brandon, John Poirier and his wife, Tina, of Pennsylvania, Paul Poirier and his wife, Korena, of Albany, Ron Poirier and his wife, Danielle, of New York, Annette Roberts and her husband, Gilles, of South Carolina, and Elaine Johnson and her husband, Dan, of Tennessee; 22 nieces and nephews; and by nine great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Gerard Poirier.

A celebration of her life was held on January 24, in Irasburg.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or to the Community National Bank, for EmmaLee Fogle, 103 Church Street, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit GibsonCindy L. Gibson

Cindy L. Gibson, 54, of Glover died on January 9, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on June 1, 1960, in Montpelier, daughter of Arthur Soloski and Barbara (Taylor) Perkins.

She loved baking cakes, working on the computer, being out in the country, watching Big Bang Theory on television, and sports cars.

She is survived by her children: Aaron Taylor of Burlington, Jeremy Taylor of Glover, and Elisha Taylor of St. Johnsbury; her grandchildren: Justin, Jonathan, Kiara, and Emily; her mother, Barbara Perkins, of Glover; her siblings: Charles Taylor and his wife, Tracy, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Matthew Perkins of East Randolph, Mark Perkins and his wife, Nickie, of South Royalton, and Dwayne Perkins and his wife, Rose, of Canaan, New Hampshire; and by nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her wishes were for a private service with her 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 RichardsStephen Richards

Stephen Richards of Westmore died on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on March 17, 1944, the son of Charles and Ann (Beatrice) Richards.

Just days after graduating from Framingham High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he was a parachute rigger. He said that the true test of whether he was good at his job came when he had to parachute from a plane using a parachute he had rigged!

Mr. Richards and his future wife, Deb, met in Boston, Massachusetts, and were married in January of 1974. They moved to “the Kingdom” in 1977 and have lived in Westmore since then.

Even though Mr. Richards was born and raised in Massachusetts, he was a true Vermonter at heart and in spirit. He loved being in the woods and especially so during hunting season. For several years, he enjoyed hosting his friends over Thanksgiving weekend at “camp” (actually his house, because he liked to have a hot shower every day).

He rediscovered his love for golf three years ago and he could be found every weekday teeing off at 7 a.m. at the Barton Golf Club, usually with Frank and David.

He spent ten years as manager of the C&C Supermarket in Barton. He left there and purchased a market just over the river in North Stratford, New Hampshire, where he and his wife worked for five years. He then went back to Barton to work for Comstock’s Smoked Meats. He traveled all over the state of Vermont selling the Comstock brands. When this position ended, he went to work selling real estate for All Seasons Realty and Jacques Roberge. He was currently retired.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Gage; and by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Mieke Richards, and their children: Jennifer and Christopher. In addition, he leaves behind other in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Frannie; and by his son Mark.

There will be a gathering in Westmore at the time of burial.

Donations in his name may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BeaumontSylvia P. Beaumont

Sylvia P. Beaumont, 76, of Coventry died on January 22, 2015, at her home, with her loving family at her side.

She was born on June 6, 1938, in Newport, to John and Ruby Scott.

On February 8, 1958, she married Louis Beaumont Jr., who predeceased her on April 1, 2009.

She worked as a splicer at Columbia Forest Products.

She enjoyed listening to country music, watching games shows, and attending family gatherings.

She is survived by her children: Dolores McKinney and her husband, Greg, of South Glenn Falls, New York, Pam Durocher, Darryl Beaumont and his wife, April, and Todd Beaumont, all of Coventry; and by ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister Adeline Camber.

Services will be held 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 WorleyBarbara B. Worley

Barbara B. Worley, 79, of Brownington died on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.

She was born on March 28, 1935, in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Isabelle (Gerhardt) and Clyde S. Delong Sr.

On April 24, 1965, she married John S. Worley, who predeceased her on December 12, 2001. After her husband’s passing, she volunteered at North Country Hospital.

She was a data entry typist and keypunch operator for Carpenter Steel, MilMark, Murray’s Steaks, and the United Parcel Service for many, many years.

She was a member of Sweet Adelines for several amazing seasons in Bowie, Maryland.

She is survived by her son John Worley of New York City.

She was predeceased by her brother Clyde S. “Billy” Delong Jr.

Because of her tremendous love of animals, the family would like, in lieu of flowers, for contributions to be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries January 21, 2015

obit allardReginald Rene Allard

Reginald Rene Allard, 81, of Madras, Oregon, died on December 4, 2014, after a long illness.

He was born in Lyndonville on August 18, 1933, to Rene Robert and Beatrice Matilda (Rousseau Brooks) Allard, one of seven children.

He grew up in the Newport area, attending and playing basketball at Sacred Heart High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, in 1951, re-enlisted in 1955, and served until 1960 with a rank of sergeant. He was stationed in Japan during part of the Korean War, and afterward at Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake, Washington, Ethan Allen Air Force Base in Burlington, in Portland, Oregon, as part of the Portland Air Defense Command, and finally at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

He was married in 1956 to Dorothy (Logan) Klingeman of Othello, Washington, with whom he had six children. They settled in Othello in 1960, where he worked at Broadway Lumber Co.

In 1971, he moved to Madras to manage the Copeland Lumber Yard.

In 1975, he remarried to Jeanette (Houston) Lane of Madras, Oregon. In 1986, he became the manager at Miller Lumber Co. in Madras, from where he retired in 2003.

Mr. Allard enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and working in the yard and garden. He was an avid football fan and food enthusiast. He also loved traveling and visiting his siblings in Vermont and Florida, and his children and grandchildren in both Oregon and Washington. He was active in the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Madras, and as a member of the local Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jeanette (Houston) Allard of Madras; his brothers: Armand Allard and his wife, Yvette, of Pinellas Park, Florida, Robert Allard and his wife, Audrey, of Clearwater, Florida, Donald Allard and his wife, Pauline, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Michael Allard and his wife, Monique, of Newport; his sister Therese Tanguay of Newport; his six children: Steven Allard and his wife, Pamela, of Madras, Mark Allard and his wife, Susan, of Othello, James Allard of Kirkland, Washington, Scott Allard and his wife, Saundra, of Culver, Oregon, Cheryl Latschaw of Orting, Washington, and Susan and her husband, Dan Huntzinger, of Othello; two stepsons: Jeff Lane of Prineville, Oregon, and Dan Lane and his wife, Colleen, of Lake Oswego, Oregon; and by eight grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial ceremony will be performed at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the American Heart Association, or to Cornerstone Baptist Church of Madras.

obit AshakGeorge H. Ashak

George H. Ashak, 89, of Newport died on January 16, 2015, after a brief illness.

He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on February 12, 1925, to Peter and Anna (Gokas) Ashak.

He was the husband to the love of his life, Julia (Chesnavich), who died in 1989.

He attended Thomaston High School and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Mr. Ashak worked at Southern New England Telephone Co., and retired from Southern Bell in Hollywood, Florida, before settling in Vermont.

He was a lifelong gardener, avid weight lifter, and loving father.

He is survived by five loving children: George Ashak and his wife, Lolita, of Hawaii, Cynthia Fretts and her husband, John, of Connecticut, Karen Delaney and her husband, John, of Florida, Janet Evans and her husband, Al, of Wisconsin, and Darlene Dahlin and her husband, Don, of Vermont; his daughter-in-law Sally Ashak of Vermont; 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his dear son, William Ashak; his brother John Ashak; and by his sister Ernestine Ford.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DuquetteLewis Alfred Duquette

Lewis Alfred (Dad, Duke, Big Duke, Dukey, Pepere, Mim) Duquette of Barton died on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the age of 76.

He was born on July 24, 1938, son of Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette.

He grew up on South Street in Orleans, along with everyone else who was born in Orleans. He graduated from Orleans High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served four years.

He met his wife-to-be, Nancy Talmadge, while serving at Tindale Air Force base in Panama City, Florida. He brought her home to Vermont, married her on June 3, 1961, and started a family, nine months and three days later.

He worked at Ethan Allen, hung and taped sheet rock for Harry Dayo around the Burlington area, and when there was nothing in the Burlington area, he became the farm manager for Vermont Farms Inc., owned by Doc Churchill and John Simons Sr., for 20 years. He went to work as a carpenter, and then worked for Barton Electric until his retirement.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 and was also a charter member of the American Legion Breakfast Club Crew, “Papa Pancake.”

Mr. Duquette was a master model railroader, spending thousands of hours on his layout building cars, buildings, painting scale figures, etc. He was obviously a very patient man, scrolling pieces of wood to make beautiful figurines and wall hangings, many that took tens of hours to finish.

Ultimately his real passion was his family and friends. Call him for help and he would be there. Playing pitch and having a few grogs at the Legion with some of his best friends was the best medicine for him when his health started to catch up with him. He really looked forward to spitting and sputtering over the card table with his good friends. Thanks, you guys.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Duquette; his children: Jim Duquette of Orleans, Beth Morin and her husband, Jim, of Westmore, Jeeni Duquette of Barton, and Ryan Duquette and his wife, Christie, of Orleans; his grandchildren: Matt Morin, Hunter Duquette, and Mara Duquette; his sister Gloria Whittemore of Glover; his sister-in-law Louise Duquette of Irasburg; and by his special family friends, Carole Hamel and Deb Chaput.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lionel and Rachel; his favorite uncle, Uncle Noke; his brother Roger; his son-in-law Michael Beemer; and by his great friend, Lyman Sprout.

There will be no calling hours or funeral, per his request, but he didn’t say we can’t all get together, have a few laughs, eat some food, have a toast, and celebrate. Join us on Saturday, January 31, at 2 p.m., at the American Legion Post #23 Orleans.

Donations may be made to Sons of the American Legion Post #23, Attention: Jim Duquette, 46 South Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FecteauPaul Allen Fecteau

Paul Allen Fecteau, 63, of Holland died on January 13, 2015, at his home.

He was born on December 22, 1951, in Derby, to Albert and Ruby (Tice) Fecteau.

He was a logger and over the road truck driver for many years. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, ice fishing, and spending time outdoors.

He was Holland Road Commissioner for ten years.

He is survived by his wife, Suzette Fecteau, of Newport; ten stepchildren; his siblings: Dean Fecteau and his wife, Gail, of Coventry, Carol Poutre and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, Bonnie Bowen of Stow, Massachusetts, Randy Fecteau and his wife, Barbara, of Holland, Donna Quinn and her husband, John, of Derby, Larry Fecteau of Glover, and Tonya Fecteau of Newport Center; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his former wife Vicky Fecteau of Holland.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FugereGiles H. Fugere

Giles H. Fugere, 90, of Newport died on January 13, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 24, 1924, in Montreal, Quebec, to Aime and Josephine (L’Hereault) Fugere.

On June 16, 1951, he married Antoinette (Toni) Leblanc, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and a past member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155.

He enjoyed his fishing camp on Newark Pond, hunting, and traveling with his wife to Florida for the past 13 years, and also visiting different states, and Australia.

He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and he enjoyed family gatherings, especially time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Toni Fugere, of Newport; his daughter Denise Robillard and her husband, Bernard, of Irasburg; his grandchildren: Irene and her husband, Chris Hughes, of Maine, Martine and her husband, Nick Antell, of Minnesota, Patrick Robillard and his fiancée, Cara Gannon, of Massachusetts, and Philip Robillard and his fiancée, McKenzie Vaughn, of New York; his great-grandchildren: Cameron Hughes, Nolan Hughes, and Mason Antell; his sister Agnes Brewer and her husband, Elwin, of Newport; and by his sisters-in-law: Mathilda and Juanita Fugere.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Gilberte Beaulieu, Theresa Mills, Marie Keroack, Jeannine Fugere, Aime Jr., Louis and Roger.

Funeral services were held on January 17, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, with full military honors.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LaroseJanice A. Larose

Janice A. Larose, 60, of Barton died on January 12, 2015, at her home.

She was born on August 28, 1954, in Sacramento, California, to Raymond Daigle and the late Jeanne (Deamer) Daigle.

In 1981, she married Clarence “Buzzy” Larose.

She was currently secretary for Carl’s Equipment in Barton, where she worked for over 20 years.

She enjoyed going to the family camp on Crystal Lake and traveling to Maine for summer vacations. She enjoyed making crafts: stained glass, Christmas wreaths, Christmas gifts, and attending ceramic classes.

She was very friendly, always willing to lend a hand, and was very kind hearted. She loved her family and always put them first.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence “Buzzy” Larose, of Barton; her children: Christopher Larose of Newport Center, and Monica Larose of Burlington; her grandchildren: Dylan Poginy, Kayana Larose, Kaylene Larose, and Kaydriene Larose; her father, Raymond Daigle, of Connecticut; her siblings: Michael Daigle and his wife, Meghan, of Connecticut, Robert Daigle and his wife, Debbie, of Connecticut, John Daigle and his wife, Pam, of Connecticut, Anthony Daigle and his wife, Julie Stephenson Daigle, of Norwich, Brian Daigle of Florida, Susan Brousseau and her husband, Richard, of Connecticut, Kathy Blake of Connecticut, and Linda Petricola and her husband, Dennis, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on January 17, in Barton.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Stories reflect beauty, complexity of Vermont

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WEB review vermont fictioncopyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Contemporary Vermont Fiction, an Anthology. Edited by Robin MacArthur. Published by Green Writers Press. Paperback. 226 pages. $21.00.

Vermont has a lot of writers. In fact, I’ve heard, or read, that it has more writers, per capita, than any other state.

What editor Robin MacArthur has done with this anthology is collect some of the best work of some of the best of them. The book includes pieces by Howard Frank Mosher, Julia Alvarez, Castle Freeman Jr., Wallace Stegner, Annie Proulx, and Bill Schubart, as well as from at least a half dozen perhaps less familiar, but no less moving, writers.

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In boys basketball: Falcons defeat Thunderbirds

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Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll.  Duncan finished with 12 points on the night.  Photos by David Dudley

Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll. Duncan finished with 12 points on the night. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons defeated the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds 65-53 Friday. Led by senior guard Keenan Warner, who scored the game high of 15 points, the Falcons jumped on the Thunderbirds early on and never let up.

Falcons coach Ed Duncan was pleased with his team, who defeated the Thunderbirds by five points in their previous meeting.

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In Troy: 100 North, where the East meets Western comfort food

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Amy Wan (right) and chef Mike Wheeler go over the night's dinner menu at 100 North Restaurant Saturday.

Amy Wan (right) and chef Mike Wheeler go over the night’s dinner menu at 100 North Restaurant Saturday.

copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by David Dudley

TROY — Amy Wan grew up in the restaurant business. Her parents, Emily and Kenny Wan, own and run Wok and Roll in Newport. So when Ms. Wan opened her own restaurant, 100 North in Troy on January 2, it would seem like a natural progression. But, Ms. Wan said, her venture began as more of a joke.

“My Dad bought the building at 100 Route 100 at auction,” Ms. Wan said. “He had this building, but he didn’t want to open another Chinese restaurant. We were talking, and I said I’ll take it! He asked if I was serious. That’s how it became mine.”

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Medical pot users banned from guns

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copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by Tena Starr

A North Troy man suspects that the reason he was not allowed to buy a .38 revolver last year is that he uses marijuana for medical purposes.

He may be right. Although no state law prohibits a medical marijuana user from buying or owning a gun, federal law does.

Steve Merrill said he’s been collecting guns since he was a kid and had his own store in Pennsylvania at one time. He moved to Vermont in 2001 and had no trouble buying guns here either — at least until a year or two ago.

In 2009 he got a certificate saying he could use marijuana to treat a chronic illness and a crippled foot. Mr. Merrill says he’s never been a recreational drug user, he doesn’t even indulge in a beer very often.

But the regimen of pills he was given to treat perpetual pain didn’t set well.

“God help you if you ever get sick and you look at food and want to wretch,” he said. “A lot of people underestimate pain.”

He said he asked his own doctor “how do you know I’m not scamming you?” when he sought the certificate that would permit him to use pot medicinally. “I’m sure you get a few bad apples who buffalo their scrips.”

The marijuana works, Mr. Merrill said. It restores his appetite, and there’s relief from pain — common comments from those who use medicinal pot.

Trouble arrived, however, when he went to Derby and tried to buy a revolver from Mr. O’s and was asked to fill out the form required when buying a gun.

“I checked off that I didn’t use illegal drugs because I figured it was a health matter,” he said. “It’s between me and my doctor.”

And medicinal use of marijuana is legal in Vermont.

The gun seller told him he couldn’t buy the .38, that he’d been denied with no explanation.

“I thought it was weird. I have no felonies, no hunting or fishing violations,” Mr. Merrill said.

He thought it might be because of his politics. He has testified in favor of Vermont’s medical marijuana bill, and he has a weekly cable show that, as he puts it, “makes fun of local politicians and the CIA.”

After talking to a friend, however, he wondered if the certificate allowing him to use pot for pain might be the problem.

“There is no state law that would prohibit a person who is on the registry from purchasing a firearm,” said Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Francis Aumand on Tuesday. “There is nothing that prohibits that based on state law.”

Federal law is another matter.

In 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) wrote a letter to “all federal firearms licensees.”

It says that its purpose is to provide guidance since a number of states have passed legislation allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

“As you know, federal law…prohibits any person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substance Act)…from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition,” the letter says. “Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law.

“Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.”

Medical marijuana users should say yes to question 11 on Form 4473, the letter says.

Form 4473 is the document that must be filled out when a person wants to buy a gun. An untruthful answer to its questions is a crime. Question 11 asks about the person’s criminal history, drug use, citizenship, and more.

Although the letter is now four years old, Boston-based ATF spokesman Christopher Arone said that it’s still in effect.

There have been no changes in policy, he said on Tuesday.

However, he added, people who want to know why they weren’t allowed to buy a gun can, in writing, request an explanation from ATF. The explanation will not be given to the gun seller.

One thing that Mr. Merrill and others wonder is how ATF gets their information.

“I’m not sure how they would know, due to medical privacy,” Mr. Merrill said.

Bob DePino, field coordinator for Gun Owners of Vermont, said he’s long been aware that medical marijuana users are not permitted to buy guns, and he doesn’t approve of that rule. In fact, he doesn’t approve of background checks.

“Medical marijuana is illegal on the federal level,” he said.

Vermonters who are against guns are working at having all federal laws enforced in Vermont, he said. “They’re trying to get all the medical records. If you seek treatment, you are now on that list.”

contact Tena Starr at tenas@bartonchronicle.com

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