On Seymour Lake: Annual fishing tourney is “a family thing”

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The Falconer family poses on Seymour Lake with Connor's catch, a three-pound, 24-inch lake trout.  Behind him are his father, Chad, and big brother Taylor. The Falconers woke up at 2 a.m. to get ready for the Derby Line Fire Department's benefit tourney Saturday.  By the end of the weekend, big brother Taylor had captured the youth record with a four-pound, four-ounce lake trout.  Photos by Maria C. Young

The Falconer family poses on Seymour Lake with Connor’s catch, a three-pound, 24-inch lake trout. Behind him are his father, Chad, and big brother Taylor. The Falconers woke up at 2 a.m. to get ready for the Derby Line Fire Department’s benefit tourney Saturday. By the end of the weekend, big brother Taylor had captured the youth record with a four-pound, four-ounce lake trout. Photos by Maria C. Young

copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015

by Maria C. Young

There were more stories than fish coming out of the ice at the start of the Derby Line Fire Department’s Annual Ice Fishing Tournament on Seymour Lake Saturday.

Three feet of snow and 20 inches of ice made a formidable barrier between the fishermen and the landlocked salmon, lake trout and brown trout they were after.

From the center of Seymour Lake, there’s an awesome view. Looking south, Elan Hill forms the backdrop, and beyond is Bald Mountain’s pyramid peak.  To the north is Wildwood Valley, where stories and remnants of a skier’s rope tow and the four-cylinder engine that ran it still linger.

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Novel brings Haitian slave children to light

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Reviewed by Tena Starr

The Gold Exchange, Exposing Haiti’s Child Slavery System, by Susan Belding. Paperback. 273 pages. Published by Willoughby Gap Press. $8.14 on Amazon.

Susan Belding (who many of you would know as Susan Ferland) is a former Lake Region Union High School English teacher. She now lives in Florida, where until last month, she continued to teach, although to a quite different student body than the Northeast Kingdom’s. Many of her students have been Haitian, and those students inspired her to write The Gold Exchange, a young adult, coming of age novel that takes a look at Haiti’s deplorable restavek system.

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Obituaries February 11, 2015

obit BenoitNorman “Jake” W. Benoit

Norman “Jake” W. Benoit, 88, of Barton died on February 2, 2015, in Barton. He died on his sixty-third wedding anniversary.

He was born on October 1, 1926, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Theodore and Aimee (Harvender) Benoit.

On February 2, 1952, he married Elizabeth White, who predeceased him on January 22, 2015.

He owned and operated Benoit’s Garage, his own automotive shop, with his father, which started out as a blacksmith shop in North Brookfield, Massachusetts.

He was a veteran of World War II.

The family summered in Barton on Crystal Lake and he eventually moved here with his family in 1972. He was an avid fisherman, cribbage player, and he loved animals and going for rides with his son Norman.

He is survived by his children: Jeanne Tinker of Naples, Florida, and Norman D. Benoit and his girlfriend, Sarah Darling, of Orleans; his grandchildren: Franklin Miller Jr., Miranda Miller, Tyler Tinker, and Theodore Benoit; his great-granddaughter Jenna Bacon; his brother Joseph Benoit, and his sister “Teeney” Laflam, both of North Brooksfield; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Leigh Ann Benoit; and by three brothers and four sisters.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit harrnessShirley M. Harrness

Shirley M. Harrness, 66, died on Thursday, February 5, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Sheldon.

She was born in North Hampton, Massachusetts, on October 9, 1948, the daughter of the late Audrey (Finn) Daniels.

She grew up and attended schools in North Hampton, and South Royalton.

On September 5, 1969, she married Stephen M. Harrness of Randolph, and began the life of farming in Vermont. They worked side by side on their farms in Randolph, Grand Isle, and Enosburg Falls. They started milking 55 cows in Randolph, then grew to milking 100 in Grand Isle and they reached 900 in Enosburg Falls.

They have owned a house in Island Pond since 2002.

When in Grand Isle, Ms. Harrness became active with the children’s school and Parent Teachers Association, the Boy Scouts and 4-H Dairy. She was on the Vermont State 4-H Dairy Committee and she chaperoned 4-H Dairy trips to Vermont fairs as well as Eastern States for many years.

She leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Steve Harrness; and three sons: Thomas and his wife, Liza, of Sheldon, Lawrence and his wife, Mary Jane, of Berkshire, and Dennis of Sheldon. Her grandchildren were her life: Jonathan, Anthony, Perry, Ryan, Makayla, and Lawrence all survive her and she loved making her annual trips with them to the Great Escape, Santa’s Village, and other fun places. She never went a day without her grandchildren around her. She also leaves behind her siblings: Jean Jones and her husband, Bruce, and Audrey Frary and her husband, David, all of South Royalton, Roland Daniels and his wife, Wanda, of Meriden, New Hampshire, and Robert Daniels and his wife, Allison, of El Paso, Texas; her family in Bethel: Debbie and Bill Richards, and father-in-law Mitchell Harrness; her dear, loving friends: Mary Mason of Enosburg Falls, Brenda Dupont of East Haven, and Jackie Dragon of Franklin; Mary, Brenda and Jackie brought her laughter, joy, support, and beautiful friendship; and numerous nieces and nephews who she loved and enjoyed.

Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her siblings: Mary Thurston and her husband, Frank, Roberta Marcroft, Darlene Zonay, and Mark Daniels; her mother-in-law, Corrine Harrness; and her brother-in-law Gregory Harrness.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 13, at 11 a.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Jason McConnell officiating. Friends are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will be held this spring in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Association, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vermont 05478; or to the Vermont Make-A-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

obit HeathWilliam C. Heath Sr.

William C. Heath Sr., 82, of Island Pond died on February 4, 2015, at his home.

He was born on February 2, 1933, in Island Pond, to Sherman and Mildred (Aldrich) Heath.

On January 2, 1953, he married Gleigh Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Heath was a self-employed dairy farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 of Island Pond, and Better Breathers. He was a former lister and a member of the zoning board in Island Pond and the farm bureau.

He liked woodworking, gardening, reading, and enjoyed family gatherings just about every Saturday night. As a jack-of-all-trades he was always giving a helping hand to family and friends. He was often called upon to chauffeur several of the white haired ladies of the family on shopping trips.

He is survived by his wife, Gleigh Heath, of Island Pond; his children: Shirley Mooney and her husband, Steve, of Barton, William Heath and his wife, Donna, of Plainfield, New Hampshire, Lorrie Heath of Island Pond, and Peggy Reed and her husband, Earl, of Newark; his grandchildren: Christopher Mooney, Scott Mooney, Amanda Mooney, Tamara Heath, and Troy Heath and his companion, Sarah Cram; his great-grandchildren: Alice Ball and Raelyn Pytka; his brother Milton Heath and his wife, Fay, of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray, Charlotte Gunn, Gunda Gray, Monique Gray, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan; several nieces and nephews; and by a special longtime family friend, Diane Brindley.

He was predeceased by his brothers- and sisters-in law: Earl “Sonny” Gray, Marilyn Wade, Anna Johnson, Glenn Gray, and Niles “Jody” Gray.

Funeral services were held on February 8, in Island Pond. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Better Breathers at the Cardio-Pulmonary Department, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr., 68, of North Troy died on January 31, 2015, in St. Johnsbury, to the loving arms of his parents, Georgette (Bacon) and Laurent Leblanc Sr.

He was currently greenskeeper at the Newport Country Club. He formerly worked at Jay Peak for many years.

He leaves three sisters: Lorraine Warner of Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rose-Marie Pepin of Meriden, Connecticut, and Rachel and her husband, Richard Powers, of Coventry; two nephews and three nieces; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins who mourn him. He is also survived by his special cousin and friend David and Candy Leblanc whom he enjoyed visiting with and were there for him; his special friend Terry Medley; and by his basketball buddy Pete Gonyer, who enjoyed the games.

At his request, there will be no services.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Special Olympics, which was dear to him.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-rowellGeorge Rowell

George Rowell, 85, died on January 15, 2015, in Crossville, Tennessee.

He was born on April 8, 1929, in South Albany. He was born and raised on a dairy farm, the oldest son of eight children of Harry and Helen (Urie) Rowell.

He was married to his first wife, Ruth McBride, on August 14, 1952. She died on January 11, 1980.

Mr. Rowell married Alta Jackson Wheeler in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on April 23, 1983.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. His college years were interrupted by his Korean War service. He also earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After serving active duty, he continued in the Air Force reserves, with reserve weekend trainings at Hanscom Air Force Base. He was liaison officer commander with the Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he went for five days, for 17 years. He retired as a colonel.

He began his 33-year engineering career with GE in Pittsfield, in ordnance division, and retired from GE in their Cincinnati, Ohio, office, aerospace division, in 1990. He also served as chairman of the Pittsfield Airport Commission for 15 years. He had a passion for flying and owned three small aircraft in his lifetime.

He was a member of the Linary Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Alta; his daughter Susan Hartloff of Ballston Spa, New York; his son, Brian and his wife, Laurie, of Saxtons River; three stepchildren: Laurie Gingras and her husband, Mark, of Pittsfield, Carol Boyer and her husband, Phil, of Nashville, Tennessee, and John Wheeler and his wife, Leisa, of Denver, Colorado; his sisters: Louise, Eunice, and Harriet; his brothers: Marvin, Morris, and Wilbur; 11 grandchildren; and by two great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Ruth; and by his brother Hollis.

There will be a memorial service in Saxtons River in the spring. A memorial service was held in Crossville, on January 19.

obit StebbinsRobin Mary Stebbins

Robin Mary Stebbins, 57, of Craftsbury died on February 3, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 24, 1957, in Petersburg, Virginia, to Rodolph and Mary (Fortune) Chase Sr.

On September 4, 1982, she married George Stebbins, who survives her.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1976 and in 1980 received a bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science at the University of Vermont.

She was a medical transcriptionist for Med Quest.

Her hobbies included making crafts, sewing, needlepoint, gardening, and cooking.

She was a great mother, grandmother, sister, and very hard worker. She had a great sense of humor and liked playing practical jokes. She made the best dinner rolls in the county.

She is survived by her husband, George Stebbins, of Craftsbury; her sons: Alex Stebbins and his wife, Nicole, of Danville, and Benjamin Stebbins and his wife, Amanda, of Morrisville; her grandchildren: Bella and Chase Stebbins; her brothers: Rudy Chase Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Craftsbury, and by her twin brother, Raymond Chase, and his wife, Joyce, of Craftsbury; her nieces: Karen and Valerie Mason, Andrea Phelps, Katie, Julianne, and Mykaela Chase; and by her nephew Nick Chase. She loved her dogs, Sophie and Bailey.

Funeral services were held on February 8, on Craftsbury Common.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VanasseGilles Louis Vanasse

Gilles Louis Vanasse, 84, of Barton died on February 7, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on April 20, 1930, in Sainte Edwidge, Quebec, to Victor and Imelda (Cliche) Vanasse.

On June 21, 1952, he married Jeannette Couture.

He worked as an auto body repairman in various auto body shops before starting Vanasse Auto Body. He ran his business until age 52. After he sold his business, he worked as a carpenter with his son Daniel for ten more years, when he retired at age 62.

In the years before retirement he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and working in the woods. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeannette Vanasse, of Barton; his children: Helene Taylor and her husband, Francis, of West Glover, Paul Vanasse and his wife, Luanne, of West Charleston, Lucille Vanasse of Queensbury, New York, Bertrand Vanasse of Barton, Daniel Vanasse and his wife, Pauline, of Barton, and Gaetan Vanasse of Ocala, Florida; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leo Vanasse of Orleans, and Andre Vanasse of Quebec; his sister Monique Lebel of Quebec; and by several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by seven sisters and three brothers, all of Quebec.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 13, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit whitingLeora Lea J. Whiting

Leora Lea J. Whiting, 78, of Brownington died on January 31, 2015.

She was a beloved and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

She was born on July 18, 1936, to Lee and Alta (White) Barrup.

On March 24, 1956, she married Hazen Whiting, who predeceased her in 2000.

She was a rural route mail carrier for the U.S Postal Service for over 25 years, which she enjoyed until her retirement.

She enjoyed helping her husband, Hazen, with the family farm and spending time with her grandchildren. She was the pastor of the Zion Pentecostal Church of East Charleston for many years.

She is survived by her children: Donna Shelton of Brownington, Deborah Couture and her husband, Richard, of Addison, Maine, and Larry Vance and his wife, Janice, of North Woodstock, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Michel Lawson and his wife, Jena, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Debbie Willard and her husband, Luke, of Brownington, Nick Couture and his wife, Joanie, of Stratton, Maine, Brandon Couture of Middlebury, Larry Vance Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of New Hampshire, Brian Vance of New Hampshire, and Robert Vance and his wife, Mariah, of Newberry; 14 great grandchildren; her brother James Barrup of Brownington; her sisters: Rachel Pray and Sherry Barrup, both of Brownington; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hazen; her son Donald; her brother Everett Barrup; and by her sisters: Pearl Barrup and Ruth Curtis.

Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.

There was a celebration of her life on February 7, in West Charleston. Interment will take place in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Barton Ambulance, P.O. Box 364, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Althea Blair

A memorial service for Althea Blair, who died on December 10, 2014, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the American Legion in Island Pond, from 2 to 4 p.m., with Pastor Sue McKay officiating.

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In girls basketball: Falcons fall to Comets 50-40

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Comets guard Hannah Earl (left) and Falcons forward Morgan Greene (right) vie for a loose ball in the Falcons loss Thursday. Photos by David Dudley

Comets guard Hannah Earl (left) and Falcons forward Morgan Greene (right) vie for a loose ball in the Falcons loss Thursday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 4, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons lost to the Bellows Free Academy St. Albans Comets Thursday, 50-40. Though the Falcons trailed the Comets for most of the game, they took a hard-nosed approach to the game that rattled the Comets early.

“Any time you come to Newport to play these scrappy girls, there’s always going to be a battle,” Comets Coach Richard Berthiaume said after the game. “Tonight was no different. Nothing was easy for us tonight. They fought us the whole way.”

Comets sophomore guard Hannah Earl, who led all scorers with 21 points, heated up early. She hit a wide open jumper from the left perimeter in the opening moments of the game.

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At the Newport Penguin Plunge: The brave leave luau for freezing waters

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Scott Whitehouse of Newport took the Penguin Plunge Sunday. Though he's new to the area, he raised $300 for Special Olympics Vermont.  Photos by David Dudley

Scott Whitehouse of Newport took the Penguin Plunge Sunday. Though he’s new to the area, he raised $300 for Special Olympics Vermont. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 4, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — Before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the Internet by storm, there was the Penguin Plunge. Now in its thirteenth year, the Penguin Plunge drew participants from all over the Northeast Kingdom to raise money and awareness about the Special Olympics by taking a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Memphremagog.

Liza Reed, special events manager at Special Olympics Vermont, has organized the event for the past three years. At Sunday’s Plunge, she said they were hoping to match last year’s mark of $30,000.

“We have teams from all over the Northeast Kingdom,” Ms. Reed said. “We have 130 participants this year, so we’re confident that we will at least match last year’s number. That is, if we don’t surpass it.”

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the Chronicle changes hands

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A solid reminder of how we used to operate — an old manual typewriter — sits in a corner of the Chronicle office.  The hat belonged to Anna Baker, the artist responsible for the Chronicle cows, and on the wall behind it is a copy of the original flyer announcing the start of a new newspaper, the Chronicle.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

A solid reminder of how we used to operate — an old manual typewriter — sits in a corner of the Chronicle office. The hat belonged to Anna Baker, the artist responsible for the Chronicle cows, and on the wall behind it is a copy of the original flyer announcing the start of a new newspaper, the Chronicle. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle February 4, 2015

by Chris Braithwaite

To me the Chronicle will always be a novelty — a shot in the dark, a crazy gamble undertaken with almost no money but all the energy a 30-year-old immigrant could summon in himself, his wife, and a handful of friends.

But more than half the people living in Orleans County today had a Chronicle to read when they were old enough to read anything. And when my mind wanders up and down the streets of Barton Village, I can’t find a business that has been around, under continuous ownership, any longer than the Chronicle.

Those are hardly the trappings of a novelty. And at 70, I am a long way from the youngster who set out to see if small-town weekly journalism could be as complex, as challenging, as rewarding as the big-city journalism he’d left behind four years before.

After four decades I can report the result of that experiment. The stories I’ve encountered have been every bit as complex, and just as “good” — in the hard-eyed way that reporters evaluate their raw material — as the stories any reporter covers, anywhere.

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Obituaries February 4, 2015

obit benoitElizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit

Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit, 82, of Barton, beloved wife of Norman W. Benoit, died on January 22, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 22, 1932, in Ryegate, a daughter of George and Anne (Tillison) White Sr.

On February 2, 1952, she married Norman W. Benoit, who survives her.

She was an animal lover and enjoyed watching and feeding birds.

She is survived by her husband, Norman W. Benoit, of Barton; her children: Jeanne Tinker of Naples, Florida, and Norman D. Benoit and his girlfriend, Sarah Darling, of Orleans; her grandchildren: Franklin Miller Jr., Miranda Miller, Tyler Tinker, and Theodore Benoit; her great-granddaughter Jenna Bacon; a brother, George White, and his wife, Pat, of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Carmen Sheldon, of Barre, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Leigh Ann Benoit.

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

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

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

obit Chaplin RoySandra Chaplin-Roy

Sandra Chaplin-Roy, 65, of Derby Line died peacefully on January 29, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on August 4, 1949, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Leon and Darlene (Walker) Bednarczyk.

She married Roland “Buzz” Roy on January 2, 2015, after 38 years of courtship.

She worked as a paraprofessional for an early childhood program.

She was a member of the Memphremagog Yacht Club. She enjoyed sailing, scrap booking, reading, and she was a dance instructor for the Wellness Center for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Buzz Roy of Derby Line; her son Daniel Chaplin of Cedar Park, Texas; two grandchildren: Mia, and Alex Chaplin; two brothers: Edmund Bednarczyk and his wife, Nancy, of Washington, and Kevin Bednarczyk of Florida; a niece, Tara Bednarczyk, of South Carolina; and by her nephew Damian Bednarczyk of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Union High School, for the dance program, 209 Veterans Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Haskell Opera House, 93 Caswell Avenue, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GaudreauJeanne Therese Gaudreau

Jeanne Therese Gaudreau died on Sunday, January 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in Compton, Quebec, on May 11, 1922, to Yvonne (Thiverge) and George Theberge.

She married Lucien Gaudreau on October 28, 1944, in Stanstead, Quebec. They lived for many years in Connecticut until their retirement, and then they became snowbirds to Florida.

Mrs. Gaudreau was a professional businesswoman and held the position of office manager for Prudential Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, for 20 years.

Several years after her beloved husband died, she decided she wanted to move closer to her roots, so she packed up, sold her home, and headed north. She resided at Michaud Manor for about six years until she transferred to Bel-aire Nursing Home.

Mrs. Gaudreau did not have children of her own, but was always surrounded by her many nieces and nephews who adored both her and her husband.

She had a wonderful spirit and a beautiful smile. She was a joy to have around, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends and those who cared for her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lucien; her brothers: Larry, Paul, and Andre Theberge; her sisters: Rita Day and Lucienne Waite; her sisters-in-law: Claudette Theberge, Cecile Gaudreau, Marcelle Gosselin, and Denise Gaudreau and her husband, John; and by her brother-in-law Rene Gaudreau.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stanstead.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GuyetteJoyce Guyette

Joyce Guyette, 83, of Newport died peacefully on January 31, 2015, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by her loving husband, Leo, and family by her side.

She was born in Coventry on October 29, 1931, to Laurence and Ola (Wells) Webster.

After a brief encounter when they were teens, she and her husband, Leo, started their lives together many years later on February 24, 1963, after each had been married with families. This union brought three more to the mix.

She enjoyed reading books, and knitting and crocheting, for friends and family. She made lots of baby blankets and dishcloths. Everyone who got married usually received a blanket and matching pillows. She loved being with family and friends and always enjoyed going to Florida in the winter once they were retired.

She was mostly a homemaker and mother but did lots of side jobs throughout her life. She sold Avon for many years, which Leo helped with as she didn’t drive, and she was a guardian ad litem for the family court system in Newport. She helped many families through difficult times. She also worked at the Glass Man, which she loved as she could watch her soaps in her living room and run through the hall when the bell rang in the shop.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Guyette, of Newport; her children: JoAnn Guyette and her husband, Mark, of Newport, Fay Willis and her husband, Gary, of Troy, Larry Davis and his wife, Barbara, of North Troy, Rita Johnson and her husband, Jim, of Canaan, New Hampshire, Brent Hodgdon of Hardwick, Rene Guyette and his wife, Linda, of Groveton, New Hampshire, Keith Guyette and his wife, Ellen, of Sebring, Florida, and Ann Jones and her husband, Rusty, of Derby; her stepdaughter Lorine Hines and her husband, Bob, and their family, of Dumfries, Virginia; her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn Cassavant and her husband, Leo, of Island Pond; her sister-in-law Laura Jean Webster of St. Johnsbury; her brother-in-law Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; her special friends: Connie Knowles, and Raymond and Patty Jones and their family, as she considered all of them her family; her special homecare nurse, Ashley Shangraw, who is now part of the family; 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Wayne Davis; her brother Arthur Webster; her brother-in-law Arthur Guyette and his wife, Rosalie; her sister-in-law Anita Forcier and her husband, Fernand; her brother-in-law Joseph Guyette; and by a special friend, Joan McNeal (we can see them up in heaven gossiping now).

She fought through breast cancer 12 years ago, but it was Alzheimer’s that took her in the end. She fought as hard as she could but decided she had had enough. She was a special person to many and will be missed by all who knew her.

Per her request, there will be a service at the United Church in Newport on Wednesday, February 4, at 2 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the church downstairs.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Mom Supported Relay for Life Team, “Raging Turtles,” in care of Kathy Duckless, 827 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LeblancGaston Leonard Leblanc

Gaston Leonard Leblanc, 89, of North Troy died peacefully on January 30, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 10, 1927, in Jay, to Joseph and Leda (Audette) Leblanc.

On October 4, 1944, he married the former Maxalene Mead, who predeceased him on October 15, 2001.

As a young man he worked in the woods with his team of workhorses and later hauled milk and was employed at the mill in North Troy. He was also a well-known dairy farmer and later worked for the village and town of Troy, from where he retired.

He and his wife then enjoyed many years in Florida until her death.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 of Newport.

In his younger years he and his wife’s home was open to many children in town. They later became foster parents. He loved attending farm auctions, ski-dooing, and playing cards with the family and friends. He also liked gardening and growing blueberries, which he still did not long ago.

He is survived by his sister Juliette Bourne of Morrisville; his brother Leonard and his wife, Joyce, of Wesley Chapel, Florida; his children: Gaston Jr. and his wife, Christine, David and his wife, Candy, Roger and his wife, Patricia, Brian and his wife, Jane, Kathy and her husband, Dana, and Lori and Ali Hooshmand; his grandchildren: Todd, Kim, Eric, Shane, Heather, Holly, Marcie, Hope, Carrie, Vanessa, Bridgett, Brian Jr., Angie, Dana, Joshua, Michael and Loren; 23 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be announced in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 5452 U.S. Route 5, Suite A, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RobergeFelix R. Roberge

Felix R. Roberge, 98, of Derby died on January 28, 2015, in Derby.

He was born on April 7, 1916, in Bonsecours, Quebec, to Arense and Rose (Girouard) Roberge.

On October 27, 1945, he married Monique Tessier, who predeceased him on April 9, 2012.

Mr. Roberge owned and operated the family farm in Westfield for many years. He enjoyed going to Florida during the winter months with his wife for 27 years.

He was a jack-of-all-trades, adored his family and family get-togethers, and he enjoyed camping.

He is survived by his children: Rejean Roberge of Newport Center, Vivian “Connie” Verdon and her husband, Claude, of Newport Center, Ghislaine “GiGi” Lemay and her husband, John, of Derby, Etiennette Poutre and her husband, Donald, of Irasburg, Gaetane Stone and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, Francine Guillette and her husband, Marcel, of Derby, Jean-Pierre Roberge and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center, Jean-Claude Roberge and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, Marianne Sanville and her husband, Brian, of Irasburg, and Robert Roberge and his wife, Shelly, of Derby; and by 90-plus grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Emile Roberge and his wife, Lucette, of Granby, Quebec; his sister Geralda Petit of Valcour, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Gerard and Raoul Roberge.

Funeral services were held on January 31, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Kathleen Frances Twofoot

Kathleen Frances Twofoot, 86, formerly of Island Pond died on January 30, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on October 13, 1928, in Rouses Point, New York, to Joseph and Margaret (Foy) Etheze.

She married Roland Twofoot, who predeceased her in 1964.

She was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and making scarves and mittens for her grandchildren. She also liked drawing and painting.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Worth of Waterville, Maine, Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joseph, of Morgan, Linda Twofoot of Island Pond, Dennis Twofoot and his wife, Linda, of Standish, Maine, and Mark Leavitt of New Hampshire; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her only surviving sibling, Helena Gagne Rogerson, of New Hampshire; her brother- and sister-in-law Wyman and Mary Twofoot, of Charleston; and by her sisters-in-law: Mary Twofoot of New Hampshire, and Vernice “Bunny” Payeur of Derby.

She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter Darlene Leavitt; her son Joe Twofoot; eight siblings; and by her brother-in-law Doland.

Private graveside services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. James Catholic Church, in care of Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Marcia M. Cubit

Marcia M. Cubit, 67, of Soldotna, Alaska, formerly of Albany, died unexpectedly on December 18, 2014.

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Cold water swimming draws one back home

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

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

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by David Dudley

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

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

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

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

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In boys hockey: Falcons fall to Lakers

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

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

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by David Dudley

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

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

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Opposition to background checks draws 500 to State House

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

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

copyright the Chronicle January 28, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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