The risks of renting


Rose Warner found this pile of trash outside a trailer she and her husband, Vernon, rented in July.  They said they were paid only $300 rent over the course of several months, learned by accident that their tenant had left, and found the place a wreck.  Photo by Tena Starr

Rose Warner found this pile of trash outside a trailer she and her husband, Vernon, rented in July. They said they were paid only $300 rent over the course of several months, learned by accident that their tenant had left, and found the place a wreck. Photos by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

In July of 2014, Vernon and Rose Warner rented a trailer in Lowell to a man and his son. They say they received $300 at the time, and nothing since. The monthly rent was $550.

Now, the tenant is gone, which the Warners discovered by accident.

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Raising Thoreau’s cabin to life


North Country Career Center student Evan Daigle fits a tenon into a mortise on the roof of the Thoreau cabin replica.  All the logs made by the forestry students fit into the planned design, except for one.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

North Country Career Center student Evan Daigle fits a tenon into a mortise on the roof of the Thoreau cabin replica. All the logs made by the forestry students fit into the planned design, except for one. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

DERBY — The smell of fresh wood and the noise of tools at work greeted anyone walking into North Country Career Center’s (NCCC) woodshop class on Thursday. Students were hard at work at the Harold J. Haynes Memorial Land Lab, assembling a timber frame cabin — designed by someone who’s been dead for over 150 years.

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North Country Expo April 17-18 features local businesses


Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce will host its annual expo in a new location. North Country Expo 2015 will be at Jay Peak’s Hotel Jay and Conference Center.

The business expo will be held on Friday, April 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. and the fun continues on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is designed to be a premier introduction to local businesses and the larger community of Orleans and Essex counties. During the expo, Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce and Jay Peak will hold a multitude of offerings to businesses and residents alike for a fun-filled family weekend.

The expo will showcase more than 50 businesses in three conference center ballrooms. There will also be outside vendors such as Saint J Subaru, Champlain Chevrolet, and the Farmyard Store.

Expo attendees will receive discounts to the Pump House waterpark and discounted lift tickets for each day attending. Discounts for the Pump House are $28 for adults and $20 for youth ages four to 14; and lift tickets will be discounted at $42 for adults and $32 for youth ages four to 14.

The expo’s presenting sponsor is North Country Hospital with Poulin Lumber as the silver sponsor and Champlain Chevrolet as the bronze sponsor.

Admission to the expo is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages four to 14.

There are limited booths available; vendor registration information can be found at All businesses, nonprofits, and organizations are invited to participate as vendors. Discounts are available for Vermont’s North Country Chamber members as well as members of other Orleans and Essex county chambers. Jay Peak will offer discounted lodging for the vendors.

For more information, contact Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce at 334-7782. — from Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce.

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


Obituaries April 15, 2015

obit ClarkRobert E. Clark

Robobit vets flagert E. Clark, 87, of West Glover died on April 5, 2015, in White River Junction.

He was born on September 4, 1927, in Barton, to Everett and Gladys (Masure) Clark.

On June 20, 1955, he married Gisele Champagne, who survives him.

He was an assessor for the state of Vermont and a veteran of the United States Navy.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton. He joined the post when he was still on active duty in both World War II and the Korean War, and has been an active member for over 68 years. He was a past commander of Post #76 and the post finance officer for over 49 years.

He has been a cemetery commissioner since 1999. He worked on the added Glover cemetery space, which led to the establishment of Westlook II. He was also a lister for the town of Glover.

Mr. Clark always had a smile on his face, was a friend to many, and was always willing to give a helping hand.

He and his wife enjoyed trips with Community Circle, spending winters in Florida, picking raspberries, ice skating, and helping friends sugaring and tasting the product. He was a very active member of St. Paul’s Church and helped with the school.

He is survived by his wife, Gisele Clark, of West Glover; his children: Michele Rose and her husband, Andrew, of Burlington, Daniel Clark of Hartford, and Robert Alan Clark of Williamson, New York; his granddaughter Sarah Rose of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Bill Clark; and by his half-sister Jeannette Lewis.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 10, in Barton. Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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Jacklyn L. Durivage

Jacklyn L. Durivage, 68, of Newport died peacefully on April 2, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on August 25, 1946, in Morrisville, to Cecil and Katherine (Kellog) Stearns. She married Merrinott Durivage, who survives her.

She was employed by the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport as a supervisor for housekeeping for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Merrinott Durivage Sr., of Newport; her children: Merrinott Durivage Jr. of Newport, Desmond Durivage of Newport, and Deneen Tourangeau and her husband, Jimmy, of Sheffield; four grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and by her sister Gerri Stearns of Morrisville.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family.

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.

obit leachPatricia Center Leach

Patricia Center Leach of Barton died on Monday morning, April 6, 2015, in Lyndonville, at the age of 88.

She was born on March 17, 1927, in Rutland, the daughter of Walter F. and Aleathea (DeRosia) Center.

Her father died prior to her birth. At the age of five, her mother remarried, to Robert DeForge, and five children were born and raised in Montpelier. She spent her childhood summers in Danby, with her grandfather and Aunt Bertha Risdon.

In 1945 she graduated at the top of her class from Montpelier High School, where she was an avid basketball and baseball player. She was in all of the school plays and loved dancing. In the fall of 1945 she entered the University of Vermont (UVM) and graduated in 1948 with a bachelor of science in nursing. While in her last years of school at UVM, she affiliated at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Brooklyn State Hospital in New York City, and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. After receiving her RN, she went to Chicago for three years of college to obtain her degree in anesthesia at Norwegian American Hospital. In 1951 she became one of the first certified registered nurse anesthetists in the country. She practiced anesthesia at hospitals in Randolph, Brattleboro, and Burlington.

In 1952, she married Martin E. Leach of Waterville, and they had three children. At the time, Mr. Leach was a sergeant for the Vermont State Police, graduating from the Vermont State Police Academy in 1947. They moved to Barton in 1955 where she lived until her death. She was very active with Barton Academy while her children attended.

She worked as an RN at Newport Hospital from 1960 to 1974. After Mr. Leach died in 1969, she returned to UVM to further her education in coronary care and received her CCN in 1970. From 1976 to 1977 she was in charge of the coronary care unit at Hillside Hospital in San Diego, California, and then at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital upon her return to Vermont. She continued with college courses at UVM and the University of Minnesota through 1982.

She was active with the Republican Party for years and served as a delegate in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Leach, or “Peppermint Patty” as her sisters called her, loved to dance and had great memories of going to see the big bands with her husband in the 1950s and 1960s. Her favorite place was the Brown Derby in Montpelier where her husband proposed! She was an avid Red Sox fan and March Madness was her all-time favorite sports event of the year. She always miraculously picked the winner of the Kentucky Derby! She was always positive and derived a great deal of pleasure watching her children and grandchildren grow up and play sports.

She is survived by her children: Glenn Leach and his wife, Cheryl, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Gary and Melissa Leach of Lyndonville, and Jill Leach of Barton. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Zach and Breanna Leach of California; Beth and her husband, Chris Hibshman, and their children: Barrett and Brooklyn of Burke; Dallas and Lilly Leach of Lyndon; Erika Leach of Washington, D.C.; Amanda Leach Brocksmith and her husband, Richard, and son Chase of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Rachel Schuster and her husband, Nathan, and their children: Gavin and Bennet of South Portland, Maine; and Jessica and Colin Trahan and son Toby of Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by two brothers: Robert and his wife, Maggie DeForge, of Clinton, Massachusetts, and Jerome DeForge of Virginia; two sisters: Georgia Buck and her husband, Jim, of Leominster, Massachusetts, and Daphne Marhefka and her husband, Joe, of Clinton, Massachusetts; a sister in-law, Marilyn Center, of Clinton, Massachusetts; and by many nieces and nephews, and several good friends.

She was predeceased by her father; her mother; her husband; a sister, Norma Hancock; and by a brother, George Center.

A memorial service will be held in Lyndonville on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home with Mr. John Sleeper officiating. Friends may meet with the family one hour prior to the start of the service, beginning at 1 p.m.

Donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health Care, marked for hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit lutherArdys Janet LaMonda Luther

Ardys Janet LaMonda Luther died peacefully at her home in East Hardwick on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

She was born on December 17, 1925, to Edith (Dewing) and Leon LaMonda at the Dewing family farm in Glover. She attended the little Mud Island School for eight years and graduated from Greensboro High School.

She was a registered nurse who received her degree from Brightlook Hospital School of Nursing in St. Johnsbury in 1946, where she was the youngest student. Later she completed the first nurse practitioner program at the University of Vermont and Mary Fletcher Hospital, where she was the oldest student.

After a fire destroyed their small farm in Glover, the LaMonda family moved to Riverside Farm in East Hardwick.

In February of 1945, she married Bradley Luther. She resided in East Hardwick for 75 years, with many winters enjoyed at their house in Hernando, Florida.

Mrs. Luther worked as a nurse at Hardwick Hospital, the Robbins Nursing Home in East Hardwick, the Darling Inn Nursing Home in Lyndonville, and in Dr. Russell’s office at Northeast Interns in St. Johnsbury. She was one of the first nurses to be hired at Caledonia Home Health and was involved in the inception of home nursing in Vermont. She also worked in the Luther’s family store, The East Hardwick Hardware Store.

She was active in her community in Vermont and in Florida. She loved to play her keyboard at the Greensboro Nursing Home and played with a kitchen band in Florida. She was a member of the Vermont Nursing Association, the First Congregational Church of East Hardwick, and the Caledonia Grange in East Hardwick.

Along with her husband, she loved to travel and explore the United States in their camper, including trips to California and a trip to Alaska in 1992. They also enjoyed camping at LaMonda family reunions on the farm in Glover and at Miles Pond gatherings with their family.

She is survived by her sister Lorraine and brother-in law Elwin Daniels Jr. of Craftsbury; her sister Janice and brother-in-law Wilbur Mower of New Mexico; her sister-in-law Calista Lawson of Florida. She is also survived by her four children and their families: Cheryl and Gary Michaels of East Hardwick and their children: PJ Jonesku of Salem, Massachusetts, and Nathan Bradley and Jennifer Michaels of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Edward and Pamela Luther of East Hardwick and their family: Nathan, Melissa, Tessa, and Ella Ardys Luther of East Hardwick, and Nicole, Bret, Grace, and Gavin Hodgdon of Jericho; Gail and David O’Brien of Shaftsbury and their family: Justin, Julie, Addison, and Hanna O’Brien of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and Erin, Adam, and Keva Wilson of Storrs, Connecticut; and Douglas and Elaine Luther and their daughters: Meghan and Emily of Walden.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bradley; her brother Warren and his wife, Denise (Brochu) LaMonda, of Stowe; her brother-in-law Burleigh Luther of Connecticut; and by her sister-in-law Gleigh (Luther) Richardson of Colorado.

The family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, to Caledonia Grange #9, P.O. Box 4, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836. Interment services will be held after the ground thaws and will be at Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick. At her request, there will be no visiting hours.

obit vets flagSidney A. Pixley Sr.

Sidney A. Pixley Sr., 81, died on Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home in Strafford, after a long illness.

He was born on June 7, 1933, in Randolph, son of Gerald L. and Marie (Mayberry) Pixley.

He attended school in Strafford. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Germany.

On September 25, 1955, he married Gloria Lower of Brownington. They lived most of their married life in Strafford. Mr. Pixley worked on Ralph Brown’s dairy farm in Strafford, at the Vermont Copper Mine in Strafford until it closed, and he drove milk truck for Richard Prescott for many years. For ten years, he and his wife lived in Glastenbury, Connecticut, where he was a foreman on a chicken farm. In 1968, they moved back to Strafford. For 28 years, he worked at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a warehouse clerk, before retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the Justin Morrill Drift Skippers Snow Machine Club and had been the vice-president of the Strafford Cemetery Association. He enjoyed taking bus tours with his wife, four-wheeling, snow machining, putting up firewood, and working on the trails for four-wheelers and snow machines to ride on.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Pixley, of Strafford; two sons: Sidney Pixley Jr. of Strafford, and Raymond Pixley of Waterbury, Connecticut; a daughter, Betty Benson, of South Royalton; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Rodney Pixley, of Strafford; a sister, Rose Perry, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Catherine Smith; and by two brothers: Clifford Pixley and Russell Pixley.

A funeral service was held on March 28, in Strafford. Spring burial will be in the Strafford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Strafford Fire and Rescue Associates, 241 Justin Morrill Highway, Strafford, Vermont 05072.

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obit vets flagDean G. Powers

Dean G. Powers Sr., 76, of West Charleston died peacefully on April 11, 2015, in Derby.

He was born on February 20, 1939, in St. Johnsbury, to Gerald and Lucille (Gardner) Powers.

On April 23, 1959, he married Charlotte R. Scott, who predeceased him on November 19, 2013.

Mr. Powers was employed for 38 years by Tivoly in Derby Line. He was a member of the Vermont National Guard. He also owned and operated Dean’s TV Service.

His hobbies included working on cars, going to the local races, and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his children: Larry Powers and his wife, Sandra, of West Charleston, and Jennifer Allen and her husband, Daniel, of Derby; his grandchildren: Haley, Anthony, and Riley Allen; his brothers: Richard Powers of North Hero, William Powers of Tampa, Florida, and Keith Powers and his friend, Nancy, of North Hampton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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obit royJennifer Ellin Roy

Jennifer Ellin Roy, 42, died peacefully on April 12, 2015, after a short illness, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was a lifelong resident of Newport, and graduated from North Country Union High School. She was a loving mother to her two sons and a warm and thoughtful person to be around. Those who knew her will remember her as a kind and generous woman who delighted in giving little surprise gifts to those she loved.

She leaves behind her beloved son Todd Skinner and his fiancée, Alyssa Lamadeleine. She was so looking forward to celebrating the birth of her first grandson in early May.

Her second son, Cody Skinner, and her father, Edgar Roy, predeceased her.

She leaves behind her mother and step-father, Paula and Peter Conover; her siblings: Sharon Morin, Tracey Coburn-Burdick, Lori Coburn-Webb and Tim, Dan, Michael, and Tracy Roy. She is also survived by her uncle Charles Austin and his wife, Alice; her aunt Jean Poutre; her grandmother Ruth Austin, who is celebrating her one hundred and first birthday; her step-siblings: Kirsten, Stacy, and Bruce Conover and Rachel Conover Loreto; together with many nieces and nephews.

A June memorial service and interment is planned.


Gilles Fugere

Committal services for Gilles Fugere will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.


Lussiers leave the Craftsbury Vibrations after 40 years


Bernie and Linda Lussier of the Craftsbury Vibrations in front of their music library. They will perform in Hyde Park on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. for the last time — probably.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Bernie and Linda Lussier of the Craftsbury Vibrations in front of their music library. They will perform in Hyde Park on April 12 at 1:30 p.m. for the last time — probably. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

CRAFTSBURY — Bernie Lussier and his wife, Linda, have been playing and singing together as members of the Craftsbury Vibrations for over 40 years, but after their gig on Sunday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Hyde Park, they will call a halt to their professional careers. The name of the band will depart with them.

In a recent interview, Mr. Lussier explained that a single show could take eight hours with four hours spent setting up and packing, and another four hours standing up singing and playing.

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Guide gives rise to the baker within


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Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes, 2nd Edition, by Jeffrey Hamelman, illustrations and photography by Chiho Kaneko; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2014; Hardbound, 478 pages; $45.

Reviewed by Joseph Gresser

For anyone interested in learning to bake good bread or, even better, improving their baking skills, I can unreservedly recommend this book.

I was a lapsed home baker when a good friend gave me a baking book several years ago. The book was useful in some respects, but the recipes were riddled with mistakes, and my return to bread making was nearly cut short.

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State Police encourage women to become troopers


Vermont State Police Trooper Callie Field is based out of the Derby barracks.

Vermont State Police Trooper Callie Field is based out of the Derby barracks.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

There’s a growing number of women in law enforcement. In fact, at the moment, six of the 21 State Police officers stationed in the Derby barracks are women. Callie Field, who was originally from Maine, has been working there since 2002. Trooper Field was in law enforcement for seven years before that.

Being a woman in the force is no different from being a man, she said in a recent interview.

“You’re a trooper first and a woman second.”

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How to play spring sports without spring


Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday.  “There's two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said.  “And we're expecting more over the weekend.”  Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher's mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break.   Photos by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday. “There’s two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said. “And we’re expecting more over the weekend.” Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher’s mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

Each year around April 1, the weather plays its own April Fool’s prank on the Northeast Kingdom. For young athletes in the area, the first day that the temperature rises above 30 degrees engenders an irrepressible need to get outside and play.

That need is only magnified for high school athletes. The delays caused by weather such as this year’s, where winter shows every sign of hanging on, can mean less time for practice, and could give opponents in a less snowy clime a competitive edge.

Spring sports coaches have to be on top of their game to face this challenge. They have to figure out resourceful ways to practice outdoor sports while indoors.

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Obituaries April 8, 2015

obit ChaffeeIda Edna Chaffee

Ida Edna Chaffee, 91, of Albany died peacefully on April 3, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 16, 1923, in Albany to Mark and Ida (Keith) Honsinger.

On November 26, 1945, she married Dale Chaffee, who predeceased her on March 13, 2014.

She was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church. She enjoyed baking for the church dinners, tending to her flower gardens, knitting, and crocheting.

She is survived by her children: Ida Burdick and Mark Chaffee, both of Albany; her grandchildren: Willard “Andy” Burdick of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Jonathan Dale Burdick and his wife, Joanna, of Claremont, New Hampshire; her great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Peyton, Davan, Jacob, and Logan; her sister-in-law Beverly Chaffee of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by half brothers: Lynn, Charles, and Harry Rowell.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common on Wednesday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10, at the Albany United Methodist Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Spring interment will be in the Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit CresswellGregory A. Cresswell

Gregory A. Cresswell, 67, of Newport Center died on April 1, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on June 10, 1947, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to Stephen and Martha (Confer) Cresswell.

On April 20, 1974, he married Nancy Pollander, who survives him.

He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He retired in 1999 as an environmental engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. He was a member of the National Guard in Connecticut.

He held memberships with the Exxon-Mobil Retirees Club, Penn State Alumni Association, OSHA Life Long Learning Group, and the North Country Swingers.

He enjoyed tending to his flower gardens, and frog hunting with his grandsons, daughter, and Bryan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, football, listening to country music with Leo, traveling, camping, snowshoeing, shoveling with his grandsons, and tending to his three aquariums.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Cresswell, of Newport Center; his daughter Desiree Cresswell and her companion, Bryan Elmer, of Coventry; his grandsons: Leo, Saige, and Travis; and by his brother Christopher Cresswell and his wife, Rita, of Longhorne, Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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

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obit dalleyEthel Elizabeth Dalley

Ethel Elizabeth Dalley, 82, of Derby died peacefully on March 31, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 8, 1932, in Cambridge, New York, daughter of James and Florence (Gray) Hess. On October 4, 1950, in Johnson, she married Winfield Dalley Jr., who predeceased her in 2006.

During her younger years, she spent her time in Arlington and Johnson, graduating from Johnson High School with honors. After marriage, she spent her adult life living in Derby Line, Island Pond, Norton, and lastly in Derby. For many years, she was the bookkeeper for the famous Buck & Doe Restaurant. She kept herself busy volunteering in her communities holding town appointments, helping establish the Island Pond Medical Center, Home Health, working for the church suppers at the congregational church, and many hours for the Republican committee. She had very strong beliefs and shared them freely. She was the backbone of her family. Her greatest joy was helping so many during difficult times. She was extremely intelligent and a very giving person with a big heart, always thinking of others.

She loved living in the Northeast Kingdom, spending time with her family on the lake, skiing, and snowmobiling. She was known as the “White Tornado” on the snowmobile. She was an avid NASCAR fan. She enjoyed gardening and moving rocks. Mostly, she enjoyed time and talks with so many friends.

She will be deeply missed by her family: her son and his wife, Robert and Annette Dalley, of East Burke, and their two children: Jennifer Dalley of Breckenridge, Colorado, and Joshua Dalley and his wife, Ivy, of Mancos, Colorado; her daughter Denise Shannon of Plant City, Florida, and her children: Angel Shannon and Kaylan Murray of Rutland, Luis Shannon and Heather and Peter St. Onge of Plant City; and five great-grandchildren: Onnalise and Damon Shannon of Rutland, and Heavyn and Neese Shannon and Brynley St. Onge of Plant City. She also leaves her extended family, which includes these cherished children: Janice Wing of South Burlington; Al and Sharon Canfield of Milton and daughter Amie of South Hadley, Massachusetts; Speedo Deskins of Holland and his children: Damian and his wife, Abbie Deskins, and their daughters: Iliana of Holland and Anna Deskins and her daughter Kaya of Newport; and Steve Lontine of North Troy and his children: Ashley and Colby of Georgia. She also leaves many other special friends: Roberta “Tootie” Chesney of Island Pond and Donald Phillips of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law Randall Shannon on March 28, 2015; and by her two brothers: James Hess Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts, and Charles Hess of Morrisville.

obit DubeStephen J. Dube

Stephen J. Dube died on the first day of spring, on March 20, 2015, at home, with his family at his side.

He was born in Brattleboro on December 29, 1946, to Michael Angelo and Beulah Hefflon Dube. He moved to Connecticut with his family and later graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He then graduated from Bridgeport Engineering School and worked for Avco and Sikorsky Aircraft as a technical writer.

In 1980, he returned to Vermont and built his house on Willoughby Lake, where he lived for over 30 years. He made molds and cement statuary, particularly gargoyles and Buddhas. He brokered church salvage, especially stained glass windows and architectural elements. He loved nature, flowers, plants and animals. His wild birds were very special to him. He moved to Newfane two years ago.

He leaves a brother, Jack, and his wife, Jean; his sister Carol Courcier; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister “Babe” and brother “Mickey.”

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 25, at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

obit okeefeKeith O’Keefe

Keith O’Keefe, 27, of Newport died suddenly in Jay on April 3, 2015.

He was born on August 17, 1987, in Newport, to Roger O’Keefe and Kimberly Ovitt Henderson. He was employed at Jay Peak Ski Resort in the IT Services Department, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He lived life large and to the fullest. He had many friends who claimed him as a best friend. He always kept them on their toes with his sharp wit. He absolutely loved music and jamming with his friends. He loved to strum on his guitar and had recently discovered karaoke. He also loved writing. He will be missed by many although he is joining his beloved Grammy Bertha, whom he loved and missed dearly.

He is survived by his father Roger O’Keefe and his wife, Shawnda, of Ferdinand; his mother Kimberly Ovitt Henderson and her husband, Kevin Henderson, of Roanoke Alabama; his brothers: Matthew Gray and his wife, Sherry, and their daughter Adalee Grace of Delta Alabama, and Jacob O’Keefe of Ferdinand; his grandparents: Alan Ovitt and his wife, Wanda, of Lithia Springs, Georgia, Cathy Irvin and her husband, Pete Irvin, of Sylacauaga Alabama; his uncle Michael O’Keefe and his partner, Linda Deslandes, of Island Pond; his favorite uncle, Pat O’Keefe, and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond; his uncle Gary O’Keefe and his wife, Ginette, of Island Pond; his aunt Vicky O’Keefe of Island Pond; his aunt Vicki Ovitt Lyons of Roanoke; his aunt Heidi Irvin of Vincent, Alabama; his uncle Robert Leigh of Carrolton, Georgia; his cousin Jon O’Keefe and his wife, Crystal, of Island Pond; his cousin Laurie Adams and her husband, Jeff Adams, of Jericho; his cousin Tom O’Keefe of Silver Springs, Maryland; his cousin Molly Ducharme and her husband, Lucien Ducharme, and their daughter Alexis of Weathersfield; and his cousins: William Lyons and Romello Lyons of Roanoke.

He was predeceased by his grandmother Bertha O’Keefe; and by his grandfather Lawrence “Muscles” O’Keefe of Island Pond.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond. Friends may call at the funeral home on April 11, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at any Passumpsic Savings Bank branch for the Keith O’Keefe Memorial Fund.

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obit seubeHelen Seube

Helen Seube, 85, of Staten Island, New York, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Staten Island University Hospital.

She was a retired teacher, a beloved fixture in her West Brighton neighborhood community and a woman whose passions were singing, art and people.

The lifelong West Brighton resident was born Helen Lesch. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the former Notre Dame College, both in the Grymes Hill neighborhood in Staten Island. She received her master’s degree in education from Wagner College, also Grymes Hill.

Mrs. Seube embarked on her long teaching career at PS 20 in Port Richmond in Staten Island, where she taught art for over ten years. She then taught first-graders at PS 45 in West Brighton for 20 years, until retiring in 1994 to care for her husband, Laurent Sr., during his illness.

She started the PS 45 Retirees Club for teachers in 1996, and enjoyed catching up with colleagues and meeting newly retired teachers.

Growing up, she loved to play tennis and was a mainstay on the courts at Walker Park in Staten Island. She also loved music and singing, and with her brother Carl Lesch, the late well-known choral director and music teacher, sang at functions and venues all over the island. She was honored in 2009 at the St. Peter’s Girls and Boys Glee Club/Seton Chorale

Mrs. Seube’s creativity and artistic bent were expressed in the many original quilts she made. She loved going to her house in Vermont and spending time there. She vacationed at Willoughby Lake in Westmore for over 50 years, spending summers at her home there, “The Bug’s Ear.” And although she considered herself a bit shy, she was a true people person.

“She was one of the dearest, sweetest, most wonderful people. Everyone loved her, and she knew so many people from her teaching and singing, they would stop her on the street, and in her neighborhood. She was just remarkable,” said her daughter Cheryl LaBelle.

Mrs. Seube also enjoyed the companionship of her miniature poodle, Susie.

She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church in West Brighton, where she was a soloist in the choir and also counted the collections on Monday mornings.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl LaBelle and her husband, Mark, of Summit, New Jersey; her sons: Laurent Seube Jr. of Staten Island, and Mark Seube of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and by her two grandchildren: Katie and Mark Seube of Hamilton, New Jersey.

Laurent Seube Sr., her husband of 48 years, died in 2000.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services were held on April 1 in West Brighton. Burial will take place in the spring in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Marcel G. Therrien

Marcel G. Therrien, 70, died on March 30, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on January 17, 1945, in Newport Center, to Leo and Simone (Rondeau) Therrien.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, Mr. Therrien served in the U.S. Air Force as a C-141 aircraft mechanic.

On June 24, 1972, he married Janice Sargent, who survives him. They enjoyed traveling, especially going to Utah to visit their daughter and her family. In their younger years, they enjoyed going to dances. Mr. Therrien liked to tell stories and jokes and would carry on a conversation with anyone he came in contact with. He also enjoyed haying, mowing the lawn, and any activity that gave him the opportunity to drive a tractor. He always took pride in keeping his farm and property looking nice. He would readily lend a hand to family and friends when needed and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Derby; his two children: Evan Therrien and his wife, Fran, of Derby, and Meredith Hand and her husband, Joshua, of Hooper, Utah; three grandchildren: Serena and Kallie Hand of Hooper, and Samantha Smith of Derby; and by his brothers and sisters: Andre Therrien and his wife, Wilma, Francine Thayer and her husband, Ronald, Helene Suhr and her husband, Dean, Maria Osias and her husband, Paul, Roland Therrien and his wife, Joan, Gilles Therrien and his wife, Jeanette, and Julien Therrien. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Monique and Ken Washburn.

Funeral services were held on April 7, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Service Organization (USO), Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090; or to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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


New Village Pizza brings back old menu


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

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

copyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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

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

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