Murder charges brought in O’Hagan killing

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Keith Baird is brought into the Vermont Superior Court in Caledonia County’s criminal division on Monday to face charges of murder, kidnapping, and burglary.  Photo by Todd Wellington, courtesy of the Caledonian-Record.

Keith Baird is brought into the Vermont Superior Court in Caledonia County’s criminal division on Monday to face charges of murder, kidnapping, and burglary. Photo by Todd Wellington, courtesy of the Caledonian-Record.

copyright the Chronicle March 12, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

ST. JOHNSBURY  — Two men have been charged with the murder and kidnapping of Mary Pat O’Hagan, a 78-year-old Sheffield grandmother who was killed three and a half years before the arraignments Monday, to the day.  A third man has been cited.

Keith J. Baird, 33, who is in jail in St. Johnsbury, and Richard Fletcher, 27, who is in jail in Springfield, pled innocent to the charges, which also included burglary, were assigned public defenders, and were sent back to jail and ordered to stay away from 28 specific people, including witnesses, co-defendants, and members of the O’Hagan family.

Michael Norrie, 23, has been cited for the same charges and faces extradition from a prison in Pennsylvania to face the charges.

All three men are from Sheffield.

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Obituaries March 12, 2014

obit adamsMildred Adams

Mildred L. Adams of Brightview Commons in Wakefield, Rhode Island, formerly of Charlestown, Rhode Island, died on February 4, 2014, at South County Hospital in Wakefield, after a short illness.  She was 96.

She was the wife of the late Frank Adams, who predeceased her in 2001.  They were married for 59 years.  They traveled extensively visiting all 50 United States and 39 foreign countries.

Mrs. Adams was an avid golfer and a former member of The Surf Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Orleans Country Club in Orleans.  She also enjoyed knitting and crafts.

She is survived by three daughters:  Ann Anderson and her husband, Russell, of Ellington, Connecticut, Judy DenBleyker and her husband, Andy, of Charlestown, and Barbara Adams of Fall River, Massachusetts; and by five grandchildren:  Kevin Anderson, Marc DenBleyker, Karen Lisk, Steven DenBleyker, and Brooks Angelini.  She was the loving great-grandmother of Douglas Anderson, Joshua and Katelyn Lisk, Jason and Julia DenBleyker, Zachary and Addison DenBleyker, Jackk Angelini and Corey and Brady Anderson.

Interment will be held in North Myrtle Beach at a future date.  At the request of the family, there are no calling hours.

obit BoulangerGloria P. Boulanger

Gloria P. Boulanger, 87, of Newport died on March 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 4, 1926, in Barton, to Frank and Lena (Garey) Nault.

On February 19, 1966, she married Joseph W. Boulanger, who survives her.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1946.  She was an active Girl Scout leader for 18 years.  She worked at Ethan Allen, Inc., for nine years and the former Provost Gift Shop for 13 years.

She held membership with the American Legion Auxiliary.

She loved tending to her flower gardens, as well as doing and teaching craftwork.

She is survived by her husband Joseph W. Boulanger of Newport; her children:  Marjorie “Midge” R. Lane and her husband, Dennis, of Lexington, South Carolina, and Avalena “Chic” Gonyaw and her husband, Ric, of Morgan; her grandchildren:  Jason and Michael Gonyaw, Robert and Matthew Lane; her great-grandchildren:  Jason Jr., Jasmynn, Jaden, Maile, and Merrick Gonyaw; and by her siblings:  Donald Nault and his wife, Dorothy “Dee,” of Newport Center, Ralph Nault and his wife, Pauline, of Barton, Roy Nault and his wife, Donna, of Essex, Beverly Robitaille and her husband, Harvey, of Newport, and Millie Nault-Gero and her husband, Roy, of Barton.

She was predeceased by her son Frank Farrand in 1971; and by her sister Lucille Dowhen.

Funeral services were held on March 11, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Veleda Hubbard

Veleda E. (Taylor) Hubbard, 87, of Lyndon, died on Saturday morning, March 8, 2014, at the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndon.

She was born on November 15, 1926, in Brighton, daughter of Calvin and Jennie (Coville) Taylor.

On December 10, 1945, she married Calvin F. Hubbard.  They operated the Hubbard homestead farm in Lyndon for 34 years.  Upon retirement in 1979, they wintered in Titusville, Florida, where they enjoyed watching the space shuttles launch and land.

Mrs. Hubbard worked the farm with her family and enjoyed maple sugaring each spring.  She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge in Vermont and Florida.  She was also a life member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Vermont and Florida.

She loved children, people, dancing and traveling near and far with her family.

Survivors include two sons:  Bruce Hubbard and his companion, Helen Snow, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Bernard Hubbard and his wife, Sharon, of Lyndon; two daughters:  Darlene Hubbard and her spouse, Carla Mathers, of Hyattsville, Maryland, and Joyce Hubbard of Waterbury; five grandchildren:  Bambi Midkiff and her husband, Bob, Mingo Hubbard, Jamie Lee and her husband, Ben, Sarah Hubbard and Samuel LaClair; three great-grandchildren:  Lauri Midkiff, Jonathan Midkiff and Karson Hubbard; her in-laws:  Emma Barber of Lyndon and Frank Hubbard and his wife, Joanne, of St. Johnsbury; and her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Calvin in 1991; an infant son, Rodger; two brothers:  Dexter Taylor and Collan Taylor; and by two sisters:  Golden Burns and Joyce Taylor.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 6 p.m., at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville, with John Sleeper officiating.  Friends may meet with the family prior to the start of the service, beginning at 4 p.m., at the funeral home.  Spring burial in Lyndon Center Cemetery will be held on Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m.

Donations made in her memory may be directed to either the Austine School of the Deaf, 60 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301; or to the Lyndon Area Meal Site, 76 Depot Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

obit woodMatthew W. Wood

Matthew W. Wood, 87, died on February 23, 2014, in Fort Myers, Florida.

His happiest memories were the years he lived in West Glover.

He was born on December 23, 1926, in Bronx, New York, the first child of Sylvester and Margaret Wood.

He served in the U.S. Army and after the war he graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in finance.  He had a prestigious 50-year career in banking.

Together, he and his wife, Joyce, had seven children who survive him:  Kathleen Taylor, Matthew Wood Jr., Julie Richards, Christine Perry, Terri May, Timothy Wood and Marianne Carlson.  He also leaves 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his sisters Peggy Doyle, Marie Burns and Catherine Paparella also survive him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908.

Death notice

Elizabeth “Liz” Julia Morris Ferlazo

Elizabeth “Liz” Julia Morris Ferlazo died on Sunday morning, March 2, 2104, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, after complications following a stroke.

A complete obituary will follow in the next few weeks, with service arrangements.

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In boys basketball playoffs: Ghosts fend off Ranger comeback bid

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Clint Provoncha (left) had an MVP-type performance in a losing cause as the Lake Region Rangers fell 70-59 to Dylan Jacobs (right) and the Randolph Galloping Ghosts on Thursday night.  A Lake Region senior, Provoncha's 24-point night would lead all scorers in what would be his final trip to the Barre Auditorium. Photo by Richard Creaser

Clint Provoncha (left) had an MVP-type performance in a losing cause as the Lake Region Rangers fell 70-59 to Dylan Jacobs (right) and the Randolph Galloping Ghosts on Thursday night. A Lake Region senior, Provoncha’s 24-point night would lead all scorers in what would be his final trip to the Barre Auditorium.
Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle March 7, 2014

by Richard Creaser

BARRE — The Lake Region Rangers (18-4) battled through 20 regular season and two playoff games to earn a berth in Thursday night’s semifinal at the Barre Auditorium.  Squaring off against the second-seeded Randolph Galloping Ghosts (20-2), there were no illusions about how tough a game this would be.  The DIII semifinal marked the first sell-out crowd of the Barre tournament, tournament officials told the Chronicle.

Both teams had fought hard to make it to Barre but only one would emerge to compete for the DIII crown.  On this night, with a 70-59 win, it would be the Ghosts.

“They play good ball pressure,” Ranger Clint Provoncha said of the Ghosts.  “They were really aggressive on defense and they never give up.”

Tenacity was the name of the game for both of these squads.  Though falling behind by a basket in the early goings, Lake Region managed a 7-2 lead until foul troubles upended the Ranger attack.  Halfway through the opening quarter, the Rangers had accrued five fouls.

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Obituaries March 5, 2014

obit ArchambaultSteve Albert Archambault

Steve Albert Archambault, 57, of Irasburg died on February 24, 2014, after a nearly three-year struggle with cancer.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Howell Cheney Technical High School and received an associate’s degree in art, humanities and social science from Clinton Community College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, separating at the rank of E-5.  Afterwards, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a master electrician and avid fisherman, a golfer, and he especially loved to be around his family.

He is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, Bonnie Stone, of Irasburg, and her family.  He leaves his two children:  Kevin Archambault, staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, and his wife, Marisa, of Vacaville, California, and Karisa Archambault of Honolulu, Hawaii; his three sisters:  Linda Gosselin of Coventry, Diane Archambault of East Hartford, and Louise Pisarski and her husband, Paul, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut; his five nephews:  Danny and Eddie Gosselin of Vermont, Michael Aukstolis and Adam and Ryan Pisarski of Connecticut; his aunts:  Estelle LaPolice of Quebec, and Loretta Turenne of Florida; along with many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Cecile Archambault of East Hartford; his brother-in-law Roger Gosselin; and many aunts, uncles and several cousins.

Funeral services were held on March 1, in Newport.  Spring interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtis-britch.com.

obit BouchardJean Francois Bouchard 

Jean Francois Bouchard, 88, of North Troy died on February 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on February 28, 1925, in Audet, Quebec, to Almas and Palmena (Paradis) Bouchard.

On August 18, 1949, he married Mariette Quirion, who predeceased him on August 23, 2006.

He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, both of Troy.  His hobby was woodworking as he worked as a carpenter in the family business for many years.

He is survived by his children:  Gerard Bouchard of Westfield, Theresa Quirion and her husband, Emile, of North Troy, and Jacques Bouchard and his wife, Carmen, of Troy; his grandchildren:  Michael and Jeff Sargent, Gerry, Jr. and Christopher Bouchard, Anne and Mark Quirion, Johanna, Nicholas, and Jonathan Bouchard; his great-grandchildren:  Clarissa, Alexis, Katelyn, Ethan, Evan, Benjamin, Bria, Ava, Emilie, and Spencer; and by his siblings:  Henri Louis Bouchard, Prosper Bouchard, Joseph Bouchard, and Anne-Marie Bouchard, all of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and Sister Therese Bouchard of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his daughter Renee Sargent in 1997; his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard; his sister Noella Bouchard Bolduc; and by his brother-in-law Roy Bouchard.

Services will be held in the spring.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit BoutinAgathe Valois Boutin 

Agathe Valois Boutin, 90, of Barton died on February 24, 2014, in Glover.

She was born on May 20, 1923, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Filix and Parmlie (Chalifoux) Valois.

In 1948, she married Clement Boutin, who predeceased her on March 27, 1996.

Mrs. Boutin was a seamstress most of her life.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching television and taking care of her grandchildren.

She was devoted to her church at St. Paul’s, and was there religiously when her health permitted.  Her life was her family.

She is survived by her sons:  Raymond Boutin of Barton, and Gerry Boutin and his companion, Joyce Simons; her grandchildren:  Tammy Royer and her husband, Richie, and Raymond Boutin Jr.; and by her great-grandchildren:  Alyssa Royer and Joshua Royer.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Adolph Valois, Didace Valois, Helen Guay, Theresa Casavant, and Calire Souliere.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. John’s Cemetery in East Albany.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Thomas A. Cass

Thomas A. Cass, 67, of Barton died suddenly on February 24, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 28, 1946, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Dale and Winnifred (Woodward) Cass.

He entered the United States Army, where he served in the Vietnam era, stationed in Germany.

He was employed in the maintenance department of NEKCA, where he retired in 2011.

Mr. Cass was very good to everyone he cared about.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing cards, traveling to the casinos, and spending time with his friends at the Orleans American Legion.  He loved dogs and was a Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his siblings:  Priscilla Rossier and her husband, Tony, of St. Albans, and Edward Cass and his wife, Gloria, of Hartland; his companion Jane Spaniol of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Cass.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 8, at the Orleans American Legion.

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 may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit decker sword smallerRobert K. Decker

Robert K. Decker, also known as K.O.E., 72, of Westmore, beloved husband of Beverly Decker, died on Valentine’s Day of 2014.

He passed peacefully surrounded by love and light; his body could no longer hold his spirit.

Their love was a star-matched, forever love that transcends time and space.  Together, they experienced two centuries of living in four decades of marriage.

He was a Grand Master to many, friend to more, and a special uncle to a precious few.  He empowered, inspired and more importantly loved every one of his family and honorary family members.  He shared pieces of wisdom such as:  “No matter what in life, always support your spouse and loved ones.  Never be the person to hold the other one back.  If there is something they want to do and love to do, support them every step of the way.”  That is what Mr. and Mrs. Decker gave to each other and was the pulse to what has been repeatedly called their “storybook marriage.”

Mr. Decker’s friendship was like a diamond — many faceted, dimensional, dynamically passioned and precious.  If you were an old friend, he greeted you with an infectious smile and spread out arms like you were the most important person on the planet.  If you were a new friend, he greeted you like an old friend.  He lived by the code, “life is good,” and he shared that vibe with everyone he met and spent time with.  Bonfires, music, watching meteor showers in a forest clearing, the roar of his Harley, kayaking with others, evenings of his marvelously cooked meals and fishing with his buddies — he embraced friends as he embraced life.

He was an eruption of enthusiasm and a river of passion.  His life was as diverse as it was beautiful.  His focus found meaning in his creativity, expressed through the activities of Tae Kwon Do, music, painting, carpentry, photography, and gardening among many other pursuits.  He was a true Renaissance man.

Music has been a thread throughout his life from childhood on.  He and his brother Don and sister Judy spent many hours playing instruments and harmonizing like the Everly Brothers.  It was a special connection.  He played music in high school and ended up forming bands called The Bolts and later Creative Image.  As Creative Image, Mr. Decker and band found fame when they signed a contract with RCA and even released a record.  He moved on to different and wonderful pursuits for many years until friend and past band member Randy Fisher visited in 2009 and pushed him to start composing and playing music again.  Within only a few years, four out of five of The Bolts members reunited and played in the Northeast Kingdom.  Shortly after, Randy Fisher, Richard Wagner and Bob formed The Union, and cut a CD, Passing Through.

He was an award-winning and published photographer as well.  His wife gave him his first camera for Christmas in 1973.  It took about two years before he began avidly using it and then a new business was eventually born in 1980.  His work appeared on magazine covers and advertisements, and hangs framed in many people’s homes.  Eventually he took his love of imagery to painting.  Again, he was self taught and created High Point Gallery, selling and showing his work.  People also commissioned his work.

Mr. and Mrs. Decker’s home is their canvas as well.  They literally cut the trees, mixed the cement, planted, designed and grew the property that would become a sacred place for both of them to express themselves and feel safe and joyful.  His interest in the garden grew in later years and became another passion and true labor of love.  Their home has been described as looking like something out of Lord of the Rings.  Visitors feel transported in the beauty of the home and gardens — some have even chosen to marry there.

Mr. Decker said there were several constants in his life and one was Tae Kwon Do.  His school, Blue Wave International, is the longest running Tae Kwon Do school in Vermont and still exists today under former student Christina Deslandes.  He worked on a national and international level in the field, even traveling to Korea.  He reached the level of Eighth Degree Black Belt and Grand Master, working with hundreds of students over about 40 years.  Students share that he had the ability to transform a simple martial arts principle into a life lesson.  He was much more than a highly skilled practitioner.  He was a remarkable teacher whose passion radiated the moment he entered a room.

Grand Master Decker was never afraid to speak up for what he believed in, insisted on fairness and keeping alive the traditions of his beloved art.  His integrity was unshakable, and he demanded the same of his students and close associates.  His friends in Tae Kwon Do and beyond are too numerous to count, and his legacy will live on forever.

He was writing this song, just days before his “journey” began:

 

Bob’s song; “Never Ending Journey”obit decker guitar smaller

Stay…stay with me tonight

The world may crumble before the light

Stay…let our world slip away

 

So many times in my life I turn my eyes

To the right

Looking out to the horizon

Wishing I could fly…

There’re so many places I haven’t been

So many people to see in my life

I need to see again

 

Breathe the air fresh and clean

Feel the rain fall down upon you from the sky

 

Hear the river flowing by…

Feel everything that’s good within your life

 

Hear your heart beat…feel the love…flowing

Through your body…from Heaven above

 

Here comes the sunshine…here comes the sunshine…here comes the sunshine

Shining upon your face, with light and grace.

 

Over the past months, he became a regular volunteer at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter’s spay/neuter clinics, spending hours helping cats gently come out of anesthesia after surgery.  He has been a life-long animal advocate. In view of this, family and friends could honor him by sending donations to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

His presence will be missed by the following family members:  his brother Don Decker; his nephew Brian and his wife, Jill; his niece Allison Watkins and her husband, Todd, and their children; his sister Judy and her husband, Tom Schwaber, and their sons, Kurt, and Mark and his fiancée, Ada; his brother-in-law Roy and his wife, Claire Perkins; his niece Penny and her husband, Kimball Johnson, and their daughter, Chelsea Cummings, and her husband, Dan; his nephew David Perkins and his son, Samuel; his sister-in-law Kathy and her husband, Larry Joseph, and their son, Ryan, and his significant other, Kacie, and their daughter, Jessica Douglas, and her husband, Jimmy, and their beautiful new baby, Gavin.

Eternal message from Beverly to Bob:  “I SEE YOU.”

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 obit DiCenzaPaul F. DiCenzo

Paul F. DiCenzo, 75, of Stuart, Florida, died on February 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and attended Marlborough High School in the Class of 1956.

He has resided along Florida’s Treasure Coast for 45 years; he lived in Jupiter, Florida, for ten years, and in Florida’s Hobe Sound for 30 years, and he moved to Stuart five years ago.  He also was a summer resident of Newport for many years.

He was a retired beverage service manager and had worked for Jupiter Island Club, Jupiter Hills and Loblolly.

He attended St. Christopher Catholic Church and was a member of the Italian American Post #45 in Marlborough and Elks Lodge #2155 in Newport.

He was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Simonne Gauthier DiCenzo; his brother Richard DiCenzo, and Cathy Cook, of Woburn, Massachusetts; his sister Kathy Brenn and her husband, Ronnie, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his sisters-in-law:  Cecile Vickers of Stuart, Diane Valis and her husband, Joe, of Upton, Massachusetts, and Helen Gauthier of Tucson, Arizona; his brothers-in-law:  Donald Gauthier of Jensen Beach, Florida, Roland Gauthier, and Debbie Smith, of Lake Alfred, Florida, and Albert Gauthier and his wife, Karen, of Upton; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Umberto DiCenzo, of Marlborough; his mother and step-father, Margaret and Malcolm Wallace of Newport; his brother-in-law Louis Gauthier; and by his sisters-in-law:  Annette Brown and Claire Mallett.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on March 10, at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound.

A guest registry may be signed at www.youngandprill.com.

obit homer KingsburyHomer H. Kingsbury Sr.

Homer H. Kingsbury Sr., 84, died on March 1, 2014, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by loving family.

Born on December 22, 1929, in Wells River, he was a son of Robert and Florence (Minshull) Kingsbury.  He was a graduate of the Class of 1949 at Bradford Academy.

On October 16, 1949, he married the love of his life, Lodoiska Maxwell, in Bradford.  They had always made their home in Bradford.

He worked at Checkerboard Grain in earlier years and was a foreman for the State of Vermont Highway Department for 32 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Bradford Fire Department for 26 years and he and Mrs. Kingsbury operated the food booth in the pits at Bear Ridge Speedway for many years.  He coached Little League when his sons were young and was always happy to provide rides for their fellow teammates.

Family was the most important thing to him.  He attended as many of his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as he possibly could.  He spent many hours playing cards and was a hunter in his younger years.  He enjoyed playing Bingo and all the close friends he made there.  He was a New York Yankees fan, followed NASCAR and enjoyed going to yard sales and making trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, Foxwoods and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Survivors include his children:  Homer Jr. and Shirley of West Newbury, Terry and Rise of Topsham, Kay and Buddy Trojanowski of West Topsham, Paul and Christine of Bradford, Allan and Susan of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and Mark and Sharon of West Topsham; 19 grandchildren:  Tracey and Robert Gauthier, Jamie and Elizabeth Kingsbury, Evan Kingsbury, Willy and Jennifer Kingsbury, Buck and Suzanne Kingsbury, Tara and Steve Simpson, Billie Jo and Charlie Martin, Scott and Lindi, Eric and Amie Trojanowski, Tawnya Baker, Corey and Thelma Kingsbury, Jennifer Trojanowski and Doug Petterson, Kristina Kingsbury and Carmen Schoolcraft, Benjamin and Christina Kingsbury, Kelly Kingsbury, Elizabeth Kingsbury, Katlyn Kingsbury, Timothy and Felicia Kingsbury, and Tad Kingsbury and Vanessa Thurston; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert “Sonny,” and Joan Kingsbury; his sisters-in-law:  Freda Kingsbury, Barbara Jean Maxwell and her friend, and Judy and Ken Bupp; his brothers-in-law:  Maurice and Lois Maxwell, Carl “Joe” and Veanne Maxwell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years; his parents; a twin brother, John Kingsbury; five brothers-in-law:  Charles, Darrell, Lawrence, Dale and Alton Maxwell; and by one sister in law, Juanita French.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxbow Athletic Department, care of Oxbow High School, 36 Oxbow Drive, Bradford, Vermont 05033; or the Bradford Fire Department, 135 Carson Lane, Bradford, Vermont 05033; or to the Orange East Senior Center, 176 Waits River Road, Bradford, Vermont 05033.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 7, at Hale Funeral Home, at 187 Upper Plain in Bradford, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford.

To view an online guestbook go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.

obit lodoiska kingsburyLodoiska (Maxwell) Kingsbury

Lodoiska (Maxwell) Kingsbury, 84, died on February 27, 2014, at her home in Bradford, surrounded by loving family.

Born on January 14, 1930, in Brownington, she was a daughter of Roger and Mary (Joslyn) Maxwell.  She was a graduate of the Class of 1949 at Bradford Academy.

On October 16, 1949, she married the love of her life, Homer H. Kingsbury Sr., in Bradford.  They had always made their home in Bradford.

In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, she cleaned for local businesses and homes in earlier years and was the cook at Bradford Elementary School for 20 years until her retirement.

She had been a member of the Bradford Firemen’s Auxiliary and she and Mr. Kingsbury operated the food booth in the pits at Bear Ridge Speedway for many years.

Family was the most important thing to her.  She attended as many of her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as she possibly could.  Her passion was playing Bingo and she enjoyed all the close friends she made there.  She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, followed NASCAR, and enjoyed going to yard sales and making trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, Foxwoods and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Survivors include her children:  Homer Jr. and Shirley of West Newbury, Terry and Rise of Topsham, Kay and Buddy Trojanowski of West Topsham, Paul and Christine of Bradford, Allan and Susan of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and Mark and Sharon of West Topsham; 19 grandchildren:  Tracey and Robert Gauthier, Jamie and Elizabeth Kingsbury, Evan Kingsbury, Willy and Jennifer Kingsbury, Buck and Suzanne Kingsbury, Tara and Steve Simpson, Billie Jo and Charlie Martin, Scott and Lindi, Eric and Amie Trojanowski, Tawnya Baker, Corey and Thelma Kingsbury, Jennifer Trojanowski and Doug Petterson, Kristina Kingsbury and Carmen Schoolcraft, Benjamin and Christina Kingsbury, Kelly Kingsbury, Elizabeth Kingsbury, Katlyn Kingsbury, Timothy and Felicia Kingsbury, and Tad Kingsbury and Vanessa Thurston; 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Maurice and Lois, and Carl “Joe” and Veanne Maxwell;  two sisters:  Barbara Jean Wright and her friend, and Judy and Ken Bupp; her brother-in-law Robert “Sonny” and Joan Kingsbury; her sister-in-law Freda Kingsbury; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; five brothers:  Charles, Darrell, Lawrence, Dale and Alton; one sister, Juanita French; and by one brother-in-law, John Kingsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718; or to the Orange East Senior Center, 176 Waits River Road, Bradford, Vermont 05033.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 7, at Hale Funeral Home, at 187 Upper Plain in Bradford, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford.

To view an online guestbook, go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.

obit kennisonRichard Alan Kennison

Richard Alan Kennison, 66, of Thornton, New Hampshire, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on February 19, 1948, in Newport, son of Melvin B. and Alma E. (Walker) Kennison.

In 1968, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, earning the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Kennison loved fishing, hunting, and watching all sports.  He cherished time spent with his family and many friends.

He was a supervisor with the Sports Oil Coop., for many years.  He and his family relocated to New Hampshire over 25 years ago, so that he could open his dream business — a sports card and sports memorabilia shop called Dick’s Dugout, in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Nancy M. (Culleton) Kennison, of Thornton; his daughters:  Jacqueline Kennison of E. Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Kristen Kennison of Thornton; his stepmother Phyllis Kennison of Brownington; his siblings:  Marie Marrone of Dracut, Massachusetts, Bob Marrone of Irasburg, Nancy Cluff and her husband, Tom, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Shelia Martin and her husband, Kirk, of Orleans; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brothers:  Bill and Tom Kennison.

A committal service was held on March 3, in Boscawen, New Hampshire.  Interment followed in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Mr. Kennison received loving and compassionate care at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in St. Johnsbury; the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756-0001.

For online condolences, visit www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

obit LamadeleineBernard F. Lamadeleine

Bernard F. Lamadeleine, 82, died on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born in Glover on December 3, 1931, a son to the late Albert and Germain (Tetrault) Lamadeleine.

In 1943, his family moved from Glover to what became the Lamadeleine Family Farm on Duck Pond Road in Barton.

On August 24, 1968, he married Henriette Jarmier.  He continued to work the family farm until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Lamadeleine enjoyed hunting, listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, his cats, and spending time with his family.  He was especially proud of driving his Cadillac in the Guinness Book of World Record Cadillac parade in Barton.

He is survived by his wife, Henriette Lamadeleine; a sister, Therese Bonnette and her husband, George; two brothers:  Roc and Guy Lamadeleine; two special cousins:  Robert Tetrault and Ronald Lamadeleine; and by many other cousins and his nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a brother, Clement Lamadeleine.

There are no visiting hours.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury is assisting with arrangements.

obit LippensRuth Elizabeth (Powers) Lippens

Ruth Elizabeth (Powers) Lippens, 97, died on February 22, 2014, after several years of declining health.

She was born on April 29, 1916, on the home farm in Salem Derby, the daughter of William and Alice Burke Powers.

As a lifelong resident of Derby, she attended Derby schools and graduated in 1934 from Derby Academy.

In her younger years, she was a hairdresser.  She began her career working for Lena Murphy, then owned her own shop on Main Street in Derby.  She later worked for Gladys Carr.

On December 31, 1941, she married Leonard (Joe) Lippens, and they were married for 69 years until he predeceased her in 2011.

In retirement, Mrs. Lippens enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, playing bridge with the Gourmet Bridge Club, spending time with her grandchildren and most of all collecting treasures.  She was often seen at tag sales finding and adding new pieces to her multitude of collections.

She was never happier than when she sat under the apple trees in her yard, enjoying family and friends.

She spent the last several years of her life under the loving care of Dr. Denise Niemira and the dedicated staffs at Derby Green and Michaud Manor.

She is survived by a son, Bruce, and his wife, Karen, of Derby; a daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Perry, of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer Grillo and her husband, Peter, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Christopher Hunt and his wife, Monique, and Timothy Hunt and family, all of Derby; her great-grandchildren:  Sienna Grillo, and Jonathan, Jackson and Emerson Hunt; several sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Donald and Ray Powers.

A service will be held in the spring, with a notice to follow.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit LoiaconoLouis D. “Danny” Loiacono

Louis D. “Danny” Loiacono died on February 19, 2014.

He was born on May 6, 1937, beloved son of the late Ethel (Franco) Bressett and Matteo “Mike” Loiacono, and brother to Ronald R. Ross and James R. Bressett.

He is survived by his children:  Anthony R. Loiacono, Renee E. Agri, Anne Marie Deem, Daniel A. Loiacono, and Mark Loiacono; his 15 grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; and by his self-adopted son Eric Loiacono.  In addition, he is survived by his siblings:  Elvira L. Francour, Edward A. Loiacono, Warren V. Bressett, Dianne L. Miracick Frank J Bressett Jr., and Paul Loiacono; his uncle Luigi Loiacono; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and a dear friend, Paul Chicklis Sr.

There will be a remembrance in the celebration of his life at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 8, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on March 8, from 10:30 until the hour of the funeral.  A luncheon reception will follow at the American Legion at 60 Railroad Street in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of Louis “Danny” Loiacono to the National Emphysema Foundation, 128 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PrueTerrill R. Prue

Terrill R. Prue, 70, of Newport died on February 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 3, 1943, in Newport, to Frederick Prue Sr. and the late Marjorie (Rowland) Prue.

He married Roxanna Stevens, who survives him.

Mr. Prue was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Sons of the American Legion, and the Vermont National Guard.  He was also a member of the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg.

He liked fishing, singing and traveling to Florida with his wife to their winter home in Brooksville.  He also enjoyed traveling to Maine and New York State.

He was a Red Sox and Patriots fan.  He enjoyed running his glass business and he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a very spiritual and happy man.

He is survived by his wife Roxanna Prue of Newport; his children:  Chad Prue and his wife, Victoria, Tisha LeBlanc and her husband, Raymond, and Teri Prue; his grandchildren:  Shawn McCarthy and his wife, Brandy, Ashley Autry and her husband, Daniel, Wyatt Prue, Seth Prue, Libby Prue, Samara Schneider, Zachary Schneider, Sasha Prue, Audry Houle, Mario Houle, and Myles Prue; his six great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Fred Prue, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, David Prue and his wife, Barbara, Valerie Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Prue, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Marjorie Morely and her husband, James, Pamela Prue, and Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine; his stepchildren:  Bernard Royea and his wife, Tracy, Sheryl Fortin and her husband, Brad, and Michelle Kelley; his step-grandchildren:  Brent Royea, Collin Royea, Nicholas Royea, Melissa Kimbal, Justin and Michael Kelley; his step great-grandchildren:  Aiden Lamoureux and Brooke Noel Kelley; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Shawn Prue; and by his mother Marjorie Prue.

Funeral services were held on March 1, in Irasburg.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit StrattonRobert “Bob” E. Stratton

Robert “Bob” E. Stratton, 79, of Morgan died on February 27, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 24, 1935, in Holland, a son of the late Earl Stratton and the late Grant and Ruth (Judd) Stratton Guerin.

In 1953, he married Barbara Farrell, who survives him.

Mr. Stratton liked working with animals and driving trucks.  He farmed for many years and then drove truck for Pike Industries for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stratton, of Morgan; his two children:  Reginald Stratton and his wife, Andree, of Derby, and Laurie Stratton of Morgan; and by his two granddaughters:  Shelly Starr and her son, Ethan, and Julie Rock and her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Owen and Olivia.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his son David Stratton.

As per Mr. Stratton’s request, there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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 may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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“Points of View” opens March 4; artists’ reception March 15

This painting, "Snowy Pastures," is a watercolor painted by Joan Harlowe.  Image courtesy of the NEK Artisans Guild

This painting, “Snowy Pastures,” is a watercolor painted by Joan Harlowe. Image courtesy of the NEK Artisans Guild

The show “Points of View” opens at the NEK Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury on March 4, with an artists’ reception, which is open to the public, on Saturday, March 15, from 3 to 5 p.m.  The show includes, watercolors, oils and sketches by The Monday Painters.

The Monday Painters is an informal group drawn together by an interest in capturing the special qualities of the Northeast Kingdom’s beauty, as well as its changes and challenges.  “Points of View” includes group members Jenny Green, Barbara Grey, Joan Harlowe, Donna Marshall, Barbara Matsinger and Robin Rothman.  They have been painting together for more than ten years.  From their homes in Danville, Peacham, Passumpsic, and Burke, they seek out images that speak to them — local scenes as well as faraway places, animals wild and domestic, flowers and gardens, sunlight and snow, thriving or abandoned farms.  Ranging from representational to abstract, their approaches and techniques reflect the group’s individual personalities.

“Points of View” is on view at the NEK Artisans Guild through April 26.  — from the NEK Artisans Guild.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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OCSU board picks new superintendent

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Bruce Labs.  Photo by Richard Creaser

Bruce Labs. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle February 26, 2014

by Richard Creaser

The Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) school board has tendered an offer to a new superintendent.

The name is not yet being released pending the candidate’s acceptance, but two final candidates were interviewed in public Tuesday afternoon.  A decision was made after the interviews and a lengthy executive session.

On Tuesday evening OCSU school board chairman Amy Leroux of Irasburg confirmed that the board has tendered an offer to someone to replace Stephen Urgenson.  The two candidates are Bruce Labs of Piermont, New Hampshire, and Don Van Nostrand of Concord.  Ms. Leroux said after an offer is accepted and a final vetting process by the state Agency of Education is done an announcement will be made, probably by week’s end.

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Did slavery in Vermont really end in 1777?

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This clipping is from a 1786 copy of the Vermont Gazette, and appears in the book The Problems of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.

This clipping is from a 1786 copy of the Vermont Gazette, and appears in the book The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.

copyright the Chronicle February 26, 2014

The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.  By Harvey Amani Whitfield.  Published by the Vermont Historical Society 2014.  140 pages with notes, documents and index.  $19.95

Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre

The assertion that Vermonters kept slaves into the early years of the nineteenth century not only skews the state’s constitutional ban on slavery but also calls into the question the historical belief we have of ourselves as a people who believe in live and let live.

Surely there can be no place for such a belief where men can live off other men’s labor and sell their children.  But that’s what historian Harvey Whitfield has found and documented in his new book, The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.

For those who don’t have the date on the tip of their tongue, 1777 was the year Vermonters formed a Constitution that abolished slavery.  Well, not quite.  What the framers actually abolished was adult slavery.  The children of the new black freemen could still be for sale.

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Obituaries February 26, 2014

obit BarryRonald Earle Barry

Ronald Earle Barry, 81, of Derby Line and formerly of Arlington, Massachusetts, died on February 17, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by family, following a brief illness.

He was born on January 27, 1933, in Arlington, a son of Joseph Michael and Ruth Ester (Woodward) Barry.

On October 6, 1956, he married Joan Ellyn (Carlson), who predeceased him in 2009.

Mr. Barry moved to Newport in 1998 with his wife, to retire, after spending the majority of his life in Arlington.  They were greeted warmly, meeting kind neighbors and making many new friends.  They enjoyed a quiet, relaxing life for several years, which included daily breakfast at The Brown Cow and The East Side restaurants.  After his wife died, he became a resident of Michaud Manor and quickly bonded with Michaud staff and was helpful to the other residents.  However, it was evident to those who knew him closest that the loss of his wife had a significant effect on his overall happiness and well-being.

Mr. Barry had a deep love for music and had an extensive record collection.  He had a particular fondness for 1950s singer Joni James.  When you visited with him, music would always be playing and he would love to share stories of the various artists he was listening to.

For many years, his home was a gathering place for many weekend cookouts and parties and music was always a centerpiece of these gatherings.  Along with his wife and his two boys, music was his life!

He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served in Ethiopia for the Army during the Korean War.  Most of his working career was spent helping out the family business, which was a popular grocery, produce, and meat market in Arlington.  In later years, he worked as a case manager for Minuteman Home Care, where he provided in-home care and services for elderly residents in his community. He also worked several years for the Leahy Clinic, where he retired in 1998.

He is survived locally by his two children:  Raymond Barry of Newport and Craig Barry and his wife, Kristi, of Newport; a granddaughter, Madison Barry, his “princess,” of Newport; his in-laws:  Bill and Bonnie Wheeler of Derby Line, and sister-in-law Merrilyn Barry of Derby; his niece Kimberly Barry and her husband, Keith, of Troy; and by his nephews:  Kyle Barry and his wife, Gail, of Derby, and Kord Barry and his wife, Mary, of Derby.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to Michaud Manor, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Newport Health Care, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit BrownElwyn Lester Brown

Elwyn Lester Brown, 93, of Newport Center died peacefully on February 17, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 15, 1920, in Newport, to Warren and Hazel (Percy) Brown.

On September 28, 1945, he married Hazel Dow, who predeceased him on June 4, 2006.

Mr. Brown was a lineman for the New England Telephone Company, where he retired in 1976.  He entered the U.S. Army Air Force, where he was a veteran of World War II.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, canning, gardening, playing cribbage and cards.  He also sold vegetables and furniture on his lawn and he enjoyed rototilling and maple sugaring.

He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the telephone pioneers.

He is survived by his sons:  Glen Brown and his wife, Arlene, of Newport Center, and Fred Brown and his wife, Sheryl, of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Glen W. Brown and his wife, Tammy Szych, of Derby, and Sharon Eustace and her husband, Dillon, of St. Johnsbury; three great-grandchildren:  Brandon and Brooklyn Brown and Myah Eustace; and by a dear friend, Dorothy Bouton, of Middlebury.

Funeral services were held on February 22, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, in care of Charles Drown, 334 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857; or to the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16, P.O. Box 522, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Madeleine M. Degreenia

Madeleine M. Degreenia, 88, of Newport died on February 18, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 24, 1926, in Irasburg, to Oscar and Georgette (Gaboriault) Fournier.

On October 25, 1950, she married H.E. Degrennia, who survives her.

She and her husband traveled extensively with his employment and they also traveled around the United States in their motor homes.

She is survived by her husband H.E. Degreenia of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Adrien, Joe and Lucien Fournier, and Yvonne Hoyt, Pauline Roy and Lucille Keefe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HoweElena Coletti Howe

Elena Coletti Howe, a longtime resident of Newport, died peacefully on February 15, 2014, at her home in Newport.  She was 92 years old and the beloved wife for 62 years of the late Dr. Paul Howe.

She was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1921, a daughter of Angelina and Donato Coletti of St. Donato, Italy.  The story of her parents’ life in Italy, and her father’s artistic gifts, prompted her and her husband to travel to this small Italian village to meet friends and relatives of her parents.  Many fine examples of her father’s sculptures, artwork and reliefs are on display in museums and public buildings throughout the United States and Italy.

She married Dr. Paul Howe on April 28, 1946, and spent many years working in his office as secretary and bookkeeper.  They traveled extensively throughout Europe, enjoying skiing, golfing and visiting friends.  After Dr. Howe’s retirement, they divided their time between a winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, and Newport.  They always looked forward to returning to the Newport Country Club to resume golf and reunite with friends.

She is survived by her two sons:  Dr. James G. Howe and Gregory P. Howe and his wife, Billie.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Emily Howe of Notre Dame, Indiana, Lindsay Howe of Boston, Massachusetts, Tanner Howe and his wife, Hillery, and their children, Chloe and Doon, of Brooklyn, New York, Justin Howe and his wife, Caroline, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Julia Howe Sullivan and her husband, Trevor, of Burlington, and Andrew Howe of Shelburne.

She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Paul Howe; her sisters:  Evelyn Fitzgerald, Loretta Filder, and Carmela Fitzgerald; a brother, Dr. Rudolph Coletti; and by her daughter-in-law Rita Howe.

There will be a private family Catholic service to celebrate her life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit mitchellDorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell

Dorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell, 100, of Merritt Island, Florida, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

She was born on December 19, 1913, to Hugh Bell and Grace (Twombly) Bell in Derby Line, in a house that was located half in the United States and half in Canada.

On August 18, 1934, she married Donald Lindsley.  Together they raised their family in Newport, until he died suddenly on September 1, 1958.

She was active in her children’s lives and in the community.  She was an excellent pianist and played for the Kiwanis Club, church youth groups, dance recitals, and the Girl Scouts.

In 1968, she married John Mitchell of Barre, where they resided until his death in 1973.

Moving to Florida in 1979, she became an active member in the Grace United Methodist Church.

She was a lifetime member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  She was also a member of several women’s groups and garden clubs.  She loved bridge, music, dancing, reading and playing the piano.

She is survived by her loving children:  Donald Lindsley and his wife, Eugenia, Diana Diamantas, Deborah Twiss, and Doreen and her husband, Earl Mahoney; her dear stepdaughter Betty Jean Baker; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister-in-law Gayla Rivard; her brother-in-law Russ Perkins; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Hugh and Grace; her brother Sid Bell; her sisters:  Margaret Perlman and Gwen Perkins; and by her son-in-law Bill Diamantas.

A graveside memorial service will be held this summer in Newport, where she will be laid to rest in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery.

obit NilesGeorge Bixby Niles

George Bixby Niles, 86, of Newport Center died peacefully on February 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 25, 1927, in Newport Center, to Harry O. Niles Sr. and June (Morrill) Niles.

On October 9, 1948, he married Lorraine Davio.

He was employed by Tivoly USA in Derby Line for many years.  In his earlier years, he worked with his dad on the family farm on Niles Road in Newport Center, until his marriage in 1948.

His hobbies included hunting, tinkering around the house, walking, following wrestling, and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Niles of Newport Center; his sons:  Douglas Niles of Newport Center, Raymond Niles and his wife, Edna, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Timothy Niles of Newport Center, and Kevin Niles and his wife, Julie, of Lockport, New York; his grandchildren:  Tammi Lantagne and her husband, Reg, of Newport Center, Tara Selby and her husband, Sean, of Morgan, Shane Niles of Randolph, Dana Niles and his wife, Nancy, of Walpole, Massachusetts, Timothy Niles Jr. of Maine, Darcel Niles and Yolande Niles both of Maine, Kate Schwanke and her husband, Matt, of Ocala, Florida, Bryce Niles and his wife, Tabi, of Eden, Jordan Niles, and Mitchel Niles of Lockport; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother Harry Niles Jr. of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by his special friend, Sasha.

He was predeceased by three brothers:  Avery, Gardner, and Robert Niles; and by his sister Barbara Hosley.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Advent Church, P.O. Box 136, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www. curtis-britch.com.

obit StevensPatricia A. Stevens

Patricia A. Stevens, 77, of Coventry died on February 15, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1937, in Newport, to Evarest and Thelma (Stratton) Cote.

She graduated from Newport High School in the Class of 1957.

On September 7, 1957, she married Roy Stevens, who survives her.

She and her husband, Roy, own Blue Ribbon Carpet Cleaners and she formerly cleaned homes in the area.

Her interests were bowling, dancing and she loved all cats, dogs and horses.

She is survived by her husband Roy Stevens of Coventry; her children:  Greg Stevens and his wife, Kathy, of Enosburg, Alan Stevens of Spencer, Massachusetts, and Lori Stevens of North Concord; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; and by four step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Valarie Dawn; and by her brother Dean Cote.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit WeedCeline Florianne Weed 

Celine Florianne Weed, 73, of Newport died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at her home, in the presence of her family, after her fight against cancer.

She was born on June 5, 1940, in Montreal, Quebec.

She was a bartender and waitress at the VFW Post #798 of Newport for several years.

She always worked hard whether it was at a factory, waitressing, or bartending.

She liked to play darts, cards and bingo.  She looked forward to cribbage on Tuesday nights at the American Legion Post #21.  She loved Halloween as it was her favorite holiday.  She is well known for having some kind of crazy costume on and going around giving out candy.

Ms. Weed loved her cats as she was a huge cat lover and she enjoyed taking pictures — anyone who knew her also knew her camera wasn’t far.

She is survived by her daughter Laurie Eastman and her husband, David, of Newport; her son John Weed of Newport; her grandsons:  Zachery Lyonnais of Newport, and Sabastian Lyonnais and his fiancée, Amanda Royer, of Orleans; and by her step-grandson Zacheria Eastman of Portland, Maine.

In August of 2013, a “celebration of life” was held for her at the VFW Post #798 in Newport.  This is how she would want to be remembered, so there will be no services.

Anyone wishing to donate in her honor, please donate to the Mary Wright Halo Association, in care of Hilarie Wright, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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In Newport: An inside look at a chance for redemption

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Terry Collins, Isobel Marks and Ed Brochu (left to right) discuss the contents of Damion’s contract with him (back to camera).  “The most important thing is to show respect,” Ms. Marks said.  “I don’t think the offenders expect that, they think they’re going to be punished for being bad people.”  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Terry Collins, Isobel Marks and Ed Brochu (left to right) discuss the contents of Damion’s contract with him (back to camera). “The most important thing is to show respect,” Ms. Marks said. “I don’t think the offenders expect that, they think they’re going to be punished for being bad people.” Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 19, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — A slight man with dark hair and a neatly trimmed beard walked into a small room at the Community Justice Center here and looked around at the three people who, in the course of an hour’s conversation, could help shape his future.

Walter Medwid, coordinator of Newport’s reparative justice system, had already met Damion (for the sake of privacy, only offenders’ first names are used in this story).  He shook his hand and introduced him to Ed Brochu, Isobel Marks, and Terry Collins, who also greeted the young man warmly.

Having pled guilty in November to unlawful trespass in an occupied dwelling, Damion was reporting to a reparative board, one of the less-heralded parts of Vermont’s criminal justice system.

The reparative justice program is intended to repair the damage to the community that a crime causes, and to persuade the person who committed the act to accept responsibility and make amends.  The program is also designed to let the offender know that, once those goals are reached, he or she is again in the community’s good graces.  It’s intended primarily for first-time lawbreakers who commit non-violent offenses.

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Ask the weatherman: They call it thundersnow

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Wind from the Valentine's Day snowstorm made for some big dunes and interesting sculptures, like this cresting wave that formed on a West Glover porch.  Photo by Nathaniel Gordon

Wind from the Valentine’s Day snowstorm made for some big dunes and interesting sculptures, like this cresting wave that formed on a West Glover porch. Photo by Nathaniel Gordon

copyright the Chronicle February 19, 2014

Question:  At around 3:30 a.m. Friday, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a flash of lightning in the middle of a snowstorm.  I have since Googled it and now know it wasn’t an alien taking our photo (my other theory at that hour, since I didn’t think lightning during a snowstorm was possible.)

Answer:  Between 3 and 4 a.m. on the morning of this past Friday, February 14, some people were awakened by lightning and/or thunder.  Reports were received from Barnet, St. Johnsbury, and Barton.  Very heavy snow fell from then until about 7 a.m.  Snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour were noted.

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