Obituaries December 10, 2014

obit carpenterRandy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter, 56, of Coventry died on November 30, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 24, 1958, in Newport, to Gardner and Madeline (Nutting) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter loved spending time with his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

He enjoyed watching Boston Red Sox games and NASCAR races, and visiting with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Jessica Peters and her husband, Tim, of Liberty, North Carolina, Jeffrey Carpenter of North Troy, Amy Gosselin and her husband, Matthew, of Irasburg, and Justin Carpenter of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Haley and Addison Carpenter and Hayden and Rya Gosselin; his brothers: Gardner Carpenter Jr. and Scott Carpenter; his sisters: Marlene Messier and Darlene Choquette; his aunt Dale Nutting; and by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline and Gardner; and by his brother Terry.

A memorial service was held in North Troy on December 4. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Randy Carpenter Memorial Fund, in care of Amy Gosselin, 588 Chilafoux Hill, Irasburg, Vermont 05845 or online at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-randy-carpenter-memorial-fund/271232.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Beverly Ruth Harbec

Beverly Ruth Harbec, 88, of Barton died on November 28, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Orleans, to Grant and Heavenia (Davis) Hussey.

On September 1, 1967, she married Adrien Harbec, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, Anderson Mills, and Barton Cleaners.

She loved to read, play cards, play board games, working on puzzles, and watching the birds.

She and her husband spent several winters in Florida and enjoyed other traveling as well as going for rides with family members.

She is survived by her children: Linda Chase of Brownington and her companion, Gerald Pray, Edwin “Buzz” Shaw of Newport Center, and Joyce Ward and her husband, Douglas, of Lutz, Florida; and by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Rebecca; and by her sisters: Marjorie, Flossie, Caroline, Velma and Bernice.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit McCarthyRaymond Francis McCarthy Jr.

Raymond Francis McCarthy Jr., 75, of Derby, formerly of Stow, Massachusetts, died suddenly on December 7, 2014.

He was born on April 13, 1939, in Concord, Massachusetts, to Dorothea (Tracey) and Raymond McCarthy Sr.

He graduated from the Stow, Massachusetts, high school, and Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

On February 14, 1981, he married Carolin Armstrong, who survives him.

He was a finance analyst for the United States Army for 26 years where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served in Germany and later retired from Raytheon in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

He held membership with the Masons, Shriners Scottish Rite and VFW in Massachusetts, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 of Derby, and Bentley Association in Waltham.

His hobbies included doing income taxes for people, reading, map reading, playing cribbage, and playing with his beloved dog Chip.

He is survived by his wife Carolin McCarthy of Derby; his children: Laura Bartlett and her husband, Gary, of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Rebecca Wade and her husband, Geoff, of San Diego, California, Steven McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kevin McCarthy of Worcester, Massachusetts; his stepchildren: Diane Marie Ryan and her fiancé, Michael Chaves, of Hudson, Massachusetts, and Thomas Ryan Jr. of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; his sisters: Faye McCarthy of Berlin, Massachusetts, Patricia Nading of Berlin, and Dorothea Paquette of Bolton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Byran McCarthy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 11, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vearJohn A. Vear

John A. Vear, 77, of Eden Mills died on Monday, December 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on March 7, 1937, in Morrisville, son of Clinton and Eleanor Hinds Vear. He graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1955 and then joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1955, serving through June of 1959. He married Sandra Williams on January 7, 1961.

Mr. Vear spent most of his career working as a machinist, beginning with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, before moving on to positions with General Electric, Stinson Canning Company, and then Champion Paper in Maine.

He devoted much of his free time as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Hancock, Maine.

In 1996, he and his wife moved back to Vermont, where he became an active member of the Eden community. He served as a town lister, as well as a member of the Eden Cemetery Commission and Eden Town Beach Committee. He also quickly developed many close friendships through his and his wife’s regular attendance of the Wednesday jam sessions, which they helped organize following its relocation from the Bobbin Mill in Westfield and then to its current location in Lowell.

He is remembered by his family for his tireless dedication to improving the lives of those he loved, giving his undivided time, expertise, and advice. He would always take on projects that would better the lives of those around him. He would see what needed to be done and simply do it. His family relied and depended on him for his wisdom and generous support. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Williams Vear; their children: Wendy Vear of Eden Mills and Gary Vear and his wife, Anne, of Belgrave, Australia; his grandchildren: Nicole Vear Adams and her husband, Gregory Adams Jr., Jason Vear, Madeline Vear, Tyrone Vear, and Eleanor Vear; his great-grandchildren: Mya and Avah Adams; his sister June Howe of Dummerston; his brother Wayne Vear of Eden; his step-mother Virgie Kinney of Eden; and by his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Elsie Vear Godin.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 10, at 3 p.m., at the United Church of Johnson. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 p.m. on Wednesday until the time of the service. Interment will be in the spring in the Eden Corners Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Northern Emergency Medical Service, 62 Wilson Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

OBIT VezinaRomeo Hector Vezina

Romeo Hector Vezina, 75, of Barton died on December 4, 2014, in White River Junction.

He was born on May 8, 1939, in Newport, to Leo and Germaine (Boudreau) Vezina.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1962 where he was stationed in north Africa.

Mr. Vezina was owner of Vezina Vacuum Sales and Service. He was a former officer of the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and a member of Masonic Lodge #62 of Irasburg. He invented the vacuum cleaner called the Vermonter, which was the only vacuum made of wood. He was a law enforcement officer for many years, working for the department of corrections, as constable, and sheriff’s officer.

He is survived by his children: Marie Breault of Fort Edward, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Douglas Vezina of Derby, and Debra Vezina of Irasburg; 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leonel Vezina and his wife, Gloria, of Burlington, and Charlie Vezina and his wife, Lillian, of Barton; and by his sister Paulette Cooke and her husband, David, of Florida.

He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Marie Vezina.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton. A graveside service will be in the spring at St. Theresa’ s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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It’s a Wonderful Life in Newport and Derby Line

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Pictured is the cast of QNEK’s upcoming It’s A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play.  In the top row, from left, are John Young, Nancy Rumery, John Meredith, Lisa Foster McCrae, and Brian McCrae.  In the middle row, from left, are Rhonda Lucas, Josie Pearson, Charli Kellaway, Caresse Comeau-Elman, Tori Young, Cazian Comeau-Elman, John Meredith, and Kim Prangley.  In the bottom row, from left, are Mark Rumery, Jim Young, Josie Pearson, Zoe Lucas, Heidi Walsh, and Nicki Campbell.  Photo courtesy of QNEK Productions

Pictured is the cast of QNEK’s upcoming It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. In the top row, from left, are John Young, Nancy Rumery, John Meredith, Lisa Foster McCrae, and Brian McCrae. In the middle row, from left, are Rhonda Lucas, Josie Pearson, Charli Kellaway, Caresse Comeau-Elman, Tori Young, Cazian Comeau-Elman, John Meredith, and Kim Prangley. In the bottom row, from left, are Mark Rumery, Jim Young, Josie Pearson, Zoe Lucas, Heidi Walsh, and Nicki Campbell. Photo courtesy of QNEK Productions

QNEK Productions continues the celebration of it’s twenty-first season by presenting It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry.

Performances begin at The MAC Center for the Arts in Newport on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m., and continue at The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line on Saturday, December 13, at 2 p.m., Friday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served at all performances. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.

Tickets are available by visiting qnek.com, calling the QNEK Box Office at 334-2216, at The MAC Center for the Arts, by visiting catamountarts.org, or by calling the Catamount Arts Box Office at 1-888-757-5559. All performances go to benefit their respective venues. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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Navigating the complexities of the simple life

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WEB Hewitt bookcopyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit, by Ben Hewitt with Penny Hewitt. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, 2015; Paperbound, 352 pages; $29.95.

Reviewed by Joseph Gresser

Some books need to be written again as each new generation comes of age. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, may have set the template for one of these books, the exhortation to the reader to give up conventional expectations and live a radically simplified life.

Living the Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, set forth a version of that message adapted for a very different world. To give them full credit, the Nearings lived according to their principles far longer than the year or two Mr. Thoreau spent in the woods.

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In Greensboro: After 114 years, Willey’s Store remains famously eclectic

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Robert Willey-Hurst, current president of Willey's Store, Inc., has worked tirelessly these past six years to see that the store remains a community center.  Photos by David Dudley

Robert Willey-Hurst, current president of Willey’s Store, Inc., has worked tirelessly these past six years to see that the store remains a community center. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

by David Dudley

GREENSBORO — While stories about Black Friday’s frenzied shopping flooded the Internet, the day after Thanksgiving began like any other at Willey’s Store, which is now in its one hundred and fourteenth year of operation.

Robert Willey-Hurst, president of the Willey’s Store, Inc., opened the store at 7 a.m. as usual. The only thing he did differently was stretch the annual winter sale, which usually runs for a single weekend, into a two-week event this year.

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Sargent opens World Cup season with personal best

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Ida Sargent of Barton opened her third World Cup season with a personal record.  Photo courtesy of Dave and Lindy Sargent

Ida Sargent of Barton opened her third World Cup season with a personal record. Photo courtesy of Dave and Lindy Sargent

copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

U.S. Ski Team member Ida Sargent of Barton started off her third World Cup season on opening day November 29 with a personal best — she came in fifth among a field of 73 women in a classic sprint. She ranked top for the U.S. in the 1.4-kilometer race, held in Ruka, Finland.

She once came in sixth place in Sochi, Russia, the year before the Olympics, said Ms. Sargent’s mother, Lindy Sargent, in a brief telephone interview Monday.

“But this was her top score. She hasn’t ever gotten a fifth place,” Ms. Sargent said.

The next day wasn’t as amazing. Ms. Sargent came in fifty-first place in a ten-kilometer classic race on November 30, with a time of 28:52.8, nearly 96 minutes behind the top racer. Ms. Sargent was third for the U.S. in that race, which was also held in Ruka.

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U.S., Quebec police practice cooperating in emergencies

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State Police Lieutenant Walter Smith, who commands the Derby barracks, offers his thoughts at the fourth annual Quebec-Vermont Cross Border Workshop at Jay Peak Tuesday.  Photos by Joseph Gresser

State Police Lieutenant Walter Smith, who commands the Derby barracks, offers his thoughts at the fourth annual Quebec-Vermont Cross Border Workshop at Jay Peak Tuesday. Photos by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

JAY — A bus taking U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to a meeting in Quebec is rammed by a man who committed a robbery in Vermont and escaped by speeding through Canadian customs.

Governor Shumlin is severely injured, the robber and Vermont State Police troopers, acting as security for the Governor, exchange gunfire. One trooper is wounded, and the robber is killed. The incident ends as the Governor is airlifted to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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Obituaries December 3, 2014

obit campbellFernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 19, 1931, in Orleans, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell.

On September 6, 1958, he married Monique LeBlond, who predeceased him on July 5, 2011.

Mr. Campbell was born on the farm that he later owned and operated with his brother Raymond. Music was always such a big part of his life. He had a wonderful voice and played the guitar and a little piano. He always sang in the church choirs and would often sing solo. In his younger years, he had a small band and played music for weddings. In his later years he played music at area nursing homes. It was such a joy to hear him sing.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third Degree, and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

When he retired from farming, he traveled to Florida with family and friends in motor homes for part of the winter. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. He was hard to beat — he usually won. He loved all the family gatherings and visits.

After his wife died, he was cared for in his home by several caregivers. He was so pleased to be at home and he greatly enjoyed and appreciated his caregivers. He enjoyed them and cared about them.

He is survived by his children: Denise King and her husband, Wayne, of Williamstown, Carmen Riendeau and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans Louise Campbell and her husband, Norman Fortin, of Holland, and Francis Campbell and his companion, Rhonda Cole, of Newport Center; his 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his brother Raymond Campbell of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on November 28, in Orleans. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CoulterFloyd R. Coulter

Floyd R. Coulter, 87, of Westfield died on November 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 8, 1927, in Bennington, to Raymond and Rena (Montgomery) Coulter.

On November 26, 1949, he married Delpha Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Coulter was a veteran of World War II. During his lifetime, he was employed as a sander at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he was employed for 23 years.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing word books, watching the Red Sox with his wife, hunting, fishing, going for walks, and he enjoyed the company of his cats. His biggest joy was the various cars that he owned and giving them tender loving care.

He is survived by his wife, Delpha Coulter, of Westfield; his children: Susan Deuso and her husband, Dennis, of Montgomery Center, and Lynn Danforth and her husband, Rick, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Gerard Bouchard Jr. of Westfield, Christopher Bouchard of Richford, and Krystle Piette and her husband, Ross, of Essex; and by his great-grandchild Kaitlynn Bouchard of Westfield.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard.

A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Raymond E. Gravel

Raymond E. Gravel, 76, of Wolcott died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on August 31, 1938, in West Glover, son of Raymond Noel Gravel and Margaret Lussier Gravel.

He married Anna Rainville in Troy, in 1958.

He was employed by Pizzagalli Construction for nearly 40 years as a construction foreman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Boivin Chapter, and had served as grand knight.

He enjoyed camping and his Yorkies. He liked to bowl in a local league with the Knights of Columbus and always looked forward to putting on his Fourth of July celebration at the family camp in North Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna; their children: Daniel, Edmund, Francis and Bernice; grandchildren: Amanda, Dawn, Michael, Shawn, Dylan, Joshua, Sky, and Avery; several great-grandchildren; his siblings: Roland, Robert, Jane, Arline, Lucien, Paulette, Norman, Hazel, Deborah, Marcel, and Edward; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Joseph; and by his sisters: Susan and Delores.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Morrisville. Visitation will be held Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faith Funeral Home in Morrisville. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

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

Joyce (Durgin) Butler Little

Joyce Little, 80 of Irasburg, beloved wife of Rudy Little, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014, at her daughter Lynn’s home in Barre, after her courageous battle with cancer.

Her daughter and husband took very good care of her 24 hours a day after she was released from the hospital with Hospice care on October 28, 2014.

She was born to the late Earl and Bertha (Moulton) Durgin of West Charleston on August 11, 1934.

She loved to put puzzles together then donate them to the local nursing homes. She also loved to knit and make many, many mittens and hats for the local children who were in need, and for the WCAX-TV Channel 3 mitten tree.

She married Clayton W. Butler on October 20, 1952, where they lived in Albany.

She is survived by the five children they raised: Carol Currier and her husband, Colby, of Troy, Christine DeLaBruere and her husband, Gilles, of West Charleston, Clayton E. Butler of Irasburg, Anita Dion and her husband, David, of Irasburg, and Alan Butler and his wife, Darlene, of Irasburg.

Mr. Butler was struck with polio and died on November 29, 1965.

She then married Rudolph “Rudy” W. Little and they had just celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniversary on November 4. Together they had a daughter, whom she is survived by: Lynn Carter and her husband, Arland, of Barre.

She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Dot Mason and her late husband, Larry, of Albany, Marjorie Annis and her late husband, Austin, of North Carolina, and half-sisters Rachel Williams of North Carolina, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg, and Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg; one half-brother, Raymond Durgin, of Morgan; and a special sister-in-law, Patricia Little, and her husband, Stuart, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by three infant sons: Ronald, Ricky, and Wilbur Little; her sisters: Norma Mathieu and her husband, Jack, Nancy Mathieu and her husband, Ben, and Doris Haddock and her husband, Charles; and by a brother, Durward Durgin, and his wife, Tootsie.

There will be no calling hours or services as requested by Ms. Little, and respected by her family.

If friends and family wish to donate in her memory, please send your donations to CVMC National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, Vermont 05641. This cancer clinic was like no other, they took such good care of her. Dr. Daniel Fram would call on a regular basis and ask how she was doing through her radiation treatments. They were very kind, sincere people and they allowed her special four-legged friend, Walker, to come with her to the clinic. They treated him like he was family, and that’s what he is.

obit ProvostRichard “Pinky” F. Provost

Richard “Pinky” F. Provost, 92, died at home on November 25, 2014.

He was born on September 29, 1922, at home in Derby, to Louis and Bertha (Couture) Provost.

He attended school in Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby. It was in graded school where he was given the nickname “Pinky.”

On August 27, 1947, at Sacre-Coeur-de-Jesus in Stanstead, he married Regina Ferland, who survives him. After 67 years of marriage he still said his marriage was the best decision in his life.

He lived in Derby, and operated Hillside Farm, which included the original family farm and expanded over the years with additional neighboring farms. He also owned and operated a fertilizer business. It was until his late eighties that he continued to manage his gravel pit business. Retirement also included the purchase of a home in Lake Worth, Florida, where family and friends were welcomed to visit, play cards, and enjoy wonderful hospitality.

Mr. Provost served on the Derby board of selectmen, the Agway board of directors, he was a member of the Elks, Le Club Canadien Francais de Lake Worth, and the Antique Car Club of Newport.

Mr. Provost took a great deal of pride in his collection of Farmall tractors, which are now housed in Paquette’s International Farmall Museum in Leesburg, Florida. He very much enjoyed driving his 1940 Packard, with “Pinky” on the license plate. He was also an extraordinary and witty raconteur. He shared his colorful stories until his final hours.

In addition to his wife, Regina, he is survived by eight children: Maurice “Moe” Provost and his partner, Joan Poutre, of Derby, Lise MacDonald and her husband, John MacDonald, of Swanton, Ginette Provost and her husband, Tom Cyr, of Derby, Nancy Moore and her husband, John Moore, of Derby, Pauline “Poe” Provost of Underhill, Sylvia Provost and her husband, Jim Henderson, of White River Junction, Suzanne Provost and her husband, David Benway, of Underhill, and Cecile Provost and her husband, Gary Sexton, of Jericho; his 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Marguerite Smyrski of Montpelier; and by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews who enjoyed visiting their mon oncle Pinky.

He was predeceased by his son Henri Provost in 1981; his brothers: Roland, Romeo, Roger, George, and Paul; and by his sister Anita Curran.

Funeral services were held on November 29, in Derby. Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Road, Suite 40, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Edward’s Parish, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Audrie E. Wright

Audrie E. (Powers) Wright of Greensboro, formerly of Waterford, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born in Waterford in October of 1929, the second youngest child of Glenn and Eva (Page) Powers. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy’s Class of 1947, and married Rolla Wright Jr. on her eighteenth birthday that year. They settled near their families’ farms in Waterford and together raised five children.

As a younger woman, Ms. Wright enjoyed reading, swimming, and fishing for brook trout. She and her husband taught their children to know and appreciate the wildflowers and animal life of the Northeast. Favorite places included the Old Swimming Hole beside the little red schoolhouse on Shadow Lake Road in Concord, Dodge Pond in Lyman, New Hampshire, and Long Sands Beach in York, Maine. Picnics, going out for ice cream, and listening to WSTJ and her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, created special memories. For many years she was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of St. Johnsbury.

She is survived by her children and their families: E. Lynne and her husband, Douglas Mitchell, of Fort Ann, New York, Kathryn Bennett of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Leonard and Lanette Wright of Danville, Lyle and Sheryl Wright of Princeton, West Virginia, and Amy Brill and Scott Brill of Sutton; her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sister and brother, Geneva Wright and Willard Powers, both of Waterford; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to the following organizations: Residents’ Activity Fund of Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to Davies Memorial Library, P.O. Box 56, Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848.

Online condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

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In Norton: Bo, the two-legged goat

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Bo, who lives in the house with the Greenleafs, was born without the use of his hind legs.

Bo, who lives in the house with the Greenleafs, was born without the use of his hind legs.  Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014 

by David Dudley

NORTON — One afternoon in the summer of 2012, David Greenleaf and his wife, Bunny, went out to run errands. They had been raising and breeding goats for three years at this point and knew one of their nanny goats was due any day. Though they knew it would be soon, Mr. and Mrs. Greenleaf were surprised by what awaited them when they returned home that day.

“The mother had birthed four little ones,” Ms. Greenleaf said. “Three of them were dead. And then there was Bo —short for Bow-legged — a baby French Alpine goat, laying there in the wood shavings. We knew he was special from the moment we saw him.”

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Debut novel draws page-turning journey

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WEB mill horse reviewcopyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014

The Clever Mill Horse, by Jodi Lew-Smith. Paperback. 409 pages. Published by Caspian Press, Hardwick. $16.99

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Jodi Lew-Smith has written a rollicking story here, as unlikely as that seems, given that the plot revolves around securing a patent for a flax-milling machine. I would not, myself, have thought of patent rights as the most gripping subject for a young adult adventure novel.

But it works. The characters are well drawn, for the most part, and the plot has considerable twists and turns.

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Dions accused of elaborate poaching scheme

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Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008.  Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds.  Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds.  Photos courtesy of the Dions

Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008. Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds. Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds. Photos courtesy of the Dions

copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014

by Tena Starr

An Irasburg couple will be brought to court next month for allegedly running an elaborate deer poaching operation that included baiting and spotlights in their well concealed backyard and a gun portal in a wall of their house.

Wayne Dion, 66, and Jennie Dion, 63, are facing multiple charges related to deer baiting and illegal hunting, Major Dennis Reinhardt, who is in charge of law enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said Monday.

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