What to do with all those plums?

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WEB Ruminations plums cmykcopyright the Chronicle August 19, 2015

by Tena Starr  

This is the time of year when we have what we call “summer food” dinners. Mainly those dinners are about the vegetables. It’s a time of year when it’s a pleasure to cook.

People often talk about having to sneak vegetables into their children’s food. With two children and three grandchildren who have rarely refused a vegetable, who snack on vegetables, it seems to me that kids do not have an inherent dislike of them — they somehow learn it.

Maybe they were fed too many canned green beans, maybe they think of vegetables as overcooked mush instead of crisp and crunchy. Maybe they developed a taste, along the way, for…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries August 19, 2015

obit BerardMaria Dolores “Loli” Berard

Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard, 55, died with grace on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with amyloidosis. She was surrounded by her family’s love. She is now reunited with her son Jason A. Berard.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on June 10, 1960, she was the fifth child of seven to Pedro Barquin and Luisa Olagorta Barquin. She grew up in Miami, Florida, and Manila, Philippines, before moving to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. It was in Burlington that she met her husband of 32 years, Roger E. Berard, and began building their life and family together.

Having established their home in St. Albans, with four children, Ms. Berard founded and co-owned the successful children’s clothing brand, Loli of Vermont, for which she received the Franklin County Business and Professional Women, Woman of Achievement Award. That was only the beginning.

Dedicated to education, social justice, and equality, she tackled every opportunity with gusto, and always fought to support youth voices, promote excellence and equity in education, and create lifelong learning opportunities. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Johnson State College, her master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, and participated in the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.

Most recently the Vermont Regional Coordinator of Franklin Grand Isle Building Bright Futures, Ms. Berard was the principal of the Alburgh Community Education Center, the school and community coordinator for Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU), and she was involved with Project New Beginnings, Everyday Democracy, Youth in Transition, Franklin Grand Isle United Way, and Bellows Free Academy Northwest Technical Center.

She had more than 15 years of teaching experience, community service and development, and civic engagement, and Ms. Berard was connected, loyal, passionate, determined, and loved by the community she created.

Along with her adoring husband, she continues to guide her sons, Roger A. Berard and Lucas A. Berard, and her daughter, Sophia A. Berard and her fiancé, Luke Gellatly, with strength and will of heart. She is loved and missed by her family: Maria, Richard and Ari Arratia, Pedro and Betty Barquin, Maipi, Richard, Christopher, and Devin Deraney, Jose, Lana, Tristan, Gabriella and Alesio Barquin, Maite and Alan Brace, Pablo and Victoria Barquin, and Gilles, Jeannine, Paul, and Lynne Berard.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 8, by Father Maurice J. Roy at Holy Angels Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of her life at her home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Dream Big Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/6fa4wew4.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit duvalSister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval

Sister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval, 93, died at Holy Cross Health Center (HCHC) in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

She was born in Richford, on November 14, 1921, to Basil Duval and Mabel Jane (Donlon) Duval.

She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1938 and professed her vows on August 21, 1940.

Her primary missions were teaching in Champlain and Morrisonville, New York, (where she later became part of the school administration), Newport, and Colebrook, New Hampshire, and bookkeeping and secretarial services in Derby Line, Burlington, Newport, and Littleton, New Hampshire.

She retired to Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton in 1997, then to HCHC in 2014.

She loved her religious community and was very dedicated to her various ministries. Her eyes had a special sparkle when she spoke of her family. She will be remembered and missed by all.

She is survived by her nieces: Norma Yandow, Cecile Deblois and her husband, John, and Jane Frances Maxwell and her husband, Paul; and by her nephews: Douglas, Martin, Jim, Ken Jr., and Dennis Duval.

She was predeceased by her parents and six brothers: Archibald, Norman, Elmer, Francis, Kenneth, and Rémi.

Prayer at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel took place on Sunday, August 16. A Mass was celebrated on Monday, August 17, at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

To sign a guest book, please visit rossfuneral.com.

 

obit gloverPauline S. Glover

Pauline S. Glover, 86, of Derby died peacefully on August 11, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on December 26, 1928, in Derby to Arthur and Beulah (Curtis) Storey.

On August 26, 1950 she married Hayden Glover who predeceased her.

Pauline was town clerk for the town of Derby for 40 years. She was a member of the Derby Academy Alumni Association, and the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston. She was an avid reader, watched her favorite TV shows, enjoyed farming and attending activities with Mr. Glover, tending to her vegetable garden, going to yard sales, and she always loved and cared for her many animals over the years.

She is survived by her children: Valerie Glover of Derby, and Edward Glover and his wife and stepdaughter of Derby; her granddaughter Kim Robinson of Winooski; by her sisters: Laura Labrecque of Massachusetts, and Evelyn Willard of Derby; her aunt Phyllis Davio of Newport; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Dailey Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hendersonPenelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson

Penelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson, 82, of Newport died on August 10, 2015.

She was born on October 25, 1932, the second child and first daughter of Canon R. Kenneth Naylor and Mary Barton Naylor, and a Montreal resident for her first 45 years.

She was the wife of the late Rod Henderson, whom she lived with in Newport later in life.

Her passion was being a pilot when it was very unusual for a girl just out of high school to aim to do that. Working at Bell Canada gave her the needed money to take flying lessons at Laurentide Aviation in Dorval, Quebec. After obtaining her private pilot’s license, she went on to obtain her commercial license and her instructor’s rating. However TransCanada Airlines (later Air Canada) was not hiring women at that time, so she became a flight instructor in her spare time. She was featured in an interesting article in The Blue Bell of Bell Canada from August 1965.

She also acquired a motorcycle and toured England, Scotland, and Wales on it for six months. She worked there, among other things, harvesting hops.

In her work at Bell Canada, French language usage meant that she was required to attend many meetings in French. She took an early medical retirement, and married Mr. Henderson, a fellow pilot, in 1975.

She was predeceased by her husband; and her brother Ronald in 2009.

She is survived by her sisters, Rachel Fletcher and Gillian Villeneuve; her stepchildren: Debbie, Denyse, Joan, Anne, Roddie and Pennie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LeclercDenis J. Leclerc

Denis J. Leclerc, 61, died on Monday August 3, 2015, at his home in Island Pond.

Born in Sorel, Montreal, Québec on August 19, 1953, to Victor J. and Yvette R. Leclerc, he moved to Island Pond in 1963 as his father was transferred from the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal.

Mr. Leclerc began his career in cooking at the age of 17 at the infamous Buck & Doe Restaurant under the watchful eye of Ronny Langford. From there he spent the majority of his career at the Spa Restaurant in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, turning the restaurant into what it is today. He devoted countless hours and was an instrumental part of its success for which Francis and Stephanie will be forever grateful.

He was a devoted employee and friend with a large extended family. He loved to spread his culinary knowledge and taught many how to cook.

He enjoyed many activities, including golf and pool. He enjoyed hunting camp with his buddies back in the day for some good poker, and he was an avid sportsman. He played in many pool leagues. He loved to read and had a vast knowledge on many subjects.

He had a heart of gold and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by three sisters: Sylvie Ming and her husband, Larry, of Island Pond, Lynn Leclerc, and Michele Leclerc, both of Island Pond; his brother Peter J. Leclerc and his wife, Debbie, of Wallingford, Connecticut; nine nieces and nephews: Brandy Pepin and her husband, Tyler, of Island Pond, Derek Ming of Island Pond, Renee Delachevrotiere and her husband, Jay, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Michael V. Leclerc of Detroit, Michigan, Jonathan P. Leclerc of Wallingford, Connecticut, Nathan Stebenne and his wife, Krystal, of Island Pond, Brandon Stebenne of Island Pond, John Langmaid of Washington, D.C., Tara Langmaid, who is also his godchild, and her boyfriend, Andrew Martin, of Island Pond; his stepfather Harry Weatherstone of Island Pond; his aunt and uncle Claudine and Adellard Pelletier of Island Pond; and by several great nieces and nephews and by many aunts and uncles in the United States and Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents in 1977 and 2006.

There will be a graveside service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond where he will be buried beside his parents on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. There will be a luncheon at the American Legion directly following.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PercyGeraldine M. Percy

Geraldine M. Percy, 92, of Titusville, Florida died on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

A native of Island Pond, Ms. Percy moved to Florida in the early eighties from Pocasset, Massachusetts.

She attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. She was a charter member of St. John’s Women’s Guild in Pocasset, a member of the Rosie The Riveter Organization, and received the Marian Award.

She is survived by four sons: James and his wife, Jean, Donald and his wife, Margaret, Ellis and his wife, JoAnn, and Kenneth and his wife, Diane; her daughter Mary Mysona; her brother-in-law Basil Percy; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Newell R. Percy; a brother, Donald Aldrich; and a sister, Lucille Bresse.

Funeral services were held in Titusville, Florida. An inurnment service will be held Friday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School, 203 Ojibway Street, Titusville, Florida 32780.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read the Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at the Solid Rock Assembly Brownington Center Church and Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly.

Mrs. Westover is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida, Betty Larose of Vermont, Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont, Ed Westover of Vermont, and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina, Christopher Larose and his son Dylan, and daughters Kayana, Kaylene, and Kaydriene, of Vermont, Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina, Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut, Monica Larose of Vermont, Roany Meyer of Massachusetts, Brittany (Westover) Howard and her husband, Chase, of Georgia, and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Florence Whitcomb, and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister, Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as her daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on Saturday, August 22, at noon.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Westover may be made to the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at awrfh.com.

 

obit whipple VETFoster Metcalf Whipple

Foster Metcalf Whipple, 84, of Newport, died on August 9, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 24, 1930, in Coventry, to Max and Lettie (Metcalf) Whipple.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a truck driver for Pike Industries where he retired after 18 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Order of the Elks. He owned his own trucking business for several years before working for Pike Industries and he had a snowplowing business for several years through which he met and made a lot of friends. He always had a smile on his face, enjoyed lots of laughter, and had good things to say about everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Kish Whipple of Newport, who he married in March 2007; his nieces: Linda Walker of Canaan, New Hampshire, Mary Walker and her husband, Robert Greenhalgh, of Arizona, Karen and Jesse Conley of Barton, Bruce and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his great-niece Jeannie Greenhalgh of California; Ms. Whipple’s children: Edward Kish and his wife, Nancy, and Keith Kish and his wife, Lisa, all of Hardwick, and David Kish and his wife, Karen, of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his brother Leland Whipple; and his first wife, Francese Miles who he married on April 14, 1956, and who died on June 20, 2006.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 167, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to Love is Caring Home Health Care, 7827 Route 14, Craftsbury, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Kidder Hill wind project draw fierce opposition

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Pictured here, David Blittersdorf, the professional wind developer who plans to put up the turbines and owns the land they would be sited on, came to the meeting but was not allowed to speak. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Pictured here, David Blittersdorf, the professional wind developer who plans to put up the turbines and owns the land they would be sited on, came to the meeting but was not allowed to speak. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle August 12, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

IRASBURG — About 40 people, including two state legislators, came to the Irasburg Select Board meeting on Monday night to protest two commercial scale wind towers proposed for nearby Kidder Hill.

David Blittersdorf, the professional wind developer who plans to put up the turbines and owns the land they would be sited on, also came to the meeting but was not allowed to speak.  After listening to well over an hour of public comments, the select board agreed to have some answers at its next meeting to questions about exactly what the town can and cannot do regarding wind development.

Kidder Hill is about four miles northwest of Irasburg. The two towers would produce…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Heath Orchard apples destroyed by hailstorms

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Heath Orchard in Canada lost nearly its entire crop for this year after three hailstorms hit in three weeks.  Updates on when the orchard will be open this year will be posted on their website at vergerheathorchard.com.  Photo by Xander Jean

Heath Orchard in Canada lost nearly its entire crop for this year after three hailstorms hit in three weeks. Updates on when the orchard will be open this year will be posted on their website at vergerheathorchard.com. Photo by Xander Jean

copyright the Chronicle August 12, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph 

STANSTEAD, QUEBEC — Picking apples at Heath Orchard in Canada is a tradition for many, but this year will be different.

The 100-year-old orchard was hit hard by three separate hailstorms — one in mid-July and two in early August — that destroyed or damaged the entire crop.

“When the first storm came, we were in shock,” co-owner Chris Rawlings said. “When the second one came, we started crying. When the third one came….”

He threw his hands into the air as if to say, what can you do?

He and his wife and co-owner, Lynn Heath, run the orchard.

“This is uncharted territory,” Ms. Heath said.

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Jazz brings Newport waterfront to life

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Someone has to hit the floor first, and a single small dancer was the one Saturday night soon after Mimi and the Podd Brothers took the stage.  The quartet composed of Owen Broder on saxophone, Adam Podd on bass, vocalist Mimi Hillaire, and keyboard player Matt Podd was up from their base in Brooklyn, New York, to play at the Newport, Vermont, Jazz Festival, but for the brothers it was a return home.  They played twice during a weekend that brought music and the city’s waterfront to life.  For more about the festival, please see page twelve.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Someone has to hit the floor first, and a single small dancer was the one Saturday night soon after Mimi and the Podd Brothers took the stage. The quartet composed of Owen Broder on saxophone, Adam Podd on bass, vocalist Mimi Hillaire, and keyboard player Matt Podd was up from their base in Brooklyn, New York, to play at the Newport, Vermont, Jazz Festival, but for the brothers it was a return home. They played twice during a weekend that brought music and the city’s waterfront to life. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 12, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Everyone who’s spent time in Newport realizes the city’s greatest asset is its location on the shore of the spectacularly beautiful Lake Memphremagog. Nevertheless, generations of builders have put up structures that turn their backs on the water, and valiant efforts to draw people to the waterfront have met with mixed success.

That changed in at least a small way Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, when the Newport, Vermont, Jazz Festival held its first season. The promise of live music drew a broad cross section of people to the Gateway Center and…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Remembering the last log drive on the Connecticut

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Where else but a log drive would a team of horses be rafted down a river?  Photo from Bill Gove’s book Log Drives on the Connecticut River

Where else but a log drive would a team of horses be rafted down a river? Photo from Bill Gove’s book Log Drives on the Connecticut River

copyright the Chronicle August 12, 2015

by Paul Lefebvre

The Northeast Kingdom has often been called the state’s last frontier, but where do we turn to find the bigger than life characters or the tall tales that go into making up a frontier? There are still people alive who remember individual heroics either in the mills or on the railroad tracks, but what is it about the Kingdom that fires a schoolboy’s imagination when he reads about its past?

When anyone mentions frontier, it’s usually the West that readily comes to mind. We know its famous characters from Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid to the more legendary Stagger Lee or Frankie and Johnny. Cowboys and cattle, lawmen and…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries August 12, 2015

obit BergeronClovis F. Bergeron

Clovis F. Bergeron, 98, of Troy died peacefully on August 2, 2015, at his son’s home in Derby surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 26, 1917, in St. Jude, Quebec, to Antoine and Lydia (LaPrade) Bergeron. On October 4, 1958, he married Gertrude Tift.

He owned and operated his own farm in North Troy for 40 years and then worked as a lift attendant for 27 years, retiring in 2004. He used to mow lawns around Troy, and he loved gardening and being outside.

He is survived by his children: Jean Bergeron of Hartford, Connecticut, Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Denise, of Derby; by his stepchildren: Richard Handy and his wife, Liz, of North Troy, and Helen Handy of Kansas; by his brother Paul Bergeron and his wife, Pat, of Derby; by his sisters: Antoinette Hazen of Barnet, Yvonne Kaskel of Burke, and Blanche Bergeron of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, who died on July 17, 2014; his stepson Louis; his brothers Ernest and Henry; and his sister Jane.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 6, at the Church of God on the Crawford Road in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating. Interment followed in Troy Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Berthiaume VETLouis Victor Berthiaume

 Louis Victor Berthiaume, 82, of Westfield died suddenly on August 2, 2015, at his home.

He was born on November 22, 1932, in Westfield to Azarius and Agatha (Quintal) Berthiaume. On April 16, 1955 he married Joan Gelo.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a self-employed dairy farmer all of his life. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, Knights of Columbus, North Troy Jay Peak Post #28 American Legion, and the Cursillo Movement.

His hobbies included fishing, working in his garden, taking care of his home and farm, and motorcycling. He also liked to travel when he was able to leave his farm duties. Mr. Berthiaume was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a friend to all and his kind and generous nature made him a pleasure to be around. He will be missed by many.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Joan Berthiaume, of Westfield; his children: Judi Hussey and her husband, Bob, of Coventry, David Berthiaume of Westfield, Karen Bathalon and her husband, Allan, of North Troy, Donald Berthiaume and his wife, Christine, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Scott Hussey of Oregon, Amanda Hussey of Lyndonville, Autumn Thompson of Quincy, Massachusetts, Zachary Thompson of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sienna and Maeve Bathalon of North Troy, Justin and Olivia Berthiaume of Westfield; his great-grandchild: Savannah Jean Hussey of Lyndonville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by five brothers, and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Lowell.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DavisAlice Rita Davis

Alice Rita Davis, 91, of Derby died on Saturday, August 1, 2015, following a long illness.

Born Alicja Baszynski on May 23, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated top of her class from South Cleveland High School and was the class valedictorian. Although she was unable to attend college herself, she stressed the importance of education and encouraged her children to pursue their college degrees.

She was the devoted and loving wife of Ercil Franklin Davis, the center of her world, who predeceased her on July 13, 2015. They were married 69 years. Mr. Davis, who grew up in Caledonia County, brought Mrs. Davis to Vermont, and the couple settled into farming in West Barnet and later in Lyndonville. In addition to working as a secretary, Mrs. Davis worked long and hard on the farm.

She was well known as a person of warmth and hospitality. She inherited her parents’ Polish work ethic and always stressed the importance of doing things “right.” She had a passion for cooking and often celebrated family occasions with five-course meals, complete with appetizers, place settings, decorations and table linens. She also loved to bake and was known for her decorated cakes and Polish pastries.

She spent much of her life as a secretary, first at the White Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio, then at the Fairbanks Morse Company in St. Johnsbury, and finally at Vermont Tap and Die in Lyndonville. When the couple retired from farming, they bought and operated the Border Motel in Derby, where Mrs. Davis got to hone and use her skills as a hostess and cook.

She was always active in her church and was a devoted Roman Catholic. She would say her rosary daily. When facing her final illness, she spent much of her time in prayer.

She is survived by her son Gregory Davis and his wife, Connie, of Londonderry, New Hampshire; their son Joshua Davis and his wife, Madison, of North Carolina and their daughter Ellyse Davis of New York City. She is also survived by her daughter Susan A. Davis and her husband, George Rumery, of Newport; their daughter Jessica Stone and her son Jagger Stone of San Antonio, Texas; their son Paul Stone of Ocala, Florida; and their daughter Therese Rumery and her fiancé, Charles Austin, and their son Archer Austin, of St. Johnsbury. She is also survived by her nieces: Kathleen Church and her husband, Riley, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Ohio; and by Shirley Eizember of Cortland, New York, and her children and grandchild.

She was predeceased by her parents, Anastacja “Nettie” and Walter Baszynski; her husband; her sister Grace Glaze of Ohio; and two nephews: David and Timothy Eizember, also of Ohio.

A Mass was held on Saturday, August 8, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit gomesLorraine Irene Gomes

Lorraine Irene Gomes, 87, a longtime resident of East Hardwick died peacefully late Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehabilitation Center in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on October 2, 1927, in Stannard, the daughter of the late Charles and Grace (Taylor) Lanphear. She attended Stannard public schools.

Following her education, she moved to Greensboro Bend where she waited tables in a local restaurant and was a housekeeper to Greensboro residents.

She was first married to Herbert Gomes for many years. During that time she stayed at home to care for her young children. For more than 50 years she was a life companion to Everett Goddard. He died on June 11, 2009. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, and sewing.

She is survived by six children: Bradley Gomes of East Hardwick, David Gomes of Hardwick, Linda Clow and her husband, Rod, of Hardwick, Bonnie Rossi and her husband, Charles, of East Orange, Millie O’Neil of Greensboro, and Sharon Marchetti and her husband, Mike, of Merritt Island, Florida; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; her life companion; her grandson Jonathan M. Gomes; a son-in-law Edward O’Neill; and four siblings: Robert Lanphear, Raymond Lanphear, Gordon Lanphear and Sayde Maxwell.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home at 60 Elm Street in Hardwick with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab Center, Activity Fund, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 225 Water Tower Farm, Marshfield, Vermont 05658.

 

obit trowBeverly Richardson Trow

Beverly Richardson Trow, 90, of Tequesta, Florida, died on July 20, 2015, at her home with her cousin and longtime live-in companion, Betty Jane Durkee, and Ms. Durkee’s daughter Tammy Dopp, both of Newport, by her side.

She was born on September 28, 1924, in Newport. Her ashes will be brought back to Vermont to be scattered in her final resting place, at her request.

Ms. Trow very much enjoyed spending time up at her lakefront cottage in Newport with lots of frequent visits from her family. She was an accomplished artist and has painted numerous works, which friends and family enjoy. She also spent many years as a photographer and worked alongside her parents in the family owned business, Richardson Studio.

In later years she retired from the Bell South telephone company where she worked as an operator. Her favorite pastime was reading, and one would often find her in her favorite chair reading away the hours. She had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother and friend and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.

She is survived by her stepdaughter Mary Frances Trow; her two sons: Craig Stewart Grieve and his wife, Gisele, and Mark Cameron Grieve and his wife, Linda, and their families.

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A blessedly sweltering road trip in Tennessee

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In 1811 and 1812, a series of violent earthquakes caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a time, creating Reelfoot Lake, which is shallow but encompasses 15,000 acres.  The area is now a state park.  Cyprus trees are the prettiest things there.  The water itself is home to such unwelcoming creatures as snapping turtles, alligator gar, and water moccasins.  We stayed at the Blue Bank Resort, which is right on the water.  Boardwalks and bridges provide a way for people to get around.  Photo by Tena Starr

In 1811 and 1812, a series of violent earthquakes caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a time, creating Reelfoot Lake, which is shallow but encompasses 15,000 acres. The area is now a state park. Cyprus trees are the prettiest things there. The water itself is home to such unwelcoming creatures as snapping turtles, alligator gar, and water moccasins. We stayed at the Blue Bank Resort, which is right on the water. Boardwalks and bridges provide a way for people to get around. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

For quite some time I’ve had an itch, and this year’s cool, rainy summer has done nothing to scratch it. After a bitter winter, I craved warm — no, hot weather, and I wanted a road trip.

Some people like to have a destination, entertainment and amenities when they travel — Disney World, a resort, beaches, one stop shopping, so to speak. I like road trips. That means setting a general destination and time frame, and that’s about it. What happens between departure and arrival is unscheduled. The point is to see the country and its people. The destination itself can be vague.

In this case, it was the Mississippi River.

Steve was taken aback when I said… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Youngsters get a look at Abenaki culture

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Summer reading program participants gathered around the fire they made to cook bannock bread on sticks.  Pictured here, from left to right, are Kayleigh Cole, Isabella Cole, Cienna Bishop, Owen Sheltra, Brielle Rancourt, and Trevor Sanville.  Directly behind Owen are Chase Sheltra who is looking at his dough-covered stick, and Dale Guisinger, who is digging into a Tupperware for more dough to hand out.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Summer reading program participants gathered around the fire they made to cook bannock bread on sticks. Pictured here, from left to right, are Kayleigh Cole, Isabella Cole, Cienna Bishop, Owen Sheltra, Brielle Rancourt, and Trevor Sanville. Directly behind Owen are Chase Sheltra who is looking at his dough-covered stick, and Dale Guisinger, who is digging into a Tupperware for more dough to hand out. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

ISLAND POND — Archery, kayaking, circus arts, and bread-making are just a few of the activities organized by the Island Pond Public Library as part of its summer reading program.

The books the kids read are associated with an activity so they can experience the book hands-on, Library Director John Zuppa said.

On Friday, about 15 kids discovered a book about bears then joined their counselor on the shore of Island Pond to learn how to make a fire and cook bannock bread the way Abenakis did.

“That really gets through to them in a real way,” Mr. Zuppa said about linking a book to an activity.

The idea is to get the kids excited about reading, he said.

And it worked. During Friday’s activity, the children’s attention span was…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Newport hosts lively Aquafest

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Rainbow arcs through the air toward the finish line and a $50 prize for the frog’s young coach, Anna Kate Costo.  Anna Kate found that blowing on Rainbow was an excellent way to stimulate the amphibian’s competitive instincts.  The frog-jumping contest was only one of many events at Newport’s Aquafest on Saturday.  To find out more about the event and about Shredfest, which took place nearby, please see page sixteen.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Rainbow arcs through the air toward the finish line and a $50 prize for the frog’s young coach, Anna Kate Costo. Anna Kate found that blowing on Rainbow was an excellent way to stimulate the amphibian’s competitive instincts. The frog-jumping contest was only one of many events at Newport’s Aquafest on Saturday. To find out more about the event and about Shredfest, which took place nearby, please see page sixteen. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Early Saturday morning it looked as if Aquafest might be a cruel joke, with the water its title celebrates raining down from the sky. As it turned out, only a couple of brief showers marred what was, for this summer, a beautiful day.

Sadly, it appeared that many of those who might otherwise have thronged to Newport’s Main Street in search of community fun held back due to fear of gray skies. Their caution caused them to miss an enjoyable street fair.

The day began with a demonstration of gravity-powered vehicles — Soap Box Derby race cars. Cars driven by current drivers and stars of the past made repeated runs down Main Street under the watchful eye of Dr. Fred Turcotte, who…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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