At Lake Region: Madame Rivard to leave the classroom

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Sally Rivard, or Madame, as her students call her, is leaving the classroom after 30 years of teaching French at Lake Region Union High School.  She will coach other teachers and help them self-reflect on their own teaching practices.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Sally Rivard, or Madame, as her students call her, is leaving the classroom after 30 years of teaching French at Lake Region Union High School. She will coach other teachers and help them self-reflect on their own teaching practices. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle March 25, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

When you enter classroom 213 at Lake Region Union High School, you’ll find it filled with French-related paraphernalia. Canadian, French, and Haitian flags are suspended from the ceiling, and a bilingual “unload at top only” plaque hangs on the back wall above travel posters.

“I got that one from Jay Peak,” said Sally Rivard, who has been Lake Region’s French teacher for the past 30-odd years.

This is her last year of teaching French at Lake Region. Her blue eyes sparkle and her blond, jaw-length hair swishes as she talks about her students’ curriculum, which she is obviously passionate about.

Her infectious grin makes it easy to see how she made a lasting impression on the people she worked with over the years and the students she taught.

Principal Andre Messier was a senior when Ms. Rivard, or “Madame,” as her students call her, first taught at Lake Region.

“He was only sent to the office once,” she said of her former pupil. She also said he was a good student.

“She was always dynamic and full of energy,” Mr. Messier said. “Both of my kids had the benefit of it.”

That energy explains the huge variety of activities and subjects Madame included in her curriculums.

For every quarter, students study a song, a book, a movie and have both a listening project and a cooking project.

“Oh, there’s the escargot,” Mr. Messier said when describing the types of sounds and smells that might waft down from the second floor where Madame teaches.

Her own French teacher, who died last year, inspired her.

“She approached the classroom with a sense of play,” Madame said. “That’s cool. I sort of try to honor her by doing that.”

When Ms. Rivard first moved to Barton 30 years ago, the area resembled her own hometown of Deerfield, Massachusetts, she said.

“There wasn’t any diversity,” she said.

She decided to give kids an idea of other cultures. Together they explored stereotypes and backed away from them to ask “why” and “what does that say about people?”

“I think my role is to cause other people to think about stuff,” she said. “Humanity is the common denominator.”

Mr. Messier said she has children speak, hear, and read the language through culture.

There are two types of culture, Ms. Rivard said, little “c” which includes day-to-day life and habits, and big “C,” which encompasses history, art, dance, and music.

“There’s always food,” she said, referring to techniques that get students involved. “That usually does it.”

In the French culture unit this year, students tried escargot, or snails, for the first time. Half the class loved it, some hated it and the rest felt indifferent, Ms. Rivard said.

“They’re willing to try something new and different.”

Level four students worked on the Renaissance period in France, cooking raspberry and nutella-flavored macaroons, which were created in the renaissance.

Next up, chocolate, which was imported during the Enlightenment period and was all the rage at the French court.

By picking topics that are likely to interest the kids but still have historical or cultural importance, Ms. Rivard gets the students to think backwards and make connections.

One student was interested in hunting and decided to compare practices in the United States to practices in France, discovering that people don’t hunt as much there.

Ms. Rivard said that according to the student’s research, one possible reason for that was connected to history.

“Hunting was traditionally for nobles and kings,” she said.

With restrictions on hunting land, peasants simply couldn’t hunt and the practice didn’t develop the way it did here, she said.

Some of her cultural teachings hit even closer to home, going into the students’ own cultural roots by learning how to pronounce Canadian French or Québécois using a book called Québécois for Dummies and online tutorials.

The students’ own grandparents’ accent and Québec’s media outlets made the teachings more relevant.

The people at Lake Region taught her some things about French too, Quebecois French.

“We joked about creating a dictionary of Québécois words versus Parisian words,” Mr. Messier said.

Despite her French name, Madame’s background is English.

“I can’t be a French teacher with the name Filkins,” she said, joking that she married her husband for his French name.

The French curriculum is both local and global, covering cultures from around the world that speak French.

In a unit about Haiti, students read a book about a day in the life of a Haitian child. The book was written in Creole, French and English side by side, which allowed students to see the differences and similarities between the languages, Ms. Rivard said.

They discussed political turmoil, resilience, what people value and why they go to extremes. They went into a civics discussion asking how to help raise the standard of living and whether or not it’s their place to do so.

“She has kids experience the language,” said Mr. Messier. “It’s not just textbooks.”

In fact Ms. Rivard has made sure her teachings reached further than the classroom and affected more people than just her own students.

The higher French levels did a research and community project of their choice, but the project had to have a long-lasting impact for the community, she said.

One student who loved ballet and recognized the French names of ballet positions decided to make a YouTube video explaining the positions and their names as a teaching tool for an after school class.

“That’s longevity,” Ms. Rivard said.

Lake Region welcomed kids from France on Wednesday, March 25, for a two-week visit. Ms. Rivard had to find homes for 19 kids and two chaperones.

It’s the first time Lake Region has welcomed a class from abroad during the school year, she said. The 16- and 17-year-olds will spend a day and a half in school with her students.

“It’s going to be a challenge because English is not their focus,” Ms. Rivard said about the visiting teenagers.

The students are from an agricultural and equestrian school and want to see the flora and fauna of Vermont.

While the upper French classes at Lake Region speak almost entirely in French in class, Ms. Rivard expects some communication difficulty. The goal of speaking mostly French in class is to help students not feel scared to try and speak, and to feel comfortable expressing themselves.

According to Mr. Messier, Ms. Rivard’s influence is also felt in other departments, like the Spanish department.

Ms. Rivard said she’s been working closely with the Spanish teacher to ensure students are being evaluated similarly in both programs.

Next year she will work even more with other teachers in the school since she is not actually leaving, only moving out of the classroom, she said.

“My role for next year is to be a coach,” she said.

She will observe other teachers’ courses and help them self reflect about their practices in a program tentatively called Mutually Exploring Teaching And Learning (METAL).

“I’m glad that I’ll be able to work here part-time because it would be like tearing out a part of my soul if I leave here cold turkey,” she said. “It’s been great fun. I would never have swapped this job for anything.”

contact Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph at natgagjo@bartonchronicle.com

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No special scrutiny for AnC Bio

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Bill Stenger. Photo by Richard Creaser

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Despite reports to the contrary the AnC Bio biomedical project is not being given special scrutiny by the state.

State regulators are taking a closer look at all EB-5 projects in Vermont in light of stronger federal requirements and increased use of the visa program by Vermont businesses.

Last summer Governor Peter Shumlin asked the Department of Financial Regulation to get involved in overseeing EB-5 projects in the state, said Pat Moulton, commissioner of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), on Monday.

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A look at the internal struggles of an early feminist

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by Natalie Hormilla

Martha Oliver-Smith of Albany has written something like a memoir, except it’s not really about herself.

The main character of Martha’s Mandala is another Martha, the author’s maternal grandmother, Martha Stringham Bacon, who went by the name of Patty. Ms. Bacon was a talented artist and writer who lived mostly in the first half of the twentieth century, but you had to personally know her to know any of that. She was better known during her life as the wife of Leonard Bacon, an accomplished writer who won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for a collection called Sunderland Capture.

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Sugar-on-snow party in Craftsbury

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Sugaring the old-fashioned way. Photo by Tena Starr

The Craftsbury Community Care Center (CCCC) will host its annual sugar-on-snow party on Saturday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

There will be plenty of local maple syrup to pour over snow, doughnuts, and pickles, too. The popular Chinese auction will feature delicious baked goods, everything from breakfast coffee cakes and muffins to the most decadent chocolate desserts.

This year’s raffle prizes are truly outstanding. They include a handcrafted eight-inch cherry salad bowl, a Blackwatch plaid flannel twin bed quilt, a gift certificate to Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville, and a selection of High Mowing seed packets.

Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5, and are on sale at CCCC.

For more information, call the CCCC 586-2414 or visit www.craftsburycommunitycarecenter.org. — from the CCCC.

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Obituaries March 25, 2015

obit BeginJames Begin Sr.

James Begin Sr., 64, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 26, 1950, in Concord, to Ludger and Mary (Whiting) Begin. He attended school at Coventry Graded School and attended Lake Region Union High School.

He was veteran of the United States Navy. He was owner and operator of Begin’s Small Engine Repair.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, Western clothing, music, books, movies, listening to Western music, woodworking, dancing at Warner’s in Lowell, drawing, and tinkering on things he could tear apart and put back together. He also enjoyed playing cowboys with his grandson Lance.

He was a supporter of the Veterans Administration.

He is survived by his sons: James Lee Begin and his wife, Shannon, of Stowe, James Eric Begin and his wife, Jackie, of Morrisville, Jason Begin and his wife, Jennifer, of Morrisville, Christopher Begin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and James Oliver Begin Jr. of Concord; his grandchildren: Diamond Rae, Cheyenne, James Eric Jr., Tieshia, Natasha, Ethan, and Lance; his brother Dennis Begin of St. Johnsbury; and by his sister Christine Begin of Alabama.

Funeral services were held on March 19, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family in care of James Begin Jr., P.O. Box 411, Concord, Vermont 05824.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BicknellMildred Partridge Bicknell

Mildred Partridge Bicknell, 92, of Newport died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 13, 1922, in Flint, Michigan, to Arthur and Ruth (Hood) Partridge. On September 27, 1941, she married D. Stanley Bicknell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2011.

She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre. She loved being around her children, and grandchildren, spending time at camp and their home in Sarasota, Florida, water skiing, and mountain climbing.

She is survived by her children: James Bicknell and his wife, Joan, of Newark, Douglas Bicknell of Seattle, Washington, Marvin Bicknell and his wife, Helen, of Franklin, Stephen Bicknell and his wife, Myrna, of Kalispell, Montana, Raymond Bicknell and his wife, Donna, of Beebe Plain, and Nancy Smith and her husband, David, of North Troy; her grandchildren: Morgan, Jericho, Kati, Anna, Erin, Luke, Bridget, Jessie, Ramon, Melody, Rebecca, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua, Kappes, Amanda, and Thomas; 16 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers: Alan, Maurice, Lawrence, and her twin brother Max.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Irasburg. Spring interment will be in Jericho Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, Attention Nancy Smith, 1 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Shirley Willis Collins

Shirley Willis Collins, 92, a native of Westfield who more recently lived in Swanton, died on March 20, 2015, at the Northwest Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Born in Westfield on April 1, 1922, she was daughter of the late Ray and Helen (Taylor) Willis. She attended Westfield and Troy graded schools and Newport Center High School. On February 24, 1940, she married Elroy H. “Tom” Collins, who predeceased her on April 22, 2001.

She was a lifelong parishioner of the Westfield Congregational Church. During her 30 years living in Lowell, she was an active member of the Lowell United Church Ladies Aide Society and the Lowell Graded School PTA. After moving to Morrisville, she became a member of the Copley Hospital Auxiliary and a longtime volunteer in the Copley Hospital Thrift Shop.

Survivors include two sons and their wives: Donald and Susan Collins of Swanton, with whom she made her home, and Russell and Therese Collins of Fairlee; her daughter Linda Jackman of Colchester; her grandchildren and their spouses: Stephanie and Patrick Phillips, Gary and Ammie Collins, Kristina and David Collins, Brian and Lourdes Collins, Greg and Jennifer Collins, and Tom and Sam Jackman; her great-grandchildren: Troy, Tara, McKenzie, Matthew, Alexis, Connor, Kennedy, Addison, Campbell, and Beckett Collins, as well as Kieran Phillips and Noella Jackman; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Marion Myott, Hilda and Yves Daigle, and Beverly and Everett Hisman; a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Annette Willis, all of Westfield; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 61 years, Tom, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Willis, in 1979.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at The Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton. The Reverend Charles Purinton, interim pastor of the Saint Albans Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will take place in the spring at the Collins family lot in the Westfield Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 27 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mrs. Collins’ memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at www.kiddermemorialhome.com.

obit dragesetLinda G. Drageset

Linda G. Drageset, 50, died on March 13, 2015, at her home in Irasburg, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 31, 1964, to Marcel and Pauline (Ducharme) Cotnoir in Newport. She married Andrew Drageset Sr. on May 13, 2002.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her kids and grandkids. She loved cooking for everyone as well. She was very artistic and had a love for drawing and refinishing furniture.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew; her mother, Pauline, of Florida; her children: Angelee Peck and her companion, Alain Pion, of Albany, Amber Wright and her husband, Wade, of Barton, and Andrew Drageset Jr. of Irasburg; her grandchildren: Ashten Peck and Axel Pion of Albany; her seven siblings, which includes brothers: Donald Cotnoir and his wife, Noella, of Coventry, and Richard Cotnoir and his wife, Dinah, of Irasburg; and by her sisters: Francine Cotnoir of Newport, Rejeanne McBreairty and her husband, Elby, of Brattleboro, Yvette Patenaude and her husband, Norman, of Newport Center, Doris Ryan of Newport, and Denise Royer and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A gathering was held in Irasburg on March 20.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FugereMathild “Tillie” V. Fugere

Mathild “Tillie” V. Fugere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1921, in Derby to Eugene and Mathilda (Marois) Vigneault. On June 1, 1948, she married Louis A. Fugere, who predeceased her in 1971.

She and her husband purchased the Fox Farm on Shattuck Hill over 60 years ago. In the early years, they raised beef cattle and chickens and any variety of farm animals in which their children were interested. As the good cook and seamstress that she was, Mrs. Fugere inspired her children to learn these basic skills as well. Gardening was one of her favorite past times, and she spent many hours tending both vegetable and flower gardens. She appreciated nature, and in her later years she enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture some of its beauty through artwork. For a number of years she was active in square dancing and enjoyed the new friendships it offered.

She was a bookkeeper for the former Chittenden Bank in Newport for over 30 years. Camaraderie with work colleagues endured throughout the years and she looked forward to her get-togethers with the “girls from the bank,” which continued regularly until recent months.

During her retirement, she and her sister Zelma operated the Fox Farm as an antique and used furniture business. Together, they enjoyed wintering in Florida for a number of years. In the summer months, they spent time antiquing in Maine and New Hampshire and participating in many antique shows and flea markets throughout northern New England. Among the collections of glassware she appreciated most are the “hens and chicks on the nest.”

She was a very faith-filled woman and devotion to the church was important to her. She was a devout parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. She was also a loving grandmother, “Memere,” to three grandchildren who will remember her well for the seemingly bottomless jar of homemade sugar cookies that greeted them upon every visit, and for grilled cheese sandwiches cut in a special way, in “little fingers.” The grandchildren will also tell you that Memere made the best doughnuts that can be found!

Her generous spirit, her unwavering devotion to her family and her faith, and her ability to live life joyfully will forever be an inspiration to those who loved her.

She is survived by her children: Louise Mathews and her husband, Ed, of Underhill Center, Joanne Fedele and her husband, John, of Newport Center, and Joseph Fugere and his wife, Patricia, of Hyattsville, Maryland; her grandchildren: Alissa Fedele of New Orleans, Louisiana, Genevieve Fugere and her fiancé, Stephen Hulick, of Washington, D.C., and Gavin Fugere also of Washington, D.C.; many nieces and nephews; and by her caregiver and companion, Bonnie Little.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters: Juliette in infancy, and Zelma Vigneau on February 9, 2011.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

It is the family’s wish that contributions in her memory be made to one of her favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders. Donations may be sent to the attention of Louise Mathews, P.O. Box 114, Underhill Center, Vermont 05490.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GrondinCarol J. Grondin

Carol J. Grondin, 58, of Albany died suddenly on March 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born on June 23, 1957, in Barre, to Dorothy (Hemp) Goodridge and the late Donly Goodridge Sr.

She was employed by North Country Hospital in the operating room and housekeeping department, and also at one time for the Vermont Teddy Bear company.

She enjoyed her yearly shopping with her sisters in North Conway, New Hampshire. She also enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, visits at her family camp “Beahive,” and spending time with her grandchildren.

On February 14, 1976, she married Michael Grondin, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Joshua M. Grondin and his wife, Casey, of Morrisville, and Monica Grondin of Albany; her grandchildren: Katlyn, Derek, Madalyn, Abigail, and Syrus Grondin; her siblings: Jean Bezio and her husband, Charlie, of Newport, Donly Goodridge Jr. of Eden, Susan Richardson and her husband, Jim, of East Albany, Gilbert Goodridge and his wife, Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of East Albany; several nieces and nephews; and by her sisters- and brothers-in-law: Peter Grondin, of Newport, Terry Grondin of Morgan, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Danny, of Derby Line, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Barbie Fecteau of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his wife, Tina, of Concord.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Keith Grondin.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GuyetteJames C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 11, 1954, in Newport to Merrill and Lois (Dunn) Guyette.

He was employed by Tivoly Inc. in Derby Line for over 30 years.

He found the best times were visiting antique stores looking for “treasures” or shopping all the craft stores for art supplies. Family and friends were always the most important thing to him. He was so proud of his two sons, Adam and Justin.

When he was given his diagnosis in November his only thought was to spend the last time he had with his family and friends as much as he could. He couldn’t think of anything else he really wanted to do. He enjoyed art, collecting telephones, porcelain ornaments and he liked to jog. He also cared for his partner Melinda’s kids and considered them part of his family, his children and his grandchildren.

Always smiling and happy no matter how much pain and suffering he was going through in life, he was a beacon that touched many lives. He will be forever missed, our lives will never be the same without him. He was definitely one of a kind. The world lost one of the best and it certainly was not fair….

He is survived by his sons: Adam Guyette and his girlfriend, Jackie DeRoehn, of Newport, and Justin Guyette of Jay; his mother Lois Guyette of North Troy; his partner of 15 years, Melinda Wood, of Derby Line; his siblings: Dave Guyette and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center, John Guyette and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, and Carol York of Hookset, New Hampshire; the mother of his two sons, Tina Thayer, and her husband, Oscar Thayer, of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by five half-brothers and -sisters and their families: Merrilyn Currier, Merrill Guyette Jr., Muriel “Mert” Dunn, Maurice “Mike” Guyette, and Mary Gagnon, all children of Ruby I. Waterman.

Funeral services were held on March 20, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HutchingsSteven Maurice Hutchings

Steven Maurice Hutchings, 61, of Orleans died on March 22, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on October 23, 1953, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to John and Mary (Doxter) Hutchings. He graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Massachusetts, in 1971.

He was a self-employed carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and he loved to play the drums. He liked to be surrounded by his friends and family.

He is survived by his children: Ian Hutchings of Bakersfield, and Meghan Rith and her husband, Daravann, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Zoey and Zahra Rith; his siblings: John “Jack” Hutchings Jr. of Rutland, Massachusetts, Susan Hutchings of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Donald Hutchings of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Mary Beth Hutchings and her husband, Ed, of Lancaster, Masschusetts; his companion, Ellen Bean, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Autism Society of Vermont, P.O. Box 978, White River Junction, Vermont 05001, or at www.asvermont.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup, 68, of Burlington died on March 14, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 27, 1947, in Newport to Walter and Gladys (Burns) Waters. On March 26, 1965, she married Richard Rivard.

She was a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance Company.

Her hobbies included listening to Irish music, playing bingo, and reading.

She is survived by her children: Tracie Rivard Higgins and her husband, Andy, of Fletcher, and Kerry Rivard and his wife, Tonya, of Winooski; her grandchildren: Krystina and her husband, Nick Cheshier, and Alyssa Higgins; her great-grandchild Rylan Cheshier; her brother Wayne Waters and her sister Kathy Waters, both of Buffalo, New York; and by a special aunt, Sadie Waters, of Newport.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Spring interment will take place in Moretown.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit jonesMarion Louise (Worthylake) Jones

Marion Jones of Craftsbury, St. Johnsbury, and most recently of Barnet died on Monday, March 16, 2015, surrounded by her daughters. She was 96 years old.

She was born in Medford, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1918, the second of five children born to James and Louise (Stannard) Worthylake. Her husband, Paul Stewart Jones, died in White Plains, New York, in 1981.

During World War II, she served as a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant, stationed at Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, from December of 1943 to November of 1945. She is honored on the World War II memorial in Malden, Massachusetts, and the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She was a longtime resident of White Plains, and an active member of the Women’s Club of White Plains. Retiring as an executive secretary at Ciba-Geigy, Inc., she moved to Rye, New Hampshire, where she volunteered at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Over 55 Club, the Rye Garden Club, the Rye Art Club, and the Rye Congregational Church.

She moved to Vermont, living on Webster Street in St. Johnsbury before residing for eight years at the Craftsbury Community Care Center and later with Cindy, Matt, and Paula on Kitchel Hill in Barnet. Her final months were spent as a resident at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.

She is survived by her three daughters: Meredith Jones of Albany, Paula Lawrence of Barnet, and Cynthia Spring-Burak and her husband, Matt, of Barnet; 14 grandchildren: Meredith’s six children: Kamael, John, Greta, Belle, Jean Marie, and Hannah; Paula’s daughter Samantha; Cynthia’s five children: Ezra, Lila, Jesse, Nathan, and Galen; and Matt’s two children: Heather and Kate; her great-grandchildren: Ethan, Rohan, Julia, Brody, Andrew, Sky, and a little girl on the way; Dale, Cheyenne, Zachary, and Noah; Riley, Parker, Natalie, and Baylee; and by her nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased two brothers: Ned and James Worthylake; and by two sisters: Ruth White and Louise Maines.

The family will observe their services privately.

Memorial contributions, marked in her name for the Resident Activity Fund, may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com.

obit lussierBertrand L. Lussier

Bertrand L. Lussier, 87, died on Friday evening, March 20, 2015, at his home in Enosburg Falls.

He was born on May 18, 1927, at home in East Albany, son of the late Antonio and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier.

In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving during World War II on the USS Manchester in the Atlantic Theater. He received his honorable discharge in 1949. Following his discharge, he worked for a brief time at General Motors in Massachusetts and then returned to Vermont where he bought and sold farms throughout the state. He also was a logger, sugar maker, heavy equipment operator, salesman, land speculator, cattle dealer, and in his earlier years he owned and managed a Ford tractor dealership in Hardwick. He was best known around the state as an auction ring man. He also built the Pine Cone Snack Bar in East Berkshire, where he also built Berkshire’s first baseball fields.

He was an active member of the American Legion Post #42 in Enosburg Falls, where he served as the post service officer and in 2014 he was honored with a plaque on the legion “Wall of Honor.”

He is survived by his children: Parma Jewett and her husband, Duane, of Montgomery, Brent Lussier and his wife, Cindy, of Enosburg Falls, Sandra Lussier of Vancouver, Washington, Suzette Draheim of Brookings, Oregon, and Terrance Lussier and his wife, Debbie, of Redman, Oregon; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his companion of 35 years, Sandi Murphy, of Enosburg Falls, and her children: Matt and Luke Murphy; Sandi’s six grandchildren; his siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernard Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Beatrice Lussier of Berkshire, and Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews, including Larry and Bea’s children and their families, whom affectionately referred to Mr. Lussier as Uncle Pepe.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Laurent and Roger Lussier; and by his sisters: Marielle Stone and Lorraine Lussier.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held later this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion Post #42, P.O. Box 572, Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450; or to Camp Ta Kum Ta, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, Vermont 05486.

Online condolences at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn I. Messier

Marilyn I. Messier, 73, of Newport died on March 17, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 25, 1941, in Newport to Archie and Muriel (Ward) Leithead.

She was a sander for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.

Her hobbies included crocheting, fishing, visits from her grandchildren, and she enjoyed her many cats she had over the years. She was an avid Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.

She is survived by her children: Tina St. Onge of Arkansas, Robert Messier of Hartland, Bryan Messier and his wife, Delores, of Beebe Plain, and Mark Messier of Newport; her grandchildren: Christopher St. Onge and his wife, Christina, April Messier, Stephanie and Nicholas Messier, Natalie Birchfield and Jessie Smith, and Lucien St. Onge and his wife, Tricia; her great-grandchildren: Jesse, Jasmyne, Karson, Adam, Jeffrey, and Jacob; two great-great-grandchildren: Connor and Ethan; her siblings: John and Sylvia Ward of Newport, Bruce Leithead of Georgia, Douglas Leithead of Newport, and Lucille Hind and her husband, Jimmy, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother Pearl Leithead; and by her brothers: Edwin and Arthur.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit ReynoldsGloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds

Gloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds died peacefully on March 22, 2015, in Newport, after several months of courageous battle with a rare form of disease affecting the kidneys and blood. Due to a recent fall, other complications set in.

She was born in Newport on August 10, 1940, to Floyd and Laura (Barber) Lontine.

She attended Sacred Heart High School then transferred to Newport High School, from where she graduated. She then attended Champlain College, where she obtained an associate’s degree in math. She loved to work with numbers.

She worked for Community National Bank, the Ames Department Store as assistant manager, then as executive director for the city manager of Newport, until she retired.

Her passion was her love of golf, until she suffered from a back injury. She especially liked Tiger Woods. She loved to play at the Orleans Country Club with Pat Hunt and other ladies. She then turned and devoted the rest of her life to helping veterans. She became a life member and got really involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She served as president and secretary of Post #798 in Newport. She then went through the chairs in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and was state president from 1994 to 1995. Then from 1998 to 2000, she was national councilwoman, covering District 2 Massachusetts and Vermont. She traveled extensively through the U.S. She was then approached by the Eastern States Conference to go through the chairs for national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), but decided not to go any farther. She has received numerous awards on the state and national levels. She later transferred her membership to the VFW Post #10038 Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans in Lyndonville. She is also a life member of Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary in Island Pond, and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #4329 in Newport. She was proud to watch her daughter Shari follow in her footsteps as she went through the chairs to be state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW department of Vermont from 2012 to 2013. She installed Shari as president and became Shari’s chief of staff during her term of office. They were the only mother and daughter to become state presidents in the department of Vermont.

Ms. Reynolds was always the life of the party and loved to sing and play her guitar. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She especially loved Mr. Reynolds, who was always with her and they always strived to make each other proud and happy. She also enjoyed her German shepherd Chermack, who was always by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Anita Rivard; her grandson Charlie Buckland Jr.; and her former husband who died in a tragic accident, Irwin Piper.

She and Mr. Piper had three children: Julie Dupree of South Carolina, Shari McAllister of Newport, and Jon Piper of North Carolina, as well as grandson Joshua McAllister of Barton.

She leaves her husband, Brad Reynolds, of Derby; four stepchildren: Mary Beth Belmore and her husband, Rick, of Island Pond, Kim Reynolds of Waterbury, Connecticut, Michael Reynolds and his wife, Germane, of Mulberry, Florida, and Jacquelyn LaCasse of Hooksett, New Hampshire; and by her sister-in-law Janice Fournier and her husband, Joseph. Between them, there are nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Lyndonville VFW Auxiliary Post #10038, in care of Bonita Before, P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit RobishawBarbara M. Robishaw

Barbara M. Robishaw, 91, of Derby died peacefully on March 22, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born on November 23, 1923, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to James and Hazel (Smith) McCormack. On July 11, 1942 she married Philip L. “JoJo” Robishaw, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Robishaw moved here in 1985 after her husband retired. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1093. She volunteered for many different causes: North Country Hospital, the Old Stone House, and she was a caregiver for Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc. She was a member of the Garden Club, and she worked many years at the Ipswich Recreation Department.

In her younger years, she enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to the beach with her husband and children.

She is survived by her children: Joe L. Robishaw of Derby, and Nancy B. Simmons and her husband, Ronald, of Beverly, Massachusetts; 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard McCormack and his wife, Shirley, of New Hampshire, and James McCormack and his wife, Kay, all of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Ruth Stackhouse and Maryann Lincoln.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Burial will take place on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Ipswich. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich, on March 27.

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obit StebbinsEvelyn M. Stebbins

Evelyn M. Stebbins, 74, of Irasburg died on March 16, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 22, 1940, to Theodore and Yvonne (Tetreault) Grenier. In 1978, she married Raymond Stebbins, who predeceased her in 2002.

She loved to knit and was known for her Barbie doll clothes. She was also known by the community as “Gram.”

She was the number one fan for all of her grandchildren at all of their sports endeavors. She was especially family oriented and loved their visits and gatherings.

She liked visits from Dexter and Harley, and she loved going to the casino in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children: Deborah Monfette and her husband, Shayne, Cheryl St. Pierre and her husband, Bob, Priscilla Stebenne and her husband, Albert, William Lefevre and his wife, Becky, and Shane Stebbins; 17 grandchildren, three of whom she has raised as if they were her own; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Gervais and Jeanette Omaleski; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Walter.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Interment will take place at a later date at the All Hallows Cemetery in Moosup, Connecticut.

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obit UrieElaine Alexander Urie

Elaine Alexander Urie, 87, of West Glover died on March 17, 2015, at the Union House in Glover.

She was born in Glover on May 24, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Stone) Alexander. She married Bernard E. Urie on December 29, 1945.

She enjoyed many hobbies and activities. She greatly enjoyed children and made friends with many in West Glover and the surrounding area. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She created many quilts for people and clothing for children. She taught herself to draw and paint and to play the piano, organ, and accordion. She made baked goods including pies, which she shared with friends and neighbors at her “pie parties.” She loved giving to others.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Urie, of Barton; her daughter Kathryn Urie and her friend, Zane, of Manchester, New Hampshire; her daughter Elizabeth Bomberger and her husband, Glenn, of Hinesburg, and their daughter Annalise; her son Philip Urie and his wife, Frances, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, and their children: Allyson of Dickson City, Pennsylvania, Nathanael of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Calvin of Tunkhannock; and by her son Stuart Urie and his wife, Darlene, of Tampa, Florida; her son Michael and his wife, Claudia, and their children: Barbie and Sophie of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by her friends who were family to her: Tim and Elaine Mills of Irasburg, and their daughters: Janine of Brooklyn, Sherry of New York City, Michelle of Albany, New York, Lynn of Bristol, England, and Julianne (predeceased).  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard “Jake” Jacobson of South Burlington; her sister-in-law Martha Perron Alexander of Glover; and by her many nieces and nephews whose visits she enjoyed greatly.

She was predeceased by five siblings: Warren Alexander and his wife, Pearl, of Cabot, Eleanor Jacobson of South Burlington, Wayne Alexander of Glover, Rebecca Munson and her husband, Walter, of Colchester, and Richard Alexander and his wife, Lorraine, of Vernon.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Barton. Interment will take place at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the music program at the Glover Community School, 100 School Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Marguerite M. Warner 

Marguerite M. Warner, 94, of Lowell died on March 20, 2015, in Lowell.

A complete obituary will follow.

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Albany students meet a musher and his dogs

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Pictured, from left to right, are Austin Smith, 12, Allison Powell, 13, and their science teacher Cheryl Ecklund.   Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Pictured, from left to right, are Austin Smith, 12, Allison Powell, 13, and their science teacher Cheryl Ecklund. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle March 18, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

ALBANY — Albany Community School teachers had a stroke of genius when they decided on a dog-based teaching unit this winter.

“It really energizes the students, even my students that are the most difficult to get to want to read and write are focused and are interested and have questions and have stories,” said teacher Jennifer Schoen.

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Keep small schools, school directors say

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Bobby Starr.  Photo by Micaela Bedell

Bobby Starr. Photo by Micaela Bedell

copyright the Chronicle March 18, 2015 

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Legislators from the Northeast Kingdom were told in no uncertain terms to oppose Montpelier’s efforts to shut down small schools and consolidate districts.

That stern warning came from school board members from around Orleans County and was delivered Monday night at a gathering held at the North Country Career Center. About 20 legislators and school board members sat around a big table while another 30 or 40 people sat nearby.

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Lake Region Junior Hoops Championship: Irasburg and Orleans emerge as champs

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The Irasburg boys team is pictured.  In the front row, from left, are Donovan Barton, Cy Boomer, Logan Ingalls, Owen Brochu, Christian Poutre, and Landyn Leach.  In the back row:  Tyler Jewer, Josh Cole, Isaiah Brochu, Wyatt Gile, Ryan Moulton, and Tyler Goodridge.  At back center stands Coach Phil Brochu.  Photos by David Dudley

The Irasburg boys team is pictured. In the front row, from left, are Donovan Barton, Cy Boomer, Logan Ingalls, Owen Brochu, Christian Poutre, and Landyn Leach. In the back row: Tyler Jewer, Josh Cole, Isaiah Brochu, Wyatt Gile, Ryan Moulton, and Tyler Goodridge. At back center stands Coach Phil Brochu. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle March 18, 2015

by David Dudley

LRUHS — The Lake Region Junior Hoops season came to an end Saturday at Lake Region Union High School.  Irasburg defeated Glover 32-12 to win the boys division championship.  Orleans squeaked past Irasburg to pull off a thrilling overtime win to take the girls championship.

Before squaring off with Irasburg for the boys title, Glover had to first get past Barton, which had defeated Glover three times in the previous three meetings this season.

Despite the trend, Glover center Kaleb Thaler, who led all scorers with 18 points, felt confident going into the game.

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Obituaries March 18, 2015

obit AllenWolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen, 82, of Brownington died peacefully on March 8, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Allen was born on September 28, 1932, in Westfield, Massachusetts, to Charles Allen and Edith (Correll) Allen. He lived his first 21 years in Grandby, Connecticut, on the Allen homestead. He was the oldest of four children and the family raised tobacco.

In 1953 the family moved to Bradford, where he worked for his father on the Stonecliff Dairy Farm.

He married Doris McClintock in 1968 and had a daughter, Heather Elaine, and a son, Gregory Lorin. He was very proud of Gregory’s daughter Abigail.

After his father’s death he took over running the dairy farm.

In 1981, he married Catherine Nelson and had a son, Charles Edward. He was very proud of Charles’ daughter Rebecca.

In 1983, he and his mother sold the farm and they moved to Sheffield. They lived on a sugarbush and made the best maple syrup around. Mr. Allen also did some logging and sprayed dairy farms. In 2004, they moved to Brownington, where they took life easy and enjoyed their neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Allen, of Brownington; his sons: Greg Allen of Newbury and Charlie Allen and his fiancée, April Kelly, and her kids, Lucian and Kian of Sheffield; by his brothers: David and his wife, Ellie, of Somers, Montana, and Danny Allen and his friend, Shirley, of Kalispell, Montana; and by all his nieces and nephews and their children.

He was predeceased by his father and mother; by his niece Kathy Gardiner; his sister-in-law Roseann Allen; and by a sister, Marilyn Brown.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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OBIT CotaDorann G. Cota

 

Dorann G. Cota, 61, of Jay died on March 10, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on May 1, 1953, in Newport to Vernon and Dorothy (Buck) Prue.

She was employed by Slalom and Bogner of America for over 15 years.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, arts and crafts, and doing puzzles.  She loved all her cats and dogs over the years.

She is survived by Terry Cota of Jay; by her mother, Dorothy Prue, of Derby; by her siblings: Vernon Prue Jr., Ronald Prue and his wife, Grace, Donald Prue and his wife, Sue, Steven Prue, Marlene Marcotte and her husband, Roger, Anita Prue, Sandra Breeding, and Patricia Carter and her husband, Jimmy; and by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Vernon Prue; by her son Robert Cota; by her brother Robert Prue; by her sister-in-law Shirlene Prue; and by her brother-in-law Tom.

Funeral services were held on March 16, in Newport. Spring interment will be at the Jay Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland M.D. Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit HouleLaurette Marguerite Houle

Laurette Marguerite Houle, 89, of Irasburg died peacefully at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on March 9, 2015, after a year of failing health.

She was born on October 19, 1925 in Farnham, Quebec, to Osias and Rose (Amande) Paquette. She and her family moved to St. Albans in 1928, and then her parents bought a dairy farm in Orleans in 1934.

On October 11, 1947, she married the love of her life, Adrien D. Houle, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. She and her husband operated the family dairy farm and produced maple syrup in Irasburg until they sold both operations to their son Ronald and his spouse, Colette, in 1994.

She attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Irasburg and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was an excellent baker who made thousands of doughnuts, cakes and pies over her lifetime. She took pride in her flower beds and huge vegetable garden. Canning and freezing vegetables and fruits filled hundreds of pints and quarts each year. She loved to embroider, sew, quilt, knit and crochet, which she lovingly taught to each of her daughters. Many happy hours were spent playing cards with family and friends. In later years she treasured the time she spent babysitting her grandchildren.

She is survived by Adrien, her husband of 67 years, and their children: Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernie, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ronald and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault) Houle, of Irasburg, and Denis and his spouse, Laura (Boomer) Houle, of Irasburg. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to Matthew Brasseur and his children, Noah and Keera, to Johnathon Brasseur and his spouse, Heather, and their children, Hailey and Tanner, Brian Baxter and his spouse, EmilyWren, Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle. She is also survived by two of her ten siblings: Rudolph Paquette and his spouse, Rena, of Florida, and Theresa Brunelle of Newport; her sisters-in-law: Claire (Houle) Roy of Spencer, Massachusetts, Terry (Houle) Poirier Johnson of Auburn, Massachusetts, Beverly Paquette of Essex Junction, and Theresa Paquette of Springfield, Massachusetts; her brothers-in-law: Donat Houle and his spouse, Gisele, of Orleans, and Daniel Robinson of Omaha, Nebraska; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her eldest son, the Reverend Wilfred Andre Houle; by four of her brothers: Origine, Paul, Andre, and Claude; and by four of her sisters: Rose Angel Faust, Yvette Lamarre, Bertha Turgeon, and Gervaise Lesperance.

A funeral Mass was held on March 12, in Orleans. Burial will be at St. John Vianney’s Cemetery in Irasburg in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John Vianney Building Fund, or the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HunterJohn G. Hunter

John G. Hunter, 74, of Holland died on March 12, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 26, 1940, in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Graydon and Edith (Lomas) Hunter.

He was veteran with the U.S. Marines. He was owner of the former Gantries Bar in Newport and he was a self-employed tile layer for many years.

He enjoyed playing checkers, sailing, and riding motorcycles.

He is survived by his son Daniel Webster and his wife, Megan, of Coventry; two grandchildren: Noah and Addie Webster; his brother David Hunter and his wife, Linda, of Newport Center; and by his caregivers: David and Cathy Godfrey of Holland, where he lived for five years.

A graveside service will be held in the spring with full military honors at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit peckJunnie Harry Peck

Junnie Harry Peck, 81, of Glover died on March 4, 2015 at his home.

He was born on May 14, 1933, in Newport to Harry and Earla (Corkins) Peck. On August 18, 1990, he married Nellie Irish, who survives him. His first wife, Frances Fay Duff, predeceased him in 1967, and his second wife, Beverly Wright, predeceased him in 1985.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He was a plumber and owned J.P.’s Home Maintenance. For 20 years he was a lineman for Seaward Construction in Kittery, Maine.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and wood crafts. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Peck, of Glover; by his daughter Linda Christine Potter and her husband, Jim, of Kentucky; by five grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Jessica, Justin and Jeremy; by his siblings: Terrance Peck and his wife, Esther, of Massachusetts, Bonnie Benway of Glover, and Dixie Vigario and her fiancé, Ben Moreau, of Newport; by his stepchildren: Wendy Graves and her friend, Steve Daggett, of Orange, Donald Boule and his wife, Bonnie, of Connecticut, Richard Bowley Jr. and his friend, Jennifer, of White River Junction, Raymond Bowley and his wife, Penny, of Greensboro, Scott Graves of St. Johnsbury, John Woods, and Dale Woods, both of Florida, and Peter Woods of Newport; and by many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a stepson, Kevin Greenwood; by his sister Mary Ida Morin; by his brother Lyman Peck; and by his brother-in-law Cecil Benway.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.

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obit PrueDorothy E. Prue

Dorothy E. Prue, 92, of Derby died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on June 15, 1922, to Herman and Aurilla Buck.

On June 14, 1941, she married Vernon Prue Sr., who predeceased her.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 Auxiliary.

She enjoyed playing cards, reading, attending family events, and playing bingo.

She is survived by her children: Vernon Prue Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, Donald Prue and his wife, Sue, of New Milford, Connecticut, Ronald Prue and his wife, Grace, of Arcadia, Florida, Steven Prue of Tennessee, Marlene Marcotte and her husband, Roger, of New Mexico, Anita Prue of Phoenix, Sandra Breeding of Crossville, Tennessee, and Patricia Carter and her husband, James, of Newport; and by her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children: Robert Prue and Dorann Cota; and by her siblings: Olin, Henry, Stella, Gladys, and Helen.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on March 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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obit RowleyAlma H. Rowley

Alma Harris Rowley, 95, a resident of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, died peacefully on March 13, 2015, with family at her bedside.

She was born on January 3, 1920, in Greenville, North Carolina, daughter of the late Marion Richard Harris and Mary Belle (Dudley) Harris. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1937 and continued her education at Kings Business School in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduating in 1938. After graduation, she was employed at S.G. Wilkerson & Sons Funeral Home in Greenville.

On July 4, 1943, she married Charles Erwin Rowley of Burlington, in El Paso, Texas. When Mr. Rowley shipped out for England with the Army Air Corps, she moved to Burlington to meet and live with her in-laws and worked for the Draft Board. After the war, she and her husband moved to Massachusetts, where they eventually resided in Northampton.

After Mr. Rowley’s death on October 22, 1966, she went to work in the theater department at Smith College, where she used her expert sewing skills to produce costumes. She returned to Vermont in 1967 and began working at the Bridal Shop in Burlington, where she found a good fit for her sewing skills and love of fabric.

In 1971, she returned to North Carolina, where she opened The Bridal Boutique in Rocky Mount, which she operated for four years. She later worked for an insurance company in Raleigh until retiring.

She retired to Vermont in 1982 and made her home in Greensboro at the Lauradon Apartments. She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ. With her daughter Bobbie, she founded the Senior Trotters in 1999, which continues to this day. In 2011, she moved to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, where she spent her remaining years.

The love of her life were her children and grandchildren and she will be remembered for her love of baking sweets for her children and friends, her excellent southern cooking, her beautiful hand needlework, her accomplished sewing skills, and her wonderful sense of humor.

Survivors include a son, William H. Rowley, and his wife, Sue, of Pembroke, Maine; three daughters: Pamela West of Orlando, Florida, Barbara Nisbet and her husband, Tim, of Greensboro, and Mary Beth Hall and her husband, Wayne, of Hardwick; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five siblings: Lillian Hart, Richard Harris, Carlton Harris, Claude Harris, and William Harris.

To honor her request, there will be no visiting hours. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro, with the Reverend Anthony Acheson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at the Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center.

obit TaylorJack R. Taylor

Jack R. Taylor, 81, of Charleston died suddenly on March 5, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on January 14, 1934, in Charleston to Herbert and Erema (Foster) Taylor. On July 8, 1972, he married Janice Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Taylor was a dairy farmer in Charleston for many years. He farmed and maple sugared all his life with his father. He attended the one-room Center School in Charleston. He enjoyed listening to country music, dancing, playing the guitar, going out to eat with his wife, riding on back country roads, and going to the local fairs.  He and Mrs. Taylor enjoyed watching horse pulling and attending the Charleston school jam sessions.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Charleston; by his brothers: Donald and his wife, Hazel, of Lyndonville, and Ira and his wife, Chris, of Idaho; by his sisters: Evelyn Bowen of Charleston, and Gladys Brome and her husband, Theodore, of St. Johnsbury; by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and by half brothers: Paul Sawyer and his wife, Jeanne, of Connecticut, and Richard Sawyer and his wife, Jan, of Newark.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WilsonBryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson of Craftsbury died on March 9, 2015, after living a long life of quiet dignity.

It is said that one cannot choose how to die, but one can choose how to live.

Mr. Wilson was born on August 4, 1934. He was a lifelong educator. His career in education spanned almost 40 years. After stops in Derby and Hardwick, he ultimately planted his roots in New Jersey, where he was employed by the Waldwick Board of Education for 34 years. As a guidance counselor, teacher and coach, he touched the lives of countless children. His calming manner will be remembered by all who came in contact with him. His subtle wit and wry sense of humor were his hallmarks.

In 1959, he and his wife, Audrey, moved to New Jersey settling in the picturesque Cupsaw Lake section of Ringwood. They raised four children, and upon retirement the couple returned to the family farm in Craftsbury and opened the Whetstone Brook B&B. Mr. Wilson’s wife could often be found in her kitchen telling the guests about her cherished AGA stove. Mr. Wilson would regale the guests with tales of his nine grandchildren, or the town history of Craftsbury, or pretty much anything else. He could converse with people from all walks of life.

Before his illness, he was an avid golfer. He played two or three times a week…and never got better at it. He had a love-hate relationship with the game. Several years ago, his clubs were, shall we say, mercifully liberated from the bed of his truck in the wee hours of the morning. He was quoted as saying, “I hope those clubs cause whoever took them as much trouble as they caused me!” Anyone who has ever played with him knows that would be pretty tough to do.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Audrey; his daughter Lisa Sedore and her husband, Tom, of Craftsbury; his son Terry and his wife, Ginger, of Palmer, Massachusetts; his daughter Karen Starr and her husband, David, of Highland Lakes, New Jersey; his son Jim of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; his grandchildren: Katie and her husband, Nick Meyer, Jessie and her husband, David Upson, Megan and her husband, Jon Amell, Lindsay Sedore, Shannon Wilson, Joseph Starr, Connor Starr, Jonathan Wilson, and Julie Anne Wilson; his great-grandchildren: Madison Amell and Henry Upson; his nephew Ian McMurray; and by his sister Ann Wilson and her husband, Warren Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018; or to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggie’s Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit rivardTheresa N. Rivard

Theresa N. Rivard, 87, of Newport died peacefully on March 10, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 27, 1927, in Glover to Lucien and Yvonne (Coté) Nicole. On June 18, 1955, she married Norman Rivard, who survives her.

Mrs. Rivard was a Daughter of Isabella for over 60 years and accepted offices over the years. She was a Brownie leader for a few years, and she was a volunteer at Bel-Aire Nursing Home for over ten years. She also did prayer services for the people there.

She was treasurer for St. Mary’s Cemetery Association for 30 years, and at one time she was treasurer for the Catholic Order of Foresters in Newport.

She was also a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and sang in the choir for over 50 years and also sang at funerals.  When AARP had meetings in Newport she was secretary.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, she was a bank teller for quite a few years.  She enjoyed playing cards with friends and knitting and crocheting.  She also enjoyed serving the public.

Mrs. Rivard is survived by her husband, Norman, of 60 years; her sister Simone Carreau of St. Johnsbury; her brothers-in-law: the Right Reverend Monsignor Roland Rivard of Burlington, and Maurice Rivard of Albany; her sister-in-law Sister Irene Rivard of Littleton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and by siblings: Jacques, Fernande, and Adelard.

A funeral Mass was held at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on March 13 with the Right Reverend Monsignor Roland Rivard.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Daughter’s of Charity of the Sacred Heart, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

James C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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In Brownington: March Madness tourney raises over $2,000

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Troy's McKenna Marsh takes the ball to the hoop against St. Paul's in the girls division championship.  Photos by David Dudley

Troy’s McKenna Marsh takes the ball to the hoop against St. Paul’s in the girls division championship. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle March 11, 2015

by David Dudley

BROWNINGTON — The Brownington Parent Teacher Club raised more than $2,000 at the second annual March Madness Basketball Tournament at Brownington Central School (BCS) over the weekend.   Boys and girls from schools all around Orleans County took to the courts to show their skills. Of the teams that participated — Brownington, Brighton, Lowell, St. Paul’s, Orleans, NEK Hoops, and Troy — Troy took top honors in both boys and girls divisions.

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