New Village Pizza brings back old menu


Ryan Lewis and Marcia Brown are the new Village Pizza owners. The restaurant is now called Lewis Village Pizza and brings back the old substation menu with a few additions.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Ryan Lewis and Marcia Brown are the new Village Pizza owners. The restaurant is now called Lewis Village Pizza and brings back the old substation menu with a few additions. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

DERBY — Companions Ryan Lewis and Marcia Brown bought Derby’s Village Pizza two months ago. After a month of renovations, the restaurant, now called Lewis Village Pizza, is open again.

“I always told people that one of these days this is what I was going to do,” Mr. Lewis said Tuesday.

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When a rock festival takes over a small town…


WEB shape of the skycopyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015

Shape of the Sky, by Shelagh Connor Shapiro. 242 pages. Paperback. Published by Wind Ridge Books. $15.95.

Reviewed by Tena Starr  

The Northeast Kingdom and rock festivals have a historic relationship, so Shelagh Connor Shapiro’s lovely novel, Shape of the Sky, is not as far-fetched as one might think.

In this book, Resolute, Vermont, population 613, decides to host a big rock and roll concert in order to raise money. Although a fictional town, Resolute is obviously set in Orleans County. It’s small, rural, poor, and populated by characters.

At Town Meeting, the local music teacher mentions that he’s asked Vermont’s most famous native rock band if they’re interested in holding a concert in town.

Predictably, some favor the idea, and some don’t. Yes, thousands of fans would boost the economy, if only for a weekend. And, yes, it’s likely to be messy. Yes, farmers could rent out campsites, and local businesses would benefit from the traffic.

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AnC Bio is back on track


A rendering of the proposed 85,000-square-foot AnC Bio building.  According to the permit, a portion of the eastern side of the present Bogner building will be demolished to build the new structure.  When complete the plant is expected to employee as many as 500 people.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A rendering of the proposed 85,000-square-foot AnC Bio building. According to the permit, a portion of the eastern side of the present Bogner building will be demolished to build the new structure. When complete the plant is expected to employee as many as 500 people. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — AnC Bio, the biomedical facility being developed with money from the federal EB-5 visa program, is back on track. A press release from Jay Peak late Tuesday afternoon said the state Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) has approved a revised “private placement memorandum.”

The expiration of that document, which serves as a guide that potential investors can use to judge the potential risks and rewards of a project, led the state to ask Jay Peak to suspend its search for investors last year.

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Obituaries April 1, 2015

obit DavioAngeline M. Davio

Angeline M. Davio, 92, of Newport died on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 6, 1923, to James and Virginia Moyer in Newark, New York. On July 22, 1942, she married Elwood Davio, the former postmaster of Newport, who predeceased her on December 12, 2007.

She will be remembered as working at JJ Newberry’s and M.H. Fishman in Newport.

Mrs. Davio enjoyed reading, attending family events, and visiting friends and shut-ins.

She also attended St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her three children: Theresa Drake and her husband, Philip, of Derby, Cheryl Davio and Brandon Davio of Newport; four grandchildren: Paula Gratton and her husband, Ronnie, of Fairfax, Scott Drake and his companion, Jeremy Davis, of Saratoga, New York, Douglas Drake and his wife, Tammy, of North Troy, and Rhonda Drake and her companion, Dave Roy, of Fairfax; and by her great-grandchildren: Tia Drake and her companion, Tyler Judd, of Newport Center, Nathaniel Drake, and Emma Drake of North Troy.

At Mrs. Davio’s request, there will be no calling hours and the graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. Spring interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery 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.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit FoyMarie Judith “Judy” (Tremblay) Foy

Marie Judith “Judy” (Tremblay) Foy, 92, of Island Pond died peacefully on the morning of February 26, 2015, while surrounded by family and loved ones at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Chandler, Quebec, on July 1, 1922, to Napoleon Narcisse and Marie Helene “Sarah” (Senechal) Tremblay.

On July 20, 1945, she married Albert Joseph Foy, and together they had six children. She had a deep belief in God and this served as the cornerstone of her life. Most of her life was spent raising her family and simply being present for everyone she came into contact with. She had a sincere, strong love for people, especially children, and as a result came to be known as “Grammy Judy.” Grammy Judy’s love was infectious, she always saw the best in everyone, and as long as she was around, no one went without love, attention, or food! She worked tirelessly to make anyone and everyone feel comfortable in her home, and she had a wonderful sense of humor that stayed with her until her passing. She will be missed by so many and the world will not be the same without her.

In past years, she worked for the Canadian National Railroad in Bryant Pond, Maine; The Brown Company in North Stratford, New Hampshire; and Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Island Pond. She was a former member of Island Pond American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, and was an active volunteer for many years at the Island Pond Senior Center. In April of 2006, she traveled to the Vermont State House in Montpelier where she proudly received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in Community Service from former Governor Jim Douglas. She was also a breast cancer survivor and she participated in several cancer walks, including one in 2014 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her six children: Margaret Morrill and her husband, Robert, of West Glover, David Foy and his wife, Paula, of Johnson City, Tennessee, George “Tony” Foy and his wife, Sue, of Island Pond, Fred Foy and his wife, Gina, of Morrisville, John “Charles” Foy of Plant City, Florida, and Kathleen Fitzgerald and her husband, Matthew, of Williston; two brothers: Roderick “Roddy” Tremblay of Quebec City, Quebec, and Rudolphe “Duffy” Tremblay of Chandler; two sisters: Marie-Anna “Mamie” Wall of Chandler, and Marie-Ange “Nonie” Urquhart of Sept Iles, Quebec; and by 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert; her parents; six brothers and six sisters; and by a great-grandson.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, with a celebration of her life following.

Donations in her name may be made to Island Pond Community Services, Inc., P.O. Box 446, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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obit HawksworthBretton J. Hawksworth

Bretton J. Hawksworth, 15, of Newport Center died on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Newport, with his family by his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Newport on November 22, 1999, the beloved son of Jodi Hawksworth and James Hawksworth Jr.

He was a freshman at North Country Union High School in Newport. He was a young man with many interests including a love for country music, visiting hunting camps, baseball, hunting, fishing, camping at Will-O-Wood, playing video games, eating Chinese food, and spending quality time, including tractor pulls with his very special friends, the Roberts family.

He was a member of North Country Union High School’s JROTC program. Because of his interests in the military, in particularly the Green Berets, he was inducted into the organization by a group of Green Berets, who traveled from various locations to present him with this incredible honor of achievement.

He is survived by his mother, Jodi; his sister Brianna; his grandparents, Tom and Rachel Carr, “Grammie and Grampie”; his father, James, and his stepmother, Stacie Beauchemin; his stepbrother Christian; his stepsister Maddison; his grandmother Margaret Hawksworth, “Nanny”; his step-grandparents, Donna and Lester Jewer, “Meme and Papa Lester”; his aunts and uncles: Laura Deuso, Pete Cullinane, Paul Cullinane, Mike Cullinane and his wife, Sue, Shari Ryan and her husband, Sean, Kyle Hawksworth, and Troy Carr and his wife, Karen; and by a numerous amount of cousins who carried a special place in his heart.

He was predeceased by his grandfather James W. Hawksworth Sr., “Grampy Hawksworth”; and by his aunt Ginger Hawksworth.

Bretton was a very special young man. His witty sense of humor and one-line jokes kept us laughing right into his final days. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and also by his loveable cat Whiskers. We love you, bud. All our lives have been blessed by being with you.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., where services will be also be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

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

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obit QuigleyJune M. Quigley

June M. Quigley, 82, born in Paris, Ontario, Canada, died peacefully on March 21, 2015.

She was born on May 15, 1932, to Harry and Hephzibah Firth.

She and her husband, Ronald E. Quigley, married in Toronto, Ontario, on July 24, 1954. They moved to the Northeast Kingdom in December of 1962. She loved northern Vermont and made it her adopted home, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. She was a committed volunteer and active leader in many groups — she was the troop leader of the junior and senior Girl Scouts of Derby Line; and artist and creative art teacher at North Country Union Junior High School; president, vice-president, and ways and means chairperson of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary; and founder of the Fairy Godmother group, supporting the premature babies of Orleans County. Her other activities included membership in the Four Seasons Garden Club of Orleans County, president of the Newport Women’s Club, vice-president of the Memphremagog Historical Society, member of the board of directors of the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, and she received distinction in the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Her love, creativity, theme parties, and apple pies will be deeply missed by her loving family, including her husband, Ron; her sisters: Sylvia Mitchell and Norma Sukornyk; her sisters-in-law: Margaret Quigley and Marion Quigley; her daughters: Valerie Strunjo and her husband, Tom, and Jennifer Lilly; her sons: Gordon Quigley and his wife, Jeane, and Bruce Quigley and his wife, Lisa; her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many dear friends both near and far. We will miss you, Mom!

The celebration of her life will be on April 11, with calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m. and the service to follow at the Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Ms. Quigley’s family very much appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105 Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Boundary Rotary Club, P.O. Box 662, Derby Line, Vermont 08530, or 4 Rue Principale, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E5.

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obit WarnerMarguerite M. Snider Warner

Marguerite Warner, 94, died peacefully on March 20, 2015, in Lowell with her family at her bedside.

She was born on September 21, 1920, in Lowell, daughter of Harry and Mae Ducharme Snider.

On October 31, 1938, she was married to Alvin Warner and they raised six children.

For many years she was a member of the Lowell Congregational Church. While her children were young she stayed at home, being a devoted wife and mother. Also, during that time, she excelled at being a cook, seamstress, gardener and farmerette. When the children started college, she became a cook at Johnson State College.

In 1973 the family united forces and built Missisquoi Manor (a bowling alley, dance hall, roller skating rink and banquet center). She, with the help of family members, catered many wedding, anniversary, retirement, birthday, and other celebratory parties. She also worked in the kitchen during dances and assisted with bowling alley responsibilities.

After Missisquoi Manor was sold, she continued to be an avid gardener, and her home was surrounded by beautiful flowers. She continued to prepare meals for church events and made several dozen of her famous doughnuts for every jam session put on for the church. At her home there were always homemade goodies for children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and cousins and friends when they stopped to visit. She will always be remembered for her kindness to and concerns for everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Warner; and their six children: Albert Warner, Priscilla Matten, Delvin Warner, Lorin Warner, Arlon Warner, and Alden Warner and their partners. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral services at this time. Plans will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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At Lake Region: Madame Rivard to leave the classroom


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.”

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No special scrutiny for AnC Bio


Bill Stenger.  Photo by Richard Creaser

Bill Stenger. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle March 25, 2015

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


Sugaring the old-fashioned way.  Photo by Tena Starr

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 — from the CCCC.

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Death notice

Marguerite M. Warner 

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

A complete obituary will follow.


Albany students meet a musher and his dogs


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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