Shop Small, Shop Local kicks off November 29

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Santa visits Newport’s Main Street. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Cities may have Black Friday for one day, but Newport merchants answer that with a promotion of their own: Small Business Week. Many area retail stores will be offering incentives and discounts during this Shop Small, Shop Local week, from Saturday, November 29, to Saturday, December 6. Merchants and restaurants throughout Newport are planning this event, designed to kick off the big holiday shopping season locally.

In addition to the savings, shoppers can enter to win prizes from local businesses when they stop in and shop locally. Prizes will be awarded on December 6 during the Newport Santa Festival. Details about the Santa Festival can be found at www.newportlive.com.

To make the Newport and Derby area more accessible and easy to shop, Rural Community Transportation (RCT) will be offering a special, free bus route on the first day of Small Business Week, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., between Main Street in Newport to Country Thyme and Jed’s Maple in Derby. Busses will stop at retail shops along that route, running on the half-hour.

The important contributions small businesses make to their communities is recognized by Newport City Renaissance Corporation and Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce, who are jointly promoting the Shop Small, Shop Local campaign. The promotion is designed to encourage Northeast Kingdom residents to support independent businesses in the Newport area by doing their holiday shopping within the community.

As part of the weeklong promotion, local businesses will be giving away Shop Small gifts, such as tote bags, buttons, and balloons, while supplies last.

For more information about Shop Small, Shop Local, visit www.discovernewportvt.com. — from the Newport City Renaissance Corporation.

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

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Obituaries November 26, 2014

obit AldrichMichael C. Aldrich

Michael C. Aldrich, 49, of West Charleston died on November 22, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on June 7, 1965, in Middletown, Connecticut, to Neta (Brooks) Aldrich and the late John E. Aldrich.

He was a cabinetmaker in Ocala, Florida, before moving to Vermont three years ago.

He loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Neta Aldrich, of West Charleston; his children: Ashlee Aldrich of Wells, and John Aldrich and Alicia Aldrich, both of Florida; his siblings: Ted Aldrich and his wife, Tammy, of West Charleston, David Aldrich and his wife, Sharon, of Haddam, Connecticut, and Wanda Folsom and her husband, Reginald, of Colchester; his stepbrothers: Tim, Rodney, and Ronald Aldrich; his grandmother Marion Aldrich of Jericho; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where a service of remembrance will be held. Interment will take place at a later date in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

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.

obit BreaultMarjorie L. Breault

Marjorie L. Breault, 83, of Newport died on November 21, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 9, 1931, in Island Pond, to John and Julia (Annis) Meehan.

On April 22, 1972, she married Alcide R. Breault, who survives her.

She enjoyed her family get-togethers and she was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Alcide Breault, of Newport; her children: Gregory Abbott, Wanda Abbott, and Julie Perry, all of Newport; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and by her sister Elsie Keltz of Dalton, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by two children: Jerry Abbott and Penny Abbott; and by the following siblings: Irving, Harold, Neil and Clayton Meehan, and Joyce Martin.

Funeral services were held on November 24, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HolmesIsabelle A. Holmes

Isabelle A. Holmes, 90, of North Troy died on November 19, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on October 20, 1924, in Newport to Joseph and Florence (Marandola) Lantagne.

She married George Frost Sr., Fred Westover, and Edward Holmes, who all predeceased her.

She was a homemaker who provided for her children. She loved her family and having them visit and she especially enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Joe Bedell and his wife, Lynn, of Ahwanee, California, Geraldine Morin and her husband, Mike, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Barbara Vigeant and her husband, Richard, of Newport, Gloria Frost of North Troy, George Frost Jr. and his wife, Rosalyn, of Newport Center, Lynda Leonard and her husband, Bruce, of Irasburg, and Amy Frost of Littleton, New Hampshire; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Lawrence Lantagne of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Antonio Lantagne and Janice Jacobs of Newport, and Anne Hansen and her husband, Jim, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers: Roland Lontine, Donald and David Lantagne; and by her grandson Sergeant Ryan Leonard.

Funeral services were held on November 25. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit IsabelleJacqueline Isabelle

Jacqueline Isabelle of Newport died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at the age of 92.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on August 2, 1922, the daughter of Alcide and Laura (Brunelle) Toussaint.

Her husband, J. Leo Isabelle, died on January 3, 2005.

The Isabelles were longtime residents of Newport and former residents of St. Johnsbury.

Mrs. Isabelle grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy. She worked at W.T. Grant’s in St. Johnsbury, and later for the Vermont State Employment Agency where she met the love of her life, Leo, after he returned from active duty in the Marine Corps.

Mrs. Isabelle was a stay-at-home mom who loved and nurtured her children and grandchildren. She was truly a role model for her family with her examples of her faith in the Lord and love of her family. She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by nine children: Christine Wolf and her husband, Phillip, of Brownington, Claudette Schoolcraft and her husband, Gary, of Peacham, Marc Isabelle and his wife, Deborah, of Hamilton, New Jersey, Bernard Isabelle and his wife, Crystal, of Underhill, Donald Isabelle of Pittsford, Brenda Isabelle of Derby, Brian Isabelle and his wife, Allyson, of Loveland, Colorado, Richard Isabelle and his wife, Constance, of Derby, and Suzanne Schmitz and her husband, James, of Beavercreek, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Leo’s three brothers and one sister, all of Barre: Hector Isabelle and his wife, Marilyn, Ellis Isabelle and his wife, Jacqueline, Romeo Isabelle and his wife, Yvonne, and Claire Carmell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Celeste, in 1976; a sister, Gloria Carlton; and by two brothers: Leo and Normand Toussaint.

Mrs. Isabelle was able to remain in her home with the help of her loving caregivers over the last several years. They became her extended family.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, November 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Newport on Saturday, November 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in May at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Isabelle may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr., 75, of Newport died on November 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 15, 1939, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Pasquale and Elizabeth (Wagner) Sarracco.

On September 5, 1959, he married Susan Lewis, who predeceased him on May 5, 2014.

Mr. Sarracco was a machine operator for Pike Industries, from where he retired in 2000.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed candle pin bowling, watching hockey games, and spending time with his family. He loved his cats and his dog Tracer.

He is survived by his children: Donna Blais and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Lewis “Butch” Sarracco and his wife, Teri, of Northfield; his grandchildren: Shanna Pinheiro and her husband, Paul, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Shaun and Jordan Sarracco of Northfield; his great-grandchildren: Haidyn Pinheiro and Milei Pinheiro, both of Dover, New Hampshire; his siblings: Jack Sarracco and his wife, Kristy, of Florida, Pat Sarracco and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut, Tom Sarracco of Connecticut, and Frank Sarracco and his wife, Penny, of Connecticut; his brother-in-law Mickey Lewis and his wife, Mona, of Newport; his sister-in-law Jeralyn Wolcott of West Virginia; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit StoddardMavis Stoddard

Mavis Stoddard, 91, of Craftsbury died on November 17, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on August 3, 1923, in Craftsbury, to Theodore and Ila (Parkhurst) Morey. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the Class of 1942.

On December 19, 1942, she married Neil Stoddard, who predeceased her in 2009.

She worked along with her husband on their dairy farm for many years.

She enjoyed walking her cocker spaniels, cooking, reading, boiling sap, spending time outdoors, and her family was very important to her. In her earlier days, she was known to ride horseback to school.

She is survived by her children: Jane Stoddard of Morrisville, Joyce Stenger and her husband, Bill, of Brunswick, Georgia, John Stoddard of Craftsbury, and Brenda Adams of Morrisville; nine grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Linda Usher on March 24, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit tylerCarl A. Tyler

Carl A. Tyler, 75, of Derby died after a long illness on November 22, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 22, 1939, in Derby to Roland and Katherine (Marcotte) Tyler.

On April 10, 1987, he married Eleanor Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Tyler was custodian for Community National Bank, from where he retired in 2004.

He enjoyed doing yard work and helping people. He also enjoyed going for rides in the country. He will be remembered for his wonderful smile and great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Tyler, of Derby; his son Wayde Tyler and his wife, Diane, of Newport; his grandchildren: Ciera Tyler and her boyfriend, Brad Glodgett, of Newport Center, and Carl Tyler and his girlfriend, Chelsea Poginy, of Newport; his great-granddaughter Carlie Twofoot of Newport Center; his sisters: June Dorion of Glover, Mary Beardsley and her husband, Tom, of Waterbury, and Alice Lebel and her husband, Lucien, of Derby; his sister-in-law Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts; his brother-in-law Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; and numerous nieces and nephews and by his dog Chloe.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Evelyn Tino; and by his two brothers: Raymond and Roland Tyler.

At Mr. Tyler’s request, there will be no calling hours or service.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Fernand A. Campbell

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

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.

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Peggy Loux is a woman with a purpose

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Peggy Loux received the Agency on Aging Community Service Award on Monday.  Photo by David Dudley

Peggy Loux received the Agency on Aging Community Service Award on Monday. Photo by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

JAY — Margaret “Peggy” Loux, who is now serving her fifth year on the Jay Select Board, received the Agency on Aging Community Service Award Monday.

According to Ms. Loux, everybody has got to work, and everybody has got to have a purpose. What is Peggy Loux’s purpose?

Though her various activities would suggest otherwise, she claims to be a shy person.

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The homeless — out of sight, out of mind?

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The area’s homeless don’t tend to be street-dwellers, as in more urban places.  In the Northeast Kingdom, they live on the beaches, in the woods, in their cars, or they “couch surf,” sleeping at the homes of friends or family who have enough room to take them in for a while.  The county’s homeless population exists, it’s just hard to find.   Photo by David Dudley

The area’s homeless don’t tend to be street-dwellers, as in more urban places. In the Northeast Kingdom, they live on the beaches, in the woods, in their cars, or they “couch surf,” sleeping at the homes of friends or family who have enough room to take them in for a while. The county’s homeless population exists, it’s just hard to find. Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle November 19, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — Victoria Kuhn, a thin woman in her twenties, moved to Newport a little over a year ago with her fiancé. Since their arrival, they have lived on Prouty Beach, in their car, and during the cold months, with the man’s mother. Ms. Kuhn’s fiancé suffered a traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while in the military.  Since his return, he has developed severe stomach ulcers, and doctors have given him six months to live, Ms. Kuhn said.

“We came to Newport from Dover, Delaware,” she said. “We wanted to be near his mother, but we couldn’t find our own place to live.

“We’ve been here a little over a year now, and still haven’t found our own home. I don’t know how to explain it. ”

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Lake Region’s ace pitcher commits to St. John’s University

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LRUHS pitcher Matt Messier, and his father, Principal Andre Messier, pause for this photo Thursday afternoon.  Photo by David Dudley

LRUHS pitcher Matt Messier, and his father, Principal Andre Messier, pause for this photo Thursday afternoon. Photo by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School (LRUHS) ace pitcher Matt Messier has signed a commitment to attend St. John’s University, in the autumn of 2015. Messier’s decision comes on the tail end of a summer traveling and playing with the New England Ruffnecks, a development program for players 13-18 years of age.

“The Ruffnecks give young players structure,” said Messier’s father, LRUHS Principal Andre Messier. “Matt had the opportunity to travel down to Georgia, Nashville, Missouri, and a bunch of other places. Places where he got to showcase his talents while preparing him to play at the college level.”

A scout from the Tampa Bay Rays spied the young right-hander in August, Andre Messier said.

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Obituaries November 19, 2014

obit BakerFrank H. Baker III

Frank H. Baker III, 75, of Newport Center beloved husband of Gloria Baker, died suddenly on November 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 12, 1939, in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Rebecca (Rushton) Baker Jr. He was raised in Derry, New Hampshire, where he attended Pinkerton Academy until the twelfth grade when he left school to join the service.

Mr. Baker served his country in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 21, 1958.

On September 2, 1970, he married Gloria Goodbout, who survives him.

He spent his life working in the woods logging with his draft horses, and from 1986 to 1992 he farmed in Newport Center. His horses and hard work were his life’s passions. He also enjoyed boxing, playing, watching professional football, reading, music, and history. He also drove tractor-trailer for several years in the early 1970s.

Besides his wife of 44 years, Gloria, he is survived by his children: Tracey Baraw and her husband, Andy, of Derby, Heather Henderson and her husband, Randy, of Daytona, Florida, Frank Baker IV of Newport Center, and Joshua Baker and his wife, Jessica, of Holland; his grandchildren: Devon James and Hannah Baraw, and Jarrett and Kaitlyn Henderson, Jordan Lanou, Joshua Jr. and Jacob Baker; his sisters: Alys Cady of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Frances Bramhall of Grafton, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: June Graham and Christine Kelly.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

obit BevansJames William Bevans Jr.

The family of James William Bevans Jr., known as Bill, has gathered together to celebrate the life of their brother and father who died from cancer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on November 10, 2014.

Mr. Bevans’ wife and their children — Kelley, Heather, and Michael Bevans — have been joined by his brother John Patrick Bevans and sisters, Kathryn Mullervy and Margaret Jerger, for support and to share loving and happy memories.

Mr. Bevans was born on December 18, 1935. He and his wife, Judy, met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Elizabethan drama. His love for entertaining and theater led to a long career in helping people work together to achieve common goals.

He began his career in human resources while living in Baltimore, and later culminated 26 years as vice-president of organization development with General Foods USA.

When Mr. and Mrs. Bevans moved to Vermont, Mr. Bevans continued his career, working for organizations as a consultant and facilitator. He was a member of the OD Network.

He loved his home and his small conference facility, Coach Works Farm, and his family of pets — especially Tess, his Yorkshire terrier — the outdoors, and he enjoyed the gifts of the Vermont landscape. Cross-country skiing, hiking, and working to conserve our forests and water became his passion. He loved music, whether it was classical, jazz, or bluegrass.

He was an active member of Hannaford’s Volunteer Fyfe and Drum Corps.

He served on the board of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, both as a member and president. Being part of an organization that presented pathways for everyone, children and adults, exploring our natural heritage was one of his most meaningful experiences.

He is deeply loved and was ever deeply loving, laughing, and encouraging to everyone he met.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Northwood Stewardship Center, P.O. Box 220, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

At this time, there is no memorial service. A celebration of his life is being planned for the spring.

To Bill: L’chaim. Love you forever.

obit CarpenterCorey Adam Carpenter

Corey Adam Carpenter died suddenly on November 12, 2014.

He was born on February 14, 1987, in Newport.

Mr. Carpenter enjoyed working on cars and four-wheelers, and being outdoors. He also had a fondness for animals in need.

He is survived by his children, Brianna and Brogan Carpenter, of Collingswood, New Jersey; his mother, Beverly Miller, of Barton; his father, Gardner Carpenter, of Coventry; his brother Gary Miller of Lyndonville; his sister Pattie Dudley of Glover; and by his nieces and nephews: Robert Stringer of Andover, Massachusetts, Holly Loukes of Derby, Isaac Miller of Randolph, Rachelle and Alayni Miller of Glover, and Bailey Turner and Taylor Dudley of Glover.

Our hearts are broken by your sudden departure and we are left with questions that may never be answered. God called you to heaven for a reason. At this time we may hurt and not know why, but someday we will be together again my friend, brother, daddy, uncle, cousin, and son. Until then, may you save a place for us in heaven and we will save a place for you in our hearts.

A memorial of remembrance was held on November 18, in Barton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit coleAlfred C. Cole Jr.

Alfred Cole Jr., local grocery store entrepreneur, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Friday, November 14, 2014, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Barton.

He was the former owner and founder of several stores in the Northeast Kingdom including Cole’s Market in Orleans, C&C Supermarket in Barton, Cole’s Redemption in St. Johnsbury, and Lyndonville Redemption. He was 78.

He was born in Bloomfield on January 8, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Ada (Bennett) Cole. He graduated from Lyndon Institute (LI) in 1954 and maintained his pride in the school throughout his life; he especially loved rooting for the LI football team.

A member of the Hiking Club, Mr. Cole was a great hiker and had hiked the length of the Long Trail in Vermont. He loved his sports and all the Boston sports teams.

He is survived by his wife, Anita (Sheltra) Cole, whom he married on May 5, 1956; six children: Kathleen Martel and her husband, Richard, of Waterford, Jeffrey Cole and his wife, Diane, of Lyndon, Donna Gilman and her husband, Paul, of Lyndon, Tina Rivers and her husband, Dave, of Sheffield, Debra Newton and her husband, Luke, of Sutton, and Michael Cole and his wife, Regina, of Weare, New Hampshire; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Stuart Cole, of Newark; his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Cole, formerly of St. Johnsbury Center; Anita’s sister Lucille Belval of Lyndonville; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard “Babe” Cole.

A funeral service will be held in Lyndonville on Wednesday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Church. Burial will follow at the St. Elizabeth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions could be directed to Lyndon Institute, attention Melissa Hall, development director, P.O. Box 127, Lyndon Center, Vermont 05850.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

obit darlingRussell Frank Darling Jr.

Russell Frank Darling Jr. died on November 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Glover on March 29, 1941, to Ruth Hancock and Russell Frank Darling Sr.

After completing school, he went to basic training and joined the Vermont Army National Guard. He worked throughout his life as a machinist, mechanic, carpenter, jack-of-all-trades, and master of many.

He returned to the family farm on Dexter Mountain as a dairy farmer until the time of his retirement.

He married Marion English Adair on March 6, 1965, and together they raised five children.

Mr. Darling loved traveling to Florida with his wife during the winter months, always returning to the farm in the spring. He loved to attend the draft horse and pony pulls all around the Northeast Kingdom. He also enjoyed fishing and snorkeling in Florida.

He is survived by his children: Gerry English and his wife, Michelle, of Glover, Sherry Provencher of Newport, Pam Massey and her fiancé, Kevin Collins, of Barre, and Deborah Wease and her husband, Mike, of Glover; his grandchildren: Chris Provencher and his wife, Valerie, of Enosburg, Bill Stevens of Glover, Tina Provencher of South Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy, Gerry English II of West Glover, Ami English of Glover, Jessica Massey and her fiancé, Jason, of Barre, Amanda Atwood and her husband, Ethan, of Glover, Justin Darling of Glover, and Abigail Darling of Glover; his great-grandchildren: Emma, Lily, Brooklynn, Hayleigh, Jacob, Bryer, Annika, Jaxon, Lilian, Violet Bryson, and Alex; his brother Raymond Darling of Orleans; his sisters: Marion Cubit of Albany, Rachel Bean and her husband, Bob, of Concord, and Rona Bruneau and her husband, John, of Irasburg; and by many special nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion; his mother, Ruth; his father, Russell; and by his son Randy.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a gathering at the family farm in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orleans County Fair Pulling Association, P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822, in memory of Russell Darling.

Online condolence can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit gosselinMarc Edouard Gosselin

Marc Edouard Gosselin, 52, of Burlington died peacefully on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a short battle with cancer.

Son of the late Mathias and Blandine (Chaput) Gosselin, he was born on January 6, 1962, in Newport, and spent his childhood years on the family dairy farm in Barton. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1980, and from Johnson State College in 1986.

Mr. Gosselin was a contemplative soul with a gentle spirit who loved and marveled at nature. His family has deep and fond memories of time spent with him while growing up and later in his adult years. He enjoyed music and took a special delight in seeing his nieces and nephew grow up.

Survivors include his brothers: Jacques and his wife, Marisa, of South Burlington, Luc and his wife, Theresa, of East Amherst, New York, and Pierre and his wife, Doris, of Quakenbruck, Germany; his sisters: Joanne Winter and her husband, Richard Codling, of South Burlington, and Christine Lazicki and her husband, David, of Underhill; his nephew Max of Germany; and his nieces: Megan Pelchat of Colchester, Erin Galinas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Anna Gosselin of Germany, and Celine and Solange Gosselin of East Amherst.

There will be no visiting hours. Services will be held on Friday, November 21, at 11 a.m. at the St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington, followed by a reception and luncheon at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory can be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.

obit GrenierArvilla “Evelyn” Grenier

Arvilla “Evelyn” Grenier, 83, of Clarksville, Tennessee, former longtime resident of Newport Center and Lyndonville, died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and kidney disease.

She was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, on April 8, 1931.

She and her husband enjoyed being part of the North Country Swingers Square Dance Club, panning for gold, golfing, bowling, and traveling. She enjoyed bingo, making crafts, and spending quality time with family.

She was an amazing inspiration to all who knew her with her fighting spirit and ability to face her illnesses with grace and courage. Her tender, caring personality and beautiful smile will be greatly missed.

She was a former member of the Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville.

She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Philippe “Pea Wee” Grenier, of Clarksville; three daughters and one son: Joyce Davis of Newport, Norma Sloan of Clarksville, who helped care for her over the past nine years, Brenda Lontine and her husband, Bruce Sr., of Barton, and Paul Grenier of Hoboken, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Vicki Custer of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Bruce Lontine Jr. of Limaville, Ohio, Shane Lontine of Coventry, Billy Grenier of Newport, Tammy Cornell of Newport, Christopher Prue of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Philip Prue of Statesville, North Carolina; 16 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Alton Porter Jr. and his wife, Pearl, of Colebrook, Alda Barnett and her husband, Melcom, of Errol, New Hampshire, Gloria Sweatt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Lois Smith of Newport, Eva Byard and her husband, Terry, of Clarksville, and Mildred Pellitier of Swazy, New Hampshire; and by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Fenoff, of Lyndonville.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alton Porter Sr. and Arvilla (Sweatt) Porter; and by two brothers: Norman Porter and Wendell Porter.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill in Newport. Services will be held in the spring at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Lyndonville. Time and date to be announced.

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

Ruth (Nelson) Lamotte

Ruth Lamotte died on October 26, 2014, at age 75, at her home in Mossyrock, Washington.

She was born in Barton on May 6, 1939, the daughter of Allen and Marion Nelson of Albany. Raised in Albany, she graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After graduating from Lyndon Teachers College in 1962, she taught in Lunenburg until 1964, when she married Phil Lamotte and moved to the West Coast.

While in Washington, she taught at the Onalaska School District and raised six children. When her children were all school age she went to work for DeGoede Bulb Farms for 37 years, until her passing.

She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities, Seahawks football games, Mariners baseball, doing puzzles of all kinds, and summer vacations at the beach with her family. Even though her family and friends were in Vermont, they were in her thoughts and a large part of her family stories.

She is survived by her six children: Shawn, Allen and his wife Michelle, Dan, Ramona Romine and her husband, Gary, Andy and his wife, Kathleen, and Renee Drake and her husband, Kevin; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brothers: Tom Nelson, Roger Nelson and his wife, Beatrice; and by her sister-in-law Janet Nelson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson; a grandchild, Morgan Romine; and by a brother, George Nelson.

There was a potluck celebration of life for Ms. Lamotte held November 8, in Mossyrock, and a private family burial.

obit ToddMaxine Melina Todd

Maxine Melina Todd, 77, of Orleans, beloved wife of Durwood Todd, died peacefully on Sunday, November 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 24, 1936, in Irasburg, a daughter of Emma Royer.

On April 24, 1955, she married Durwood Todd, who survives her.

She graduated from Orleans High School in 1955. She was a bookkeeper for Blanchard Oil in Orleans for several years.

She held memberships with the Quilters from Vermont State Police Barracks, and was very involved with the Orleans High School Roger Barton Scholarship Program.

She enjoyed quilting and attended many quilting seminars around the country, knitting and crocheting with others, spending time with her grandchildren, and doing things with her family and friends.

Besides her husband of 59 years, Durwood, she is survived by her children: Michele Todd of East Montpelier, and Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; her grandchildren: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Christopher, Jennifer, Jessica, Jamie, and Jeremy; and by several great-grandchildren, brothers, and a sister.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

obit WarnerJoAnne Warner

JoAnne Warner, 69, of Derby died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Joseph and Helen (Worthiem) Johnston in Burlington in 1945. After the death of her mom at a young age, she was raised by her great-grandmother Mary Worthiem and her companion, Irma Isham.

Upon graduating from nursing school, she met and married Stanley Warner of North Troy. They moved to the Newport-Derby area and proceeded to raise their two daughters.

Ms. Warner loved nursing and took care of her patients at the Newport Health Care Center with kindness and compassion for 32 years. She will be greatly missed by both the patients and staff of the Newport Health Care Center.

She loved skiing, skating, cross-stitching, and watching NASCAR. Her greatest joy was riding motorcycle with her husband, Stanley.

Along with her husband, Stanley, she is survived by her children: Lauri Bonneau Warner and her fiancé, Mike Place, of Newport, and Lisa Warner of Ithaca, New York; her grandchildren: Jay and Michelle Bonneau of Island Pond, Samantha and Caleb Gross of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and Benjamin Bonneau of Newport; two cousins who were like sisters to her: MaryAnn Tabor of Burlington, and June Giroux of Hinesburg; as well as by several other cousins and many dear friends.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Miller speeds readers down American roads

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Reviewed by Joseph Gresser

Museum of the Americas, by Gary Lee Miller. Published by Fomite Press, Burlington, 2014. Paperbound, 169 pages, $14.95.

Roads run through the 11 stories in Gary Lee Miller’s collection. Characters travel, or are passed by as they watch others speed out of sight.

This, I suppose, makes him an American writer. The choice between going and staying is one that is central to fiction in a country where it is not unusual for a person to slip his moorings and make another life in another state.

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Rifle season: Mild winters may lead to higher success rate

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Makenzie Smith, 10, of Irasburg shot her first buck, an eight-pointer weighing 164 pounds, during Youth Weekend — in her secret spot!  Photo courtesy of her very proud Grampa Brent Shafer

Makenzie Smith, 10, of Irasburg shot her first buck, an eight-pointer weighing 164 pounds, during Youth Weekend — in her secret spot! Photo courtesy of her very proud Grampa Brent Shafer

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by Paul Lefebvre

Between sunrise on Saturday, opening day of rifle season on deer, and closing day at sunset on November 30, hunters will lose roughly 30 minutes of hunting time.

That’s because they can hunt deer from 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset during the 16-day season.

But sunrise on November 15 comes at 6:45, or 19 minutes earlier than it does on Sunday, November 30 — the last day in the season.

A comparable loss in time occurs at sunset. On Saturday the sun will set at 4:21 compared to 4:10 on the last day of month. Added together and that’s a loss of 30 minutes in real time.

Will it make any difference in hunters’ success rate? Probably not.

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In boys cross-country: Three Falcons head to New England Interscholastic Championships

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From left:  Andrew Franklin, Sam Brunnette, and Alex Cotnoir train for their big race in Manchester, Connecticut.  They competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship Saturday.  Photos by David Dudley

From left: Andrew Franklin, Sam Brunnette, and Alex Cotnoir train for their big race in Manchester, Connecticut. They competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship Saturday. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

Three young men from North Country Union High School’s cross-country team earned the chance to represent the Northeast Kingdom in Manchester, Connecticut, Saturday.

The three runners who competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship were: state champion Sam Brunnette, who took fortieth place at 16:34; Alex Cotnoir, who came in one hundred second, finishing in 17:14; and Andrew Franklin, who claimed one hundred eighty-eighth place, finishing in a respectable 17:53.

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Governor’s race: County lawmakers lean toward Milne

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Scott Milne.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Scott Milne. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Tena Starr

If Orleans County’s legislative delegation had its way, Scott Milne would be Vermont’s next governor.

That’s not a surprising decision for the Republicans who represent the county, but as of this week only one of the three Democrats was willing to unequivocally say that he’ll follow tradition and support the candidate who won the popular vote.

Representative Sam Young of Glover said he will vote for Governor Shumlin.

“I think it’s generally a bad precedent if the Legislature starts electing people who didn’t win,” Mr. Young said.

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