Election wrap: Barrett, Viens, Hardy win elections

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Important correction to the November 5, 2014, election results:

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These are the full results to the Orleans-Caledonia House race, as it should have appeared in the Chronicle. A cropped version of the chart, with only Chris Braithwaite and Devin Small, was printed in the paper, in error.

Complete election results for each race available in the Chronicle.

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by Joseph Gresser

Jennifer Barrett was the big winner of Tuesday’s election, scoring a convincing victory to secure the office of Orleans County State’s Attorney. The Republican candidate garnered more votes than the combined totals of her two rivals.

When all votes were counted Ms. Barrett had 3,882, to 2,337 for Democrat James Lillicrap, and 1,486 for independent Ben Luna. The three candidates were all but unavoidable over the course of a long campaign that began this summer as Ms. Barrett faced incumbent State’s Attorney Alan Franklin in the Republican primary and defeated him.

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Planet Aid drop boxes unlikely to clothe locals

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At least one Planet Aid bin has already appeared in Orleans County.   This one is in Orleans near Village Pizza.  Photo by Tena Starr

At least one Planet Aid bin has already appeared in Orleans County. This one is in Orleans near Village Pizza. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Natalie Hormilla

A convenient way to recycle clothing is making its way into Orleans and Essex counties — but it’s highly unlikely that any of those clothes will end up on the backs of needy people in the Northeast Kingdom, or even in the country.

Planet Aid is a nonprofit that puts out bins where anyone can deposit unwanted clothes, shoes, or bedding, no matter what condition they’re in. It moved into Vermont in 2009 or 2010, said Northern New England Operations Manager Patrick Holland in a telephone interview Friday from his office in Hudson, New Hampshire. But it’s just now moving north of St. Johnsbury.

Drop-off bins will be available in the next few weeks in Derby, Newport, Irasburg, Barton, Orleans, Norton, Canaan, Lyndonville, and Danville, at the recycling centers in Glover and Brighton, and at the Westmore transfer station.

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Lake Region’s Pippin — a lively performance with a groovy feel

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A despondent Pippin (Nate Chambers) gets schooled by his well-preserved grandmother (Karamae Hayman-Jones).  Also listening, as Ms. Hayman-Jones rocked the house during a Halloween matinee, are her fellow players (left to right, Kayla Poginy and Mariah Moore).   Photo by Joseph Gresser

A despondent Pippin (Nate Chambers) gets schooled by his well-preserved grandmother (Karamae Hayman-Jones). Also listening, as Ms. Hayman-Jones rocked the house during a Halloween matinee, are her fellow players (left to right, Kayla Poginy and Mariah Moore). Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

ORLEANS — Lake Region Union High School’s production of Pippin could be taking place anywhere, at any time.

That, of course, is only true of what happens on stage. In our world the shows will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8. Audiences can be confident the shows will go on at the Opera House at the Orleans Municipal Building.

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Phil White nominated for WOWSA Man of the Year

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Phil White photographs swimmers at the 2012 Aquafest parade on Newport’s Main Street.   Photo by Joseph Gresser

Phil White photographs swimmers at the 2012 Aquafest parade on Newport’s Main Street. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Aaron Dentel-Post

Phil White, former IROC director who now runs Kingdom Games, is one of 12 people worldwide who have been nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) Man of the Year.

He’s among marathon swimming world champions with nicknames like “Ocean Walker” and the 73-year-old English Channel swimmer Otto Thaning, who is from South Africa.

Other nominees are from Great Britain, France, Estonia, Macedonia, and the Netherlands and have an impressive collection of accomplishments.

Mr. White has been nominated for outstanding organizer.

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In girls field hockey: Falcons clinch Division III state championship

The Division III State Champion Falcons.  In the top row, from left to right:  Steph Tarryk, Jess Buckles, Alexis Bussiere, Kate Patenaude, Hayley Young, Brittany Fortier, Mariah Gentley, Morgan Greene, Aimie Morse, and Coach Chantelle Bouchard.  In the bottom row are:  Phoenix Alix, Kendra Fecteau, Kaitlyn Young, Adrianna Fournier, Kortni Driver, Brittany Royer, Bayla Stewart, Brianne Tetreault, Bethany Desrochers, and, lying down, Bailee Desrochers.   Photo by Chantelle Bouchard

The Division III State Champion Falcons. In the top row, from left to right: Steph Tarryk, Jess Buckles, Alexis Bussiere, Kate Patenaude, Hayley Young, Brittany Fortier, Mariah Gentley, Morgan Greene, Aimie Morse, and Coach Chantelle Bouchard. In the bottom row are: Phoenix Alix, Kendra Fecteau, Kaitlyn Young, Adrianna Fournier, Kortni Driver, Brittany Royer, Bayla Stewart, Brianne Tetreault, Bethany Desrochers, and, lying down, Bailee Desrochers. Photo by Chantelle Bouchard

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by David Dudley

BURLINGTON — The North Country Union High School Falcons defeated the Stowe Raiders 1-0 to clinch the Division III state championship in Burlington Saturday.

Brittany Fortier scored the game-winning goal eight minutes into the second half to lift the Falcons to their first state title since 1980.

“From the first day of practice, our girls had it in their minds that they were going all the way this year,” Falcons Coach Chantelle Bouchard said in a phone interview. “I knew we had a shot because we had made it to the semifinals for two consecutive years, and we had ten seniors this year.”

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Obituaries November 5, 2014

obit DeWittVinal A. DeWitt

Vinal A. DeWitt, 83 of Glover died peacefully on October 28, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on February 19, 1931, in Medford, Maine, to Arthur and Lyna (McGray) DeWitt.

Mr. DeWitt was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Armored Division as a mechanic on tanks after training at Fort Hood in Texas.

During his lifetime he was self-employed in Bucksport, Maine, owning and running two garages and a wrecker service for the area.

In 1969, he came to Vermont to work as a heavy equipment mechanic for SV Rossi on what is now I-91. At the completion of the highway, he became a mechanic for Calkins Sand & Gravel in Lyndonville, until his retirement in 1999.

Repairing heavy equipment, building and remodeling, and trips to Florida and Maine for vacation were his hobbies; but, farming was his passion. Mr. DeWitt was a proud member of The American Angus Association.

Besides his family in Maine, his main love was the Russell family and his associations with them for 40 years, especially his ownership in D&R Farms, where he and his ex-wife, Patricia Russell, raised Registered Angus Cattle, which they showed all over the country for 20 years.

He is survived by his grandchild: Brandi-Jo DeWitt of Bangor, Maine; his brothers and sisters: Ronald and his wife, Joyce Hopkins, Harold Hopkins and his life partner, Patricia Jordan, Keith DeWitt, Edwin DeWitt and his wife, Ellen, Kathy Hopkins and her daughter, Mandy Worden, and Dale DeWitt and his wife, Christine, all of Maine; several nieces and nephews; and by his ex-wife and friend, Patricia Russell, of Barton.

He was predeceased by his son Vinal DeWitt Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Don Vincent officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on November 6, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at Cedar Valley Cemetery in Charleston, Maine, at 1 p.m. on November 10.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund at Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

obit DuquetteRoger Lionel Duquette

Roger Lionel Duquette, 78, of Irasburg died on October 31, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on February 21, 1936, in Orleans, to Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette.

On September 12, 1964, he married Louise (Snyder), who survives him.

During his lifetime, he was an electrician for Citizens Utilities, and he later worked for Columbia Plywood. More recently, he was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and working on his car.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Duquette, of Irasburg; his sons: Howard Duquette of New Hampshire, and Maurice Duquette of New Jersey; his brother Lewis Duquette and his wife, Nancy, of Barton; his sister Gloria Whittemore of Glover; his brother-in-law Donald Stoddard of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Wayne Whittemore.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Full military honors will be held.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit leblancPaul A. LeBlanc

Paul A. LeBlanc, 69, of Albany died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 3, 1945, in Barre, son of the late Emmanuel and Pauline (Guillette) LeBlanc.

He served in the Vermont Army National Guard and reserves in his early twenties. When his left the military, he worked for his father at E&E Tire. He was married for a short period and had four beautiful daughters. After leaving E&E Tire, he moved to Hardwick and began his own business, Paul’s Auto. When he closed his shop, he worked for Green Mountain Sanitation and then S.D. Griswald. He spent much of his life living in Hardwick, until making his home in Albany.

He was a member of the Hardwick Fire Department and a member of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed the friendships and comradeship when he was with his buddies.

On July 1, 1995, he married the love of his life, Joanne, and together they had a son. For the past 19 years, Mr. LeBlanc has enjoyed raising his son and making his home in Albany with his wife and two dogs, Bandit and Cuddles.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding a motorcycle, a four-wheeler, skeet and trap shooting, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved cooking, especially for family and friends, particularly when having a chicken barbecue. Time with his family and friends was his source of joy.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne (Patoine) LeBlanc; his children: Dana LeBlanc, Lori LeBlanc Dell’Amore, Elizabeth Hill, Nicole LeBlanc and Tamatha Clark; his grandchildren: Cassie Osgood, Heather Osgood, Acacia Hammel, Amber Boisvert, Aaron Clark, Megan Hill, Johnathan Hill, Julie Dell’Amore, Matthew Dell’Amore, Sarah Hill, and Gabriella Beaumier; his nine siblings: Arthur LeBlanc, Irene Hill and her husband, Warren, Rachael Williams and her husband, Gary, David LeBlanc and his wife, Gail, Albert LeBlanc and his wife, Robin, Anne LeBlanc, Diane LeBlanc, Denise Whitcomb and her husband, Rob, and Rita Griffen and her husband, Peter; and by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Hope Community Church in South Walden, with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

obit RowellEthel Marie Rowell

Ethel Marie Rowell, 57, of Albany died on October 28, 2014, at her home.

She was born on November 20, 1956, in Newport, to Paul and Jean (Madden) Boulanger.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1975.

On March 1, 1975, she married Mitchell Rowell, who predeceased her on December 13, 2013.

Ms. Rowell was a stitcher for both the former Bogner and Slalom Ski Wear.

Her hobbies were crocheting, and gardening, which included making strawberry beds and flower beds.

She is survived by her sons: Andy Rowell and his wife, Britta, of Heidelberg, Germany, and Cory Rowell and his wife, Desiree, of Essex; her grandchildren: twins Angela and Alyssa, and Caleb and Natalie; her siblings: Thomas Boulanger and his wife, Wilma, of Newport, Georgia Fournier of Troy, Ruth Forbue of Lyndonville, Sharon Provoncha and her husband, Dale, of Westfield, and Joan Therrien and her husband, Roland, of Derby; numerous nieces and nephews; and by one grand-grandniece.

She was predeceased by her sister Patricia Hall in 2008; her brother Peter Boulanger in 2011; and by her nephews: Timmy Verdon and Billy Joe.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Brownington Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on November 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Is the postal service shooting itself in the foot?

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The Post Office in Craftsbury Common has strange hours these days.  Residents say they are inconvenient, but the USPS says decreasing hours is the only way to keep some of these offices open. Photos by David Dudley

The Post Office in Craftsbury Common has strange hours these days. Residents say they are inconvenient, but the USPS says decreasing hours is the only way to keep some of these offices open. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

In May of 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented the Post Plan, which was devised to curb mounting debt, and prevent thousands of offices, many of them rural post offices, such as those in Greensboro Bend, Craftsbury Common, and Albany, from being shut down altogether. The USPS estimated that the plan would be up and running by September of 2014.

For many rural offices in Orleans County, the Post Plan means decreased window hours, which is affecting local businesses that depend on the Postal Service for shipping. Also, many employees have seen their hours cut, and people who work full-time are having trouble getting to the post office while it’s open.

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Conley is inducted into New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame

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Doug Conley of Glover with Dan and King, his winning free-for-all team.  Mr. Conley was recently inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame.   Photo by Tena Starr

Doug Conley of Glover with Dan and King, his winning free-for-all team. Mr. Conley was recently inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

GLOVER — Doug Conley was at home in Glover, laid up with a bad back, when he got a call from his friend Jake Randall, who was at what’s called the world championships for pony pulling.

Mr. Randall said: “You’ve just been inducted into the New England Pony Pullers Hall of Fame.”

“I thought he was lying,” Mr. Conley said.

He wasn’t. Both Mr. Randall and Mr. Conley’s wife, Judy, knew he was about to be inducted and had hoped to get him down to Massachusetts for the ceremony.

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In cross-country: Sam Brunnette wins Division I state championship

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Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday.  Photo by Christina Cotnoir

Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday. Photo by Christina Cotnoir

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by David Dudley

THETFORD — The North Country Union High School (NCUHS) Falcons had a strong outing at the Division I state cross-country championship in Thetford Saturday. Senior Sam Brunnette led the pack, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17:06 to become state champ.

According to Falcons Coach Chris Shaffer, Brunnette is the second Falcon to claim that spot. Daniel Webster, who won back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004, was the first.

“I knew I had a shot,” Brunnette said during a phone interview Tuesday. “I kept telling myself, if I can keep a fast pace, I’ve got a shot.”

Judging by his time, he maintained a fast pace all the way through.

“Right off the line I tried to stay in front,” Brunnette said. “For the first mile, I could hear the pack behind me. Then I pulled away. I never looked back.”

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In boys soccer: Ninth seed Hazen upsets top seeded Lake Region in overtime

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

The Hazen Union High Wildcats ended the Lake Region Rangers season Friday with a 2-1 victory in overtime. Forward Jake Gilcris scored both goals for the Wildcats, to give them the edge they needed in a messy but exciting game.

As with the Rangers’ last home game, where they defeated the Oxbow Olympians, the field was slippery, muddy, and pockmarked by cleats. To make matters more challenging, it was cold, windy, and a mist engulfed the field for most of the first half of the game. Still, fans were lined up on the hill, stretching the length of the field, finding shelter under canvas canopies and umbrellas.

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