New “maker space” opens

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Yuri the Destroyer, with Lyndon Institute Headmaster Daren Houck at the controls, fires a laser to ignite a ribbon at the opening of The Foundry.  Foundry President Jim Schenck (center) and Vice-president Thomas Bishop (right) look on.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Yuri the Destroyer, with Lyndon Institute Headmaster Daren Houck at the controls, fires a laser to ignite a ribbon at the opening of The Foundry. Foundry President Jim Schenck (center) and Vice-president Thomas Bishop (right) look on. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 10, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

LYNDON CENTER — Yuri the Destroyer, a spider-legged robot armed with a laser, stood on a table in front of an unassuming building tucked behind the Lyndon Center post office. At the command of Lyndon Institute Headmaster Daren Houck, Yuri shot a beam of blue light at a crepe paper streamer. After a few seconds the streamer burst into flame.

The ribbon had been cut and on Saturday, June 6, the doors of the Northeast Kingdom’s first maker space, The Foundry, were officially open.

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Obituaries June 10, 2015

obit BrosseauGerald Roger Brosseau

Gerald Roger Brosseau, 63, of Derby died on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at his residence, following a period of declining health.

Born on June 5, 1951, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Orville Entiene and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau.

He graduated from Northeast High School, Class of 1969, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and subsequently Miami-Dade College in the field of funeral directing and embalming.

He was married to Margaret Ellen (Brundage) Brosseau on April 19, 1980.

He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in New Hampshire and Florida. He proudly served on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Funeral Directors’ Association for many years, holding the position of treasurer until his death.

He was the chief executive officer and a co-founder of Always On Call Answering Service, LLC, an award-winning company based in Concord, New Hampshire. In his position, he developed a niche to provide specialized services to funeral professionals as an extension of their business. Prior to becoming a funeral director, he was an accomplished chef, restaurateur, and writer, including being a radio announcer at WFTL Radio in his teenage years, earning the coveted Silver Mic Award at the age of 14. He also enjoyed his time as an owner of a successful dairy farm in Troy.

Mr. Brosseau was an ordained Christian minister and dedicated his life to helping others. He was recognized for many years as Santa Claus for the Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and for the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale.

His memberships included Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #249 of Sebring, Florida; Mahi Shiners of Miami, Florida; Orient of Florida — Scottish Rite of the Valley of Lake Worth; York Rite Bodies, Lauderdale Council No. 24 Royal and Select Masters of Fort Lauderdale; past watchman of shepherdess of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Judea Shrine No. 14, of Fort Lauderdale; Order of the Eastern Star, Tri-Gate Chapter No. 276, of Fort Lauderdale; Loyal Order of Moose; and the National Funeral Directors Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his sons: Gerald R. Brosseau II and his fiancée, Vicki Lopez, and son Braiden of Cape Coral, Florida, and George J. and his wife, Heather Brosseau, of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; his godson Dakota Brosseau of Jeffersonville; his sister Gisele Phipps of Maine; his brothers: Richard Brosseau of Vermont and George Brosseau of Texas; as well as by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Orville and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau.

Burial will be held in the Slatedale Cemetery in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 11, at 1 p.m.

The family has asked that memorial donations be sent in loving memory of Mr. Brosseau to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children — Tampa, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607-1460.

Online condolences at mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

John David Christensen

John David Christensen of West Glover, beloved son, father, brother, and uncle, died on the morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 2, 1951, to Christian Christensen and Marion Thornton.

He leaves behind a daughter, Kelsey Christensen; and a longtime partner, Roberta Ashe.

He was a professor and coordinator of online learning at the Community College of Vermont for over 25 years, consummately dedicated to learning and education in Vermont.

He will be missed by family, students, colleagues, and the community.

obit DemersNorma Demers

Norma Demers, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on June 6, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 18, 1920, in Burlington, to John and Peninnah (Foss) Thomas.

She was employed at one time by Indian Head Plywood, Newport Plastics, and Ethan Allen Manufacturing.

She was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, politics, crossword puzzles, and going to Old Orchard Beach in Maine with her family.

She resided in Newport Center for 68 years. She had a special dog, “George W.,” and also several others in the past. She brought her family to see the stone house in Alburg where she lived as a child. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandson Gavin who was a special caregiver to her.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy Hemingway of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Susan Hansen and her husband, Reginald, of North Troy, Shirley Santaw and her husband, Alfred, of North Troy, Lisa Blanchette and her husband, Dennis, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Mary Blake of Newport Center, Gail Demers of Newport Center, James Demers of Derby, John Demers and his wife, Sue, of Newport Center, and Mark Demers of Newport Center; her 24 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and by 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by three sons: Robert and Philip Demers and by infant George; her brother John Thomas; and by her former husband Paul Demers in 2000.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend O’Hara officiating. Interment will follow in North Troy Village Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit roundBrian David Round

Brian David Round, 37, of Newport died unexpectedly on May 31, 2015, in Hillsboro, Florida.

He was born on February 15, 1978, in Newport to David and Theresa “Tess” (Brochu) Round.

Mr. Round graduated from North County Union High School in 1996. He played soccer, was a member of the alpine ski team, and he enjoyed other outdoor recreations. He went on to study at the University of Vermont.

He became a wonderfully talented chef who was at his best when he let his talents and creativity lead him to delicious experiments. He could improvise a five-star meal from whatever materials he had available. He worked in many locations, which included stops at the Hillsboro Club in Florida, Big Sky Ski Resort in Montana, Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, and Junior’s and McKee’s in Winooski. He was especially close and had great friendships with the staff at McKee’s. As he did his culinary travels, he enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new locations.

He had a love and compassion for animals. He loved his pets and enjoyed the company of Mikey the dog, Mary Jane the cat, and had a special pet cat, Walter, when he was a youngster.

He was an incredibly voracious reader, often absorbing a book or more per week. He was the kind of person who preferred holding a real book in his hands instead of electronic gadgetry. He read every topic, but especially enjoyed historical novels. His recall of movies and famous movie lines was epic.

Lately he had many fishing adventures in fresh and salt water. He spent many days on the slopes on his Montana trip, and golfed at Basin Harbor. Video games, comedy shows like Family Guy, and music were also pleasures he enjoyed. A particularly special time was spent one spring working in the sugarhouse with his mom and uncle Rene. In the fall he especially liked hunting adventures in Virginia with his dad and uncles at Fort Willey.

Mr. Round was a man of few words, but on the occasion when he articulated on a subject, one had better listen as he had a wealth of information to share on nearly any topic. A conversation with “Encyclopedia Round” would always conclude with new knowledge, learning that took place, and a fresh perspective on the horizon. In his usual quiet way, you would have to listen carefully to catch his extremely intelligent sense of humor.

He is survived by his father, David Round, of Newport; his mother, Theresa “Tess” Round, and her companion, Todd Morey, of Troy; and by his brother Torrie Round of Grand Isle. He had a large number of relatives on both sides of his family, and has numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly. He also leaves the following aunts and uncles: Eva Brochu, Rita and Omar Choquette, and William and Sarah Round of Newport, Anna and Charles “Sonny” Sanville, Charles Buck, and Rene Brochu of Newport Center, Gerard Brochu and Mary and Michael Roy of Derby, Steven and Paula Brochu of Derby Line, Lea and Ron Cook of Irasburg, John Brochu and Claire Tetreault of North Troy, Alfred Brochu of Kentucky, Robert and Linda Round of Virginia, Clara Brochu of Maine, Patricia “Patty” Mann of New Hampshire, Martha Dupont of Florida, and John and Laurie Round of Illinois.

There will be a private graveside committal service for the family at a date to be determined. He will be interred with his grandmother Vera “Jan” Round, who predeceased him in January. He was also predeceased by his grandfather Franklin Round; and by his aunts: Maria Buck and Madeleine Brochu.

In lieu of flowers or donations, his family would like those inclined to purchase a book to read with a child or spend a quality day with a youngster fishing, hunting, camping, or doing another outdoor activity.

obit SmithWalter Edwin Smith

Walter Edwin Smith, 84, of North Troy died on June 6, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on August 15, 1930, in Newport, to William and Minnie (Page) Smith.

He married Tessie Lahue on September 3, 1954. She predeceased him on June 17, 2011. Also, his son Albert Smith predeceased him on March 21, 2009.

Mr. Smith was a rural route letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 1994. He was a member of the North Troy High School Class of 1948. He was a veteran of the Korean War as well as a member of the Air National Guard of Vermont. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 of Troy. He poured his heart and soul into Jay Peak Post #28. The members were his second family. He served as commander in the past as well as adjutant for many years up until he could no longer physically do the job. Many hours were also spent on fund-raisers for the club, the least of which was the weekly bingo. That kept him busy in his retirement.

As well as enjoying his family he enjoyed many years of camping, playing bingo, and the beloved board game Aggravation with his wife.

He is survived by his daughter Mary Cota and her husband, Arnold, of Jay, and their children: Susan Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of California and their son Luca, Karen Sheahan and her husband, Doug, of California, and Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, of Milton, and their son Aden, as well as Cindy’s children: Sabrina, Tyler, Andrea, and Mariah Rocque. He is also survived by his daughter Kathy Mayhew and her husband, Marcel, of Jay, and their daughter Angela Mead and her husband, James, of Newport Center and their children: Sierra and Tyler Mead of Newport Center, and Melinda Smith and her boyfriend, Chris Collier, and her son Mathieu of North Troy. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating. Interment will be on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m., in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

obit vets flagShould friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, care of Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service, 1375 Cross Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

He fought a hard battle until the end and will be missed by all. As in his famous good-bye words, we now say to him, with love and admiration, “catch you come later,” Dad, Grandpa, and friend.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit thompsonElliot Raymond Thompson Sr.

Elliot Raymond Thompson Sr. of Derby died peacefully at home in the early hours of January 16, 2015, after a long battle with illness. He was 86.

He was born on April 28, 1928, in Evanston, Illinois, to Ruth Elliot Thompson and Harold Thompson.

He received an engineering degree from Michigan Tech University in 1953. He served in the Air Force.

He married Betty Smith on August 21, 1949, in Petoskey, Michigan.

He worked for Metal Flex in Newport for 25 years. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and attended St. Mark’s in Newport, where he sang in the choir and served on the vestry. He was a member of the Golden M Club, an association for Michigan Tech alumni who had been alumni for 50 plus years.

He was an avid reader of history and mystery. He loved to jog, golf, fish, and to boat.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Smith Thompson; a brother, Walter George Thompson, and his wife, Betty, of Williamsburg, Michigan; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Smith and his wife, Carolyn, of Big Rapids, Michigan. He is also survived by his children: Sandra Pealer and her husband, Judson, of Rangeley, Maine, Elliot Thompson and his wife, Peg, of Garrettsville, Ohio, Walter Thompson of Chicago, Illinois, the Reverend Mark Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Scott K. Thompson and his wife, Tanya, of Parkton, Maryland. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Lauren and her partner, Kyle, Alissa, obit vets flagEmma, Connor, Sacha and her partner, Matt, Shawn and his wife, Catrina, Benjamin and his wife, Erica, Megan, Elliot Thompson III, Nathan, Sarah and Rachel; and six great-grandchildren: Daniel, Elliot, Lily, Everett, Daniel, and Teigan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Harold; and by his three children: Sherry and twins Matthew and Johnathan.

He will be buried in Derby Cemetery. A memorial fund request has been made for contributions to St. Mark’s Food Shelf, P.O. Box 125, Newport, Vermont.

obit TiceBrian L. Tice

Brian L. Tice, 49, of Derby died on June 5, 2015, in Newport, after a short fight battling cancer.

He was born in Newport on October 23, 1965.

He was currently a dairy farmer working for Nelson Farms of Derby.

He loved farming, mudding, fishing, four-wheeling, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jodi Tice, of Derby; his children: Chad Byers and his wife, Shannon, and Anthony Byers and his wife, Kristin, all of Irasburg; his grandchildren: Mariah, Steven, Aubrie, and Tyler Byers, and Logan and Bailey Martin; his mother Beverly Keenan-Kilby and stepfather John Kilby of Derby; his brother Gordon Tice and his wife, Billie, of Derby; his sister Rose Daigle and her husband, Jean, of Troy; his stepsiblings: Sarah, John Jr., and Tim Kilby and their families; his mother-in-law, Connie Carpenter, of Derby; his father-in-law, Reg Carpenter, of North Troy; his brothers-in-law: Richard Carpenter and his wife, Lucy, of Derby, and Randy Carpenter of Derby; his sister-in-law Sheila Carpenter of Derby; and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on June 9 in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Frank Medor

Committal services for Frank Medor will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Albert Lebeau

A graveside service for Albert Lebeau will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Frederick S. Chatley

There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Frederick S. Chatley at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at the Westmore Community Church. The church is located on 27 Hinton Hill Road, near his beloved Lake Willoughby, in the town of Westmore. Please contact his daughter Megan McCrery at (484) 883-0526, if you have questions or need assistance.

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A mobile home hits the road

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This house trailer was abandoned in Irasburg at the intersection of the West Glover Road and Burton Hill sometime early Monday morning.  On its journey from Glover it lost its tires, but ventured on, tearing up the gravel road.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

This house trailer was abandoned in Irasburg at the intersection of the West Glover Road and Burton Hill sometime early Monday morning. On its journey from Glover it lost its tires, but ventured on, tearing up the gravel road. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 3, 2015

by Tena Starr 

IRASBURG — Town officials here were flummoxed Monday morning by the appearance of a house trailer at the intersection of the West Glover Road and Burton Hill. Not beside the road — in the road.

Someone had hauled the big yellow trailer there overnight and left it leaning against a telephone pole. That someone had also left quite a mess behind him. The trailer had been dragged for several miles without tires and had badly damaged the gravel road.

The house trailer started its journey in Glover Sunday night, and with tires. It came north on Route 16….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Newport Jewelers has first burglary in 34 years

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Newport Jewelers in Newport was burglarized early Monday morning, the first time that’s happened in the 34 years that Lincoln and Jo-Ann Brooks have owned the store.    Photo by Joseph Gresser

Newport Jewelers in Newport was burglarized early Monday morning, the first time that’s happened in the 34 years that Lincoln and Jo-Ann Brooks have owned the store. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 3, 2015

by Tena Starr

NEWPORT — For the first time in the 34 years that Newport Jewelers has been in business, it’s been burglarized, said Lincoln Brooks, who owns the store with his wife, Jo-Ann.

At 4 a.m. on Monday, someone broke into the store, broke two jewelry cases, and “snatched and ran,” Mr. Brooks said.

He said that, as of Tuesday, they had not yet done an inventory so were not sure exactly what was missing, though he believes it could have been considerably worse.

A press release from the Newport Police Department says police responded to the alarm at 4:08 a.m. When they arrived, they found a broken window, and two display cases were broken “and items strewn about.”

The Main Street burglary was certainly brazen, Mr. Brooks said….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Lowell school uses meteorological tower to teach kids

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From left to right, Riley Sanville, Bruce Reagan, Tyler Lucas, and Curtis Bonneau explain how an anemometer, or wind speed sensor, works while their teacher Zarah Savoie holds up their model and their classmates Jeremy Lapan-Ward and Ben Longley look on.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

From left to right, Riley Sanville, Bruce Reagan, Tyler Lucas, and Curtis Bonneau explain how an anemometer, or wind speed sensor, works while their teacher Zarah Savoie holds up their model and their classmates Jeremy Lapan-Ward and Ben Longley look on. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle June 3, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

LOWELL — Sixth-grade students at the Lowell Graded School presented a synopsis of their weather unit Tuesday night.

The unit is special because students used a meteorological tower they have in the schoolyard to learn how to predict the weather from data the tools on the tower provide.

Originally, Green Mountain Power used the tower to measure wind in preparation for the wind project here. The utility donated the tower to the school.….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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At The Museum of Everyday Life:  the charms and trials of dust

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At great personal sacrifice, Linda Elbow refrained from cleaning her house for four months and put some of the results on display.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

At great personal sacrifice, Linda Elbow refrained from cleaning her house for four months and put some of the results on display. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 3, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

GLOVER — The Museum of Everyday Life, located in a retired dairy barn just off Route 16 south of Glover Village, opened its fifth season Sunday afternoon in the kind of damp weather that represses the subject of its new exhibit—dust.

In previous years the museum looked through its skewed lens at common items that generally have to be bought — pencils, matches, safety pins, and toothbrushes. Dust is with us whether we like it or not, and the museum’s chief curator, Clare Dolan, offers visitors a chance to examine a multitude of its many aspects.

Samples of coal dust, sawdust, grain dust, and gold dust were elegantly presented under a series of bell jars, along with detailed descriptions of the hazards or benefits each represents….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries June 3, 2015

obit AllenEsther M. Allen

Esther M. Allen, 90, of North Troy died peacefully on May 28, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 21, 1925, in Newport Center, to George and Mary (Horskins) Armstrong.

On May 8, 1948, she married Richmond Allen, who predeceased her on July 31, 1971.

During her lifetime she was a splicer operator for the Weyerhaeuser Mill in North Troy. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #28 of North Troy.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, attending adult day services in Newport and meal sites in North Troy, and doing activities with her grandchildren. She loved to walk with her little tagalongs.

She is survived by her children: Elizabeth Handy and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Mary Brown and her husband, Arthur, of Derby, Hazel Santaw and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Katherine Allen of Orleans; she was Gram to eight grandchildren: Kenneth Handy, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Marcel, Carrie and Kristy Santaw, Kevin Allen and his wife, Kelley, Karen Miller and her husband, Arjay, Cody MacFarlane, and Liza Campbell; 16 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son Roger Allen on September 13, 1971.

A graveside service was held on June 1 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit hartWilliam Hart Jr.

William Hart Jr. died on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 90 and had been in declining health in recent years.

He maintained his friendly and engaging personality to the end of his life.

He was born on July 11, 1924, in Leominster, Massachusetts, the youngest of five children of William and Katherine (Lilley) Hart. He grew up in Leominster and his family spent summers at Long Beach in Rockport, Massachusetts, which fostered a lifelong love of the seashore.

He graduated from Leominster High School in 1942 and started at Dartmouth College. World War II interrupted his college career and he joined the Navy V12 training program at Dartmouth. He received his commission in 1945 and served as a Naval officer in the Pacific on the U.S.S. DuPage, an attack transport. After the war, he returned to Dartmouth and graduated in 1949 with a degree in mathematics.

He married Ursula Anglim of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1949, and they lived in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Port Chester, New York, and Wyckoff, New Jersey, over the next 20 years.

He worked as an industrial engineer for Cluett Peabody and A.O. Smith. In 1961 he joined Southwestern Engineering Company (SWECO) as a sales engineer. Because of his gregarious nature and love of people, he was a very successful salesman and manager, and became the eastern regional manager.

After the death of his first wife in 1969, he married Mavis Perry Buchanan in 1971 and they settled in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He retired in 1989 and they moved to Coventry, where they spent many happy years in a house they built with a beautiful view of Lake Memphremagog. During his retirement, he was active in the Newport Rotary, the Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Service, and the United Church of Newport.

He is survived by his four children: daughter Susan and her husband, Gregory Schwarz, of Lebanon, New Hampshire; daughter Sara and her husband, Robert Demers, of Merrimack; son William Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire; and son Craig and his wife, Heather Hart, of Weymouth, Massachusetts. There are eight Hart grandchildren. He is also survived by his three stepchildren: stepson Norman and his wife, Ruth Buchanan, of Pomfret; stepson William and his wife, Sharon Buchanan, of Deerfield, New Hampshire; and stepson Paul and his wife, Martha Buchanan, of Weare, New Hampshire. There are seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Both wives and his four sisters predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Church of Newport in Newport.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/manh.

Online condolences at rickerfuneralhome.com.

Joshua Erlon Michaud

Joshua Erlon Michaud of St. Johnsbury died on April 16, 2015.

He was son of Gerald Michaud and Joanne Martin of Greenbush, Maine, born on May 3, 1977.

He is survived by his parents; his uncle Reggie Michaud of New Britain; his cousins; and by many friends who tried to provide for him these last few years.

His aunt Sheila Michaud of Glenburn, Maine, died the day after him.

He was predeceased by his uncles: George Michaud of New Britain, Connecticut, and Dennis Michaud of St. Johnsbury.

A memorial gathering will take place at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury on Sunday, June 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. A potluck meal will be shared.

Patricia Ann Morrill

Patricia Ann Morrill, 70, of Randolph, formerly of Barton, died on May 21, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on November 27, 1944, in Springfield, the daughter of Edward G. Morrill and Judith M. (Rash) Morrill-Billings.

While living in Ludlow, she attended schools for the developmentally disabled in Vermont and Massachusetts and participated in Special Olympics of Vermont for several years. She resided in Waterford for several years before relocating to Springfield in 1985, when she joined the Lincoln Street Inc. (LSI) group. She was employed by ThermaDyne in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, for more than 15 years and retired in 2009. She volunteered at the Good Neighbor Free Health Clinic and the Bugbee Senior Center, both in White River Junction.

She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed many hobbies along with biking, horseback riding, camping, hiking, and swimming. She loved history and traveled to many historical sites throughout New England and the United States. She had been a member of Global Campus Springfield since 2008. She was passionate in doing her research and enjoyed sharing her adventures with family and friends. Some classes she taught during her time with Global Campus included: Nelson Mandela, John Quincy Adams, 9-11, Paul Revere, and Queen Elizabeth. She was a life-member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #36 and Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1034.

She is survived by her mother; her siblings: Robert and his wife, Maria Morrill, of Naples, Florida, Susan and her husband, Norman Gagnon, and Kevin Morrill of Ludlow; two nephews: Norman Gagnon III and his family of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, and Retired Major Sean Gagnon and his family of Cibolo Texas; her 13 great-nieces and -nephews; her stepbrothers: Edgar Billings Jr. and his family of Baltimore, Jeffrey Billings and his family, and Timothy Billings of Ludlow, and Neil Billings of Castleton; and by her stepsister Kelley Billings of Ludlow.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward G. Morrill, of Ludlow in 1980; and by her brother David A. Morrill of Seattle, Washington, in 1990.

A graveside service was held on May 29, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow.

obit PerkinsMable J. Perkins

Mable J. Perkins, 92, of West Charleston died on May 22, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on September 16, 1922, in Morgan to Lester and Margaret (Vincent) Holmes.

On June 17, 1939, she married Ralph Perkins, who predeceased her on February 4, 2014.

She loved to cook not only as a job, but for family and friends. They were active in the Elks, loved to snowmobile, enjoyed family gatherings, their camp on Westmore Mountain, playing cards, dancing, and the company of their many friends.

She and her husband owned and operated a farm in West Charleston for many years. In addition to helping on the farm she also found time to work at Camp Winape, Selbar Weaving, JJ Newberry, and North Country Union High School.

She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Myron, of Derby, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, of West Charleston, Gerald Perkins and his wife, Margaret, of West Charleston, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston; her grandchildren: Dawn Brainard and her husband, Tim, Ricky Brainard and his wife, Donna, Pam Brainard and her husband, Dennis, Lindsay Brainard and his wife, Nikole, Cindy Lewis, Cathy Etheze and her husband, Jim, Dwayne Bowen and his fiancée, TammyLee, Scott Perkins and his friend, Anick, Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, Tammy Kroyman and her husband, Phil, and Angel Graves; her 22 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Bertha Robbins; her sister-in-law Catherine Perkins; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins; two great-great-granddaughters: Rita and Tyra Ladue; her brothers: Gerald and Chester; and by her sisters: Muriel Turenne, Rena LaCoss, and Pearl LaCoss.

Funeral services were held on May 30, in Newport. Interment followed in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Free Will Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 1028 Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ProvencherGladys I. Provencher

Gladys I. Provencher, 61, of Newport Center died suddenly on May 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 26, 1953, in Newport, to Phillip and Rosanna (Kelley) Provencher.

She enjoyed playing cards, poker, and crocheting blankets for her nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed attending The Meeting Place, she loved listening to country music, and spending time with her family at gatherings and cookouts and with her niece’s grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother Butch Provencher and his fiancée, Diane Graham, of Newport; her nieces and nephews: Kelley Robinson and her husband, David, of Newport Center, Tina Provencher of Williamstown, North Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, Christopher Provencher and his wife, Valerie, and David Johnson and his wife, Wendy, of Clinton, Maine; and by several nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased her sister Janice Sheltra Shepardson.

Funeral services were held on May 29, in Newport. Interment followed in Derby Line Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Judie L. Quick

Judie L. Quick, 70, of Newport Center died suddenly on May 25, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 16, 1945, in Fort Benning, Georgia, to Jack and Helen (Moss) Ingram.

She attended schools in Fort Benning and Clarksville, Tennessee.

Ms. Quick was a pet groomer most of her life and a professional dog breeder.

She loved all animals, traveling to the beach and the ocean, and caring for her horses. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was a member of the American Kennel Club.

She is survived by her children: Gary Quick and his wife, Monica, of Island Pond, and Tracey Quick of Newport; her grandchildren: Robert, Krystal, and Judy; her great-granddaughter Emma; her brother Donald Ingram of Tennessee; and by her lifelong partner, Steve Jackson, of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Jackie and Beverly Ingram.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RhyeBetty Lou Rhye

Betty Lou Rhye, 72, of Newport died peacefully on May 23, 2015, in Newport, with her loving husband at her side.

She was born on May 17, 1942, in Colchester, to Joseph and Glenna (Lafayette) Rotunda of Jericho.

On April 4, 1970, she married Ronald “Jack” Rhye of Newport, who survives her.

She loved reading romance novels, doing word puzzles, playing games on her computer, and spending all her time at home caring for her husband and second love of her life, her son Travis Rhye.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Jack Rhye; her grandson Nicholas Rhye of Newport; her sister Pauline Tomes of Deland, Florida; her brother Thomas Rotunda and his wife, Barbara, of Venice, Florida; her sister-in-law Marilyn (Teeney) Kozlowski of Jericho; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her son Travis; her parents; and by her brother Joe Rotunda.

Ms. Rhye and her son Travis were laid to rest on June 1, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, 830 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SweeneyEthel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1941, in St. Johnsbury, to James and Lillian (Cole) Bryant.

She married Charles Sweeney, who predeceased her.

She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. More recently, she was a cook at the senior center in Barton.

She enjoyed reupholstering furniture, hunting, going to yard sales, watching General Hospital on television, and reading mystery and suspense books.

She is survived by her children: Barbara Kilburn of Barton, Ricky Merchant of Connecticut, Mike Merchant and his wife, Diana, of Greensboro, and Ellis Merchant and his wife, Linda, of Barton; several grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; her stepdaughter Beverly Cleveland and her husband, Harvey, of Newport, and her stepson Raymond Sweeney and his wife, Donna, of Glover.

She was predeceased by her son John Merchant; her stepsons: Richard Sweeney, Donald Neil, and Robert Neil; her sister Gloria Bryant; her brother Clifton Carter and his wife, Ernestine; and by her son-in-law Paul Kilburn.

A graveside service was held on May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VreelandRichard Scott “Rick” (Papa) Vreeland

Richard Scott “Rick” (Papa) Vreeland, 53, of Brownington, beloved husband of Brenda, died suddenly on May 25, 2015, in Brownington.

He was born on September 20, 1961, in Sommerville, New Jersey, son of Dorothy and William (Gallagher) Vreeland Sr.

He served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1979 to 1980.

On April 12, 2003, he married Brenda Wheeler, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the Eustis Cable Enterprise for three years.

He enjoyed mowing his lawn, tinkering around the house, hanging out with his niece Melissa, ice cream and coffee, four-wheeling, riding motorcycles with his cousin George, and most of all his precious grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Vreeland, of Brownington; a daughter, Erica Garland, and her husband, Landon, of Florida; his step-children: Jessica Burns and her husband, Dustin, of West Charleston, Sarah Ray and her fiancé, Tyler Before, of Newport, Rebecca Prue and her husband, Matthew, of Brownington, and Johnathan Ray of Brownington; his precious grandchildren: Jasmine and Malcolm Garland, Nathan and Natilee Burns, Faith, Eligh, and Keira Before, and Avery Prue; a sister, Cynthia Vreeland, and her companion, Charlie Synder, of Florida; his brothers: Tracey Vreeland of Florida, and Marc Vreeland and his wife, Jacki, of Pennsylvania; his brother-in-law Joseph Jasniewicz of Pennsylvania; his cousins George and Dianne Vreeland of New Jersey; many other cousins, nieces, and nephews; his mother-in-law Sheila Sperry and her companion, Richard Flagg, of Massachusetts; and by two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, William Vreeland Jr.; and by a sister, Deborah Jasniewicz.

Funeral services, with full military honors, were held on May 31, in Newport.

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

Services

Jozef Krzysko

A graveside service for Jozef Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. Mr. Krzysko was a retired World War II veteran. Full military honors will be held. A luncheon to follow for family and friends.

Roy Davis

Committal services for Roy Davis will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Stephen Richards

A graveside service for Stephen Richards will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Helen Plante

Committal services for Helen Plante will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Jeanne Gaudreau

Funeral services for Jeanne Gaudreau will be held on Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Lois Moore

A celebration of life for Lois Moore will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Magoon Park in Newport.

Floyd Coulter

Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.

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Ray charged with first-degree murder

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Orleans County Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks with Jeffrey M. Ray of Brownington, who pled innocent in Superior Court Monday to first degree murder.  Mr. Ray, who is being held without bail, is accused of shooting another Brownington man, Rick Vreeland, Monday morning.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Orleans County Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks with Jeffrey M. Ray of Brownington, who pled innocent in Superior Court Monday to first degree murder. Mr. Ray, who is being held without bail, is accused of shooting another Brownington man, Rick Vreeland, Monday morning. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Tena Starr  

NEWPORT — Jeffrey M. Ray, 51, of Brownington pled innocent here Tuesday to first degree murder and was held without bail.

Mr. Ray is accused of shooting and killing Rick Vreeland, 53, his former wife’s husband, on Monday.

Mr. Ray appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans Superior Court looking the worse for wear. He was hospitalized on Monday as a result of a struggle with his son, who said he tried to take the gun away from Mr. Ray, his father, after Mr. Ray shot Mr. Vreeland, the boy’s stepfather, a police affidavit says.

The shooting apparently wasn’t a big surprise to those who knew the two men. Police affidavits indicate they had been at odds for years. Mr. Ray had repeatedly….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In Orleans: Fenton, 94, gets new medals

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Robert Fenton of Orleans shows off a row of medals reissued to him by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Fenton earned the medals over his years of service in World War II and the Korean War.  American Legion Post 23 presented him with the replacement medals to Mr. Fenton at Monday’s Memorial Day service in Orleans.   Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Robert Fenton of Orleans shows off a row of medals reissued to him by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Fenton earned the medals over his years of service in World War II and the Korean War. American Legion Post 23 presented him with the replacement medals to Mr. Fenton at Monday’s Memorial Day service in Orleans. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

ORLEANS — Thirty years ago, Robert Fenton’s military medals went missing. The 94-year-old Mr. Fenton, who is from Orleans, is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

On Monday, at a Memorial Day ceremony in Orleans, American Legion Post #23 presented Mr. Fenton with a duplicate set of medals, reissued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I’m going to put ’em in the bank vault this time,” Mr. Fenton said happily a few minutes after the row of medals was pinned to his chest.

The medals were a U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal, a….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Peters still holds CDL at 95

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Bill Peters' children recently gave him a plaque, honoring him for possibly being the oldest man in Vermont who still holds a CDL.  He's 95, and was a longtime road commissioner in Albany.   Photo by Tena Starr

Bill Peters’ children recently gave him a plaque, honoring him for possibly being the oldest man in Vermont who still holds a CDL. He’s 95, and was a longtime road commissioner in Albany. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle May 27, 2015

by Tena Starr  

NORTH HYDE PARK — Former Albany Road Commissioner Bill Peters could well be the oldest man in Vermont who still holds a CDL. That’s a commercial driver’s license, which, among other things, allows a person to drive the big trucks that maintain town roads.

Mr. Peters’ children recently presented their father with a plaque that says: “Congratulations on being the oldest person we could find that still has a CDL and medical card in the state of Vermont. Turned 95 on March 31, 2015. We are proud of you.”

The plaque was the idea of Mr. Peters’ son Donald.

He said he was out shoveling snow in March and thought, what do you get a man who’s 95?….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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