Ruminations: On seasonal cooking in northern Vermont

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web ruminations cookbookcopyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014

by Tena Starr

Marcie Kaufman is a professionally trained chef who lives in Jay. She graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier in 1992, but began her career earlier, in 1987, as an apprentice boulanger and patissier.

To translate broadly, that means she is a very good baker and pastry maker.

Ms. Kaufman has now written a cookbook called Seasonal Appetite, a Chef’s Celebration of Vermont’s Seasons. She says the solitude of her own kitchen has replaced the restaurant’s “animated discourse.”

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Quebec man makes 400-mile sojourn on foot

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Regent Hurtubise finds rest and an omelet at Paddie's Snack Bar in North Troy Saturday morning.  Photos by David Dudley

Regent Hurtubise finds rest and an omelet at Paddie’s Snack Bar in North Troy Saturday morning. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014 

by David Dudley

DERBY — If you were driving along Route 105 this past weekend, or Route 5 on Monday, chances are you passed a well-tanned man, walking, pushing a cart with bicycle wheels alongside the road, accompanied by his dog. On Monday afternoon, he rambled his way through Derby, on his fiftieth consecutive day of walking this summer.

That man is Regent Hurtubise, 66, of Chartierville, Quebec, which is just across the New Hampshire border. His beloved dog, who travels with him, is named Rocky. Though Mr. Hurtubise may look, at first glance, like a drifter, he is a homeowner in Quebec, living off a pension from the Canadian government. Mr. Hurtubise and Rocky are on the final leg of a 400-mile walk.

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Perkins wins titanium in national dance competition

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Kendra Perkins is wearing the medal she won in Sheer Talent national competition in Las Vegas in July.  Behind her are some of her dance photos and trophies.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Kendra Perkins is wearing the medal she won in Sheer Talent national competition in Las Vegas in July. Behind her are some of her dance photos and trophies. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

DERBY — At age 19, Kendra Perkins was no stranger to national dance competition. She had been there four times before.

July 7 to 12 was her fifth time at the Sheer Talent competition, and she came home from Las Vegas with a titanium medal. Her score was 298 out of a possible 300 points from three judges.

“I came off the stage and I was bawling,” she said. She thought she had done badly. A perfectionist, she often reviews videos of herself dancing to try to improve. It turns out she did pretty well, even though she wasn’t satisfied herself.

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Stenger admits investors were informed late

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The Tram Haus Lodge is the first project using EB-5 funds to be completed at Jay Peak.  Some investors in the project are unhappy about changes to the ownership structure made unilaterally by Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, the general partners in the project.  Investors were notified of the changes nine months after they were put into effect.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Tram Haus Lodge is the first project using EB-5 funds to be completed at Jay Peak. Some investors in the project are unhappy about changes to the ownership structure made unilaterally by Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, the general partners in the project. Investors were notified of the changes nine months after they were put into effect. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014 

by Joseph Gresser

JAY — Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros didn’t live up to state standards when they waited nine months before notifying 35 EB-5 investors they had dissolved the partnership that owned the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort, according to Brent Raymond, director of International Trade and the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center.

Mr. Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak along with Mr. Quiros, agrees that the notification process was botched.

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Obituaries August 6, 2014

obit AldrichJames L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, of Derby died on July 27, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.

He was born on the family farm in Derby on August 25, 1935, to Ira and Beatrice (Coutts) Aldrich.

He married a local girl, Joyce French of Rock Island, Quebec, in 1964 and for the past 50 years, they have lived on the family farm.

Mr. Aldrich was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was very active in the local congregation as well as in their building construction program. He enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others and he especially liked talking about the future.

He was a “jack of all trades” and had a wide variety of interests such as farming, operating his sawmill, woodworking, gardening and sitting on the front porch with family and friends. He kept up with the “neighborhood news” and enjoyed having visitors and meeting new people.

He was the oldest of five children and leaves behind his daughter, Leah, and his siblings: Bob Aldrich and his wife, Betty, of Derby, Dean and his wife, Chris, of Orleans, and Beatrice Nelson and her husband, Roger, of Derby; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his younger brother Bill; his grand-dog Dakota; and by his wife.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ConnollyArthur Henry Connolly

Arthur Henry Connolly, 76, of Brownington died suddenly on August 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 11, 1938, in Sullivan, New Hampshire, to Henry and Emily (Bernier) Connolly.

On June 1, 1988, he married Marcia Jacobs, who survives him.

Mr. Connolly was a self-employed logger and farmer. He was an avid lover of horse pulling. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Pulling Association and the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association. He enjoyed shooting his guns, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Connolly of Brownington; his children: Steven Connolly of Winchester, New Hampshire, and Lynn Bodo and her husband, Todd, of Moosup, Connecticut; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Roland Fontaine of Cannan, New Hampshire, Don Connolly of Northfield, and Henry Connolly and his companion, Jane Stone, of Brookfield, Pauline Menard and Deb Shambo, both of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mildred Henderson.

He was predeceased by a son, Arthur Connolly; and by three brothers: Ed, Bob, and Ron.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Barton fairgrounds on August 16, at the horse pulling arena starting at 3 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DeLaBruereGaetan Yvon De La Bruere

Gaetan “Gate” Yvon De La Bruere, 50, of Coventry died suddenly on August 2, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on September 7, 1963, in Newport, and was the beloved son of John and Helena (Perron) De La Bruere.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1983, he entered the family business and worked for his father as a Master Electrician at Newport Electric. In 1989, he left to formulate Gate’s Electric, Inc. with business partner Dennis Lantagne.

Outside of work, he enjoyed teaching, including classes for aspiring electricians at the North Country Career Center. He was also fond of the outdoors, spending most weekends on the lake or in the forest. A proud father, Mr. De Le Bruere never missed an opportunity to cheer on his children at the rink, on the track, or at the field.

He was happiest when he was helping people. His children called him “Superman” because he would always drop whatever he was doing to come to the rescue. When a friend or family member was in need, he was always the first person to call on. He always said his purpose in life was to lighten the burdens of others, and it was a purpose fulfilled.

Members of the community likely met Mr. De La Bruere on a late night call to restore power and to keep their families warm, or giving light to their new dream home. He brought warmth and light into every life he touched, and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons: Mitchell, Collin, and Spencer; the mother of his children, Carla; his beloved granddaughters: Gabrielle and Lily; his parents: John and Helena De La Bruere; his brothers: Alain and his wife, Irene, and their children: Alaina, Olivia, Donovan, and Aaron; Bert and his friend, Katrina, and his children: Kyle and Lori; and by his sister Louise Whipple and her husband, Don, and their children: Jonathan and Sydney. He had a special friendship with Robert Desrochers and Daniele Simpson, Richard and Louise Bouffard and their children, his business partner Dennis Lantagne and his wife, Annette, and his dear friend Sheila McFarlane.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Derby Elks Club. He will be interred in a private family service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a trust for the benefit of his grandchildren at Passumpsic Savings Bank on 1 Gardner Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit graves 2Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves

Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves, 37, of Island Pond died suddenly on July 31, 2014, in Morgan.

She was born on August 13, 1976, to Joseph and Lise (Archambault) Marcoux.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1995.

She worked at Tivoly in Derby Line and Poulin Lumber in Derby.

Her hobbies included drawing, camping, fishing, and playing music, especially the guitar and keyboard.

She is survived by her children: Zachary Hawkins of Island Pond, Julia Graves of Holland, Ethan Graves of Holland, and Noah Twofoot of Brownington; her mother Lise Archambault and her companion, Percy Lagasse, of Derby; her father Joseph Marcoux and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center; her brother Shannon Marcoux and his wife, Teresa, of Cabot; and by numerous, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lise Archambault, in care of the Community Bank, P.O. Box 455, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, for a fund for her children.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit LyonClaire C. Lyon

Claire C. Lyon, 89, of Brownington died on July 29, 2014, in Burlington, after a short illness.

She was the oldest of nine children of Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.

She had a longtime love of cooking, having been a chef at the East Side Restaurant in Newport for 25 years. She then worked at the Maple Lane Day Care Center for ten years.

She enjoyed making wedding cakes and birthday cakes for all her grandchildren. She also enjoyed making doughnuts for her family and friends.

The joys of her life were her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They made her face light up. She would always put others’ needs before her own.

On January 18, 1945, she married the love of her life, Harold A. Lyon. Together they had five children.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Thibault, and her husband, Michael, of Burlington; three sons: John Lyon and his wife, Lorraine, of Derby, Jessie Lyon and his wife, Connie, of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and Robert Lyon and his wife, Rose, of Brownington; several grandchildren: Aurie Thibault, Jed Thibault and his wife, Allie, Daniel Lyon and his wife, Jessica, Amanda Dagesse and her husband, Gerard, Melanie Munroe and her husband, Chris, Ryan Lyon and his wife, Kristan, Sarah Merrill and her husband, Ron, Jared Lyon, James Lyon, Brandy Robillard and her husband, Zachary, Michael Cyr and his wife, Heather, and Matthew Lyon; and by her great-grandchildren: Reese Thibault, Bethany Lyon, EmmaLou Lyon, Christopher Dagesse, Miles Munroe, Trevin Merrill, Sean Merrill, Ethan Robillard, Nicholas Robillard, and Hayden Robillard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Lyon; her parents; her daughter, Sally Lyon; and by several brothers and sisters: Blanche Coates, Maurice Perry, Loretta McCoy, Noel Perry, Francis Perry, Leon Perry, and Mary Ann Darling.

A memorial service will be held at the Brownington Congregational Church on Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.

obit QuirionMonique Prevost Quirion

Monique Prevost Quirion, 86, of Coventry died peacefully on July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 10, 1928, in St. Victor de’Beauce, Quebec, to Benoni and Delina (Doyon) Prevost. On May 28, 1952, she married Marcel Quirion, who predeceased her on October 31, 1985.

They owned and operated the family dairy farm in Coventry and they also owned and operated the former Royal Restaurant in Newport and the Newport Redemption Center.  Mrs. Quirion was also a cook for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for 11 years. She was an excellent seamstress and had many other hobbies: knitting, crocheting, gardening, embroidery, making all sorts of crafts, baking, and cooking.  Her entire life was devoted to the Lord and to her loving family. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella since 1954 and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Helene Chilafoux and her husband, Rance, of Coventry, Louis Quirion and his wife, Leigh, of New Haven, Connecticut, Luc Quirion and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Roger Quirion and his wife, Christine, of Holland, Julie Carrier and her husband, Peter, of Coventry, and Robert Quirion and his wife, Tracie, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Alan Desroches and his wife, Lisa, of Coventry, Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, of North Troy, Gilles Gentley and his wife, Sarah, of Hardwick, Jeff Gentley and his wife, Angie, of Waterbury, Andrew Ouimette of Newport, Erica Ouimette of Newport, Erin Yarborough and her husband, Trey, of Michigan, Jennifer Davis and her husband, Jeremy, of Derby Line, Michael Quirion and his wife, Moira, of Newport, Kyle Quirion of Plymouth, New Hampshire, Alisha Clark and her husband, Drew, of Burlington, Ann Harnish and her husband, Joe, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Eric Carrier and his wife, Heather, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, Marc Quirion of Coventry, and Patric Quirion of Coventry; by numerous great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Leandre Prevost of St. Thomas Daquin, Quebec, Leonard Prevost of Beloeil, Quebec, Hugues Prevost of Longueil, Quebec, Theresa Plante of Newport, and Claire Charpentier of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; and by her son-in-law Rock Desroches and his wife, Judy, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by her son Gilles Quirion on July 13, 1974; her daughter Suzanne Desroches on December 30, 1998; by her son-in-law Roger Ouimette on April 24, 2004; and by her siblings: Alban Prevost, Jean-Marc Prevost, Gerard Prevost, Yolande Beaudoin, Marilouis Prevost, and Patrick Prevost.

Funeral services were held on August 1 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

obit RuggieriMary E. Ruggieri

Mary E. Ruggieri, 48, of West Charleston died on July 28, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 7, 1966, in Newport to Gilbert and Linda (Murphy) Hill. She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1984 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Lyndon State College.

Ms. Ruggieri enjoyed doing craftwork, gardening, housekeeping, and collecting antiques.

She is survived by her children: Travis Bartley and his wife, Johanna, Logan Bartley and his fiancé, Mariah Goodell, and Drew Bartley, all of Derby; by her parents, Gilbert and Linda Hill, of Lowell; by her boyfriend, Randy Sheltra, of West Charleston; by her grandchildren Madyson, Colton, Denver, and Paislee; by her sisters Lisa Pion of Lowell and Erin Oeschger of Derby; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice 

Carol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at 1 p.m.

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Patty A. Paige

A memorial service for Patty A. Paige will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the First Congregational Church in Orwell, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow.

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Beer book serves up history, profiles, tales

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by Bethany M. Dunbar

Vermont Beer; History of a Brewing Revolution; by Kurt Staudter and Adam Krakowski, published by the History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 2014, paperback, 190 pages, $19.99.

Since 1991, Vermont has had more breweries per capita than any state in the nation. But for 100 years, until the Vermont Pub and Brewery and Catamount Brewing Company went into business in 1989, the state had no legal breweries.

The state’s earlier past was quite spirited, with an estimated 125 to 200 active distilleries in 1810.

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Brighton couple finds their family cemetery plot occupied

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Charles Roth stands in front of the grave that was dug in his family’s plot over the winter.  When he and his wife, Linda, visited the grave this spring they discovered that someone had apparently been buried   there without their knowledge.  For a story, please see page twenty-two.   Photo by Tena Starr

Charles Roth stands in front of the grave that was dug in his family’s plot over the winter. When he and his wife, Linda, visited the grave this spring they discovered that someone had apparently been buried there without their knowledge. For a story, please see page twenty-two. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle July 30, 2014 

by Tena Starr

BRIGHTON — Charles and Linda Roth visited their family cemetery plot here in late April and were astonished to find that someone had been buried in it over the winter.

“We visited the cemetery to pay our respects, and we saw there was an apparent burial there,” Mr. Roth said. “I don’t know who’s in there, or if anyone is in there.”

But it sure looks like someone is, he said.

“I really was shocked when I came down to remove the wreath,” Mrs. Roth said. “I thought what is that?”

First, Mr. Roth went to the State Police. “They chose to do little or nothing,” he said.

Then he went to the Brighton Selectmen.

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Royal Lipizzan Stallions to perform at fairgrounds

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Madeline McCoy, with her mother, Amy McCoy, and sister Sophie, pet an off duty Lipizzan in Barton Sunday.  Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will return for more shows later this month.  Photo by Micaela Bedell

Madeline McCoy, with her mother, Amy McCoy, and sister Sophie, pet an off duty Lipizzan in Barton Sunday. Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will return for more shows later this month. Photo by Micaela Bedell

The Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform at the Orleans County fairgrounds in Barton, from Friday, August 1, to Sunday, August 3, and again from Friday, August 8, to Sunday, August 10.

The horses will be stabled at the fairgrounds. This is a rare opportunity to see these majestic equines perform.

Back in the days of sword-and-armor battle, horses were used as partners and soldiers in arms. One of the highest esteemed of the war horse breeds was the Lipizzan. Founded in the sixteenth century and used by Austrian forces, the breed was tailor made to have a born-in desire and athleticism to jump, leap, and kick their way through enemy lines. The historic rescue of the breed by General Patton during World War II is the only reason these horses still exist today. Thanks to the Herrmann family, the ancestors of those original horses are in the United States and perform the same maneuvers that were used in battle and are displayed to this day at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

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Obituaries July 30, 2014

obit bean BeanNiles A. L. “Sonny” Bean

Niles A. L. “Sonny” Bean, 81, of North Troy died suddenly on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 31, 1933, in Newport, to Niles and Constance (Rocheleau) Bean.

On October 13, 1956, he married Yolande Roberts, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a lineman for Citizens Utilities, from where he retired after 37 years of service.

Mr. Bean was a member of the North Troy American Legion Post #28 and the NRA. He loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and watching the birds come to his feeders.

He loved watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play sports and he followed their progress at award ceremonies for all sports as well as academics.

He is survived by his wife Yolande Bean of North Troy; his children: Robin Hamel of North Troy, Tina Pare and her husband, Michael, of Wyoming, Julie Healy and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Kim Cole of Derby; his grandchildren: Josh and Travis Bean, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chaveze and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Courtney and Justin Healy, and Tabitha Cole; his sisters: Noami Chaffee, and Joyce Pray and her husband, Ronald; his sister-in-law Judy Bean; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Norman Bean.

Funeral services were held on July 28, in North Troy. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Paint Fund, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KinersonLucille M. Kinerson

Lucille M. Kinerson, 82, of Irasburg died on July 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 9, 1931, in Sheldon, to Albert and Ida (Jutras) Menard.

She was a supervisor for housekeeping at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for many years.

She enjoyed her family and family gatherings. She loved to watch the Red Sox.

She is survived by her children: Michelle McCormick and her husband, Mac, of Barton, Jeff Roy of Irasburg, and James Roy and his wife, Susan, of Fairfax; her grandchildren: Amy and Steph of Warren, Chad and Amanda of Coventry, Brian and Karen of Orleans, Andrew and Michael of Montpelier, and Zachary and Michael of Fairfax; her great-grandchildren: Christopher, Keaton, Maggie, Graydon, and Bryce; her siblings: Gerald Menard of California, Daniel Menard of Fairfield, Ruth Brousseau of California, Hortence Vanslette of Highgate, and Anita Paradee of Enosburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons: Stephen and Larry; two brothers: Furman and Pete; and by two sisters: Marion and Minnie.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Enosburg. Interment followed in St. John’s Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LucasKaren Jayne Lucas

Karen Jayne Lucas, 57, died suddenly on July 26, 2014, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on May 22, 1957, in Newport, to Stella Lorimer and Clive “Henry” McCormick.

She was a kind, caring, and selfless woman. Filled with compassion and kindness, she touched those around her. There is nothing she would not do for someone. Her generosity extended beyond those she knew and loved.

Her heart was full of love for her grandchildren. She loved watching her granddaughter Zoe perform. She was there opening night of Oliver and was blown away by how her beautiful granddaughter graced the stage.

She was so proud of the hardworking young man Andrew is becoming. She looked forward to the afternoons that she would sit and watch him mow her lawn then enjoy take out from China Moon.

She was Logan’s biggest fan at all his sporting events, always bragging about his athletic accomplishments and abilities.

She enjoyed taking her youngest grandchild, Lila, “shopping, shopping, shopping!”

Unlike so many in this world, she gave more than she took. We should all strive to make the world a kinder, more happy place, the way Ms. Lucas did.

She will be deeply missed by her co-workers at Revision.

She was a friend everyone wished they could have.

She is survived by two children: Rhonda Lucas of Derby Line, and Sara Merrill and her husband, Randy, of West Charleston; her siblings: John Wilson and his wife, Janis, of Newport, Joy Wallace and her husband, Danny, of Ontario, Canada, Dawn Perry and her husband, Kevin, of Derby, Danny and Kevin McCormick, both of Goshen, New Hampshire, and Terry McCormick of Swanzey, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Janice Keet in 2001.

Her spirit is carried on by two daughters, four wonderful grandchildren and six siblings. She will be reunited with her father, mother, and sister Janice.

In life she was an example of what humanity can be and with her passing we must all spread kindness and love.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARonald Baker McKenny

Ronald Baker McKenny, 75, died on July 25, 2014, in Newport, following a long illness.

Son of Gordon and Dorothy (Baker) McKenny, he was born in Newport on October 30, 1938, and attended Newport schools. Upon graduation in 1956, he attended Tilton School, Mitchell College and the University of Vermont before joining the Vermont Air National Guard in 1962. After his training, he joined the two-family business of CS Emery & Company, Customs Brokers on the northern Vermont border.

In 1964, he married Sandra L. Haselton and they raised their family in Newport, where they lived together for most of their 49-year marriage.

Mr. McKenny was probably the longest continuous member of the Newport Country Club (NCC), from 1952 to 2013.

He was a young teenager when he began his lifelong love/hate relationship with the game of golf. As an adult, he served on the NCC board of directors and as president during the clubhouse reconstruction in 1993. He was honored in 2010, when they named him to NCC’s honor roll.

One of his favorite days of the year was the NCC Family Day, an annual golf tournament that was played every July Fourth. The original McKenny Team grew to an extended group of 15 to 20 “family” members over the years. He enjoyed the countless hours organizing the group, making sure that each of the family teams was balanced and fair.

In addition to being a golfer, he loved a great book and was a voracious reader. He read several novels each week and had previously been a trustee and board of director president of the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport for many years.

He was an avid and devoted Red Sox fan, going as far as listening to games on the radio while fishing and then later finishing up watching it at home on television after the fish were caught (or not!). Throughout his life he alternately cheered and lamented their annual journey toward the pennant race.

He possessed a great sense of humor and unique style of writing. He wrote many letters and later e-mails to newspapers, friends and family, always open and honest with a flair that was enjoyed by all.

Family was of utmost importance to him. Some of the highlights of his later life were the visits from his twin granddaughters. When they weren’t badgering him to read to them, they were beating him at cards. Rummy was a particular favorite. Annual trips with family and lifelong friends to the Wells Beach area of Maine for lobsters and steamers was the highlight of every summer, and was a tradition that he always looked forward to.

Upon Mr. McKenny’s retirement in 1993, he and his wife spent their winter months in Vero Beach, Florida, making many new friends, and enjoying the sunshine and new golf partners.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his daughters: Heather Menard and her wife, Sara LaBarre, of Milton, and Alicia Hanrahan and her husband, Doug, and their children: Serena and Bailey of Randolph; his brother Douglas McKenny and his wife, Sara, of Newport Town; his sister-in-law Jean McKenny of Derby; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Stanley McKenny.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in his memory to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Junior Golf Program at the Newport Country Club, 590 Mount Vernon Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit St. OngeMichael S. St. Onge

Michael S. St. Onge, 40, of Brockton, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, he was son of Joseph R. St. Onge of Lowell and Margaret A. (Turcotte) St. Onge of Brockton.

Michael was raised in Brockton and moved to Lowell at the age of 15. A graduate of North Country High School in Newport, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Brockton area and when living in Vermont was a chef at Hidden Country Restaurant for 15 years.

He was a very outgoing man who was friendly and kind with everyone. He was an outdoorsman who loved skiing, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

He was the brother of Rhonda Emmons and her husband, Robert, of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Mark St. Onge of Lowell, and Aimee St. Onge-Fadli and her husband, Azeddine, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He also leaves four nieces and nephews: Olivia and Jason Emmons and Amani and Amir Fadli.

A celebration of life was held in Brockton on July 24.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02130; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148.

Online condolences at www.conleyfuneralhome.com.

obit TetreaultGeorgette E. Tetreault

Georgette E. Tetreault, 84, of Derby died peacefully on July 26, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on August 12, 1929, in Newport, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1947.

Ms. Tetreault worked many years as a dental assistant in the area, which was very rewarding since she enjoyed meeting and helping people.

Her main joys in life were her children, family, and friends whom she kept close her entire life. They were all cherished by her.

Her hobbies included gardening, entertaining, cross-country skiing, traveling with her friends, picking apples in the fall, and cooking for family gatherings.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy, a former member of the Ladies Alter Society, Ladies First for Breast Cancer, and Home Dem. At one time, she taught CCD classes.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Laber and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Susan Keysar and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Thomas Tetreault and his wife, Mary, of Newport Center, Margaret Derick and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Richard Tetreault and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center; her 12 grandchildren; her 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Norbert Lessard and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Sister Henriette Lessard of Littleton, New Hampshire, Eleanor Test and her husband, Gene, of Florida, and Jeannine Lessard of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers: Paul, Dominique, John, Philip, and Jules Lessard; and by two sisters: Laurence Lessard and Rita (Sister Rose Helen).

Friends may call on Friday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 1, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ladies Alter Society, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

James L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, formerly of Derby, died on July 27, 2014, in Glover.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Service

Wayne Badger

A graveside service for Wayne Badger will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 1, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with full military honors.

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In boys AAU basketball: Orleans County Challengers go to the nationals

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Pictured are the Orleans County Challengers.  In the back row, from left to right, are: Shelly Lanou, Priscilla Stebenne, Isaiah Braithwaite, Ajay Warner, Drew Drageset, Dalton Gentley, Evan Inkel, and Albert Stebenne.  In the front are:  Matthew Menard, Braydon Leach, Landyn Leach, Dillon Stebbins, and Connor Lanou.  Photo courtesy of Martha Braithwaite

Pictured are the Orleans County Challengers. In the back row, from left to right, are: Shelly Lanou, Priscilla Stebenne, Isaiah Braithwaite, Ajay Warner, Drew Drageset, Dalton Gentley, Evan Inkel, and Albert Stebenne. In the front are: Matthew Menard, Braydon Leach, Landyn Leach, Dillon Stebbins, and Connor Lanou. Photo courtesy of Martha Braithwaite

copyright the Chronicle July 23, 2014

by Isaiah Braithwaite

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — We are the Orleans County Challengers. Players from Glover, Irasburg, Albany, Orleans and Derby compete for us. We got together for our first practice in March after our junior high basketball season ended. Despite being competitors just days before, we all immediately got along. Not only playing basketball but off the court, too, we were all friends before teammates.

It was obvious in our first game, that in Vermont, we would be a force to be reckoned with, scoring 79 points in our first game together. After four tournaments, with four games in each one, we were champions — we hadn’t lost a single game.

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